Board ChangesTrout Rules on Provo River

Board ChangesTrout Rules on Provo River

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Utah Wildlife Board has opened up a two-mile stretch of the Provo River to fishing with bait.

The section of the Provo River between Midway and Deer Creek Reservoir had been open to fishing with artificial flies and lures only.

But state wildlife biologists say the trout are becoming overcrowded in that area, and it wouldn't hurt to allow bait fisherman to harvest some more trout. The fly fishermen throw most of their fish back.

New regulations, which go into effect January first, will allow bait fishing and will increase the daily limit from two to four fish of any trout on that stretch.

Some fly fishing purists don't like the change. But the biologists say it's in the best interest of the river's trout population.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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