Last modified: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Strawberry Reservoir

Current fishing regulations

Strawberry Reservoir has special regulations. Please read the current Utah Fishing Guidebook before fishing.

Catch and release fishing

If you please to release fish, you need to make sure use practice proper catch and release techniques. If you catch and release properly and with the right equipment, there is a 90 percent chance that released fish will survive.

How to release fish properly

Know your fish species; come to Strawberry properly equipped to release fish with such items as a landing net, forceps, clippers, un-plated hooks, and most importantly, a tape measure. Some anglers find it convenient to attach a measuring stick directly to their boat or mark their rods to allow easy measurement and quick release. With experience, anglers should be able to judge fish size at a glance, and release many fish without a measurement.

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Fish with artificial flies and lures. Although there are no reservoir specific bait restrictions in place at Strawberry, anglers are encouraged to use artificials whenever possible. Artificials are very effective during all seasons at Strawberry, and survival rates for released fish are much better.

If fishing with bait, fish with a tight line and active angling techniques (i.e., drift fishing, trolling with pop gear and worm, tipping jigs and lures, etc.) to reduce deeply swallowed hooks.If the fish is deeply hooked, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and release the fish. Don't try to remove the hook. Avoid using stainless steel, chrome, or brass plated hooks as these will not readily dissolve in the fish's digestive system.

Bring the fish in as quickly as possible. Don't tire it out. This is particularly important during the summer months when fish are already stressed by high water temperatures.

Keep the fish in the water. Studies have shown that exposure of the fish to the air after exhaustive exercise may significantly reduce survival rates.

Use nets whenever possible to avoid unnecessary contact with the fish, but never grasp the fish through the net.If you must handle the fish, be sure to moisten hands beforehand. Never squeeze the body or eve sockets touch the gills. or lay the fish on the ground.

Gently release the fish directly into quiet water, moving it slowly back and forth to pass water over the gills. Never toss the fish over the side of the boat or handle roughly in any manner.

Release the fish immediately. Don't hold fish on stringers for later release. This is illegal. Fish held and stressed in such a manner will seldom survive.

If your techniques are killing fish, change your techniques or call it a day. Remember, the regulation requires that you release all cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches regardless of their condition.

Do your part to ensure a quality future fishery by releasing more fish than the law requires.

Remember, the legal limit applies to each angler. You are not allowed to take fish on another anglers limit. Also remember that it is illegal to fillet fish or to remove heads or tails from fish taken in waters such as Strawberry where size limits apply.


Notes

If you observe fishing violations at Strawberry, please call the DWR Poaching Hotline at 1-800-662-DEER (3337) (*DEER for cell phone users] or call the Wasatch County Sheriff's office at 1-435-654-1411.

Most fish will swim away even if they are mishandled. This may be rewarding to the angler, but a fish that dies a day or week later is of little value to the fishery.

Additional general regulations as specified in the Utah Fishing Proclamation are also applicable to Strawberry Reservoir and tributaries.

If you observe fishing violations at Strawberry, please call the "DWR Poaching Hotline" at 1-800-662-DEER (3337), or call the Wasatch County Sheriff's office at 1-435-654-1411.

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