Rye Patch Reservoir

Map of Rye Patch Reservoir


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History

Rye Patch Reservoir was created in 1936 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation along the Humboldt River for flood control and irrigation for agriculture in the Lovelock Valley.  The Pershing County Water Conservation District controls dam operations and reservoir storage, and the elevation is subject to drastic fluctuations.  The Rye Patch State Recreation Area, designated in 1971, surrounds the reservoir.

Pertinent Information

The maximum depth is 61 feet with an average depth of less than 30 feet.  The reservoir has a surface area of 10,820 acres when full.  Game fishes include white crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, wipers (striper x white bass hybrid), walleye, yellow perch, channel catfish, bluegill, and white bass.  The best time to fish is late March for walleye, early April and May for channel catfish, and early May for wipers.  Late summer and early fall are the best times for white crappie.  Fishing methods include throwing crankbaits, crappie jigs, and live minnows, which all work well during early to mid-spring and fall.  Channel catfish are caught on live minnows, liver, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.  Camping occurs at developed State Park sites near the dam (Westside and River campgrounds) and at the Pitt-Taylor Arm.  

Stocking

Stocking Updates

Regulations

Nevada Fishing Regulations

Health Advisory

Due to elevated methylmercury levels, the Nevada State Health Division has issued a health advisory that recommends no consumption of wipers and walleye and no more than one eight-ounce meal per week of any other fish from Rye Patch Reservoir.

Health Advisory Western, NV Waters

Boating Regulations

At Rye Patch Dam, all boat harbors, and areas designated by buoys, vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may a vessel be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour. On the Pitt-Taylor Arm, a vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may a vessel be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour. Vessels are prohibited in areas designated by signs or buoys at the dam and swim beach at the State Recreation Area in the reservoir.

Access

Access to the camping sites and boat launching facilities can be found by taking the Rye Patch off-ramp from Interstate 80, 23 miles east of Lovelock.


Species

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Channel Catfish
  • Bullhead Catfish
  • Bluegill Sunfish
  • Yellow Perch
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • White Catfish
  • White Bass
  • Walleye
  • Crappie
  • Wiper

  • Regions

  • Western Nevada

  • Counties

  • Pershing