It was only a matter of time given the weak winter snowpack and paltry moisture since, but the Division of Wildlife Resources has finally announced fishing regulation changes at waters across the state due to the drought. Many of the changes are due to dam work and other water storage issues. DWR Director Jim Karpowitz announced the emergency changes during the Utah Wildlife Board meeting Thursday and had this list sent to me Friday. Kind of surprised I hadn't heard about these earlier, but glad to have the info just the same. DWR officials encourage anglers to check the fishing regulation page on the website for up to the moment changes. Here is a run down of the changes.
Echo Reservoir - The daily and limit possesion has been increased to eight effective through Jan. 1, 2013. Echo is low due to work on the dam and it is possible the reservoir will lose fish, thus the increased limits.
Kens Lake near Moab has also had its daily and possession limit bumped up to eight fish through Jan. 1. Low water will continue to drop and will impact stocked rainbows.