Starvation Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Fair
  • Conditions: Anglers report mixed fishing success for rainbows, bass, walleye and small yellow perch from the shoreline and from boats. The best times to fish are the cooler hours of early morning and late evening, although small bass can be caught anytime. For trout, try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm and floating PowerBait from shore. Another option is to use deep-diving lures. For bass and walleye, try casting into the rocky points and then bottom bouncing across the flats for walleye. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Be careful of the afternoon winds, which can generate big waves very quickly. Improvements to the campgrounds and facilities — and the addition of a new 3-D archery range — have greatly improved the state park.


  • Location: Duchesne County
  • Directions: Go two miles northwest of the town of Duchesne
  • Type: Blue Ribbon
  • Size: 3,310 acres
  • Elevation: 5,200 Feet
  • Hours: 6 a.m .to 10 p.m.
  • Likely catch: Walleye, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Brown Trout
  • Possible catch: Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Boat ramp, campground, restrooms, fish cleaning station, boat docks
  • Handicap access: There are handicapped access restrooms.
  • Site description: Starvation is a long, deep reservoir set in a panoramic valley with a view of the south slope of the Uinta Mountains. There is a large concrete boat ramp and two boat docks in the main state park and several makeshift ramps in all the larger bays. There are four camping areas around the lake run by Utah State Parks. The main park has showers and a fish cleaning station.

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