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You need a two-pole permit

Based on calls to DWR offices, anglers are confused

Many Utah ice anglers like to fish with two fishing poles.

You must have a two-pole permit to fish with two fishing poles in Utah this winter.

You must have a two-pole permit to fish with two fishing poles in Utah this winter.

Photo by Drew Cushing

Based on calls to Division of Wildlife Resources offices, there's lots of confusion about what's needed to legally fish with two poles this winter.

"Do I need a two-pole permit to fish with two poles, or don't I?" is a question that's being asked repeatedly.

The answer is yes. You must have a two-pole permit to fish with two poles in Utah.

Paul Birdsey, cold water sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, hopes that requirement will change this summer. But for now, it's still in effect.

Birdsey says the confusion likely resulted from fishing and hunting license changes the Utah Wildlife Board approved in November.

One of the changes the board approved eliminated the need for a two-pole permit. Under rules approved by the board, anyone with a regular Utah fishing or combination license could fish with two poles.

There's a major catch, though: Because the changes affect license fees, they must also be approved by the Utah Legislature.

The legislature will consider the changes during its upcoming legislative session. The session begins later this month.

If the legislature approves the changes, they will likely go into effect on July 1.

"We really like the changes the board approved," Birdsey says. "We're hopeful the legislature will like them too."

If you have questions, please call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.

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