Pulling gillnets at Deer Creek Reservoir on May 5, 2009. Photo by Ray Schelble

The term fisheries generally implies resource use and management actions, such as harvest and/or stocking, to meet specific management objectives for a given waterbody.

Fisheries are an important  resource and contribute  significantly to the state’s economy. Around 1.1 million pounds of fish are stocked into Utah annually and there are approximately 700,000 anglers within the state. There are 53 waters in the state that are classified as Blue Ribbon fisheries. These waters are recognized as being among the best waters in the state to fish. It was estimated that these fisheries alone contribute $328 million annually to Utah’s economy and generate 3,976 jobs within the state.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources oversees fisheries in the state.

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