WOODS CROSS – Fishing during this time of year is still popular with many avid anglers thanks to the change in temperature leading to more opportunities for catching fish.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is encouraging all anglers who catch a fish to keep it.
The main reason behind it, according to biologists, is the fish aren’t getting enough space to grow to a larger size if the ones caught are being released back into the water.
“(Anglers) may not realize it, but catching and releasing fish on waters where they’re allowed to keep fish is working against them,” said Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for DWR, in a press release sent to the Clipper. “Until they start keeping the fish, the others aren’t going to grow to the size they want. Many of Utah’s waters have too many fish.”
Even though local fisheries are restocked throughout the summer, a recent study conducted by biologists shows roughly 95 percent of all brown trout and 90 percent of all black bass caught are being released back into the water. Only a small percentage of walleye are being kept as well.
In order to combat the lack of fish being kept, DWR will be holding a series of advisory council meetings in order to get feedback about possible rules changes that could go into affect in 2015.
One idea involves eliminating the “home possession” limit, which will allow anglers to have more fish in their freezer.
The non-limit would apply to all fish except salmonoids, which includes trout, kokanee salmon, whitefish and graylings.
A northern Regional Advisory Council meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Brigham City Community Center, located at 24 N. 300 West.
Comments may also be e-mailed to regional advisory chairs for consideration. The Northern chair is Centerville resident Robert Byrnes. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.