There was a time when fishing for big bluegill at eastern Utah's Pelican Lake was worthy of national exposure. Anglers from all over the West came to the popular spot 25 miles southwest of Roosevelt.
But the bluegill have gotten smaller in recent years. An influx of carp in 2008 and 2009 hurt the fishing for largemouth bass as well.
"I've heard of no instances where bluegill have outcompeted carp in a fishery," says Trina Hedrick, regional aquatics manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Everything I've read says just the opposite: Carp do well and bluegill struggle to survive."