Ray Grass: Cold-weather fishing hot at Strawberry

Published: Sunday, Oct. 27 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

The bad: “We saw a big increase in the 2-year-old chubs, about 30 percent. That’s because there were fewer large predators (the large Bear Lake cutthroat) in that age class. The result is we saw more chubs in that age class than we’ve seen in a while.’’

The fact that the cutthroat numbers are up bodes well for future years when they are large enough to feed on the chubs.

This week, the DWR will complete its 2013 planting program at Strawberry when it releases the final load of eight-inch rainbow. All total, 400,000 of the eight-inch rainbow were planted in Strawberry this year, along with 600,000 eight-inch cutthroat and 400,000 kokanee.

Ward also notes that the annual kokanee run this year was good, and roughly 1.8 million eggs were taken. Those eggs will be raised and the fish planted in Strawberry, Flaming Gorge and Electric Lake.

Good fishing is expected to continue at least until ice begins to form around the edges of the reservoir, which could be several weeks off.

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