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DWR conducts checkpoint

Lt. Carl Gramlich checks the license of a Scofield Reservoir angler during the checkpoint on Saturday.

On Saturday the Division of Wildlife Resources conducted an administrative checkpoint near the junction of U.S. Highway 6 and State Route 96, the Scofield Reservoir turn-off. During a six hour period, motorists traveling east along Route 96 were briefly stopped, and asked about their fishing activities and knowledge of Utah's problem with aquatic invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels.

Biologists and officers provided important information about these tiny clam-like invaders from Asia that threaten our water supplies, power plants and sport fisheries. Boat owners were shown where and how to look for these mussels, and were briefed on how to properly drain and dry boats to prevent the spread of mussel invaders from one water body to the next.

Conservation officers talked to anglers about the new fishing regulations at Scofield Reservoir, designed to manage the growing number of chubs in the reservoir. This year, the trout limit is four fish at Scofield Reservoir. A slot limit is in effect to protect the most effective chub predators, which are cutthroat and tiger trout.

Through the course of the day, 154 vehicles came through the checkpoint, including 20 boats. Several wildlife violations were encountered. These included fishing without a license, over-limits of fish, and transportation of live fish from the reservoir. Other motor vehicle violations were also identified. These included expired registrations, suspended licenses, littering, use of alcohol, and no proof of insurance.

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