Utah proposing license-fee break for youth anglers
In an effort to foster more youth interest in fishing, a new regulation being proposed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources would allow that state’s anglers who are 14 to 17 years of age to purchase a 365-day fishing license for $16.
As it is now, once an angler turns 14 he or she must buy the same $26 license adults buy.
The DWR also is 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 also is asking the Utah Wildlife Board 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 2003.
Other changes also would provide the state agency the funding it needs to continue providing quality fishing opportunities in the face of rising costs.
The Utah Wildlife Board meets Aug. 22 in Salt Lake City.