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A USU study finds that fishing brings in $259 million or more annually for Utah economy. The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the study. Below are excerpts.


The economists say that conservatively, they estimate anglers contributed $259 million in direct spending to fish in Utah in 2011 — about $184 million of that spent specifically to fish Utah’s Blue Ribbon waters.


This study showed that Wasatch County benefitted the most from Blue Ribbon Fisheries, with more than $110 million of total economic input from anglers heading to waters like Strawberry Reservoir, the middle Provo River, Jordanelle Reservoir and Currant Creek.


Daggett/Uintah counties pulled in second as the favorite destination area for Blue Ribbon Fisheries with the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir being the main draws. Garfield County saw more than $17 million in contributions from anglers visiting Lake Powell, Panguitch Lake, Panguitch Creek and Corn Creek.


Read the entire article.

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Friday, 15 March 2013 03:00

Utah's Most Popular Fishing Waters

Which waters in Utah are the most popular? Well, how do you define and measure that?

One indication is the number of views a water gets on the Internet. Utah DWR has a comprehensive website with good basic information about most of our fishable waters. And the DWR can easily measure the number of views for each page.

Writing on the DWR's blog, Crystal Ross gives the list, along with insights about each water. The post is worth reading. See it here.

Below we give the popular waters:

1. Strawberry Reservoir

2. Lake Powell

3. Rockport Reservoir

4. Utah Lake

5. Deer Creek Reservoir

6. Panguitch Lake

7. East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

8. Starvation Reservoir

9. Scofield Reservoir

10. Flaming Gorge

11. Mirror Lake

12. Lost Creek Reservoir

13. Fish Lake

14. Currant Creek Reservoir

15. Mantua Reservoir

Do you agree with that list? I think the top 2 are right on, but I think the rest of the rest is skewed. I'd be interested to know the time period for the stats. I suspect that a summer snapshot would look different.

- Dave Webb

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The recent "Burbot Bash" at Flaming Gorge showed the strange invasive fish is doing very well in the big reservoir. DWR reports the event drew some 1,170 anglers and resulted in more than 4,000 burbot being caught and removed from the reservoir. Here are highlights from this DWR news release about the event:

The largest burbot caught by an adult angler weighed 7 pounds and was 35 inches long. The largest burbot caught by a youth was 32 inches long while the smallest was a mere 9 inches.

In two nights, anglers caught 4,287 burbot. That edges the previous record set in 2011 when 485 anglers caught 4,022 burbot in eight nights.


Biologists have tagged 766 burbot in the reservoir since November 2010. That total includes 112 burbot that were tagged in January 2013 with 87 internal passive inductive transponder (PIT) tags and 25 external anchor tags.

A total of 13 tags were returned at this year's event, which ran the nights of Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. The tags included 10 PIT tags, two anchor tags and one sonic tag that had been inserted into a burbot as part of a Utah State University study.

Each tag guaranteed the angler at least $300, with the anchor tags providing the best chance for the biggest money. Mosley says 25 burbot were tagged with anchor tags. "Amazingly," he says, "two of the 25 fish were caught."

Unfortunately, Mosley says, neither of the tags brought the anglers who caught them a big cash prize. "One tag number was only one-digit off from being a $2,500 winner," he says.

The Logan Herald Journal has this interesting article about burbot. It gives background on the fish and talks about potential problems if the burbot population continues to increase at Flaming Gorge. Here's a quote:

Not only do burbot have an odd appearance, they behave oddly as well. During the late spring, summer and early fall these fish are widely dispersed and found in deep water. Come winter they form large spawning congregations. These swirling balls of spawning burbot are found in shallow water, near shore and often under the ice. It is this spawning behavior that explains why most burbot are caught during winter while ice fishing.

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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 02:48

Utah 2013 Fishing Guidebook

Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources has released it's 2013 Fishing Guidebook. The DWR provided this information:

The 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern fishing in Utah. The guidebook is designed to be a convenient quick-reference document for fishing regulations. You can use the references in the guidebook to search for the detailed statute or rulethat underpins the guidebook summary.


You can download the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook in Adobe PDF format. Adobe's free Acrobat Reader is required to view or print the guidebook.


You can also download the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook in a digital book format. You can view the ePub file using either Barnes and Noble's free NOOK reader for Windows, Mac, Android, iPad or iPhone or Apple's free iBooks reader for iPhone and iPad. (Note: Read how to transfer ePubs to your Nook reader.

If you're a Kindle user, you should follow these instructions to transfer the guidebook to your reader. You can also view the guidebook in Kindle format using Amazon.com's freeKindle reader for Windows, Mac, Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone 7 or Blackberry.

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(This is part of the Growing Up In Utah's Dixie series, by LaVarr B. Webb)


Rattlesnakes make creepy crawlers run up and down

my back, so, over the years, I have been able to sense

their presence. In the middle of the 1970s we were build-

ing a house in Hidden Valley, near Leeds, Utah. We had no

electricity, so were dependent upon a generator for our

power. Late one summer night, I left the mobile home we

were living in to turn the generator off. There was moon-

light, so I didn't think I needed a flashlight, but as I moved

away from the front door, I felt something crawl across my

booted foot. There was no sound, just a sense of presence.

I knew there was a rattlesnake near my feet. I called

my wife, and ask her to bring me a flashlight. She com-

plied. The light picked up a large snake, coiled up, head

and upper body weaving, tongue flicking in and out, just a

foot from my boot.


One of my pictures of hell, that I live with, is being

tied down, arms and legs shackled, unable to move,

surrounded by the many rattlesnakes I have killed, and them

weaving like demons, continually biting, but me, never


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Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:05

A Snake, What Kind?

Now, it is necessary to jump ahead a few years. I had

fulfilled one of my oldest dreams. I had purchased the Old

Mill Ranch and we were living there. My wife was doing the

laundry using her new May tag washer, powered by an elec-

tric generator. She loaded up a clothes basket, picked it

up, and started to walk to the clothes line out in the yard.

About ten to fifteen feet away from the house, she heard

a rattlesnake buzz. The snake was near her feet, but she

couldn't see it because the clothes basket cut off most of

her view of the ground around her.


She dropped the basket and jumped back, then she

could see the snake. It was coiled up just a foot or so from

her clothes. One more step, and she would have been in

trouble, but the snake had warned her.


Sam, who was about three years old, was playing in

the yard. His mother, as calmly as possible, asked, "Sam,

run to the barn, and tell your Dad there is a snake under

the clothes line."


Sam ran, got almost to the barn, turned around, came

back, and asked, "What kind." He wasn't going to bother

his dad for just any old snake.


On the ranch, that same summer, I returned home

from town, and my wife said, "Wilma Dawn saw a large

rattlesnake up on the garden path. George (her brother,

visiting with us) has taken his pistol up to shoot it." I

didn't think George could hit a rattlesnake with his pistol,

so I grabbed a shovel and went up to the path. There I

found George and all of the kids standing near a large rock.

I asked George if he had killed the snake.


He answered, "No, I missed."


As I approached the rock, I could hear the snake buzzing

from, I thought, under the rock. However, after listening

for a moment, I decided the snake was not under the

rock, but in a cavern in front of the rock, and right under

my feet.


I put my big foot on the shovel, and drove the blade

into the ground. The roof of the small cavern was only an

inch or so thick, and it immediately caved in.


The rattlesnake, a large one, four to five feet long

and three to four inches thick, came boiling up out of the

hole, as angry as could be, and it came after me.


I stepped back, and almost fainted. I thought I had

been bitten by that rattlesnakes big brother. I had backed

into a large chola cactus, and the spines entering my back-

side burned just how I imagined a snake bite would feel.

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Salt Lake City -- The Utah Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council voted Sept. 20 to designate a newly restored section of the Ogden River as a “Blue Ribbon Fishery.”


With that vote, the 1.1-mile restored section of the Ogden River—located downstream from Washington Boulevard—is the forty sixth water body in Utah to be recognized, protected and appreciated for its unique recreational qualities.


In order to be designated as a “Blue Ribbon Fishery,” a water body must provide high quality fishing, a quality outdoor experience, contain high quality fish habitat and provide an economic benefit to the community.


The Sept. 20 vote recognizes intensive efforts by Ogden City, the Division of Wildlife Resources and a long list of project partners to enhance and improve the river.


“For many years,” says Ben Nadolski, regional aquatic habitat restoration biologist for the DWR, “it has been our collective desire and passion to transform this neglected and often abused reach of the Ogden River into an asset that everyone, including future generations, can be proud of.”


The following is among the work the DWR and its partners have done to improve habitat for fish and provide more access to anglers:


·        Protected 17 acres of riparian and in-stream habitats using perpetual conservation easements


·        Installed 20 cross-vanes that restore riffle/pool sequences and diversify habitats in the river


·        Removed and recycled 5,684 tons of concrete and metal, including seven car bodies


·        Removed 8,359 tons of non-recyclable glass, concrete and miscellaneous waste


·        Removed and recycled 2,460 automotive tires that were used to manufacture flip flops


·        Built nine storm water filtering areas that are vegetated with wetland plants


·        Built two fishing ramps that are accessible to those with physical challenges


·        Created 20 access points to the river for fishing and other recreation


 “The recent vote, along with recent awards and other wide-spread recognition, have proven to all of us, as well as to communities across the nation, that Utah’s rivers and fisheries are unique and valuable resources that improve our quality of life,” Nadolski says.


The Utah Blue Ribbon Fisheries Program was established in 2005 by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.  The Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council, a broad-based citizen advisory group, oversees the program.


Funds for the Blue Ribbon program come from those who purchase fishing licenses.

For more information, call the DWR’s Northern Region office at (801) 476-2740.

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(This is a news release from Utah's DWR.)


Loa – Trout from the Loa State Fish Hatchery will be stocked soon into waters in Utah that already have New Zealand mud snails in them.


A news release the Division of Wildlife Resources sent on Aug. 31 left some anglers with the impression that trout from the hatchery wouldn’t be stocked until next spring.


Terry Howick, fish culture supervisor for the DWR, says mud snails have been found in the hatchery, and the hatchery is under what Howick calls a “limited quarantine.”


“A limited quarantine means fish from the hatchery will be stocked only in waters that currently have mud snails in them,” Howick says. “And this stocking will occur only after the hatchery fish are subjected to a strict invasive species protocol we’ve put in place.”


The protocol the DWR is following is the same protocol it used when mud snails were found at the hatchery in 2007:

  • Before any of the trout are stocked in the wild, the fish will be isolated from the other trout in the hatchery for four days. During that four-day period, the isolated fish will not be fed. By the time the four days are over, any mud snails the fish might have ingested will be expelled from the fish.

At that point, the fish should be free of snails. And that means snails from the hatchery won’t be passed into the waters where the fish are placed.


“This is a proven method that we’ve used before,” Howick says, “and it works. But we’re still not taking any chances. Until mud snails are eradicated from Loa, fish from the hatchery will be stocked only in waters that already have mud snails in them.”


Howick says it will take about four to five months to disinfect the hatchery and rid it of the snails. Once this occurs, the hatchery will return to its normal stocking operations, placing fish in waters that it normally stocks.


The Loa hatchery is in the town of Loa, about 40 miles southeast of Richfield. Most of the trout the hatchery raises are typically placed in waters in southern Utah.


Howick says anglers who fish waters that have been stocked by Loa shouldn’t notice any difference in the number of fish that are available to them over the next four to five months. He says stocking schedules among the Loa hatchery and the DWR’s other hatcheries will be adjusted to provide waters Loa has stocked with plenty of fish:

  • Waters that don’t have mud snails in them, but used to receive fish from Loa, will receive fish from other hatcheries for the next four to five months.

  • For the next four to five months, fish from the Loa hatchery will be placed only in waters that have mud snails in them, including waters that are currently being stocked by other hatcheries.

Preventing their spread


New Zealand mud snails are just one of several aquatic invasive species (AIS) that have made their way into Utah.


All of the New Zealand mud snails that are found in Utah are female and reproduce asexually. Because they’re asexual, only one snail is required to establish a new colony. One snail can produce hundreds of young every year. And the snails are very effective at colonizing new waters.


There’s good news, though: There are several things you can do to avoid bringing snails into Utah from outside the state and to avoid transporting them from one body of water in Utah to another:

  • Disinfect your fishing equipment.

To remove the mud snails, scrub your waders with a brush, and then rinse them with water from the stream. Make sure you remove the laces from your wading boots so you can clean under them.


After you’ve scrubbed your boots, repeatedly spray them and your fishing equipment with Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner. Keep the boots and equipment damp with the 409 disinfectant for 10 minutes. (Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner contains an ammonium compound that kills New Zealand mud snails).


After you've sprayed your boots and equipment with Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner, let them dry in the sun for an hour before re-using them. This process will kill any snails you can’t see.

  • If you’re fishing on a river or stream, disinfect your waders and gear before moving to a different stretch of the same river to fish.

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Fishing changes for 2013 will be discussed soon

Using ideas they received from more than 1,300 anglers last spring, fisheries biologists are recommending some fishing changes in Utah in 2013.  The following are among the proposed changes:

Allow anglers to have up to three hooks on their fishing line.

Currently, Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge are the only waters in Utah at which anglers can use up to three hooks.

Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, thinks walleye, bass and fly anglers are among those who will be excited about the proposed change.

“Some of the more experienced fly anglers are using a rig that consists of a large fly with nymph ‘trailers’ attached to it,” Cushing says.  “Allowing them to fish three trailers, instead of two, will give them a better chance to catch fish.”

Cushing says bass and walleye anglers are starting to use umbrella rigs.  An umbrella rig consists of two or more lures that are attached together.  As the rig is pulled through the water, it imitates a small school of fish swimming together.

“Just like with fly anglers,” Cushing says, “allowing bass and walleye anglers to use three hooks will give them a better chance to catch fish.”

Umbrella rigs often include more than three lures.  If the change is approved, only three of the lures in a rig could have hooks on them.  “If only three of the lures had hooks on them,” Cushing says, “the rig would still be very effective.”

Umbrella rigs and worm harnesses are currently sold in Utah, but they’re not legal to use in the state if they have more than two hooks.  “This change would make it legal to use umbrella rigs and worm harnesses that have up to three hooks,” Cushing says.

Allow archers to use bows and arrows to fish for common carp in shallow water at night.

Currently, bow fishing for common carp is allowed only during the day.

Cushing says anything that can legally be done to remove carp is a good thing.  “Carp populations grow quick,” he says, “and they’ll eat anything, so they compete for food with all of the other fish in the water.”

Also, carp grow fast.  They don’t stay small long enough to provide adequate forage for other fish.  “And that isn’t all,” Cushing says.  “Carp stir up the mud on the bottom of the waters they’re in.  They also feed on and damage aquatic plants.  The mud they stir up prevents sunlight from reaching the plants.  The damaged plants can’t repair themselves, and new plants can’t grow.”
Cushing says 1,367 anglers responded to a survey that was available on the DWR’s website from mid May to mid June.
Because of how the survey was conducted (for example, it was offered online to anyone who wanted to take it), Cushing says the survey isn’t statistically valid, and it doesn’t represent every angler in Utah.  But he’s still excited about the number of anglers who responded to the survey and the ideas they shared.

Learn more, share your ideas

All of the fishing changes the DWR is recommending for 2013 are available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings. After you’ve reviewed the ideas, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them. RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board.  The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Nov. 1 to approve fishing rules in Utah for 2013.

Dates, times and locations for the RAC meetings are as follows:

Central Region                                Southeastern Region
Sept. 11                                            Sept. 19
6:30 p.m.                                          6:30 p.m.
Springville Public Library                     Emery County Building
45 S. Main St.                                   75 E. Main St.
Springville                                         Castle Dale

Northern Region                              Northeastern Region
Sept. 12                                            Sept. 20
6 p.m.                                               6:30 p.m.
Brigham City Community Center         Division of Wildlife Resources
24 N. 300 W.                                     318 N. Vernal Ave.
Brigham City                                     Vernal
Southern Region
Sept. 18
7 p.m.
Richfield High School
510 W. 100 S.


You can also provide your comments to your RAC via email.  Email addresses for your RAC members are available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings.

The group each RAC member represents (sportsman, non-consumptive, etc.) is listed under each person’s email address.  You should direct your email to the people on the RAC who represent your interest.

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Utah is participating in a promotion sponsored by Cabelas. Fish have been tagged and released into waters in Utah and other states. If you preregister and then catch a tagged fish you could win up to $1,000,000 (or even double that amount).

Utah's DWR provided the information below. .

Utah is one of 19 states that are holding a "Wanna' Go Fishing for Millions?" contest this year. The contest is sponsored by Cabela's.

If you catch a fish with a contest tag on it, you'll be eligible for some big prizes.

The fish were tagged by biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We're happy to help," says Roger Wilson, Aquatic Section chief for the DWR. "We wish the anglers who participate in this contest the best of luck. We hope you're one of the prize winners."

See more details.

Utah waters with tagged fish include:

  • Bear Lake
  • East Canyon
  • Grantsville
  • Joes Valley
  • Lake Powell
  • Mantua
  • Paragonah Lake
  • Sand Hollow
  • Starvation
  • Utah Lake
  • Willard Bay
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