Fish Strawberry, win cash & prizes

HEBER CITY — If you catch a rainbow trout at Strawberry Reservoir, you might be in for more than just a big fight: The fish might be worth $25,000.

Although the Division of Wildlife Resources is not an official sponsor of the Strawberry Rainbow Rush contest, its biologists worked with the event’s sponsors to tag 300 rainbow trout. In May, the biologists stocked the fish in different locations across the reservoir.

Josh Root shows a big rainbow trout he caught at Strawberry this summer. If you catch a rainbow that has a tag on it, you’ll win a prize.

As of July 11, anglers had caught 58 of the 300 tagged fish. That means up to 242 tagged rainbows are still swimming in Strawberry.

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ou don’t have to register to participate in the contest. If you catch a tagged fish, simply take it to any one of the four marinas around the reservoir to claim your prize.

The first 100 anglers to bring in a tagged fish win a prize from Camp Chef. Six of the rainbows are marked with special tags that may be redeemed for a cash prize. The largest cash prize is $25,000.

You can stay updated on how many tagged fish have been caught by visiting the “Strawberry Lake in Utah” page on Facebook.

The Rainbow Rush contest started on May 26. It ends on Oct. 15.

Scott Root, a DWR conservation outreach manager, says the number of applications the agency receives to hold tagged fish contests is growing.

“It’s been fun to see how excited anglers have gotten about the contests,” Root says. “It’s also fun to know that the average angler can win prizes while doing something he or she enjoys.”

Strawberry Reservoir is just off U.S. Highway 40, about 22 miles southeast of Heber City.

The latest fishing report for Strawberry is available at wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots.

More information about fishing at Strawberry is available on the Web at go.usa.gov/flk or by calling the DWR’s Central Region office at (801) 491-5678.

Regulations

If you visit Strawberry Reservoir, please be aware that all cutthroat trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released immediately.

Information about the fishing regulations at Strawberry is available on page 31 of the 2012 Utah Fishing Guidebook.

An illustration and description of a Bear Lake cutthroat trout, the only cutthroat in Strawberry, is available on page 45 of the guidebook. On page 46, you’ll find an illustration and a description of a rainbow trout.

Another good identification guide is the “Strawberry Reservoir Fishing Regulations and Fish Identification” brochure. The free PDF brochure is available at go.usa.gov/flk.