When the wind started blowing and it wasn't getting any warmer, it was time to move to a new location...and fortunately, two great reservoirs are relatively close to each other. And saying that, it is funny how different they are. A 15 degree difference today. Strawberry was a balmy 44 degrees and Starvation was a much warmer 59 degrees! haha. A couple fish...your normal 16" rainbow and cutthroat...The Berry can deliver up to 26-28" fish on occasion.
At a 5,710-foot elevation, Starvation Reservoir has a surface of about 3,300 acres when full. Fish species include walleye, smallmouth bass, and brown trout.
Strawberry Reservoir is at 7,600 feet with a 17,200-acre surface area. Ice fishing is very popular during the winter months. (And there was still scattered snow pack on the hills surrounding the lake) Fish species include rainbow trout and cutthroat trout and Kokanee salmon.
In between the two reservoirs, is the Strawberry River. And it surely has the snowpack run off going on! You can see the nice "chocolate" color today...Yep, this river won't be ready to fish until July. Quite a bit of flooding in the surrounding areas too.
A nicer, more friendly Strawberry River in the Fall...A very peaceful place! The water flowing from Soldier Creek Dam into the wild Strawberry River is clear and cold, even during the heat of the summer. One reason I love it...cools you off!! It supports a good population of large browns and cutthroats. If managed properly, this stream could become a "little Green River," offering excellent fishing for trophy-sized trout.
So, Day 1 of my 4 day weekend has started with a couple fish and some clouds rolling in...again!! Now, it would be just my dumb luck to have rain the next three days... Oh, wait!! Check that. The weather report said that only Sat. and Sun. will get rain... And guess what we get for Monday, Memorial Day?? A "Frozen Mix" on the Provo River and 39 degrees!!! Would June come already???!!! : ) I'm ready to go to Sea World where they are training their whales to do some new tricks!
Footnote: Not worried about the "Frozen Mix"...It could actually be a very good fishing day! Now, where are my thermals???