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Written By: Dan Bacher, June 12, 2014
Location: Wildhorse Lake,
Low water levels caused by persistent drought conditions and irrigation demands at Wildhorse and Willow Creek reservoirs have prompted the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners at the request of the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to remove the limit on game fish, allowing anglers unlimited take. This regulation went into effect May 15, 2014 and will run through February 28, 2015.
With the lifting of gamefish limits, Wildhorse is getting more visitation and anglers are having good luck for trout and fair luck for bass and wipers. The water temperature has climbed into the high fifties and should continue to climb with the forecasted warm temperatures.
“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,” reported Joe Doucette of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “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. “One angler reported catching 31 trout in four and a half hours using crankbaits,” noted Doucette.
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.
“Some black bass are being caught and wipers have been hit or miss. On some days anglers are hitting a school and catching quite a few, while on other days they are getting skunked,” noted Doucette.
The fish cleaning station is open. 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.
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