Wildhorse Reservoir Fishing Report

Wild Horse Reservoir - Owyhee, NV (Elko County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

The lake was spilling earlier this week, but its slowing down.  Algae is growing and the water is getting murkier. Surface water temperatures are in the mid 60’s.  Depending upon the day and the weather, fishing ranges from good to excellent for 15 to 18 inch fish with some 20+ inch fish every once in a while.   Shore anglers continue to do well by the bridge in the Hendricks Arm using PowerBait  and with spinners.  For fly fishermen midge larva and midge emerger patterns as well as hares ears, and PT nymphs are still go to nymph patters. Black or olive wooly buggers were taking fish as well, though black is better as trout are eating black leeches. Damselflies are starting to appear so damselfly nymph fly patterns should be working.  With the lake spilling, fishing below the dam has been good for reservoir sized fish.  The lake was stocked with approximately 6,000 tiger trout averaging just over eight inches in length a couple of weeks ago.  No black bass may be kept until July 1. The campground is open and is on a first come first served basis.

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