Utah’s Outdoor News 8-31-18

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Welcome to Utah's Outdoor News for the week of August 31st 2018. This week wild fires took second place as drought moved into the most discussed outdoor topics. Several people will be heading to the outdoors this weekend for labor day weekend. Traffic on I-15 is supposed to be pretty bad this weekend. So please plan extra time into your trips and slow down on the roads.

Drought

As the drought takes a toll on farmers many reservoir's are being drained to use for irrigation. In order to save the fish from a pending death, the bag limit has been increased to 8 fish at three Utah reservoirs. Cleveland Reservoir, Miller Flats, and Piute Reservoir will be drained. The lack of water is impacting southern Utah the most, but the affects are seen in the north as well. There was a report this week on BFT that it's getting difficult to launch a boat at Echo Reservoir. The lack of rain isn't helping the algae blooms this week on the Jordan River or Blackridge Reservoir. At Big Sandwash Reservoir right now there is 20 feet of mud below the boat launch ramp. This post title on BFT sums up a lot of the state right now "Mammoth Reservoir how low will it go".

News

She oversaw the push to shrink two Utah national monuments. Now, she’s going to work for one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. - SLTrib.com.
Pineview Reservoir was closed last night due to the nearby fire. - Twitter @PowMow.
The Powder Mountain fire was caused by target shooting. - KSL.com.
Zion National Park’s Hidden Canyon Trail closed again due to rockfall. - StGeorgeUtah.com.
Using a drop shot to catch smallmouth bass at Deer Creek Reservoir. - HeraldExtra.com.
Using corn as bait for fishing all Utah waters, other changes proposed for 2019-2020.-  KSL.com.
BFT had a good discussion on the above article. - BigFishTackle.com.
Quagga Mussels found by Jordanelle technicians on four boats - KUTV.com.
TubeDude had a good discussion on the article above.  - BigFishTackle.com.
High winds, low humidity prompt red flag warning for Southern Utah. - StGeorgeUtah.com.
Wildlife agency offers reward for information in trophy deer poaching - StGeorgeUtah.com.
Glen Canyon officials greenlight more areas for off-road use, to dismay of conservationists- StGeorgeUtah.com.
1,200-acre grass fire burning near Liberty, Powder Mountain evacuated as a precaution. - Standard.net.
12 great getaways near or in Utah for your three-day weekend. - HearaldExtra.com.

Upcoming Events

Several RAC meetings to discuss changes to the 2019 and 2020 Utah fishing regulations.-  Wildlife.Utah.Gov.
Fish Lake Perch tourney giveaway is September 1st. - DWR Facebook.
Camp Floyd Days is happening this weekend in Fairfield (by Eagle Mountain) - Google Calendar.
Waterfowl hunting clinic is September 8th at Desert Lake Waterfowl Management area. - DWR Facebook.
The Starvation Walleye Classic fishing tournament is September 8th and 9th. - StarvationClassic.com. I'm pretty sure this website was built in 1992. I would happily build you guys a new website free of charge, just so I don't have to look at the unsightly page again. Seriously hit me up let fix this site it's grotesque.
Kokanee Salmon viewing day at Jordanelle Reservoir is September 15th. - DWR Facebook.
Kokanee Salmon viewing day at Strawberry Reservoir is September 15th. - DWR Facebook.
Kokanee Salmon Viewing day at Sheep Creek(Flaming Gorge) is September 15th. - DWR Facebook.
Youth general rifle any bull elk September 15th - 23rd.
General muzzleloader deer is September 26th - August 4th.
General any weapon spike and any bull October 6th - 18th.
Early general any weapon deer October 10th - 14th.
General any legal weapon deer October 20th - 28th.
General muzzleloader elk hunt October 31st - Nov 8th.

Last week I added a new lake page to the Uintas section. Lily Lake BR-11 is now live. Check it out.

This week's picture was submitted by Jeremy from Sterling Utah. It shows how low the water levels have reached at Palisades Reservoir. If you have any news, story's or pictures to submit please contact [email protected]

Palisades Lake near Sterling Utah.