The Fish Sniffer - Ice Fishing Expected To Begin Soon
Ice Fishing Expected To Begin Soon

Written By: Dan Bacher, December 5, 2013
Species: Trout Bass
Location: Wildhorse Lake,

The water level at Wildhorse Reservoir continues to drop as the current capacity is down to around 18%. Anglers are gearing up for the annual ice fishing season.

“There is a bit of skim ice in the shallows on colder mornings, but it generally doesn’t freeze over until a bit after Thanksgiving,” reported Joe Doucette of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “The surface water temperatures are still in the low 40’s, but with this weekend’s projected snow and colder temperatures expect it to fall into the 30’s next week.”

Bass fishing is very slow with the cooler water temperatures. Trout fishing has been good and should continue to be good until the ice comes on.

“Shore anglers seem to be sticking with PowerBait or worms with more success as the trout move into the shallower water in search of food,” said Doucett. “Anglers continue to report limits of 16 to 18 inch fish along the beach by the state park boat ramp and in the backs of the coves along the east side of the lake. Both Hendricks and Penrod arms are fishing well.”

Fly rodders will have their best luck with hare’s ears, chironomids, leech patterns, crystal buggers and wooly buggers.

The fish cleaning station is closed for the winter with the freezing nighttime temperatures and the state park campground will be undergoing some renovations so sections of it may be closed periodically, but there should be campsites available for use at all times. The five fish trout limit is now back in effect.

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