There will be a few changes in fishing proclamations for the 1991 season.
One of the biggest, of course, is that the proclamation will come out in book form this year. In an effort to cut costs, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the proclamation was farmed out to a private printer.In the board meeting last week, sections of the Logan River will be opened to bait fishing. Bait fishing will be allowed from the highway bridge at Red Banks Campground upstream to the Idaho state border. Artificial flies and lures are required from the bridge downstream to Card Canyon Bridge.
The whitefish was also added to the existing slot limit on the river. As of Jan. 1, licensed fishermen can catch three fish. Two of those can be under 12 inches and one over 18 inches. Only one trout, either a cutthroat, rainbow or hybrid cross, may be kept.
All naturally-reproducing trout streams statewide will have an official season next year - July 13 to Jan. 1. Also, all tributaries to Strawberry Reservoir will be closed for 1991.
The black bass limit on Flaming Gorge Reservoir was increased from six to 10 fish. Only two of the 10, however, may be over 12 inches.
The limit on trout from the Strawberry River downstream from Soldier Creek Dam to the confluence with Red Creek will remain eight, but all cutthroat must be returned. This is an attempt to return the stream to a cutthroat fishery and encourage the taking of brown trout.
The new proclamation will be available through all license agents and all DWR offices on Dec. 20.
Those hunters who haven't filled their special swan permits should consider doing so - soon. Best hunting has traditionally been around Thanksgiving.
According to Tom Aldrich, waterfowl coordinator for the DWR, tundra swans are currently making their way through Utah. He said several thousand are in the state now and more are expected.
In past years, before the flooding of the Great Salt Lake, as many as 40,000 swans touched down on Utah marshes. Damage to habitat reduced the number to only a few thousand the past few years. He said they either flew around or passed directly through Utah.
Aldrich said a dramatic improvement in marsh conditions this year should result in a return of swans to Utah.
He noted that in the past 40 years, tundra swan numbers have increased from 16,800 in 1949 to 78,672 in 1989.
Viewing and hunting opportunities are best at the freshwater marshes along the eastern and northern shores of the Great Salt Lake, though the birds will visit virtually any part of the state.