DWR asking Utah anglers to target three waterbodies, remove specific fish

Mar 7, 2023, 7:30 PM

The Utah Divisioin of Wildlife Resources is asking anglers to help with the removal of specific fis...

The Utah Divisioin of Wildlife Resources is asking anglers to help with the removal of specific fish from three waterbodies around the state. One of the waterbodies is Pelican Lake where the DWR is offering rewards for the catch of tagged carp. Photo credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is urging anglers to consider three waterbodies in their next fishing trip. And to remove specific fish from those waterbodies.

This request is made in an effort to help other fish species and collect data from tagged fish. 

According to a news release from the DWR, fishery managers use data to set stocking rates and fishing regulations. Often times, this data comes through fish that have been tagged. As such, fishermen are asked to contact the DWR when they catch a tagged fish. So, the information can be collected.

The three waterbodies

Utah Lake – Northern pike

The DWR first discovered Northern pike in Utah Lake in 2011. Northern pike are considered to be predatory and can reproduce quickly. As such, DWR biologists are concerned about the effect the fish will have only species found in Utah Lake. 

DWR biologists are particularly concerned about June suckers, which is a threatened fish only found in Utah Lake. 

If you catch a tagged pike at Utah Lake, the DWR asks that you do the following:

  • Call the DWR at 801-960-5220.
  • Report the date and exact location where you caught the fish.
  • Report the tag number.
  • Release the fish unharmed.

Flaming Gorge – Small lake trout

The DWR and the Wyoming Game and Fish are asking anglers to keep any lake trout 25 inches or smaller. This will help to improve the health of the fishery, according to a DWR news release.

The daily limit on lake trout is 12, with only one exceeding 28 inches in both Utah and Wyoming. 

Pelican Lake – Carp

The DWR has been working hard to make Pelican Lake a bluegill and bass fishery. The lake has always had carp in it, according to the news release. However, a rapid increase in adult carp made it so predators in the lake could no longer keep up.

As another way to help with the removal of carp from the lake, the DWR has began offering rewards to anglers who turn in carp with reward tags. 

Read more:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is increasing the fish limit at Fall Creek and it's tributa...

Tammy Kikuchi

Fishing limit will increase ahead of lake poisonings

Before the Utah Division of Natural Resources can poison and reset, they are increasing the limit from 4 to 16 fish.

5 days ago

A large walleye caught in Lake Powell. Fish like this one have been illegally introduced to Strawbe...

Tammy Kikuchi

Reward offered for Strawberry Walleye invasion

The DWR is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who illegally introduced walleye fish to Strawberry Reservoir.

6 days ago

Cadillac, a mare at Upper Creek Ranch, delivered "one in a million" twins on Mother's Day. ...

Britt Johnson

“One in a million” twin horses born on Mother’s Day

It was a Mother's Day miracle! The mare, Cadillac, was expecting a foal.  No one knew she was expecting twins. 

7 days ago

The design for the new Great Salt Lake license plate includes a pelican flying across the Great Sal...

Ben Winslow, Fox 13

Specialty Great Salt Lake license plate needs support to become reality

A new license plate that would focus on the Great Salt Lake could be made with the help of Utahns who sign up to make the plate a reality.

10 days ago

Utah's Morning News host Tim Hughes discusses how to talk turkey and other requirements you'll need...

Tim Hughes

It’s not too late to hunt turkeys in Utah

Twice a year, Utah allows you to participate in wild turkey hunting. The spring hunting season continues through May 31. 

11 days ago

millsite state park sign shown, bucket biologists maybe threaten wildlife in the reservoir...

Tim Hughes

Bucket biologists threaten fish in Millsite Reservoir, don’t make the same mistake

Bucket biologists transport a species of fish from one lake to another, but be warned that this is dangerous and illegal.

20 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

DWR asking Utah anglers to target three waterbodies, remove specific fish