Next year could bring tighter limits on the number and size of fish anglers can keep at several local fisheries.
Based on more than 1,100 responses to an online survey conducted earlier this year, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has proposed reducing the daily limit on wipers at Willard Bay from six to three.
Among other changes, the agency is also suggesting new restrictions on trout at Lost Creek Reservoir northeast of Croydon.
Willard Bay is a prime fishery for the wiper, a cross between a female striped bass and a male white bass that is renowned for its fight and flesh. The hybrid fish are raised at Wahweap State Fish Hatchery in Southern Utah, and reducing the daily limit from six to three will help DWR personnel keep up with high demand at Willard Bay and other wiper fisheries in the state, said Drew Cushing, the DWR's sport fisheries coordinator.