Thursday, June 22, 2006

Angler special at select Utah State parks

Good news for Utah fishermen and women who like to fish some of Utah's most popular state parks! It will soon cost less to fish at four of Utah's most popular state park fishing waters.

Beginning Wednesday, July 5, anglers with a valid 365-day Utah fishing or combination license can fish Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, for $5 a day, at Jordanelle, Deer Creek, Rockport and East Canyon state parks. Utah residents 62 years of age or older can fish for $3. This discount offer will continue through the year, but it's not valid on holidays.

To take advantage of the reduced rate, anglers must show their valid 365-day fishing license as they enter the park. The day-use fee covers the license holder and up to seven passengers traveling in the same private vehicle. While only one of the eight people needs to have a valid fishing license to get the entire carload in for $5, anyone planning to fish must have a license.

Jordanelle, Deer Creek, Rockport and East Canyon state parks are four of Utah's most popular fishing waters.

"We've doubled the number of rainbow trout that we normally stock in Jordanelle and Deer Creek," says Roger Wilson, sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Rainbow trout fishing can also be good at Rockport, and anglers who fish about 30 to 40 feet deep at East Canyon can expect to catch trout too." Wilson also reports good smallmouth bass fishing at Jordanelle right now.

Annual park passes are available for $70 and allow day-use entrance for the permit holder and up to seven guests in the same vehicle. The pass is valid one year from the month purchased and is available at all state parks and the Utah State Park administrative office in Salt Lake City.

For more information, please call Utah State Parks at (801) 538-7220, the Division of Wildlife Resources at (801) 538-4700, or visit www.stateparks.utah.gov or wildlife.utah.gov on the Web.