Trout fishing has improved

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

The water clarity has improved, and water temps are reaching into the low 70’s. Trout fishing has improved and fish are being caught from shore and by boat in good abundance, with fish sizes ranging from 16”-23”. Anglers wishing to target trout in these conditions should focus on using lures such as rooster-tails, spoons, or Rapalas. Anglers fishing from a boat could do well trolling flashers, spoons, and Rapalas, in shallower depths. Anglers that are fly fishing may have success stripping woolly bugger or leech patterns, or fishing balance leeches and midge patterns under an indicator.

Perch fishing will remain slow due to the die off last year. Some anglers encountered limited numbers of Yellow Perch during the 2022-2023 ice fishing season.  Anglers wishing to target perch will have limited success jigging small lures and bait near the bottom in 20-25 feet of water.

Bass fishing is beginning to improve as water temperatures continue to warm. Anglers wishing to target bass will have the best luck fishing various soft plastics, drop shot set ups, and crankbaits around natural and artificial structures. Starting July 1st, anglers may keep one black bass 15 inches or longer.

CAUTIONARY ALERT: As of 08/24/23 Wildhorse Reservoir tested positive for a  Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB).  Exposure to HABs can lead to mild or potentially severe health issues for people and animals. The public should take proper precautions to protect themselves, their family, and animals. See Nevada State Parks website and social media for most up to date information.

Check the stocking report for updates on trout, catfish and wiper stockings.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

Marlette Lake: Shoreline anglers are finding some fish on the surface early in the morning
Marilyn's Pond: Stocking should pick back up with the cooler temp

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

Bilk Creek Reservoir: Bilk has had a few tough years but should improve this fall with stocking
Baily Fishing Pond: Baily is fishing excellent and has been stocked several times this season
Blue Lakes: Blue lakes fishing report
Carson River: Flows are excellent at the moment
East Walker River (NV): Flows are excellent at the moment
Chimney Dam Reservoir: Chimney Dam Reservoir Report
Davis Creek Park Pond: Fishing has been good at Davis Pond