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Friday, 13 April 2012 16:13
(This article was provided by Utah's DWR)
Trout fishing can be hot as the ice comes off
Heber City -- One of the country’s best trout fishing waters could be ice free within the next week or two.
Scott Root, regional conservation outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, says many of the shoreline areas at Strawberry Reservoir have open water. On April 12, the open water
extended at least 100 yards from the shore to the edge of the ice. He says anglers who have been fishing in the open water over the past two weeks have reported mostly good success.
“Two anglers in float tubes caught and released more than 30 trout by casting black marabou jigs to the edge of the ice,” Root says. “Placing the jigs where they did enticed trout that were lurking
under the edge of the ice.”
Root says another angler reported catching a 7-pound cutthroat trout. “Though some anglers have reported slow to fair success,” he says, “most anglers have been very pleased with their success rates.”
To catch trout at Strawberry over the next couple of weeks, Root says you should cast white tube jigs or other lures that imitate a minnow. “Several anglers are using their float tubes and kick boats to get
closer to the edge of the ice,” he says. “Most of those anglers are using wooly bugger fly patterns or leech patterns.”
Root says anglers who are fishing from the shore with bait are also finding some success. “If you’re not having success,” he says, “try a different technique or location.”
Strawberry Reservoir is just off U.S. Highway 40, about 25 miles southeast of Heber City.
As you visit Strawberry over the next few weeks, please remember that the following rules are in place to keep plenty of cutthroat trout in the reservoir:
● You can have four trout and kokanee salmon in your daily limit. But not more than two of those fish can be cutthroat trout under 15 inches long. And not more than one of the fish can be a cutthroat over
22 inches in length.
● All cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches long must be released immediately.
● Trout and salmon cannot be filleted, and their heads or tails cannot be removed in the field or while transporting the fish from the field to other locations.
More 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.
Also, a Web page at the DWR’s website – www.wildlife.utah.gov/strawberry -- is filled with information about fishing at Strawberry.
One of the items you’ll find on the Web page is a brochure that has photos and illustrations that will help you tell the difference between the rainbow trout and Bear Lake cutthroat trout that are in the
You can get the latest fishing report for Strawberry at www.wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots.
If you have questions about fishing at Strawberry, call the DWR’s Strawberry Reservoir field office at (435) 649-9368 or its Central Region office at (801) 491-5678.
Published in Fishing Tips
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:28
The ice is pulling back right now at Strawberry Reservoir. With these warm temperatures it is coming off fast, and earlier than normal. There is already considerable open water, especially on the Soldier Creek side. It is impossible to predict how long it will take for the entire lake to open up. A warm storm coming in tomorrow may speed up the thaw. My best guess is there will be ice through this weekend, and the lake will be totally ice free sometime next week.
Many anglers anxiously awaite this time of year and try to fish when they can work baits and lures along the edge of the ice as it pulls back from shore. Action can be fast if you get in the right spot at the right time. But the fish can be finicky and success can be slow if you don't find the right spot.
Don Allphin has this article about fishing Strawberry at ice-off. It offers good tips and strategies. Here's one quote:
"Black marabou 1/4-ounce jigs are great lures to use during the ice-off period. At times, there might be a lot of open water in the main lake areas, but if you were to hike into some small, protected bays you may discover that the ice is just beginning to recede. Whenever possible, cast your jig onto the ice and then carefully bring it to the edge and let it drop in the water. This is a great way to manufacture a strike."
Published in Utah Fishing Report
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