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Kolob Reservoir to be drained after officials find illegally stocked fish

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VIRGIN, Utah (News4utah)  – Officials with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be draining Kolob Reservoir after finding illegally stocked fish in the water.

In a press release issued by the DWR officials recently discovered three illegally stocked yellow perch, green sunfish and bluegill. The fish “pose a substantial threat to the endangered fish species that live downstream in the Virgin River”, according to the release.

As a result, Kolob Reservoir will be drained this fall in order to be treated with rotenone to remove all fish.

As of Saturday, the daily bag and possession limit has been changed to eight trout, with no size restriction. Bait will also be allowed.

A $3,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to the prosecution of those responsible. If you have information about who introduced perch, sunfish and bluegill to Kolob Reservoir, please call the UTiP hotline at 1-800-662-3337. 

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