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Fishing At Wild Horse Reservoir

AKA: Wildhorse Lake

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Fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rainbow trout, brown trout and yellow perch at Wildhorse Reservoir in Nevada.
Wild Horse Reservoir, NV

Remote and scenic, Wild Horse Reservoir is a favorite of anglers that enjoy catching quality fish, without fighting crowds. Brown and rainbow trout are the primary draw here, but the lake also has populations of bass, catfish and perch. This year-round fishery is a 2,800-acre lake, with about 25 miles of shoreline, and is located in the north-central part of the state, 12 miles south of Mountain City. Ice fishing is popular once the ice is safe, yet the remoteness keeps the number of anglers to a minimum. Once the ice clears there is good fishing the rest of the year. There is plenty of accessible shoreline for fishing from the bank, around most of the lake. There is a concrete boat ramp at Wild Horse Reservoir State Recreation Area, plus numerous places around the lake with primitive options for boat launching. Canoes, kayaks, car toppers and small fishing boats can be portaged from all the same areas available for bank fishing. Bring everything you will need for your stay as the amenities are limited. Camping is available, but no hookups for RVs.

Primary fish species residing in Wild Horse Reservoir

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Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Rainbow trout Brown trout Yellow Perch

Wildhorse Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: NO
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: YES

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

North Wild Horse Campground - 775 753-0200

Wild Horse State Recreation Area Campground - 775 385-5939

Wild Horse Reservoir NV Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information
Wild Horse State Recreation Area
HC31 Box 265
Elko, NV 89801
775 385-5939

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