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Wildhorse Reservoir satisfies Mac-the-Naw’s fishing bug

Column by Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. I’m back!

I told you that when I returned from Wildhorse Reservoir I’d tell you all about it. Well, I’m here now to tell you all about it. I’m here to tell you if you love bass fishing, catfishing, and perch fishing, Wildhorse is the closest place to heaven on earth.

This lake is 64 miles north of Elko and you don’t need a map to get there. Take Interstate 80 to Elko. Look for the sign to Wildhorse Reservoir on the last left turn and you’re there.

We stayed at Dunn’s Wildhorse Resort, which is only 5 minutes from the lake. The resort reminded me of an old West town right out of “Gunsmoke.” The first thing you come to is a quaint little building where you can enjoy fine meals in the restaurant and a cozy family atmosphere. There is also a general store for things you need or forgot, and you may have the luck of running into Dennis Dunn, owner/operator of this establishment and a textbook of lake knowledge.

This is the man who can put you on fish.

My wife, Renee, and I took his advice and we came back with four catfish on a stringer weighing about 34 pounds.

When you’re done fishing and have worked up another appetite, head on back to the restaurant and let Cornellia (a little German sweetheart) be your cook. She is awesome! Then pull yourself up to the bar and meet Mike — one great conversationalist.

The last night at the resort I caught myself talking for hours and enjoying every minute. I hated knowing we would leave the next day. All I can say is, “I’ll be back.”

Dunn’s Wildhorse offers boat rentals, guide services, restaurant, bar, RV park, gas, diesel, propane, rooms, sundries, fishing gear, great people and much more.

For more information, you can call Dennis at (775) 758-6472 or (775) 758-6471. Ask them for a brochure. Or you can go online at http://www.NevadaAdventures.com. You can find the link to Dunn’s resort and Wildhorse resort. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. All I can say is make sure you bring a big enough cooler to bring home your fish.

Now let’s check out our local fishing reports:

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Kokanee action has been scattered but good. The best action has been from the mouth of Emerald Bay to Camp Richardson. You must go in deep waters but only fish 50-55 feet deep. The best action has been with any red magic imitation behind a dodger, and make sure you use one kernel of corn. Mackinaw action is doing good in 120-140 feet of water using downriggers, placing your rapala near the bottom, or flasher blades and live minnows. Average 4-5 pound rainbow action is still slow. For more information, call the guys at The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

CAPLES LAKE: For trollers using rapalas, go deep. Action has been good for rainbows. Last Sunday, one angler started before sunup and was done by 8 a.m. He was fishing from the shore using power bait. For more information, call Caples lake resort at (209) 258-8888.

WEST CARSON RIVER: Waters are extremely low and fishing is so-so. Last Sunday, Jason and Amanda Lyons of Woodfords caught a 3-pound, 10-ounce rainbow using turbo power bait.

EAST CARSON: Waters also low. Action has been fair. Look for your deep pools away from the road. Use a small split shot, possibly two, with a portion of a night crawler and a salmon egg. For more information on these rivers, call The Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229.

RED LAKE: Fish early-early-early! Around the dam area toward the pines use a gold kastmaster for average size brown trout and the action is HOT. But by 10 a.m. you can either go home or have lunch because the bite turns from hot to sparse. The lake is turning over but is not mossy.

TOPAZ LAKE: The only thing hot at Topaz is the brushfire. Even though the road is now open, I fear the fishing will come to a slump do to the runoff of fire retardant and ash. I pray that I am wrong. For more information, call The Topaz Lake Marina at (775) 266-3550.

Now let’s see what’s going on in the fly-fishing world courtesy of Victor Babbitt.

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