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Planting/Stocking report
I noticed in the post about Bountiful Lake that he mentioned it recently being planted with Trout.

I am interested in Bountiful Lake for the panfish. I checked the stocking report for 2018 to see what is stocked. I could only find Trout listed.

I am primarily interested in Smallmouth bass fishing, and pan fish. I do fish for Trout, but only once in a while now.

I checked some other waters that I fish for Smallmouth, Walley, Crappie, Perch, Bluegill, in the Stocking Report.

I'm mildly surprised that none of the warm water species are stocked in many waters that I fish.
Pineview- Muskie, Echo- Walleye, Trout, East C.-Wiper, Trout, Rockport- Trout, Jordanelle, Kokanee (almost 200K small ones), Trout, Deer Creek- Trout


My question is does anyone know what the DWR mindset is for managing Smallmouth, Crappie, Perch, in these waters? Is it adequate to count on natural reproduction, especially where we ,have had down water years, that have affected the spawning habitat for these species.
I know that Perch seem to stunt in Pineview, so I can understand things may have to go the other way, with thinning out the numbers. But Rockport, and Deer Creek used to have good numbers of adequate, if not huge, sized perch.

As far as ice fishing goes, I almost exclusively target Crappie and Perch.
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Re: [Crimson] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
All I can add is that you may want to check the stocking report back for a few years to get a total picture. Good luck in finding what you are after.

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Re: [catchinon] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
Thanks, didn't think of that.
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Re: [Crimson] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
For most waters they just manage the size and quantity of fish harvested. Most of the warm water species being planted lately are to get the lakes that they have treated going again.

Also if you are interested in the stocking of a certain species you can pick that species in the stocking report and it will show the waters that were planted with that fish for the year.
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Re: [a_bow_nut] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
Yes, I wasn't fully using all the information in the report. Lots of interesting info.

For instance, one of the few places that was stocked with yellow perch was Starvation in 2018. They also planted Crappie in that water. Interesting that the numbers were very small, less than 1000 perch and 94 Crappie.

I guess they are expecting prolific reproduction. Happy
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Re: [Crimson] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
Warm water fish are not stocked in utah except to start or help low recruitment populations. Most fisheries already have excess recruitment that outpaces angler harvest. Smallmouth are too prolific for most waters to handle, that's why they eat all the perch down to nada at deer creek, rockport, etc. You won't find much warm water stocking even in past stocking archives. Mostly just sterile warm water hybrids like tiger muskie and wiper. Your panfish never need stocking lol, they are highly prolific.
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Re: [Crimson] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
As Finsnfish mentioned -- most of the species you mentioned don't need annual stocking. Natural recruitment works just fine.



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Re: [PBH] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
Thanks to Fin-S-Fish and PBH for the responses.

I really got educated just checking out the stocking report for current and past years. Yes, there are very little stockings of perch, crappie, and others. If they do put them in, it is in very small numbers.

For instance, Red fleet Reservoir got about 400K Walleye fingerlings, but less than 1000 Largemouth Bass, that amazingly averaged 17 inch long!

Makes you wonder if they just get certain species shipped in, or catch them at other waters. Wouldn't be worth it to have the facilities they have for hatching and distributing trout.
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Re: [Crimson] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
Most of those Largemouth were taken from stieneker just down the road and put in red fleet due to it being drained for dam repairs. That's why the larger bass were stocked
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Re: [Lonnie] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
Makes sense. Instant reproduction from some good size fish.
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Re: [Crimson] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
Crimson wrote:
Makes sense. Instant reproduction from some good size fish.

That's the whole point.


Utah utilizes certain "approved" waters as "natural" hatcheries for many "warm water" species. There is no reason to raise small mouth bass in hatcheries to stock when you already have them being raised in a natural environment.

These species typically do not have issues establishing, and creating self-sustaining populations. All it takes is two!

Seeing those low numbers of stocked lmb (smb, crappie, etc.) are not a big deal, because the fish are sexually mature fish. They stock them and allow them to spawn in the "new" lake / pond. That low number quickly turns into a high number, which no longer requires annual stocking.



On the walleye stocking -- were they sterile walleye? This could provide a reason why that number was so high.



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Dr. Raymond Stantz

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Re: [PBH] Planting/Stocking report In reply to
The walleye that are stocked in Red Fleet are sterile.
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