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Rules & regulations

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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Fishing Guidebook

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

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Corrections

Page 58: The bullhead and channel catfish images have been switched so they are now with the correct species name and description.

Emergency changes

July 28, 2021 changes to 2021 fishing limits. I, Rory Reynolds, by authority granted in Section 23-14-8 of the Wildlife Resources code of Utah, declare an emergency amendment to the 2021 Utah Fishing Guidebook. The following has been amended:

  • Central Region
    • Payson Lake (Big East) (Utah County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • McClellan Reservoir (Utah County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • Fairview Lakes (Sanpete County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • Towne (Town) Reservoir (Sanpete County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • Palisade Reservoir (Sanpete County)
      • Limit 20 in aggregate wiper, trout (any species), and black crappie
    • Mona Reservoir (Juab County)
      • Limit 20 in aggregate wiper largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass
  • Northern Region
    • Newton Reservoir (Cache County)
      • Limit 100 bluegill
      • Limit 100 yellow perch
      • Limit 100 black crappie
    • Pineview Reservoir (Weber County)
      • Limit 100 bluegill
      • Limit 100 yellow perch
      • Limit 40 black crappie
      • Limit 48 black bullhead
  • Southeastern Region
    • Monticello Lake (San Juan County)
      • Limit 8 trout
  • Southern Region
    • Otter Creek Reservoir (Piute County)
      • Limit 16 trout
      • Limit 12 wiper
      • Limit 24 smallmouth bass

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until October 31, 2021. All other rules established in the 2021 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

These regulation changes prompted by on-going drought conditions. The waters identified by these changes are expected to experience low water levels this year and fish loss is expected due to adverse conditions. The intention of these regulation changes are to liberalize harvest and provide anglers the opportunity to harvest additional fish prior to fish loss, if loss occurs.

  • Navajo Lake (Sevier County)
    • Limit 16 trout, any size

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until October 31, 2021. All other rules established in the 2021 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is considering a rotenone treatment at Navajo Lake to remove an over abundant population of Utah Chub. Trout are currently struggling in the lake due to competition for food and oxygen. This regulation change allows anglers to harvest additional trout ahead of a rotenone treatment that is anticipated fall 2021.

June 30, 2021 changes to 2021 fishing limits. I, Rory Reynolds, by authority granted in Section 23-14-8 of the Wildlife Resources code of Utah, declare an emergency amendment to the 2021 Utah Fishing Guidebook. The following has been amended:

  • Statewide:
    • All community fisheries
      • Bonus limit of 2 trout, any species (total limit of no more than 4 fish if at least 2 are any species of trout)

      Change is effective immediately and will remain in effect until August 31, 2021. All other rules established in the 2021 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

      This regulation change is prompted by ongoing hot, dry conditions. Community fisheries are small ponds and it is anticipated that temperatures in these ponds this summer will exceed the maximum temperature tolerated by trout. The intentions of this regulation change are to liberalize harvest and provide anglers the opportunity to harvest additional fish prior to fish loss, if loss occurs.

  • Waterbody-specific:
    • Kents Lake, Middle (Beaver County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • Lower Bowns Reservoir (Garfield County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • Minersville Reservoir (Beaver County)
      • Limit 4 trout, no size restrictions
      • No restriction on the use of bait
    • Puffer Lake (Beaver County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • Vernon Reservoir (Tooele County)
      • Limit 8 trout

    These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until October 31, 2021. All other rules established in the 2021 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

    These regulation changes are prompted by ongoing drought conditions. The waters identified by these changes are expected to experience low water levels this year and fish loss is expected due to adverse conditions. The intentions of these regulation changes are to liberalize harvest and provide anglers the opportunity to harvest additional fish prior to fish loss, if loss occurs.

May 25, 2021 changes to 2021 fishing limits. I, Rory Reynolds, by authority granted in Section 23-14-8 of the Wildlife Resources code of Utah, declare an emergency amendment to the 2021 Utah Fishing guidebook. The following has been amended:

  • Central Region
    • Yuba Reservoir (Juab County)
      • Limit 20 in aggregate walleye, wiper, trout (any species), tiger muskie, northern pike, channel catfish (no size restrictions apply)
  • Northern Region
    • Blacksmith Fork River (Cache County)
      From the Nibley Diversion downstream to the confluence with the Logan River:
      • Limit 8 trout
  • Southern Region
    • Gunlock Reservoir (Washington County)
      • Limit 12 largemouth bass, no size restrictions
      • No limit bluegill
      • No limit black crappie
    • Enterprise Reservoir, Lower (Washington County)
      • Limit 8 trout
      • Limit 12 smallmouth bass
    • Enterprise Reservoir, Upper (Washington County)
      • Limit 8 trout
      • Limit 12 smallmouth bass
    • Otter Creek Reservoir (Piute County)
      • Limit 8 trout
      • Limit 6 wiper
      • Limit 12 smallmouth bass
    • Koosharem Reservoir (Sevier County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • Forsyth Reservoir (Sevier County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • Wide Hollow Reservoir (Garfield County)
      • Limit 8 trout
    • Tropic Reservoir (Garfield County)
      • Limit 8 trout

These regulation changes are prompted by ongoing drought conditions. The waters identified by these changes are expected to experience low water levels this year and fish loss is expected due to adverse conditions. The intentions of these regulation changes are to liberalize harvest and provide anglers with opportunities to harvest additional fish prior to fish loss, if loss occurs.

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until October 31, 2021. All other rules established in the 2021 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Emergency closure of the Pond at Willard Bay. I, Rory Reynolds, by authority granted in Section 23-14-8 of the Wildlife Resources code of Utah, declare an emergency amendment to the 2021 Utah Fishing guidebook. The following has been amended:

  • The Pond at Willard Bay (Box Elder County)
    • Closed to fishing

This newly constructed pond requires time for a warm water fish community of largemouth bass and bluegill to establish, grow and reproduce. Any harvest during the proposed closure period would negatively impact largemouth bass and bluegill populations in this pond, reducing natural recruitment and extending the time required for the creation of a quality fishery.

It should be noted that this emergency closure is not associated with other drought-related closures in Utah.

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect through December 31, 2021. All other rules, established in the 2021 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

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Big Game Application Guidebook

The 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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Corrections

Page 57: We have removed the Book Cliffs, Wild Horse Bench bison hunt (hunt #BI6526, with season dates of Aug. 2, 2021–Jan. 31, 2022) from the guidebook because the hunt was closed in an emergency change on April 21, 2021. Bison behavior has changed due to drought conditions, and because of the ongoing drought, we are not confident that there will be bison on the unit during this year's hunt. Therefore, this hunt has been closed for the 2021–22 season. We will be emailing everyone who applied for this hunt and asking them to select an alternate hunt choice. If you have not received an email by Monday, April 26, please call 801-538-4700.

Page 59: We have corrected dates for multiple mountain goat hunts that were listed incorrectly in the printed guidebook. See the online guidebook for the correct dates for the following hunts:

  • Central Mtns, Nebo (archery)
  • Central Mtns, Nebo
  • Chalk Creek/Kamas, Uintas
  • Mt Dutton
  • North Slope/South Slope, High Uintas Central (archery)
  • North Slope/South Slope, High Uintas Leidy Peak
  • North Slope/South Slope, High Uintas West
  • Wasatch Mtns, Provo Peak
  • Wasatch Mtns, Timpanogos

Page 59: We have corrected the name for hunt #RS6708 to North Slope, Three Corners. The hunt name listed in the printed guidebook is incorrect.

Page 63: We have added two CWMU buck deer hunts that were inadvertently not listed in the printed guidebook:

  • Mt Carmel, Hunt #DB1266, Kane County, 2 public permits
  • Oak Ranch, Hunt #DB1271, Sevier County, 3 public permits

Page 66: There were two changes to the CWMU any bull elk hunts listed on this page. One hunt has been added and one hunt has been removed:

  • Added — Jacob's Creek, Hunt #EB3530, Davis/Morgan counties, 2 public permits
  • Removed — Mountain Top, Hunt #EB3539, Morgan/Summit counties, 3 public permits

Page 67: To reflect changes passed by the Utah Wildlife Board during its meeting on April 29, 2021, we have updated the permit quotas for the following CWMU hunts:

  • EB3563 Weber Florence Creek: 8 public permits
  • PB5327 Cottonwood Ridge: 4 public permits
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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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Antlerless Applications

Are you interested in hunting an antlerless big game animal during the 2021 season? Here's the information you'll need in order to apply for a permit.

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Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook

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

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Waterfowl Guidebook

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

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Corrections

Page 36: For the Nov. 6 listing in the table, the symbol indicating the reopening of dark geese season in the Wasatch Front goose area was accidentally omitted. The season does start again on Nov. 6, and that symbol has been added in the updated online guidebook.

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Black Bear Guidebook

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

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Cougar Guidebook

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

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Furbearer Guidebook

Taking, possessing, selling and purchasing furbearing animals, including bobcats and martens.

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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

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