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Anglers now required to report and release tagged northern pike caught in Utah Lake

Part of plan to manage illegally planted fish
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Posted at 12:16 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 14:16:05-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is now asking anglers to report and release tagged northern pike caught in Utah Lake.

Since northern pike were illegally planted in Utah Lake, DWR officers have asked fishermen to catch and kill the invasive species.

That is still the case, unless the fish has a red tag attached.

Biologists began tagging some of the northern pike in Utah Lake and its tributaries on Tuesday Feb. 11 and will continue to do so for six weeks.

The goal is to tag at least 50 fish 12 inches or longer.

It's part of a study to learn more about the seasonal locations and movements of juvenile and adult pike in Utah Lake, the Provo River and Hobble Creek. The study will last for at least five years.

If you catch a red-tagged northern pike in Utah Lake or one of its tributaries, you're asked to do the following:

  • Contact the DWR at 801-491-5658
  • Report the date and exact location where you caught the fish
  • Report the tag number
  • Release the fish unharmed