SALT LAKE CITY — No doubt about it, 2020 was a great year for fishing in Utah.
The Utah Division of Wildlife announced Monday that 10 new fishing records were set in the state this year.
“This has been somewhat of a record year for new fishing records — I don’t remember ever getting so many new ones in one year,” said Craig Walker, the DWR aquatics assistant chief. “The primary reason that the DWR tracks record fish is to provide anglers with recognition of their achievements. However, the DWR also lists records as a way to inform anglers, who may be seeking their own trophy, of places they might want to fish. The public records are also a fun way to encourage anglers to get out on the water and hopefully encounter some of the large fish Utah has to offer.”
Here are the anglers who set fishing records in 2020:
Set by Chance Scott at Flaming Gorge on July 17. The laker was 44 1/8 inches long, weighed 53 pounds, 15 ounces and had a girth of 37 7/8 inches.
Set by Cade Tebbs at Fish Lake on Jan. 4. The splake was 33 inches long. However, the record was later broken by David MacKay at Fish Lake on May 8. MacKay’s fish was 34 inches long.
BEAR LAKE CUTTHROAT TROUT
Also set by David MacKay at Bear Lake on May 25. The cutthroat was 27 1/2 inches long.
YELLOWSTONE CUTTHROAT TROUT
Set by Kelly Anderson at Johnson Creek on Oct. 3. This new record fish was 14 inches long.
Set by Jonah Lewis at Marsh Lake on June 27. His fish was 16 1/2 inches long.
COLORADO RIVER CUTTHROAT TROUT
Set by Brian Olsen at Current Creek Reservoir on Sept. 5. The cutthroat was 14 inches long.
Set by Trevor Tippetts at Minersville Reservoir on Oct. 4. The wiper was 28 inches long.
Set by Matt Turner at Deer Creek Reservoir on June 11. The crappie weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces. It was 15 3/4 inches long and 12 inches in girth.
Set by Scott Parsons at Fish Lake on Sept. 9. The salmon weighed 4 pounds. It was 22 inches long and 12 3/4 inches in girth.
Set by Maya Western at Fish Lake on Sept. 12. The muskie weighed 36 pounds, 6 ounces. It was 50 inches long and 22 7/8 inches in girth.