Utah Simplifies Bass Regulations

What state has the best chance of shattering its record for smallmouth bass? I'd put my money on Utah...

From this story in the Salt Lake Tribune:

_The Utah Wildlife Board approved Thursday a set of new regulations for bass fishing that anglers are certain will lead to a state record smallmouth being landed. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), in an effort to simplify fishing rules, had recommended going to four regulations across the state rather than the variety of rules that are now in place. The main smallmouth and largemouth bass regulation, which will go into affect Jan. 1, will allow anglers to keep six fish with no size restriction. Anglers on several waters -- Quail Creek, Jordanelle, Gunlock, Huntington North and Sand Hollow reservoirs and Utah Lake -- will be able to keep six fish, one longer than 12 inches.

__Anglers at Jordanelle have been catching potentially record fish they haven't been able to keep for years because of a regulation preventing fish over 12 inches being kept.

Wildlife biologists had proposed that only five of the lakes have the size restrictions, but anglers supported adding Utah Lake to the list at public meetings, so the Wildlife Board added it to the list.

"We talked with all the bass groups we could reach and they let us know they wanted a restrictive regulation on some waters, but understood some waters could handle to have some fish removed," said Andrew Cushing, warmwater fishing coordinator for the DWR. "We tooled around with some over and [some] under slot limits, but the proposals we made were what the anglers told us they supported."

The current smallmouth bass record in Utah was set in 1996: The fish weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces. A half-dozen bass anglers have reported catching smallmouth bass easily over the 8-pound mark._