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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.

Exciting fish culture projects at Fountain Green Fish Hatchery

The Fountain Green egg isolation station, showing a shed with individual rooms The Fountain Green Fish Hatchery is a hidden gem within the hatchery world. We are primarily a coldwater fish hatchery — producing rainbow, cutthroat and tiger trout — but we also have a warmwater fish program and Utah's only fish- and egg-isolation facilities.

A backcountry rescue with grit and gratitude

Rescue workers carrying Coy Kummer on an ATV In this incident from mid-October, DWR officers responded to a distress call and carried a badly-injured young man, Coy Kummer, out of the backcountry.

Drought and our deer herds

Deer fawn eating grass Drought has been an ongoing event that's unfolded over multiple years across the West, and we've seen some of the worst of it here in Utah. A lot of people have asked me about how our deer herds are handling the current drought situation.

Top 5 reasons to work in fish culture

Chad holding a tiger muskie When I started working in a fish hatchery, I was amazed (and a little overwhelmed at first) by all the different kinds of random, day-to-day projects.

The wonderfully weird world of mollusks

Fatmuckets in sand Have you ever heard of animals named creeping ancylid, sub-globose snake pyrg, button sprite or the sluice snaggletooth? What about the fatmucket, narrow pigtoe or gumboot chiton (aka wandering meatloaf)? These are all mollusks.

A swell day fishing on the San Rafael

Fishing on the San Rafael River It is a scene any tried-and-true angler will find familiar: it's the night before a long-awaited fishing trip and I'm digging through an assortment of tackle boxes, organizing flies and lures, and wondering what offerings will work best. I consider my options and anticipate challenges. What fly should I start with, and what's my backup if plan A fails to produce fish? What critical equipment do I need to make sure to pack?

Where there's a will, there's a way

Lisa and her deer "You are successful." Those long-awaited words were so exciting to read last spring after 10 years of trying to draw a limited-entry buck deer permit in the Book Cliffs. I was in a group with my brother, Corey, and we were both going hunting!

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.
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