Map of Wildhorse Reservoir
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Wildhorse Reservoir was constructed in 1937 and
reconstructed in 1970. It’s primary
purpose id for irrigation storage and, therefore, has large seasonal drawdowns. Most of the surrounding land is administered
by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, but is leased to the Duck Valley Indian
Reservation. Additionally, Wildhorse
State Park and some private property surround the reservoir
At maximum capacity, the reservoir covers 2,830
acres, has a maximum depth of 70 feet, and an average depth of 40 feet. It has a coldwater, put-grow-take trout fishery
and a self-sustaining warmwater fishery.
Coldwater game species include rainbow, brown, bowcutt (rainbow x
cutthroat hybrid), and tiger trout (brown x brook trout hybrid). Warmwater game species consists of smallmouth
bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, wipers (white bass x striper hybrid),
and yellow perch. Harvest lengths of larger
than 16 inches usually occur for rainbow trout and 19 inches for bowcutt trout. Wipers generally range from 14 to 25 inches, channel
catfish from 14 to 28 inches, and black bass from 8 to 17 inches. Lures are best for trout from May through June
and mid-September through October, and nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, corn, and
Power Bait during December through February while ice fishing. Fly-fishing is popular in early spring and
late fall. Shore and still fishing from
a boat are successful; however, trolling is more productive in summer. Spring and early summer are best for bass
using crankbaits and rubber worms, and for catfish using stink baits and
liver. Use small jigs and worms for
yellow perch. Wildhorse State Park has
day use, camping, and a boat ramp and BLM has a day use and campground area
near the north end of the reservoir. Wildhorse
Resort has a motel, RV hookup, restaurant, bar, and a convenience store. Duck Valley Indian Reservation provides
campsites and a boat launch.
All boat harbors and other areas designated by buoys are zones in which a vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may a vessel be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour Vessels are prohibited in areas designated by signs or buoys at the dam.
Travel north from Elko on State Route 225 for 65 miles to the reservoir.