Waterfowl hunting

2013 waterfowl hunt opener conditions

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

Marsh conditions

Good news! The spring flows at Clear Lake have maintained a constant flow this summer. There is more available water to be used by ducks and hunters. The area south of the county road, Unit 1, is in great condition. Unit 2 was mostly dried up for management reasons and is now filling. The first two units north of the county road have held water 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. Topaz is dependent on runoff irrigation and can become drier as the season progresses. Conditions are very good for the opener.

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 with cooler weather conditions. Please remember that Clear Lake is very shallow for boats; boats are only allowed with no motors.

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 increase 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 1.

Topaz Slough has had permanent water in it for the last couple of years and is now holding very good numbers of ducks. Topaz Slough is an underused area that has great hunting at times.

Good numbers of ducks are using Redmond and Bicknell Bottoms. Redmond is generally better hunting earlier in the season. Bicknell Bottoms offers the best hunting both early season and late season when conditions are very cold. Bicknell Bottoms can have very good late season goose hunting.

Clear Lake and Redmond are also good areas to hunt pheasants.

Other items

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

All of the areas listed are very hard to use a boat on because they are very shallow. No motors boats at Clear Lake. Camping is allowed in parking lots, and fires are acceptable. ATVs are prohibited on all areas listed.

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

If you are looking to get away from the crowds, try these areas.

Youth Waterfowl Hunt will be held statewide on September 21, 2013.

Enjoy the areas and good luck!!!

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