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Wildhorse Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 01-Sep-14
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Conditions : WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: The recent moisture combined with cooler temperatures has been a blessing for Wild Horse and it looks like the reservoir dodged a bullet as far as any major fish die-off. That being said the lake is around 16 or 17 percent of capacity and will probably go into the winter at around 10 percent of capacity. It has been a year since it has been stocked so the fish that the minimum size for trout being caught is in the 16 to 17 inch class with many fish over 20 inches. Fishing has picked up a bit, but due to the lack of stocking, fishing should be considered slow to fair for quantity and good for size. Wipers are also being reported with most of those greater than 15 inches in size and many of them are 20 inches or larger. 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. Shore anglers are having a little luck for trout with PowerBait or worms. However, find shoreline where the bottom drops off quickly as the trout have moved deeper to find cooler water. Fly rodders continue to have some success with buggers, hare’s ears, leech patterns and chironomids fished from float tubes or kick boats. Just make sure you are using a full sink line and give it time to get the flies down deep. 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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