Spearfishing

 

Utah Spearfishing Regulations 

Fishing Proclamation
New for 2017

Starting with the 2017 guidebook, the Division is moving to a two-year cycle for changes to Utah’s fishing regulations. There will still be a printed guidebook each year, but the Division will not make substantial changes to regulations until the two-year cycle is complete. The main goal of this change is to make fishing easier for Utah anglers.
Frequent rule changes are sometimes confusing and difficult to follow.
The secondary goal of this change is to keep Utah’s regulation cycle aligned with those of Arizona and Wyoming.
That will be helpful for anglers who fish at Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge.
Changes to regulations may still be necessary on an emergency basis. You can find any emergency changes online at https://wildlife.utah.gov/utah-fishingguidebook.html.

 

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UTAH ADMIN CODE
Underwater Spearfishing Utah Admin. Code R657-13-9

The waters listed below are open to under-water spearfishing for game fish from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Unless otherwise noted, you may use spearfishing to take any legal species within the limits that apply to each waterbody:

Big Sandwash Reservoir (Duchesne County)
Blue Lake (Tooele County) Talapia and Pacu
Brown’s Draw Reservoir (Duchesne County)
Causey Reservoir (Weber County)
Electric Lake (Emery County)
Grantsville Reservoir (Tooele County)
Kens Lake (San Juan County)
Newcastle Reservoir, for wipers and rainbow trout only (Iron County)
Porcupine Reservoir (Cache County)
Recapture Reservoir (San Juan County)
Red Fleet Reservoir (Uintah County)
Sand Lake (Uintah County)
Smith and Morehouse Reservoir (Summit County)
Willard Bay Reservoir (Box Elder County)
Yuba Reservoir (Juab and Sanpete counties)

Restrictions on spearfishing for bass
The waters listed below are open to underwater spearfishing for game fish from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, but you may not use spearfishing to take largemouth and small mouth bass from April 1 through fourth Saturday of June:

Deer Creek Reservoir (Wasatch County)
East Canyon Reservoir (Morgan County)
Echo Reservoir (Summit County)
Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Daggett County)
Lake Powell (Garfield, Kane and San Juan counties)
Pineview Reservoir, except closed year round to the take of tiger muskie (Weber County)
Rockport Reservoir (Summit County)
Starvation Reservoir (Duchesne County)
Steinaker Reservoir (Uintah County)

Additional spearfishing rules

Underwater spearfishing hours are from official sunrise to official sunset. It is illegal to use artificial light while underwater spearfishing, and free shafting is prohibited.

There are a few exceptions to these regulations:

• At Fish Lake (Sevier County), you may underwater spearfish for all fish species from 6 a.m. on June 3 until official sunset on Sept. 15.
• At Flaming Gorge, you can underwater spearfish for burbot from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 24 hours per day. You can also use artificial light while spearfishing for burbot at this reservoir. Please see page 32 for rules specific to Flaming Gorge.

All possession limits apply, regardless of the angling technique you use.

At all waters open to angling—during their open seasons—you can underwater spearfish for carp.

 

Utah Spearfishing Records

Species Year Weight Length Girth Fisherman Location
Bass,
Smallmouth
2017 5 lb 2 oz  20″  14 1/2″  Jacob Lords  East Canyon Reservoir
Bass,
Largemouth  
2011  8 lb 8 oz  22″  20″ Nick
Anderson
Ken’s Lake
Bass,
Striped
2016 2 lb 10 oz 21 1/8″ 10 1/4″ Shelby Lynn
Peterson
Lake Powell
Bluegill           2009 0 lb 4 oz  9 3/4″  10″  Tony
Arbaney
 
Steinaker Reservoir 
Bullhead         2009 1 lb 3 oz  12 3/8″ 8 1/4″ Russell
Sexton
Pineview Reservoir
Carp 2009 30 lb 8 oz  36 1/2″  26″  Cory
Uhrich 
Starvation Reservoir 
Catfish,
Channel
2017 4 lb 1 oz 22 3/8″ 11 1/4″ Shelby
Peterson
Lake Powell
Chub,
Utah
2005 1 lb 0 oz  12 3/4″  8 1/8″  Shane
Forrester 
Starvation Reservoir 
Crappie,
Black
2015 1 lb 8 oz 13 3/8″ 11 1/4″ Carl Wayne
Cooper 
Deer Creek
Reservoir
Muskellunge,
Tiger** 
2013  28 lb 15 oz   46″ 21 3/4″ Jonathan Patrick
Vail
Fish Lake  
Perch,
Yellow
2011  1 lb 2 oz   11 3/8″ 9 3/4″  Stephen
Phair
Starvation Reservoir
Salmon, Kokanee 2017 2 lb 14 oz 19 1/4″ 13 1/4″ Scott S. Parsons Fish Lake
Sucker,
Utah **
2008  5 lb oz    23″  11″ Michael
Ban 
 
Fish Lake  
Trout,
Brown
1983  21 lb 12 oz    35 1/2″ 21 3/4″  Bruce
Boyd 
Fish Lake 
Trout,
Cutthroat
2008  1 lb 9 oz    16 1/2″ 8″ Russell
Sexton
Causey Reservoir
Trout,
Lake **
2008  32 lb 7 oz   40 1/2″  26 1/2″ Bruce
Boyd
Fish Lake 
Trout,
Rainbow
2017 4 lb 6 oz  22 3/4″  12 3/4″ Matt Weaver  Flaming Gorge
Trout,
Splake
2012 16 lb 7 oz 38″ 17 1/2″ Daniel
Boyd
Fish
Lake
Trout,
Tiger
2015 10 lb 8 oz 29 3/4″ 16 7/8″ Richard Martin Causey
Reservoir
Walleye  2010  13 lb 3 oz    31 1/2″  20″ Shane
Anderson
Deer Creek Reservoir
Wiper 2014 11 lb 6 oz 27 3/4″ 20 3/8″ Carl Wayne
Cooper
Newcastle
Reservoir

** World Record

 

 

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  5. Mike

    We are so blessed to have a DOW in Ut that will work with us and open new lakes and fish limits every year. THANK YOU

    If you ever want to understand how good we got it, look at Co Rules, They have no understanding of our sport or the support we can offer to survey lakes and remove carp.

    MM

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