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Starvation Reservoir got its name from an old tale of a rancher who tried to
graze cattle in the area, his cattle all starved to death. The land
surrounding Starvation is composed of desert-like terrain, the typical
subdued hues of white, brown and reds. Although, in the springtime the
wildflowers can be quite beautiful.
Starvation is one of the best walleye fisheries in the state of Utah. Each
year there is a walleye tournament held on the reservoir. Walleyes can be
caught here year round, the reservoir is popular with ice fishermen in the
winter. As the weather gets warmer the walleyes in the reservoir will turn
on. This happens a bit later than some of the other walleye fisheries.
After catching the springtime hot period at Willard, Deer Creek and others,
come up to Starvation around June to catch them when they’re active.
Typical walleye techniques work well on this lake. Troll minnow imitating
crankbaits, or drift bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses behind them.
Small in-line planer boards can be helpful to get your offering away from
the noise of the boat, and to allow more coverage. I use the “Off Shore
Side Planer” these are sold as a left or right version. They are available
at Basspro.com. They work very well and make a great strike indicator.
Just watch your board until it is pulled backwards, grab the rod and bring
Walleye aren’t the only species available in Starvation, you can also pursue
Smallmouth Bass and Brown Trout. The bass have done very well in the
reservoir because of its sandy/gravely nature. Fish jigs and plastics
around gravely points and dropoffs.
There are plenty of places to camp at Starvation. The state park has two
developed campgrounds. Although, I’m not sure I’d camp in either one of
them. Both the Mountain View and Beach campgrounds have sites that are
absurdly close to each other. There is more pavement than grass in the
Mountain View campground. But, both of these are more RV friendly than the
The best place to camp at Starvation is in one of the primitive camping
areas. There are four different places you can camp, Indian Bay, Juniper
Point, Knight Hollow, and Rabbit Gulch. These campgrounds afford much more
privacy and shade than the two developed campgrounds. You can ease your boat up to shore right next to your campsite. The area around the lake is
very sandy, so beaches are prevalent. Children will have a ball playing in
To get to Starvation take Highway 40 East from I-80. Drive about 40 miles
East of Strawberry and you will see the reservoir, Highway 40 has a bridge
driving over the reservoir. If you are coming from the Salt Lake area it
will take a little over two hours to get there. The small town of Duchesne
is located a few miles East of the reservoir if you forgot any supplies.
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Starvation Group Area
Starvation State Park
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