Adams McGill Reservoir
Map of Adams-McGill Reservoir
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Reservoir is located on the Kirch Wildlife Management area (formerly
Sunnyside). The land was purchased by
the state in April of 1959 from Ervin Hendrix who purchased it from the
Adams-McGill Company in 1943. The area
was mainly acquired for its wetland values for waterfowl.
reservoir is 785 surface acres at full capacity, sits at an elevation on 5,154
feet, and has a maximum water depth of 10 feet. A self-sustaining largemouth bass fishery
exists in the reservoir as well as a put-and-take rainbow trout fishery. Bass angling is slow until the water
temperature reaches 60°F, which occurs around mid-May. Fishing continues to be good through October
when the cooler water temperature influences angler success. Trout fishing picks up in February and is
good through June, slows down in summer, and increases again in mid-September
through November. Largemouth bass generally
average 12 inches and rainbow trout 15 inches.
Artificial lures (rubber worms and spinner baits) are the most popular bass
bait. Camping is permitted at Dave Deacon Campground located about two
miles west of the reservoir. The
campground has pit toilets, potable water, an RV dumpsite, but minimal shade.
A vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour.
From Ely, travel 23 miles west on Highway 6 to the junction of Highway 318. Turn south and travel 44 miles until you arrive at Kirch Wildlife Management Area. Adams-McGill Reservoir is about 3 miles west of Highway 318. From Las Vegas, travel 21 miles north on I-15 until you come to the Highway 93 junction. Travel north on Highway 93 for 86 miles. At the junction of Highways 93 and 318, continue north on Highway 318 for 67 miles to the management area. The reservoir is 3 miles west of Highway 318.