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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White Pine
Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

The water level is good and anglers can expect to catch hatchery size, 8-to-10-inch rainbows. Fishing for Largemouth Bass will be slow because the drawdowns over the last few winters but there are a few bass left in the reservoir. NDOW will continue to work to rebuilding the Largemouth Bass fishery with augmentations this summer.


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
1535Rainbow Trout13.603-25-20221535
4932Rainbow Trout9.7 05-03-20226467

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.