DWR Press Release
If you like to fish in Utah, you have a golden opportunity right now to do two things:
- Let fishery biologists know your thoughts about fishing regulation changes the biologists are considering for 2016, and
- Share your thoughts about fishing in Utah. You can share specific recommendations, complaints, concerns or general ideas about how to make fishing better in the state.
You can learn more about the changes the biologists are considering, and let them know your thoughts about their ideas, by taking a brief survey on the Division of Wildlife Resources’ website.
The survey consists of seven questions. Then, at the end of the survey, you’ll find a text box. In the box, please share with the biologists anything about fishing in Utah that you’d like to share.
Please take the survey no later than June 24.
Also, when you take the survey, please be aware that some of the questions, including those about tiger muskies, may not result in rule changes in 2016. Paul Birdsey, coldwater sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, said biologists want input from anglers now, though, so they can determine the direction the tiger muskie program should take in the future.
Biologists want to hear from you
Drew Cushing, warmwater sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, said DWR biologists often hear from organized fishing groups, but they rarely hear from individual anglers.
“We want to hear from individual anglers too,” Cushing explained. “Please share your thoughts and ideas with us. We want to hear what you have to say.”
Cushing said even though 2016 is still months away, the biologists need time before September to consider your ideas. “Please get your ideas to us no later than June 24,” he said.
After evaluating your ideas, biologists will present their final recommendations at public Regional Advisory Council meetings in September. The Utah Wildlife Board will make the final decision about Utah’s 2016 fishing rules at a meeting on Oct. 1.