Strawberry River (Duchesne River to Starvation)
Brown and rainbow trout provide most of the angling action in this Blue Ribbon section of the Strawberry River. This section of the river also supports a large, healthy, whitefish population. The fish populations here are maintained through natural reproduction. Whether you are a beginning or experienced angler, this section of the Strawberry River is sure to provide you with a great fishing experience. Public access along the stream corridor through private lands has been acquired as partial mitigation for the Central Utah Project. These angler access easements only allow pedestrian access along a relatively narrow corridor along the streambank. The public is not allowed to cross through private property, such as residential yards or pastures, to access the river corridor. These easements accommodate access for the purpose of angling only; other uses such as big game or waterfowl hunting are not allowed. Be aware that anglers who wish to fish the river on Indian Trust Lands will need to purchase a permit from the Ute Tribe Fish and Wildlife Department.
Moderate coldwater river 15-30 feet wide
This section of the Strawberry River is located between the confluence with the Duchesene River at its downstream boundary and Starvation Reservoir at its upstream boundary. The UTM coodinates for the upstream extent of this section of river are 547,688.37 m E 4,448,827.37 m N. The UTM coordinates for the downstream extent of this section are 552,204.49 mE 4,445,861.94 mN. Decimal degree coordinates for upstream boundary of this section are latitude 40.1884793 and longitude -110.4397827. Decimal degree coordinates for downstream boundary of this section are latitude 40.1614949 and longitude -110.3869730.
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.
Strawberry River (Duchesne River to Starvation)
Located in Duchesne County, Strawberry River (Duchesne River confluence to Starvation) can be accessed from the junction of I-80 and US 40. From the I-80/US 40 junction, travel east on US 40, through the towns of Heber and Fruitland, for roughly 85.4 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 191 (100 West) and travel south for 0.3 miles. At 400 South, turn left and travel east for 0.2 miles to reach the most downstream access point.
Depth is variable; ranging from a foot or two in riffles to 4 to 5 feet deep in the deeper pools and runs.
This area of the Strawberry River ranges in width from 25 to 50 feet.
This area of the Strawberry River is 3.5 miles in length.
Elevation of this water ranges from 5,500 feet, at the downstream extent, to 5,600 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 Strawberry River (Duchesne River confluence to Starvation). 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 or beaver ponds can also be met with success. For more information on lures go the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.
No real-time data is available for this location.
For a glimpse at how moon phase, pressure, and other environmental variables may affect the bite at Strawberry River visit Weather.com.
This section of the Strawberry River is a tailwater and flows are generally consistent. Flows in this area seldom run high and water stays clear most of the year. June through October is generally the best time to fish the Strawberry River.
To learn more on how you can help prevent the spread of whirling disease and other pathogens visit the Protect Your Waters website.
Bait, groceries, fuel, and lodging can all be found in the nearby town of Duchesne, Utah.
Central Utah Project (CUP) access areas are available at multiple locations along this section of the Strawberry River. These angler access easements only allow pedestrian access along a relatively narrow corridor along the streambank. The public is not allowed to cross through private property, such as residential yards or pastures, to access the river corridor. The CUP easements accommodate access for the purpose of angling only; other uses such as big game or waterfowl hunting are not allowed. We have provided information below on a selection of these access points. 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 at this water. Note that vehicular access by the public to the area immediately below the dam is not permitted and angling in the outlet works immediately below the dam is also prohibited. Be aware that anglers who wish to fish the river on Indian Trust Lands will need to purchase a fishing license from the Ute Tribe.
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