Fishing license changes made; will benefit all
WOODS CROSS – The oft-discussed fishing license changes that have been on the table for a while have finally been approved, and it will benefit anglers of all ages and experience levels.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources board voted for a pair of key changes that will benefit youth anglers monetarily and all anglers who like to fish with two poles.
Starting July 1, anglers between ages 14 and 17 will get to buy a fishing license at a reduced price.
That same day, anglers who like to fish with two poles will only have to buy one permit, a benefit many see as an advantage and as a money-saving opportunity.
“We took a fresh look at our licenses and found some new options,” said administrative services section chief for DWR Kenny Johnson in a press release sent to the Clipper. “We also found ways to save the families of young anglers and hunters some money.”
The license fee changes are the first seen in Utah in six years, and in return DWR hopes more youth anglers will want to purchase a permit at the discounted rate.
Currently those between 14 and 17 years old have to pay the same price as an adult.
Also, anglers who like to fish with two poles have to purchase a two-pole permit.
Fishing bylaws allow for anglers to fish with as many as two poles provided they have the proper licenses to do so.
By eliminating the extra permit costs, anglers will benefit by saving money while still fishing with a pair of poles this year.
All the changes; however, will not take effect until July 1, meaning youth and two-pole anglers will have to wait until then to take advantage of the changes.
All changes to the fishing costs are available on DWR’s website, wildlife.utah.gov.