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Cutthroat trout, conservation and wildlife crime stopping

McKay Braley holding a cutthroat trout in a fish trap McKay Braley — who has been with the DWR since 2015 — shares how his passion for outdoors work led from a summer job with the Bear Lake aquatics program to a career as a DWR conservation officer in central Utah.

Fishing and fun in central Utah

Man holding channel catfish from a kayak at Utah Lake Whether you're looking for a quick fishing trip close to a city or a more remote excursion, exploring central Utah — which includes most of Salt Lake, Utah, Summit and Wasatch counties — will be worth your while.

How Utah's fish hatcheries adapt to drought

Drought-ridden Navajo Lake, with a lowered water level, under a cloudy sky Have you seen the impacts of drought at your favorite fishing spot? Drought impacts fish by reducing the amount of water available in lakes, reservoirs and streams throughout the state. These are primary habitats for Utah's fish, and having less water affects fish in multiple ways.

A scenic Scofield getaway

DWR employee casting rainbow trout into Scofield Reservoir Early summer is a great time to experience southeastern Utah before the arid landscape really heats up. Additionally, this area has plenty of recreational opportunities and beautiful places to see. From Scofield Reservoir — for kayaking, fishing and more — to the burgeoning artists' town of Helper, where you can birdwatch along the scenic Riverwalk.

Panguitch Lake break

View of clear water at Panguitch Lake in southern Utah, amid cloudy skies Want to plan a weekend excursion to some of Utah's most beautiful landscapes, complete with great fishing? Look no further! Part of how we work to improve fisheries — and help anglers have a fun and successful experience — is by making sure our waterbodies are great places for anglers to spend time in Utah's outdoors.

Forward-thinking fisheries

Youngster holding several caught fish at Otter Creek Managing fisheries means more than just providing a good fishing experience at an angler's favorite waterbody today — we're proactively planning for years to come.

Tracking the recovery of one of Utah's rarest fish

Technician holding a fish and inserting a PIT tag By tracking passive integrated transponder tags — commonly called PIT tags — DWR biologists and aquatics managers can learn more about the survival rates, life cycle and range of the fish we release into the wild.

Tooth seeker

Three pulled elk teeth Have you ever wondered why the DWR requests that you submit a lower incisor — that's a front, middle tooth from the bottom jaw — if you successfully harvest an elk, mule deer, pronghorn, moose, mountain goat or bighorn sheep from a limited-entry or once-in-a-lifetime hunt?

Spying my first bald eagle

Bald eagle with its talons extended, swooping in for a landing on the snow-covered ground at Farmington Bay I usually have a wide grin as I get down on one knee to chat with young visitors and share my love for all things wild at the Eccles Wildlife Education Center. It's even more exciting when they also experience the wonder of spying a bald eagle soaring through the sky.

What's the scoop on fish hatchery technology?

An egg picker filters out the viable fish eggs that will fertilize from the bad eggs that can grow fungus and become harmful to the viable eggs One of the most interesting parts of our job is how much we use technologies and equipment unique to — or specifically adapted for — fish culture.
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