Regional Reports-West

Strawberry River

Savvy trout anglers time their trips to this central Utah lake at ice-out, about mid-April. Get here by taking U.S. Highway 40 east from Provo or Salt Lake City through Heber City. The earliest ice-off fishing is in Mud Bay at the mouth of Indian Creek and the mouth of the Strawberry River. The Soldier Creek side of the lake, to the east, opens a fortnight later than the western bays. Try jigging frozen minnows from float tubes or cast worms and PowerBait from shore. Ply the back bays, where the water is a little bit warmer. Target cutthroats with frozen minnows or jigging spoons; the rainbows prefer worms fished near the bottom, smaller marabou jigs, olive leech patterns and natural-colored tube jigs. Contact: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (435-636-0260).