Surface water temps are in the low to mid 50’s and continuing to fall

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Surface water temps are in the low to mid 50’s and continuing to fall. The recent precipitation and cold spell have caused the algae to dissipate and has trout moving close to shore.   Algae and other aquatic vegetation is clearing and improving water clarity. Fishing for trout is good while fishing for bass has slowed tremendously. Anglers fishing from shore are having success throwing rooster-tails, spoons, or sinking an inflated worm or a worm with a marshmallow and fishing it a few feet off the bottom. Anglers fishing from a boat are doing well trolling flashers, spoons, and Rapalas. Trout are also being taken with a worms fished under a bobber.   The riprap along the highway in the Penrod arm is a good to target bass, though it will be slow. Expect few bass to be caught after the end of October due to the colder water temperatures.  Perch fishing is slow due to the die-off earlier in the year.  An occasional perch is being taken jigging or using bait near the bottom. Trout anglers report success using black wooly buggers or leeches fished with a sinking line as well as with chironomids under an indicator. PT nymphs, gold ribbed hares ears and red copper Johns should also produce fish. For wipers, target the mouths of Penrod and Hendricks arms on the northeast side of the lake though expect wiper fishing to be slow to fair.  The limit is one black bass and one white bass hybrid with a minimum size of 15 inches and five trout with no minimum size.

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