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    2010 State of Utah Fishing Guidebook 2010 State of Utah Fishing Guidebook Document Transcript

    • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources • Turn in a poacher: 1-800-662-3337 • wildlife.utah.gov FISHING 2010 UTAH GUIDEBOOK 1 Utah Fishing • 2010
    • Fishing For decades, CONTENTS Utah Fishing • 2010 a Utah shing in Utah trip meant that 3 Contact information 3 Highlights you would 5 General rules: licenses and bring home a stringer full of fat permits rainbow trout. 7 Fishing license fees Today, you can still catch tasty 8 General rules: fishing methods rainbows, but you can also come 14 General rules: possession and home with native cutthroats, walleye, transportation striped bass, cat sh, wipers and many 16 Bag and possession limits other species of sh. To learn more 17 Fish consumption advisories about these sh, see the articles on 17 How to measure a fish pages 39–41. 18 Rules for specific waters Over the past year, there have 21 Community fishing waters been some exciting developments 33 Watercraft restrictions in the Division’s e orts to raise tiger 33 Utah’s boating laws and rules muskie here in Utah. You can read 35 Battling invasive species and about the past and future of this disease program in the article on page 41. 36 Did it get wet? Decontaminate it! You should also be aware of an 37 Catch-and-release fishing tips important regulation change that will 38 Restoring Utah’s rivers improve opportunity for all anglers at 39 Fish for something different Utah’s community shing ponds. You’ll 40 A closer look at cutthroats nd details in the article on page 46. 41 More tiger muskie for Utah Anglers of all ages and ability 42 Report illegal stocking levels nd adventure in Utah’s diverse 43 Fishing facts sheries. 44 Warmwater hatcheries offer To preview some of these great diversity shing spots—and to plan future 45 State Parks annual passes trips—visit the Division’s YouTube 46 Changes at community fisheries site at www.youtube.com/UDWR. 47 Suggest fishing changes There, you’ll nd videos about native 47 Definitions cutthroats at Strawberry, splake in 50 Identifying Utah’s native and Fish Lake, tiger muskie at Pineview nonnative fish and more. This guidebook is a proclamation of the Utah Wildlife Board. Please be aware that it’s only a summary of the rules and laws that govern Utah shing. On the cover: Keith Kimball from Rich eld, Utah For an in-depth look at the state’s sh- with the four-pound largemouth bass he caught ing regulations, visit wildlife.utah.gov/ at Warm Creek in Lake Powell. Photo courtesy of rules or the nearest Division o ce. Mike McNabb. 2
    • CONTACT US HOW TO USE THIS Utah Fishing • 2010 Offices are open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., GUIDEBOOK Monday through Thursday. 1. Review the general rules (licenses, shing methods and transportation) on pages 5–16. Division offices 2. Check general season dates and bag and pos- Salt Lake Office session limits on pages 15–16. 1594 W North Temple 3. Look up a speci c water on pages 18–32. (If Box 146301 the water you’re looking for is not listed here, it is Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301 subject to the general rules.) (801) 538-4700 Southeastern Region HIGHLIGHTS 319 N Carbonville Road, Ste A What’s new this season? Price, UT 84501 (435) 613-3700 Free Fishing Day: This year, Free Fishing Day will be held on June 5. It’s a great opportunity to Southern Region share your favorite shing spot with a friend or 1470 N Airport Road family member. For more information, see page 5. Cedar City, UT 84721 (435) 865-6100 Lower limit at community fisheries: The daily limit has been lowered to two sh at Utah’s Central Region community sheries. This change will give anglers 1115 N Main Street a better chance to catch sh at these popular lakes Springville, UT 84663 and ponds. For more information on the regula- (801) 491-5678 tion change, see the article on page 46. New community fisheries: Four new com- Northeastern Region munity sheries are now open to the public. They 152 E 100 N include Black Ridge Reservoir, Leigh Hill Reservoir, Vernal, UT 84078 Millrace Park Pond and Sandy Urban Fishery. For (435) 781-9453 a complete list of Utah’s community sheries, see the information box on page 21. Northern Region 515 E 5300 S More tiger muskie: Last year, the Division Ogden, UT 84405 stocked 15,000 tiger muskie in Utah reservoirs (801) 476-2740 and launched Utah’s rst tiger muskie breeding program. For more information about the new breeding program and where to sh for tiger muskie, see the article on page 41. Wildlife Board members Increased yellow perch limit: The statewide Jake Albrecht Rick Woodard, Chair daily limit for yellow perch has increased to 50 sh. Del Brady Ernie Perkins, Vice Chair Bill Fenimore James F. Karpowitz, Invasive mussel larvae found in two wa- Tom Hatch Division Director ters: In 2008, the Division identi ed zebra mussel Keele Johnson Executive Secretary larvae in Electric Lake and quagga mussel larvae 3
    • in Red Fleet Reservoir. To learn how you can help Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilita- Utah Fishing • 2010 combat these mussels and other aquatic invasive tion Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with species, see page 35. Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments Underwater spearfishing changes at of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior and Fish Lake: Beginning in 2010, the underwater its bureaus prohibit discrimination on the basis of spear shing season at Fish Lake will close earlier race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. than it did in 2009. The season now begins at 6 If you believe that you have been discriminated a.m. on June 5 and ends on Sept. 15. against in any program, activity or facility, or if you desire further information, please write to: Regulation changes at Kolob Reservoir: For The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service many years, Kolob Reservoir could only be shed O ce for Diversity and Civil Rights by anglers who used arti cial ies and lures. This Programs—External Programs year, the reservoir will be open to bait shing in 4040 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 130 the summer months. For a detailed look at this Arlington, VA 22203 regulation—and the other rules speci c to Kolob Private lands: The Division cannot guarantee Reservoir—please see page 25. access to any private land. You may only access Accessing public waters: If you plan to sh cultivated or properly posted private land if you public water (a natural lake, river or stream) that’s obtain WRITTEN permission from the landowner on private land, you must enter and exit the water or the landowner’s authorized representative. For from a public access point. To learn more, see the more information, see Trespassing on page 11. information box on page 11. Division funding: The Division is mostly funded by the sale of hunting and shing licenses and And remember through federal aid made possible by an excise tax on the sale of rearms and other hunting- and Buy your license on the phone: You can now shing-related equipment. buy a Utah shing license over the telephone. Just call 1-800-221-0659. The line is sta ed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to the fee for Take a closer look at the the license, you’ll also be charged a $2 transaction rules fee for each item you buy. This guidebook summarizes Utah’s Community fisheries: You can learn more shing laws and rules. Although it is a about Utah’s 41 community sheries by picking convenient quick-reference document for up a copy of the Division’s Utah Community Utah shing regulations, it is not an all- Fishing booklet. The free booklet is available at encompassing resource. wildlife.utah.gov/cf or at any Division o ce. For an in-depth look at the state’s shing laws and rules, visit wildlife.utah.gov/rules. Corrections: If errors are found in the printed You can use the references in the guidebook, the Division will correct them in the guidebook—such as Utah Administrative online version. Visit wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks Rule R657-13-6 and Utah Code § 23-20- to view all of the Division’s guidebooks and 3—to search the Division’s Web site for the proclamations. detailed statute or rule that underpins the Protection from discrimination: The Division guidebook summary. receives federal nancial assistance from the U.S. If you have questions about a particular Fish and Wildlife Service. Under Title VI of the Civil rule, call or visit the nearest Division o ce. 4
    • GENERAL RULES: LICENSES AND PERMITS Utah Fishing • 2010 Utah Code §§ 23-19-1 and 23-20-3 Obtaining a shing license is the rst step to shing in Utah. If you’re under the age of 12, you don’t need a license to sh unless you want to sh with two poles or use a setline. If you’re 12 years of age or older, you must buy a license before you can sh. This section provides information about the di erent licenses that are available. Free Fishing Day ond pole or a setline, you must purchase a Utah Utah Code § 23-19-1 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-3 shing or combination license and a second-pole The one day you don’t need a license to sh or setline permit. Please see pages 9–10 of this in Utah is Saturday, June 5, 2010, which is Free guide for more information about second-pole Fishing Day. Everyone in Utah can sh for free that and setline permits. day, but please remember that all of the state’s other shing laws and rules still apply. 12 years of age and older Utah Code § 23-19-21 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-3 Under 12 years of age If you’re 12 years of age or older, you must Utah Code § 23-19-21 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-3 purchase a shing license or a combination license If you’re under 12 years of age, you do not to sh in Utah. You can choose from four need a shing license to sh in Utah. You can di erent licenses: sh without a license and take a full bag and • One-day licenses allow you to sh for possession limit. one day. The only exceptions are if you’d like to sh • Seven-day licenses allow you to sh for with a second pole or a setline. If you’re under the seven consecutive days. age of 12 and would like to sh with either a sec- • 365-day licenses allow you to sh for 365 Don’t lose your hunting and fishing privileges If you commit a wildlife violation, you could lose the privilege of hunting and shing in Utah. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources can suspend the license of anyone who knowingly, intention- ally or recklessly violates wildlife laws. Your license can be suspended for a wildlife violation if: You are convicted. You plead guilty or no contest. You enter a plea in abeyance. You will be noti ed of any action against your privilege after criminal proceedings conclude. And remember, if your license is suspended in Utah, you may not be permitted to hunt or sh in most other states. (Visit ianrc.org to see a map of participating states.) 5
    • consecutive days, including the day you buy Flaming Gorge Reservoir Utah Fishing • 2010 the license. To sh across state lines at Flaming Gorge, you • 365-day combination licenses allow you to must have a valid shing license from one state do three things in Utah: and a reciprocal shing permit from the other • Fish state. For example, if you buy a Utah resident or • Hunt upland game and waterfowl nonresident shing license, you can sh the Utah • Apply for hunting permits portion of Flaming Gorge. After buying your Utah When you buy a combination license, you also license, if you decide you also want to sh the get a price break compared to buying your hunt- Wyoming portion of the reservoir, you must buy a ing and shing licenses separately. Wyoming reciprocal shing permit. Fishing and combination licenses are available For more information on obtaining a Wyo- at wildlife.utah.gov and from license agents and ming reciprocal shing permit, call the Wyoming Division o ces. You can also call 1-800-221-0659 Game and Fish Department at (307) 777-4600. to purchase your license by phone. Utah reciprocal shing permits are available You must have your license with you while at wildlife.utah.gov and from Utah Division of you’re shing, and you cannot alter your license or Wildlife Resources o ces and license agents that transfer it to another person. sell Utah shing licenses. A Wyoming second-pole permit is not valid Fishing across state lines in Utah, even with a reciprocal shing permit. (interstate waters)— A Utah second-pole permit must be purchased reciprocal fishing permits if you’d like to sh in Utah with two poles at the Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-5 same time. Utah shares three waters—Bear Lake, Flam- ing Gorge and Lake Powell—with other states. Lake Powell Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Arizona have entered Reciprocal shing permits for Lake Powell into the following agreements to allow anglers to are available to Utah and Arizona residents only. sh across state lines: To sh across the state line at Lake Powell, a resident of Utah or Arizona must have a valid Bear Lake shing license from one state and a reciprocal If you have a valid Utah shing or combination shing permit from the other state. For example, license, or a valid Idaho shing or combination to sh the Arizona portion of the reservoir, a Utah license, you can sh anywhere on Bear Lake that’s resident needs a Utah resident shing or combi- open to shing with one shing pole. With the nation license and a reciprocal shing permit purchase of a valid Utah shing or combination from Arizona. license and a Utah second-pole permit, or Utah residents may obtain an Arizona recipro- a valid Idaho shing or combination license and cal shing permit at gf.state.az.us. Arizona resi- an Idaho two-pole permit, an angler may sh dents may obtain a Utah reciprocal shing permit with two poles anywhere on Bear Lake that is at wildlife.utah.gov and from Division o ces and open to shing. A second-pole or two-pole permit license agents that sell Utah shing licenses. must be purchased from the state of original If you’re not a resident of either state, you license purchase. must purchase a Utah nonresident shing license to sh the Utah portion of Lake Powell and an Arizona nonresident license to sh the Arizona portion of the reservoir. A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. 6
    • An Arizona second-pole permit is not valid FEES Utah Fishing • 2010 in Utah, even with a reciprocal shing permit. A Utah second-pole permit must be purchased Resident licenses if you’d like to sh in Utah with two poles at the same time. 1-day (14 years of age or older) $8 7-day (14 years of age or older) $16 More information about reciprocal permits 365-day youth (12–13) $5 • Utah reciprocal shing permits are valid for 365-day (65 years of age or older) $21 365 days from the day you buy them. 365-day (over 14 years of age and • You must sign your name on your reciprocal $26 under 65 years of age) permit the same way you signed your name on your shing license. 365-day combination $30 • You are subject to the laws and rules of the state in which you’re shing. Nonresident licenses • Only one bag limit may be taken and held in 1-day (14 years of age or older) $12 possession, even if you’re licensed to sh in both states. 7-day (14 years of age or older) $32 365-day youth (12–13) $5 Fishing contests Utah Admin. Rule R657-58 365-day (14 years of age or older) $70 You can hold a shing contest in Utah, but you 365-day combination $80 must follow the rules, many of which changed this year. For the current shing contest rules, please see Utah Admin. Rule R657-58 at wildlife. Reciprocal fishing utah.gov/rules or contact the nearest Division permits o ce. Flaming Gorge Reservoir (for use If you plan to hold a shing contest at a Utah with a Wyoming shing license — $10 State Park, you should also check with the park to see page 6 for details) see if there are any additional rules that apply to the area. Lake Powell (for use with an Arizona resident shing license—see pages $8 6–7 for details) Licenses for residents with special needs Other fishing permits Utah Code § 23-19-36 If you’re a Utah resident and have certain Setline permit* $15 physical or mental disabilities—or a terminal (residents and nonresidents) illness—you may qualify for a free shing license. Second-pole permit# $15 A child who has been placed in the custody of the (residents and nonresidents) state by a court order may also qualify. To learn if you qualify, please see Utah Code § 23-19-36 * To learn more about setline permits, please see page 10 at wildlife.utah.gov/rules or contact your nearest of this guide. Division o ce. # To learn more about second-pole permits, please see pages 9–10 of this guide. 7
    • GENERAL RULES: FISHING METHODS Utah Fishing • 2010 Utah Code § 23-20-3 There are laws and rules that govern shing in Utah. By obeying these regulations and being an ethical angler, you will help keep shing great for everyone. Please be familiar with the following general rules for taking sh and cray sh. You’ll nd some exceptions to these rules in the Rules for Speci c Waters section that begins on page 18. Taking game fish ing Gorge is available on pages 22–23, and You may take game sh using only the follow- information about shing at Lake Powell is ing methods: available on page 25. • When you’re shing through the ice, you Angling may not sh through a hole that’s more Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-6 than 12 inches wide. The only exceptions You may not sh with more than one shing are at Bear Lake, Flaming Gorge Reservoir line except when: and Fish Lake. For more information about • You are shing for cray sh. Please ice shing at these waters, please see the see page 12 of this guide for more informa- Rules for Speci c Waters section that begins tion about shing for cray sh. on page 18. • You have a second-pole or setline permit. Information about shing with a Bait second pole is available on page 9. Informa- Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-12 tion about shing with a setline is available Several rules pertain to the use of bait in Utah: on page 10. • Use or possession of corn, hominy or live • You are ice shing at Flaming Gorge. Please bait sh while shing is unlawful. see pages 22–23 for the rules speci c to • Use or possession of tiger salamanders (live Flaming Gorge. or dead) while shing is unlawful. While shing, you must be within sight of • Use or possession of any bait while shing the equipment you’re shing with (this distance on waters designated arti cial y and lure cannot exceed 100 feet). The only exception to only is unlawful. this rule is if you have a setline permit. Please see • Use or possession of arti cial baits which are page 10 for more information about shing with commercially imbedded or covered with sh a setline. or sh parts while shing is unlawful. There are a few additional angling rules to • Use or possession of bait in the form of fresh keep in mind: or frozen sh or sh parts while shing is • No arti cial lure may have more than unlawful, except as provided below: three hooks. • Dead Bonneville cisco may be used as • No line may have attached to it more than bait only in Bear Lake. two baited hooks, two arti cial ies or two • Dead yellow perch may be used as arti cial lures. The only exceptions to this bait only in Deer Creek, Echo, Fish rule are if you’re using a setline or you’re Lake, Gunnison, Hyrum, Johnson, shing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir or Lake Jordanelle, Mantua, Mill Meadow, Powell. Please see page 10 of this guide Newton, Pineview, Rockport, Starva- for more information about shing with a tion, Utah Lake, Willard Bay and Yuba setline. Information about shing at Flam- reservoirs. 8
    • • Dead white bass may be used as bait the Taking Nongame Fish section of this guide Utah Fishing • 2010 only in Utah Lake and the Jordan River. (pages 12–13) and the Rules for Speci c Waters, • Dead shad from Lake Powell may be Lake Powell section, on page 25. used as bait only in Lake Powell. It is You may not take or land a sh by snagging illegal to remove dead shad from the or ga ng, and you may not have a ga in your Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. possession while shing. The only exception is • Dead, fresh or frozen salt water spe- Lake Powell, where you may use a ga to land cies including sardines and anchovies striped bass. may be used as bait in any water Chumming is prohibited on all waters except where bait is permitted. Lake Powell. (Chumming means to dislodge or • Dead mountain sucker, white sucker, deposit into the water any substance, not at- Utah sucker, redside shiner, speckled tached to a hook, line or trap, which may attract dace, mottled sculpin, fat head sh.) Please see the Rules for Speci c Waters, Lake minnow, Utah chub and common Powell section, on page 25 for more information carp may be used as bait in any water about chumming at Lake Powell. where bait is permitted. On some waters, you cannot sh from a oat • The eggs of any species of sh caught tube or a boat (please see the Watercraft Restric- in Utah, except prohibited sh, may tions section on pages 33–34 for more informa- be used in any water where bait is tion). In addition to the rules in this guide, boaters permitted. should be aware that other agencies may have • Use of live cray sh for bait is legal only on placed additional restrictions on the use of oat the water where the cray sh is captured. It tubes, nonmotorized boats or boats with motors is unlawful to transport live cray sh away at some waters in Utah. from the water where they were captured. • Commercially prepared and chemically Fishing with more than one pole Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-7 treated bait sh or their parts may be used as bait in any water where bait is permitted. If you have a valid Utah second-pole permit, • Manufactured, human-made items that and a valid shing or combination license, you may not be digestible—including items can sh with two poles at any water in the state that have been chemically treated with food during its open shing season. You may keep only stu s, chemical sh attractants or feeding one limit of sh, however. A second-pole permit stimulants—may not be used on waters does NOT allow you to keep two limits of sh. where bait is prohibited. Second-pole permits are available for $15 at wildlife.utah.gov and from license agents and Restrictions on taking fish and crayfish Division o ces. Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-11 A second-pole permit is a 365-day permit, You can use arti cial light while shing, but you must also have an unexpired one-day, unless you’re underwater spear shing. Use of seven-day or 365-day Utah shing or combination arti cial light is unlawful while engaged in license in order to use it. (A second-pole permit underwater spear shing, unless you are shing is not valid unless it’s accompanied by a valid for burbot at Flaming Gorge. shing or combination license.) Only the person You may not obstruct a waterway or use any to whom the second-pole permit is issued can use chemical, explosive, electricity, poison, crossbow, the permit. rearm, pellet gun or archery equipment to take If you’re under 12 years of age and would like sh or cray sh. The only exceptions are found in to sh with a second pole, you must have a valid 9
    • one-day, seven-day or 365-day Utah shing or seven-day or 365-day Utah shing or com- Utah Fishing • 2010 combination license, and a second-pole permit. bination license in order to use it (a setline When shing with a second pole, you must be permit is not valid unless it’s accompanied within sight of the equipment you’re shing with by a valid shing or combination license). (this distance cannot exceed 100 feet). See also • If you’re under 12 years of age and would “Interstate Waters” on pages 6–7. like to use a setline, you must have a valid A person may use up to six lines, poles or one-day, seven-day or 365-day Utah shing tip-ups—without a second-pole permit—when or combination license, and a setline permit. shing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir through the ice. Please see pages 22–23 for more information. Dipnetting Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-10 Setline fishing You can use a handheld dipnet to land Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-8 game sh that you’ve legally taken by angling. Setlines are lines that are anchored to a However, you may not use a handheld dipnet to non-moving object and that are not attached to a take game sh. The only exception is at Bear Lake, shing pole. If you obtain a setline permit, and a where handheld dipnets may be used to take Utah shing or combination license, you can use a Bonneville cisco. setline to take sh from the following waters: the When shing for Bonneville cisco at Bear Bear River proper (downstream from the Idaho Lake, the opening of your dipnet may not exceed state line, including Cutler Reservoir and outlet 18 inches. If you’re dipnetting through the ice at canals); the Little Bear River below Valley View Bear Lake, there is no restriction on the size of the Highway (SR-30); the Malad River; and Utah Lake. hole you can drill in the ice. Please see the Rules The following rules apply to setline shing: for Speci c Waters, Bear Lake section, on page 18 • You may not sh with more than one for more information. setline. You may also use a handheld dipnet to take • A setline may not contain more than 15 cray sh and nongame sh, except prohibited sh. hooks. For a list of sh that are prohibited in Utah, please • When shing with a setline, you must be see page 12 of this guide. within 100 yards of the surface or the bank of water you’re shing from. Underwater spearfishing Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-9 • One end of your setline must be attached to a non-moving object that is not attached to You may underwater spear sh—for both a shing pole. Your setline must also have a game and nongame sh—from 6 a.m. on the legible tag attached to it that includes your rst Saturday of June through Nov. 30 at the name, address and setline permit number. following waters: • While shing with a setline, you can also • Causey Reservoir (Weber County) sh with one shing pole. If you have a valid • Deer Creek Reservoir (Wasatch County) second-pole permit, you can sh with two • Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Daggett County) shing poles while you’re also shing with • Jordanelle Reservoir (Wasatch County) a setline. • Kens Lake (San Juan County) • Setline permits are available for $15 at • Lake Powell (Gar eld, Kane and San Juan wildlife.utah.gov and from license agents counties) and Division o ces. • Lost Creek Reservoir (Morgan County) • A setline permit is a 365-day permit, but • Pineview Reservoir, with the exception of you must also have an unexpired one-day, tiger muskie (Weber County) • Red Fleet Reservoir (Uintah County) 10
    • • Starvation Reservoir (Duchesne County) crops, or a pasture that is arti cially irrigated. Utah Fishing • 2010 • Steinaker Reservoir (Uintah County) “Permission” means written authorization from • Willard Bay Reservoir (Box Elder County) the owner or person in charge to enter upon private • Yuba Reservoir (Juab and Sanpete counties) land that is cultivated or properly posted. Permis- At Fish Lake (Sevier County), you may under- sion must include all of the following details: water spear sh for all sh species from 6 a.m. on • The signature of the landowner or land the rst Saturday of June through Sept. 15. manager Underwater spear shing hours are from • The name of the person being given o cial sunrise to o cial sunset. It is illegal to use permission arti cial light while underwater spear shing, and • The appropriate dates free shafting is prohibited. • A general description of the land There are a few exceptions to these regulations: “Properly posted” means that “No Trespass- • At Flaming Gorge, you can underwater ing” signs—or a minimum of 100 square inches spear sh for burbot from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, of bright yellow, bright orange or uorescent 24 hours per day. You can also use arti cial paint—are displayed at all corners, on shing light while spear shing for burbot at streams crossing property lines, and on roads, this reservoir. Please see pages 22–23 for rules speci c to Flaming Gorge. Obey access laws, show • At Lake Powell, you can underwater courtesy spear sh for carp and striped bass from Jan. In July 2008, the Utah Supreme Court 1 through Dec. 31. issued an opinion (Conatser v. Johnson) • At Pineview Reservoir, you cannot under- recognizing the public’s right to walk on water spear sh for tiger muskie. privately owned riverbeds and streambeds • At all waters open to angling—during while engaging in lawful recreational activi- their open seasons—you can underwater ties that use the state’s waters. spear sh for carp. Here are a few things to keep in mind if The underwater spear shing bag and pos- you plan to sh or boat in any areas a ected session limits are the same limits that apply to by this decision: anglers who use other shing techniques at the • Enter and exit the water at a lawful approved spear shing waters. access point, such as a highway right- of-way, public property or private Trespassing Utah Code §§ 23-20-14 and 23-20-3.5 property with the landowner’s written While shing or engaging in any wildlife- permission. related activities, you may not: • Behave responsibly and respect the • Enter upon privately owned land that is culti- landowner’s rights. vated or properly posted without the permis- • Pack out your trash, pick up any litter sion of the landowner or land manager you see and be courteous to others. • Refuse to immediately leave the private It’s important to note that the Supreme land if requested to do so by the landowner Court’s ruling is not necessarily the nal word or land manager on this subject. The Utah Legislature can • Obstruct any entrance or exit to private land choose to change the law at any time. “Cultivated land” is land that is readily identi- The Division’s full explanation of this able as land whose soil is loosened or broken up ruling is available online at wildlife.utah.gov/ for the raising of crops, land used for the raising of shing/waters_access.php. 11
    • gates and rights-of-way entering the land. If Prohibited fish Utah Fishing • 2010 metal fence posts are used, the entire exterior side Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-13 must be painted. The following nongame sh are prohibited, You may not post private property you do not which means you can’t take them or hold them in own or legally control or land that is open to the your possession. If you catch any of these sh, you public as provided by Utah Code § 23-21-4. must release them immediately: In addition, it is unlawful to take protected • Bonytail wildlife or their parts while trespassing in viola- • Bluehead sucker tion of Utah Code § 23-20-14. • Colorado pikeminnow (formerly, Colorado squaw sh) Native American Trust Lands • Flannelmouth sucker If you’re shing on land that belongs to any • Grass carp of the Native American tribes in Utah, you must • Humpback chub observe tribal regulations concerning the taking • June sucker of sh. These regulations are available from the • Least chub Native American tribe that owns the land. • Northern leatherside chub • Southern leatherside chub Taking crayfish • Razorback sucker Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-15 • Roundtail chub Fishing for cray sh (also called “crawdads”) is • Virgin chub a fun activity for the whole family. • Virgin spinedace If you’re under the age of 12, you do not need • Wound n a license to sh for cray sh. If you’re 12 years of age or older, you must have a valid Utah shing or Taking nongame fish combination license to sh for cray sh. You may Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-14 take cray sh for personal, noncommercial pur- If you have a valid Utah shing or combina- poses at any body of water where there’s an open tion license, you may take nongame sh— shing season. You may not take cray sh if the EXCEPT those listed in the Prohibited Fish section shing season at that water is closed, however. above—for personal, noncommercial purposes, You may take cray sh by hand or with a trap, as long as you’re shing at a body of water during dipnet, liftnet, handline, pole or seine. You must its open shing season. also obey all of the following rules: There are, however, more than a dozen • You may not use game sh or their parts waters where carp are the only nongame sh for bait, or use any substance that is illegal you may take. Those waters are listed in the Carp for shing. section on page 13. • Seines (nets) may not exceed 10 feet in To take nonprohibited nongame sh, you may length or width. use angling, traps, archery (excluding crossbows), • You may not use more than ve lines, and dipnets, liftnets, seines or a handheld spear from not more than one of those lines can have above the surface of the water. When using these hooks attached to it. (On the lines without methods, please remember the following rules: hooks, simply tie your bait to the line so the • Seines (nets) may not exceed 10 feet in cray sh can grasp the bait with its claw.) length or width. • You may not transport live cray sh away from • Cast nets may not exceed 10 feet in the body of water where you captured them. diameter (a ve-foot radius). • Nongame sh that are legal to take must 12
    • either be released or killed immediately • South Fork of Provo River (below Deer Utah Fishing • 2010 after you remove them from the water. You Creek Dam) may not leave them on the shoreline. • Snake Valley waters (west and north Underwater spear shing for nongame sh of US-6 and the part of US-6 and US- (other than carp) is only allowed at the waters 50 in Millard and Juab counties) listed in the Underwater Spear shing section on page 10–11. Taking brine shrimp Utah Admin. Rule R657-52 Carp Many people who visit the Great Salt Lake You may use a variety of techniques— want to take some of the lake’s brine shrimp home including angling, archery (excluding crossbows), with them. You may take brine shrimp from the a spear from above the surface of the water, or lake without a shing license, but you may not underwater spear shing—to take carp in any take more than one gallon in a seven-day period. water during its open shing season. Carp are the only nongame sh you may take Checkpoints and officer in the following waters: contacts Utah Code §§ 23-20-25 and 77-23-104 • San Juan River • Colorado River The Division is the trustee and guardian of • Green River (from the con uence Utah’s sh and wildlife. Division conservation with the Colorado River upstream to o cers monitor the taking and possession of sh, the Colorado state line in Dinosaur and the required licenses and equipment used for National Monument) shing. You should expect to encounter conserva- • Green River (from the Colorado state tion o cers and biologists checking anglers at line in Browns Park upstream to waters and at checkpoints across Utah. Flaming Gorge Dam, including Gorge If you meet a conservation o cer, you must Creek, a tributary that enters the provide the items he or she asks for, including any Green River at Little Hole) licenses required for shing, any devices used to • White River (Uintah County) participate in shing and any sh that you’ve taken. • Duchesne River (from the Myton SR- These contacts allow the Division to collect valuable 40 bridge to the con uence with the information about sh populations in Utah. Green River) • Virgin River (main stem and the north and east forks) • Ash Creek • Beaver Dam Wash • Fort Pierce Wash • La Verkin Creek • Santa Clara River (from Pine Valley Reservoir downstream to the con u- ence with the Virgin River) • Diamond Fork • Thistle Creek • Main Canyon Creek (tributary to Walls- burg Creek) 13
    • GENERAL RULES: POSSESSION AND Utah Fishing • 2010 TRANSPORTATION Utah Code § 23-20-3 Once you’ve taken a sh or cray sh, several rules apply to how you can use it. Please be familiar with the following general rules for possessing and transporting sh and cray sh. Dead fish and crayfish a registered commercial shing installation, a Utah Code § 4-37-305 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-16 private pond owner or a short-term shing event, At most Utah waters, you can dress or you may only possess or transport dead sh if you llet game sh, remove their heads or tails, or have a receipt. The receipt must include all of the otherwise physically alter the sh at either of the following information: following times: • The species and number of sh • Immediately after you nish shing (while • The date the sh were caught still at the water where you caught the sh) • The certi cate of registration number of the –OR– installation, pond or short-term shing event • After you reach a sh-cleaning station, • The name, address and telephone a camp or your principal means of land number of the seller transportation To help prevent the spread of disease, dead sh NOTE: Do not dispose of entrails and and cray sh may not be moved between waters. carcasses on the bank. Leave them in the water where you caught the sh. Live fish and crayfish Utah Code § 23-13-14 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-17 There are a few Utah waters where di erent lleting rules apply. Trout and/or salmon taken • You may not release sh or cray sh into at Strawberry Reservoir, Sco eld Reservoir and the wild except as provided in the Wildlife Panguitch Lake—and smallmouth bass taken Code, rule, proclamation or order of the at Jordanelle—may not be lleted, and their Wildlife Board. For example, you can release heads or tails may not be removed in the eld or sh caught at Sco eld Reservoir back into in transit. Sco eld, but you cannot take live sh from While you are in the act of shing, it is Sco eld and place those sh in another unlawful to possess sh that have been dressed water. Any person who moves live sh from or lleted. This does not apply to sh that are one body of water to another is guilty of a processed for immediate consumption or to sh class A misdemeanor. held from a previous day’s catch. • You may use live sh stringers, live wells If you have a valid shing or combination or holding cages to store sh or cray sh license, a legal limit of game sh or cray sh can while shing on the water where you accompany you as you travel within Utah or as caught them. you leave Utah. • A trout, salmon or grayling may not be You may possess or transport a legal limit of released if it’s been held on a stringer or game sh or cray sh caught by another person in a sh basket, live well or any other type if you have a donation letter from that person of device. (please see the Donating section on page 15 for • You may not transport live sh or more information.) cray sh away from the water where they If you have purchased or obtained sh from were taken. 14
    • Release of tagged or to abandon a sh or cray sh or allow it to spoil or Utah Fishing • 2010 marked fish be used in a manner not normally associated with Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-18 its bene cial use. For example, using the meat of You may not, without prior authorization game sh as fertilizer or for trapping bait is not from the Division, perform any of the considered a bene cial use of the meat.) following activities: • Tag, mark or n-clip sh for the purpose Season dates and of o ering a prize or reward as part of a bag and possession limits Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-19 contest • Introduce a tagged, marked or n-clipped This section provides general rules for shing sh into any water in the state in Utah. Many waters have localized and speci c • Tag, mark or n-clip a sh and return it to rules. These rules can be found in the Rules for the water Speci c Waters section beginning on page 18. On waters that have a speci c rule, that rule Disposal of aquatic wildlife takes precedence over the general rules below: Utah Code § 23-20-9 Donating Closed areas The following are the only places where you All of the state’s sh hatcheries are closed to may donate or give protected aquatic wildlife or shing. All of the state’s waterfowl management its parts to another person: areas are also closed to shing unless they’re • The residence of the donor posted open to shing or they’re listed as open to • The residence of the recipient shing in the Rules for Speci c Waters section that • A meat locker begins on page 18. • A storage plant Season dates • A meat-processing facility Utah’s general sh and cray sh season is Jan. You may not donate sh in the eld. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010. Fish may be caught by A written statement of donation must be kept angling or setline 24 hours a day. Underwater with the protected aquatic wildlife or parts that spear shing is allowed from o cial sunrise to includes all of the following information: o cial sunset. See “Underwater Spear shing” on • The number and species of protected pages 10–11 for details. aquatic wildlife or parts donated • The date of donation Bag and possession limits • The license or permit number of the donor • Any trout, salmon or grayling that is not • The signature of the donor immediately released and that’s held in your possession—whether the sh is Purchasing or selling dead or alive—is part of your bag and Utah Code § 23-20-3 possession limit. You may not purchase or sell protected • A trout, salmon or grayling may not be aquatic wildlife or its parts except as provided in released if it’s been held in or on a stringer, the Wildlife Code, rule, proclamation or order of sh basket, livewell or by any other device. the Wildlife Board. • Any sh that doesn’t meet the size, bag or Wasting species rules for the water you’re shing Utah Code § 23-20-8 must be returned to the water immediately. You may not waste any sh or cray sh or per- • In Utah, the bag and possession limits are mit them to be wasted or spoiled. (Waste means the same. For example, once you’ve har- 15
    • vested a limit of trout, you cannot harvest water, you can’t sh at that river until you Utah Fishing • 2010 any more trout until you’ve consumed or consume at least one of the cutthroats you donated at least some of the trout you’ve harvested earlier. You may continue to sh harvested. So, if you eat one trout, you can while in possession of a full limit, but you harvest one more the next day; if you eat must immediately release any additional a full limit, you can harvest a full limit the sh you catch. next day. • Residents and nonresidents who are under • You may not sh at waters that have a 12 years of age may sh without a license speci c bag or size limit if you possess sh and take a full bag and possession limit. in violation of that limit. For example, if the • The following general bag and possession cutthroat trout limit at a river you’d like to limits apply statewide, except as provided sh is two cutthroats, and you harvested in the Rules for Speci c Waters section that three cutthroats earlier that day at another begins on page 18: BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS Bluegill and green sun sh in the 50 Northern pike* 6 aggregate* Tiger muskellunge* 1 over 40 Bonneville cisco 30 inches Bullhead 24 Sacramento perch 10 Burbot (Anglers must not release No limit Striped bass No limit any burbot they catch. All burbot Trout, including salmon, grayling 4 caught must be immediately and hybrids in the aggregate, killed.) except no more than two can be Channel cat sh* 8 lake trout/mackinaw. Also, you Community sheries (The limit 2 can take extra brook trout at some includes sh of any species, but waters in the state.* anglers are encouraged to release all largemouth bass. See the Walleye* 10, only complete list of community waters 1 over 24 on page 21.) inches Crappie* 50 White sh* 10 Cray sh No limit White bass No limit Largemouth and smallmouth bass 6 Wiper* 6 in the aggregate* Yellow perch* 50 Nongame species (except prohib- No limit ited sh; see page 12 for a list of * On some waters, speci c bag or size restrictions apply. prohibited sh) Please see the Rules for Speci c Waters section on pages 18–32 for variations. 16
    • FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES Utah Fishing • 2010 Go online to learn about elevated mercury levels in some of Utah’s sh. Fish are an important part of a healthy diet, First, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and most are safe to eat on a regular basis. You and the Utah Department of Environmental should, however, limit your intake of some sh Quality (DEQ) obtain sh samples from lakes and populations found in certain Utah waters. rivers across the state. Then, the DEQ analyzes Why? Recent testing identi ed elevated the samples and forwards the results to the Utah levels of mercury in some populations of sh. Department of Health (DOH). After reviewing Over time, eating these sh can be dangerous if the data, the DOH decides whether to issue a consumed in large amounts. consumption advisory. Be sure to visit the Utah Fish Advisories Web This tight partnership makes shadvisories. site— shadvisories.utah.gov—before eating utah.gov your best resource for accurate, up-to- the sh you catch. The advisory site is updated date sh consumption advisories. frequently and has the latest information about mercury levels in Utah’s sh and waters. For more information If you decide to share your sh with To learn more about Utah’s ongoing battle family or friends, be sure to communicate any with mercury, visit www.deq.utah.gov/Issues/ relevant advisories. Mercury/workgroup.htm. For more information about the health e ects of mercury, visit The latest, most accurate data www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts46.html. Three government agencies work together closely to keep the Utah Fish Advisories Web site current. HOW TO MEASURE A FISH 1. Place the sh on its side with the jaw closed. 2. Squeeze the tail n together or turn it so you obtain the maximum overall length. 3. Measure a straight line from the tip of the snout to the Length extreme tip of the tail n. 17
    • RULES FOR SPECIFIC WATERS Utah Fishing • 2010 Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-20 The rules below take precedence over the general rules listed earlier in this guide- book. The seasons, bag limits and other restrictions in this section apply only to the waters listed below. General rules apply to all of the waters NOT listed in this section (see the Bag and Possession Limits section on page 16 to learn more about catching and harvesting sh at waters that are NOT listed in this section): American Fork Creek, Utah County • When ice shing for sh other than East from Utah Lake to I-15. cisco, the size of the hole may not exceed • CLOSED March 1 through 6 a.m. on the rst 18 inches. Saturday of May. • Anglers may keep foul-hooked Bonneville cisco that are taken through normal, legal Ashley Creek, Uintah County shing activities. Steinaker (Thornburg) diversion to the water • A person may not possess a multipoint treatment plant near the mouth of Ashley Gorge. hook with a weight permanently or rigidly • Limit 2 trout. attached directly to the shank; or a weight • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. suspended below a multipoint hook unless Aspen-Mirror Lake, Kane County the hook is on an unweighted dropper line • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the third that is at least three inches long. Saturday of April. Bear Lake tributaries, Rich County • Fishing from a boat or a oat tube is unlawful. (a) Big Spring Creek from Lamborn Diversion (ap- Badger Hollow, Wasatch County proximately 500 yards below SR-30) downstream See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. to Bear Lake and that area extending from the mouth out into the lake 1,000 feet, or as buoyed. Barney Lake, Piute County • CLOSED April 15 through 6 a.m. on the • Limit 2 trout. second Saturday of July. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY, AND ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY (Jan. 1 through April Bear Lake, Rich County 14 and from 6 a.m. on the second Saturday • See Fishing Across State Lines on pages 6–7 of July through Dec. 31). for license requirements. (b) Swan Creek from the headwater spring • Limit 2 trout. downstream to Bear Lake and that area extending • Cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat from the mouth out into the lake 1,000 feet, or as markings with all ns intact must be imme- buoyed. diately released. Only cutthroat trout that • CLOSED April 15 through 6 a.m. on the have had one or more healed ns clipped second Saturday of July. may be kept. • CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY, AND ARTIFICIAL • Cisco may be taken with a handheld dipnet. FLIES AND LURES ONLY (Jan. 1 through April Net opening may not exceed 18 inches in 14 and from 6 a.m. on the second Saturday any dimension. When dipnetting through of July through Dec. 31). the ice, the size of the hole is unrestricted. A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. 18
    • Beaver Creek, Cache County Districts: general locations known as the North Utah Fishing • 2010 See Logan River. Boulder Slope, East Boulder Slope, South Boulder Slope, Gri n Top, Boulder Top, Escalante Moun- Beaver Creek, San Juan County tain; EXCEPT Pine Lake, Wide Hollow Reservoir and Tributary to La Sal Creek. Lower Bowns Reservoir in Gar eld County where • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout general rules apply, and EXCEPT Dougherty Basin or trout with cutthroat markings. Lake in Gar eld County where separate speci c • All cutthroat trout must be immediately rules apply. released. • Limit 4 trout. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • Only 2 trout over 14 inches. Beaver River, Beaver County • Bonus limit of 4 brook trout (total limit From Minersville Reservoir upstream to the bridge of no more than 8 trout if at least 4 are at Greenville. brook trout). • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Seasonal Restrictions: The following restriction Saturday of July. applies to most Boulder Mountain lakes, ponds and reservoirs. Beer Creek, Utah County • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the third Includes Benjamin Slough, east from Utah Lake Saturday of April and Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. to I-15. The above restriction does not apply to the follow- • CLOSED March 1 through 6 a.m. on the rst ing waters, which are OPEN year round: Barker Saturday of May. Reservoir, Garkane East Fork Impoundment, Gar- kane Main Impoundment, Lower Barker Reservoir, Benches Pond tributaries, Sanpete County Lower Bowns Reservoir, North Creek Reservoir, • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Pine Lake, Posey Lake, Oak Creek Reservoir and Saturday of July. Wide Hollow Reservoir (all in Gar eld County); Bicknell Bottoms, Wayne County and Blind Lake, Coleman Reservoir, Cook Lake, This area is along the Fremont River. Donkey Reservoir, Miller Lake and Pine Creek • OPEN to shing, except where posted Reservoir (all in Wayne County). CLOSED. Bountiful Lake, Davis County Big Spring Creek, Rich County See Community Fishing Waters. See Bear Lake tributaries. Broad Hollow, Wasatch County Black Ridge Reservoir, Salt Lake County See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. See Community Fishing Waters. Brough Reservoir, Uintah County Blue Lake, Tooele County • Limit 1 trout over 22 inches. • No limit for tilapia. • All trout 22 inches or smaller must be im- • Anglers must not release any tilapia they mediately released. catch. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • All tilapia must be immediately killed. Brown Duck Basin, Duchesne County Uinta Mountains—all streams in the Brown Duck Boulder Mountain streams and lakes, Basin and the outlet of Clemments Reservoir to its Gar eld and Wayne counties con uence with Lake Fork Creek. Bag and Possession Limits: Including the Dixie National Forest; Teasdale and Escalante Ranger 19
    • • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Cold Springs Lakes, Box Elder County Utah Fishing • 2010 Saturday of July. Also called Honeyville Ponds. • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the Satur- Bryants Fork, Wasatch County day before Memorial Day. See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. Co-op Creek, Wasatch County Bullock Reservoir, Uintah County See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. • Unlawful to use whole sh for bait. Cut bait sh must not be larger than one inch in Coal Canyon, Wasatch County any dimension and no more than one piece See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. per hook. Colorado River, Grand and San Juan counties Calder Reservoir, Uintah County • Limit 24 channel cat sh. • Limit 1 trout over 22 inches. • Limit 12 northern pike. • All trout 22 inches or smaller must be im- • Species of threatened and endangered sh mediately released. occur in the Colorado. See page 12 for a list • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. of prohibited sh. Canyon View Park Pond, Utah County Cottonwood Reservoir, Uintah County See Community Fishing Waters. • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over 15 inches. Causey Reservoir, Weber County • Unlawful to use whole sh for bait. Cut • CLOSED to the possession of kokanee bait sh must not be larger than one inch salmon with any red color within the in any dimension, with no more than one high water mark of the reservoir from piece per hook. Aug. 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September. Cove Pond, Salt Lake County See Community Fishing Waters. Causey Reservoir tributaries, Weber County Right and left forks of South Fork Ogden River. Cow Hollow, Wasatch County • Limit 2 trout and salmon in the aggregate. See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • CLOSED Aug. 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Currant Creek, Wasatch County Saturday of September. From Water Hollow Creek upstream to the head- waters, including all tributaries to Currant Creek Chicken Creek, Wasatch County Reservoir, but not the reservoir itself. See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. • Limit 2 trout. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Chipman Creek, Wasatch County See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. Deer Creek Reservoir, Wasatch County • Limit 6 bass. All bass over 12 inches must Clinton Pond, Davis County be immediately released. See Community Fishing Waters. Deer Valley Lakes, Wasatch County Clyde Creek, Wasatch County • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. 20
    • Utah Fishing • 2010 Community fishing Emery County: Green River State Park Golf Course Ponds and Huntington Game Farm Ponds waters Iron County: Leigh Hill Reservoir, Parowan The following rules apply to all the sher- ies listed below: Pond and Woods Pond Juab County: Burraston Ponds • Limit 2 sh. (Daily bag and possession Salt Lake County: Black Ridge Reservoir, limit is a combined total of 2 sh for all Cove Pond, Kidney Pond, Midas Pond, Millrace species. For example, you could catch Park Pond, Riverton Pond, Sandy Urban Fish- and keep 1 trout and 1 channel cat sh, ery, Sunset Pond and Willow Park Pond or 2 trout, or 2 channel cat sh, but no Utah County: Canyon View Park Pond, more than the limit of 2 sh per day.) Highland Glen Park Pond, Manila Creek Pond, • Anglers are encouraged to voluntarily Salem Pond, Spanish Oaks Reservoir, Spring release all largemouth bass. Lake and Vivian Park Pond (Note: Spanish Oaks • Waters are open to shing only when the Reservoir is closed Dec. 1 through 6 a.m. on community parks are open to the public. the last Saturday of February.) Box Elder County: Mayors Pond and Pioneer Washington County: Hurricane Pond Park Pond (Grandpa’s Pond), Razor Ridge Pond, Skyline Cache County: Skylars Pond (West Willow Drive Pond and Tawa Ponds (Upper and Lower) Pond) Weber County: Fort Buenaventura, Glass- Carbon County: Gigliotti Pond mans Pond and Meadow Creek Pond Davis County: Bountiful Lake, Clinton Check the Community Fishing booklet Pond, Farmington Pond, Jensen Park Pond or visit wildlife.utah.gov/cf for speci c site (Syracuse Pond), Kaysville Ponds, Mabey Pond recreation rules. and Steed Pond • Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, CATCH AND Duck Creek, Kane County RELEASE ONLY. • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the third • Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, limit 2 trout under Saturday of April. 16 inches. Duck Creek Springs Lake, Kane County Dougherty Basin Lake, Gar eld County • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the third Boulder Mountain—lake and out ow from dam Saturday of April. downstream one-quarter mile. • Fishing from a boat or a oat tube • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout is unlawful. or trout with cutthroat markings. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Duck Fork Creek and other tributaries to • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Duck Fork Reservoir, Sanpete County Saturday of July. • Limit 2 tiger trout. • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout Dry Creek, Utah County or trout with cutthroat markings. East from Utah Lake to I-15. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • CLOSED March 1 through 6 a.m. on the rst • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Saturday of May. Saturday of July. 21
    • Duck Fork Reservoir, Sanpete County Ferron Reservoir tributaries, Sanpete County Utah Fishing • 2010 • Limit 2 tiger trout. • Limit 4 trout. • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout • Bonus limit of 4 brook trout (total limit or trout with cutthroat markings. of no more than 8 trout if at least 4 are • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. brook trout). • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second East Fork Little Bear River and its tributar- Saturday of July. ies, Cache County Upstream from Porcupine Reservoir. Fish Lake, Sevier County • CLOSED Aug. 15 through 6 a.m. on the last • Limit 4 trout, no more than 2 may be lake Saturday of September. trout/mackinaw and only 1 may be a lake trout/mackinaw larger than 20 inches. East Fork Little Bear River, Cache County • Underwater spear shing is permitted from Porcupine Dam downstream to the Avon-Paradise 6 a.m. on the rst Saturday of June through County road (165), second stream crossing below Sept. 15. reservoir. • When ice shing, the size of the hole may • Limit 2 trout and salmon in the aggregate. not exceed 18 inches. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Daggett County East Fork Sevier River, Gar eld and Piute See Fishing Across State Lines on pages 6–7 for counties license and permit requirements. (a) Feeder canal from the diversion near Antimony • Limit 4 trout or kokanee salmon (EXCLUD- to Otter Creek Reservoir: ING LAKE TROUT) in the aggregate, no more • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second than 3 may be kokanee salmon. Saturday of July. • Limit 8 lake trout/mackinaw, only 1 may (b) From the BLM boundary (about four miles exceed 28 inches. south of the town of Antimony) upstream to the • All kokanee salmon caught from Sept. con uence of Deer Creek: 10 through Nov. 30 must be immediately • Limit 2 trout. released. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • Linwood Bay, west of a line from the east- East Fork Smiths Fork River, Summit County ernmost point of the south shore of Linwood • CLOSED Aug. 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Bay (mouth of canyon) to easternmost point Saturday of September. of the north shore of Linwood Bay (Lucerne Point), CLOSED between o cial sunset Echo Reservoir, Summit County and sunrise, Oct. 15 through 6 a.m. on the • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over second Saturday of December. 12 inches. • Limit 6 cat sh. • Limit 10 smallmouth and largemouth bass Farmington Pond, Davis County in the aggregate. See Community Fishing Waters. • No limit for burbot. Anglers must not Ferron Reservoir, Sanpete County release any burbot they catch. All burbot • Limit 4 trout. must be immediately killed. • Bonus limit of 4 brook trout (total limit • No line may have more than 3 baited of no more than 8 trout if at least 4 are hooks or arti cial ies in series or more brook trout). than 3 lures. 22
    • • When ice shing, the hole size may not • Anglers must not release any bass they Utah Fishing • 2010 exceed 18 inches. catch. • A person may use up to six lines without a • All bass must be immediately killed. second-pole permit when shing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir through the ice. When Grassy Trail Reservoir, Carbon County using more than two lines at Flaming Gorge • CLOSED TO FISHING. Reservoir, the angler’s name shall be at- Green River, Carbon, Daggett, Emery, Grand, tached to each line, pole or tip-up, and the San Juan, Uintah and Wayne counties angler shall check only their lines. (a) From con uence with Colorado River upstream • Open to taking burbot by means of under- to Colorado state line in Dinosaur National Monu- water spear shing from Jan. 1 through ment: Dec. 31, 24 hours each day. Arti cial light • Limit 24 channel cat sh. is permitted while engaged in underwater • Limit 12 northern pike. spear shing for burbot. Arti cial light may • No limit for smallmouth bass. Anglers must not be used to take other sh species with not release any bass they catch. All bass spear shing techniques. No other species must be immediately killed. of sh may be taken with underwater (b) From Colorado state line in Browns Park spear shing techniques between o cial upstream to Flaming Gorge Dam; including Gorge sunset and o cial sunrise. Creek, a tributary entering the Green River at Gigliotti Pond, Carbon County Little Hole: See Community Fishing Waters. • Limit 3 trout (2 under 15 inches and 1 over 22 inches). Glassmans Pond, Weber County • All trout from 15 to 22 inches must be See Community Fishing Waters. immediately released. • No limit for smallmouth bass. Gooseberry Creek, Sanpete County • Anglers must not release any smallmouth A Sco eld Reservoir tributary. bass they catch. • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second • All smallmouth bass must be immediately Saturday of July. killed. Gooseberry Reservoir tributaries, Sanpete • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. County • CLOSED to shing from a boat with a motor • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second between the Utah-Colorado state line and Saturday of July. Flaming Gorge Dam. Grandaddy Lake tributaries, Duchesne Green River State Park Golf Course Ponds, County Emery County Located in the Uinta Mountains. See Community Fishing Waters. • All tributaries to Grandaddy Lake CLOSED Gunlock Reservoir, Washington County Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Satur- • Limit 6 largemouth bass: 4 may be under 10 day of July. inches, and 2 may be over 20 inches. Grantsville Reservoir, Tooele County • All largemouth bass from 10 to 20 inches • No limit for smallmouth bass. must be immediately released. A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. 23
    • Highland Glen Park Pond, Utah County or trout with cutthroat markings. Utah Fishing • 2010 See Community Fishing Waters. • Anglers are encouraged to harvest tiger trout. Hobble Creek, Utah County • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. East from Utah Lake to I-15. • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second • CLOSED March 1 through 6 a.m. on the rst Saturday of July. Saturday of May. Huntington North Reservoir, Emery County Honeyville Ponds, Box Elder County Near the city of Huntington. Also called Cold Springs Lakes. • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over 12 • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the Satur- inches. day before Memorial Day. Hurricane Pond, Washington County Horse Creek, Wasatch County See Community Fishing Waters. See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. Hyrum Reservoir, Cache County Huntington Creek, Emery County • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over Below Electric Lake. 12 inches. (a) Right Fork (from Flood and Engineers canyons upstream to Electric Lake Dam): Indian Creek, Wasatch County • Limit 2 trout. See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES ONLY. (b) Left Fork (from top of USFS campground, near Jensen Park Pond, Davis County con uence with Right Fork, to the headwaters, Also called Syracuse Pond. See Community Fishing including all tributaries: Scad Valley Creek, Rolfson Waters. Creek, Lake Creek, Staker Creek, Millers Flat Creek Joes Valley Reservoir, Emery County and Paradise Creek): • Limit 4 trout, only 1 trout may be over • Anglers are encouraged to harvest 18 inches. brown trout. • CLOSED Nov. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Saturday of December. Huntington Game Farm Ponds, Emery Johnson Reservoir, Sevier County County • Unlawful to use whole sh for bait. Cut Emery Farm Harvey Place Wildlife Management bait sh must not be larger than one inch in Area. any dimension and no more than one piece See Community Fishing Waters. per hook. Huntington Reservoir, Sanpete County Jones Hole Creek, Uintah County Near the top of Huntington Canyon. • Limit 2 trout, only 1 may be a brown trout • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout over 15 inches. or trout with cutthroat markings. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Huntington Reservoir tributaries, Sanpete Jordanelle Reservoir, Wasatch County County • Limit 6 bass. All bass over 12 inches must be Near the top of Huntington Canyon. immediately released. • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. 24
    • • Bass may not be lleted, and the heads striped bass. ONLY commercially prepared Utah Fishing • 2010 or tails may not be removed in the eld or anchovies and sardines may be used for in transit. chumming. • Ga s may be used to land striped bass only. Kaysville Ponds, Davis County • Carp and striped bass may be taken See Community Fishing Waters. by means of underwater spear shing Kidney Pond, Salt Lake County year round. See Community Fishing Waters. • Archery and underwater spear shing are prohibited within all of the following areas: Kolob Reservoir, Washington County • One-quarter mile of all existing • Limit 2 trout under 15 inches or over 22 developed areas, including shoreline inches. campgrounds, docks, launch ramps, • All trout from 15 to 22 inches must be im- breakwaters and trailheads mediately released. • One-quarter mile of any structure, in- • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY from cluding any building, shed, pump-out, Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the third Saturday boat dock, breakwater, permanent in May, and from the second Saturday in harbor xture, camper, motor home, September through Dec. 31. trailer, tent or vehicle • Rainbow Bridge National Monument Kolob Reservoir tributaries, Washington • One-quarter mile of Dangling Rope County Marina, including any land- or harbor- Upstream from Kolob Reservoir. based structures • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second • One hundred yards (300 feet) of Saturday of July. any boats (unless the person owns, Lake Canyon Lake, Duchesne County rents, leases or lawfully occupies the • Limit 2 trout, only 1 may be a cutthroat boat), or another boat moves into the trout over 22 inches. 100-yard perimeter after the bow or • All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must spear shing activity has commenced be immediately released. Leigh Hill Reservoir, Iron County • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. See Community Fishing Waters. Lake Powell, Gar eld, Kane and San Juan Little Co-op Creek, Wasatch County counties See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. See Fishing Across State Lines on pages 6–7 for license and permit requirements, and Fishing Little Creek Reservoir, Rich County Methods/Bait on page 9 for use of dead shad as • Limit 8 trout from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. bait in Lake Powell. • Limit 4 trout from Jan. 1 through July 31 • Limit 20 smallmouth bass. and from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. • Limit 5 largemouth bass. • Limit 10 crappie. Little Dell Reservoir, Salt Lake County • Limit 25 channel cat sh. • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout • No limit on striped bass. or trout with cutthroat markings. • No line may have more than 3 baited hooks • All cutthroat trout must be immediately or more than 3 lures. released. • Chumming is only allowed for taking • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. 25
    • Logan River, Cache County Manning Meadow Reservoir, tributaries Utah Fishing • 2010 (a) From Card Canyon Bridge upstream to the and spillway, Piute County highway bridge at Red Banks Campground, • Limit 1 trout over 22 inches. including all tributary streams in between: • All trout 22 inches or smaller must be im- • Limit 2 trout and white sh in the aggregate. mediately released. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY (b) From the highway bridge at Red Banks Camp- • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second ground upstream to the Idaho state line, including Saturday of July. all tributaries: • Limit 2 trout and white sh in the aggregate. Mantua Reservoir, Box Elder County • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over Saturday of July. 12 inches. Lost Creek, Morgan County Maybey Pond, Davis County The entire drainage upstream, beginning at the See Community Fishing Waters. bridge (culvert) approximately one-quarter mile Mayors Pond, Box Elder County above Lost Creek Reservoir; EXCEPT Squaw Creek. See Community Fishing Waters. • CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Meadow Creek Pond, Weber County See Community Fishing Waters. Lost Creek Reservoir, Morgan County • CLOSED to shing 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Midas Pond, Salt Lake County See Community Fishing Waters. Lower Fish Creek (Price River), Carbon and Utah counties Mill Meadow Reservoir, Sevier County From the railroad bridge (approximately one mile • Limit 8 tiger muskie of any size (no size below the Sco eld Reservoir dam) downstream to restrictions on tiger muskie on this water). the con uence with the White River. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Millrace Park Pond, Salt Lake County See Community Fishing Waters. Mammoth Creek, Gar eld County From the canal diversion (about three miles up- Minersville Reservoir, Beaver County stream from the Mammoth Creek Fish Hatchery), • Limit 1 trout over 22 inches. upstream 7.5 miles to the end of Hatch Meadow • All trout 22 inches or smaller must be im- and the beginning of summer home sites. mediately released. • Limit 2 trout between 10 and 15 inches. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • All trout less than 10 inches and over 15 • Cement outlet channel between dam and inches must be immediately released. spillway pond, approximately 55 feet long, • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. is CLOSED. Manila Creek Pond, Utah County Moon Lake, Duchesne County See Community Fishing Waters. • Limit 4 trout, only 2 may be splake. 26
    • Mountain Dell Creek, Salt Lake County 1 may be a cutthroat or tiger trout over Utah Fishing • 2010 (a) From Mountain Dell Reservoir water line 22 inches. upstream to Little Dell Reservoir. • All cutthroat and tiger trout from 15 to 22 • CLOSED TO FISHING. inches must be immediately released. (b) From Little Dell Reservoir water line upstream • Trout may not be lleted and the heads or to headwaters. tails may not be removed in the eld or • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout in transit. or trout with cutthroat markings. • Any trout with cutthroat markings is • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. considered to be a cutthroat trout. To learn • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second how to identify the sh in this water, see the Saturday of July. detailed descriptions that begin on page 50. Mountain Dell Reservoir, Salt Lake County Panguitch Lake tributaries, Gar eld County • CLOSED TO FISHING. Excluding Blue Springs Creek upstream from Bunker Creek Road Bridge. (The bridge is ap- Mud Creek, Wasatch County proximately one mile upstream from Panguitch See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. Lake.) Also excluding Clear Creek upstream from Newcastle Reservoir, Iron County the Panguitch Lake North Shore Highway, located • Limit 2 wiper. approximately one-quarter mile upstream from Panguitch Lake. Newton Reservoir, Cache County • Limit 4 trout in the aggregate. • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over • No more than 2 may be cutthroat or tiger 12 inches. trout under 15 inches, and no more than • CLOSED to the possession of tiger muskie. All 1 may be a cutthroat or tiger trout over 22 tiger muskie must be immediately released. inches. • Unlawful to use whole sh for bait. Cut • All cutthroat and tiger trout from 15 to 22 bait sh must not be larger than one inch inches must be immediately released. in any dimension and no more than one • Any trout with cutthroat markings is con- piece per hook. sidered to be a cutthroat trout. To learn how to identify the sh in these waters, see the Ogden River, Weber County detailed descriptions that begin on page 50. From Pineview Dam downstream to the rst • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second bridge, approximately one-half mile. Saturday of July. • CLOSED TO FISHING. Paragonah (Red Creek) Reservoir, Iron Otter Creek Stream, Piute County County From Otter Creek Reservoir upstream to the Angle • Limit 8 trout. Diversion. • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Paragonah (Red Creek) Reservoir tributar- Saturday of July. ies, Iron County • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Panguitch Lake, Gar eld County Saturday of July. • Limit 4 trout in the aggregate. • No more than 2 may be cutthroat or tiger Parleys Creek, Salt Lake County trout under 15 inches, and no more than (a) From Mountain Dell Reservoir to SR-65. • CLOSED TO FISHING. 27
    • (b) From SR-65 upstream to headwaters. Porcupine Reservoir, Cache County Utah Fishing • 2010 • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout • Limit 12 trout and salmon, only 4 may be or trout with cutthroat markings. rainbow, cutthroat or brown trout in the • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. aggregate. To take 12 sh, you must possess • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second at least 8 salmon. Saturday of July. • CLOSED to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red color from Aug. 15 through 6 Parowan Pond, Iron County a.m. on the last Saturday of September. See Community Fishing Waters. • See EAST FORK LITTLE BEAR RIVER. Pelican Lake, Uintah County Price River (Lower Fish Creek), Carbon and • Limit 20 bluegill and green sun sh in Utah counties the aggregate. From the railroad bridge (approximately one mile • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over below the Sco eld Reservoir dam) downstream to 15 inches. the con uence with the White River. Petes Hole Reservoir tributaries, Sanpete • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. County Provo River, Summit, Utah and Wasatch counties • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second (a) East from Center Street Bridge (entrance to Saturday of July. Utah Lake State Park) to I-15 (Utah County): Pine Hollow, Wasatch County • CLOSED to taking of nongame sh by See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. methods other than angling. • CLOSED March 1 through 6 a.m. on the rst Pine Lake inflow, Gar eld County Saturday of May. In ow including spawning channel. (b) Upstream from Olmstead Diversion Dam to • CLOSED TO FISHING. Deer Creek Reservoir (Utah and Wasatch counties): • Limit 2 trout under 15 inches. Pineview Reservoir, Weber County • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over 12 (c) From Legacy Bridge on Midway Lane (SR-113) inches. in Midway upstream to the Jordanelle Dam • Limit 20 crappie. (Wasatch County): • CLOSED to the possession of tiger muskie. All • Limit 2 trout under 15 inches. tiger muskie must be immediately released. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • Tiger muskie may not be taken by means of (d) From Jordanelle Reservoir upstream to the underwater spear shing. con uence of the South Fork Provo River (Wasatch • Unlawful to use whole sh for bait. Cut County): bait sh must not be larger than one inch in • Limit 2 brown trout under 15 inches. any dimension and no more than one piece • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat and per hook. rainbow trout and their hybrids. All cut- • CLOSED inside buoys by spillway near throat and rainbow trout and their hybrids the dam. must be immediately released. Pioneer Park Pond, Box Elder County • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. See Community Fishing Waters. 28
    • Quail Creek Reservoir (Quail Lake), Wash- Sage Creek, Wasatch County Utah Fishing • 2010 ington County See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. • Limit 6 largemouth bass: 4 may be under 10 inches, and 2 may be over 20 inches. Salem Pond, Utah County • All largemouth bass from 10 to 20 inches See Community Fishing Waters. must be immediately released. San Juan River, San Juan County Rainbow Reservoir, Tooele County • Limit 24 channel cat sh. • OPEN to shing on the rst Saturday of Sand Hollow Reservoir, Washington County May through Oct. 31 during daylight hours. • Limit 6 largemouth bass, only 1 may be over (A gate will be closed and locked from dusk 12 inches. to dawn.) • Facility CLOSED Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 and Sandy Urban Fishery, Salt Lake County Jan. 1 through April 30. See Community Fishing Waters. • Fishing at Rainbow Reservoir requires an onpost shing permit, visit wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks Scofield Reservoir, Carbon and Utah counties for more information. • Limit 4 trout in the aggregate. • Shore shing only. • No more than 2 may be cutthroat or tiger trout under 15 inches, and no more than Razor Ridge Pond, Washington County 1 may be a cutthroat or tiger trout over 22 See Community Fishing Waters. inches. • All cutthroat and tiger trout from 15 to 22 Red Butte Creek and Red Butte Reservoir, inches must be immediately released. Salt Lake County • Trout may not be lleted, and the heads • CLOSED TO FISHING. or tails may not be removed in the eld or Red Fleet Reservoir, Uintah County in transit. • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over 15 inches. • Any trout with cutthroat markings is • No limit for walleye. considered to be a cutthroat trout. To learn • Anglers must not release any walleye how to identify the sh in this water, see the they catch. detailed descriptions that begin on page 50. • All walleye must be immediately killed. Scofield Reservoir tributaries, Carbon, Right Fork of Logan River, Cache County Sanpete and Utah counties See Logan River. Including Gooseberry Creek. • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Riverton Pond, Salt Lake County Saturday of July. See Community Fishing Waters. Sheep Creek, Daggett County Road Hollow, Wasatch County From Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. Ashley National Forest boundary. • CLOSED Aug. 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Rockport Reservoir (Wanship Reservoir), Saturday of November. Summit County • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over 12 inches. A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. 29
    • Sheep Creek Lake, Daggett County Squaw Creek, Wasatch County Utah Fishing • 2010 • Limit 2 trout, only 1 may be a cutthroat See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. trout over 22 inches. • All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must Steeds Pond, Davis County be immediately released. See Community Fishing Waters. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Steinaker Reservoir, Uintah County • CLOSED near the spawning trap and por- • Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over 15 tions of the lake and canal, as posted during inches. the spring spawning operations. Strawberry Reservoir, Wasatch County Skylars Pond (West Willow Pond), • Limit 4 trout or kokanee salmon in the Cache County aggregate. See Community Fishing Waters. • No more than 2 may be cutthroat trout Skyline Drive Pond, Washington County under 15 inches, and no more than 1 may See Community Fishing Waters. be a cutthroat trout over 22 inches. • All cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches Soldier Creek, Wasatch County must be immediately released. See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. • Trout and salmon may not be lleted, and the heads or tails may not be removed in Spanish Fork River, Utah County the eld or in transit. East from Utah Lake to I-15. • Anglers are encouraged to voluntarily • CLOSED to shing March 1 through 6 a.m. release all cutthroat trout. on the rst Saturday of May. • Any trout with cutthroat characteristics Spanish Oaks Reservoir, Utah County (not necessarily jaw slashing) is considered • CLOSED to shing Dec. 1 through 6 a.m. on to be a cutthroat trout. Slash marks under the last Saturday of February. the jaw should not be used to distinguish See Community Fishing Waters. Bear Lake cutthroat trout from rainbow trout at Strawberry. Slashing is some- Spring Creek, Utah County times absent on Bear Lake cutthroats and (a) East from Utah Lake to I-15: sometimes visible on rainbows. Better • CLOSED to shing March 1 through 6 a.m. characteristics are deep orange pelvic and on the rst Saturday of May. anal ns on the cutthroats, and white- (b) Springville State Fish Hatchery and the Divi- tipped pink to gray-green pelvic and anal sion’s Central Region o ce grounds from the Mill ns on the rainbows. Rainbows also have Pond downstream to SR-75: the pinkish lateral stripe on the sides (see • CLOSED TO FISHING. sh descriptions beginning on page 50 of this guide for more information). Spring Lake, Utah County See Community Fishing Waters. Strawberry Reservoir tributaries, Wasatch County Spring Run Creek Utah County (a) Indian Creek and all tributaries to Indian East from Utah Lake to I-15. Creek, Squaw Creek, Strawberry River from • CLOSED March 1 through 6 a.m. on the rst Strawberry Reservoir upstream to USFS Road 124 Saturday of May. (Bull Springs Road), Co-op Creek from con u- A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. 30
    • ence with Strawberry River upstream to US-40, Temple Fork, Cache County Utah Fishing • 2010 and the Central Utah Project Canal (commonly See Logan River. known as the “steps” or “ladders”) from US-40 to Strawberry Reservoir, including that portion of Trail Hollow, Wasatch County the reservoir con ned to the narrow “steps” or See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. “ladders” channel. Trout Creek, Wasatch County • CLOSED TO FISHING YEAR ROUND. See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries. (b) Strawberry River and its tributaries upstream from USFS Road 124 (Bull Springs Road) to its Twin Creek, Sevier County headwaters, Co-op Creek and its tributaries Tributary to Fish Lake. upstream from US-40 to its headwaters, Soldier • CLOSED TO FISHING. Creek, Coal Canyon, Cow Hollow, Trout Creek, Sage Creek, Chicken Creek, Little Co-op Creek, Clyde Uinta Mountains lakes and streams, Creek, Mud Creek, Bryants Fork, Horse Creek, Daggett, Duchesne, Summit, Uintah and Wasatch Chipman Creek, Trail Hollow, Broad Hollow, Pine counties Hollow, Badger Hollow and Road Hollow. Covering streams and lakes in Utah within the • CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY. (All sh must be boundary beginning on I-80 at the Utah-Wyo- immediately released. It is illegal to sh if ming state line southwest of Evanston, Wyoming you have any sh in possession.) and continuing southwest along I-80 to Highway • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. (The use 40 (near Park City); then east along Highway 40 or possession of bait while shing is illegal.) to Vernal, Utah; then north along Highway 44 to • CLOSED May 15 through 6 a.m. on the Manila, Utah; then west on Highway 43 to the second Saturday of July, and from Sept. 1 Wyoming state line; and then west and north through 6 a.m. on the second Saturday of along the Wyoming state line back to the begin- October. ning point at I-80. • Limit 4 trout. Strawberry River, Duchesne and Wasatch • Bonus limit of 4 brook trout (total limit counties of no more than 8 trout if at least 4 are From con uence with Red Creek, near Pinnacles, brook trout). upstream to Soldier Creek Dam. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. UM Creek, Sevier and Wayne counties • No overnight camping on Division land. Upstream from Forsyth Reservoir. • CLOSED to the possession of cutthroat trout Sunset Pond, Salt Lake County or trout with cutthroat markings. See Community Fishing Waters. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Swan Creek, Rich County Upper Kents Lake inflow, Beaver County See Bear Lake tributaries. In ow, approximately 900 feet, from the mouth up to the waterfall. Syracuse Pond, Davis County • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Also called Jensen Park Pond. See Community Saturday of July. Fishing Waters. Utah Lake, Utah County Tawa Ponds, Washington County • Limit 6 largemouth and smallmouth bass in See Community Fishing Waters. the aggregate. A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. 31
    • • All largemouth and smallmouth bass over Willard Bay Reservoir, Box Elder County Utah Fishing • 2010 12 inches must be immediately released. • Limit 10 crappie. • All suckers must be immediately released. • Limit 6 walleye, only 1 walleye may be over 24 inches. Utah Lake tributaries west of I-15, Utah • Possession of gizzard shad, dead or alive, County is unlawful. Including but not limited to: American Fork Creek, Beer Creek, Dry Creek, Hobble Creek, Provo Willard Bay Reservoir inlet channel, Box River, Spanish Fork River, Spring Creek and Spring Elder County Run Creek. From the buoyed start of the channel near the • All suckers must be immediately released. South Marina boat ramp up the channel to the • CLOSED March 1 through 6 a.m. on the rst second set of ba es. This does not include the Saturday of May. South Marina proper or the normal boating chan- nel out of the South Marina into the reservoir. Weber River, Summit County • Limit 10 crappie. From the rst I-80 bridge upstream from Echo • Limit 6 walleye, only 1 walleye may be over Reservoir (near Exit 164) upstream to the I-80 24 inches. bridge near Wanship (near Exit 156). • Possession of gizzard shad, dead or alive, • Limit 2 trout. is unlawful. • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. • CLOSED March 1 through 6 a.m. on the last West Fork Duchesne River, Duchesne and Saturday of April. Wasatch counties Willow Park Pond, Salt Lake County From con uence with North Fork to headwaters, See Community Fishing Waters. including Wolf Creek. • Only 2 trout may be cutthroat trout or trout Wolf Creek, Duchesne and Wasatch counties with cutthroat markings. • Limit 4 trout, only 2 trout may be cutthroat • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. trout or trout with cutthroat markings. • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second • ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES ONLY. Saturday of July. • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Saturday of July. West Willow Pond, Cache County See Skylars Pond. Yankee Meadow Reservoir inlet, Iron County • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Wheeler Creek, Weber County Saturday of July. • CLOSED for approximately one-quarter mile from SR-39 to con uence with Ogden River. White River, Uintah County • Limit 24 channel cat sh. Whitney Reservoir tributaries, Summit County • CLOSED Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the second Saturday of July. A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. 32
    • WATERCRAFT RESTRICTIONS Utah Fishing • 2010 Anglers should check with local, state and federal agencies regarding all watercraft restrictions. The following lists are provided as information only and may not include all of the waters that have restrictions. Fishing from any watercraft is PROHIB- • Barney Lake (Monroe Mountain, Sevier ITED on the following waters: County) • Rock Creek/Upper Stillwater Reservoir • Blanding Reservoir #3 (San Juan County) (Duchesne County) • Blanding Reservoir #4 (San Juan County) • Rainbow Reservoir (Tooele County) • Bonnie Lake (Duchesne River drainage) • Boulder Mountain Lakes (Wayne and Fishing from boats and float tubes is Gar eld counties) (North Boulder Slope, PROHIBITED on the following waters: East Boulder Slope, South Boulder Top, • Aspen-Mirror Lake (Kane County) Gri n Top and Escalante Mountain; EXCEPT • Duck Creek Springs Lake (Kane County) Pine Lake, Wide Hollow Reservoir and Lower • Farmington Pond (Davis County) Bowns Reservoir in Gar eld County) • Holmes Creek Reservoir (Davis County) • Bud Lake (Duchesne County, Duchesne River • Pine Valley Reservoir (Washington County) drainage) • Settlement Canyon Reservoir (Tooele • Burraston Ponds (Juab County) County) • Butter y Lake (Duchesne County, Duchesne Fishing from a boat with a motor of any kind River drainage) is PROHIBITED on the following waters: • Clinton Pond (Davis County) • Anderson Meadow Reservoir (Beaver • Duck Creek (Davis County) County) • Fairview Lakes (Sanpete County) Utah’s boating laws and below). The ag means that someone is rules diving in the area. Boaters have the responsibility to practice By completing a Utah Boating Course, you and advocate safe and ethical use of our may reduce your boat insurance premiums. waterways. If you’re planning to take your For additional boating information, visit boat out on Utah waters, you should take the stateparks.utah.gov/boating. following safety measures: • Wear your life jacket. Utah law requires those under 13 to wear their life jacket when on a boat, and it is recommended everyone wear one. • Let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to return. • Carry the required boating safety equipment. For a detailed list of safety equipment, visit stateparks.utah.gov/ boating/checklist. • Keep your boat 150 feet away from a displayed diver-down ag (illustrated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diver_down_ ag 33
    • • Foy Lake (San Juan County) • Kens Lake (San Juan County) Utah Fishing • 2010 • Green River (Flaming Gorge Dam down- • Lost Lake (Wasatch/Summit counties, Provo stream to Utah-Colorado state line) River drainage) • Labaron Reservoir (Beaver County) • Lloyds Lake (South Creek Reservoir, San • Lily Lake (Summit County, Provo River Juan County) drainage) • Mirror Lake (Duchesne County, Duchesne • Little Dell Reservoir (Salt Lake County) River drainage) • Little Reservoir (Beaver County) • Palisade Lake (Sanpete County) • Maple Lake (Utah County) • Trial Lake (Summit County, Provo River • McClellan Reservoir (Utah County) drainage) • Monticello Lake (San Juan County) • Vernon Reservoir (Tooele County) • Moosehorn Lake (Duchesne County, Duch- • Washington Lake (Summit County, Provo esne River drainage) River drainage) (Note: Tail Lake is considered • Pass Lake (Duchesne County, Duchesne River part of Washington Lake when boating can drainage) be done without lifting or dragging the boat • Payson Reservoir (Utah County) between the two lakes.) • Red Creek Reservoir (Utah County, near Operating a boat above a wakeless speed Payson) is PROHIBITED on the following waters: • Silver Lake Flat Reservoir (Utah County) • Causey Reservoir (Weber County) • Spanish Oaks Reservoir (Utah County) • Lost Creek (Morgan County) • Teapot Lake (Summit County, Provo River • Smith and Morehouse (Summit County) drainage) • Tibble Fork Reservoir (Utah County) Operating a boat with a gas engine over • Tony Grove Lake (Cache County) 10 HP is PROHIBITED on the following waters: • Huntington (near the top of Huntington Fishing from a boat with a gas engine is Canyon) (Sanpete County) PROHIBITED (an electric motor may be used) on the following waters: • Grantsville Reservoir (Tooele County) A state park is associated with this water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information. If you want to sh it tomorrow, help us protect it today. 3337 Turn In a Poacher 34
    • BATTLING INVASIVE SPECIES AND DISEASE Utah Fishing • 2010 Make it a habit to clean, drain and dry your boat and all equipment. Utah’s rivers, lakes and reservoirs are critical your recent boating trips and decontamination to our quality of life. They store drinking water, e orts. It is required by law and must be displayed support industry, nourish crops, sustain sheries in your launch vehicle. and provide popular recreation destinations. Your answers will help you determine That’s why the state of Utah is committed whether your boat needs to be professionally to protecting our waters from invasive mussels, decontaminated prior to launch. other invasive species and whirling disease. If you realize, while completing the form, that you need to decontaminate your boat, please do Invasive mussel damage your part to keep Utah’s waters free of quagga and Invasive quagga and zebra mussels—thumb- zebra mussels. nail-sized clams—have been found in neighbor- For more information on invasive mussels and ing states’ waterways. Test results indicate they decontamination, visit wildlife.utah.gov/mussels. are in Utah as well. These animals reproduce rapidly and pose a Other aquatic invasive huge threat to Utah’s water resources. How serious species is this problem? In other states, the mussels have: Many other aquatic invasive species—such • Cost billions of dollars to control as the New Zealand mudsnail and Eurasian • Jeopardized essential power and water watermilfoil—either already inhabit Utah or infrastructures threaten to arrive. • Destroyed recreation areas and boating These species can crowd or outcompete our equipment existing aquatic resources and have a profound, • Severely damaged ecosystems, displacing negative impact on our outdoor experience. native and sport species By routinely decontaminating your boat, To combat the threat of quagga and zebra wetted shing gear and other recreational equip- mussels, the Utah State Legislature and the Utah ment, you can help limit the spread of all aquatic Wildlife Board made it unlawful to possess or invasive species. transport them. In their larval stage, the mussels are micro- The threat of whirling scopic. They have hitchhiked across the country, disease stowing away on damp boats and equipment. Whirling disease is caused by a microscopic Unfortunately, in 2008, quagga mussel larvae parasite. It can damage trout sheries by attack- and zebra mussel larvae were detected in Red ing the tissue of a sh’s head and spine. Young Fleet Reservoir (Uintah County) and Electric Lake infected sh may swim in circles or later develop (Emery County), respectively. head and spinal deformities. These sh often die If you have been in a mussel-a ected water, before they fully mature. you must decontaminate your boat and equip- The good news is that you can help prevent ment before entering or traveling in Utah. whirling disease from spreading to uncontami- nated Utah waters: Certify that your boat is mussel-free • Clean sh where you catch them. Do not When you visit a Utah lake or reservoir, be transport sh—alive or dead—to a new prepared to complete a Decontamination Certi - water (or a di erent section of the same wa- cation Form. The form requests information about ter) before cleaning them. Their discarded 35
    • organs and tissues could spread disease. or fall. If it is winter, the drying time is 30 Utah Fishing • 2010 Please note that whirling disease does days or you can choose to freeze a properly not a ect humans, and sh from a ected winterized boat and equipment for three waters are safe for human consumption. consecutive days. • Waders, boots and wetted shing gear or If you prefer professional decontamination, recreational equipment must be decon- there are decontamination units at many Utah taminated before you enter any water. For waters. At these units, certi ed personnel will example, if you spend the morning shing decontaminate boats, trailers, wetted shing gear one river, and then you move upstream or to and recreational equipment. Even your ballast another river, you could transport whirling tanks, bilge, livewells and motor will be thor- disease spores (or aquatic invasive species) oughly ushed with the high-pressure, scalding that are attached to your equipment. (140°F) water. Important tip: Before you leave a shing No matter which decontamination method area and step into another water, rinse you prefer, you should make a habit of completing all the mud and other debris o of your the decontamination process after every shing or waders, boots and wetted shing gear or boating trip. Your decontamination e orts are es- equipment. Then, generously spray all of sential in protecting Utah waters and preserving it—especially the felt soles of waders— our critical resources. with Formula 409 (a popular household cleaner). This treatment will kill any whirl- ing disease spores. Did it get wet? • Change your habits to protect our waters. Decontaminate it! After every outing, thoroughly decontami- When you go boating or shing, some of nate anything that entered the water or your gear inevitably gets wet or muddy. mud. You should also consider using waders There are the obvious things: your boat, and boots that do not have felt soles. trailer, oat tube, waders and shing tackle. If you observe sh with possible whirling dis- And there are the items you don’t often think ease symptoms (e.g., a deformed head or spine, about: your shoes, net, knife, stringer and a black tail or a whirling method of swimming), recreational toys. please call a Division o ce. All of these items provide good hiding places for microscopic invasive species or Decontaminate every time whirling disease spores. Decontamination kills invasive mussels, Please make it routine to clean, drain other invasive species and whirling disease, and and dry anything that got wet during your it needs to become routine among anglers and boating or shing trip. If you make a habit of boaters. Whenever you leave a water body, you it, you will avoid spreading aquatic invasive should decontaminate your boat, wetted shing species and whirling disease. gear and recreational equipment by taking the If you sh or boat multiple times per following steps: week, you should have your boat, trailer and • Clean mud, plants, animals or other debris equipment professionally decontaminated. from your boat and equipment. The Division has decontamination units • Drain the ballast tanks, bilge, livewells stationed at many local waters. These units and motor. deliver a high-pressure, scalding (140°F) • Dry your boat and equipment for seven days wash—free of charge—that will leave your in the summer or for 18 days in the spring boat and gear safe for Utah waters. 36
    • Utah Fishing • 2010 Catch-and-release and to keep your line tight. fishing tips • Try more active shing techniques (e.g., The following tips will help you improve tipped lures, pop gear and a worm, drift your catch-and-release techniques and greatly shing with baits). These methods re- increase a sh’s chance of survival: duce the chance that a sh will swallow • Make sure you have the necessary equip- your hook deeply. ment: a landing net, forceps or pliers, • Land sh as quickly as possible. and clippers. • Have your camera ready to go before • If you’re shing at a water with slot or you land a sh, and release the sh length limits, bring a tape measure and immediately. use it routinely. To learn how to accu- • If possible, keep the sh in the water and rately measure a sh, see page 17. use a pair of forceps or needle-nosed • If a sh swallows a hook deeply, simply pliers to remove the hook. cut your line and leave the hook in the • Wet your hands or a towel before sh. Don’t try to pull it out. handling the sh, and touch it as little as • Studies have shown that only 30 percent possible. Don’t squeeze its body or eye of deeply hooked sh die if you leave sockets, and never touch its gills. Gently the hook alone. If you try to remove the release the sh into quiet water. hook, however, the sh’s chance of dying If you decide to sh in July or August at jumps to 60 percent. a water where catch-and-release shing is • When possible, sh with arti cial ies required, consider shing during the late or lures. evening or early morning hours, when the • It’s easier to release sh if you use single water is the coolest. Fishing during this time hooks or bend the barbs on your hooks. will reduce stress on the sh and improve their • If you’re shing with bait, you should survival odds. remember to use unplated bait hooks Photo courtesy of Drew Cushing 37
    • RESTORING UTAH’S RIVERS Utah Fishing • 2010 Habitat work revitalizes the Strawberry River and many other sheries. You’re planning a shing trip, and you’ve Finally, the surrounding soil was planted and narrowed your destination to a couple of seeded. The new native vegetation grew strong nearby rivers. roots, stabilizing the riverbank and limiting One river is shallow and wide. It’s full of further erosion. cloudy, silt-laden water and has a trampled, bar- The biologists have used this process on three ren bank. The other river is surrounded by plants di erent sections of the Strawberry River, spend- of all kinds. It has deep, clear water that ows ing an average of three years on each area. over large rocks and logs. Craig Walker, the Division’s aquatic habitat Where are you more likely to catch sh? It’s a coordinator notes, “The actual restoration work no-brainer—the second river has the vegeta- can often be accomplished in a two-month tion, water quality and structure that provide period. However, the planning, permit-approval, outstanding sh habitat. monitoring, maintenance and fund-gathering These are characteristics that Division biolo- activities can take multiple years.” gists have worked to restore in many of the state’s waters, including the popular Strawberry River. Measurable results The restoration e orts have already made Riverbank erosion a di erence. From the late 1800s to the 1980s, unchecked Robinson observes, “We’ve seen a dramatic grazing, water diversions and weed spraying took increase in the amount of sh cover and avail- a toll on the grasses and plants that stabilized the able food for trout. Also, our before and after bank of the Strawberry River. photographs document the tremendous rate of As the vegetation died, the riverbank eroded revegetation along the restored areas.” and soil fell into the river. Water quality deterio- And he points out that this work has also im- rated, and the river grew wider and more shallow. proved habitat for boreal toads, beavers and other Biologist Justin Robinson explains why that creatures that rely on a healthy river ecosystem. was a problem, “Wide and shallow rivers heat up more quickly during warm months. Sometimes Widespread work they get so hot that the sh can’t survive.” Stream and river restoration is a high priority The Division assessed the river over the for the Division. The funding for this work comes years—noting which areas had healed on their from many sources, including state and federal own—and then began its targeted restoration agencies, conservation groups and members of e orts in 2002. the public who purchase shing licenses. The work on the Strawberry River represents Restoration efforts only a small part of the total e ort. The Division’s biologists tackled restoration in Habitat Coordinator Walker puts it in perspec- phases and rst focused on stabilizing the river- tive, “During the past 10 years, we’ve restored bank. They used heavy machinery to place large nearly 30 miles of stream in the Weber and Sevier rocks and logs in the water, close to the banks. river drainages alone. We’ve also restored several Then, they covered those rocks and logs with miles in many other rivers and creeks. soft, short-term structures like large willow plant- For an in-depth look at all of the Division’s ings or biodegradable coconut matting. habitat restoration projects, visit wri.utah.gov. 38
    • FISH FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT Utah Fishing • 2010 There’s more to Utah sheries than rainbow across Utah. They can be found in waters as trout. Across the state, you’ll nd many unique sh diverse as the Price River, Uinta Mountain lakes species. Some are enormous and aggressive, while and Panguitch Lake. You’ll also nd them in the others have odd-looking ns and stunning colors following reservoirs: Sco eld, Joes Valley and Nine (see the illustrations that begin on page 50). If you Mile. haven’t already caught one of the following sh, How to catch them: Large tiger trout prey on other make it a goal for the 2010 shing season! sh, so you can often catch them on tube jugs, crankbaits or other sh-imitating lures. Smaller Arctic grayling tigers will strike at ies. During the early spring Where to nd them: You’ll nd grayling in more and fall, you can use bass techniques to catch than 80 lakes in the Boulder, Manti, Thousand tigers near the shoreline. Lake, Uinta or Wasatch mountains. How to catch them: Grayling feed on a variety of Walleye aquatic insects, so you can catch them easily on Where to nd them: There are walleye in Deer small ies, shed wet or dry. Creek Reservoir, Yuba Reservoir, Starvation Reser- voir, Willard Bay, Lake Powell and Utah Lake. Tiger muskie How to catch them: Walleye are susceptible to Where to nd them: You’ll nd tiger muskie in all nightcrawlers in the spring and fall, and will strike of the following reservoirs: Bullock, Cottonwood, crankbaits in the summer. Joes Valley, Johnson, Newton and Pineview. How to catch them: Water clarity seems to have Wipers (hybrid striped bass) the greatest in uence on what type of bait works Where to nd them: You’ll nd wipers in Willard best. Flies, spinners and jerk baits work best in Bay, Huntington North Reservoir and Newcastle clear water. Crankbaits work best when the water Reservoir. is murky or when the sh are suspended over How to catch them: Wipers are very easy to catch deep water, which happens later in the season. if you use jigs or crankbaits that look like the sh they consume. Early in the shing season, Tiger trout use small jigs and crankbaits, and sh slowly. As Where to nd them: Tiger trout have been stocked the summer progresses, move to larger jigs and in more than 100 lakes, reservoirs and streams crankbaits, and sh faster. A Sco eld Reservoir tiger trout on ice, caught and photographed by Derek Elverud 39
    • A CLOSER LOOK AT CUTTHROATS Utah Fishing • 2010 Once thought extinct, these native trout are now a fun, delicious option for anglers. Utah’s rivers and streams are known for their the cutthroats, and biologists have actually put incredible trout shing . What many people don’t some of the sh to work. know is the exciting comeback story of Utah’s Bear Lake cutthroat trout, a lake-dwelling native cutthroat trout. form of the Bonneville cutthroat, now play an active, important role in Utah’s sport sh-manage- Trout native to Utah ment program. There are three primary subspecies of cut- These cutthroats have been stocked in some throat trout native to Utah. By the middle of waters to limit the growth of the aggressive the twentieth century, all three—the Bonneville Utah chub and other sh that threaten sport sh cutthroat, the Colorado River cutthroat and the populations. Yellowstone cutthroat—were thought to be extinct. New discovery When a few isolated populations were Last year, there was a new development in discovered in Utah in the 1970s, biologists began Utah’s native cutthroat story. A small population an in-depth search. of greenback cutthroat trout was discovered in a stream in Utah’s La Sal Mountains. Amazing recovery Biologists long believed the greenback to be By the late 1970s, biologists identi ed six native to only the Front Range in Colorado, but genetically pure populations of Bonneville cut- they have since found the sh in southwestern throat. Those populations became breeding stock Colorado and eastern Utah. to millions of additional sh. Today, many biologists think the greenback Cutthroat recovery became a priority across is simply a lineage (or strain) of Colorado River the West. The urgency increased when the federal cutthroat trout. government began debating whether to list the various subspecies under the Endangered Species Catch one today Act (ESA). If you’ve never caught a native cutthroat trout Today, after an aggressive, coordinated recov- before, this is the year to do it. These brilliantly ery e ort by a multi-agency conservation team, colored sport sh are easy to catch and a tasty there are more than 160 Bonneville cutthroat favorite of many Utah anglers! trout populations that occupy nearly 2,500 miles Where will you nd cutthroats? They live of stream in Utah and bordering states. Nearly in streams throughout Utah, including some 40 percent of historic cutthroat habitat is now sheries that border the Wasatch Front. Many occupied. Uinta Mountain streams also contain abundant The Colorado River and Yellowstone cutthroat cutthroat populations. populations have also rebounded. To learn more about these sh and their Because of this success, the federal govern- remarkable recovery, visit wildlife.utah.gov/cut- ment has decided that none of Utah’s native trout throat/BCT/index.html. should be listed under the ESA. Unique management role Utah’s sheries are more diverse because of 40
    • MORE TIGER MUSKIE FOR UTAH Utah Fishing • 2010 Biologists stock thousands of sh and launch new breeding program. Last year was a milestone for Utah’s tiger them with Northern pike to create Utah’s own muskie program. It marked the return of tiger tiger muskie population. muskie to Utah and the beginning of the state’s “We expect to be producing our own tiger rst tiger muskie breeding program. muskie within the next three years,” notes Drew The Division rst began stocking tiger muskie Cushing, the Division’s warmwater sport sh in 1988, recognizing that these sterile, aggres- coordinator. sive predators were a great tool for controlling At that point, the Division can stock tiger the growth of other sh populations. They also muskie in additional waters, using them to control became a favorite of anglers. the growth of other species such as carp and Utah Utah purchased its tiger muskie from chub. other states until 2005, when biologists became To view videos about Utah’s tiger muskie concerned about aquatic diseases in the Midwest. stocking and breeding e orts, visit www.youtube. They stopped stocking muskie from other states com/UDWR. until they could nd a disease-free population. Stocking tiger muskie It took four years and extensive testing, but biologists nally found two populations of healthy tiger muskie. In 2009, Utah acquired 10,000 ngerling tiger muskie from Nebraska. These sh were stocked in Bullock, Cottonwood, Joes Valley, Johnson, Newton and Pineview reservoirs in July 2009. Then, a second shipment of 5,000 tiger muskie arrived from South Dakota in September. These larger sh were stocked in Joes Valley and Pineview reservoirs, where they should provide excellent shing over the next couple of years. New breeding program begins Although the arrival of the tiger muskie was exciting, even more thrilling was the progress of Utah’s rst-ever tiger muskie breeding program. In 2009, after years of testing to nd healthy sh, the Division acquired 3,100 true muskie ngerlings from Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota. These sh went into the new ponds at the Lee Kay Center warmwater hatchery in late July. When the true muskie mature, biologists will breed 41
    • REPORT ILLEGAL STOCKING Utah Fishing • 2010 Whether it’s burbot at Flaming Gorge, gizzard diseases and species that will lead to big problems shad at Lake Powell, walleye at Red Fleet or for Utah’s anglers. cat sh in the Green River, the problem’s the same: sh have been illegally introduced into waters Endangered and native fish across Utah. In addition to a ecting sport sh, Cushing A few rogue anglers—individuals who says illegal introductions can also a ect native want to introduce the sh into new waters for and endangered sh. sel sh reasons—have negatively a ected shing “If the burbot in Flaming Gorge make their for everyone. way into the Green River, that could become a What’s so terrible about adding a few extra big problem for endangered sh in the Green and sh? You might be surprised. Colorado river systems.” Native populations of cutthroat trout are also Ecosystems in turmoil at risk if someone introduces the wrong species— There are several reasons why moving sh or a disease—into the waters where they live. illegally is bad for a shery. One of the biggest rea- sons is that additional species a ect the stability of High removal costs existing sh populations in the lake or reservoir. In the past, the Division used chemicals This occurred in Flaming Gorge when such as rotenone to eliminate all of the problem someone dumped burbot (a type of freshwater sh. This occurred on a large scale in 1990, cod) above the reservoir. Burbot reproduce when it cost the state $3.8 million to treat Straw- quickly and are notorious egg predators. Now, berry Reservoir. the burbot population—which feeds on kokanee That treatment removed nearly all of the sh eggs—threatens the future of Flaming Gorge as a from the reservoir, not just the invasive species, world-class kokanee shery. and allowed the Division to start over with cut- Drew Cushing, warmwater sheries coordina- throat trout and sterile rainbows. Although Straw- tor for the Division, notes that it isn’t just burbot. berry is a success story, a rotenone treatment of “Yellow perch, smallmouth bass and walleye can that scope would not happen today. wreak havoc too,” he notes. Cushing notes that, “Rotenone has gotten very “And although these four species are a chal- expensive. It costs a huge amount today to treat lenge, ANY sh that’s illegally stocked can cause even a small water. And that high cost means problems and a ect shing.” we may never be able to treat the state’s larger waters again.” Invasive species and diseases Managing illegally stocked Diseases and aquatic invasive species are fish another reason why sh shouldn’t be moved. Going forward, the Division may stop manag- “Every year, we hear about a devastating ing sh that were illegally stocked. disease or invasive species that’s causing problems According to Cushing, “Fish that are stocked in another state,” Cushing says. “Viral hemorrhagic illegally in a water may not be protected by septicemia, quagga mussels, Eurasian milfoil— limits. They’ll be treated much the same as carp we don’t want them in our waters.” are treated.” Cushing is concerned that sh brought into Utah from other states, or sh that are moved How you can help from one in-state water to another, will spread Anglers are the best line of defense in keeping 42
    • shing great in Utah for years to come. illegal sh stocking online at wildlife.utah.gov/ Utah Fishing • 2010 If you know that someone has placed sh in a law/hsp/pf.php. water illegally, please call the Division’s Utah Turn in Poachers (UTiP) hotline at 1-800-662-3337. The Fines and jail time line is sta ed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Utah takes illegal sh stocking seriously. You might even receive a reward for your e ort to Releasing live sh into the wild is a class A protect Utah’s waters! misdemeanor. Those who violate this law can If you want to remain anonymous, wildlife of- receive a ne of up to $2,500, spend up to one cers will honor your request. You can also report year in jail and may be held liable for any damage to the shery. Did you know? Program with the help of 300 adult volunteers. Facts about Utah’s community fisheries • There were 40 community sheries. In 2001, Utah’s community shing pro- • The Division stocked 183,900 trout and gram was just beginning to grow. Back then: 46,700 channel cat sh. • There were 100 kids and 10 adult volun- teers in the Youth Fishing Program. General facts about Utah fishing • There were 19 community sheries. In Utah, anglers have changed their focus • The Division stocked 38,000 trout and and habits over the past decade. Data from did not stock channel cat sh. 2009 revealed that: By 2009, the program could easily measure • Anglers now release 72 percent of their its growth and success. Last year: catch. (This is in stark contrast to the • 1,500 kids completed the Youth Fishing data from 2000, which showed a 75 percent harvest rate.) • Anglers’ support for restrictive limits has increased. • Anglers now make fewer trips into the eld, but the length of each trip has increased. Fun facts about fishing in the United States • One out of six people in the U.S. sh. • Anglers spend more than $45 billion dol- lars per year on shing-related purchases and retail sales. • If all the dollars spent by anglers were attached end to end, they would reach to the moon and back nine times. • The overall impact of angler expendi- tures would put sport shing at number 32 on the Fortune 500 list of Americas largest companies (above Target, Sears and Johnson & Johnson). Photo by Ed Kent 43
    • WARMWATER HATCHERIES OFFER Utah Fishing • 2010 DIVERSITY On average, Utah’s 12 state sh hatcheries each ranging from one-quarter to one-half produce and stock more than one million pounds acre—that are used for sport sh production. of sh each year. Although many of those hatcher- ies grow coldwater species, such as trout, there Lee Kay Center are two warmwater hatcheries that have a very Located in Salt Lake City, the Lee Kay Center is di erent focus. smaller than Wahweap. It currently has four ponds that are about one-quarter acre in size. Wahweap Warmwater One pond contains northern pike. These sh Hatchery will eventually be crossed with the true muskel- Located in Kane County, the Wahweap lunge (muskie) that are also at the facility. Their Warmwater Hatchery is primarily a native species o spring will be Utah’s rst locally bred popula- facility. It’s where the Division breeds Colorado tion of tiger muskie. Lee Kay currently houses 44 River and Virgin River shes that are in peril. northern pike and 3,100 ngerling true muskie. The hatchery grows sport sh, too. In 2009, Utah chub from Joes Valley Reservoir were hatchery personnel raised roughly 100,000 wipers placed in the third pond, where they have success- that were stocked into Willard Bay. fully spawned. It looks like they will be a stable Wahweap is also home to a population of food source for both the pike and muskie. brood channel cat sh. These large sh produce In 2009, the Division used the fourth pond more cat sh for Utah’s Community Fisheries and to raise 30,000 wipers that were stocked into other lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. Huntington North, Newcastle and Willard Bay. There are currently ten ponds at Wahweap— This wiper e ort will continue until the pond is needed for muskie production. To learn more about Utah’s sh hatcheries, visit wildlife.utah.gov/hatcheries. To view an up-to-date list of recently stocked waters, visit wildlife.utah.gov/stockingreports. 44
    • STATE PARKS ANNUAL PASSES Utah Fishing • 2010 Avid anglers should consider purchasing a Utah State Parks annual pass to access some of Utah’s best sheries. Annual passes are available Save $5 for $75, or $35 to Utah seniors 62 and over. These on your Utah passes allow the permit holder, and up to seven State Parks guests traveling in the same vehicle, day-use entrance to most of Utah’s state parks. Annual Pass or Annual state park passes are valid for one year Senior Adventure Pass from the month they’re purchased. Passes are available at all Utah state parks, the Utah State Present your valid Utah fishing Parks administrative o ce in Salt Lake City and license and this coupon. online at stateparks.utah.gov. Limit one coupon per person. Utah State Parks and Recreation provides safe, Original coupon only, no copies. quality recreation destinations and experiences. Offer available at state parks Set up a tent or park an RV in one of 2,000 Utah that offer fishing, online, by mail, State Park campsites. Cozy up around a camp re or in person at: after a day of shing, a long hike, a round of golf, Utah State Park, 1594 West or a day of boating. Have peace of mind know- North Temple, SLC, UT 84116. ing a campsite, pavilion or boat slip is waiting. O er expires 12/31/10 Reservations are accepted by telephone or may be Promo Code: USPPRC made online: 877-UT-PARKS Within Salt Lake 801-322-3770 www.stateparks.utah.gov Outside Salt Lake 1-800-322-3770 (801) 538-7220 877-UTPARKS stateparks.utah.gov 45
    • CHANGES AT COMMUNITY FISHERIES Utah Fishing • 2010 Lower limit provides more opportunity for everyone. Starting in 2010, you can catch and keep a Help mentor youth daily limit of two sh at Utah’s 41 community You can also make a di erence by volunteer- shing waters. ing to mentor youth in your community’s youth For several years the limit was four sh, shing club. but Division biologists recommended the lower These clubs are open to children six to 13 limit in 2009 after noting the ponds’ increased years of age. Sign-ups usually begin at city recre- popularity. ation departments in early March, and the clubs Chris Penne, the Division’s community sher- are typically full by the rst of April. ies biologist, observed, “Anglers of all ages visit The clubs meet at their local ponds beginning these local ponds to relax, spend time outdoors in early April. The children spend the rst 30 and catch some sh—and that’s a good thing. It minutes of each two-hour class learning about also puts these sheries under tremendous pres- sh, angling techniques and habitat. Then, adult sure. We stock these waters weekly, but they see a volunteers help the kids use their new skills to lot of visitors, and the sh vanish quickly.” catch sh. The Utah Wildlife Board agreed with the Adult volunteers are essential to this program. biologists’ recommendation and approved the The clubs will be formed only if enough adults reduced limit. sign up to help. Volunteer training—which occurs This Division hopes this change will give more in February and March—takes only a single anglers the opportunity to catch and keep sh at evening to complete. their local sheries. If you would like to volunteer, visit wildlife. utah.gov/cf/clubs.php for more information or Release largemouth bass contact your local recreation department. Another way you can help your favorite com- munity shery is by releasing all largemouth bass Learn more you catch. Additional information about Utah’s com- Penne explains, “Bass help keep bluegill munity sheries is available in the Division’s Utah populations under control and ensure that some Community Fishing booklet. The free booklet is bluegill grow to a decent size. Without the bass, available online at wildlife.utah.gov/cf. The book- the bluegill population would boom, producing let is also available at Division o ces and sporting thousands of tiny sh too small for an angler goods stores across Utah. to keep.” This change isn’t mandatory, but the Division encourages you to release all bass at community waters. 46
    • Utah Fishing • 2010 Suggest fishing changes mendations for the 2011 shing season in If you want to see a shing regulation early summer. change in Utah in 2011, you should contact the After the biologists put their proposals Division before June 1, 2010. There are three together, they’ll share them with the public easy ways to share your suggestions: at a series of Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meetings held across Utah in September. 1. E-mail your idea to: The Utah Wildlife Board considers public DWRComment@utah.gov input when it meets in October to approve 2. Mail your idea to: Utah’s 2011 Fishing Guidebook. Sport Fisheries Coordinator The Wildlife Board—not the Division— Division of Wildlife Resources makes all wildlife policy in the state of Utah. P.O. Box 146301 If you’d like to discuss an issue with one or Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301 more board members before the October 3. Share your idea at your Regional meeting, you can nd their contact informa- Advisory Council meeting in May. tion at wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings/ Meeting dates, times and loca- wb-members.php. tions are available online at The Division, the RACs and the Wildlife wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings. Board value your insights and suggestions— share them today! Division biologists will nalize their recom- DEFINITIONS Utah Code § 23-13-2 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-2 Aggregate means the combined total of two or lures that have been treated with a natural or more species of sh or two or more size classes of arti cial sh attractant or feeding stimulant. sh which are covered by a limit distinction (i.e., trout and salmon in the aggregate). Bag limit means the maximum limit, in number or amount, of protected wildlife that one person Angling means shing with a rod, pole, tip-up, may legally take during one day. handline or troll board that has a single line with legal hooks, baits or lures attached to it, and is Bait means a digestible substance, including held in the hands of, or within sight (not to exceed worms, cheese, salmon eggs, marshmallows 100 feet) of the person shing. or manufactured baits including human-made items that are chemically treated with food stu s, Artificial fly means a y made by the method chemical sh attractants or feeding stimulants. known as y tying. Arti cial y does not mean a weighted jig, lure, spinner, attractor blade or bait. Camp means, for the purposes of this rule, any place providing temporary overnight accommoda- Artificial lure means a device made of rubber, tion for anglers including a camper, campground, wood, metal, glass, ber, feathers, hair or plastic tent, trailer, cabin, houseboat, boat or hotel. with a hook or hooks attached. Arti cial lures (including arti cial ies) do not include sh eggs Chumming means dislodging or depositing in or other chemically treated or processed natural the water any substance not attached to a hook, baits or any natural or human-made food, or any line or trap, which may attract sh. 47
    • Commercially prepared and chemically Harvest means to catch and retain in possession Utah Fishing • 2010 treated baitfish means any sh species or sh for personal use. parts which have been processed using a chemical or physical preservation technique other than Immediately released means that the sh freezing (including irradiation, salting, cooking, should be quickly unhooked and released back or oiling) and are marketed, sold or traded for into the water where caught. Fish that must nancial gain as bait. be immediately released cannot be held on a stringer, or in a live well or any other container or Dipnet means a small bag net with a restraining device. handle that is used to scoop sh or cray sh from the water. Lake means the standing water level existing at any time within a lake basin. Unless posted Filleting means the processing of sh for human otherwise, a stream owing inside or within the consumption typically done by cutting away esh high water mark is not considered part of the lake. from bones, skin and body. Length measurement means the greatest Fishing means to take sh or cray sh by length between the tip of the head or snout and any means. the tip of the caudal (tail) n when the n rays are squeezed together. Measurement is taken in a Fishing contest means any organized event straight line and not over the curve of the body. or gathering where anglers are awarded prizes, points or money for their catch. Liftnet means a small net that is drawn verti- cally through the water column to take sh or Float tube means an in atable oating device cray sh. less than 48 inches in any dimension, capable of supporting one person. Motor means an electric or internal combustion engine. Free shafting means to release a pointed shaft that is not tethered or attached by physical means Nongame fish means species of sh not listed to the diver in an attempt to take sh while as game sh. (Also see the Prohibited Fish section engaged in underwater spear shing. on page 12 for more information.) Gaff means a spear or hook, with or without a Nonresident means a person who does not handle, used for holding or lifting sh. qualify as a resident. Game fish means Bonneville cisco; bluegill; Possession means actual or constructive pos- bullhead; channel cat sh; crappie; green sun sh; session. largemouth bass; northern pike; Sacramento perch; smallmouth bass; striped bass, trout Possession limit means, for purposes of this (rainbow, albino, cutthroat, brown, golden, brook, guide only, one bag limit, including sh at home, lake/mackinaw, kokanee salmon, and grayling in a cooler, camper, tent, freezer, livewell, or any or any hybrid of the foregoing); tiger muskel- other place of storage. lunge; walleye; white bass; white sh; wiper; and Protected aquatic wildlife means, for yellow perch. purposes of this guide only, all species of sh, Handline means a piece of line held in the crustaceans or amphibians. hand and not attached to a pole used for taking Reservoir means the standing water level exist- sh or cray sh. ing at any time within a reservoir basin. Unless 48
    • posted otherwise, a stream owing inside or Seine means a small mesh net, with a Utah Fishing • 2010 within the high water mark is not considered part weighted line on the bottom and oat line on the of the reservoir. top, that is drawn through the water. This type of net is used to enclose sh when its ends are Resident means a person who has a xed brought together. permanent home and principal establishment in Utah for six consecutive months immediately Setline means a line anchored to a non-moving preceding the purchase of a license or permit, AND object and not attached to a shing pole. DOES NOT claim residency for hunting, shing or trapping in any other state or country. Single hook means a hook or multiple hooks An individual retains Utah residency if he or having a common shank. she leaves Utah to serve in the armed forces of the Snagging or gaffing means to take a sh in United States, or for religious or educational pur- a manner that the sh does not take the hook poses, and does NOT claim residency for hunting, voluntarily into its mouth. shing or trapping in any other state or country. Members of the armed forces of the United Spear means a long-shafted, sharply pointed States and dependents are residents as of the hand held instrument with or without barbs used date the member reports for duty under assigned to pierce sh from above the surface of the water. orders in Utah, if: • the member is NOT on temporary duty in Spearfishing (underwater) means shing Utah and does NOT claim residency for hunt- by a person swimming, snorkeling, or diving and ing, shing or trapping in any other state using a mechanical device held in the hand, which or country. uses a rubber band, spring, pneumatic power, or • the member presents a copy of his or her as- other device to propel a pointed shaft to take sh signment orders to a Division o ce to verify from under the surface of the water. the member’s quali cation as a resident. A nonresident attending an institution of Take means to hunt, pursue, harass, catch, higher learning in Utah as a full-time student may capture, possess, angle, seine, trap or kill any qualify as a resident if the student has been pres- protected wildlife; or attempt any of the afore- ent in Utah for 60 consecutive days immediately mentioned actions. preceding the purchase of the license or permit and does NOT claim residency for hunting, shing Tributary means a stream owing into a larger or trapping in any other state or country. stream, lake or reservoir. A Utah resident license or permit is invalid if a Trout means species of the family Salmonidae, resident license for hunting, shing or trapping is including rainbow, albino, cutthroat, brown, purchased in any other state or country. golden, brook, lake/mackinaw, kokanee salmon, An individual DOES NOT qualify as a resident and grayling or any hybrid of the foregoing. Trout if he or she is an absentee landowner paying does not include white sh or Bonneville cisco. property tax on land in Utah. Waste means to abandon protected wildlife or Second pole means shing with one additional to allow protected wildlife to spoil or to be used rod, pole, tip-up, handline or troll board that has a in a manner not normally associated with its single line with legal hooks, bait or lures attached bene cial use. to it, and is held in the hands of, or within sight (not to exceed 100 feet) of the person shing. (A Underwater spearfishing (see Spear shing valid shing or combination license and second underwater.) pole permit are required to use a second pole.) 49
    • IDENTIFYING UTAH’S NATIVE AND Utah Fishing • 2010 NONNATIVE FISH Native coldwater sportfish Mountain whitefish This sh is light brown on its back and ns and silver to white on its belly and sides. The lower jaw and snout are short and blunt, with a ap on each nostril. Angling record: 1997; 4 lbs. 12 oz.; L: 21-1/2 in.; G: 14 in.; Roy L. Montoya, Deer Creek Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 2004; L: 24 in.; Craig Shriner; Weber River. Bonneville whitefish and Bear Lake whitefish Find up-to-date shing records online at wildlife.utah.gov/ shing/rec sh.php 50
    • Utah Fishing • 2010 These two sh are indistinguishable below 10 inches in length. Bonneville white sh have gray-blue spots along their sides. These white sh are elongated, relatively cylindrical sh. They are silvery-white along their sides, grading into a charcoal gray to black on their backs. They have small delicate mouths that make them di cult to catch. Bonneville white sh may reach four pounds and grow to 20 inches. Both species occur only in Bear Lake. Angling record: 1982; 4 lbs. 4 oz.; L: 21 in.; G: 13-3/4 in.; Deon Sparks; Bear Lake. Catch-and-release record: 2008; L: 20 in.; Eldon Robinson; Bear Lake. Bonneville cisco The Bonneville cisco is a long, slender, pearly-silver sh found only in Bear Lake. It rarely grows beyond seven inches. It has a dusky blue back and a brassy band along its anks at spawning time. The snout is sharply pointed. It is noted for its mid-January spawning concentrations along a rocky beach on the east side of Bear Lake, where it is dipnetted in large numbers. 51
    • Cutthroat trout Utah Fishing • 2010 Three primary subspecies (strains) of native cutthroat trout are found in Utah, including Bonneville cut- throat trout, Colorado River cutthroat trout and Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The Bear Lake cutthroat trout is a lake-dwelling form of the Bonneville cutthroat trout. Except for Bear Lake cutthroat trout, cutthroats are best distinguished by their crimson slash along the lower jaw. Cutthroat trout lack the iridescent pink stripe or the white-tipped pelvic and anal ns of the rainbow trout. Angling record: 1930; 26 lbs. 12 oz.; Mrs. E. Smith; Strawberry Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 2002; L: 30 in.; Blaine Beazer; Bear Lake Spearfishing record: 2008; 1 lb. 9 oz.; L: 16-1/2 in.; G: 8 in.; Russell Sexton; Causey Reservoir. Bonneville cutthroat Bonneville cutthroat trout originally inhabited the Bonneville Basin. They have sparsely scattered, large and very distinctive round spots over the upper body, with few spots on or near the head. Bonneville cut- throat trout are a subdued silver-gray to charcoal color on the upper body, with shades of bronze and pink on their anks during spawning. Bear Lake cutthroat Bear Lake cutthroat trout often lack the bright crimson jaw slash, which may at times be yellow, gray or non-existent. Deep orange pelvic and anal ns and the presence of few, if any, spots on the head readily distinguish Bear Lake cutthroat from rainbow trout (see rainbow trout description). Bear Lake cutthroat can exhibit a variety of spotting patterns, but spots are generally sparsely scattered, large and rounded in outline. Spotting is typically more concentrated near the tail. During the spawning season, Bear Lake cut- throat (particularly the males) take on a bronze color along the sides and lower body, and often develop rosy-colored gill plates. 52
    • Colorado River cutthroat Utah Fishing • 2010 Colorado River cutthroat trout are native to the Green and Colorado River watersheds and are noted for their brilliant coloration. The males, in spawning condition, have bright crimson stripes along the sides and the stomach. Spotting is usually concentrated toward the tail area. Yellowstone cutthroat (not pictured) Yellowstone cutthroat trout are native to the Snake River watershed in northwestern Utah, including the Raft River Mountains. Yellowstone cutthroat trout are lightly spotted, with distinctly round spots concen- trated toward the tail area. Nonnative coldwater sportfish Trout, char & salmon Rainbow trout A rainbow trout is dark green to bluish on the back with silvery sides. The pinkish to reddish horizontal band typi es the species. The belly may be white to silvery. Irregular and profuse black spots are usually present on the head, back and sides. The pelvic and anal ns are translucent pink to gray-green and tipped in white. The coloration of a river-dwelling rainbow trout is often more vibrant than that of a lake dweller. Rainbow trout also tend to have a fairly blunt snout. Angling record: 1979; 26 lbs. 2 oz.; Del Canty; Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 2000; L: 29 in; Enich Mockli; East Canyon Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 1992; 3 lbs. 8 oz.; L: 19 in.; G: 9-1/2 in.; Paul Gibson; Fish Lake. 53
    • Lake trout Utah Fishing • 2010 This species of char has a background color of gray-brown, overlaid with light spots that vary in intensity with age and environment. The background color covers the back, sides and ns, highlighting the lighter gray spots. Lake trout in large lakes are sometimes so silvery that the spots are di cult to see. Spotting is usually more intense on small sh. The caudal n is deeply forked. The mouth is large and features strong teeth on both jaws. Angling record: 1988; 51 lbs. 8 oz.; L: 45-1/8 in.; G: 31-3/4 in.; Curt Bilbey; Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 1998; L: 46-1/2 in.; Ray Johnson; Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 2008; 32 lbs. 7 oz.; L: 26-1/2 in.; Bruce A. Boyd; Fish Lake. Brook trout This species of char may be olive to blue-gray on its back and white on its belly. Red spots, usually with bluish halos around them, are present on the sides. Colors can vary greatly, depending on whether the sh lives in a stream or a lake. Characteristic light wavy marks on the back are a distinguishing feature. The obvious white-and-black striping pattern along the front edge of each of the lower ns makes it easier to distinguish brook trout from other trout species. The caudal n is squared or lightly forked. Angling record: 1971; 7 lbs. 8 oz.; Milton Taft; Boulder Mountain. Catch-and-release record: 1997; L: 23 in.; Travis L. Clark; Boulder Mountain. 54
    • Arctic grayling Utah Fishing • 2010 Arctic grayling are silvery to light purple on the sides and bluish-white on the belly. They are relatively slender and are most easily distinguished by their long, high, sail-like dorsal n. The dorsal n is brilliantly colored with shades of pink, green and purple. Angling record: 1998; 1 lb. 12 oz.; L: 17-1/4 in.; G: 8-3/4 in.; Terry J. Fieldsted; Big Dog Lake, South Slope Uintas. Catch-and-release record: 1999; L: 19 in.; Russell Lee, Jr.; Uinta Mountains. Kokanee salmon Kokanee are bright silvery sh with no de nitive spotting pattern. Kokanee have a dark blue back with silvery sides. As the spawning season approaches, kokanee turn from silver to orange to deep red, and the male develops the characteristic hump on the back, elongated head and hooked jaw common to the 55
    • Paci c salmon. A deeply forked tail also distinguishes them from rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout. Utah Fishing • 2010 Angling record: 1995; 6 lbs.; L: 25 in.; G: 16 in.; Todd Chikaraishi; Strawberry Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 2004; L: 26-5/8 in.; Ray Johnson; Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Brown trout Brown trout generally have golden brown hues with yellow underparts. During spawning, the males often feature brilliant crimson spots circled with blue halos. The upper body is usually dappled with large, irregular, dark-chocolate spots. Brown trout are carnivorous and sport a stronger, sharper set of teeth than most trout. Angling record: 1977; 33 lbs. 10 oz.; L: 40 in.; G: 25 in.; Robert Bringhurst; Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 2001; L: 32 in.; Cody Mortensen; Jordanelle Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 1983; 21 lbs. 12 oz.; L: 35 1/2 in.; Bruce Boyd; Fish Lake. Cool and warmwater sportfish Walleye Prominent sharp teeth distinguish this big perch from its smaller cousin, the yellow perch. Walleye are a brassy olive bu color that sometimes shades to yellowish sides and a white underbelly. There is a large, dark blotch at the rear base of the rst dorsal n, and the lower lobe of the tail is white-tipped. The tail is moderately forked. Angling record: 1991; 15 lbs. 9 oz.; L: 31-3/4 in.; G: 20-3/4 in.; Je ery Tanner; Provo River. Catch-and-release record: 2002; L: 31-1/2 in.; Enich Mockli; Starvation Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 2002; 11 lbs. 6 oz.; L: 31 in.; G: 18 in.; Mike McGuire; Deer Creek Reservoir. 56
    • Yellow perch Utah Fishing • 2010 Yellow perch are yellowish with dark vertical bars. The caudal n is forked, and the dorsal n is divided. Angling record: 1984; 2 lbs. 11 oz.; L: 15-1/8 in.; G: 9-3/4 in.; Ray Johnson; Yuba Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 2000; L: 15-1/4 in.; Brad Cutler; Yuba Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 1988; 5 oz.; L: 8-1/4 in.; Rud Warner; Fish Lake. Striped bass Striped bass coloration ranges from bluish-black to either dark grey or olive-green above. Their sides are silvery and their bellies white. Striped bass have seven to nine unbroken stripes along each side. The body is somewhat streamlined. The mouth is oblique, and the lower jaw longer than the upper. The dorsal ns are clearly separated. The caudal n is forked. Angling record: 1991; 48 lbs. 11 oz.; L: 45 in.; G: 31-1/4 in.; Travis T. Jensen; Lake Powell. Catch-and-release record: 2000; L: 32-1/2 in.; Marty Peterson; Lake Powell. 57
    • White bass Utah Fishing • 2010 The back of a white bass is usually grey, charcoal or green. It typically has silvery sides and a white belly. It also has ve to seven longitudinal stripes on each side. The body of a white bass is deeper and less streamlined than that of the striped bass. Angling record: 1970; 4 lbs. 1 oz.; John R. Welcker; Utah Lake. Catch-and-release record: 2005; L: 19 in.; Clint Lance; Salem Pond. Smallmouth bass The snout is long and bluntly pointed, with the lower jaw slightly longer than the upper jaw. Smallmouth bass vary in color, depending on their habitat, but are normally dark olive/brown on the back. Their sides and belly are lighter and yellowish. There are 8 to 15 (average 9) dark vertical bars on the sides, which distinguish them from the largemouth bass. The anterior dorsal n has 10 spines and is strongly joined to the soft dorsal. The anal n has three spines. Angling record: 1996; 7 lbs. 6 oz.; L: 22 in.; G: 16-1/2 in.; Alan Iorg; Midview Reservoir (Lake Borham). Catch-and-release record: 2003; L: 23-1/2 in.; Cli ord Sackett Jr.; Jordanelle Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 2007; 4 lbs.; L: 17-7/8 in.; G: 11-1/2 in.; Michael Weyland; Flaming Gorge Reservoir. 58
    • Largemouth bass Utah Fishing • 2010 The head of a largemouth bass is large and long. Its mouth is also large, with an upper jaw that reaches past the center of the eye in adults. The upper parts of the body and head are greenish, with a silvery or brassy shine. The belly is white to yellow, and there is an irregular dark stripe along the sides. The eyes of a largemouth bass are brown. Angling record: 1974; 10 lbs. 2 oz.; L: 24-1/4 in.; G: 20 in.; Sam Lamanna; Lake Powell. Catch-and-release record: 1998; L: 27 in.; Dennis Miller; Quail Lake. Spearfishing record: 2003; 6 lbs.; L: 19-1/3 in.; G: 17-1/4 in.; Jason Mull; Steinaker Reservoir. Bullhead Adults are blackish, dark olive or dark brown on the back. The belly is greenish-white or bright yellow. The tail is not forked. Angling record: 1999; 3 lbs. 4 oz.; L: 16 in.; G: 13 in.; Jack Gilgen; Cutler Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 2009; L: 14 in.; Roman Chase; Pineview Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 2009; 1 lb. 3 oz.; L: 12-3/8 in.; G: 8-1/4 in.; Russell Sexton; Pineview Reservoir. 59
    • Channel catfish Utah Fishing • 2010 Channel cat sh have a long anal n and deeply forked tail that distinguish them from other cat sh. The body is pale bluish-olive above and bluish-white below. They usually have spots but lose them with age. Both the dorsal and pectoral ns have strong, sharp spines. The mouth is short, wide and horizontal with chin and snout barbels. Angling record: 1978; 32 lbs. 8 oz.; L: 39-3/4 in.; G: 22 in.; LeRoy Mortenson; Utah Lake. Catch-and-release record: 2003; 34 in.; Blair Peterson; Davis Community Pond. Setline record: 1975; 31 lbs.; L: 39 in.; Dorothy Lowenzen; Utah Lake. Crappie The crappie has two closely-joined dorsal ns. Crappie are silver-olive with numerous black or green splotches on the sides. Vertical bars, prominent in the young, are absent in adults. Their sides are light, iridescent green to silvery. The belly is silvery to white. Pelvic ns are opaque with some black on the tips of the membranes, and pectoral ns are dusky and transparent. Angling record: 2009; 3 lbs. 5 oz.; L: 18-1/2 in.; G: 15-1/8 in.; James Maack; Lake Powell. Catch-and-release record: 2007; L: 16 in.; Dustin Gunrud; Pineview Reservoir. 60
    • Green sunfish Utah Fishing • 2010 Green sun sh are brassy-green or blue-green on the back, sometimes with metallic-green ecks and dusky bars on the sides. The ap over the gills is a dark color. Angling record: 2003; 15.5 oz.; L: 10-1/4 in.; G: 10 in.; Sean Buchanan; Glassman Pond. Catch-and-release record: 2000; L: 10-1/2 in.; Jack Vincent; Pelican Lake. Bluegill Bluegill are shorter, deep-bodied sh, whose name comes from the dark ap over the gills. The body is olive-green with vertical bars, and some blue and orange may be present. Angling record: 1993; 2 lbs. 7 oz.; L: 11-1/2 in.; G: 14-5/8 in.; Jack Rask; Mantua Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 2007; L: 11-5/8 in.; Derek Harryman; Pelican Lake. Spearfishing record: 2009; 14 oz.; L: 9-3/4 in.; G: 10 in.; Tony Arbaney; Steinaker Reservoir. 61
    • Northern pike Utah Fishing • 2010 Northern pike are characterized by a long, slender, torpedo-shaped body. They have a pattern of light- colored markings on each side of the body that form seven to nine horizontal rows on a dark background. The tail ns are rounded at the ends. The northern pike di ers from other similar species in having fully scaled cheeks. Angling record: 2002; 25 lbs.; L: 43-1/2 in.; G: 19-1/2 in.; Henry Fenning; Yuba Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 1998; L: 49-3/4 in.; Logan Hacking; Lake Powell. Hybrid sportfish Wiper The wiper is a hybrid cross between a female striped bass and a male white bass. Its appearance re ects both parents. It has six to eight dark, horizontal broken stripes over a silver-white background, with a dark charcoal to black back. It has two dorsal ns, the anterior with eight to ten sharp spines. It is slightly heavier bodied than the striped bass and grows up to 12 pounds in weight and 24 inches in length. Angling record: 2007; 9 lbs. 12 oz.; L: 26-1/8 in.; G: 19-1/4 in.; Rob Valdez; Willard Bay. Catch-and-release record: 2005; L: 25 in.; Dale P. Tracy; Willard Bay. 62
    • Tiger muskellunge Utah Fishing • 2010 The tiger muskie is a hybrid cross between a muskellunge and northern pike. It features characteristics from both parents. It has a very elongated torpedo-like body. Its most notable features are the grey-green vertical bars along its sides. It can reach lengths of more than 50 inches and weigh more than 30 pounds. Angling record: 2006; 33 lbs. 9 oz.; L: 49 in.; G: 21-1/2 in.; Kelly Parry; Pineview Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 1998; L: 53-1/4 in.; Ray Johnson; Pineview Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 2006; 14 lbs. 7 oz.; L: 37-1/2 in.; G: 16-1/2 in.; Matt Boyd; Fish Lake. Tiger trout The tiger trout, a cross between a brown trout and a brook trout, has a unique, dark maze-like pattern all over its brownish, gray body. The belly is yellowish-orange as are the pectoral, pelvic and anal ns. The tail n is square. Angling record: 2007; 10 lbs. 12 oz.; L: 29-1/2 in.; G: 17-1/8 in.; Michael David Moon; Palisades Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 2009; L: 26 in.; Ryan Hunter; Panguitch Lake. 63
    • Splake Utah Fishing • 2010 A splake trout is the hybrid cross between lake trout and brook trout. It has a dark background with white spots. Its tail n is not as deeply forked as that of a lake trout. Angling record: 2006; 17 lbs. 4 oz.; L: 36-1/2 in.; G: 21-1/8 in.; Stacy S. Wilden; Fish Lake. Catch-and-release record:2009; L: 27 in.; Ron Sorenson; Joes Valley Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 2005; 13 lbs. 5 oz.; L: 30-3/4 in.; G: 20-1/2 in.; Stacy S. Wilden; Fish Lake. Native nongame fish Utah sucker The Utah sucker is dark olive to copper, with dusky ns and a downward-facing mouth. Angling record: 2003; 6 lbs. 6 oz.; L: 25-1/2 in.; G: 13-1/4 in.; Jamin C. Buttars; Weber River. Catch-and-release record: 2005; L: 27 in.; John Sanders; Middle Provo River. Spearfishing record: 2003; 4 lbs. 15 oz.; L: 23 in.; G: 11 in.; Mike McGuire; Fish Lake. Archery record: 1992; 4 lbs. 5 oz.; L: 19-3/4 in.; G: 12 in.; David W. Stewart; Utah Lake. 64
    • Utah chub Utah Fishing • 2010 Utah chub have robust bodies and large scales. Their coloration ranges from dark olive green or black on the upper back to silvery, brassy or golden sides. They can be distinguished by the way their ns align. The front edge of the dorsal n (on the sh’s back) aligns with the front edge of the middle n on the sh’s belly. Angling record: 2009; 1 lb. 15 oz.; L: 13 in.; G: 10-3/4 in.; Krystal Rasmussen; Starvation Reservoir. Catch-and-release record: 1997; L: 14-1/4 in.; Sue McGhie Tro ; Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 2005; 1 lb.; L: 12-3/4 in.; G: 8-1/8 in.; Shane Forrester; Starvation Reservoir. Nonnative nongame fish Carp Carp have deep, thick bodies that are gray to brassy green or yellowish green. The body is normally covered with large scales, and carp have eshy barbels on each side of the mouth. A large spine is present at the front of the dorsal (top) n. Angling record: 1993; 32 lbs.; Couger Elfervig; Lake Powell. Catch-and-release record: 2003; L: 35-1/2 in.; Lance Egan; Starvation Reservoir. Spearfishing record: 2009; 29 lbs. 4 oz.; L: 37 in.; G: 24-1/4 in.; Daylen Lemmon; Starvation Reservoir. Archery record: 2008; 29 lbs. 2 oz.; L: 40-1/4 in.; G: 23 in.; Zach Pierson; Bountiful Lake. 65
    • Burbot Utah Fishing • 2010 Burbot, or ling cod, were illegally introduced into Flaming Gorge Reservoir, where the population is rapidly expanding. Burbot are a slender, smooth-skinned sh with a large barbel in the middle of the chin and two dorsal ns, the second of which is half the length of the body and matched by an anal n of about the same length. The coloring ranges from yellow to light brown with a wavy pattern of dark brown or black. Despite the odd, eel-like appearance, burbot have aky white esh that tastes excellent. All burbot caught in Flaming Gorge must be immediately killed (see pages 22–23). Species not illustrated Golden trout Angling record: 1977; 14 oz.; L: 14-1/2 in.; Breck Tuttle; Atwood Creek. Catch-and-release record: 2008; L: 11-1/8 in.; Zachary Beames; Echo Lake. Utah’s endangered fish June sucker The June sucker occurs in Utah Lake and the Provo River. Although once abundant in Utah Lake, it is now rare. The June sucker is listed as endangered, and e orts to help recover the June sucker population are ongoing. Although June suckers are members of the sucker family, they are not bottom feeders. The jaw structure of the June sucker allows the species to feed on zooplankton in the middle of the water column. 66
    • Bonytail Utah Fishing • 2010 The bonytail is currently found in limited stretches of the Green and Colorado mainstem rivers, where the species is stocked by the Upper Colorado River Recovery Program. The species is endangered and, if caught, should be returned immediately to the water unharmed. The body is highly streamlined, with a bluish, dusky color above to pale below. The head is short and noticeably concave. The area just in front of the sh’s tail n is exremely narrow. Bonytail can reach lengths of 22 inches and weigh more than two pounds in the wild. Colorado pikeminnow The Colorado pikeminnow is found predominantly in the Green, Colorado and San Juan rivers. The highly predacious pikeminnow has also been found in tributaries to these mainstem rivers, likely in an e ort to spawn. The pikeminnow is an endangered species, and e orts are underway to protect the sh through- out its native range. The pikeminnow’s body is long and slender, with a gray-green back and silver sides. The head is long and conical, with a large, horizontal mouth. The tail n is large and deeply forked. The pikeminnow can reach lengths up to six feet and can weigh 80 pounds. It should be returned to the water immediately if caught. 67
    • Humpback chub Utah Fishing • 2010 The humpback chub is found in canyon-bound habitats of the Green and Colorado rivers. The species is probably the strangest-looking of the big-river, endangered sh, due to the fatty hump that is thought to keep the sh on the stream bottom and to stabilize it in fast, owing waters. The humpback chub has a streamlined body, with a dark, olive-gray back and silver sides. The head is small. The area in front of its tail is slender, although thicker than that of the bonytail. The humpback chub can reach lengths up to 18 inches and can weigh up to two pounds. Razorback sucker The razorback sucker is found in the mainstem Green, Colorado and San Juan rivers. Razorback suckers prefer shallow, o -channel habitats for spawning in the springtime. The razorback sucker is endangered and is stocked in many portions of its native range, including Utah, by the Upper Colorado River Recovery Program. The species normally has an olive-colored to brown or black back, brown to pinkish sides, and a white to yellow belly. Adults have a sharp-edged keel or “humpback.” The mouth faces downward, and the lower lip is widely separated into two lobes by a deep groove. The razorback sucker can reach lengths up to 36 inches and can weigh up to 13 pounds. 68