Those responsible for wasting 260 white bass by leaving them on the side of the road in Syracuse have stepped forward, and they did receive citations. The anglers will have the opportunity to plead their case to a judge. The anglers were under the impression that because there was no limit on white bass, they were OK to dispose of the fish.
As a reminder, in most instances, you may not allow fish to be wasted or spoiled. There are some exceptions that allow anglers to dispose of carp and a few other species — particularly species under catch-and-kill orders at certain waterbodies — without violating the state's wasting statute. Learn more about disposal of fish on pages 22 and 23 of the Utah Fishing Guidebook: https://wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks/2020_fishing_guidebook.pdf
DWR seeks information after 260 fish left to waste near Syracuse
Salt Lake City — Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are seeking information after 260 white bass were recently discarded and left to waste.
The fish were discovered on the side of the road on West Gentile Street near Syracuse on May 18. No attempt had been made to salvage any portions of the meat.
In Utah, white bass do not have daily bag or possession limits. However, they are a commonly consumed fish species and are subject to wasting laws and regulations if steps are not taken to preserve them for consumption after catching them.
Anyone with information regarding the wasting of these white bass or any other illegal wildlife-related activity is encouraged to contact the UTiP hotline at 800-662-3337. You can also report any illegal wildlife activity on the DWR website. If you have information about this specific case, you can also contact DWR Conservation Officer Trevor Doman at 385-242-6357. Rewards are available and requests for confidentiality are respected.