Location: Strawberry Reservoir is located in Wasatch County, Utah. From Heber take highway 40 southeast through Daniels Canyon about 24 miles. Strawberry is a combination of Soldier Creek Reservoir and Strawberry. Most people refer to the furthest East portion as Soldier Creek, and the middle passage between the two as the Narrows.
Fish Species: Bear Lake Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon, and Chub.
History: Construction began on the reservoir in 1905 and trout were first stocked in 1923. In 1945 fisherman "bucket biologists" introduced non game fish. In 1960 over 90% of the fish in the reservoir were non game. In 1961 all fish were removed with chemical treatment, then in 1962 one million trout were stocked. In 1972 bucket biologists once again introduce non game fish. In 1973 the Soldier Creek dam is constructed. In 1984 the fishing camps are removed. These were mainly around the area known as The Ladders. In 1985 Strawberry and Soldier Creek Reservoirs are joined together. In 1985 approximately 93% of all fish are non game. In 1990 all fish removed with chemical treatment. Then in 1991 the reservoir was restocked with 3 million game fish. Source SAA
Future: Strawberry Highlands: There is currently a proposal for development, east of the Soldier Creek Side. We are against the Strawberry Highlands proposal. With the addition of thousands of people living next to the reservoir we feel the impact will be a negative one.
Strawberry Marina: A remodel and new construction is planned to kick of during Summer of 2016. The remodel will update the current Pro Shop & Restaurant. The updated Pro Shop will be about 3 times the size of the current one and will have improved traffic flow. The updated Restaurant will also be increased in size and will have more seating as well as a liquor license. Included in the new construction at Strawberry Marina will be an Event Center that can host up to 500 guests for private or corporate functions. Some other features being added will be an indoor fly fishing school, a gun range, more restrooms, a Museum with focus on the Strawberry Reservoir, and a wrap around balcony over looking the lake. The parking lot will also be remodeled for better flow, added parking spots & boat slips. In 2017, it is projected that the boat storage will be rebuilt. The storage will be a covered and temperature controlled building. Valet service will be added to boats stored.
Aspen Grove: The boat ramp is going to be re done with additional parking added for trailers. There will be a new building added.
Soldier Creek: The boat ramp and parking will be redone with additional slips added. A building will be added to the area.
Fishing Regulations: Limit 4 trout or kokanee salmon (a combined total). No more than 2 may be cutthroat trout under 15 inches, and no more than 1 may be a cutthroat trout over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released. Trout and salmon may not be filleted, and heads or tails may not be removed in the field or transit. An angler may have only 1 daily limit in possession at any time. Anglers are encouraged to voluntarily release all cutthroat trout. Any trout with cutthroat characteristics (not necessarily jaw slashing) is considered to be a cutthroat trout. Slash marks under the jaw shall not be used to distinguish Bear Lake cutthroat trout from rainbow trout at Strawberry Reservoir. Slashing is sometimes absent on Bear Lake cutthroats and sometimes present on rainbows. Better characteristics are deep orange pelvic and anal fins on the cutthroats, and white tipped pink to grey - green pelvic and anal fins on the rainbows. Rainbows also have pinkish lateral stripes on the sides. The DWR has some good pictures on the difference here.
Strawberry Reservoir Tributaries: (a) Indian Creek and all tributaries to Indian Creek, Squaw Creek, the Strawberry River from Strawberry Reservoir upstream to USFS Road 124 (Bull Springs Road), Co-op Creek from the confluence with the Strawberry River upstream to US-40, and the Central Utah Project Canal (commonly known as the "steps" or "ladders") from the fenced-in upper concrete step structure upstream to the tunnel at US-40 CLOSED TO FISHING YEAR AROUND.
Strawberry Reservoir Tributaries: (b) The Strawberry River and it's tributaries upstream from USFS Road 124 (Bull Springs Road) to the headwaters, Co-op Creek and its tributaries upstream from US-40 to the headwaters, Soldier Creek, Coal Canyon, Cow Hollow, Trout Creek, Sage Creek, Chicken Creek, Little Co-op Creek, Clyde Creek, Mud Creek, Bryants Fork, Horse Creek, Chipman Creek, Trail Hollow, Broad Hollow, Pine Hollow, Badger Hollow and Road Hollow. Artificial flies and lures only. The use or possession of bait while fishing is illegal. Closed May 15 through 6 a.m. on the second Saturday of July, and from September 1st through 6 a.m. on the second Saturday of October.
Blue Ribbon: Strawberry Reservoir is recognized by the state as a Blue Ribbon Fishery.
Nearby Areas to Fish: Strawberry River, Currant Creek Reservoir, Red Creek Reservoir, Timber Lakes (private), Deer Creek Reservoir, Provo River, Jordanelle Reservoir, Starvation Reservoir, Lake Canyon Lake, Lake Boreham, Big Sandwash Reservoir, Hancock Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir, Utah Lake,