EAST WALKER RIVER
Walker River Outfitters offers great fishing opportunities in the Eastern Sierra. We chose the East Walker River as our home water for a reason. The river is located north of Bridgeport on Highway 182 and crosses into Nevada about 7 miles later for another 15 miles of great fishing. The East Walker holds Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroat, Whitefish and Carp. There are some great fish in this river and not everyone is catching them. You begin to learn a lot about a river when you spend every day on it and this allows us to provide you the best guided trip possible. The East Walker has special regulations. Due to new regulations implemented March 1, 2021, the river is now only open from the last Saturday in April to November 15th, there is a two fish limit (minimum 18 inches and barbs are now allowed). SEE BELOW FOR CALL FOR ACTION! Abundant bait fish populations keep the lunkers well fed. On top of that, this tail water has incredible populations of midges, mayflies, and caddis to stuff the fish even more. Day in and day out, nymphing is the most effective technique, but don't forget your dries! Every year we have hatches that bring nice fish to the surface. If you like to huck the big ugly stuff, this is your river. Streamers consistently hook the biggest fish of the year. Click here for current flows.
CALL FOR ACTION! SAVE OUR FISH!
New regulations effective 03/01/21, closed the East Walker River to year-round fishing, allow the use of barbed hooks and doubled the daily take. As an angler and one who has fished and guided the East Walker River for decades, I want to make you aware of the negative impacts the latest DFW regulations will have on the East Walker, its fish population, and the local economy. The new regulations ignore the historic management of the East Walker as a trophy Brown trout fishery. These regulations not only double the legal daily take, they also permit the use of barbed hooks. For good reason, California has not allowed barbed hooks on a water with special regulations. Undersized trout hooked and then released from barbed hooks have a high mortality rate. That, coupled with the doubling of the daily take, will not improve the health of the East Walker fishery as populations of both large and small fish will be negatively impacted. Since 2006 the river has been open to winter fishing. No adverse effects from this year-round access have been documented. In addition, winter fishing allows increased angler opportunity and local businesses to enjoy welcomed income during the long “off” season. The East Walker flows into Nevada which has managed the river as a year-round, artificial, single barbless, catch and release water. Nevada has seen no harmful impacts from these regulations. The East Walker fish in California should enjoy the same protections as their Nevada cousins. There are very few rivers in our state that have the potential to grow 30-inch Brown trout. The East Walker is one of them. If these new changes make you as upset and worried as I am please contact the CA Fish and Wildlife Commission and make your opinion heard. These regulations are not set in stone, they can be changed if enough people voice their concerns. We recommend a year-round season with barbless single hooks and a zero limit to coincide with the regulations in Nevada. I encourage you to contact the Commission to review these regulation changes and return this river to its former status as a year-round angling destination with regulations that protect - rather than harm - the fish. CLICK HERE for a sample letter.
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
916-653-4899 or 916-653-7229