Fishing changes for 2008

Starting Jan. 1, 2008, you can fillet fish at all Utah's waters except Jordanelle Reservoir for smallmouth bass and Strawberry Reservoir and Panquitch Lake for trout and salmon.

You can also keep 10 yellow perch at Yuba Reservoir and up to six bass at Sand Hollow Reservoir.

Those fishing rules are among several changes members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved for Utah's 2008 fishing season. They approved the changes at their October 4 meeting in Salt Lake City.

All of the rules approved by the board can be found in the 2008 Utah Fishing Guidebook. The guidebook should be available at by mid-December.

2008 fishing rules

The following are among the fishing rule changes that will take effect on January 1, 2008. Starting January 1:

The general statewide regulation allows you to catch and have up to four trout in your possession. There's no restriction on the size or species of trout you can keep at these waters.

"There's no longer a biological need to maintain special regulations on these streams," says Roger Wilson, cold water fisheries coordinator for the DWR. "Placing them under the general statewide regulation will make it easier for anglers to follow the rules and allow them to possess a few more fish."