Fishing guidebook

Rules & regulations

These guidebooks contain the information you must know to hunt or fish in Utah. We highly recommend that you either download electronic versions or pick up printed copies. We distribute free printed guidebooks at Division offices and licensing agents.

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Fishing Guidebook, 2020

The 2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern fishing in Utah.

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Emergency changes

Mammoth Creek, including all tributaries, lakes and ponds, excluding Castle Creek (Garfield and Iron Counties)

Upstream of Forest Road 50 (Mammoth Creek cutoff road): Limit 8 trout
Castle Creek (tributary to Mammoth Creek): Limit un-changcd and remains at 4 trout

This change is effective May 11, 2020 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.

The upper Mammoth Creek drainage will be treated with rotenone in 2020 in order to remove nonnative trout. This project is part of an effort to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout to the drainage upstream of Mammoth Spring. This change allows anglers to harvest additional trout prior to the rotenone treatment. Castle Creek has been previously treated with rotenone as part of this project and will not be re-treated in 2020.

All other rules established in the 2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Nine Mile Reservoir (Sanpete County)

The daily bag limit and possession limit for all trout species from the Nine Mile Reservoir has been removed until December 31, 2020.

The Nine Mile Reservoir will be drained this fall to facilitate repairs on the outlet valve works. Low water levels and/or freezing conditions will result in the loss of sportfish left unharvested.

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. All other rules, established in the 2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Oowah Lake (San Juan County)

Increase the daily bag and possession limit for all trout from four (4) trout to sixteen (16) trout.

This change is effective August 13, 2020 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.

Work on the dam will require the lake to be drained to low levels. The low water level at the lake will likely result in the loss of stocked trout. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest trout that would otherwise be lost.

Bullock Reservoir, (Uintah County)

No limit any species.

This change is effective August 13, 2020 and will remain in effect until November 1, 2020.

The outlet gate on Bullock Reservoir requires servicing. In order to reach the gate, the reservoir must be drained. This change will allow anglers to harvest more fish in an effort to reduce the fish kill that will result from the reservoir drawdown.

All other rules established in the 2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

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Big Game Application Guidebook, 2020

The Utah Big Game Application Guidebook provides information and instructions hunters need to know to apply for bucks, bulls and once-in-a-lifetime hunts.

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Updates

July 1, 2020 fee changes for nonresidents. License, permit and application fees for hunters who are not Utah residents increased on July 1, 2020. See the full list of Utah's license, permit and miscellaneous fees.

Corrections

Page 69: The Wallsburg CWMU bull moose hunt (#MB6225) was incorrectly listed as a public hunt option in the printed Utah Big Game Application Guidebook. That hunt has been canceled for 2020, and the hunt listing has been removed from the electronic copy of the guidebook.

Page 23: Corrected the sales date for remaining antlerless permits to July 22.

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Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook, 2020

The Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern big game hunting in Utah.

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Updates

July 1, 2020 fee changes for nonresidents. License, permit and application fees for hunters who are not Utah residents increased on July 1, 2020. See the full list of Utah's license, permit and miscellaneous fees.

Clarifications

Page 7: Added a reminder that extended archery elk hunters can harvest any bull elk or antlerless elk in an extended archery elk area and season.

Page 26: Added a reminder that extended archery elk hunters can harvest any bull elk or antlerless elk in an extended archery elk area and season.

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Antlerless Applications, 2020

Are you interested in hunting an antlerless big game animal during the 2020 season? Here's the information you'll need in order to apply for a permit.

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Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook, 2020–21

The Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern upland game and turkey hunting in Utah.

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Corrections

Page 41: Updated the "Notes" section of the sandhill crane (East Box Elder County) hunt to state that Harold Crane, Public Shooting Grounds and Salt Creek WMAs are closed to sandhill crane hunting, except during open waterfowl hunting seasons. The printed guidebook is missing the phrase, "except during open waterfowl hunting seasons."

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Waterfowl Guidebook, 2020–21

The Utah Waterfowl Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern waterfowl hunting in Utah.

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Corrections

Page 28: Added unit 9 to the bullet about airboat use at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. That bullet now states, "Airboats are only permitted in the posted open areas of units 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and the C blocks."

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Black Bear Guidebook, 2020

The Utah Black Bear Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern black bear hunting in Utah.

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Cougar Guidebook, 2020–21

The Utah Cougar Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern hunting and pursuing cougars in Utah.

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Furbearer Guidebook, 2020–21

Taking, possessing, selling and purchasing furbearing animals, including bobcats and martens.

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DWR administrative rule governing falconry in Utah

View rule R657-20

Collection, Importation & Possession of Amphibians & Reptiles

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Collection, Importation, Transportation & Possession of Animals

View rule R657-3

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