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Wildhorse Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 09-Jul-14
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Conditions : WILDHORSE RESERVOIR: 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. With the quickly dropping water level, shorelines are soft. 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. Trout fishing is fair, fishing for cats is fair to good, and bass fishing has been good. Wiper fishing has been good for experienced wiper anglers and fair for others. 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. 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. This goes for boats being launched anywhere on the lake. If you are just going to the inspection station, but not using the park, you will not be charged an entrance fee.

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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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