You can learn more about your favorite fishing water, and share ideas with the biologists who manage it, by attending a fishing open house.
Fisheries biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are holding the open houses to share information with you about waters in your area. They also want to hear your ideas about fishing regulation or management changes you’d like to see at the waters in 2014.
Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, says the open houses help DWR biologists better understand the wants and needs of anglers in Utah. “The DWR has many talented fisheries biologists,” Cushing says, “but they need your help to better understand the social aspect of regulatory decisions that are made.”
Cushing encourages you to attend the open houses. He says that in addition to helping the biologists, you’ll be helping anglers across Utah. “After all,” Cushing says, “these fishing waters are your fishing waters. Our role is to manage them for you.”
Open house schedule
Most of the open houses will be held indoors, but in northeastern Utah, biologists will meet with anglers on-the-ground at some of the fishing waters in the region. The following is the open house schedule:
The DWR will have at least one person onsite at all of the following waters to visit with anglers and discuss their suggestions for possible regulation changes in 2014:
- May 4 — Little Hole (along the Green River) from 1–5 p.m. Look for biologists at the boat ramps.
- May 4 — Red Fleet Reservoir from 1–5 p.m. Biologists will be at the boat ramp.
- May 4 — Big Sandwash Reservoir from 1–5 p.m. Biologists will be at the boat ramp.
- May 4 — Currant Creek Reservoir from 1–5 p.m. Look for biologists between the parking area immediately below the dam and the old bridge that’s about one-half mile from the dam.
- May 14 — Price, DWR office (319 N Carbonville Drive) starting at 6:30 p.m.
- May 16 — Salina (location to be announced) from 6–8 p.m.
- May 22 — Bicknell (location to be announced) from 6–8 p.m.
- May 30 — Cedar City, DWR office (1470 N. Airport Road ) from 6–8 p.m.
- May 25 — Logan, Al’s Sporting Goods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Al’s Annual Outdoor Expo happens that day. DWR biologists will be available at a table at the expo.)
- May 29 — Riverdale, Sportsman’s Warehouse from 6–8 p.m.
- May 30 — Riverton, Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center (12830 S. Redwood Road) from 7–8:30 p.m.
For more information, call Division of Wildlife Resources offices in Ogden, Springville, Vernal, Price or Cedar City. You can also call the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.
Image courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources