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Starvation Reservoir Perch

Perch tournament happens Jan. 24

Richfield -- You can catch tasty yellow perch, eat a free lunch and win prizes at the first Fish Lake Perch Tournament.

More than $3,500 in prizes will be awarded. And the tournament is completely free; just show up and catch all the perch you can.

"Bring your fishing poles, tackle, bait and warm clothes," says Heather Talley, regional wildlife recreation coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Also, if you're 12 years of age or older, you must have a valid Utah fishing or combination license to participate."

The tournament will be held Jan. 24 at Fish Lake in south-central Utah. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The tournament starts at 8 a.m. You can register at the Twin Creeks parking area at Fish Lake.

"The tournament ends at 3 p.m.," Talley says. "Make sure you enter all your fish at the Twin Creeks parking area before then, so you can qualify for prizes."

There is no limit on perch in Fish Lake, and a two-pole permit is no longer required to fish with two poles.

Plenty of perch

Yellow perch are abundant in Fish Lake. DWR biologists hope the tournament will help thin the population to make room for kokanee salmon they'd like to introduce to the lake.

"Some say perch are the best-eating fish in the lake," says DeLoss Christensen, a member of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, "and I'm one of them. I love perch."

"It's not every day that you can get together with a bunch of anglers, have a great time on the ice and make a difference in the overall fishery at a lake," says Richard Hepworth, regional aquatics manager for the DWR. "This perch tournament can really help. And, to top it off, you can win great prizes too."

The Division of Wildlife Resources, the Fish Lake National Forest and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife are among those who have put the event together.

More information

More information about the event, including prizes and contest rules, is available at http://go.usa.gov/zZEG.

If you have questions about the event, call the DWR's Southern Region office at 435-865-6100.