Wild Horse Reservoir Fishing Report

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

As of Thursday, December 5, the lake was between 25 – 40% ice covered with very unsafe ice.  There are still some spots along the shoreline where one may fish open water, but they are disappearing.   The 10 day forecast is mixed with most nights in the teens and 20’s and daytime highs in the 30’s and even around 40 degrees, so while ice will continue to grow, safe ice is a ways out. With the ice buildup, boating is done for the year. If you want to fish from a boat, go to South Fork.  Up to now, fishing for trout has been good.  Bass fishing is done for the year.  For fly rodders black balanced leeches with some blue or red flash have been productive.   Of course, the standby wooly buggers, leech patterns, hares ears, prince nymphs and copper Johns should all work as well. Chartreuse PowerBait, perch colored minnow imitations and black or dark green spinners with gold or yellow spots should be tried by spin fishermen.  Fishing in the stream below the dam is has also been good especially in the pool directly below it.  The campground is open and on a first come first served basis. 

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