FERRON, Emery County — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has announced the daily limit at Millsite Reservoir will increase to 16 fish starting Wednesday.
The emergency amendment to the 2017 Utah Fishing Guidebook was approved on March 9 in advance of repairs set to begin on the reservoir’s dam and spillway this summer.
The Emery County reservoir is being drawn down so the dam can be widened and repaired to meet new safety standards. Low water in the reservoir will result in the loss of fish. So limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost.
“We want to allow anglers the opportunity to harvest as many fish as possible before construction begins at the reservoir,” Justin Hart, aquatics manager for the division's southeastern region, said in a statement. “Once the upgrades are completed, fish stocking will resume at Millsite so families can continue to enjoy the fishery.”
Project managers anticipate that enough work will be completed during the coming months to allow for a partial filling of the reservoir — and restocking of fish — in spring 2018. The new limit will remain in effect until March 15, 2018.
Trout are the only sport fish in Millsite Reservoir, and the previous limit was four fish, according to DWR public relations officer Mark Hadley.
Contributing: Faith Heaton Jolley