Wildhorse Reservoir

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

Pertinent Information

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.  


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Nevada Fishing Regulations

Boating Regulations

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.


  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Cutthroat Hybrid
  • Tiger Trout
  • Channel Catfish
  • Yellow Perch
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Wiper

  • Regions

  • Eastern Nevada

  • Counties

  • Elko County