August 31, 2020

Proposed Changes to 2021-2022 Fishing Regulations throughout the Beehive State

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator

After conducting a survey earlier this spring of anglers statewide, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is proposing a few changes to current fishing regulations. The goal of the proposed changes is to increase angler satisfaction and ensure the sustainability of the various fisheries throughout the state. Survey results indicated that the majority of anglers were supportive of the proposed recommendations.

A brief overview of the proposed changes to statewide fishing include:

To view more of these changes, and to view the proposed changes to specific waterbodies, click here.

Additionally, the DWR is proposing changes to the current fishing contest rule in a concentrated effort to streamline contest options and create consistency between warm water and coldwater species. The proposed changes would only require a fishing contest or tournament to obtain a Certificate of Registration if it included any of the following:

Anglers are encouraged to participate in the online public comment period now through September 27, 2020.

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