The Fish Sniffer - Trout Fishing Rated Fair As Water Level Drops
Trout Fishing Rated Fair As Water Level Drops

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 21, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Wildhorse Lake,

Flows out of the lake have increased and with the downstream water demands below the reservoir due to the warmer weather and the drought. The water level is now dropping about a foot a week.

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

“With the quickly dropping water level, shorelines are soft,” said Doucette. “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. Launching large boats is not recommended.”

Most wipers are being found off of steep breaking, windswept shorelines.

“Boaters were finding trout in 20 to 25 feet of water, with the trout hanging in the top 15 feet of the water column,” Doucette stated. “Most shore anglers are having luck with plain old garden hackle, though others are using PowerBait and lures. However, find shoreline where the bottom drops off quickly as the trout are moving deeper to find cooler water.”

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

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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