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Important Reminders for Utah Anglers

Reporting Poachers

  • Use the UTDWR law enforcement app or text 847411 to report wildlife-related crimes.
  • Visit wildlife.utah.gov/utip for more details.

License Purchase Options

  • Fishing and combination licenses are available online at wildlife.utah.gov, from license agents, Division offices, or by calling 1-800-221-0659.
  • Note: There's a $2 transaction fee for each item purchased over the phone.

Community Fisheries

  • Learn about Utah's community fisheries at wildlife.utah.gov/cf.

Year-Round Fishing Season

  • Utah offers year-round fishing from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, for most waterbodies.

Utah Cutthroat Slam

  • The Utah Cutthroat Slam supports native trout conservation, raising over $80,000 since 2016.
  • Visit www.utahcutthroatslam.org for more information.

Child Support Law

  • Nonpayment of child support may restrict fishing and hunting license purchasers.
  • Contact the Office of Recovery Services at 801-536-8500 for details.

Fishing Contests and Tournaments

  • Apply online for fishing contests or tournaments at dwrapps.utah.gov/fishingtournament.

Utah Fishing Records

  • View or submit Utah fishing records at wildlife.utah.gov/record-fish.

Kokanee Salmon Closure

  • Statewide kokanee salmon closure: Sept. 10 to Nov. 30.

Quagga Mussel Threat

  • Stay updated on the spread of quagga mussels at Lake Powell to protect your boat.
  • Visit stdofthesea.utah.gov for information.

Tagged Northern Pike

  • Release tagged northern pike caught at Utah Lake; untagged pike must be killed immediately.

Corrections and Discrimination Protection

Private Lands and Division Funding

  • Obtain written permission for access to private lands.
  • The Division's funding primarily comes from the sale of fishing and hunting licenses, along with federal aid.

Utah Fishing Licenses and Permits

Free Fishing Day

  • Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023
  • Details: On Free Fishing Day, no license is required for fishing in Utah. However, all other fishing laws and regulations apply.

Age Requirements

Under 12 Years Old

  • License Requirement: No fishing license needed
  • Allowances: Fishing without a license, using two poles, using a setline, and taking a full daily limit are permitted.

12 Years Old and Older

  • License Requirement: Fishing license or combination license required
  • License Options: Various licenses available, including three-day, seven-day, and 365-day fishing licenses, as well as multi-year licenses.
  • Combination Licenses: Available for fishing, hunting small game, and applying for hunting permits.
  • Purchase Options: Licenses can be obtained online, from license agents, Division offices, or by phone at 1-800-221-0659.
  • Digital Licensing: The Utah Hunting and Fishing app allows for digital licenses on phones or tablets.

License Exemptions for Youth Groups

  • Eligibility: Scout leaders or mentors for youth groups
  • Events: Fishing events for participants aged 15 and younger may be exempt from license requirements.
  • Form: License-exemption form available at wildlife.utah.gov/youth-org.

Fishing Across State Lines and Reciprocal Fishing Permits

Utah shares several bodies of water with neighboring states, including Bear Lake, Lake Powell, and Flaming Gorge Reservoir. To facilitate fishing across state lines, Utah has established agreements with Idaho, Arizona, and Wyoming:

Bear Lake

  • License Requirement: Valid Utah or Idaho fishing or combination license
  • Eligibility: Residents and nonresidents
  • Permitted Fishing: Both Utah and Idaho portions of Bear Lake
  • Regulations: Must adhere to angling regulations of the state where fishing
  • Reminder: Only one daily limit allowed per day, even with licenses from both states.

Lake Powell

  • License Requirement: Valid Utah or Arizona fishing or combination license
  • Eligibility: Residents and nonresidents
  • Permitted Fishing: Both Utah and Arizona portions of Lake Powell
  • Regulations: Must adhere to angling regulations of the state where fishing
  • Reminder: Only one daily limit allowed per day, even with licenses from both states.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

  • License Requirement: Valid resident fishing license from one state and reciprocal fishing permit from the other state
  • Eligibility: Residents and nonresidents
  • Permitted Fishing: Both Utah and Wyoming portions of Flaming Gorge Reservoir
  • Additional Option: Nonresident anglers can purchase nonresident fishing licenses from both states.
  • Reminder: Only one daily limit allowed per day, even with licenses from both states.

Reciprocal Permits

  • Validity: Utah reciprocal fishing permits are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase.
  • Signature Requirement: Reciprocal permit must be signed in the same manner as the fishing license.

Fishing Contests

In Utah, organizing a fishing contest or tournament is straightforward with online application processes. Here's what you need to know:

Application Process

  • Online Application: Apply for a fishing contest or tournament online at dwrapps.utah.gov/fishingtournament.

Changes in Regulations

  • 2021 Updates: Significant changes were made to Utah's fishing contests regulations in 2021.
  • Streamlined Rules: The changes aimed to streamline the rules and eliminate most discrepancies in contests for warmwater and coldwater species.

Reviewing Contest Rules

  • Accessing Rules: Fishing contest rules are available for review in Utah Admin. Rule R657-58 at wildlife.utah.gov/rules.
  • Online Resource: Visit wildlife.utah.gov/fishingcontests for additional information on fishing contests.

Additional Regulations

  • Land Management Agency: If planning a fishing contest at a state park or federally-administered waterbody, check with the relevant land management agency for any additional rules applicable to the area.

Special Needs Resident Fishing Licenses

Residents of Utah with specific physical or mental disabilities, or those facing a terminal illness, along with children under state custody, may be eligible for a complimentary fishing license. Here's what you need to know:

Eligibility Criteria

  • Resident of Utah: Applicants must be residents of Utah to qualify.
  • Special Needs: Individuals with certain physical or mental disabilities, or those with a terminal illness, are eligible.
  • Children in State Custody: Children under state custody through a court order may also qualify.

Application Process

  • Online Resource: Determine eligibility and access application details at wildlife.utah.gov/disabled.
  • Contact Division Office: For personalized assistance or inquiries, reach out to the nearest Division office.

Complimentary License

  • Free of Charge: Qualified applicants receive a fishing license at no cost.

Ensuring Access

  • Accessibility: Ensuring accessibility to fishing opportunities for residents with special needs contributes to inclusive outdoor experiences.

Discounted Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans

In gratitude for their service, the Division extends discounted fishing licenses to disabled veterans in Utah who incurred disabilities while serving their country. Here's what you need to know about this initiative:

Eligibility Criteria

  • Utah Resident: Applicants must be residents of Utah.
  • Service-Connected Disability: Veterans must have a qualifying service-connected disability of at least 20 percent.

Benefits

  • Discounted Price: The discounted fishing license is priced at $12, compared to the standard $34 fee.
  • Validity Period: The license is valid for 365 days from the date of purchase.

Application Process

  • Online Application: Apply conveniently online at wildlife.utah.gov/disabledvet by completing the digital form.
  • Division Office: Discounted licenses are also available for purchase at all Division offices.
  • Documentation: When purchasing in person, bring the service-connected disability verification issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additional Assistance

  • Division Support: For assistance or inquiries, contact the nearest Division office.
  • Online Resources: Explore further resources and accommodations for hunters and anglers with disabilities at wildlife.utah.gov/disabled-access.

Fishing Methods in Utah

Fishing in Utah is governed by specific laws and rules to ensure ethical practices and preserve the fishing experience for all enthusiasts. Here's a summary of the general regulations regarding fishing methods:

Taking Game Fish

  • Permissible Methods: Game fish may be taken using angling as the primary method.
  • Angling Regulations: Angling rules are detailed in Utah Admin. Rules R657-13-6, R657-13-7, and R657-13-11.

Angling Guidelines

  • Two-Pole Fishing: Anglers under age 12 or those with a valid Utah fishing or combination license can fish with two poles during the open fishing season. However, only one daily limit of fish can be kept, regardless of the number of poles used.
  • Additional Lines: Additional lines or hooks are permitted for fishing crayfish or using a setline, subject to specific regulations outlined in the guide.
  • Visibility Requirement: Anglers must maintain visibility of their fishing equipment, with a maximum distance of 100 feet, except for setline permit holders.
  • Artificial Lure Limit: Artificial lures must not exceed three hooks per lure.
  • Baited Hooks Limit: Each line is restricted to a maximum of three baited hooks, artificial flies, or artificial lures.
  • Ice Fishing Restrictions: Ice fishing holes must not exceed 12 inches in width, with exceptions at certain waters detailed in the guide.
  • Boat and Float Tube Fishing: Angling is permitted from authorized watercraft, including boats, float tubes, and other motorized or non-motorized vessels, where allowed. However, specific waters may have restrictions on fishing from float tubes or boats.

How to Measure a Fish

Procedure:

  1. Positioning: Place the fish on its side with the jaw closed.
  2. Tail Fin: Squeeze the tail fin together or turn it to obtain the maximum overall length.
  3. Measurement: Measure a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme tip of the tail fin.

Bait Regulations in Utah

Legal Use of Bait:

  • Corn: Corn is permitted as bait statewide.
  • Prohibited Bait:
    • Live baitfish and tiger salamanders are prohibited.
    • Artificial baits embedded or covered with fish parts are not allowed.
  • Permitted Baits:
    • Dead Bonneville cisco: Only allowed in Bear Lake.
    • Dead yellow perch: Permitted in specific waters like Lower Bear River and various reservoirs.
    • Dead white bass: Only allowed in Utah Lake and the Jordan River.
    • Dead burbot from Flaming Gorge: Permitted in Flaming Gorge.
    • Dead shad from Lake Powell: Only allowed in Lake Powell.
    • Dead striped bass from Lake Powell: Permitted as bait or chum in Lake Powell.
    • Dead, fresh, or frozen saltwater species: Allowed in waters where bait is permitted.
    • Utah chub, common carp, and various native species: Allowed where bait is permitted.
    • Fish eggs: Eggs of any species except prohibited fish may be used.
    • Live crayfish: Only permitted on the water where captured; transporting them away is unlawful.
  • Crabbing Exception: Bait can be used without hooks for catching crayfish in bait-prohibited waters.
  • Commercially Prepared Bait: Commercially prepared and chemically treated baitfish or their parts are allowed where bait is permitted.
  • Prohibited Items: Human-made items, chemically treated items, PowerBait, and scented jigs are not allowed where bait is prohibited.
  • Aquatic Invasive Species: Transporting fish species, including baitfish, from infested waters to other waters is prohibited. Check the list of affected waters on the wildlife department's website for infestation status.

Restrictions on Taking Fish and Crayfish

Use of Artificial Light:

  • Artificial light can be used while fishing, except for underwater spearfishing. However, there are two exceptions:
    1. Underwater spearfishing for burbot at Flaming Gorge.
    2. Underwater spearfishing for common carp statewide.

Prohibited Methods:

  • Obstruction of waterways and use of chemicals, explosives, electricity, firearms, pellet guns, or archery equipment for fishing or crayfish capture is strictly prohibited, except as outlined in specific regulations for non-game fish, archery tackle fishing, and specified waters like Lake Powell.

Snagging and Gaffing:

  • Snagging or gaffing to take or land fish is not allowed. Possession of a gaff while fishing is also prohibited, except under specific circumstances:
    • At Lake Powell, a gaff may be used to land striped bass.
    • At Bear Lake, snagging of Bonneville cisco is allowed.
    • In waters with catch-and-kill regulations for snagged fish.

Chumming:

  • Chumming is prohibited in all waters except Lake Powell. Refer to specific regulations for Lake Powell for details on chumming.

Setline Fishing Regulations

Permit and Usage:

  • Setline permits are available for $20 and are valid for 365 days.
  • To use a setline, individuals aged 12 or older must also possess an unexpired Utah fishing or combination license.
  • Setlines can only be used in specific waters, including Bear River, Little Bear River, Malad River, and Utah Lake.

Rules for Setline Fishing:

  • Only one setline per person is allowed.
  • A setline cannot contain more than 15 hooks.
  • Fishers must remain within 100 yards of the water's surface or bank.
  • One end of the setline must be anchored to a stationary object not attached to a fishing pole, and it must have a visible tag with the fisher's name, address, and setline permit number.
  • While using a setline, up to two fishing poles can also be used.

Dipnetting

Landing Game Fish:

  • Handheld dipnets can be used to land legally taken game fish caught by angling.
  • However, dipnets cannot be the primary method of taking game fish, except at Bear Lake, where dipnets are permitted for taking Bonneville cisco.
  • At Bear Lake, the opening of dipnets used for Bonneville cisco cannot exceed 18 inches.
  • Ice fishing with dipnets at Bear Lake has no restriction on hole size.

Dipnetting for Crayfish and Nongame Fish:

  • Handheld dipnets can also be used to capture crayfish and non-game fish, except for prohibited species.
  • Refer to the list of prohibited fish species for guidance.

Fishing with Archery Tackle and Crossbows

Bowfishing Regulations:

  • Fishing with archery tackle, known as bowfishing, is allowed in most Utah water bodies but only for non-protected, non-game fish like common carp.
  • Some waters may have restrictions where bowfishing for common carp is permitted exclusively. Refer to specific regulations for details.
  • Nighttime bowfishing with spotlights is generally permitted, except in certain areas such as the tributaries of Utah Lake during specified periods.

Crossbow Usage:

  • Crossbows can be used to take common carp in any open water statewide but are restricted for other fish species.

Compliance with Local Ordinances:

  • Archery tackle and crossbows are classified as weapons and must not be discharged within 600 feet of a structure.
  • Local ordinances may impose additional restrictions on weapon discharge within city limits. Check with local authorities for compliance.

Underwater Spearfishing Regulations

Hours and Restrictions:

  • Underwater spearfishing is permitted from official sunrise to official sunset.
  • Artificial light usage is prohibited while underwater spearfishing, except under specific circumstances.
  • Free shafting is not allowed.

Open Waters for Underwater Spearfishing:

  • Various waters are open for underwater spearfishing for game fish throughout the year, subject to specific regulations.
  • Each waterbody has its set of regulations regarding species, daily limits, and seasonal closures.

Additional Rules and Exceptions:

  • Special regulations apply for certain waters, such as Fish Lake and Flaming Gorge Reservoir, where additional species or exceptions are allowed.
  • Possession limits and seasonal closures are applicable regardless of the fishing method.
  • Common carp can be targeted via underwater spearfishing at all open waters during their open seasons.

Restrictions on Bass Spearfishing:

  • Certain waters permit underwater spearfishing for game fish except largemouth and smallmouth bass during specific periods.
  • Daily limits and length restrictions apply when spearfishing for bass.

Closed Areas

Fish Hatcheries and Wildlife Management Areas:

  • All state fish hatcheries and waterfowl management areas are closed to fishing unless specifically designated open.
  • National wildlife refuges in Utah are also closed to fishing unless otherwise declared open by the managing authority.

Trespassing Regulations

Prohibited Activities:

  • It is illegal to enter or remain on privately owned land without permission, especially if the land is cultivated, properly posted, or fenced.
  • Obstructing entrances or exits to private property is also prohibited.

Definitions and Penalties:

  • "Cultivated land" includes areas used for crops or pasture that is artificially irrigated.
  • "Permission" must be in writing and include specific details.
  • "Properly posted" land has visible signs or markings prohibiting trespassing.
  • Violations may result in a class B misdemeanor and suspension of fishing privileges.

Native American Trust Lands

  • Fishing on Native American tribal lands requires adherence to tribal regulations available from the respective tribe.

Regulations for Taking Crayfish

Licensing Requirements:

  • Individuals under 12 years old can fish for crayfish without a license.
  • Those aged 12 and above must possess a valid Utah fishing or combination license.

Purpose and Season:

  • Crayfish may be taken for personal, noncommercial use during open fishing seasons.
  • Taking crayfish is prohibited when the fishing season is closed for that waterbody.

Permissible Methods:

  • Crayfish can be captured by hand or using traps, dipnets, liftnets, handlines, poles, or seines.
  • Compliance with specific rules is mandatory for each method used.

Rules and Restrictions:

  • Prohibited bait substances include game fish or their parts, along with any illegal fishing substances.
  • Seines (nets) must not exceed 10 feet in length or width.
  • Usage of lines is restricted to a maximum of five, with only two lines allowed to have hooks attached.
  • Bait can be used without hooks to catch crayfish in waters where baiting is prohibited.
  • Transportation of live crayfish away from their capture site is strictly prohibited.

Additional Resources:

For comprehensive guidance on catching and preparing crayfish, visit wildlife.utah.gov/fishing/crayfish.php.

Prohibited Fish Species

Regulations Overview:

  • Possession of certain nongame fish species is strictly prohibited.
  • Immediate release is required if any of these fish are caught.

Prohibited Species:

  1. Bonytail
  2. Bluehead sucker
  3. Colorado pikeminnow
  4. Flannelmouth sucker
  5. Gizzard shad (exception at Lake Powell)
  6. Grass carp
  7. Humpback chub
  8. June sucker
  9. Least chub
  10. Northern leatherside chub
  11. Razorback sucker
  12. Southern leatherside chub
  13. Virgin chub
  14. Virgin spinedace
  15. Woundfin

Compliance:

  • Anglers must adhere to these regulations to protect the conservation of these species.
  • Failure to comply may result in legal penalties and consequences.

Exception:

  • Dead shad may be possessed and used as bait only at Lake Powell.

Note:

Ensure awareness and compliance with all relevant fishing regulations to contribute to the preservation of aquatic ecosystems.

Taking Nongame Fish in Utah

Regulations Overview:

  • Anglers with a valid Utah fishing or combination license may take nongame fish for personal, noncommercial use.
  • Prohibited fish species are exempt from this regulation.

Permitted Methods:

  • Angling, traps, archery, dipnets, cast nets, liftnets, seines, or handheld spear from above the water's surface.
  • Crossbows are permitted solely for taking common carp.

Rules to Follow:

  • Seines and cast nets have specific size limitations.
  • Nongame fish must be either released or immediately euthanized upon removal from the water.
  • Underwater spearfishing for nongame fish (except common carp) is limited to specified waters.

Taking Common Carp:

  • Various methods, including angling, traps, archery, dipnets, cast nets, liftnets, seines, crossbows, handheld spear from above the surface, or underwater spearfishing, are allowed.
  • Artificial lights are permitted for bowfishing common carp.

Designated Waters for Common Carp:

  • Ash Creek
  • Beaver Dam Wash
  • Colorado River
  • Diamond Fork
  • Duchesne River (specific section)
  • Fort Pierce Wash
  • Green River (specific sections)
  • Hobble Creek
  • La Verkin Creek
  • Main Canyon Creek
  • Provo River (below Deer Creek Dam)
  • Raft River (specific section)
  • San Juan River
  • Santa Clara River (specific section)
  • Snake Valley waters
  • Spanish Fork River
  • Thistle Creek
  • Virgin River (specific sections)
  • Weber River
  • White River
  • Yellow Creek

Taking Brine Shrimp from the Great Salt Lake

Regulations:

  • Visitors may collect brine shrimp from the Great Salt Lake without a fishing license.
  • Collection is limited to one gallon per 7-day period.

Utah’s Boating Laws and Rules

Safety Measures:

  • Wear Life Jackets: Mandatory for those under 13; recommended for all.
  • Inform Others: Share your boating plans and expected return time.
  • Carry Safety Equipment: Ensure you have the required gear onboard.
  • Maintain Distance: Keep a minimum of 150 feet away from other boats, people in the water, and designated areas while above a wake speed.

Additional Information:

  • Completing a Utah Boat Course may lead to reduced boat insurance premiums.
  • Visit boating.utah.gov for further boating resources.

Reporting Fishing Records

Procedure:

  • Access the current fishing records list or download submission forms at wildlife.utah.gov/record-fish.html.
  • The list is now available online only to ensure accuracy and accessibility.

Watercraft Restrictions

Awareness:

  • Check with relevant agencies for watercraft restrictions before launching your boat.
  • Regulations vary depending on the waterbody and governing authority.

Resources:

  • Visit wildlife.utah.gov/watercraft for a list of watercraft restrictions.

Stream Access in Utah

Legal Updates:

  • Utah's stream access laws have undergone changes due to legislative, litigation, and judicial actions.
  • Stay informed and compliant by visiting wildlife.utah.gov/streamaccess.

Ongoing Quagga Mussel Threat at Lake Powell

Mitigation Measures:

  • Quagga mussels pose an ongoing threat at Lake Powell.
  • Technicians are actively addressing the issue, including implementing decontamination processes.
  • Boaters visiting Lake Powell should be prepared to undergo inspection and decontamination procedures.

Possession and Transportation Regulations

Understanding Limits:

  • Know Your Allowances: Before catching fish or crayfish, familiarize yourself with possession and transportation regulations.
  • General Season Dates: Utah's fish and crayfish season typically spans from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
  • Fishing Hours: Angling or setline fishing is permitted 24 hours a day, while underwater spearfishing is allowed from official sunrise to official sunset.

Daily Limits:

  • General Guidelines: Specific rules may apply to different waters, detailed in the Rules for specific waters section.
  • License Requirements: Possession of dead game fish or crayfish within the legal daily limit requires a valid fishing or combination license.
  • Exemptions: Children under 12 can fish and take a full daily limit without a license.
  • Compliance: Fish caught in multiple waters on the same day must adhere to each waterbody's regulations.
  • Calculation Considerations:
    • Any retained trout, salmon, or grayling count towards the daily limit.
    • Kokanee salmon are part of the total trout limit; they cannot be possessed statewide from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30.
    • Fish held on a stringer or similar device cannot be released back into the water.
    • Fish not meeting size or species regulations must be immediately returned to the water.

Possession While Traveling

  • Permissible Possession: While traveling within or leaving Utah, you may carry up to two daily limits of fish under specific conditions.
  • Conditions for Possession:
    • One limit must be caught at a Utah water on a previous day, adhering to legal species and limit regulations.
    • Fish from the previous day must be cleaned and gutted (entrails removed).
  • Compliance: If fishing at a different waterbody on the second day of your trip, ensure no fish violate the current waterbody's rules.
  • Example Scenario:
    • If fishing at Joes Valley Reservoir, where regulations allow 4 trout with only 1 over 18 inches, ensure compliance when visiting a waterbody with different regulations like Scofield Reservoir.
  • Continued Fishing: Fishing is allowed with a full daily limit, but any additional catch beyond the limit must be promptly released.

Storing Fish at Home

  • Exemption at Residence: Fish species stored at your permanent residence are exempt from daily limits.
  • Clarification: This exemption doesn't permit taking multiple daily limits in one day; only one daily limit per day is allowed for transport home.

Possession of Filleted Fish

  • In-Field Filleting Restrictions:
    • Prohibited to possess filleted fish or those with heads or tails removed during active fishing.
    • Exception for fish processed for immediate consumption or from a prior day's catch.
  • Authorized Filleting Locations:
    • Filleting permitted after completing fishing, reaching camp, fish-cleaning stations, or principal means of land transportation.
  • Special Restrictions:
    • At specific waters like Strawberry Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir, Lost Creek Reservoir, and Panguitch Lake, filleting trout and salmon, or removing their heads or tails in-field or during transit is prohibited.
  • Disposal Reminder:
    • Do not discard entrails and carcasses on the bank; leave them in the water where the fish were caught.

Possession of Fish Obtained from Others

  • Donated Fish Possession:
    • Legal possession or transportation of game fish or crayfish caught by another person requires a donation letter from the donor.
  • Commercially Obtained Fish:
    • If fish are purchased or obtained from a registered commercial fishing installation, private pond owner, or short-term fishing event, possession or transportation is allowed with a receipt.
    • Required Information on Receipt:
      • Species and quantity of fish
      • Date of catch
      • Certificate of registration number of the installation, pond, or event
      • Seller's name, address, and contact information.
  • Disease Prevention Measures:
    • Movement of fish and crayfish between waters is restricted to prevent disease spread, except as specified in the Bait section.

Prohibited Crayfish Release into the Wild

  • Restriction Overview:
    • It's illegal to release fish or crayfish into the wild, except as specified in wildlife regulations.
    • Example: Fish caught at Scofield Reservoir can be released back into Scofield, but transferring live fish from Scofield to another waterbody is prohibited.
  • Legal Consequences:
    • Illegal stocking of fish may lead to criminal prosecution, license suspension, and hefty fines or restitution.

On-Water Storage

  • Authorized Methods:
    • Live fish stringers, livewells, or holding cages can be used to store fish or crayfish while fishing at the same waterbody where they were caught.
  • Prohibition on Release:
    • Trout, salmon, or grayling cannot be released if they've been held on a stringer, fish basket, livewell, or any other device.

Transport Restrictions

  • No Transportation Allowed:
    • Live fish or crayfish cannot be transported away from the waterbody where they were captured.

Release of Tagged or Marked Fish

  • Authorization Requirement:
    • Prior authorization from the Division is necessary to tag, mark, or fin-clip a fish and then release it into the water.

Checkpoints and Officer Contacts

  • Division Oversight:
    • Conservation officers monitor fish and wildlife activities, checking catches, licenses, and equipment.
  • Compliance Requirements:
    • Anglers must provide requested items to officers, including licenses, fishing devices, and caught fish.
  • Data Collection Importance:
    • Contacts with officers contribute to valuable data collection for fish population assessment.
  • Digital License Option:
    • Utah Hunting and Fishing app enables anglers to carry fishing licenses digitally on phones or tablets for the entire family, facilitating compliance.

Donating Regulations

  • Authorized Donation Locations:
    • Donor's permanent residence
    • Recipient's permanent residence
    • Meat locker
    • Storage plant
    • Meat-processing facility
  • Field Donation Prohibition:
    • Fish cannot be donated in the field.
  • Required Donation Statement:
    • Written statement of donation must include:
      • Number and species of donated aquatic wildlife or parts
      • Date of donation
      • License or permit number of the donor
      • Signature of the donor

Purchasing or Selling Restrictions

  • Legal Provisions:
    • Purchase or sale of protected aquatic wildlife or parts is prohibited except as specified in wildlife regulations.

Disposal of Fish

  • Waste Prevention Requirement:
    • In most cases, wasting or spoiling fish or crayfish is prohibited.
    • Waste defined as abandoning fish, allowing spoilage, or using them in non-beneficial ways.
  • Authorized Disposal Locations:
    • Various waterbodies statewide allow disposal of specific fish species, including:
      • Common carp
      • Pacu and tilapia at Blue Lake
      • Various species at different locations such as burbot, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, etc.
  • Disposal Options:
    • Fish can be consumed or disposed of at:
      • Waterbody of capture
      • Fish-cleaning station
      • Angler's permanent residence
      • Other authorized disposal locations as per the law

Utah's Walk-in Access Program

Overview

  • Purpose:
    • Provides access to privately owned land, streams, rivers, ponds, or reservoirs for hunters, anglers, and trappers.
  • Authorization Requirement:
    • Users must obtain an annual WIA authorization number.

Obtaining Authorization Number

  • Process:
    • Visit wildlife.utah.gov/walkinaccess
    • Click "Authorization numbers" and follow instructions.
    • Alternatively, call 1-800-221-0659 to request a number.

Importance of Authorization Number

  • Tracking Usage:
    • Division issues authorization numbers to track WIA property use.
  • Assessment:
    • Helps assess the program's public value and effectiveness.

Property Restrictions

  • Special Restrictions:
    • WIA properties are private lands with unique regulations.
  • Considerations:
    • Special restrictions may apply to season dates, targeted species, and allowable activities.
  • Resource:
    • Visit wildlife.utah.gov/walkinaccess for detailed property-specific information.

Fish Consumption Advisories

Importance of Monitoring

  • Healthy Diet:
    • Fish are essential for a balanced diet.
  • Awareness Needed:
    • Some fish in Utah waters may contain elevated levels of mercury and contaminants.

Accessing Information

  • Resource:
    • Visit fishadvisories.utah.gov for updated advisories and guidelines.
  • Stay Informed:
    • Regularly check the website for the latest consumption guidelines.

Sharing Information

  • Communicate Advisories:
    • Inform family and friends about relevant advisories before sharing fish.

Collaborative Monitoring Efforts

Government Partnership

  • Agencies Involved:
    • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
    • Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
    • Utah Department of Health (DOH)
  • Process:
    • Agencies collect fish samples, analyze them, and issue consumption advisories based on the data.
  • Reliable Resource:
    • fishadvisories.utah.gov offers accurate and up-to-date information.

Precautions for Harmful Algal Blooms

Risk Awareness

  • Recurring Blooms:
    • Utah faces periodic toxic algal blooms.
  • Stay Informed:
    • Check deq.utah.gov for updates on waterbody access during blooms.

Safety Measures

  • Avoidance:
    • Stay away from areas with algal scum while fishing.
  • Precautions:
    • Wear gloves while handling fish and rinse fillets thoroughly before cooking.

Roundtail: A New Fishing Opportunity

Species Introduction

  • Native Species:
    • Roundtail chub, native to the Colorado River drainage, now classified as a sportfish in Utah.
  • Population Recovery:
    • Successful recovery efforts have led to increased roundtail numbers.

Fishing Regulations

  • Changes Implemented:
    • Roundtail fishing allowed in designated areas since January 1, 2023.
  • Designated Waters:
    • Portions of Colorado River, Green River, Dolores River, Escalante River, McElmo Creek, San Rafael River, and White River.
  • Restrictions and Limits:
    • Refer to Rules for specific waters for regulations on bait, limits, and harvest areas.

Appreciating Habitat

  • Unique Environment:
    • Roundtail habitat in Utah offers anglers an opportunity to explore remote and beautiful landscapes.
  • Conservation Efforts:
    • Recovery efforts highlight the importance of preserving habitat for native species.
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