WOODS CROSS – The Utah Wildlife Board recently approved fishing measures that will make anglers happy.
In a recent meeting, the board approved a measure that will allow anglers to keep more fish, and others will not have to automatically eat what they catch in what are considered “catch and kill” regulated waters.
The board approved these measures on Nov. 7. The new regulations will become effective starting Jan. 1, 2014.
Currently, there is a limit to how many trout an angler can have, but that will change.
Anglers are currently allowed to catch four trout in most fisheries as a daily limit, but are not allowed to catch more until they’ve eaten at least one.
That amount will now be doubled to eight fish per day.
“Having a possession limit that’s twice the daily bag limit will allow anglers to stay an extra day and fish,” said Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in a press release. “(Anglers) can catch their daily limit one day, then go out the next day and catch one more limit.”
The possession limit will not change at Strawberry or Flaming Gorge Reservoirs.
Ten Utah fisheries have a “catch and kill” provision, requiring anglers to eat from the site where they caught the fish.
That requirement is now going away, said Cushing, and the “wasting rule” for all fish will be lifted.
There will no longer be a “wasting rule” for common carp, according to the release.
Regarding the catch-and-kill provision being lifted, Cushing said the change “will allow (anglers) to decide whether they want to eat the fish.”
Those who decide not to eat must still kill the fish, but can either return it to the water or throw it away at a fish-cleaning station, garbage can, landfill or dumpster.