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Tiger muskies are among the fish DWR biologists have released into Scofield Reservoir. Biologists hope the fast-growing muskie will help control Utah chubs that have taken over much of the reservoir. (Photo by Morgan Jacobsen, Utah DWR)

SCOFIELD — After an extensive public input process, the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has adopted a new management plan for the fishery at Scofield Reservoir.

The plan, which was presented to the Central and Southeastern regional advisory councils in July, includes introducing three new fish species to the reservoir — wiper, tiger muskie and sterile walleye.

Placing the three species in the reservoir will give anglers new fishing opportunities and hopefully help fishing remain good for years to come.

Scofield’s history

For decades, Scofield Reservoir was known as a great place to take the family fishing for rainbow trout. For a time, the reservoir was even listed among Utah’s Blue Ribbon fishing waters, some of the best fishing waters in the state.

The presence of Utah chub has caused angler satisfaction to decline in recent years, though. Utah chub reproduce prolifically and out-compete rainbow trout for food and space. The chub were likely introduced to the reservoir illegally.

The chub problem is not a new problem at Scofield. For decades, aquatics managers have used rotenone, a chemical that kills fish, to remove Utah chub from the reservoir.

 

 

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