The Fish Sniffer - Experienced Anglers Nail Wipers
Experienced Anglers Nail Wipers

Written By: Dan Bacher, August 20, 2014
Species: Landlocked Stripers
Location: Wildhorse Lake,

(Elko) The water at Wildhorse is very green with algae and surface water temperatures are well into the seventies by late afternoon. Launching large boats is not recommended at all. Only car toppers or boats that can be hand carried to the water are recommended now.

“Trout fishing is slow to fair, fishing for cats is fair, and bass fishing is fair to good,” related Joe Doucette of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “Wiper fishing has been fair to good for experienced wiper anglers and slow to fair for others.”

“Most wipers are being found off of steep breaking, windswept shorelines and are difficult to target without getting a boat on the water,” he tipped.

Most shore anglers are having a little luck for trout with plain old garden hackle, though others are using PowerBait and lures. However, find shoreline where the bottom drops off quickly as the trout have moved deeper to find cooler water, Doucette advised.

“Fly rodders have had some success with buggers, hare’s ears, leech patterns and chironomids fished from float tubes or kick boats. The fish are avoiding the shallow south end of the lake due to warm water temperatures there. Many of the fish are being caught at between 15 and 20 feet of depth in the canyon by the dam,” he explained. 


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