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 lake level is still low due to irrigation but is slowly recovering as irrigation use has stopped. This lake like others has mats of algae floating in spots.  Fishing has been slow to fair for trout. The best fishing is first thing in the morning.  For bait anglers nightcrawlers and rainbow PowerBait are the best bet. Small spinners, spoons and Kastmasters in gold for those throwing hardware should work but allow plenty of time for them to sink deep into the water before starting the retrieve.  Black or olive wooly buggers and black, olive or wine-colored leech patterns may catch a few trout. Dry fly patterns may be tried very early in the morning or late in the evening especially where the creek empties into the reservoir. Anglers should fish deeper as the trout move down in the water column to find cooler oxygen rich water.


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

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.