Management by Frying Pan

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With all the nonsensical stuff going on in the world these days, I love the opportunity to applaud when good things happen. That brings me to today’s highlighted story. Keep fish, make fishing better at two northeastern Utah waters is the title and it starts like this:

You can make fishing better at Starvation Reservoir by keeping the small walleye you catch. And you can do the same thing at Red Fleet Reservoir by keeping the yellow perch you catch.

The catch and keep philosophy being expressed is due to survey work being conducted by biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). Specifically, the DWR staff found that Starvation Reservoir contained a disproportionate number of small walleye when compared to their prey species.

In this particular body of water, the yellow perch need a break from predation so their population can increase. By removing smaller walleye, the perch population can increase and the larger walleye will get a more stable food supply.

In Red Fleet Reservoir, the opposite problem exists. The walleye are a young population and happen to be too small to eat the larger yellow perch. Subsequently, the perch population is booming. While anglers remove perch, DWR will stock smaller flathead minnows to help feed the walleye until the predator/prey numbers become more naturally balanced.

In the end, fish and fishermen will all benefit from management by frying pan. I love it when a plan comes together.

So grab your pole, fill the creel, and help the fisheries all at the same time!

That’s the view from here.

Author: Daniel D. Lamoreux

As an outdoor writer and freelance photographer, Dan's publishing credits include articles and/or photographs in more than 40 state, regional and national publications and he has authored three books. His expertise on the subject matter has been developed from over 40 years experience pursuing the outdoor sports.

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  1. Too many perch….mmmmmmgood.

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