Strawberry Fishing Report
Strawberry Fishing Report (3)
Ice-off fishing has started at Strawberry. This weekend will be a key time to fish if you want to catch the ice as it pulls back. Action will continue into next week. By next weekend the ice may be totally gone.
This report came in last night from Jay Nersisian: "Drove up to check lake this afternoon myself after fishing Weber with Larry Heinhold this AM. 10-30 yds of fishable-from-shore water at Laddrers inlet and north up beach along shores Chicken Creek bays. Expect plenty of "floatable" water by the wkend (at least until ice starts breaking into floes and gets pushed around by wind!)."
This is a news release provided by Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR)
Fish Strawberry, Win Cash and Prizes
Heber City – If you catch a rainbow trout at Strawberry Reservoir, you might be in for more than just a big fight: The fish might be worth $25,000.
Although the Division of Wildlife Resources is not an official sponsor of the Strawberry Rainbow Rush contest, its biologists worked with the event’s sponsors to tag 300 rainbow trout. In May, the biologists stocked the fish in different locations across the reservoir.
As of July 11, anglers had caught 58 of the 300 tagged fish. That means up to 242 tagged rainbows are still swimming in Strawberry.
You don’t have to register to participate in the contest. If you catch a tagged fish, simply take it to any one of the four marinas around the reservoir to claim your prize.
The first 100 anglers to bring in a tagged fish win a prize from Camp Chef. Six of the rainbows are marked with special tags that may be redeemed for a cash prize. The largest cash prize is $25,000.
You can stay updated on how many tagged fish have been caught by visiting the “Strawberry Lake in Utah” page on Facebook. You can access the page at www.facebook.com/pages/Strawberry-Lake-in-Utah/325472837328.
The Rainbow Rush contest started on May 26. It ends on Oct. 15.
Scott Root, a DWR conservation outreach manager, says the number of applications the agency receives to hold tagged fish contests is growing.
“It’s been fun to see how excited anglers have gotten about the contests,” Root says. “It’s also fun to know that the average angler can win prizes while doing something he or she enjoys.”
Strawberry Reservoir is just off U.S. Highway 40, about 22 miles southeast of Heber City.
The latest fishing report for Strawberry is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots.
More information about fishing at Strawberry is available on the Web at http://go.usa.gov/flk or by calling the DWR’s Central Region office at (801) 491-5678.
If you visit Strawberry Reservoir, please be aware that all cutthroat trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released immediately.
Information about the fishing regulations at Strawberry is available on page 31 of the 2012 Utah Fishing Guidebook. The free guidebook is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks.
An illustration and description of a Bear Lake cutthroat trout, the only cutthroat in Strawberry, is available on page 45 of the guidebook. On page 46, you’ll find an illustration and a description of a rainbow trout.
Another good identification guide is the “Strawberry Reservoir Fishing Regulations and Fish Identification” brochure. The free brochure is available at http://go.usa.gov/flX.
Contact: Scott Root, DWR Central Region Conservation Outreach Manager (801) 376-7076 or (801) 491-5678
I fished Strawberry Wednesday afternoon and caught a very nice fat rainbow. Kevin, fishing with me, also caught a decent rainbow. Overall thought, action was pretty slow.
There was still considerable ice on the Strawberry side. Most bays had a couple hundred yards of open water and then rotten ice out toward the main lake. We walked the shorelines and cast various lures. In some spots we could cast toward the edge of the ice. The fish we caught came from Mud Creek Bay.
We drive over to the Solder Creek side and found it was totally open water. No ice at all. You could launch a boat and have plenty of water to fish. We fished in the cove out from the dam for a few minutes and had several bumps but no hookups there. We saw a few small trout jumping in that area.
It rained on us off and on throughout the afternoon. A steady wind blew, making it hard to fish. It was cold.
With warm temperatures this weekend, the remaining ice will go fast. I suspect there will still be some ice on the main lake on Saturday but it will be difficult to reach the edge without a tube or small boat.
By Monday, I suspect the ice will be pretty much gone.
Roads around the reseroir were open and in good conditions.
Shore fishing should pick up as the water warms a bit. The trout I caught was fat and in great shape. It obviously did well through the winter. Still, fish are hungry and will start to feed aggressively during the next few weeks.
Right now fish can range freely through the water column. They will often come in close to shore to feed. So shore fishing should be good through May.
Strawberry is known to be fickle, for good reason. On any given day action can be very good or dead slow. Even when it is slow, the size and quality of the fish make it worth the effort.
Now’s a great time to fish the big reservoir.
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