Jakes Creek Reservoir
Map of Jakes Creek Reservoir
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Jakes Creek Reservoir, also known as Boies Reservoir, is an irrigation impoundment built in 1966/67. The land surrounding the reservoir is BLM and private, but it is entirely accessible to the public.
The reservoir covers 62 surface acres with a maximum depth of 16 feet and stores 472 acre-feet of water. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bridgelip suckers, speckled dace, and an occasional wild, native redband rainbow trout (from the upper drainage) are found in the reservoir. Angler catch rates average 1.5 fish per hour and 3.5 fish per angler. The average size of rainbow trout caught is 12 inches, although occasionally a larger fish is caught. Successful baits include worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, small lures, and flies. Typical bass fishing techniques prove successful; however, the bass are few in number. Spring, early summer, and fall are the most productive times to fish for trout. The entire perimeter of the reservoir is fishable, but the eastside along the dam and northern shoreline off easy access. As summer progresses, aquatic vegetation increases making fishing from shore difficult. Float tubing is recommended to get beyond the weeds. Typically between December and March, this small reservoir freezes enough for ice fishing, with fair to good success for trout. There are no developed camping facilities and primitive camping space is limited.
Approximately 3,000, 8-inch rainbow trout are stocked in April and May and 2,000 additional rainbow trout are stocked in October.
Open year around, any hour of the day or night. The limits are 5 trout and 10 largemouth bass.
A vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may a vessel be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour. There are no improved boat ramps and small boats, canoes, and float tubes are easiest to use.
From Wells, travel north 36 miles on U.S. Highway 93 then turn west onto the O’Neil Basin County Road and travel 6 miles to the reservoir.