Wild Horse Reservoir Fish Report for 4-23-2022
Fishing in the coves as well as 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
Not much has changed since last week as fishing for trout continues to be good for trout but slow for perch after the perch die-off. Surface water temperatures were in the low 40’s earlier this week and with the precipitation and cooler temperatures probably won’t climb much over the next week. Those who have a boat will find that the northwest side of the lake is still producing fish averaging 14 to 18 inches with an occasional 20 incher caught. However, late this past week, anglers were blown off the lake due to high winds making the act of fishing difficult. 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.
Nevada Department of Wildlife Reportsfor Saturday, April 23rd
Ruby Lake NWR: Very small dry flies have also been effective on these warmer afternoons
Comins Lake: For fly rodders, this time of year chironomid patterns are recommended
Illipah Reservoir: Anglers will do well with a variety of night crawlers, PowerBait, and spinners.
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