Kane County Water Conservancy District (KCWCD) rang in the New Year with some exciting news! On Friday, December 29, 2023, the KCWCD office received a phone call, from the DWR, that they are always happy to get: “Hey, we just stocked some more fish at the reservoir.” In 2023 alone, the DWR stocked more than 10 million fish throughout Utah, and about 100,000 of those were at the Jackson Flat Reservoir. To see more information on fish stocked visit dwrapps.utah.gov/fishstocking/Fish?y=2023
Since mid-November, there have been approximately 15,000 Rainbow and Brown Trout fish stocked in the Jackson Flat Reservoir. Of the 15,000 approximately 2,000 Rainbow Trout and 2,000 Brown Trout were “catchables:” those that have reached a size most anglers would want to catch.
The remaining stockers were “fingerlings”, or young fish that range from about three to six inches long. According to the DWR, this “practice of stocking fish in the Beehive State goes back more than 150 years, as fish were first formally stocked in Utah in 1871.” There is a science and strategy behind this practice that goes beyond providing a recreational fishing opportunity. Read more about why certain species and sizes of fish are stocked at wildlife. utah.gov/news/wildlife-blog/958-strategyscience-fish-stocking.html
The Jackson Flat Reservoir is an ever improving Recreational hot spot in Kanab, Utah with amenities such as a sand volleyball court, disc golf course, calisthenics workout equipment and walking/biking path. KCWCD welcomes everyone to come and enjoy all the outdoor recreation opportunities, especially the fishing at this time, since the reservoir is freshly stocked. As a reminder, all Utah State laws and regulations apply to anglers at Jackson Flat Reservoir.