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2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook

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The 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern fishing in Utah. The guidebook is designed to be a convenient quick-reference document for fishing regulations. You can use the references in the guidebook to search for the detailed statute or rule that underpins the guidebook summary.

PDFs

You can download the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook in Adobe PDF format. Adobe's free Acrobat Reader is required to view or print the guidebook.

eBooks

You can also download the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook in a digital book format. You can view the ePub file using either Barnes and Noble's free NOOK reader for Windows, Mac, Android, iPad or iPhone or Apple's free iBooks reader for iPhone and iPad. (Note: Read how to transfer ePubs to your Nook reader.

If you're a Kindle user, you should follow these instructions to transfer the guidebook to your reader. You can also view the guidebook in Kindle format using Amazon.com's free Kindle reader for Windows, Mac, Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone 7 or Blackberry.

Note: This is the final edition of the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook. If you downloaded the draft edition on or before November 30, 2012 please make sure you pick up or download the final edition.


Emergency changes to the guidebook

  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR TROUT: Anderson Meadow Reservoir (Beaver County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit has been raised to 8 trout. This change is effective from July 15, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Anderson Meadow Reservoir will be drained this fall to complete repairs to the outlet structure. Low water levels at the lake will likely result in the lost of trout. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest trout that would otherwise be lost.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR TIGER MUSKIE: Cottonwood Reservoir (Uintah County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit is increased from 1 tiger muskie over 40 inches to 2 tiger muskie of any size. This change is effective from May 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014. The Division's Northeastern Region Office has plans to treat Cottonwood Reservoir to remove carp, black bullhead and other undersirable species in October 2013. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE: Fairview Lake (San Pete County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit is increased to 8 fish. This change is effective from July 2, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Fairview Lakes are being drained to do work on the dam to meet new safety standards. Low to no water in the reservoir will result in the loss of fish. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. It is anticipated the work will be completed later this fall and the lakes will be fully operational for the 2014 spring stocking schedule.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR RAINBOW TROUT: Ken's Lake (San Juan County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit for rainbow trout is increased to 8 trout. This change is effective from May 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Drought-like conditions will require the lake to be drained to low levels. The low water level at the lake will likely result in the loss of stocked rainbow trout. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest rainbow trout that would otherwise be lost.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE: Newton Reservoir (Cache County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit has increased to:
      • Twelve (12) largemouth bass
      • One hundred (100) bluegill
      • One hundred (100) crappie
      • One hundred (100) yellow perch
      • Sixteen (16) channel catfish
      • One (1) tiger muskellunge over 40 inches
      This change is effective immediately and will remain in effect through December 31, 2013. Water levels in Newton Reservoir are extremely low and not anticipated to significantly increase in the near future. These conditions may lead to a fish kill this coming winter due to low oxygen levels combined with an abundant fish population. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that may otherwise be lost.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE: Nine Mile Reservoir (San Pete County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit has been raised to 8 fish. Nine Mile Reservoir is being drained to meet irrigation demands/needs. Low to no water in the reservoir will result in the loss of fish. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. It is anticipated that Nine Mile Reservoir will be fully operational by the spring stocking schedule. These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until January 1, 2014. All other rules established in the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR TROUT: Piute Reservoir (Piute County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit for trout has been raised to 8 trout. Piute Reservoir will be drained this fall for irrigation needs. Additionally, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will treat the remaining water to remove unwanted fish in preparation for restocking. Low water levels and treatment at the lake will result in the loss of trout. These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until January 1, 2014. All other rules established in the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR TROUT: Spirit Reservoir (Daggett County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit for trout is increased to 8 trout. This change is effective from June 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014. The Division's Northeastern Region Office has plans to treat the Middle Fork Sheep Creek drainage, including Spirit Lake, with the piscicide rotenone in September 2013. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE: Upper Mill Creek (From Elbow Fork to Headwaters, Salt Lake County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit is increased to 8 fish. Native Bonneville cutthroat trout are being restored into Mill Creek Canyon. Beginning in September 2013, in preparation to reintroduce Bonneville cutthroat trout into Mill Creek, existing fish in the upper portions of the canyon will be removed from Elbow Fork upstream to the headwaters. Limits are temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until January 1, 2014. All other rules established in the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebok remain in effect.

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