Cold Creek Reservoir
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Cold Creek Reservoir, constructed in 1943 for
irrigation, is a small, spring fed impoundment located in northern Newark
Valley on BLM and private land. The Cold
Creek complex consists of a main springhead with an outflow stream feeding two
lower ponds. The middle pond has been
dry in recent years, but the lower pond is considered the actual reservoir for
fishing. The public can access the
Cold Creek Reservoir covers 14 surface acres and
has a maximum depth of 24 feet. Along
with a wild, spawning population of rainbow trout, hatchery rainbow trout are
stocked annually to augment angling.
Largemouth bass and bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat trout hybrid)
have been reintroduced in recent years to help control the abundance of nuisance
tui chub. It is best fished from
mid-spring through summer if the water level is good. Bait such as Power Bait, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers
are most productive when fished off the bottom.
Spinners such as Mepps and Panther Martins are popular with many
anglers. Nymphs and green or brown wooly
buggers are the best choices for fly-fishing.
An unimproved boat ramp occurs at the main pond and primitive camping is
available nearby. No other facilities
Biologist Forecast for 2012
Cold Creek Reservoir never receives a great deal of fishing pressure due to its remote location. The lower pond is the only one that presently contains water. Largemouth bass will eventually increase in size as they continue to prey upon tui chub. If water conditions remain favorable, carryover rainbow trout and bowcutt trout should be common. Expect to catch tui chub while trout angling.
No special boating regulations.
A primitive boat ramp is available on the main pond and primitive camping is available nearby. No other facilities are available.
From Ely, drive 62 miles west on Highway 50 to the junction of State Route 892, then drive 34 miles north on State Route 892 to Cold Creek Reservoir.