Wildhorse Fishing Report

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)


by Nevada Department of Wildlife
8-3-2020
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Surface water temperatures are above 70 degrees  here driving trout deeper into the water column.  Fishing for and perch ranges from good to very good, both from shore and from boats, while fishing for trout is slow to fair. Bass fishing is good for numbers but fair for size. The usual PowerBait and worms for bait anglers have been working for trout.  For fly fishermen midge larva, hares ears, and PT nymphs are good patterns to use.  Black or olive wooly and crystal buggers are taking fish as well if you can get them deep enough.  Most anglers are fishing Penrod and Hendricks Arms as well as the south end of the lake.  Perch fishing has been good using small brightly colored jigs tipped with a piece of worm or just a piece of worm on a small hook fished under a bobber. The Hendricks Arm has been very good for perch. Also target perch in just about any cove with some vegetation. With the lake spilling earlier this spring, fishing below the dam has been fair to good for reservoir sized fish using streamers or hopper patterns. This lake was recently stocked with 7,300 tiger trout and 8,600 rainbows.  One black bass 15 inches or longer may now be kept. The campground is open and is on a first come first served basis but is limited to 50% of capacity.  Tribal land around the lake is open to camping.



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