Fishing in the Hendricks and Penrod Arms from shore has been good for trout

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

There has been a fish die-off here, but it appears to be mainly yellow perch with a few catfish.  NDOW biologists have found only one trout that had died. This was due to anaerobic conditions that were caused by a turnover of the lake due to the fast loss of the ice and high winds that stirred the lake water.  Surface water temperatures are 41 degrees and fishing has been good this week for trout.  Those who have a boat will find that the west side of the lake has been producing fish averaging 14 to 18 inches with an occasional 20 incher caught.  Fishing in the coves as well as in the Hendricks and Penrod Arms from shore has been good for trout.  Fly fishermen have been having good luck with wine colored leech patterns as well as wine or red chironomids with silver wire and a silver bead.  Olive leeches and buggers have produced a few fish as well.  For bait anglers try fishing an inflated worm a few feet off the bottom using a slip sinker in water that is four to 10 feet deep.  Don’t fish it too far from the bank, 20 to 30 feet at most. Another option would be to roll some PowerBait to make a bell shape and fish it in a similar fashion to the inflated worm using a slip sinker and it will float up a couple of feet above the bottom.  Make sure to dip the PowerBait in the water for a few seconds after it is on the hook to “gel” it up so it doesn’t come off the hook when casting. Wildhorse was stocked with 10,000 trout on April 8.  No black bass may be kept until July 1. Please return all black bass to the lake as soon as they are caught.