Surface water temperatures are starting to drop

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)


by Nevada Department of Wildlife
9-17-2021
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Surface water temperatures are starting to drop into the low 60’s and the algae is starting to clear a bit.  Trout fishing is picking up but still just considered fair.   Perch and bass fishing is fair to good.  Trout are starting to move up in the water column, but don’t expect them to move much for another couple of weeks. Trout anglers will still need to get their presentations down to 10 to 15 feet to have the best chance of catching them. However, a few trout are starting to cruise the shallows at first light with the advent of the cool night-time temperatures.  Leech patterns, wooly buggers and the usual nymph assortment of copper Johns, hares ears, pheasant tails and chironomids have all been working.  Bait anglers should be using worms or PowerBait fished off the bottom or suspended well below a bobber.  Small spinners are also be effective, just give them plenty of time to sink deeper into the water column. Boaters can try flashers tipped with worms on a downrigger to reach the proper depth.  Bass anglers have had success with orange pumpkin and green pumpkin soft plastics as well as perch-colored crankbaits. Orange or gold has also been a good color for perch, bass and trout. Expect to catch several perch between bass and trout hookups. Anglers may keep one black bass 15 inches or longer.



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