The ice is averaging 15 inches of good ice with little to no snow on top

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

The ice is averaging 15 inches of good ice with little to no snow on top. With the rain forecast for Friday and then freezing overnight temperatures, expect slick ice over the weekend unless there is some snowfall on Saturday.  There is little snow along the shorelines so snowmobiles aren’t recommended.  Fishing for trout continues to be good using PowerBait or worms fished about four to six feet below the ice though a few are being caught throughout the depths. Trout have been averaging 15 to 20 inches with a few in the 20+ range.  Perch fishing has been crazy good for numbers but most are smaller and it takes a lot of catching to get a few keepers. Great fishing for kids who don’t seem to care as much about size as the adults.  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.  That being said, perch have been caught in all depths of water using just about any bait or presentation.  If you are catching mostly small ones, move as they generally school by size.  Those anglers willing to move and punch a lot of holes in the ice eventually start catching keepers, but not a lot of them.  The ice skating rink by the state park boat ramp is in great shape so bring your skates. The State Park Campground is open on a first come first served, with the loop closest to the boat ramp open for campers.

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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, March 4th, 2022
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