The Fish Sniffer - Arrive Early For Maximum Trout Success
Arrive Early For Maximum Trout Success

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 10, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Wildhorse Lake,

The water level at Wildhorse is dropping about 4 inches a week, algae is growing and trout fishing from shore has gotten a bit tougher.

“Shore anglers should plan on being on the water very early before the surface temperatures start to climb,” advised Joe Doucette of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “Small boats may be launched with care as long as boaters realize that the shoreline is soft and you should inspect it on foot before trying to launch to make sure your trailer and vehicle won’t sink into the mud. It is not recommended that you launch a large boat.”

Boaters were finding trout in 20 to 25 feet of water, with the trout hanging in the top 15 feet of the water column. Most shore anglers are having luck with plain old garden hackle, though others are using PowerBait and lures.

“Fly rodders have had success with buggers, hare’s ears, leech patterns and chironomids fished from float tubes or kick boats,” said Doucette. “The fish seem to be avoiding the shallow south end of the lake.”

Anglers should be aware that if they are going to try to launch a boat, that they must get it inspected at the AIS station at the state park headquarters. This goes for boats being launched anywhere on the lake. If you are just going to the inspection station, but not using the park, you will not be charged an entrance fee. 

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