Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fish Lake and Boulder Mountain Fisheries Management Surveys

Braden's first tiger trout!
Happy Memorial Day!

I want to start out by thanking all of our Veterans for their service to our country!  I know of a few folks that view our blog that have served in our nation's armed forces, and we thank you for that service!  We owe our rights and privileges to you!  I know Memorial Weekend has become largely about spending time with family and friends, and many of us head to the outdoors over this period of time to make that happen.  As you do so, or as you reflect upon the weekend's fun, I ask you to take a second and think about those sacrifices made that allow you to enjoy your way of life!  We are fortunate to have public lands, have the rights to take fish and game from those lands, and to wield firearms and gear to make our outings possible.  We are indeed greatful to you for keeping our nation strong and free.  We continue to thank those that are in service now to keep those privileges ours.

We've had a couple of great weekends ourselves!  Last weekend we traveled north to the Roosevelt/Vernal Utah area for a wedding.  While there we were able to take in Dinosaur National Monument for a bit.  I wish we would have had more time!  This is a huge monument that we were only able to see a fraction of.  We took in the Dinosaur visitor center and quarry site, but this immense monument stretches into vast canyon country and mountain areas of Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado, following the Green and Yampa rivers for miles and miles.  Maybe when we have more time, and our fishing poles of course!

We didn't really have major plans this weekend, due to a few problems and tasks needing attention at home, and illness in the family.  However we were about to slip up to a nearby Boulder Mountain lake to get in a few hours of fishing!  We were rewarded by seeing my oldest son Braden catching his very first tiger trout!  It wasn't a huge fish like tiger trout often grow to be, but the main point is the boy was able to catch this beautiful fish all by himself!  He found the spot and the tactic that was working for the day, when we watched others on the lake get not even a bite!  That fact may have got to his head just a bit, but it's amazing to see his confidence grow along with his joy for fishing as things are looking up for him this year.  I'm glad I took him on that spring Lake Powell trip that has dramatically turned his thoughts of fishing completely around!

Speaking of fishing and the Boulder Mountain, here's some important news I want to share.  This goes right along with the idea of public lands being ours, and living in a great country where we can enjoy these rights.  The Utah DWR is seeking YOUR opinion regarding how the management of Boulder Mountain, Fish Lake, and Redmond Reservoir fisheries!  Here's your chance to complete a short survey where you not only are able to select from choices, but to also leave your comments, thoughts, and ideas on the management of lakes in those waters and areas.  Please do your part while you have time, follow this link and fill out the survey  Please share it with your friends as well!  You will also find a general 2014 fishing management survey as well.

That's all for today, but I'm excited to say we are compiling a great list of posts to share in coming days, as well as some news that is big for the staff of SUH&F this year!  As a good friend of mine often says, "Big changes are coming!".  

If you have photos of your spring turkey hunts, fishing trips, or family outings over the Easter/Memorial weekend period, we would love to see them!  Please feel free to share them on our Facebook page, or email them to us at