Starvation Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows from the bank. A few boats were out last week, and some diehard float-tubers reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and walleye. The bass and yellow perch are few and far between. Because of the cold weather, you'll find the best fishing in the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours. For trout, try trolling or casting fish-colored crankbaits, beadhead streamers or a worm rig in 20 to 30 feet of water. If you're fishing from shore, try a marshmallow-and-worm combination or a floating PowerBait-and-worm combination. For walleye, go deep into the rocks or shallow into the backs of the bays. Use rainbow or perch-colored crankbaits or worm rigs. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Watch out for the afternoon winds, which can quickly generate big waves. 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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