BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
HEBER — On Saturday, June 1, at Heber City’s Strawberry Reservoir, cutthroat trout will be visible without the need for a fishing pole.
On that day, many of the trout will migrate out of the reservoir and up to Strawberry River to spawn.
The river runs past the visitor center at Strawberry and into a fish trap and egg-taking facility the Division of Wildlife Resources operates behind the visitor center.
The water may be a little murky, but biologists for the division said the best time to view the fish will be during Saturday’s event.
“Even though the Strawberry River and the other tributaries to the reservoir are currently closed to fishing, you can still try your luck catching one of these big cutthroats in the reservoir itself,” said Scott Root, regional outreach manager for the division. “All cutthroat between 15 and 22 inches long must be released, however.”
Biologists will net a couple of the trout, and then hold them up for photos.
Strawberry Reservoir is located 25 miles southeast of of Heber City on State Route 40.
The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and last until noon.
Cutthroats are the only trout species native to the Intermountain West. They can be identified by the red spot or “cut” near their gills, and have longer heads and jaws, and larger and darker spots, than rainbows.
Conservation efforts in recent decades have helped the native fish reclaim habitat from their rainbow cousins.