Blue Ribbon Fisheries

Strawberry River (Red Creek to Soldier Creek Dam)

The Strawberry River, from just above its confluence with Red Creek to the Soldier Creek Dam, is frequently referred to as the "Wild Strawberry." This productive, medium-sized stream flows through a mix of private land, Ute Indian Trust Lands and public (State and Federal) lands. This section of the Strawberry River is a day-use only area with no fires or camping. Brown, cutthroat and brook trout populations are maintained by natural reproduction in this section of the Strawberry River.

Waterbody type

Small coldwater river < 15 feet wide

Location

This section of the Strawberry River is located in Wasatch and Duchesne County between the confluence with Red Creek and the Soldier Creek Dam. The UTM coodinates for the upstream extent of this section of river are 497,743.64 mE and 4,441,953.99 mN. The UTM coordinates for the downstream extent of this section are 522,400.26 mE and 4,441,904.32 mN. Decimal degree coordinates for upstream boundary of this section are latitude 40.1279057 and longitude -111.0264830. Decimal degree coordinates for downstream boundary of this section are latitude 40.1271628 and longitude -110.7370899.

Regulations

Artificial flies and lures only in this section of the Strawberry River. Trout limit is 4. Consult your fishing guidebook for more information.

Bait restrictions

Artificial flies and lures only. Use or possession of any bait while fishing on waters designated artificial fly and lure only is unlawful. Manufactured, human-made items that may not be digestible - including items that have been chemically treated with food stuffs, chemical fish attractants or feeding stimulants - may not be used on waters where bait is prohibited. Use or possession of artificial baits which are commercially imbedded or covered with fish or fish parts while fishing is unlawful. For additional information consult Section R657-13-12 of the Administrative Rules.

Nearest town

Fruitland, UT

Distance to Fruitland, UT

1

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Strawberry River (Red Creek to Soldier Creek Dam)

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Directions

From the I-80/US 40 junction, travel east on US 40, through the towns of Heber and Fruitland, for roughly 64.3 miles. Turn right onto Red Creek Road (41950 West) and travel south for 6 miles. Turn right onto Strawberry River/Camelot Road (9980 South) and travel west for 0.8 miles to reach the most downstream access point in this section.

Depth

Depth is variable; ranging from 1 to 2 feet in riffles to 2 to 3 feet in deeper pools and runs.

Width

This section of the Strawberry River ranges in width from 10 to 40 feet.

Length

Strawberry River (from Red Creek confluence to Soldier Creek Dam) is 18.5 miles in length.

Elevation

Elevation of this water ranges from 6,100 feet, at the downstream extent, to 7,400 feet at the upstream extent.


Fishing information

Sport Species

Brook trout
Brown trout
Colorado River cutthroat trout

Non-Sport Species

Mottled sculpin

Angling Methods

Shore
Wading

Suggested Tackle

Spincast, spinning, baitcast, or fly tackle can be used successfully on this water; providing angling opportunities for the novice and the specialized angler alike. Light weight to medium-light tackle is suitable for all fish you will encounter at Strawberry River (Red Creek confluence to Soldier Creek Dam). Floating line is recommended when fly fishing. For more information on fishing tackle visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Suggested Bait

Artificial flies and lures only.

Suggested Lures

Retrieve small spoons, spinners, or baitfish imitating crankbaits across current for successful lure fishing. Small jigs fished in the deeper pools or beaver ponds can also be met with success. For more information on lures go the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Fly Matrix

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Current Water or Flow Conditions

Check the USGS website for information on current flow levels for this water.

Moon Phase and Fish Conditions

For a glimpse at how moon phase, pressure, and other environmental variables may affect the bite at Strawberry River visit Weather.com.

Seasonal Environmental Conditions

Due to its tailwater nature, flows are generally consistent, making Strawberry River a good choice when most other waters are high and off color. It seldom runs high and water stays clear most of the year. June through October is generally the best times to fish the Strawberry River.

Fishing License Information

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Details


Fish Preparation

Read more about preparing fish on the Take Me Fishing Web site

AIS Transportation Prevention

Learn more about preventing the spread of invasive species

Catch and Release Information

Learn proper catch and release technique

Consumption Advisories

See current fish consumption advisories

Disease Transport

For information on how you can help prevent the spread o whirling disease and other pathogens visit the Protect Your Waters website.

Services Description

Bait, fuel, lodging, restaurants, and grocery stores can all be found in the towns of Heber City, Fruitland, and Duchesne.


Access Points

Numerous access points are available along this section of Strawberry River. Presently, all but approximately 1 mile of the 18.5 mile stretch is open to the public. There is public access available at Division of Wildlife Resources angler-access easements and on National Forest land. Look for signs. Pay close attention to signs and ask for permission before fishing on private property. Anglers who wish to fish the small stretch of river on Indian Trust Lands will need to purchase a fishing license from the Ute Tribe. We have provided information below on a selection of access points at this water. Although the list is by no means complete, it is designed to provide anglers with information that may help them or their families enjoy the angling experience.

Access pointCamping servicesAmenities for the disabledBoat servicesVisitor servicesOther recreation
Lower WMAHikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingSwimming
Mountain bikingOHV or 4WD trails
Soldier Creek DamRestroomsHikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingSwimming
Strawberry River WMA downstreamHikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingSwimming
Mountain bikingOHV or 4WD trails
Strawberry River WMA upstreamHikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingSwimming
Mountain bikingOHV or 4WD trails
Upper WMAHikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingSwimming
Mountain bikingOHV or 4WD trails

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