Wildhorse Reservoir Fishing Report

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 are doing extensive testing to try to find the cause of the die-off. Anglers report that fishing from shore has slowed significantly. Perch fishing has been poor. Fishing in the coves and from shore has been fair for trout. Bass fishing is still slow but is starting to pick up a bit and is expected to pick up more as the water warms. The same fly patterns continue to work as fly fishermen have been successful with wine colored leech patterns as well as wine or red chironomids. Olive, wine and black/blood leeches and buggers have also produced fish. 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. 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 two 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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