Chimney Dam Reservoir
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Chimney Reservoir was created in 1974 in a narrow gorge just downstream from the confluence of the north and south forks of the Little Humboldt River. The reservoir sits at an elevation of 4,650 feet, stores 35,000 acre-feet, and covers 2,150 surface acres. When full, the reservoir averages 16 feet deep with a maximum depth of 55 feet.
Fish species include white crappie, walleye, largemouth bass, channel catfish, brown trout, carp, and bluegill sunfish. The Trophy Fish Program lists a 12 pound 10 ounce channel catfish harvested from the lake. The best time of year to fish is during March and April for crappie, walleye, and channel catfish. Productive bass and sunfish method includes standard crankbaits fished along the shoreline at depths of 3 to 8 feet. Standard deepwater baits fished over structure are the most productive offshore. Approved live bait (minnows) work best for crappie. Channel catfish are caught on worms, liver, shrimp, and minnows fished on the bottom. Camping occurs at developed campsites on the eastern shoreline. A boat launching facility and vehicle parking are adjacent to campsites. No fees are required for use of the facilities. Pack out your own trash.
Wipers, channel catfish, and walleye fry were stocked in 2011 and will continue in 2012 with a variety of warmwater sport fish. Walleye, wipers, largemouth bass, white crappie, and channel catfish are likely to be added in 2012.
Season is open year around any hour of the day or night. Limit is 15 gamefish of which not more than 5 may be black bass, 5 may be walleye and 2 may be white bass hybrid (wiper). The minimum length for white bass hybrid is 15 inches total length.
Vessels are prohibited in areas designated by signs or buoys at Chimney Reservoir Dam in Humboldt County.
Due to elevated methylmercury levels, the Nevada State Health Division has issued a health advisory that recommends no consumption of walleye from Chimney Dam Reservoir.
Travel 21 miles north on U.S. 95 to the junction of SR 290, turning right and travel 22 miles to Paradise Valley. From Paradise Valley, drive 20 miles along the Chimney Reservoir county road to the park and camping area.