Rules for Live Bait Fishing in Ogden, Utah

Rules for Live Bait Fishing in Ogden, Utah
Ogden, Utah is a mid-size city located along the Wasatch Front Range and next to Salt Lake City. There are opportunities for fishing in the Ogden area, including in the Pineview Reservoir, the Ogden River and the South Fork of the Ogden River. Utah's fisheries are managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and have several rules for the Ogden area pertaining to bait fishing. Before heading out to fish these waters, understand and learn these rules and laws, and be sure to have a Utah fishing license.

License Requirements

Fishing in Utah, including Ogden, requires a fishing license. Anyone under the age of 14 does not need a license. Anyone over 14 is required to purchase and carry a current fishing license, available through the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website and local sporting good stores. Fishing without a license carries various punishments and fines, depending on whether you have fish in your creel and where you are fishing.


Live Bait: Ogden Area

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources publishes a yearly guide to the rules and laws of fishing in the state. According to the 2010 rules, bait fishing in Ogden waters is allowed only in waters designated as bait fishing lakes, rivers or streams. These change yearly. Copies of the rules and regulations are available in PDF form at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website ( If you are fishing in waters around Ogden not designated as bait fishing waters, merely having bait in your possession may result in fines, tickets or jail time. As well as the use of live bait, the use of corn or hominy is also restricted.

Specific Bait

For lakes and rivers designated as bait fishing lakes, you may use only crawdads as bait, and those used must come from the lake or water source you are fishing. Bringing in outside crawdads or bait is illegal and may result in fines, tickets or jail time if done knowingly. If an angler was not aware of the rule, a ticket or warning is given and the bait confiscated. If in doubt, do not use bait, and consult with a ranger or the current rule and regulation handbook.


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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