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Lake: Timnath Reservoir

Who's fished Timnath Res?

Post By: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 4/7/2019 11:00:56 AM     Points: 10859    
Hey all, I have chance to fish Timnath Res...never been there and not much info available as to fish counts/species, temps, level, etc. For those that may have fished it, what is the dominant species? I'm thinking bass but perhaps walleyes? Any idea of recent temps or levels? I don't care about a fishing report per se, just some basic info on what fish I'm after and conditions. Given it's semi-private status, my usual research isn't helping...

Thanks in advance! CL
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Apr. 7, 12:52:35 PM     Points: 2033    
Fishful,
I’ve never fished it, but it appears from the Timnath website, walleye and bass are the predominant species. There are crappie, perch, trout, carp and suckers as well. From what I gather, you are very fortunate to be able to access this impoundment. Good luck and Good Fishing! Ski
 Reply by: Kenny Rukspin      Posted: Apr. 7, 11:08:15 PM     Points: 5085    
Hey Chad,

I sent you some info via your fishfulthinker email account.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: Apr. 8, 8:42:43 AM     Points: 10859    
Thanks very Ski and Kenny. I had looked up the general info of course...was hoping for real world info similar to the fact that if you look up Horsetooth lets say, it will tell you that walleyes are here in big numbers and they are...but the smallies are what most people actually catch. Make sense?

Given the season and time of day, sunny weather, 55-58 degree water temp and full pool condition we encountered, a perusal of the aerial photo made it immediately obvious to me that if largemouth bass were in there in any sort of decent numbers, they'd be very easy to locate and catch. They'd read The Book and were indeed...

Also spent a little time looking for walleyes to no avail but conditions were not conducive to walleye fishing so I kind of expected that. Fun lake regardless...glad to get an invite.

One quick point...cops were there when we got there and when we left...the lake is apparently heavily monitored for illegal access.

Thanks again for the info fellas! CL
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: Apr. 8, 8:42:57 AM     Points: 2088    
It is a very weedy lake in the summer. I was working on the Wendy’s right beside it so I fished it almost everyday from August till it froze. There seems to be a good population of largemouth in it. I caught one walleye 5” but I was not fishing for them. Lots of smaller trout. The lake has decent amount of rip rap but from what I gathered in my tube it is shaped like a bowl. The signage around the lake is not very helpful but there is a park ranger that visits every morning 6:30-7 ish.
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: Apr. 8, 7:34:34 PM     Points: 1577    
Healthy Bass Chad! Did that one approach Master Angler status?
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: Apr. 9, 8:32:02 AM     Points: 10859    
Thanks A,B or C. I have no idea...I never weigh or measure fish and don't even know what it takes to earn a Master Angler Award. My best guess is 4lbs, maybe a bit more, based on the gillions of bass I used to weigh when I fished and/or coached tournaments. I can tell you they were all very healthy like the one in the pic and they blasted my lure with gusto on a beautiful spring day making them awesome in my eyes! CL
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: Apr. 9, 8:33:39 AM     Points: 10859    
elkinthebag, Timnath police were patrolling the lake the whole time we were there on this day...apparently they take trespassing very seriously! CL
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: Apr. 9, 9:17:48 AM     Points: 9722    
It's too bad this lake is pretty much private. Would be a fun lake to fish through the ice.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: Apr. 9, 10:16:36 AM     Points: 10859    
Ice fishing is not allowed even for those with legal access. Back when it was open to the general public, that was still the case I'm told. CL
 Reply by: HighonFirewood      Posted: Apr. 27, 7:05:26 AM     Points: 0    
I lobbied to open it to ice fishing for residents. And to allow people to pay like horsetooth to fish it, at Timnath council meeting last fall. I was shot down. CPW was there and still no budge.