OCt. 18, 2012 Trout Move Into Shallow Water
Written By: Dan Bacher, October 19, 2012
Location: Wildhorse Lake,
(Elko) Daytime highs at Wildhorse Reservoir are only in the sixties and overnight lows have been in the low thirties and occasionally dipping into the twenties. This is starting to kill the algae and the water should soon start to get clearer, resulting in improving trout fishing conditions at the lake.
“The cooler conditions have the trout moving into shallower water, so shore fishing in the vicinity of the state park has been good with many anglers reporting limits using either PowerBait or nightcrawlers,” reported Joe Doucette of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “Fly fishermen report good fishing in three to five feet of water using gold ribbed hare’s ears or chironomids catching fish averaging around 20 inches.”
Fly rodders should also be using mayfly imitators, damsel fly nymphs, wooly buggers and leech patterns.
The state park boat ramp is still usable, though the dock is no longer in the water. However, the small ramp in the Hendricks Arm is at the end of the concrete and launching here is not advised.
“Wiper fishing continues to be good with anglers catching fish around the island off of the state park boat ramp, along the rock face south of the boat ramp and a few near the bridge in the Hendricks Arm,” said Doucette. “Minnow imitations, such as crankbaits or rapalas that are black over silver or white, or perch imitators seem to be the best. Fly rodders should use Clousers with a flashy body in chartreuse, pink, or a combination of the two colors.
The outflow of the dam has slowed to between 30 and 40 cfs, helping to stabilize the lake level. This is also making for good brown and rainbow trout fishing conditions in the tailwater below Wild Horse Dam. This is great nymphing water, though large terrestrial patterns should also be effective when the sun is on the water.
Bass anglers are having luck either drop shotting or with crank baits, both fished off of points and structure, added Doucette.Back To Reports