Wildhorse Fishing Report

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

6-year-old Reese Lutz with a smallmouth bass.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife
7-17-2020
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Surface water temperatures are in the high-60’s to low 70’s depending upon time of day and where you are on the lake.  Fishing for trout is still fairly good but tactics need to be changed as the fish seek cooler water.  First thing in the morning they can still be caught fairly close to shore, but by about 9:00 am they start heading to deeper cooler water.  Bass and perch fishing is fair to good with perch anglers doing well at the south end of the lake in about 15 feet of water using small plastic grubs on a jighead, small crystal buggers on a full sink line or small pieces of worm on a hook or jighead fished between 10 and 15 feet deep.  Perch were also being caught in coves in the Hendricks Arm.  For fly fishermen changing over to wooly and crystal buggers on a full sink line is a good tactic as the trout head deeper.  With Mayflies hatching anglers will also do well with hares ears and PT nymphs. Damselflies are hatching so damselfly nymph fly patterns should be working.  One smallmouth bass 15 inches or longer may be kept now. The campground and fish cleaning station is open and is on a first come first served basis.  Approximately 8,500 eight inch fish were stocked in Wildhorse last week. 



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