Utah Fishing Guidebook - eRegulations

Utah Fishing Guidebook - eRegulations
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Utah Fishing • 2019                             CONTENTS                                HOW TO USE THIS GUIDEBOOK




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                                                                                        1. Review the general rules, starting on page 8. These rules explain the licenses you
             Turn in a poacher                  3 How to use this guidebook
                                                                                           need, the fishing methods you may use, and when you can transport and possess fish.
             Phone: 1-800-662-3337              4 Know the laws
             Email: turninapoacher@utah.gov     5 Keep your license on your
                                                                                        2. Check general season dates, daily limits and possession limits, starting on page 19.
             Online: wildlife.utah.gov/utip        phone or tablet                      3. Look up a specific water in the section that starts on page 25. (If the water you’re look-
                                                7 License and permit fees                  ing for is not listed there, it is subject to the general rules.)
             Division offices
                                                8 General rules: Licenses and
             Offices are open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.,
                                                   permits
             Monday through Friday.             8 Free Fishing Day                      WHAT’S NEW?
             Salt Lake City                     8 License exemptions for youth          Free Fishing Day: Free Fishing Day will be        quagga mussels on and in boats that have
                1594 W North Temple                groups and organizations             held on June 8, 2019. This annual event is a      only been in Lake Powell for a day or two. For
                Box 146301                      9 Discounted licenses for               great opportunity to share fishing fun with a     details on what’s changed at Lake Powell and
                Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301      disabled veterans                    friend or family member. For more informa-        how you can help protect your boat, please see
                801-538-4700                    10 Help conserve native                 tion, see page 8.                                 page 35 or click “Heading to Lake Powell?”
                                                   cutthroat trout                                                                        at stdofthesea.utah.gov.
             Central Region                                                             Using corn as bait: Corn is now a legal bait
                1115 N Main Street              10 Fishing contests
                                                                                        at all Utah waterbodies where bait is allowed.    Reciprocal permit no longer required:
                Springville, UT 84663           11 General rules: Fishing methods
                                                                                        This change does not allow anglers to violate     Arizona residents who fish the Utah side of
                801-491-5678                    11 How to measure a fish                Utah’s chumming or littering laws. For more
                                                13 Using corn as bait                                                                     Lake Powell no longer need to purchase recip-
                                                                                        information, see page 13.                         rocal fishing permits. For more information,
             Northeastern Region                15 Watercraft restrictions
                318 N Vernal Avenue                                                                                                       see page 9.
                                                18 Daily limits                         Possession limit changes at Strawberry
                Vernal, UT 84078                19 General rules: Possession and        and Flaming Gorge reservoirs: Starting
                435-781-9453                                                                                                              Change for young setline anglers:
                                                   transportation                       in 2019, you may have up to two daily limits      Anglers under the age of 12 no longer need
                                                21 Stream access in Utah                in your possession when fishing for multiple      to purchase a fishing license in order to use
             Northern Region                                                            consecutive days at Strawberry Reservoir or
                515 E 5300 S                    22 Help protect Utah fisheries                                                            a setline. For more information on using a
                                                                                        Flaming Gorge Reservoir. For more information     setline, see page 13.
                Ogden, UT 84405                 23 Utah’s Walk-in Access program
                801-476-2740                                                            about when you may possess two daily limits,
                                                24 Fish consumption advisories          see page 19.                                      Fishing records online only: The list of
                                                24 Utah’s boating laws and rules                                                          Utah fishing records is extensive and changes
             Southeastern Region
                                                25 Rules for specific waters            New community fisheries: Three new                multiple times each year. To ensure accuracy,
                319 N Carbonville Road, Ste A
                Price, UT 84501                 26 Utah State Parks Annual Pass         community fisheries are now open to               that list is now available online only. You can
                435-613-3700                    28 Community fishing waters             anglers. These fisheries include Old Fort Pond    see the current list of state fishing records—or
                                                42 Angler feedback drives changes       (Duchesne County), Fairmont Park Pond (Salt       download the forms you need to submit a new
             Southern Region                    43 How to handle a tiger muskie         Lake County) and Jordan River Reservoir (Utah     record—at wildlife.utah.gov/record-fish.html.
                1470 N Airport Road                                                     County). You can learn more about the dozens
                                                46 Help prevent illegal fish stocking
                Cedar City, UT 84721                                                    of community fisheries in Utah by visiting        Keep more lake trout at Flaming Gorge
                                                48 Identifying Utah’s native and
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                435-865-6100                                                            wildlife.utah.gov/cf.                             Reservoir: You may now keep up to 12 lake
                                                   nonnative fish                                                                         trout per day at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, but
             Washington County Field Office     70 Definitions                          A greater quagga mussel threat: Quagga            only one of those fish may be larger than 28
               451 N SR-318                                                             mussels are spreading in Lake Powell, and         inches. For detailed information on Flaming
               Hurricane, UT 84737                                                      inspection technicians are regularly finding      Gorge limits, see page 30.
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KNOW THE LAWS
Utah Fishing • 2019                                             Using dead fathead minnows as bait:                  Important reminders                                 prohibit discrimination on the basis of race,




                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Utah Fishing • 2019
                                                                You may now possess or use dead fathead                                                                  color, national origin, age, disability or sex. If
                 This guidebook summarizes Utah’s
                                                                minnows—of all colors—as bait in any Utah            License purchase options: Fishing                   you believe that you have been discriminated
             fishing laws and rules. Although it is a           waterbodies where bait is permitted. For more        and combination licenses are available at           against in any program, activity or facility, or
             convenient quick-reference document for            information about legal baits, see page 12.                                                              if you desire further information, please visit
                                                                                                                     wildlife.utah.gov and from license agents and
             Utah fishing regulations, it is not an all-                                                             Division offices. You can also call 1-800-221-      www.doi.gov/pmb/eeo/public-civil-rights.cfm.
             encompassing resource.                             Reduced catfish limit at Cutler Reser-               0659 to purchase your license by phone. The
                 For an in-depth look at Utah’s fishing         voir and tributaries: The daily limit for            line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a        Private lands: The Division cannot guarantee
             laws and rules, visit wildlife.utah.gov/rules.     channel catfish has been reduced to four fish at     week. (There’s an additional $2 transaction fee     access to any private land. Under certain
                 You can use the references in this guide-      Cutler Reservoir and its tributaries. For detailed   for each item you buy over the phone.)              circumstances, you must obtain written
             book—such as Utah Administrative Rule              information on Cutler Reservoir regulations,                                                             permission from the landowner or the
             R657-13-6 and Utah Code § 23-20-3—to               see page 29.                                         Fish throughout the year: Utah has a                landowner’s authorized representative before
             search the Division’s website for the detailed                                                          year-round fishing season for most waterbod-        accessing private lands. For more information,
                                                                Keep more northern pike at Recapture                 ies. It runs from Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2019.             see Trespassing on page 15.
             statute or rule that underpins the guidebook
                                                                Reservoir: You may now keep up to 20 north-
             summary.
                                                                ern pike per day at Recapture Reservoir, but         Utah Cutthroat Slam: The Utah Cutthroat             Division funding: The Division is mostly
                 If you have questions about a particular
                                                                only one of those fish may be larger than 36         Slam has raised more than $26,000 for native        funded by the sale of fishing and hunting
             rule, call or visit the nearest Division office.   inches. For detailed information on Recapture        trout conservation in Utah. For information         licenses and through federal aid made possible
             Who makes the rules?                               Reservoir limits, see page 37.                       about the slam, see the information box on          by an excise tax on the sale of fishing rods and
                 The Utah Wildlife Board passes the rules                                                            page 10 or visit www.utahcutthroatslam.org.         other fishing-related equipment.
                                                                Regulation changes at southern Utah
             and laws summarized in this guidebook.             waterbodies: The Utah Wildlife Board                 Share your feedback: The Division obtains
                 There are seven board members, and             approved regulation changes at a handful of          substantial feedback on proposed fishing               Keep your license on
             each serves a six-year term. Appointed by          southern Utah waterbodies, including East Fork       changes via surveys and online questionnaires.         your phone or tablet
             the governor, board members are not Divi-          Boulder Creek, Navajo Lake, East Fork Sevier         Division biologists plan to use a similar format            We’ve made it easier for you to keep
             sion employees.                                    River, UM Creek and Paragonah (Red Creek)            to obtain feedback before proposing new regu-          track of your fishing license and know
                 The Division’s director serves as the          Reservoir. To see the regulations for these          lations for the 2021 Utah Fishing Guidebook.           when it’s about to expire.
             board’s executive secretary but does not           waterbodies, visit the Rules for Specific Waters     To review all of your feedback options, please              With our convenient mobile app,
             have a vote on wildlife policies.                  section that begins on page 25.                      see page 42.                                           you can now download your license to a
                 Before board members make changes to                                                                                                                       smartphone or tablet.
             wildlife rules, they listen to recommenda-                                                              Corrections: If errors are found in the                     If a conservation officer asks to see
             tions from Division biologists. They also                                                               printed guidebook, the Division will
                                                                                                                                                                            your license, you can easily produce the
             receive input from the public and various                                                               correct them in the online version. Visit
                                                                                                                                                                            digital copy, which is just as valid as a
             interest groups via the regional advisory                                                               wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks to view all of the
                                                                                                                                                                            paper license.
             council (RAC) process.                                                                                  Division’s guidebooks and proclamations.
                                                                                                                                                                                 If you use the app, you will also be
                 If you have feedback or suggestions for                                                             Protection from discrimination: The                    able to see when your license expires.
             board members, you can find their contact                                                               Division receives federal financial assistance              The app is available for both Apple
             information online at wildlife.utah.gov.                                                                from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under         and Android devices. You can download
                                                                                                                     Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section      it at wildlife.utah.gov/mobileapp.
             Wildlife Board members
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wildlife.utah.gov
                                                                                                                     504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II
             Kirk Woodward, Chair          Kevin Albrecht                                                            of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,
             Byron Bateman,                Calvin Crandall                                                           the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of
                  Vice Chair               Steve Dalton                                                              the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S.
             Mike Fowlks,                  Karl Hirst                                                                Department of the Interior and its bureaus
                  Division Director &      Donnie Hunter
                  Executive Secretary

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Utah Fishing • 2019                                                                                                            LICENSE AND PERMIT FEES




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Utah Fishing • 2019
                          Don’t lose your hunting and fishing privileges
                          If you commit a wildlife violation, you could lose the privilege of hunting and fishing in Utah.     Resident licenses                               Nonresident licenses
                          The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources can suspend the license of
                          anyone who knowingly, intentionally or recklessly violates wildlife                                  365-day fishing license                          365-day fishing license
                                                                                                                                                                  $5                                                    $5
                          laws. Your license can be suspended for a wildlife violation if:                                     (ages 12–13)                                     (ages 12–13)
                               • You are convicted.                                                                            365-day fishing license                          365-day fishing license
                                                                                                                                                                 $16                                                    $25
                               • You plead guilty or no contest.                                                               (ages 14–17)                                     (ages 14–17)
                               • You enter a plea in abeyance or                                                               365-day fishing license                          365-day fishing license
                                                                                                                                                                 $34                                                    $75
                                 diversion agreement.                                                                          (ages 18–64)                                     (age 18 and older)
                          Suspension proceedings are separate and indepen-                                                     365-day fishing license           $25            Multi-year fishing
                          dent from criminal prosecution. The Utah Division of                                                 (age 65 and older)                                                                 $74 per year,
                                                                                                                                                                                license (age 18 and
                          Wildlife Resources may suspend your license privileges                                                                                                                                 up to five years
                                                                                                                               365-day disabled                                 older)
                          whether or not the court considers suspension in your
                          criminal case. You will be notified of any action against                                            veteran (see the box on           $12            365-day combination
                          your privilege after criminal proceedings conclude. And
                                                                                                                               page 9 for details)                              license (age 17 and                     $29
                          remember, if your license is suspended in Utah, you                                                  Multi-year fishing                               younger)
                                                                                                                                                             $33 per year,
                          may not be permitted to hunt or fish in most other                                                   license (age 18 and                              365-day combination
                                                                                                                                                            up to five years
                          states. (Visit wildlife.utah.gov/know-the-consequences.html to see a map of participating states.)   older)                                           license (age 18 and                     $85
                                                                                                                               365-day combination                              older)
                                                                                                                                                                 $20
                                                                                                                               license (ages 14–17)                             Multi-year combination            $84 per year,
                                                                                                                               365-day combination                              license (age 18 and
                                                                                                                                                                 $38                                             up to five years
                                                                                                                                                                                older)

                                                                                       UTAH
                                                                                                                               license (ages 18–64)
                                                                                                                               365-day combination                              3-day fishing license (all              $24
                                                                                                                               license (age 65 and               $29            ages)
                                                                                                                               older)                                           7-day fishing license (all              $40
                                                                                                                               Multi-year combination                           ages)
                                                                                                                                                             $37 per year,
                                                                                                                               license (age 18 and          up to five years
                                                                                                                               older)                                          Reciprocal fishing
                                                                                                                               3-day fishing license (all        $16           permits
                                                                                                                               ages)
                                                                                                                                                                                Wyoming residents: Flaming
                                                                                                                               7-day fishing license (all                                                                     $10
                                                                                                                                                                 $20            Gorge, Utah reciprocal permit*
                                                                                                                               ages)
                                                                                                                                                                               * See page 9 for details.

                                                                                                                                                                               Other fishing permits
                                                                                                                                                                                Setline permit** (residents and               $20
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wildlife.utah.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                nonresidents)
                                                                                                                                                                               ** To learn more about setline permits, please see
                                                                                                                                                                               page 13 of this guide.




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Utah Fishing • 2019   GENERAL RULES: LICENSES AND                                                                               Fishing across state lines




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Utah Fishing • 2019
                                                                                                                                and reciprocal fishing                                 Discounted licenses
                      PERMITS                                                                                                   permits                                                for disabled veterans
                      Utah Code §§ 23-19 and 23-20-3                                                                                                                                       To thank our servicemen and service-
                                                                                                                                Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-5
                      Obtaining a fishing license is the first step to fishing in Utah. The type of license you should              Utah shares Bear Lake, Lake Powell and             women, the Division offers discounted
                      purchase depends on many variables: how old you are, how often you want to fish, where                    Flaming Gorge Reservoir with neighboring               fishing licenses to Utah veterans who
                      you want to fish and whether you’re a Utah resident. (To determine if you are a resident,                 states. To simplify the process of fishing across      were disabled in the line of duty.
                      see the definition on page 71.) This section provides information about the different                     state lines, Utah has entered into the following           The discounted license is $12—in-
                      licenses and permits that are available.                                                                  agreements with Idaho, Arizona and Wyoming:            stead of the $34 full price—and the
                                                                                                                                                                                       license is good for 365 days from the
                      Free Fishing Day                                           When you buy a combination license or a        Bear Lake                                              day you buy it. Discounted licenses are
                      Utah Code § 23-19-1 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-3    multi-year license, you also get a price break          If you have a valid Utah or Idaho fishing          available from all Division offices listed
                          The one day you don’t need a license to fish      compared to buying your hunting and fishing         or combination license—whether you are a               on page 2.
                      in Utah is Saturday, June 8, 2019, which is Free      licenses separately.                                resident or nonresident—you may fish both                  To purchase a discounted license,
                      Fishing Day. Everyone in Utah can fish for free            Fishing and combination licenses are           the Utah and Idaho portions of the lake, as            you must be a Utah resident and have a
                      that day, but please remember that all of the         available at wildlife.utah.gov and from license     long as you follow the angling regulations that        qualifying service-connected disability
                      state’s other fishing laws and rules still apply.     agents and Division offices. You can also call      apply to the state where you are fishing.              of at least 20 percent. When you visit a
                                                                            1-800-221-0659 to purchase your license by              It is your responsibility to know and follow       Division office to purchase your license,
                      Under 12 years of age                                 phone.
                      Utah Code § 23-19-21 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-3                                                       each state’s laws and rules for Bear Lake.             simply bring the verification of service-
                                                                                 You must have your license with you                Reminder: Even if you are licensed in              connected disability documentation
                           If you’re under 12 years of age, you do not
                                                                            while you’re fishing, and you cannot alter your     both states, you may only take one daily limit         that the Department of Veterans Affairs
                      need a fishing license to fish in Utah. You can
                                                                            license or transfer it to another person.           each day.                                              issued to you.
                      fish without a license, use two poles, use a
                                                                                 Keep in mind that you can use the Utah                                                                    For more information, please visit
                      setline and take a full daily limit.                                                                      Lake Powell
                                                                            Hunting and Fishing app to legally carry                                                                   wildlife.utah.gov/disabled or call the
                      12 years of age and older                             fishing licenses on a phone or tablet for all the       If you have a valid Utah or Arizona fishing
                                                                                                                                                                                       nearest Division office.
                      Utah Code § 23-19-21 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-3   members of your family. To download the app,        or combination license—whether you are a
                          If you’re 12 years of age or older, you must      visit wildlife.utah.gov/mobileapp.                  resident or nonresident—you may fish both
                      purchase a fishing license or a combination                                                               the Utah and Arizona portions of the lake, as       Wyoming portion of the reservoir, you must
                      license to fish in Utah. You can choose from a                                                            long as you follow the angling regulations that     buy a Wyoming reciprocal fishing permit. You
                      variety of licenses:
                                                                               License exemptions                               apply to the state where you are fishing.           can also choose to purchase a Wyoming fishing
                           • Three-day fishing licenses allow you to           for youth groups and                                 It is your responsibility to know and follow    license.
                             fish for three consecutive days.                  organizations                                    each state’s laws and rules for Lake Powell.             New this year: If you are not a resident
                           • Seven-day fishing licenses allow you to                Are you a scout leader or a mentor              Reminder: Even if you are licensed in           of either Utah or Wyoming — and you want to
                             fish for seven consecutive days.                  for a youth group? Many groups can hold          both states, you may only take one daily limit      fish the entire reservoir — you must purchase
                           • 365-day fishing licenses allow you to fish        fishing events that don’t require a fish-        each day.                                           nonresident fishing licenses from both states.
                             for 365 consecutive days, including the           ing license for participants age 15 and                                                                   For more information on obtaining a Wyo-
                                                                               younger. To determine if you are eligible        Flaming Gorge Reservoir                             ming reciprocal fishing permit or a Wyoming
                             day you buy the license.
                                                                               and to complete the license-exemption                 To fish across state lines at Flaming Gorge    fishing license, call the Wyoming Game and
                           • Multi-year fishing licenses allow you to
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wildlife.utah.gov
                                                                               form, visit wildlife.utah.gov/youth-org.         Reservoir, you must have a valid resident           Fish Department at 307-777-4600.
                             fish for up to five years.
                                                                                                                                fishing license from one state and a reciprocal          Utah reciprocal fishing permits are avail-
                           • 365-day combination licenses allow you
                                                                                                                                fishing permit from the other state.                able at wildlife.utah.gov and from authorized
                             to fish, hunt small game and apply for
                                                                                                                                     For example, if you buy a Utah resident        license agents and Division offices.
                             hunting permits.
                                                                                                                                fishing license, you can fish the Utah portion           It is your responsibility to know and follow
                           • Multi-year combination licenses allow
                                                                                                                                of Flaming Gorge. After buying your Utah            each state’s laws and rules for Flaming Gorge.
                             you to fish, hunt small game and apply
                                                                                                                                license, if you decide you also want to fish the         Reminder: Even if you are licensed in
                             for hunting permits for up to five years.

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Utah Fishing • 2019   both states, you may only take one daily limit         If you plan to hold a fishing contest at a        GENERAL RULES: FISHING METHODS




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Utah Fishing • 2019
                      each day.                                          Utah State Park, you should also check with           Utah Code § 23-20-3
                                                                         the park to see if there are any additional rules     There are laws and rules that govern fishing in Utah. By obeying these regulations and be-
                      More information about reciprocal                  that apply to the area.
                      permits                                                                                                  ing an ethical angler, you will help keep fishing great for everyone. Please be familiar with
                         • Utah reciprocal fishing permits are valid     Licenses for residents                                the following general rules for taking fish and crayfish. You’ll find some exceptions to these
                           for 365 days from the day you buy them.       with special needs                                    rules in the Rules for specific waters on page 25.
                         • You must sign your name on your recip-        Utah Code § 23-19-36 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-12-3
                           rocal permit the same way you signed              If you’re a Utah resident and have                Taking game fish                                            While fishing, you must be within sight
                                                                                                                                    You may take game fish using only the              of the equipment you’re fishing with (this
                           your name on your fishing license.            certain physical or mental disabilities—or                                                                    distance cannot exceed 100 feet). The only
                                                                         a terminal illness—you may qualify for a              following methods:
                                                                                                                                                                                       exception to this rule is if you have a setline
                      Fishing contests                                   free fishing license. A child who has been
                      Utah Admin. Rule R657-58
                                                                                                                               Angling                                                 permit. Please see page 13 for more infor-
                                                                         placed in the custody of the state by a court         Utah Admin. Rules R657-13-6, R657-13-7 and R657-13-11   mation about fishing with a setline.
                          For Utah’s current fishing contest             order may also qualify. To learn if you qualify,           If you are under age 12 or have a valid Utah           There are a few additional angling rules to
                      rules, please see Utah Admin. Rule                 please see Utah Admin. Rule R657-12-3 at              fishing or combination license, you can fish            keep in mind:
                      R657-58 at wildlife.utah.gov/rules, visit          wildlife.utah.gov/rules or contact your nearest       with two poles at any water in the state during              • No artificial lure may have more than
                      wildlife.utah.gov/fishingcontests or contact the   Division office.                                      its open fishing season. You may keep only one                 three hooks.
                      nearest Division office.
                                                                                                                               daily limit of fish. Using a second pole does                • No line may have attached to it more
                                                                                                                               NOT allow you to keep two daily limits of fish.                than three baited hooks, three artificial
                         Help conserve native                                The Utah Cutthroat Slam is a part-                You may use additional lines or hooks when                     flies or three artificial lures. (This rule
                         cutthroat trout                                 nership between the Division and Trout                you are:                                                       also applies to those who are fishing for
                              The Utah Cutthroat Slam offers an          Unlimited, and it has successfully raised                   • Fishing for crayfish. Please see page 16               crayfish.) Please see page 13 of this
                         exciting challenge for conservation-minded      more than $26,000 for native cutthroat                        of this guide for more information about               guide for more information about fishing
                         anglers. You must catch Utah’s four native      conservation over the past three years.                       fishing for crayfish.                                  with a setline.
                         cutthroat trout subspecies—in their native          To see a complete list of program                       • Using a setline. See page 13 to learn                • When you’re fishing through the ice, you
                         waters—and provide visual proof of your         requirements and learn more about                             more about fishing with a setline.                     may not fish through a hole that’s more
                         success.                                        Utah’s native cutthroat trout, please visit                 • Ice fishing at Flaming Gorge. Please                   than 12 inches wide. The only exceptions
                              After you successfully complete the        utahcutthroatslam.org.                                        see page 30 for the rules specific to                  are at Bear Lake, Flaming Gorge Reser-
                         slam, you’ll receive a stunning medallion to                                                                  Flaming Gorge.                                         voir and Fish Lake. For more information
                         commemorate your achievement. You’ll also
                         receive a slam-completion certificate and
                         online recognition at utahcutthroatslam.org.                                                             How to measure a fish
                              Your slam participation fee—only $20                                                                1. Place the fish on its side with the jaw closed.
                         for adults and $10 for youth under 18—                                                                   2. Squeeze the tail fin together or turn it so you obtain the maximum overall length.
                         helps fund cutthroat trout conservation                                                                  3. Measure a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme tip of the tail fin.
                         projects in Utah.
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Utah Fishing • 2019          about ice fishing at these waters, visit                • Dead burbot from Flaming Gorge               If the Utah Wildlife Board has declared that      Setline fishing




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Utah Fishing • 2019
                             the Rules for Specific Waters section that                may be used as bait only in Flaming      a water is infested with an aquatic invasive          Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-8
                             begins on page 25.                                        Gorge.                                   species (e.g., quagga or zebra mussels)—or                 Setlines are lines that are anchored to a
                           Angling is permitted from boats and float                 • Dead shad from Lake Powell may be        the water is subject to a closure order or            non-moving object and that are not attached
                      tubes—and other motorized and nonmotor-                          used as bait only in Lake Powell. It     control plan—you may not transport any                to a fishing pole.
                      ized watercraft—on any water where such use                      is illegal to remove dead shad from      species of fish (live or dead), including baitfish,        Setline permits are available for $20 at
                      is authorized. There are some waters, however,                   the Glen Canyon National Recreation      from that water to use in any other water. To         wildlife.utah.gov and from license agents and
                      where you cannot fish from a float tube or a                     Area.                                    determine whether a water is infested, visit          Division offices.
                      boat (see page 15 for more information).                       • Dead striped bass from Lake Powell       wildlife.utah.gov/affected-waters.html.                    A setline permit is a 365-day permit. If
                           Keep in mind that other agencies may have                   may be used as bait or chum only in                                                            you are 12 or older, you must also have an
                      placed additional restrictions on the use of                     Lake Powell.                             Restrictions on taking fish                           unexpired three-day, seven-day, 365-day or
                      float tubes and boats at certain Utah waters.                  • Dead, fresh or frozen saltwater          and crayfish                                          multi-year Utah fishing or combination license
                                                                                                                                Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-11
                                                                                       species, including sardines and                                                                in order to use a setline permit.
                      Bait                                                             anchovies, may be used as bait in             You can use artificial light while fishing,           If you obtain a setline permit, and a Utah
                      Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-12
                                                                                       any water where bait is permitted.       but not when you are underwater spearfish-            fishing or combination license, you can use a
                         You may now legally use or possess corn                                                                ing. There are two exceptions:
                                                                                     • Dead mountain sucker, white sucker,                                                            setline to take fish from the following waters:
                      while fishing anywhere in Utah where bait is                                                                    • If you’re underwater spearfishing for
                                                                                       Utah sucker, redside shiner, speckled                                                          Bear River proper (downstream from the Idaho
                      permitted.                                                                                                        burbot at Flaming Gorge.
                                                                                       dace, mottled sculpin, fathead min-                                                            state line, including Cutler Reservoir and outlet
                         While you are fishing, it is unlawful to:                                                                    • If you’re underwater spearfishing for carp
                                                                                       now (all color variants, including                                                             canals); Little Bear River below Valley View
                          • Use or possess live baitfish                                                                                anywhere in the state.
                                                                                       rosy red minnows), Utah chub and                                                               Highway (SR-30); Malad River; and Utah Lake.
                          • Use or possess tiger salamanders (live                                                                   You may not obstruct a waterway or use
                                                                                       common carp may be used as bait in                                                             These are the only waters where use of a
                            or dead)                                                                                            any chemical, explosive, electricity, poison,
                                                                                       any water where bait is permitted.                                                             setline is allowed.
                          • Use or possess any bait—including                                                                   firearm, pellet gun or archery equipment to
                                                                                     • The eggs of any species of fish                                                                     The following rules apply to setline fishing:
                            PowerBait or scented jigs—if you are                                                                take fish or crayfish. The only exceptions are
                                                                                       caught in Utah, except prohibited                                                                    • You may not fish with more than one
                            on waters designated artificial fly and                                                             found in Taking Nongame Fish (page 17),
                                                                                       fish, may be used in any water                                                                         setline.
                            lure only                                                                                           Fishing with archery tackle and crossbows (page
                                                                                       where bait is permitted. You may                                                                     • A setline may not contain more than 15
                          • Use or possess artificial baits that are                                                            14) and Rules for specific waters, Lake Powell
                                                                                       not, however, take or use eggs from                                                                    hooks.
                            commercially imbedded or covered with                                                               on page 33.
                                                                                       fish that are being released.
                            fish or fish parts                                                                                       You may not take or land a fish by snag-
                                                                               You may only use live crayfish for bait if                                                                Using corn as bait
                          • Use or possess bait in the form of fresh                                                            ging or gaffing, and you may not have a gaff
                                                                          you are on the water where the crayfish were                                                                        You may now legally use or possess
                            or frozen fish or fish parts, except as                                                             in your possession while fishing. A fish hooked
                                                                          captured. It is unlawful to transport live crayfish                                                            corn while fishing at any waterbody in
                            provided below:                                                                                     anywhere other than the mouth must be
                                                                          away from the water where they were captured.                                                                  Utah where bait is permitted.
                                  • Dead Bonneville cisco may be used                                                           released immediately. The only exceptions are
                                                                               You may use commercially prepared and                                                                          Corn is a particularly effective bait
                                    as bait only in Bear Lake.                                                                  at Lake Powell (where you may use a gaff to
                                                                          chemically treated baitfish or their parts as bait                                                             for kokanee salmon and is legal in all the
                                  • Dead yellow perch may be used as                                                            land striped bass), Bear Lake (where you may
                                                                          in any water where bait is permitted.                                                                          surrounding states. Studies have shown
                                    bait only in Big Sandwash, Deer                                                             snag Bonneville cisco) and any waterbody
                                                                               Manufactured, human-made items that                                                                       that it has no harmful effects on fish or
                                    Creek, Echo, Fish Lake, Gunnison,                                                           where there is a catch-and-kill regulation for
                                                                          may not be digestible—including items that                                                                     their digestive processes.
                                    Hyrum, Johnson, Jordanelle,                                                                 the fish you snag.
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                                                                          have been chemically treated with food stuffs,                                                                      Although you may now use corn
                                    Mantua, Mill Meadow, Newton,                                                                     Chumming is prohibited on all waters
                                                                          chemical fish attractants or feeding stimu-                                                                    to fish statewide, you must still follow
                                    Pineview, Red Fleet, Rockport,                                                              except Lake Powell. Please see the Rules for
                                                                          lants—may not be used on waters where bait                                                                     Utah’s laws that regulate chumming and
                                    Starvation, Utah Lake, Willard Bay                                                          specific waters, Lake Powell on page 33 for
                                                                          is prohibited.                                                                                                 littering.
                                    and Yuba reservoirs.                                                                        more information about chumming at Lake
                                                                               Both PowerBait and scented jigs are con-
                                  • Dead white bass may be used as                                                              Powell.
                                                                          sidered to be bait, and they may not be used on
                                    bait only in Utah Lake and the
                                                                          waters where bait is prohibited.
                                    Jordan River.

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Utah Fishing • 2019        • When fishing with a setline, you must          to sunrise) from May 5 until 6 a.m. on July                  • Kens Lake (San Juan County)




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                             be within 100 yards of the surface or the      14. A few other lakes, including Lake Powell,                • Newcastle Reservoir, for wipers and               Watercraft restrictions
                             bank of water you’re fishing from.             have closed areas. If you’re wondering about a                 rainbow trout only (Iron County)                       Before you launch a boat at any wa-
                           • One end of your setline must be attached       specific waterbody, see the section that begins              • Porcupine Reservoir (Cache County)                terbody, be sure to check with local, state
                             to a non-moving object that is not             on page 25 or call the Division office that                  • Recapture Reservoir (San Juan County)             or federal agencies about any watercraft
                             attached to a fishing pole. Your setline       manages that particular fishery.                             • Red Fleet Reservoir (Uintah County)               restrictions that may exist.
                             must also have a legible tag attached to                                                                    • Sand Lake (Summit County)                              Regulations differ from one water to
                             it that includes your name, address and        Using a crossbow                                             • Smith and Morehouse Reservoir (Summit             another, depending on which munici-
                             setline permit number.                             You may use a crossbow to take carp at                     County)                                           pality or agency is in charge. It’s your
                           • While fishing with a setline, you can also     any open water statewide. You may not use a                  • Willard Bay Reservoir (Box Elder County)          responsibility to learn and follow the
                             fish with up to two fishing poles.             crossbow to take any other species of fish.                  • Yuba Reservoir (Juab and Sanpete coun-            rules for a particular water.
                                                                                                                                           ties)                                                  You can view a list of watercraft re-
                      Dipnetting                                            Follow local ordinances
                                                                                                                                                                                             strictions at wildlife.utah.gov/watercraft.
                      Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-10                                Please remember that archery tackle and            Additional spearfishing rules
                          You can use a handheld dipnet to land             crossbows are considered weapons and cannot                  There are a few exceptions to spearfishing
                      game fish that you’ve legally taken by angling.       be discharged within 600 feet of a structure.           regulations:                                               • Pineview Reservoir, except closed year
                      However, you may not use a handheld dipnet            Also, local communities may have ordinances                   • At Fish Lake (Sevier County), you may                round to the take of tiger muskie (Weber
                      as a primary method of taking game fish un-           against the discharge of weapons within city                    underwater spearfish for all fish species            County)
                      less you are at Bear Lake, where you may use a        limits. If possible, please check with your local               from 6 a.m. on June 1 until official sunset        • Rockport Reservoir (Summit County)
                      dipnet to take Bonneville cisco.                      city office to make sure you are following all                  on Sept. 15.                                       • Starvation Reservoir (Duchesne County)
                          When fishing for Bonneville cisco at Bear         the rules.                                                    • At Flaming Gorge (Daggett County), you             • Steinaker Reservoir (Uintah County)
                      Lake, the opening of your dipnet may not                   If you have additional questions about                     can underwater spearfish for burbot               When you are spearfishing for bass at the
                      exceed 18 inches. If you’re dipnetting through        bowfishing or the places you can bowfish,                       from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 24 hours per day.     above waterbodies, all daily limits and length
                      the ice at Bear Lake, there is no restriction on      please contact your local Division office.                      You can also use artificial light while       limits apply.
                      the size of the hole you can drill in the ice.                                                                        spearfishing for burbot at this reservoir.
                                                                            Underwater spearfishing                                                                                       Closed areas
                      Please see Rules for specific waters, Bear Lake       Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-9                                      Please see page 30 for rules specific to      Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-19
                      on page 25 for more information.                           Underwater spearfishing hours are from                     Flaming Gorge.                                     All of the state’s fish hatcheries are closed
                          You may also use a handheld dipnet to take        official sunrise to official sunset. It is illegal to        All possession limits apply, regardless of the   to fishing, including the warmwater fish
                      crayfish and nongame fish, except prohibited          use artificial light while underwater spearfish-        angling technique you use.                            hatchery at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Center.
                      fish. For a list of fish you are prohibited to pos-   ing, and free shafting is prohibited.                        At all waters open to angling—during their       All of the state’s waterfowl management areas
                      sess, please see page 17 of this guide.                    The waters listed below are open to under-         open seasons—you can underwater spearfish             are also closed to fishing unless they’re posted
                                                                            water spearfishing for game fish from Jan. 1            for carp.                                             open to fishing or they’re listed as open to fish-
                      Fishing with archery
                                                                            through Dec. 31. Unless otherwise noted, you                                                                  ing in Rules for specific waters on page 25.
                      tackle and crossbows                                                                                          Restrictions on spearfishing for bass
                      Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-14                           may use spearfishing to take any legal species
                                                                                                                                        The waters listed below are open to under-        Trespassing
                           Fishing with archery tackle—also called          within the daily limits and length limits that
                                                                                                                                    water spearfishing for game fish from Jan. 1          Utah Code §§ 23-20-14 and 23-20-3.5
                      bowfishing—is allowed in most Utah water-             apply to each waterbody:
                                                                                                                                    through Dec. 31, but you may not use spearfish-           While fishing or engaging in wildlife-
                      bodies but only for nonprotected, nongame                   • Big Sandwash Reservoir (Duchesne
                                                                                                                                    ing to take largemouth and smallmouth bass            related activities, you may not—without
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                      fish such as carp. And within that limitation,                County)
                                                                                                                                    from April 1 through June 22:                         permission—enter or remain on privately
                      there are waters where you may bowfish for                  • Blue Lake, for pacu and tilapia only
                                                                                                                                         • Deer Creek Reservoir (Wasatch County)          owned land that is:
                      carp only (see page 17 for details).                          (Tooele County)
                                                                                                                                         • East Canyon Reservoir (Morgan County)               • Cultivated
                           In most areas, bowfishing is allowed at                • Brown’s Draw Reservoir (Duchesne
                                                                                                                                         • Echo Reservoir (Summit County)                      • Properly posted
                      night with the use of spotlights. There are a                 County)
                                                                                                                                         • Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Daggett County)            • Fenced or enclosed in a manner designed
                      few notable exceptions: The tributaries of Utah             • Causey Reservoir (Weber County)
                                                                                                                                         • Lake Powell (Garfield, Kane and San Juan              to exclude intruders
                      Lake are closed to bowfishing at night (sunset              • Electric Lake (Emery County)
                                                                                                                                           counties)
                                                                                  • Grantsville Reservoir (Tooele County)
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                            • Enter or remain on private land when            If you’re fishing on land that belongs to        Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-13                                 You may not leave them on the shoreline.
                              directed not to do so by the owner or a     any of the Native American tribes in Utah, you            Possession of the following nongame fish             Underwater spearfishing for nongame fish
                              person acting for the owner.                must observe tribal regulations. These regula-       is prohibited. If you catch any of these fish, you   (other than carp) is only allowed at the waters
                            • Obstruct any entrance or exit to private    tions are available from the Native American         must release them immediately:                       listed on page 14.
                              property.                                   tribe that owns the land.                                  • Bonytail                                          You may use a crossbow only if you’re
                           “Cultivated land” is land that is readily                                                                 • Bluehead sucker                              taking carp.
                      identifiable as land whose soil is loosened or      Taking crayfish                                            • Colorado pikeminnow (formerly, Colo-
                      broken up for the raising of crops, land used       Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-15
                                                                                                                                       rado squawfish)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Taking common carp
                      for the raising of crops, or a pasture that is          If you’re under the age of 12, you do not                                                                 You may use a variety of techniques—in-
                                                                                                                                     • Flannelmouth sucker
                      artificially irrigated.                             need a license to fish for crayfish. If you’re 12                                                         cluding angling, traps, archery, dipnets, cast
                                                                                                                                     • Gizzard shad (except at Lake Powell,
                           “Permission” means written authorization       years of age or older, you must have a valid                                                              nets, liftnets, seines, crossbow, a handheld
                                                                                                                                       where you may possess dead shad and
                      from the owner or person in charge to enter         Utah fishing or combination license to fish for                                                           spear from above the surface of the water, or
                                                                                                                                       use them as bait)
                      upon private land that is cultivated or properly    crayfish.                                                                                                 underwater spearfishing—to take common
                                                                                                                                     • Grass carp
                      posted. Permission must include all of the              You may take crayfish for personal,                                                                   carp in any water during its open fishing
                                                                                                                                     • Humpback chub
                      following details:                                  noncommercial purposes at any body of water                                                               season.
                                                                                                                                     • June sucker
                            • The signature of the owner or person in     where there’s an open fishing season. You may                                                                 For more information on bowfishing rules,
                                                                                                                                     • Least chub
                              charge                                      not take crayfish if the fishing season at that                                                           see page 14.
                                                                                                                                     • Northern leatherside chub
                            • The name of the person being given          water is closed.                                                                                              You may also use artificial lights while
                                                                                                                                     • Razorback sucker
                              permission                                      You may take crayfish by hand or with a                                                               bowfishing for carp.
                                                                                                                                     • Roundtail chub
                            • The appropriate dates                       trap, dipnet, liftnet, handline, pole or seine.                                                               Carp are the only nongame fish you may
                                                                                                                                     • Southern leatherside chub
                            • A general description of the land           You must also obey all of the following rules:                                                            take in the following waters:
                                                                                                                                     • Virgin chub
                           “Properly posted” means that signs                  • You may not use game fish or their parts                                                                       • Ash Creek
                                                                                                                                     • Virgin spinedace
                      prohibiting trespass—or bright yellow, bright              for bait, or use any substance that is                                                                         • Beaver Dam Wash
                                                                                                                                     • Woundfin
                      orange or fluorescent paint—are clearly                    illegal for fishing.                                                                                           • Colorado River
                      displayed at all corners, on fishing streams             • Seines (nets) may not exceed 10 feet in       Taking nongame fish                                              • Diamond Fork
                      crossing property lines, and on roads, gates               length or width.                              Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-14 and R657-12-8                        • Duchesne River (from the Myton
                      and rights-of-way entering the land. Or, they            • You may not use more than five lines,             If you have a valid Utah fishing or                            SR-40 bridge to the confluence
                      are displayed in a manner that is visible to a             and only two of those lines can have          combination license, you may take nongame                          with the Green River)
                      person in the area.                                        hooks attached. (See the Angling section      fish—except those listed in the Prohibited Fish                  • Fort Pierce Wash
                           You may not post private property you                 on page 11 for details.) On the lines         section on page 17—for personal, noncom-                         • Green River (from the Colorado
                      do not own or legally control or land that is              without hooks, simply tie your bait to        mercial purposes, as long as you’re fishing at a                   state line in Browns Park upstream
                      open to the public as provided by Utah Code                the line so the crayfish can grasp the bait   body of water during its open fishing season.                      to Flaming Gorge Dam, including
                      § 23-21-4. In addition, it is unlawful to take             with its claw.                                    To take nonprohibited nongame fish, you                        Gorge Creek, a tributary that enters
                      protected wildlife or its parts while trespassing        • You may not transport live crayfish           may use angling, traps, archery, dipnets, cast                     the Green River at Little Hole)
                      in violation of Utah Code § 23-20-14.                      away from the body of water where you         nets, liftnets, seines or a handheld spear from                  • Green River (from the confluence
                           You are guilty of a class B misdemeanor               captured them.                                above the surface of the water.                                    with the Colorado River upstream
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                      if you violate any provision described in this          For additional information about                     When using these methods, please
                      section. Your license, tag or permit privileges     catching and preparing crayfish, visit               remember the following rules:                                      saur National Monument)
                      may also be suspended.                              wildlife.utah.gov/fishing/crayfish.php.                   • Seines (nets) may not exceed 10 feet in                   • Hobble Creek
                                                                                                                                      length or width.                                          • La Verkin Creek
                                                                                                                                    • Cast nets may not exceed 10 feet in                       • Main Canyon Creek (tributary to
                                                                                                                                      diameter (a five-foot radius).                              Wallsburg Creek)
                                                                                                                                    • Nongame fish that are legal to take must                  • Provo River (below Deer Creek
                                                                                                                                      either be released or killed immediately                    Dam)
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                                    line, including all tributaries)                    • White River (Uintah County)
                                  • San Juan River                                      • Yellow Creek                         TRANSPORTATION
                                  • Santa Clara River (from Pine Valley                                                        Utah Code § 23-20-3

                                    Reservoir downstream to the             Taking brine shrimp                                Before you start catching fish or crayfish, it’s important to know how many you’re allowed
                                    confluence with the Virgin River)       Utah Admin. Rule R657-52                           to keep, take home or donate to someone else. Be sure to read this section carefully—and
                                  • Snake Valley waters (west and               Many people who visit the Great Salt Lake      then double check the Rules for Specific Waters section on page 25—so you don’t miss
                                    north of US-6 and the part of US-6      want to take some of the lake’s brine shrimp       any special regulations that may apply to the waterbody you’re fishing.
                                    and US-50 in Millard and Juab           home with them. You may take brine shrimp
                                    counties)                               from the lake without a fishing license, but       Season dates                                               See page 18 for a list of daily limits that
                                                                            you may not take more than one gallon in a         Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-19                            apply statewide, except as provided in Rules for
                                  • Spanish Fork River
                                                                            seven-day period.                                       Utah’s general fish and crayfish season is        specific waters on page 25.
                                  • Thistle Creek
                                  • Virgin River (main stem and the                                                            Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Fish may be caught by
                                                                                                                               angling or setline 24 hours a day. Underwater          Additional limit in the
                                    north and east forks)                                                                                                                             field
                                                                                                                               spearfishing is allowed from official sunrise to
                                                                                                                               official sunset. See page 14 for details.                   You may possess up to two daily limits
                                                                                                                                                                                      of fish as you travel within Utah—or if you
                      DAILY LIMITS                                                                                             Daily limits                                           leave the state—as long as you meet all of the
                          The limits listed below apply to most Utah fisheries, but on some waters, specific bag or size       Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-19                            following conditions:
                      restrictions apply. Please see the Rules for specific waters on page 25 for any exceptions.                  This section provides general rules for                  • At least one of the limits in your posses-
                                                                50                                                      6      fishing in Utah. Many waters have localized                    sion was caught at a Utah water on a
                       Bluegill and green sunfish                             Largemouth and smallmouth
                       (a combined total)                                     bass (a combined total)                          and specific rules, which are listed in Rules for              previous day, and the fish were a legal
                                                                                                                               specific waters on page 25.                                    species and limit for the waterbody
                       Bonneville cisco                         30            Nongame species (except              No limit                                                                   where you caught them.
                                                                                                                                   On waters that have a specific rule, that rule
                                                                              prohibited fish; see page 17
                       Bullhead                                 24                                                             takes precedence over the general rules.                     • The fish from the previous day have been
                                                                              for a list of prohibited fish)
                                                              No limit                                                             You may possess a legal daily limit of dead                cleaned and gutted (entrails removed).
                       Burbot (Anglers must not release                       Northern pike                             6
                       any burbot they catch. All burbot                                                                       game fish or crayfish as long as you have a valid           If you fish at a different waterbody on the
                       caught must be immediately                             Sacramento perch                          10     fishing or combination license. Those who are          second day of your trip, you may not have any
                       killed.)                                                                                                under 12 years of age may fish without a license       fish in your possession—from either day—
                                                                              Striped bass                         No limit
                       Channel catfish                           8                                                             and take a full daily limit.                           that violate the rules of the waterbody where
                                                                              Tiger muskellunge                    1 over 40       If you fish multiple waters in one day, you        you’re currently fishing. You must always
                       Community fisheries (The limit            2                                                  inches                                                            comply with the size and species regulations
                                                                                                                               cannot have any fish in your possession that
                       includes fish of most species,
                       but you must release any tiger                         Trout, including salmon, grayling         4      violate the rules of the waterbody where you’re        for the waterbody where you’re fishing and
                       muskellunge you catch. You                             and hybrids (a combined total).                  fishing.                                               not have more than two daily limits in your
                       are also encouraged to release                         Also, you can take extra brook                       When calculating your daily limit, please          possession.
                       all largemouth bass. See the com-                      trout at some waters in the state.               remember the following rules:                               For example, if you have been fishing at
                       plete list of community waters on                                                                            • Any trout, salmon or grayling not imme-         Joes Valley Reservoir, (which has a 4 trout limit,
                       page 28.)                                              Walleye                              10, only
                                                                                                                   1 over 24          diately released is part of your daily limit.   with only 1 fish over 18 inches), you may not
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                       Crappie                                  50                                                  inches          • A trout, salmon or grayling may not be          stop at Scofield Reservoir (which has more re-
                       Crayfish                               No limit        Whitefish                               10              released if it’s been held on a stringer or     strictive size regulations) if you have fish from
                                                                                                                                      in a fish basket, livewell or any other type    Joes Valley that violate the rules at Scofield.
                       Kokanee salmon                            4            White bass                           No limit
                                                                                                                                      of device.                                           Here’s another example. If you go to a
                       (Anglers may not possess ko-                                                                     6
                       kanee salmon at any waterbody                          Wiper                                                 • Any fish that doesn’t meet the size or spe-     community fishery and catch your limit in the
                       statewide from Sept. 10 through                        Yellow perch                              50            cies rules for the water you’re fishing must    morning, you cannot take those fish home to
                       Nov. 30.)                                                                                                      be returned to the water immediately.           your freezer and then visit another community

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                                                                                                                                 a registered commercial fishing installation,                   Stream access in Utah
                                                                                                                                 a private pond owner or a short-term fishing                        In recent years, Utah’s stream access
                                                                                                                                 event, you may only possess or transport dead                   laws have changed multiple times as
                                                                                                                                 fish if you have a receipt. The receipt must                    a result of legislation, litigation and
                                                                                                                                 include all of the following information:                       judicial rulings. That may continue to be
                                                                                                                                       • The species and number of fish                          the case in the years to come.
                                                                                                                                       • The date the fish were caught                               The Division is committed to
                                                                                                                                       • The certificate of registration number                  upholding the laws — however they
                                                                                                                                         of the installation, pond or short-term                 change — and wants to help anglers
                                                                                                                                         fishing event                                           understand them. For more informa-
                                                                                                                                       • The name, address and telephone                         tion and answers to common questions
                                                                                                                                         number of the seller                                    about stream access in Utah, please visit
                                                                                                                                      To help prevent the spread of disease,                     wildlife.utah.gov/streamaccess.
                                                                                                                                 fish and crayfish may not be moved between
                                                                                                                                 waters, except as listed in the Bait section on             Release of tagged or
                                                                                                                                 page 12.                                                    marked fish
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                      pond in the afternoon to harvest additional                 At most waters, you may fillet harvested
                      fish.                                                  game fish, or remove their heads or tails, after    Live fish and crayfish                                          You may not tag, mark or fin-clip fish—or
                                                                                                                                 Utah Code § 23-13-14 and Utah Admin. Rules R657-13-17 and   release fish that have been tagged, marked or
                          You may continue to fish while in posses-          you have:                                           R657-13-19                                                  fin-clipped—without prior authorization from
                      sion of a full daily limit, but you must immedi-             • Completed the act of fishing                     You may not release fish or crayfish into              the Division.
                      ately release any additional fish you catch.                 • Arrived at camp                             the wild except as provided in the Wildlife
                                                                                   • Reached a fish-cleaning station
                      Keeping fish at home                                         • Arrived at a principle means of land
                                                                                                                                 Code, rule, proclamation or order of the Wild-              Checkpoints and
                          Any fish species stored at your permanent                                                              life Board. For example, you can release fish               officer contacts
                                                                                     transportation                              caught at Scofield Reservoir back into Scofield,
                      residence do not count as part of your limit.                                                                                                                          Utah Code §§ 23-20-25 and 77-23-104
                                                                                  At Strawberry Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir,   but you cannot take live fish from Scofield and
                      Please keep in mind that this does NOT allow                                                                                                                                The Division is the trustee and guardian of
                                                                             Lost Creek Reservoir and Panguitch Lake, you        place those fish in another water. Any person
                      you to take home multiple daily limits of fish                                                                                                                         Utah’s fish and wildlife. Division conservation
                                                                             may not fillet trout and salmon, and you may        who illegally stocks fish in Utah waters may be
                      in one day. You may take home only one daily                                                                                                                           officers monitor the taking and possession of
                                                                             not remove their heads or tails while in the        criminally prosecuted and could face license
                      limit per day.                                                                                                                                                         fish, check your catch to assess species and
                                                                             field or in transit.                                suspension and thousands of dollars in fines                size, and make sure you have the required
                                                                                  Note: Do not dispose of entrails and
                      Dead fish and crayfish                                 carcasses on the bank. Leave them in the water
                                                                                                                                 and restitution.                                            licenses and equipment used for fishing.
                      Utah Code § 4-37-305 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-13-16                                                            You may use live fish stringers, livewells                  You should expect to encounter conserva-
                          The following sections provide important           where you caught the fish.                          or holding cages to store fish or crayfish while            tion officers and biologists checking anglers at
                      information about when you can possess fil-            Possession of fish                                  fishing on the water where you caught them.                 waters and at checkpoints across Utah.
                      leted fish and fish donated by other anglers.                                                                   A trout, salmon or grayling may not be re-                  If you meet a conservation officer, you
                                                                             obtained from other
                                                                                                                                 leased if it’s been held on a stringer or in a fish         must provide the items he or she asks for,
                      Possession of filleted fish                            sources                                             basket, livewell or any other type of device.
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                                                                                 You may possess or transport a legal limit                                                                  including any licenses required for fishing, any
                           While you are in the act of fishing, it is                                                                 You may not transport live fish or crayfish            devices used to participate in fishing and any
                      unlawful to possess filleted fish from the             of game fish or crayfish caught by another
                                                                                                                                 away from the water where they were caught.                 fish that you’ve taken. These contacts allow the
                      current day’s catch or fish that have had their        person if you have a donation letter from that
                                                                             person. Please see Donating on page 22 for                                                                      Division to collect valuable information about
                      heads or tails removed. This does not apply to                                                                                                                         fish populations in Utah.
                      fish processed for immediate consumption or            more information.
                      from a previous day’s catch.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Utah Fishing • 2019
                      Hunting and Fishing app to legally carry                A written statement of donation must
                      fishing licenses on a phone or tablet for all the   be kept with the protected aquatic wildlife
                      members of your family. To download the app,        or parts that includes all of the following
                      visit wildlife.utah.gov/mobileapp.                  information:
                                                                               • The number and species of protected
                      Disposal of aquatic                                        aquatic wildlife or parts donated
                      wildlife                                                 • The date of donation
                                                                               • The license or permit number of the
                      Donating                                                   donor
                      Utah Code § 23-20-9
                                                                               • The signature of the donor
                          The following are the only places where
                      you may donate or give protected aquatic            Purchasing or selling
                      wildlife or its parts to another person:            Utah Code § 23-20-3
                           • The permanent residence of the donor             You may not purchase or sell protected
                           • The permanent residence of the recipient     aquatic wildlife or its parts except as provided
                           • A meat locker                                in the Wildlife Code, rule, proclamation or
                           • A storage plant                              order of the Wildlife Board.
                           • A meat-processing facility                                                                         • Deer Creek Reservoir: white bass and             After catching any of the above fish, you
                                                                          Disposal of fish                                        black bullhead                               may consume them or dispose of them at one
                                                                          Utah Code § 23-20-8                                   • Echo Reservoir: walleye                      of the following locations:
                         Help protect Utah                                     In most instances, you may not waste any         • Fish Lake: yellow perch                           • In the water where the fish was caught
                         fisheries                                        fish or crayfish or allow them to be wasted           • Flaming Gorge: burbot                             • A fish-cleaning station
                             As an angler, you’re the first line of       or spoiled. Waste means to abandon a fish             • Grantsville Reservoir: smallmouth bass            • The angler’s permanent residence
                         defense for your favorite fisheries.             or crayfish or allow it to spoil or be used in        • Green River: burbot, northern pike,               • Another location where disposal is
                             Please call our hotline, 1-800-662-          a manner not normally associated with its               smallmouth bass and walleye                         authorized by law
                         3337, if you see someone who:                    beneficial use. For example, using the meat of        • Green River tributaries: burbot, northern
                              • Keeps more fish than the daily            game fish as fertilizer or for trapping bait is not     pike, smallmouth bass and walleye              Utah’s Walk-in Access
                                limit allows                              considered a beneficial use of the meat.                (see page 31 for a list of applicable
                                                                               In 2013, the Utah Legislature passed a law
                                                                                                                                                                                 program
                              • Moves live fish or crayfish into a                                                                tributaries)                                       The Walk-in Access (WIA) program
                                waterbody                                 that allows anglers to dispose of carp and a          • Gunlock Reservoir: smallmouth bass             provides hunters, anglers and trappers
                              • Leaves a waterbody with live fish         few other species—particularly species under          • Lake Powell: striped bass                      access to privately owned land, streams,
                                or crayfish                               catch-and-kill orders at certain waterbodies—         • Quail Creek Reservoir: smallmouth bass         rivers, ponds or reservoirs.
                              • Is towing or transporting a boat          without violating the state’s wasting statute. If     • Sand Hollow Reservoir: smallmouth bass             If you enjoy using the program and
                                with attached mussels                     you visit any of the following waters and catch       • San Juan River: burbot, northern pike,         you are 14 years old or older, please
                             All of these activities are illegal and      any of the species listed for those waters, you         smallmouth bass and walleye                    remember that you must obtain a WIA
                         could result in an angler:                       may dispose of them:                                  • San Juan River tributaries: burbot, north-     authorization number in order to access
                              • Losing the right to fish in Utah and            • All waters statewide: common carp               ern pike, smallmouth bass and walleye          any WIA properties.
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                                other states                                    • Blue Lake: pacu and tilapia                     (see page 38 for a list of applicable              Visit wildlife.utah.gov/walkinaccess to
                              • Being held financially liable for the           • Colorado River: burbot, northern pike,          tributaries)                                   find WIA properties and to obtain your
                                damage to a fishery                               smallmouth bass and walleye                   • Utah Lake: northern pike                       free WIA authorization number. You can
                             The Division appreciates your efforts              • Colorado River tributaries: burbot, north-    • Utah Lake tributaries: northern pike           also call 1-800-221-0659 to obtain a
                         to help protect the places you love to                   ern pike, smallmouth bass and walleye
                                                                                                                                                                                 number.
                         boat and fish.                                           (see page 28 for a list of applicable
                                                                                  tributaries)

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Utah Fishing • 2019   FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES                                                                            RULES FOR SPECIFIC WATERS




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                      Go online for detailed information.                                                                    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 guidebook. The
                           Fish are an important part of a healthy      mental Quality (DEQ) obtain fish samples from
                      diet, and most are safe to eat on a regular       lakes and rivers across the state. Then, the DEQ     seasons, limits and other restrictions in this section apply only to the waters listed below.
                      basis. You should, however, limit your intake     analyzes the samples and forwards the results        General rules apply to all of the waters NOT listed in this section. (See Daily limits on page
                      of some fish found in certain Utah waters.        to the Utah Department of Health (DOH). After        18 to learn more about catching and harvesting fish at waters that are NOT listed in this
                           Why? Recent testing identified elevated      reviewing the data, the DOH decides whether          section.)
                      levels of mercury in some populations of          to issue a consumption advisory.                     American Fork Creek, Utah County                      Bear Lake, Rich County (continued)
                      fish. Over time, eating these fish may be              This partnership makes fishadvisories.utah.     See Utah Lake tributaries.                               • Cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat
                      unhealthy if consumed in large amounts.           gov your best resource for accurate, up-to-date                                                                 markings with all fins intact must be
                           Be sure to visit fishadvisories.utah.gov     fish consumption advisories.                         Anderson Meadow Reservoir, Beaver                          immediately released. Only cutthroat
                      before eating the fish you catch. The Utah                                                             County                                                     trout that have had one or more healed
                      Fish Advisories website has the latest            Harmful algal blooms                                     • Fishing from a boat with a motor is                  fins clipped may be kept. To learn how to
                      information about mercury levels in Utah’s            In recent years, Utah has experienced                  unlawful.                                            identify cutthroat trout in this water, see
                      fish and waters.                                  recurring toxic algal blooms. In the event of
                                                                                                                             Annabella Lake, Sevier County                              the description of Bear Lake cutthroat
                           If you decide to share your fish with        an algal bloom, you should visit deq.utah.gov
                                                                                                                                • Limit of 8 trout from Aug. 15–Dec. 31.                trout on page 50.
                      family or friends, be sure to communicate any     and search “Harmful Algal Blooms” to see if
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cisco may be taken with a handheld
                      relevant advisories.                              waterbody access remains open.
                                                                                                                             Ashley Creek, Uintah County                                dipnet. Net opening may not exceed 18
                                                                            If you fish in a waterbody where an algal
                                                                                                                             From Steinaker (Thornburg) diversion up-                   inches in any dimension. When dipnet-
                      Your best resource for                            bloom is occurring, be sure to avoid areas of
                                                                                                                             stream to the water treatment plant near the               ting through the ice, the size of the hole
                      information                                       scum.
                                                                                                                             mouth of Ashley Gorge.                                     is unrestricted.
                           Three government agencies work                   Wear gloves while cleaning the fish and
                                                                                                                                  • Limit 2 trout.                                    • When ice fishing for fish other than cisco,
                      together closely to keep the Utah Fish Adviso-    wash your hands with clean water. Discard all
                                                                                                                                  • Artificial flies and lures only.                    the size of the hole may not exceed 18
                      ries website current.                             entrails and eat only the fillets. Before cooking,
                                                                                                                                                                                        inches.
                           First, the Utah Division of Wildlife Re-     rinse the fillets thoroughly with clean water.       Aspen-Mirror Lake, Kane County                           • Any angler who possesses a valid Utah
                      sources and the Utah Department of Environ-                                                               • Fishing from a boat or float tube is                  or Idaho fishing or combination license
                                                                                                                                  unlawful.                                             may fish within both the Utah and Idaho
                       Utah’s boating laws and                              Carry the required boating safety                Badger Hollow, Wasatch County                              boundaries of Bear Lake. An angler may
                       rules                                           equipment. For a detailed list of safety              See Strawberry Reservoir tributaries.                      fish with up to two poles on all areas of
                           Boaters have the responsibility to          equipment, visit boating.utah.gov.                                                                               the Utah portion of Bear Lake that are
                       practice and advocate safe and ethical use           Be courteous. While you are                      Barney Lake, Piute County                                  open to fishing. Anglers must comply
                       of our waterways. If you’re planning to take    above a wake speed, keep your                            • Limit 2 trout.                                        with Idaho regulations if they want to
                       your boat out on Utah waters, you should        boat at least 150 feet away from                         • Artificial flies and lures only.                      use more than one pole when fishing on
                       take the following safety measures:             other boats, people in the water, shoreline              • Fishing from a boat with a motor is                   the Idaho portion of Bear Lake.
                           Wear your life jacket. Utah law requires    anglers, launch ramps, docks and desig-                    unlawful.                                           • A person may not possess a multipoint
                       those under 13 to wear their life jacket        nated swimming areas.                                                                                            hook with a weight permanently or
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                                                                            By completing a Utah Boating Course,             Bear Lake, Rich County                                     rigidly attached directly to the shank
                       when on a boat, and it is recommended
                                                                       you may reduce your boat insurance premi-             See Fishing across state lines and recipro-                — or a weight suspended below a
                       everyone wear one.
                                                                       ums. For additional boating information,              cal fishing permits on page 9 for license                  multipoint hook — unless the hook is
                           Let someone know where you are going
                                                                       visit boating.utah.gov.                               requirements.                                              on an unweighted dropper line that is at
                       and what time you expect to return.
                                                                                                                                   • Limit 2 trout.                                     least three inches long.
                                                                                                                                   • Anglers may keep snagged Bonneville
                                                                                                                                     cisco that are taken through normal,
                                                                                                                                     legal fishing activities.
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