A big fish story at Strawberry: New stocking technique showing tremendous success

Published: Wednesday, June 16 2010 5:00 p.m. MDT

Jordanelle — Good fishing from boats, tubes and the shoreline.

Provo River — Catching fish with small (size 20 or smaller) midge imitations above I-15 and up to Deer Creek Dam. Sow bugs are a good pattern as well. The river is running a little high. Also catching many white bass on the lower stretches of the river near Utah Lake.

Strawberry — Recent fishing has been hit-or-miss, but it should improve as the weather and water warm up over the next few weeks. A recent hatch on the reservoir is keeping the fish full.

Yuba — Catching walleye at Yuba using bottom bouncers on the north side of the narrows. Also catching perch and pike.

Bear Lake — Rainbow trout are being stocked in the lake, which will provide anglers with a new summertime opportunity.

Lost Creek — Found large numbers of chubs and some large cutthroats, rainbows and tiger trout in last week's survey.

Mantua — Boat and shore fishing is good for bluegill up to 9 inches. Having some success for trout and bass. Shore anglers had success for rainbows with flies and for bass with tube bait.

Pineview — Boat anglers had fair success for bass. Try areas with gravel and structure in the water. Fishing should pick up as the water temperature rises.

Weber River — Fair to good fishing between Wanship and Coalville. The water level is high, and water quality is fair. Caddis have hatched during the last three weeks. Spinners and lures are working well.

Flaming Gorge — Lake trout fishing has been good to excellent. Fishing just below the surface down to 90 feet. Some success jigging while others prefer trolling. Burbot fishing has been good through the ice, but now it's time to catch them from the shore or from boats. Try targeting rocky points and cliffs near the main channel at depths from 10 to 50 feet. Use just about anything that glows. Kokanee fishing is picking up as the water gets warmer. Anglers who target rainbows report good to excellent fishing from the shoreline and from boats. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline. The bass are just starting to appear.

Huntington North — Gill net sampling found a wide range of bass sizes and age classes with fish ranging from 10 inches to 4.5 pounds. One 9.5-pound channel cat was caught in a net. A few large trout turned up in the nets, including two that weighed 3 pounds. Despite the fact that numerous bass may be seen cruising along the face of the dam, catching them has been difficult.

Scofield — A huge insect hatch made conditions difficult for anglers over the weekend.

Enterprise — Fair to good fishing for rainbows with popular techniques. A recent survey found that the rainbows that were stocked in 2009 have survived well and are growing fast.

Fish Lake — Jigging for splake is producing the most consistent success. Anchor just outside the weed line in 20 to 40 feet of water. Fish light-colored jigs or flashy lures like Kastmasters a couple feet of the bottom. Make sure to tip jig or lure with fish meat — chub, perch or sucker — or half of a minnow. Fish shallower for perch. Trolling for rainbows is fair to good. Fishing is spotty for lake trout.

Gunlock — Largemouth bass were restocked in 2009 and had a very successful spawn. There will be a lot of small fish, up to 10 inches, available this year.

Mill Meadow — Fishing for brown trout is fair to good with minnow-imitating lures and streamers. Best success during the morning and evening and on cloudy days. The perch limit has been increased to 50, so harvest as many perch as possible to help the population stay in balance with available food.

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