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These guidebooks contain the information you must know to hunt or fish in Utah. We highly recommend that you either download electronic versions or pick up printed copies. We distribute free printed guidebooks at Division offices and licensing agents.

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2019 Utah Fishing Guidebook

The 2019 Utah Fishing Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern fishing in Utah.

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Emergency change: Matt Warner Reservoir (Uintah County). Closed to fishing. This change is effective August 13, 2019 and will remain in effect until September 30, 2019. The Utah Division of Water Quality detected extremely high numbers of Aphanizomenon, a neurotoxin producer, in early August. On August 12th, they detected anatoxin-a and recorded high values for microcystin in both surface water and water column samples. The risk to humans and animals is too great and all contact with the water and with fish in the water should be avoided until the bloom subsides and toxicity levels decrease. All other rules established in the 2019 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Emergency change: Miller Flat Reservoir (Emery County). Increase the daily bag and possession limit to sixteen (16) fish. This change is effective immediately as of September 9, 2019 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2019. Miller Flat Reservoir’s outlet structure is currently stuck open; the lake will need to be drained to dead pool in order to repair the outlet works. It is likely the outlet works will be repaired this fall so the lake can fill normally next spring. All other rules established in the 2019 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Emergency change: Pelican Lake (Uintah County). Closed to the possession of Bluegill sunfish. All Bluegill must be immediately released. This change is effective October 14, 2019 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. Pelican Lake was treated with rotenone in October 2019. Restocking efforts for Bluegill began last winter and continued through the summer of 2019. To date, just over 2700 Bluegill have been restocked and these fish represent the future of Pelican Lake. Given the species' tendency to school and angler propensity to harvest pan fish, we are proposing a protective regulation through the end of 2020 until more Bluegill have the opportunity to both reproduce and reach catchable size. All other rules established in the 2019-2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Emergency change: Pelican Lake (Uintah County). Closed to the possession of Green Sunfish. All Green Sunfish must be immediately released. This change is effective November 4, 2019 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. Pelican Lake was treated with rotenone in October 2018. Restocking efforts for Bluegill began last winter and continued through the summer of 2019. In addition to our restocking efforts, inflow from upstream reservoirs has brought Green Sunfish down to Pelican, a species which the angling public has difficulty distinguishing from Bluegill. Given the likelihood that Bluegill could be mistaken for Green Sunfish, the region would like to protect this species along with Bluegill. All other rules established in the 2019–2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Emergency change: Steinaker Reservoir (Uintah County). Closed to the possession of Bluegill sunfish. All Bluegill must be immediately released. This change is effective October 14, 2019 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. Steinaker Reservoir was drained for dam repairs in 2018. No fish survived the dam repair work and all fish currently in Steinaker are the result of restocking efforts. To date, just under 700 Bluegill have been restocked into Steinaker and these fish are the future of the species in Steinaker. Given the species' schooling nature and angler propensity for harvesting panfish, we feel the need to protect these brood fish until more Bluegill are a catchable size and able to reproduce. All other rules established in the 2019-2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Emergency change: Steinaker Reservoir (Uintah County). Closed to the possession of Green Sunfish. All Green Sunfish must be immediately released. This change is effective November 4, 2019 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. Steinaker Reservoir was drained for dam repairs in 2018. We feel that no fish survived the drawdown; however, we can't know that for sure. A few may have and those fish could be Green Sunfish, which many anglers cannot distinguish from Bluegill. We have spent a great deal of time and effort restocking Bluegill sunfish. Given the difficulty that many people have distinguishing the two species, and given that there are very few adults of both species in the reservoir, the region feels that we should protect this species in addition to the Bluegill. All other rules established in the 2019–2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Emergency change: Wasatch Mountain State Park Community Fishery (Midway, UT).The daily bag limit and possession limit for sportfish from the community fishery (trout and wiper) has been removed. The Wasatch Mountain State Park Community Fishery will be drained this fall to facilitate removal of illegally introduced goldfish, dredging of the pond, and the creation of a fishing pier. Low water levels and/or freezing conditions will result in the loss of sportfish left unharvested. This change is effective immediately as of November 19, 2019 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2019. (Note: A previous version of this emergency change stated the incorrect year that the bag limit would be in effect. The year has been corrected to 2019.)

Page 9: Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Daggett County). The section on the Flaming Gorge Reservoir reciprocal permit has been updated to reflect a new agreement between Utah and Wyoming that goes into effect in 2019. The following text replaces the same section in the printed guidebook:

  • To fish across state lines at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, you must have a valid resident fishing license from one state and a reciprocal fishing permit from the other state. For example, if you buy a Utah resident fishing license, you can fish the Utah portion of Flaming Gorge. After buying your Utah license, if you decide you also want to fish the Wyoming portion of the reservoir, you must buy a Wyoming reciprocal fishing permit. You can also choose to purchase a Wyoming fishing license.
  • New this year: If you are not a resident of either Utah or Wyoming — and you want to fish the entire reservoir — you must purchase nonresident fishing licenses from both states. For more information on obtaining a Wyoming reciprocal fishing permit or a Wyoming fishing license, call the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at 307-777-4600.
  • Utah reciprocal fishing permits are available at wildlife.utah.gov and from authorized license agents and Division offices. It is your responsibility to know and follow each state's laws and rules for Flaming Gorge.
  • Reminder: Even if you are licensed in both states, you may only take one daily limit each day.

Pages 3 and 28: The location of Old Fort Pond was mistakenly listed as Duchesne County. It is located in Uintah County, and the online guidebook has been updated to include the correct location.

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2019 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook

This Utah Big Game Application Guidebook provides information and instructions hunters need to know to apply for bucks, bulls and once-in-a-lifetime hunts.

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Updates

Page 58: Hunt #RS6700 — Antelope Island. In January 2019, the Utah Wildlife Board canceled the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep hunt on Antelope Island. That hunt will not be held, and the hunt listing has been removed from the guidebook.

Corrections

Page 58: Hunt #RS6704 — Box Elder, Newfoundland Mtn — listed incorrect seasons dates. The hunt is open Nov. 2–22, 2019.

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2019 Utah Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook

The Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern big game hunting in Utah.

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2019 Utah Antlerless Applications

Are you interested in hunting an antlerless big game animal during the 2019 season? Here's the information you'll need in order to apply for a permit.

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2019–2020 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Hunting Guidebook

The Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern upland game and turkey hunting in Utah.

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Corrections

Page 44: Corrected the Oct. 11 sunset time to 6:54 p.m.

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2019–2020 Utah Waterfowl Hunting Guidebook

The Utah Waterfowl Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern waterfowl hunting in Utah.

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Corrections

Page 36: Corrected the Oct. 11 sunset time to 6:54 p.m.

Page 31: The swan hunt will close if the monitoring program indicates that 20 swans, instead of the previous 10, have been taken.

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2019 Utah Black Bear Hunting Guidebook

The Utah Black Bear Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern black bear hunting in Utah.

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Corrections
— Changes made after the guidebook was printed.

Page 24 — The Archery equipment section was updated to ensure consistency with the administrative rule.

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2019–2020 Utah Cougar Hunting Guidebook

The Utah Cougar Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern hunting and pursuing cougars in Utah.

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2019–2020 Utah Furbearer Guidebook

Taking, possessing, selling and purchasing.

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DWR administrative rule governing falconry in Utah

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Collection, Importation & Possession of Amphibians & Reptiles

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Collection, Importation, Transportation & Possession of Animals

View rule R657-3

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