Starting Jan. 1, fishermen can fillet fish at the time of catch.
The exceptions are Jordanelle Reservoir for smallmouth bass and Strawberry Reservoir and Panquitch Lake for trout and salmon.
Also, as of Jan. 1, anglers will be able to catch and keep 10 yellow perch at Yuba Reservoir and up to six bass at Sand Hollow Reservoir.
These were among the fishing rules approved by Utah Wildlife Board for the 2008 season. All of the rules approved by the board can be found in the 2008 Utah Fishing Guidebook. The guidebook should be available at www.wildlife.utah.gov by mid-December.
Among the rules changes were:
• The exception to filleting fish on site is all fish from Strawberry and Panguitch must be kept whole in the field and in transit; and all bass from Jordanelle must be kept whole in the field and transit.
"This change will allow fishermen to take advantage of fish cleaning stations and get their fish ready for the table before they get home," said Drew Cushing, warm water fisheries coordinator for the DWR.
Currently, enough of the fish must be left to be able to readily identify the species, the number of fish in possession and the size. If filleted, enough skin must be left to identify the species.
• There were also several changes made in spearfishing, one of those being that the limits will be the same as regular fishing on those waters where spearfishing is allowed. Also, Jordanelle, Yuba and Pineview reservoirs were added to the list of spearfishing waters.
• New regulations will restrict bait items that have a higher probability of carrying aquatic diseases.
• As part of the 10-fish limit for yellow perch at Yuba, anglers must keep all of the perch they catch between Jan. 1 and April 30. Currently, fishermen can keep none of the yellow perch they catch up to the 10-fish limit.
• Of the six-bass limit at Sand Hollow, only one can be longer than 12 inches.
• Several streams, including East Canyon Creek, the South Fork of the Ogden River, Wheatgrass Creek and the Electric Lake tributaries, will now be under general statewide regulations.
Those regulations allow fishermen to catch and keep up to four trout.
"There's no longer a biological need to maintain special regulations on these streams," Roger Wilson, cold water fisheries coordinator for the DWR. "Placing them under the general statewide regulation will make it easier for anglers to follow the rules and allow them to possess a few more fish."