Shore anglers are now doing as well as boaters for trout

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Surface water temperatures have dropped into the mid 40’s and the water is clear of algae. Trout fishing has been good while bass fishing has been slow to fair for numbers but fair to good for size.  The middle of this week fishing seemed to slow on those very nice, clear windless days.  Shore anglers are now doing as well as boaters for trout. While both Hendricks and Penrod arms have been producing trout, though fish are being caught at most of the popular spots around the lake.  There really isn’t a bad place to fish.  Chironomids, leech patterns and wooly buggers are still the best bet for fly anglers but the usual nymph assortment of copper Johns, hares ears, and pheasant tails have all been working.  Bait anglers should be using worms or PowerBait fished off the bottom in shallower water or suspended several feet below a bobber.  Small spinners should also be effective.  Boaters have had success with flashers tipped with worms.  Bass anglers have had success with crayfish pattern crankbaits and blade baits as well as deep diving minnow imitations. Orange or gold has also been a good color for perch, bass and trout. Expect to catch several perch between trout hookups. The lake is at 50% capacity and both prop rock in the canyon and the island off the state park are just barely above water.  Both are still boating hazards.  Wildhorse was stocked with approximately 2,000 rainbow trout last week with more expected this week.