September 19, 2009

Strawberry Reservoir, UT September 2009

This was another great trip on the berry. My Father-in-law and I left at 5:30 am and were on the water by 7. We decided to fish Renegade Bay. The water temp was 61 degrees. We got our float tubes and gear ready and headed out in hopes of hooking some fish. There was alot of fog coming off the lake which made for a beauiful morning. My second cast of the day I hooked a 20" bear lake cutthroat. a short time later I landed a rainbow. My Father-in-law landed a 17" rainbow and had alot of hits using flies. We fished for a few hours and then went to check the fish traps. The Kokanee Salmon are spawning right now and it's really neat to see them in the streams and hatchery. You can't fish the inlets during the spawn, which makes it difficult to catch a salmon when they are red in color. The DWR said they currently have around 5,400 salmon that have made it to the hatchery so far. This is a great way to get to see these amazing fish up close. The males get a big hump on there back when they start to spawn where the females keep their same shape. They also turn from silver to a brilliant red when they start the spawn and die once the spawn is over.

Great foggy morning to be fishing.

20" Bear Lake Cutthroat

Nice 17" Rainbow

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee Salmon ready for the spawn.

Fish Hatchery at Strawberry Res.

Kokanee Salmon

Great views on the way home.

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