Wildhorse Reservoir

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

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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Last weekend the ice thickness was around four inches, but there were spots that were thinner. Give it at least another week, and two weeks would be better, before heading onto the lake depending upon the weather. With the colder temperatures forecast for the upcoming week, it may be safe for ice fishing the weekend of December 10th. As a general rule, this lake doesn’t have safe ice until around Christmas, but the below average air temperatures in November gave the lake an early start in forming ice. NDOW biologists responsible for Wildhorse, expect trout fishing through the ice for 18” and larger fish to be good this winter. However, they say that fishing for yellow perch through the ice will be slow due to the fishery recovering from the spring 2022 die-off.


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
1918Tiger Trout9.505-06-20221918
3069Rainbow Trout9.205-06-20223069
4176Rainbow Trout9.506-06-20227245
249Rainbow trout9.306-23-20227494
2001Tiger Trout9.306-23-20223919
4636Tiger Trout9.407-08-20228555
10237Rainbow Trout910-10-202217731
14904Rainbow Trout8.610-11-202232635
13929Rainbow Trout8.710-12-202246564
4140Brown Trout5.310-26-20224140

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.