Algae is starting to grow with the hot sunny weather

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Algae is starting to grow with the hot sunny weather.  The outflow continues to be about 100 cfs and expect the water level to drop throughout the summer due to the extremely dry conditions. Very little change here as fishing continues to be good for trout, perch and bass. Surface water temperatures are in the 60’s and the algae is starting to grow. Expect buggers, leeches and small nymphs such as copper Johns, hares ears and PT’s to all be working. Low light conditions may induce some dry fly action.  Bait anglers should be using worms fished off the bottom or suspended about five feet below a bobber.  Small spinners should also be effective. As the surface water temperatures heat up expect fish to move into deeper water. Bass anglers have had success with orange pumpkin and green pumpkin soft plastics as well as perch-colored crankbaits. Orange has also been a good color for perch, bass and trout. Expect to catch several perch between bass and trout hookups. With the release of water from the dam, stream flows are still holding at approximately 100 cfs below the dam.  Wildhorse was stocked with approximately 7,000 rainbow trout last week bringing this year’s total to 41,500.  No black bass may be kept until July 1.