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DWR is seeking input on fishing changes

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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 8:00 am

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is considering making some changes to fishing licenses.

Right now, an angler who turns 14 must purchase the same license adults buy.

The DWR is proposing a separate license for young anglers.

Instead of buying a license for $26, anglers between 14 and 17 years old could purchase a 365-day license for $16.

The DWR is also recommending an increase in the cost of a 365-day fishing license for those 18 to 65 years old.

If approved, a fishing license for those 18 to 65 years of age would increase from $26 to $34. A combination license, which allows the holder to fish and hunt, would increase from $30 to $38.

A combination license for those 14 to 17 years of age would also be available for $20.

The DWR is also proposing that anglers not be required to buy a separate two-pole permit if they want to fish with two fishing poles. Anyone with a Utah fishing license could fish with two poles at no extra cost.

If approved, the license fee increase would be the first fishing license fee increase in Utah since 2002.

Regional Advisory Council chairs will share input they receive from the public regarding the changes at the meetings with members of the Utah Wildlife Board when the board meets Thursday, Aug. 22, in Salt Lake City.

The RAC meeting for the southern region is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Beaver High School, 195 East Center Street in Beaver. The public is invited to make comments during the meeting.

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