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Strawberry Reservoir

Rating - Very_Good   

Monday, Aug 01 2022
Fishing forecast (June-August): Kokanne Salmon: kokanee fishing is typically best from mid-May through July, and gradually tapers off as the kokanee begin to transition for spawning in late August. Finding and fishing at the correct depths for kokanee is critical. As the water warms during the year, the kokanee will generally move to deeper/cooler water. We recommend trolling in the mornings (before sunrise) or later evenings at 1.5- to 2.0-mph. Early in the season start targeting the shallower water (10-20 feet) early in the day, and move to deeper water (25 to 50 feet) later in the day if needed. Later in the summer the kokanee will generally all be deeper (30-50 feet). Using good fish finding equipment will also help you to focus your efforts where the fish are most likely to be. You can also run lines at multiple depths to find the fish. For tackle, various colored dodgers trailing a brightly colored (pink-, purple-, orange-, chartreuse-, etc.) hoochie squid rig work well. Various other brightly colored small rigs and lures also work well. Have a variety of colors and styles handy, and change them up often to find the color and lure that works best on that day, as it can change from day to day. We recommend tipping the squid or lure with manufactured maggot style baits, corn, salmon egg, small live baits (maggots, worms, etc.), salad shrimp and/or various scents.Kokanee can be caught almost anywhere out in the open-deeper water, however, there are often hotspots where they seem to concentrate and/or biting the best. Once you find kokanee, continue trolling back through the same areas until the bite subsides. Anglers often do well trolling the Triangle (a popular non-exact route between Strawberry Bay Marina/Mackinaw Bay, the mouth of the Ladders/Knolls, and Haws Point/Rainbow Bay.) Anglers often vary their trolling distance between these three points, thereby shrinking their trolling area to focus their efforts in a specific area or in a specific water depth. On the Soldier Creek side, anglers will fish several hundred yards out from the west shoreline south of the Soldier Creek Marina to the mouth of the Narrows, and at times out from the steep east shoreline from across the SC marina towards the dam. During some years the Meadows, on the renegade side, can also produce well. Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout: Both species can be caught trolling kokanee gear. Trolling and actively casting spoons and other similar metallic lures, inline spinners, hard minnow baits, and soft plastics, such as tube and curly tailed jigs are also effective. Fly fishing from float tubes can also produce high catch rates during the summer. Being able to get your lures and flies down to deeper depths (25 to 50 feet for cutthroat, and 20 to 35 feet for rainbows) during the hotter times of the summer can be very important.Generally, anglers tend to catch more cutthroat trout, proportionally, when trolling than they do rainbow trout. Bait fishing, however, can produce more rainbow trout for anglers in certain areas, such as the Meadows, shoreline areas on the Soldier Creek side, and the Ladders. When fishing from shore, we recommend using scented trout dough baits, or a nightcrawler paired with a marshmallow fished 1- to 2-feet off the bottom or behind a casting bubble. Again, even when fishing from shore, finding some steeper shorelines where you can cast out to deeper/cooler water can yield more fish during hot summer months. Tube jigs are effective year round at Strawberry Reservoir, particularly for cutthroat trout. When fishing tube jigs, we recommend green and white colored ones tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler to cover the end of the hook. Tubes can be trolled, jigged vertically, or drifted slowly. Fishing tubes below a bobber, behind a casting bubble or with a slip bobber rig can also produce fish. Bites on tube jigs can be light, so be ready to set the hook.




Monday, Aug 01 2022




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Strawberry Reservoir


Rating - Very_Good

Fishing forecast (June-August): Kokanne Salmon: kokanee fishing is typically best from mid-May through July, and gradually tapers off as the kokanee begin to transition for spawning in late August. Finding and fishing at the correct depths for kokanee is critical. As the water warms during the year, the kokanee will generally move to deeper/cooler water. We recommend trolling in the mornings (before sunrise) or later evenings at 1.5- to 2.0-mph. Early in the season start targeting the shallower water (10-20 feet) early in the day, and move to deeper water (25 to 50 feet) later in the day if needed. Later in the summer the kokanee will generally all be deeper (30-50 feet). Using good fish finding equipment will also help you to focus your efforts where the fish are most likely to be. You can also run lines at multiple depths to find the fish. For tackle, various colored dodgers trailing a brightly colored (pink-, purple-, orange-, chartreuse-, etc.) hoochie squid rig work well. Various other brightly colored small rigs and lures also work well. Have a variety of colors and styles handy, and change them up often to find the color and lure that works best on that day, as it can change from day to day. We recommend tipping the squid or lure with manufactured maggot style baits, corn, salmon egg, small live baits (maggots, worms, etc.), salad shrimp and/or various scents.Kokanee can be caught almost anywhere out in the open-deeper water, however, there are often hotspots where they seem to concentrate and/or biting the best. Once you find kokanee, continue trolling back through the same areas until the bite subsides. Anglers often do well trolling the Triangle (a popular non-exact route between Strawberry Bay Marina/Mackinaw Bay, the mouth of the Ladders/Knolls, and Haws Point/Rainbow Bay.) Anglers often vary their trolling distance between these three points, thereby shrinking their trolling area to focus their efforts in a specific area or in a specific water depth. On the Soldier Creek side, anglers will fish several hundred yards out from the west shoreline south of the Soldier Creek Marina to the mouth of the Narrows, and at times out from the steep east shoreline from across the SC marina towards the dam. During some years the Meadows, on the renegade side, can also produce well. Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout: Both species can be caught trolling kokanee gear. Trolling and actively casting spoons and other similar metallic lures, inline spinners, hard minnow baits, and soft plastics, such as tube and curly tailed jigs are also effective. Fly fishing from float tubes can also produce high catch rates during the summer. Being able to get your lures and flies down to deeper depths (25 to 50 feet for cutthroat, and 20 to 35 feet for rainbows) during the hotter times of the summer can be very important.Generally, anglers tend to catch more cutthroat trout, proportionally, when trolling than they do rainbow trout. Bait fishing, however, can produce more rainbow trout for anglers in certain areas, such as the Meadows, shoreline areas on the Soldier Creek side, and the Ladders. When fishing from shore, we recommend using scented trout dough baits, or a nightcrawler paired with a marshmallow fished 1- to 2-feet off the bottom or behind a casting bubble. Again, even when fishing from shore, finding some steeper shorelines where you can cast out to deeper/cooler water can yield more fish during hot summer months. Tube jigs are effective year round at Strawberry Reservoir, particularly for cutthroat trout. When fishing tube jigs, we recommend green and white colored ones tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler to cover the end of the hook. Tubes can be trolled, jigged vertically, or drifted slowly. Fishing tubes below a bobber, behind a casting bubble or with a slip bobber rig can also produce fish. Bites on tube jigs can be light, so be ready to set the hook.


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