Cold Creek Reservoir

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 entire reservoir.

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Region
Eastern
County
White Pine
Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Cold Creek Reservoir is at 90% of capacity with rainbow trout and tiger trout being caught in the 9-to-12-inch range.  There is potential for some trout to be larger, however, they have not had too long to grow following the 2021 draw down of the reservoir to fix the outlet structure.

Anglers will do well fishing for trout using a variety of spinners, nightcrawlers, and PowerBait. Fly rodders can match the hatch and use damsel fly patterns, midge patterns, or wooly buggers.  There is a limited black bass fishery and anglers are encouraged to catch and release these bass to help improve the fishery. About 200 large mouth bass were stocked 5/23/24.

Cold Creek Reservoir Angler Guide Information

05-24-2024

Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
200Largemouth Bass5.005-23-2024200
1002Rainbow Trout 9.004-23-20243052
1517Tiger Trout9.105-17-20231517
2050Rainbow Trout8.505-10-20232050

Pertinent Information

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 are available.