Wild Horse Reservoir Fishing Report

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

The lake has cleared of algae and the aquatic vegetation is starting to die off making fishing easier. The lake is a little over 40% of capacity and the state park boat ramp is still usable, but larger boats will want to use caution. Local angler Pyke Bowles and company caught eight trout from shore in about an hour using worms and garlic marshmallows. Other anglers report good luck from shore as well and last fall’s stocking is paying off with larger fish. Fly fishermen are having some luck with black or olive wooly buggers, leeches, damsel fly nymphs and hares ears under an indicator. Expect chironomids to start playing a bigger part over the next few weeks. Gear anglers should be using minnow type imitations in fire tiger, black over white and blue over white. Bass fishing has been slow and fishing for catfish has been slow for numbers but good for size. Wild Horse was stocked with approximately 10,000 fish this week and may get some more over the next month depending upon supply at the hatchery.