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How Utah's fish hatcheries adapt to drought

Drought-ridden Navajo Lake, with a lowered water level, under a cloudy sky Have you seen the impacts of drought at your favorite fishing spot? Drought impacts fish by reducing the amount of water available in lakes, reservoirs and streams throughout the state. These are primary habitats for Utah's fish, and having less water affects fish in multiple ways.

A scenic Scofield getaway

DWR employee casting rainbow trout into Scofield Reservoir Early summer is a great time to experience southeastern Utah before the arid landscape really heats up. Additionally, this area has plenty of recreational opportunities and beautiful places to see. From Scofield Reservoir — for kayaking, fishing and more — to the burgeoning artists' town of Helper, where you can birdwatch along the scenic Riverwalk.

Panguitch Lake break

View of clear water at Panguitch Lake in southern Utah, amid cloudy skies Want to plan a weekend excursion to some of Utah's most beautiful landscapes, complete with great fishing? Look no further! Part of how we work to improve fisheries — and help anglers have a fun and successful experience — is by making sure our waterbodies are great places for anglers to spend time in Utah's outdoors.

Forward-thinking fisheries

Youngster holding several caught fish at Otter Creek Managing fisheries means more than just providing a good fishing experience at an angler's favorite waterbody today — we're proactively planning for years to come.

Tracking the recovery of one of Utah's rarest fish

Technician holding a fish and inserting a PIT tag By tracking passive integrated transponder tags — commonly called PIT tags — DWR biologists and aquatics managers can learn more about the survival rates, life cycle and range of the fish we release into the wild.

Tooth seeker

Three pulled elk teeth Have you ever wondered why the DWR requests that you submit a lower incisor — that's a front, middle tooth from the bottom jaw — if you successfully harvest an elk, mule deer, pronghorn, moose, mountain goat or bighorn sheep from a limited-entry or once-in-a-lifetime hunt?

Spying my first bald eagle

Bald eagle with its talons extended, swooping in for a landing on the snow-covered ground at Farmington Bay I usually have a wide grin as I get down on one knee to chat with young visitors and share my love for all things wild at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center. It's even more exciting when they also experience the wonder of spying a bald eagle soaring through the sky.

What's the scoop on fish hatchery technology?

An egg picker filters out the viable fish eggs that will fertilize from the bad eggs that can grow fungus and become harmful to the viable eggs One of the most interesting parts of our job is how much we use technologies and equipment unique to — or specifically adapted for — fish culture.

What's new at the Lake Powell fishery?

Dip tank at Lake Powell (with a motor boat inside) for removing aquatic invasive species Anglers at Lake Powell can catch a wide variety of warmwater fish species, including striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, walleye and bluegill. Here's a glimpse into what's new at Lake Powell this winter.

Getting outdoors is a gift that gives back all year long

Assortment of wrapped holiday gifts and wrapping materials It's that time of year again — when we all scramble to find the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones during the holidays. What do you get for the person who has everything, and also loves a little outdoor adventure? We may be able to help.
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