Cold Springs Reservoir at Kirch WMA

Cold Springs Reservoir is located on the Kirch Wildlife Management Area (formerly Sunnyside). The reservoir was completed in October of 1980 and is the most recently created reservoir on the management area.

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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Bass are actively hitting 3-inch minnow plastics in white. Anglers are using small jigs and nightcrawlers fished below a bobber to entice trout while keeping their bait off the bottom. Anglers can expect to find windy and warm days ahead. Winds can come up quickly, so anglers should pay attention to the weather forecast and be prepared to alter their plans as needed. With seasonal weed growth underway, anglers may want to use weedless hooks.

Cold Springs Reservoir at Kirch WMA Angler Information Guide


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
5012Rainbow Trout 8.904-16-202434303
4960Rainbow Trout 9.304-04-202429291
9176Rainbow Trout7.510-24-202324331
5057Rainbow Trout8.604-25-202315,155
5110Rainbow Trout8.804-19-202310,098
4998Rainbow Trout8.904-18-20234998

Pertinent Information

The reservoir is 275 surface acres at full capacity and is managed at a high, stable level to maintain bass and rainbow trout fisheries. The average depth is 6 feet and the maximum is 9 feet. Angling for largemouth bass is slow until the water temperature reaches 60°F, usually around mid-May. Bass generally average from 11 to 12 inches and spinner baits and rubber worms are the most commonly fished lures. Stocked rainbow trout, on the other hand, are active year around, with the most successful months being March through June and September through October. If winter produces ice thick enough to support anglers, ice fishing can also be productive for trout. Growth of trout is good, often producing trophy fish up to 20-inches. Black bullheads are also found and, so far, are an underutilized resource. Camping is allowed at Dave Deacon Campground located four miles northwest of the reservoir.