Surface water temperatures are in the mid-50’s

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)


by Nevada Department of Wildlife
5-22-2021
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Fishing should be good here through June, but if we don’t get some regular precipitation, late July and August could get ugly here.  Very little change here as fishing has been good for trout and perch and fair to good for bass. Surface water temperatures are in the mid-50’s.  Fly rodders have had success with balanced leeches and chironomids.  Expect buggers and small nymphs such as copper Johns, hares ears and PT’s to all be working.  Bait anglers should be using worms fished off the bottom in water that is four to eight feet deep or suspended about five feet below a bobber.  Small spinners should also be effective.  Bass anglers have had success with orange pumpkin and green pumpkin soft plastics as well as perch-colored crankbaits.  Fish for bass on structure, while trout are still being caught close to shore.  With the release of water from the dam, stream flows were 100 cfs below the dam on Thursday. This will make wading the river difficult, but fishing from shore where there is access should be tried. No black bass may be kept until July 1.  They must be released immediately after being caught. Approximately 23,000 trout were planted in Wildhorse this week.



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