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:

  1. Clarifying the statewide kokanee salmon limit to four total fish, including any trout caught. Decreasing the statewide wiper daily limit from six fish to three fish at all waterbodies.
  2. Increasing the statewide daily limit for northern pike from six fish to 20 fish, with one over 36 inches. Allowing anglers to use bait without a hook to fish for crayfish in waterbodies where bait is prohibited.

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:

  1. 85 or more participants
  2. Awarding $2,000 or more in prizes
  3. Include a live weigh-in
  4. A tagged fish contest

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

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