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Fishing Regulation and License Info -2015

Recent Change - Please Note!!!

To fish across the state line at Lake Powell,
any person with a valid Utah fishing license —
either resident or nonresident — may fish any
portion of Lake Powell, including the Arizona
portion, without any additional permits or

A person with an Arizona license will still need to purchase and possess a valid Utah reciprocal permit to fish in the Utah waters of Lake Powell. Arizona residents may obtain a Utah reciprocal fishing permit at wildlife.utah.gov and from Division offices and license agents that sell Utah fishing licenses.

(c) Fish may be filleted at any time and anglers may possess filleted fish at any
time at Lake Powell.

Both  Arizona and Utah have discontinued the second-pole permit.  

Information on UT license fees at the link below.


Changes for 2015:

Dead striped bass from Lake Powell can now be used as bait only in Lake Powell.

Spearfishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is closed from April 1 through the
fourth Saturday in June;


To Purchase a Resident or Non-resident fishing license cut and paste this link to your browser:


Limits and Information:


It is recommended that you may keep 20 bass of the most common size (9-12 inch). Release larger bass that are able to eat smaller bass.  This program has been successful in allowing smallmouth to grow to larger sizes and has helped restore the proper size balance within the smallmouth population.  Keep some for supper but do not waste fish.


Largemouth numbers rebounded with rising water, flooded brush and more aquatic weeds. But that brush is now declining in abundance as the lake level decreases. Please release all largemouth which will allow these faster growing bass to populate the brushy areas when they become available once more.  Keep more abundant smallmouth for a tasty bass meal.


Crappie fishing was good in 2012. But it began to decline in 2013 when brush came out of the water.   Please honor the limit of 10 as crappie are declining in number due to habitat change.  The limit was decreased a decade ago to allow some limited harvest but to protect crappie when declining lake levels displaced crappie from preferred brushy habitat as we now see in 2014. Let's protect them by harvesting only a few fish to prolong the crappie population as long as possible.


Keep all stripers caught, especially the small ones to keep the population in balance with the forage base. Immediately put stripers on ice in a cooler and fillet them as soon as possible for excellent eating. Stripers are best when eaten fresh.  The best method of keeping striped bass for the freezer is to vacuum seal fillets before freezing.

Chumming is allowed to increase harvest of striped bass which may over populate if not controlled by anglers. Cut bait into small pieces and broadcast in water around boat. Striped bass in the area will strike cut bait or lures within 15 minutes of chumming. If no bites come within 15 minutes there are no active stripers in the area. Move to new location and try again.

CHANNEL CATS (and bullheads) LIMIT IS 25:  Catfish are underutilized and can be harvested with no guilt up to the daily limit.

WALLEYE LIMIT -No Limit:  Walleye are extremely efficient predators. The limit was removed because these fish are difficult to catch in large numbers. Most fish are caught while fishing for another species. You may keep all that are caught to maintain proper predator-prey balance in Lake Powell.


Colorado pikeminnow (Squawfish), razorback sucker, humpback chub, bonytail chub, flannelmouth sucker.

 LINK to UT license information:


LINK to AZ license information:  http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/fishing.shtml

A UT resident or non-resident license is all that is needed to fish on either side of the state line in Lake Powell. 

Reciprocal Stamps:
Utah stamp to validate an AZ resident license $8
Arizona stamp to validate a UT resident license - Discontinued by AZGFD

All anglers under 12 years of age may fish without a license and possess a full limit of fish.

Anglers 12-14 from any state need a UT youth license costing $5.

UTAH two pole stamp: allows second pole when affixed to a valid fishing license in all of Lake Powell. Cost $15 for either resident or nonresident license.

Utah and Arizona two pole stamp - Discontinued 

For a listing of License Agents in this area please click here. If you are making a long trip to Lake Powell, contact license agents in advance to avoid any frustration caused by the vendor being out of stock or not having the license you need.

BEWARE - Differences in Fishing Regulations between UT and AZ

Fish ID –
AZ - leave a patch of skin attached to fillet
UT - fillet anytime – patch of skin not required.

Bait –
AZ - Waterdogs and Corn are legal bait
UT - Waterdogs and Corn may not be possessed or used as bait

Umbrella rig
AZ - only 2 hooks allowed
UT - 3 hooks allowed.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:12