Illipah Reservoir

Illipah Reservoir was created in 1953 when Illipah Creek was impounded for irrigation storage. In an agreement with the landowner that guaranteed a minimum pool, the Department of Wildlife paid for the construction of a new dam and the reservoir was enlarged in 1981. Although the reservoir is located almost entirely on private land, adjacent land is managed for recreation by BLM under a cooperative agreement with the Department of Wildlife. The public can access and fish the entire reservoir.

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White Pine
Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

The reservoir is covered with 10 inches of solid ice.   Anglers should expect to catch 8-to-12-inch Rainbow Trout and the occasional Brown Trout.  As of 1/12/23, the road from the highway to the cattle guard is plowed but not down to the reservoir.  It is suggested that four-wheel drive vehicles access the lake and still bring other means to get out of snow drifts and snow berms.  The BLM is planning to plow around the perimeter of the reservoir to the improve access early next week.  Nightcrawlers, a variety of jigs, and PowerBait are all producing great catch rates.


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
2480Rainbow Trout9.304-11-20222480
5453Rainbow Trout9.6 05-05-20227933
5206Rainbow Trout9.705-11-202213139
3034Rainbow Trout9.510-14-202216173

Pertinent Information

At capacity, Illipah Reservoir covers 70 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 50 feet. Rainbow trout and a self-sustaining population of brown trout reside in the reservoir. Good fishing can be found year around from shore and float tubes, but peak success occurs in spring and fall. Winter ice fishing (December through February) can also be good. Power Bait, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs along with the usual selection of spinners and lures (Mepps, Panther Martins, and Dardevles) do well for trout. Fly-fishing with prince nymphs, wooly buggers, sheep creek specials, and pheasant tails on a sinking line is popular. The BLM maintains the campgrounds with picnic tables, fire pits, windscreens, restrooms, and trash barrels. An undeveloped boat launch exists.