File No. 33042

This rule was published in the November 1, 2009, issue (Vol. 2009, No. 21) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources

Rule R657-13

Taking Fish and Crayfish

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 33042
Filed: 10/13/2009 10:07:54 AM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This rule is being amended pursuant to Regional Advisory Council and Wildlife Board meetings conducted annually for taking public input and reviewing the Division of Wildlife's fish and crayfish management program.

Summary of the rule or change:

The proposed revision to the above listed rule amends Section R657-13-9, Underwater Spearfishing, to clarify the hours fish can be taken with spearfishing tackle.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 23-14-18
  • Section 23-14-19

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

This amendment only clarifies the hours spearfishing may take place on certain bodies of water. The Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) determines that these amendments do not create a cost or savings impact to the state budget or DWR's budget, since the changes will not increase workload and can be carried out with existing budget.

local governments:

Since this amendment only clarifies regulations already in place this should have little to no effect on the local government. This filing does not create any direct cost or savings impact to local governments because they are not directly affected by the rule. Nor are local governments indirectly impacted because the rule does not create a situation requiring services from local governments.

small businesses:

This amendment clarifies the hours allowed for the act of spearfishing. Therefore, this rule does not impose any additional financial requirements on small businesses, nor generate a cost or saving impact to other persons.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

This amendment clarifies the hours allowed for the act of spearfishing. Therefore, this rule does not impose any additional financial requirements on persons, nor generate a cost or saving impact to other persons.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

DWR determines that these amendments do not create a cost or savings impact to individuals who participate in spearfishing.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

The amendments to this rule do not create an impact on businesses.

Michael R. Styler, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources
1594 W NORTH TEMPLE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3154

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Staci Coons at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4718, by FAX at 801-538-4709, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

12/01/2009

This rule may become effective on:

12/08/2009

Authorized by:

James Karpowitz, Director

RULE TEXT

R657. Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources.

R657-13. Taking Fish and Crayfish.

R657-13-9. Underwater Spearfishing.

(1) Underwater spearfishing is permitted from official sunrise to official sunset only, except as provided in Subsection (6).

(2) Use of artificial light is unlawful while engaged in underwater spearfishing, except as provided in Subsection (6).

(3) Free shafting is prohibited while engaged in underwater spearfishing.

(4) Causey Reservoir, Deer Creek Reservoir, [Fish Lake, ]Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Jordanelle Reservoir, Ken's Lake, Lake Powell, Lost Creek Reservoir, Pineview Reservoir (with the exception of tiger muskie), Red Fleet Reservoir, Steinaker Reservoir, Starvation Reservoir, Willard Bay Reservoir and Yuba Reservoir are open to taking game and nongame fish by means of underwater spearfishing from 6:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of June[1] through November [30. These are the only waters]30, except as specified in subsections 5 and 6 below. Fish Lake isopen to taking game and nongame fish by means of underwater spearfishing [for game and nongame fish, except as provided in Subsection (9) below.]from 6:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of June through September 15.

(5) Lake Powell is open to taking carp and striped bass by means of underwater spearfishing from January 1 through December 31.

(6) Flaming Gorge is open to taking burbot by means of underwater spearfishing from January 1 through December 31, 24 hours each day. Artificial light is permitted while engaged in underwater spearfishing for burbot at Flaming gorge. Artificial light may not be used at other waters nor may it be used when pursuing other fish species in Flaming Gorge. No other species of fish may be taken with underwater spearfishing techniques at Flaming Gorge between official sunset and official sunrise.

(7) The bag and possession limit for underwater spearfishing is the same as the bag and possession limit applied to anglers using other techniques in the waters listed in Subsection (4) above and as identified in the annual Utah Fishing Proclamation issued by the Utah Wildlife Board.

(8) Nongame fish may be taken by underwater spearfishing only in the waters listed in Subsection (4) above and as provided in Section R657-13-14.

(9) The waters listed above in subsection 4 are the only waters open to underwater spearfishing except that [C]carp may be taken by means of underwater spearfishing from any water open to angling during the open angling season set for a given body of water.

 

R657-13-10. Dipnetting.

(1) Hand-held dipnets may be used to land game fish legally taken by angling. However, they may not be used as a primary method to take game fish from Utah waters except at Bear Lake where they are permitted for Bonneville Cisco.

(2) The opening of the dipnet may not exceed 18 inches.

(3) When dipnetting through the ice, the size of the hole is unrestricted.

(4) Hand held dipnets may also be used to take crayfish and nongame fish, except prohibited fish.

 

KEY: fish, fishing, wildlife, wildlife law

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [January 7], 2009

Notice of Continuation: October 11, 2007

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 23-14-18; 23-14-19; 23-19-1; 23-22-3

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Staci Coons at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4718, by FAX at 801-538-4709, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected].