Duchesne River (Hanna to North Fork)
This stretch of the Duchesne River provides great fishing for mountain whitefish; brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. This section of the river is maintained by natural reproduction. The river corridor is surrounded by private and tribal land. Public access along the stream corridor is available through some private lands acquired as partial mitigation for the Central Utah Project. Access easements have been secured from the North Fork confluence downstream to just below the Sand Creek Bridge, approximately 3.5 stream miles. These easements allow pedestrian access on the relatively narrow corridor along the streambank. Access to the easement corridor is only possible from designated parking areas along Hwy 35 and at the Sand Creek Bridge. The public is not allowed to park randomly along Hwy 35 and cross private property, such as residential yards or pastures, to access the river corridor. Easements for much of the corridor downstream from the Sand Creek bridge to the town of Hanna have not been secured, and anglers are urged to respect private property rights in this area. Venturing into areas not covered by easement constitutes trespass and seriously complicates future negotiations for additional access.
Moderate coldwater river 15-30 feet wide
This section of the Duchesne River is located along SR 35, from Hanna upstream to the confluence of the North Fork. The UTM coodinates for the upstream extent of this section are 519, 825mE and 4,472,490 mN. The UTM coordinates for the downstream extent of this section are 514,097 mE and 4,479,097 mN. Decimal degree coordinates for downstream boundary of this section are latitude 40.4027812 and longitude -110.7663668. Decimal degree coordinates for upstream boundary of this section are latitude 40.4624222 and longitude -110.8337206.
For current regulations, check the Utah Fishing Guidebook.
The use or possession of live baitfish and tiger salamanders while fishing is unlawful. Use or possession of corn or hominy while fishing is unlawful. Use of live crayfish for bait is legal only on the water where the crayfish is captured. It is unlawful to transport live crayfish away from the water where they were captured. Use or possession of artificial baits which are commercially imbedded or covered with fish or fish parts while fishing is unlawful. For additional information consult Section R657-13-12 of the Administrative Rules.
Duchesne River (Hanna to North Fork)
From Salt Lake City, travel east on I-80 for 24 miles. Take exit 146 off of I-80 onto US-40 E. Travel on US-40 E for 68.4 miles. Turn left onto UT-208 N and travel for 10.2 miles. Turn left onto UT-35 W. Travel on UT-35 W for 7.0 miles to the town of Hanna.
Duchesne River (Hanna upstream to North Fork of the Duchesne River) is 10.4 miles in length.
Elevation of this water ranges from 6,700 feet, at the downstream extent, to 7,000 feet at the upstream extent.
Spincast, spinning, baitcast, or fly tackle can be used successfully on this water; providing angling opportunities for the novice and the specialized angler alike. Light weight to medium-light tackle is suitable for all fish you will encounter at Duchesne River (Hanna upstream to North Fork of the Duchesne River). Floating line is recommended when fly fishing. Bait can be used successfully on this water; providing angling opportunities for the less-specialized angler. For more information on fishing tackle visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.
Grasshoppers, crickets, salmon eggs, night crawlers, waxworms, or mealworms will provide bait anglers with great action. For tips in the use of bait go to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.
Retrieve small spoons, spinners, or baitfish imitating crankbaits across current for successful lure fishing. Small jigs fished in the deeper pools can also be met with success. For more information on lures go the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.
Visit the USGS website for information on current flow levels for this water.
For a glimpse at how moon phase, pressure, and other environmental variables may affect the bite at Duchesne River visit Weather.com.
High water, associated with spring run-off, generally occurs through June. The Duchesne River is usually fishable by July, and continues to be through October.
For information on how you can help prevent the spread of whirling disease and other pathogens visit the Protect Your Waters website.
Bait, fuel, restaurants, and grocery stores can all be found in the nearby towns of Hanna, Tabiona, and Duchesne within Duchesne County.
Several access points are available along this section of the Duchesne River. We have provided information below on a selection of access points along the river. Although the list is by no means complete, it is designed to provide anglers with information that may help them or their families enjoy the angling experience. Anglers are urged to respect private property rights in this area. Venturing into areas not covered by easement constitutes trespass and seriously complicates future negotiations for additional access.
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