Wildhorse Fish Report

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Elko Fly Shop

With warmer air temperatures, the surface water temps have climbed into the 50’s and reaching the mid 50’s by afternoon.

There are still a few fish cruising the shorelines trying to spawn, but not many, and that should be winding down soon. Fishing continues to improve with the warmer temperatures as aquatic insects start to hatch and the fish metabolism increases. Sherbet PowerBait or worms is what most anglers have been using with the PowerBait appearing to catch more fish.

Flyrodders have been having luck with smaller flies such as hares ears, prince nymphs, black micro leeches and copper Johns in sizes 16 and 18. Midge hatches are starting to improve and when these are present, anglers may try the usual chironomid patterns such as snow cones, frostbite chironomids and Yankee buzzers. A few smallmouth, largemouth and wiper bass have been showing up in the creel and fishing for the warm water species should start picking up with the warmer temperatures. Black bass may not be kept until July 1st and must be returned to the water immediately upon catching. However, one wiper 15 inches or larger may be kept. The lake has been stocked a couple of times already and spring stocking should continue into May.

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