Rye Patch Reservoir
Map of Rye Patch Reservoir
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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
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
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.
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 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.