Follow the Rules when Fishing in Utah this Summer


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Strawberry Reservoir is a popular spot to fish in Utah. Fish can grow well and thrive there, which is good for fishermen. There have been problems there, however, with an overabundance of non-native fish populations. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has tried to reduce non-native fish populations and manage desired fish species with targeted regulations.

Strawberry Reservoir is a popular spot to fish in Utah. Fish can grow well and thrive there, which is good for fishermen. There have been problems there, however, with an overabundance of non-native fish populations. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has tried to reduce non-native fish populations and manage desired fish species with targeted regulations.

A June 2009 gillnet survey of the area shows that these efforts have been successful, which is welcome news for fishermen hoping to bring home a good catch. Based on the survey, the number of rainbow trout is up and the number of chub is down. However, DWR officials would like to see more cutthroat.

Strict regulations at Strawberry contributed to this success. Fishermen should be aware of the Strawberry regulations, as well as the special rules that apply to other popular fishing areas. At Strawberry, fishermen can keep four trout, including rainbow, kokanee and Bear Lake cutthroat. Within that four-fish limit, two can be cutthroat that are shorter than 15 inches and one can be longer than 22 inches. In addition, fishermen must immediately release fish that are longer than 15 inches and smaller than 22 inches.

Utah’s fish and game rules can be very complicated. It is very easy to find yourself in violation of these regulations without realizing it. For example, some locations that impose length restrictions require you to keep the heads on the fish caught there. So, you could get in trouble for removing a head while cleaning the fish.

It is important to know the fishing and game regulations, which are taken very seriously. If you get in trouble for fish and game violations in Utah, you may wish to speak to a lawyer. You can face steep fines. In addition, you risk losing your fishing or hunting license and the opportunity to participate in an enjoyable activity.

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