Utah Considering Law that Would Ban Fishing in Rivers Abutting Private Property

February 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

Since Utah renounced polygamy and became a state, it was illegal for the public to fish rivers that ran through private property. That changed in 2008 when Utah’s highest court ruled that anyone can fish in any river provided that they can access it via a public bridge or public park. A guy with enough gumption can wade miles deep into private property to find a fishing hole. The Utah leg is currently in session, and will vote on a couple bills, likely today. One of the bills (HB80) sides with fishermen, and another that (HB141) sides with wealthy property owners who don’t want any riffraff on their pristine shores. Contact your local reps and give them an earful.

Rocky Thompson Back Country



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