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    Park campsites open for Labor Day
    The Labor Day weekend is often one of the busiest travel times of the year for families and this year is no exception. AAA is estimating about 35 mill...
    Updated Aug 31 2015 01:21 pm   |     |   Share
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Spring skiing conditions appear to come earlier this year as a skiing class makes its way down the bunny slope at Solitude Mountain Resort on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Look for Utah ski bargains now
    It might be a bit early to think about the ski season but not if you are bargain hunting. The upcoming Labor Day weekend will feature ski sales and de...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 08:15 am   |     |   Share
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    Photo courtesy Utah Division Wildlife Resources Free bird hunting clinic set
    Hunting birds has long been a tradition with many Utah families, but interest in some species has waned in recent years. In order to increase particip...
    Updated Aug 27 2015 08:59 am   |     |   Share
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    Photo courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources | Aug. 25 is the first day to apply for a permit to hunt tundra swans in Utah this fall. Swan hunt applications due soon
    Waterfowl hunters who wish to apply for one of 2,000 Utah swam permits have to have their applications into the Division of Wildlife Resources no late...
    Updated Aug 26 2015 09:45 am   |     |   Share
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Johnny Prokop, 5, hydrates before the start of a long hike on short legs in Arches National Park in late May. Happy birthday national parks
    Happy birthday national parks! The National Park Service is celebrating its 99th anniversary today by offering free admission at more than 400 sites. ...
    Updated Aug 25 2015 09:21 am   |     |   Share
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    Anglers compete in single fly contest
    Don’t be surprised to see some very serious fly fishers Thursday and Friday on the Green River. That’s when 15 teams of four will participate in Trout...
    Updated Aug 24 2015 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    Utah fishing: Stripers hot at Powell
    As Labor Day approaches, hot weather fishing is still the rule, though angling strategy will soon be changing as the temperatures begin to drop. Looki...
    Updated Aug 21 2015 09:57 am   |     |   Share
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    Historic guard station for rent
    U.S. Forest Service lands are dotted with guard stations, many historic, that were used at one time for use by early rangers and their families. To an...
    Updated Aug 20 2015 11:21 am   |     |   Share
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Trent Hickman of Park City tackles the Provo River standing up. Hickman grew up with a love for water sports that developed from both living next to the Provo river and visits to Malibu where his mother grew up. Later in life he divided his time between Utah for the skiing and Costa Rica to surf. It was then that his introduction to stand up paddle boarding known as SUP, sparked a new passion that he could do on the lakes and rivers of Utah.  Park City: Friendliest U.S. city
    Conde Nast Traveler readers have named Park City as the friendliest city in America. The Utah resort city is highlighted in the slideshow titled “The ...
    Updated Aug 19 2015 11:00 am   |     |   Share
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A long line of visitors stretches out along the sandstone as people make the three-mile round trip to one of Utah's most famous icons, the famed Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in late May 2013. Arches, Canyonlands fees increasing
    It will soon cost more to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Park or take a guided hike through the Fiery Furnace in Arches. Entrance fees at the t...
    Updated Aug 18 2015 01:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

They have been a highlight this spring and the rainy weather only seems to increase angler success.  Last weekend we caught limits of fish in the Canyon reach up to 17-inches and about 2 lbs.  Most of the fish have been shallow, 0-10 feet, but watch the graph because kokanee will also show-up deeper when the sun is high and as the water warms.  A variety of lures will work, including, but not limited to: Cripplures, Needlefish, RMT Viper spoons, and dodgers with squids.  Lures with pink or orange are always a good choice. Troll 1.6-2.2 mph. Flaming Gorge Memorial Day Fishing Report - A memorable Memorial Day awaits anglers
    Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, found time to do some recreational fishing in the midst of the ...
    Updated May 21 2015 04:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    (UDWR Technician Brent Leite while pumping midges from a lake trout and Conservation Officer Shane Kitchen with a 23 lb lake trout before it was released.  
Courtesy photo)  Flaming Gorge Spring Netting Survey - Big lakers, tiny midges and lost lures
    Flaming Gorge Project Leader Ryan Mosley sent in this report from the final day of the annual netting survey on Flaming Gorge. Under stormy skies, we ...
    Updated May 20 2015 01:14 pm   |     |   Share
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Dave Sellers, expert fly fisherman from California, found stripers using flies while anglers using conventional tackle struggled. The technique that all can use is tying a fly on a spinning rod and trolling it along the surface to catch plankton eating stripers. Lake Powell Fishing Report - Case of the missing stripers solved
    Lake Powell Fish Report – May 19, 2015  Lake Elevation: 3592  Water Temperature 64 - 70 F  By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words   LOST STRIPERS ARE F...
    Updated May 20 2015 09:46 am   |     |   Share
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Wildlife Technician, Kenley Gottlob holds a 30-inch brown trout. Porcupine Reservoir Spring Survey - 30-inch brown trout and healthy salmon
    Chris Penne, an aquatics biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report from the spring survey at Porcupine. Porcupine Re...
    Updated May 18 2015 05:15 pm   |     |   Share
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Pictured is Brent Leite with a 32lber before it was released to fight another day.
					Flaming Gorge Spring Survey Report - 220 pounds of lake trout
    From Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. We only did lake trout netting today, but the results were...
    Updated May 14 2015 02:09 pm   |     |   Share
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The large Brown trout we sampled at Deer Creek Reservoir this past week. Deer Creek Reservoir Spring Survey - Massive nearly 17-pound brown trout caught
    Mike Slater, a regional aquatics biologist with the Utah DWR, sent in this report from the recent gill netting at Deer Creek Reservoir During our annu...
    Updated May 13 2015 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
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Not a lot of change in day two, but some minor exceptions.  We collected some larger smallmouth bass today, most of which were females.  UDWR technician Brent Leite poses with a chunky 3.5 lb female which we were able to release after a quick length, weight, and photo.  Bass of this caliber in Flaming Gorge are well over 10-years old and we enjoyed the shower it gave us as it darted away from the boat! Flaming Gorge Spring Netting Day 2 - Old smallmouth in the nets
    Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Divison of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report from the second day of spring netting at Fla...
    Updated May 13 2015 04:10 pm   |     |   Share
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    Lake Powell Fishing Report - The water is rising and the fish cooperating
    Lake Powell Fish Report – May 12, 2015  Lake Elevation: 3590.6  Water Temperature 62- 70 F  By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words  Lake Powell is risi...
    Updated May 12 2015 05:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    Bear Lake Fishing Report - Fishing for cutthroat and lake trout remains good
    Scott Tolentino, Bear Lake Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report of Bear Lake and other local water May 12, ...
    Updated May 12 2015 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
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DWR Technician Brent Leite with some lake trout at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Flaming Gorge spring survey report - Variety is the spice of life and a 23-pound lake trout
    Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this reportat the start of the annual spring survey at ...
    Updated May 11 2015 04:51 pm   |     |   Share
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Panguitch Lake Spring Survey - Fat fish and tigers up to 22 inches
    Michael Hadley, an aquatic biologist with the UDWR out of Cedar City, sent in this report. We conducted a fish population monitoring survey this morni...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
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    (Rockport Reservoir continues to provide excellent trout fishing close to the Wasatch Front. We observed plenty of healthy rainbow trout, with many fish in the 16-18 Rockport Fishing Survey - Plenty of trout and smallmouth
    Chris Penne, an aquatic biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources out of northern Utah, sent this report  Rockport Reservoir continues to...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 04:26 pm   |     |   Share
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    Bear Lake Fishing Report - Fair to good for lake trout and cutthroat
    Scott Tolentino, Bear Lake Project Leader for the UDWR, sent in this report. Bear Lake Fishing Report: Surface water temperature is about 45 degrees. ...
    Updated Apr 27 2015 11:27 am   |     |   Share
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Green River Fishing Report - The fish are healthy and the angling exceptional
    Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge/Green River project leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report of electrofishing surveys condu...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 05:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Lake Powell Fishing Report - First weeks of May could be best fishing all year
    Lake Powell Fish Report – April 22, 2015  Lake Elevation: 3590.5  Water Temperature 59 - 65F   By Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne’s Words  Weather in the s...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
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Green River fishing report - A shocking experience and diet straight from the trout gut
    Guides and volunteers have been helping the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conduct bi-annual electrofishing surveys on the Green River below Flam...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
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Kokanee salmon make a splash at Fish Lake
    Anglers can add a new species of fish they might catch at Fish Lake in the coming years. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists released 244,0...
    Updated Apr 22 2015 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Roberts from Clear Lake, Iowa, holds a striper weighing in at 30.9 pounds with a girth of 24 inches. It's the largest fish caught at Lake Powell in 2015.
Courtesy photo)  Angler's first striped bass tips the scales at 30.9 pounds
    Wayne Gustaveson from Wayne's Word sent in this fun report of a big fish.  Steve Roberts from Clear Lake Iowa had a great first trip to Lake Powell. ...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 10:58 am   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)  Green River Fishing Report - Late spring snow storms are for bums and kids like yellow snow
    For those who didn't know, Ryan Kelly - The Green River Fly Fisher, spends the other part of his life on a different form of water. Here he mixes his ...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 02:33 pm   |     |   Share
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Eli Price, 10 year old from Flagstaff AZ, enjoyed fishing with his dad and caught lots of smallmouth bass at Lake Powell. The smallmouth bite is on and will continue through May. It is a good time to come fish with kids and anyone else that likes to catch fish. Lake Powell Fishing Report - Look north and deep for striped bass
    Lake Powell Fish Report – April 14, 2015 Lake Elevation: 3591 Water Temperature 56 - 62 F By Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words The fishing reports ...
    Updated Apr 15 2015 09:53 am   |     |   Share