Walker River, East Fork

The East Walker River in Nevada flows through Lyon County originating along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada (California). Bridgeport Reservoir, seven miles upstream of the NV-CA border, stores water for irrigation needs in Nevada. Historically, cutthroat trout migrated 140 miles from Walker Lake to the headwaters, but this no longer occurs. Now, rainbow and brown trout and mountain whitefish are the popular fisheries. In 2017, Nevada Division of State Parks began managing areas that were previously private (Flying M, Rafter 7, and Pitchfork ranches), with public access allowed at Pitchfork Ranch. Additional angling access is forthcoming.

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Type of water
Fishing Report

The East Walker is down to around 20 cfs and fishing has slowed down considerably. Anchor ice likely going to limit the ability to fish for the next few weeks. If you do get out, remember that clear cold water demands that angler’s approach at low angles and from behind the fish. Light leaders and tippets will also help increase any hook-ups are are more likely to get cut on ice.



Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
1502Rainbow Trout10.303-30-20221502
3794Brown Trout9.604-13-20223794
4968Brown Trout2.004-22-20228762
2160Brown Trout10.105-02-202210922
4990Brown Trout2.5 05-17-202215912
3751Rainbow Trout906-06-20225253
3312Brown Trout9.506-20-202219224
1506Rainbow Trout9.810-07-20226759

Pertinent Information

– Approximately 38 percent of the East Walker River flows through BLM and Forest Service lands and 62 percent of the Nevada portion has public access. Upstream access begins at Rosaschi Ranch, which is most popular for fly- and lure fishing. Rainbow and brown trout and mountain whitefish spawn naturally, and populations are the highest compared to those downstream. Just downstream is the Elbow, which is stocked with rainbow trout. Its habitat is also suitable for natural trout spawning, and fly- and bait fishing are popular. Other common fishing sites include Raccoon Beach and Ravenelle, but access is more difficult to reach. The newly purchased State Park areas (Flying-M Ranch, Pitchfork Ranch, and Rafter 7 Ranch) have also been stocked and trout populations should become established with time. Irrigation generally begins in April and ends in October and flows reach between 200 to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs), making it difficult to wade. Winter flow ranges between 20 and 50 cfs and fishing becomes easier. The East Walker River is classified as non-navigable, meaning that the river passing through private property is also private property.