Anglers report good ice around the lake

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

As of Thursday, Jan.13, Wildhorse had nine to 11 inches of ice near the state park boat ramp. Anglers report good ice around the lake. There is a skiff of snow on top to help walking, but some slick spots are starting to form. The contrast between very warm afternoons and very cold nighttime temperatures is starting to build pressure ridges. These weak areas of ice should be avoided. Very little snow on the shore. Fishing for trout has been fair to good in water that is six to 12 feet deep using PowerBait or worms fished about halfway down in the water column. Trout have been averaging 15 to 20 inches. Perch fishing has been fair to good for numbers and just fair for size. The larger perch generally are deeper in the water column, often 25 to 35 feet deep, the best fishing for the larger fish is further from shore so anglers do need to head out from shore into deeper water. For perch fish within a foot of the bottom in 25 to 35 feet of water using small plastic jigs tipped with a piece of worm. A slight jigging action occasionally helps. The State Park Campground is open on a first come first served, with the loop closest to the boat ramp having been plowed for campers. Biologists expect good fishing through the ice this winter for both trout and perch.

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