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Here's a list of all upcoming events that require registration. For a complete list of past and future DWR events, see the Utah wildlife calendar.

May–August

2024 Fishing with the Fox Contest
2024 Fishing with the Fox Contest

Join us for the 14th annual Fishing with the Fox tagged fishing contest in partnership with Vernal's The Fox 98.5 FM radio station.

Date & time

Monday, May 20
8 a.m.
Ends Sunday, Aug. 4
11:59 p.m.

Address

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
318 North Vernal Avenue
Vernal, UT 84078

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in partnership with Vernal's The Fox 98.5 FM radio station, holds this annual family-friendly fishing contest to encourage anglers — local and far — to fish at designated Uintah Basin waterbodies. Grab your fishing tackle, make sure to bring along your valid Utah fishing or combination license (for anglers aged 12 and older) and get outside for a fun day on the water. You could catch one of the hundreds of tagged rainbow trout stocked in the Uintah Basin!


Where to catch tagged contest fish

Fish at these three lakes socked in 2024 with tagged fish:


What to do if you catch a tagged fish

This year, the trout are tagged with a yellow tag that says '2024 DWR WIN' with a corresponding number from 001-550.

  • Tags can be registered and turned in starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 23 through Aug. 6, 11:59 p.m.
  • You must have possession of the physical yellow tag to win. You can catch-and-keep trout with the tag or catch-and-release tagged trout. If you choose catch-and-release fishing, please swiftly pull or clip the tag from the trout, then release it.
  • Register for the contest. Register here on this Eventbrite page to enter your contest registration information; once registered for the contest, you'll be prompted to print out or download the "tagged fish registration ticket," which must accompany all tags submitted.*

*If you do not have a printer, call the Vernal DWR office at 435-781-9453 (or visit during office hours), and staff will assist you with getting your tag(s) registered. Once tags and registration tickets are received, a confirmation email will be sent from the DWR to the registered party's email address confirming your entry for the grand prize finale.


How to register your tag

All tags registered by midnight on Aug. 6 are automatically entered for the 'Alive After Five' grand finale prize drawing! The prize drawing will occur on Thursday, August 8, 2024, from 6-8 p.m. at the Uintah County Library park (204 E. 100 North, Vernal).

You must be present to win OR register an alternative person to represent you at the grand prize drawing.

  1. If you haven't already, register here on this Eventbrite page to enter your contest registration information; once registered for the contest, you'll be prompted to print out or download the "tagged fish registration ticket" which must accompany all tags submitted.*
  2. Submit your tagged fish registration ticket and physically turn in the yellow tag for verification. Important: Make sure your tag is secured to the registration ticket somehow — use staples, tape or place them in a ziplock bag.
  3. There are several ways you can turn in your tag and registration:
  • Option 1 – Mail in your tagged fish registration ticket and attached yellow tag (both must be included). Attn: Fishing with the Fox contest, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, 318 N. Vernal Ave., Vernal, UT 84078
  • Option 2 – Drop off your tagged fish registration ticket and attached yellow tag (both must be included). Stop by the Vernal DWR office lobby during office hours (M-F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) or Stewart’s Ace (245 US-40, Roosevelt) gun counter and drop off your tagged fish registration ticket and attached yellow tag in a designated "Fishing with the Fox" dropbox. Remember to make sure your tag is firmly secured somehow — by staples, tape or sealed in a ziplock bag.
  • Option 3 – Email your fish registration ticket and then mail or bring in your yellow tag.
    • Screenshot or download your completed fish registration ticket and email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., then
    • mail the numbered yellow tag (along with your name, phone number and email address) to the Vernal DWR office — Attn: Fishing with the Fox contest, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, 318 N. Vernal Ave., Vernal, UT 84078
    • or turn in your yellow tag (along with your name and email address) at the Vernal DWR office lobby during office hours (M-F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)

The deadline to register your tag is August 6, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

*If you do not have a printer, call the Vernal DWR office at 435-781-9453 (or visit during office hours), and staff will assist you with getting your tag(s) registered. Once tags and registration tickets are received, a confirmation email will be sent from the DWR to the registered party's email address confirming your entry for the grand prize finale.


Prizes and awards

Join us Thursday, Aug. 8, 2024 from 6–8 p.m. for the prize drawing!

All tags registered are automatically entered for the 'Alive After Five' grand finale prize drawing! The prize drawing will occur on Thursday, August 8, 2024, from 6-8 p.m. at the Uintah County Library park (204 E. 100 North, Vernal).

You must be present to win OR register an alternative person to represent you at the grand prize drawing.

Even if you don't catch a tagged fish, going fishing at one of the two designated locations will get you a stamp in the 2024 Uintah County Dinosaurland Passport to Summer!


All state fishing rules and regulations apply

Reminder: Utah fishing rules and regulations apply throughout the contest.


Thank you to participating sponsors

  • Wildlife Conservation Foundation
  • Basin Recycling
  • Heaton Tire and Wheel
  • Mort's Car Wash
  • Red Mountain Cycle
  • Stewart's Marketplace/Ace Hardware
  • The Fox 98.5 radio station
  • Special Service District 1 - The Recreation Center
  • Basin Sports

Please watch your email and follow the DWR on social media for the latest updates.

Directions to participating waterbodies:

Moon Lake Reservoir: From Duchesne, take State Hwy 87 north for 19 miles. Turn north onto to 20780 W towards Mountain Home, then continue north 13 miles to the Forest Boundary and Forest Road 131. Follow road 131 for 5 miles to the lake. The lake is about 37 miles from Duchesne on paved roads - although some spots have potholes.

Long Park Reservoir: From Manila, at the intersection UT 43 and UT 44; turn south on UT 44. Drive 13 miles to the upper (second) road to Sheep Creek Geological Loop. Turn right onto the Loop, drive 2 miles to FS 221 and drive to FS 014. Turn north for .6 miles to boat launch area.

From Vernal, turn north on US 191. Drive 34.8 miles to Greendale Junction. Continue onto UT 44. Drive 14.7 miles to the upper (first) road to Sheep Creek Geological Loop. Turn left onto the Loop, drive 2 miles to FS 221 and drive to FS014. Turn north for .6 miles to boat launch area.

Paradise Park Reservoir: From Vernal, travel 16.5 miles west on UT 121. Go 15.25 miles north on county road, then 8.75 miles north on Forest Road 104.


Contact us

For more information about this event, please contact the DWR event organizers:

Anthony Christianson at 435-828-0008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tonya Kieffer-Selby at 801-995-2972 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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June

Introducción a la pesca
Introducción a la pesca

En este taller de introducción a la pesca, cubriremos los conceptos básicos de la pesca para proporcionarle los conocimientos y las habilida

Date & time

Tuesday, June 25
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Address

63 S 100 W
63 South 100 West
Hurricane, UT 84737

Este evento se presentará en español.

¡Le damos la bienvenida a nuestra emocionante e informativa clínica de pesca diseñada para principiantes! Si alguna vez ha pensado en pescar algunos de los grandes peces que Utah tiene para ofrecer, este es un excelente sitio para comenzar. Independientemente de que sea un principiante o un pescador exitoso, esta clínica le brindará información para continuar con su trayectoria de pesca con caña.


Descripción general:


En esta clínica de introducción a la de pesca, cubriremos los conceptos básicos de la pesca para equiparlo con los conocimientos y las habilidades necesarios para comenzar esta relajante y gratificante actividad familiar al aire libre. Nuestros instructores de pesca experimentados lo guiarán paso a paso a través de los elementos esenciales de la pesca con caña, asegurándose de que los comprenda y gane confianza para salir a tener sus propias aventuras.


Lo que aprenderá:

1. Elementos esenciales de los equipos de pesca: Le presentaremos los diferentes tipos de equipos de pesca, como cañas, carretes, líneas y anzuelos, y le explicaremos cómo funciona cada componente y cómo elegir el equipo adecuado.

2. Nudos: Dominar los nudos de pesca esenciales es fundamental para asegurar los anzuelos, señuelos y sacavueltas. Demostraremos y practicaremos varios nudos para asegurarnos de que pueda atarlos con confianza en toda situación de pesca.

3. Técnicas de lanzamiento: El lanzamiento puede ser un poco desalentador para los principiantes, ¡pero no se preocupe! Nuestros instructores le enseñarán las técnicas fundamentales de lanzamiento para que pueda llevar el cebo o señuelo al mejor lugar para atrapar su trofeo.

4. Cebos y señuelos: Aprenda sobre los diversos cebos y señuelos que se utilizan en la pesca y comprenda cuándo usar cada uno según el tipo de pez que quiera pescar.

5. Identificación de peces: Conocer las diferentes especies de peces es esencial para entender la normativa pesquera. Le presentaremos las especies de peces comunes que se encuentran en nuestra área.

6. Seguridad y ética pesquera: ¡La seguridad siempre es lo primero! Hablaremos sobre consejos y pautas de seguridad esenciales, así como de la importancia de seguir prácticas de pesca éticas y métodos de captura y liberación responsables.


Qué traer:

- Un cuaderno y un bolígrafo para tomar notas (opcional)

- ¡Entusiasmo y ganas de aprender!


Al final de nuestra clínica de pesca, tendrá la confianza para embarcarse en sus aventuras de pesca de forma independiente. Ya sea que se trate de un día relajante a la orilla del agua o una oportunidad para vincularse con familiares y amigos, la pesca ofrece una excelente oportunidad para conectarse con la naturaleza y crear recuerdos duraderos. ¡Únase a nosotros y descubra el placer de pescar de primera mano!

Contacto del evento:

Johnny Neil, 435-868-8756 o

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Eccles Wildlife Education Center — 2nd Annual Wildlife Photography Contest
Eccles Wildlife Education Center — 2nd Annual Wildlife Photography Contest

Are you a wildlife photographer? The Eccles Wildlife Education Center photography contest is a great opportunity to showcase your photos!

Date & time

Thursday, June 27
11 a.m.
Ends Saturday, June 29
4 p.m.

Address

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Wildlife Education Center
1157 South Waterfowl Way
Farmington, UT 84025

The Eccles Wildlife Education Center is excited to host a photography competition and exhibit in celebration of the beautiful Farmington Bay wetlands and Utah's native wildlife.

This contest and exhibit will provide wildlife photographers a place to showcase their skills and display their images in our auditorium.

The photo(s) you enter must be turned in by 4 p.m., June 22, 2024 at EWEC. The photography exhibit will be open to the general public for viewing Thursday, June 27 through Saturday, June 29 from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

What kind of photos are eligible for the contest?

The photography contest features four types of wildlife or wildlife-related activity commonly found in or near Great Salt Lake Wetlands, including Farmington Bay, Ogden Bay, and Bear River Bird Refuge. For each category, the winning photographs will be displayed in the EWEC auditorium during the June 27–29 wildlife photography exhibit.

Categories include

  • Waterfowl
  • Owls
  • Pollinators (Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc.)
  • Utah Wildlife

Contest rules and photo submission requirements

  • Each photographer can only enter one photo in each of the four categories
  • All bird categories — waterfowl, owls, and other birds — must be photos taken at Great Salt Lake Wetlands (This includes Farmington Bay to Bear River Bird Refuge)
  • All wildlife (non-birds) must be taken in Utah.
  • Resolution requirement of 300 DPI
  • You must submit a printed copy of your photo (10" x12" minimum required; maximum dimensions 12" x 15") to be entered into the contest
  • Photos must be mounted on a backing board, such as cardboard or foam core (no frames, please)
  • The photo(s) you enter must be turned in by 4 p.m., June 22, 2024 at EWEC
  • EWEC open hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (closed Sunday, Monday and holidays)

Judging will be based on the following:

  • Creativity
  • Technique
  • Lighting
  • Animal Behavior
  • Overall quality

Judging for the photography contest — including general voting for the "public's choice" awards in each category — will take place on June 28, 2024 during the center's open hours.

Other contest details

  • The top three winners in each category will receive recognition. Three overall photos will be selected as the contest winners and will have their photograph displayed in the auditorium.
  • By submitting your photo for the contest, you agree that it may be shared by the DWR in the exhibit, reproduced (with photographer credit) on print and digital platforms, and you will receive no financial compensation.
  • The judge panel is comprised of three DWR employees and includes an award-winning wildlife photographer and videographer.

Questions about this contest or the exhibit?

Contact Hayley Pace at 385-515-6447 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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July

Bass Fishing Basics for Northeastern Utah Reservoirs
Bass Fishing Basics for Northeastern Utah Reservoirs

Join the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for a bass fishing seminar featuring Utah’s reservoirs.

Date & time

Wednesday, July 3
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Address

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Northeast Region Office
318 North Vernal Avenue
Vernal, UT 84078

This event will be presented in English and Spanish.

Join the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources staff and local anglers for a bass fishing seminar focused on tips to succeed at local reservoirs! Local biologists and TJ Haitt, a passionate local angler, will cover the basics of bass fishing and help you prepare for catching fish in northeastern Utah’s waters. Young anglers are encouraged to attend as well to get "hooked" on bass fishing!

This event will be presented in English and Spanish with a translator present to assist as needed.

What to expect:

  • This event will be held in the DWR Northeastern Region conference room.
  • Information on the basics of bass fishing, including recommended equipment, lure selection and fishing techniques.
  • A focus on bass fishing in northeastern Utah reservoirs.
  • All ages are welcome! Youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Event Contact:

Anthony Christianson at 435-828-0008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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