Jordanelle Project

Stonefly Helps Jordanelle

By Matt Selders

In 2003, the Stonefly Society donated $1500 to the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) for a boat on Jordanelle Reservoir. The boat will be used for a creel count survey on the reservoir. They will be studying how many fish, when, how big and what species are caught. The goal of the survey is to figure the average amount of hours fished, fish per hour and, species caught. They intend to use the collected data to determine the overall health of the fishery and whether current regulations are working well. It will also be used to determine how best to manage the reservoir in the future.

Jordanelle was a highly controversial impoundment from the beginning. Much of the land that would be flooded was privately owned, including two townships. The section of Provo River to be lost was a Blue Ribbon fishery. However, the impoundment was needed and was built. After years of construction, and allowing proper time for the reservoir to fill, Jordanelle Reservoir was opened. It was a huge success. Sporting two boat ramps and incredible camping and day use facilities, it quickly became a hot spot for Utah anglers.

Huge brown trout (holdovers from the river) and lots of rainbow trout were caught. Smallmouth bass were also introduced as well. Now, trout fishing is still pretty good. Large browns are still occasionally caught, a few nice cutthroats and lots of rainbows are still there. The main attraction today is the numerous trophy smallmouth bass. They grow really fast and big. It is typical to catch a couple of three pound smallies and twenty 1 to 11/2 pounders. There are also big perch and largemouth in the lake. Recently, because competition with prolific Utah chubs, the average size of fish in the lake is falling. Regulations on smallmouth bass were opened up to 4 under 12 inches (to help reduce the number of stunted smallies). You may know Brent Jorgensen if you had spent any time on the Middle Provo River last year.

The DWR was conducting a similar study on the Provo River to determine if current regulations were sufficient. Brent is about 6' 2" and built like a bear. He is just about the nicest guy I've met. On Jordanelle, he starts his day at 7 a.m. and does random angler counts and interviews all day. The boat will make it so he can interview people on the lake rather that at the ramp, giving clearer data. In the future, the boat will be used for DWR programs on other major fisheries for similar purposes. In the long run, these programs will prove a vital link between anglers and fishery management. The State is always trying to make fishing better and with our help, they can.

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