Here are the fish that are stocked at Barr Lake: Channel catfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, wiper and tiger muskie. If you are boating, hand-propelled craft and boats with electric trolling motors or gasoline motors of 10 horsepower or less.
Because water tempature is still low, you probably have a hard time targetting largemouths and blue gill. Catfishing will be hit or miss, and smallies may be hard to tag. So you should proably go for trout or walleye. Fist your fishing for walleye try finding rocky areas and trout look for underwater vegatation.
Here's as much of a hint as I can give you, without giving away the farm.
If you notice the point where the boat ramp is, you will notice that there are always people fishing on and around that point. HINT! HINT! HINT! Just use your imagination a little and you can have some nice action.
Barr Lake is a pretty featureless lake for the most part, fish can be hard to find. If you can find them there are lots of big catfish, wipers, and a few walleyes. Try chicken liver for the cats, big jerkbaits for wipers, and tipped jigs for walleyes.
Have never fished Barr Lake but my husband and I went for an outing there once a couple years ago. From what i remember it seemed pretty weedy and there was a lot of trees. Is the shore fishing there difficult, do people get thier lines caught up pretty easily or is a better lake to fish out of a boat?
Barr Lake never does get extremely deep. The shallow end of the res opposite the dam is entirely a bird refuge and off limits. That eliminates about the first half of the res for fishing; but traveling from the OFF LIMITS/NO BOATS
buoys toward the dam, the water may be as shallow as 5 or 6' or maybe deepest at 10 - 12 feet in many places.
If you've ever walked the nature trail back to the bird refuge (there are Bald Eagles nexting there!) you will see large schools of massive carp, feeding in the weeds. Carp also can be seen swimming in schools of a dozen to 2 dozen out by the dam.
Barr Lake is only intended to hold water for farming irrigation, and therefore is not really deep at the dam. I've not looked at a map in a long time, but whereas some reservoirs might get 90' deep along the dam, Barr doesn't get that deep.