DAR File No. 40867
This rule was published in the November 1, 2016, issue (Vol. 2016, No. 21) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources
Taking Fish and Crayfish
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 40867
Filed: 10/11/2016 02:34:33 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is being amended pursuant to Regional Advisory Council and Wildlife Board meetings that are conducted annually for taking public input and reviewing the Division of Wildlife Resources� (DWR) fish and crayfish management program.
Summary of the rule or change:
This rule revision: 1) allows for the use of corn as bait on specified water bodies; 2) adds Big Sand Wash and Red Fleet Reservoirs to the list of water bodies where dead yellow perch may be used as bait; and 3) allows dead burbot from Flaming Gorge Reservoir to be used as bait only in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 23-14-19
- Section 23-14-18
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
This amendment allows Utah anglers additional options for bait on specified waters. 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.
Since this amendment only adds opportunity to anglers, 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.
This amendment provides additional opportunity to anglers; therefore, this rule does not impose any additional financial requirements on small businesses or generate a cost or saving impact to small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
This amendment provides additional opportunity to anglers; 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 fishing in Utah.
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 Office of Administrative Rules, or at:Natural 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@example.com
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:
This rule may become effective on:
Gregory Sheehan, Director
R657. Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources.
R657-13. Taking Fish and Crayfish.
R657-13-1. Purpose and Authority.
(1) Under authority of Sections 23-14-18 and 23-14-19 of the Utah Code, the Wildlife Board has established this rule for taking fish and crayfish.
(2) Specific dates, areas, methods of take, requirements and other administrative details which may change annually and are pertinent are published in the proclamation of the Wildlife Board for taking fish and crayfish.
(1) Use or possession of corn, hominy, or live baitfish while fishing is unlawful.
(2) Use or possession of tiger salamanders (live or dead) while fishing is unlawful.
(3) Use or possession of any bait while fishing on waters designated artificial fly and lure only is unlawful.
(4) Use or possession of artificial baits which are commercially imbedded or
covered with fish or fish parts while fishing is unlawful.
(5) Use or possession of bait in the form of fresh or frozen fish or fish parts while fishing is unlawful, except as provided below and in Subsections (7) and (8).
(a) Dead Bonneville cisco may be used as bait only in Bear Lake.
(b) Dead yellow perch may be used as bait only in: Deer Creek, Echo, Fish Lake, Gunnison, Hyrum, Johnson, Jordanelle, Mantua, Mill Meadow, Newton, Pineview, Rockport, Starvation, Utah Lake, Willard Bay and Yuba reservoirs.
(c) Dead white bass may be used as bait only in Utah Lake and the Jordan River.
(d) Dead shad, from Lake Powell, may be used as bait only in Lake Powell. Dead shad must not be removed from the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
(e) Dead striped bass, from Lake Powell, may be used as bait only in Lake Powell.
(f) Dead fresh or frozen salt water species including sardines and anchovies
may be used as bait in any water where bait is permitted.
(g) Dead mountain sucker, white sucker, Utah sucker, redside shiner, speckled dace, mottled sculpin, fat head minnow, Utah chub, and common carp may be used as bait in any water where bait is permitted.
(6) Commercially prepared and chemically treated baitfish or their parts may be used as bait in any water where bait is permitted.
(7) The eggs of any species of fish caught in Utah, except prohibited fish, may be used in any water where bait is permitted. However, eggs may not be taken or used from fish that are being released.
(8) Use of live crayfish for bait is legal only on the water where the crayfish is captured. It is unlawful to transport live crayfish away from the water where captured.
(9) Manufactured, human-made items that may not be digestible, that are chemically treated with food stuffs, chemical fish attractants, or feeding stimulants may not be used on waters where bait is prohibited.
(10) On any water declared infested by the Wildlife Board with an aquatic invasive species, or that is subject to a closure order or control plan under R657-60, it shall be unlawful to transport any species of baitfish (live or dead) from the infested water for use as bait in any other water of the State. Baitfish are defined as those species listed in sections (5)(b), (5)(c), (5)(f) and (8).
KEY: fish, fishing, wildlife, wildlife law
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
December 8, 2014]
Notice of Continuation: October 1, 2012
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 23-14-18; 23-14-19; 23-19-1; 23-22-3
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