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Wildhorse Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 14-Aug-14
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Water Temperature  

Conditions : WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: The lake level has risen a few inches and the surface water temperatures have dropped into the high 60’s and low 70’s. Launching large boats is not recommended at all especially with a soggy muddy shoreline from the recent rains. Only car toppers or boats that can be hand carried to the water are recommended now. Trout fishing has been slow, fishing for cats is fair, and bass fishing is fair to good. Wiper fishing has been fair 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. That being said, the inflow of cooler water may stimulate the fish a bit and while don’t expect fishing to pick up a lot, it may improve over the weekend for a short time. 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. 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.

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About: - Wildhorse Reservoir at maximum capacity covers 2,830 acres, with a maximum depth of 70 feet, an average depth of 40 feet and stores a volume of 73,500 acre feet. It lies on Federal lands administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and leased to the Duck Valley Indian Reservation (Sho-Pai). Wildhorse is open to the public, but fees may be charged for overnight camping. A State Park and some private properties surround the reservoir.

It is a coldwater “put-grow-take” stocked trout and wild, warmwater fishery. Game fish species present are rainbow trout, German brown trout, bowcut trout (rainbow x cutthroat hybrid), smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, yellow perch, and white crappie. Average harvest rate for trout (2004) was 1.38 fish per hour and 4.72 fish per angler. (more on Wildhorse Reservoir)

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