Wildhorse Reservoir Fishing Report

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

The perch die-off is continuing at Wildhorse Reservoir but it doesn’t appear to be affecting trout or other species.  Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) biologists have taken biological samples for testing to try to find the cause of the die-off.  Anglers report that fishing from shore has slowed but for those who can get on the water either in a float tube or boat success has been better but not as good as it has been. Perch fishing has been poor.  Bass fishing is starting to pick up and anglers report some nice bass, though they must be immediately returned to the lake until July 1.  The same fly patterns continue to work as fly fishermen are having some success with wine colored leech patterns as well as wine or red chironomids.  Olive, wine and black/blood leeches and buggers have also produced a few fish.  For bait anglers try fishing an inflated worm a few feet off the bottom using a slip sinker in water that is eight to 12 feet deep.  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 in early April, approximately 5,000 trout in May and 500 wipers a few weeks ago.  No black bass may be kept until July 1. Please return all black bass to the lake as soon as they are caught.

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