DWR increases fishing limits in 10 Utah bodies of water

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Courtesy: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

UTAH (ABC4) – The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has announced increased fishing limits at 10 waterbodies in Utah.

DWR is making the changes due to low water levels caused by Utah’s ongoing drought conditions. The adjustment to the fishing limits will allow anglers to harvest more fish in these bodies of water.

The ongoing drought Utah is having a notable effects on Utah’s fish.

DWR explains that drought conditions can cause smaller amounts of water to heat up fast, which can lead to sometimes fatal water temperatures for fish.

Here are the 10 bodies of water affected by the change:

  • Blacksmith Fork River, Cache County: Increasing the daily limit to eight trout from the Nibley Diversion downstream to the confluence with the Logan River
  • Forsyth Reservoir, Sevier County: Increasing the daily limit to eight trout
  • Gunlock Reservoir, Washington County:: Increasing the daily limit to 12 largemouth bass with no size restrictions and removing the limit on bluegill and black crappie
  • Koosharem Reservoir, Sevier County: Increasing the daily limit to eight trout
  • Lower Enterprise Reservoir, Washington County: Increasing the daily limit to eight trout and 12 smallmouth bass
  • Otter Creek Reservoir, Piute County: Increasing the daily limit to eight trout, six wiper, and 12 smallmouth bass
  • Tropic Reservoir, Garfield County: Increasing the daily limit to eight trout
  • Upper Enterprise Reservoir, Washington County: Increasing the daily limit to eight trout and 12 smallmouth bass
  • Wide Hollow Reservoir, Garfield County: Increasing the daily limit to eight trout
  • Yuba Reservoir, Juab and Sanpete counties: Increasing the daily limit to 20 fish total from the following species: walleye, wiper, trout (any species), tiger muskies, northern pike and channel catfish. No size restrictions apply to any of the species.

“When we decrease the number of fish stocked into one lake, we will reallocate those fish to another waterbody where we don’t anticipate low water levels,” DWR Sportfish Coordinator Randy Oplinger said. “Despite low water levels in some lakes, fishing will be very good in a lot of places this summer. The number of waters where we are expecting drought impacts is very small, and we anticipate that the majority of waterbodies, including the major fisheries in the state, won’t be affected.”

The increase in fishing limits will take effect immediately and will last until October 31, 2021, according to DWR.

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