Currant Creek and Reservoir

Native cutthroat trout in a beautiful, high-elevation forest

Currant Creek Reservoir (view the fishing report) is flanked with pine trees and quaking aspen, making it a scenic setting to cast for cutthroat trout. At 7,683 feet it’s high enough to stay cool most of the summer but low enough to make for an easy drive.

Fly fishers in particular enjoy making the trip to the reservoir. Fishing deep with streamers, woolly buggers and leech patterns usually turns some trout. Pontoon boats are a common sight here and most fly fishers use sinking line to reach the fish. There is a boat ramp for launching boats on the smaller side of the lake. Crankbaits trolled along steep drop-offs can be productive. Traditional trout baits will also work from shore.

As a year-round destination, Currant Creek tends to have plenty of opportunities no matter what the season. Autumn fishing may be the very best of all, however, as the landscape around the reservoir explodes in yellows, deep reds, and orange colors and the cool air can make the hours seem to drift by.


Pro Tip

Fishing in Currant Creek below the dam can be difficult due to thick vegetation, but there are some sweet fishing holes and beaver dams that hold plenty of trout to make up for the hassle. There are several social trails that lead down to some of the secret pools and if you’re willing to find your way in, the rewards will be worth it.

Ice Fishing

Some diehard Currant Creek Reservoir lovers enjoy making the trip into the fishery in the winter months on a snowmobile to fish the hardwater. Fishing is typically best when the reservoir first has safe ice. Fishing is always good when the first open water emerges from the melting ice each year.

Campground

There is a U.S. Forest Service campground at the reservoir and restrooms. Dispersed camping is also allowed and popular in the area around the reservoir. A late summer campout, feasting on the catch of the day, is an excellent way to enjoy the cool nights and bright stars that shine above.

Camping at the paid campground and dispersed areas is least crowded in early spring and autumn.

Regulations & Directions

Currant Creek is restricted to artificial flies and lures only and a limit of four trout from the confluence of Water Hollow Creek upstream to the headwaters and the tributaries of Currant Creek. These restrictions do not apply at the reservoir.

The most direct access to Currant Creek is from U.S. 40 at the Currant Creek exit between Strawberry Reservoir and Duchesne. The reservoir is 14 miles up the unpaved road. 

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