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Cutthroat trout and conservation success

Rainbow trout with equipment One of the coolest things about the cutthroat trout conservation project was our extensive partnership. Everyone worked together toward a single, common goal: to conserve Utah's native trout. But we're not the only ones who are excited. Our project has thrilled anglers who love to catch native cutthroat trout in the Logan River drainage. To understand why they're so happy now, it helps to understand how far we've come.

Ice fishing: Moving beyond the basics

Rainbow trout with equipment It's time to gear up for ice-fishing season! If you're serious about ice fishing and want to catch more fish, this post is for you.

Third time's the charm: The story of my first mule deer hunt

Kate posing with deer It was going to be an exciting hunt — my first western big game hunt — but I also felt some pressure. This was one of our last opportunities to really fill the freezer this hunting season.

How to save a condor

If you've ever visited or hunted in Utah's Zion country, there's a good chance you've seen a California condor. If so, you know the excitement of seeing one of the world's largest and most endangered birds.

Catch some cash with your fish

We're launching a study that will tell us, in addition to fish sizes, population and overall health, how easy it is to catch a fish. And if you help us, there's a chance you'll catch more than a fish!

Flyfishing novice crushes the Utah Cutthroat Slam

I have registered for and completed the Utah Cutthroat Slam three times, but I've completed it many more times over the past five years just for fun. And not a single one of those completions even compares to the three days this summer when my daughter tackled the slam.

When good algae goes bad

Jordanelle Reservoir with algal bloom Warm weather in the summer months can sometimes cause a harmful algal bloom at your favorite Utah waterbody. Just a few years ago, we rarely heard about these blooms. Now, there are advisories every year. What changed? And how do these blooms affect recreation and fishing?

Rooting for the underdogs

At West Green's Lake It's another day on the water in the middle of nowhere, and it's perfect. The deep blue sky overhead, the swirling river against the boat's hull, and the shouts of excitement when we find another fish — they're all part of a larger quest. We've launched a new project to conserve the roundtail chub and hopefully prevent an endangered species listing.

"Fishy" behavior alerts officers

Cutthroat trout As a relatively new conservation officer, I've encountered some wild fishing enforcement cases in the past couple of years. Here are a few that really stood out.

The strategy and science behind fish stocking

Tiger muskie fingerlings "Why did you stock that species of fish in that water?" is one of the most common questions I get as a fisheries professional. That question is usually followed by "And, why did you stock the fish at that size?"
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