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 water level at Illipah Reservoir is still in good shape. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 60s.  With warmer water temperatures anglers are encouraged to fish the early morning and evening hours to reduce stress on trout.  Anglers should do well on nightcrawlers, PowerBait, spinners and wet flies behind a water bubble.  Flyfishers will do well with matching the hatch and throwing nymph patterns. Vegetation on the south end of the reservoir has just started to pop, but access should still be good.



Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
2511Rainbow Trout9.605-11-20232511
5520Rainbow Trout8.607-14-20248031

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.