Waterfowl hunting

2011 waterfowl hunt opener conditions

Clear Lake, Topaz Slough, Redmond and Bicknell Bottoms Waterfowl Management Areas

Good news! The spring flows at Clear Lake have increased this year. There is more available water to be used by ducks and hunters. The area south of the county road, Units 1 and 2, are in great condition. The first two units north of the county road have had some permanent water in them all summer. Water will continue filling these units as it becomes more available with cooler fall temperatures. The west marsh area continues to be dry.

Marsh conditions at Topaz Slough are excellent with 100 percent of the marsh full. Good habitat is available around the water.

Redmond has good conditions on small impoundments.

Bicknell Bottoms has excellent conditions.

Water conditions

Clear Lake units south of the county road will have good amounts of water in them for the opening; the units north of the county road will continue filling as the water becomes available as the weather cools down. Please remember that Clear Lake is very shallow for boats.

Water at Topaz Slough is excellent at this point.

Water conditions at Redmond are good on small impoundments.

Good water at Bicknell Bottoms.

Waterfowl use

At Clear Lake duck numbers are increasing as the season progresses with good numbers of ducks showing up as soon as it gets colder. They are expected to continue increasing with peak numbers around December 1st.

Topaz Slough has been dry for several years. With increased water, duck use is expected to be high this year.

Good numbers of ducks are using Redmond and Bicknell Bottoms. These marshes are generally better early in the season.

This year's opening should be similar to last year's with about one duck per hunter.

Other items

This year outlying areas have water in them. Fool Creek is northeast of Oak city, and Swan and Krafts Lake are located southwest of the town of Deseret. These areas receive little pressure and can have a lot of bird use at times.

Youth hunt will be held on September 17, 2011.

All of the areas listed are very hard to use a boat on because they are very shallow. Camping is allowed in parking lots, and fires are acceptable. ATV's are prohibited on all areas listed.

The hours for shooting have been changed on the opening day of the pheasant hunt. Please check the proclamation for details.

If you are looking to get away from the crowds, try these areas. Enjoy the areas and good luck!

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