Provo River Project
New Regulation Changes on the Provo River
The Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has approved removing special
regulations on the Middle Provo River from Legacy Bridge downstream
to Deer Creek Reservoir. The changes removed the artificial flies and
lures designation, allow for the harvest of four fish, and finally remove
catch and release designation for cutthroats and rainbows.
The DWR believes these changes are necessary because of brown trout
overpopulation. They have also expressed a concern over enforcement problems
on a newly constructed spring creek.
The Society expressed concern over these proposed changes at the Regional
Advisory Committee (RAC) to no avail. The Society has several concerns
over the approved changes. First, reconstruction is not yet complete in
this section of the Provo. We believe that the river needs time to heal
and settle into its new environment. Second, the litter and economic issues
were never addressed by the DWR.
The Society's efforts were to no avail and the changes took place January 1,
2004. We will continue to monitor and report on how the changes affect
this section of one of Utah's most fished rivers.