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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Region
Western
County
Lyon
Type of water
River
Fishing Report

The East Walker is down to winter flows, currently hovering around 20-30cfs. Recent surveys showed record populations above and below the Elbow access. Fishing should remain excellent until it really gets cold. Spin fishing with spoons and rapalas should continue to produce fish in deep water and protected pools. Fly fishing with streamers and larger nymphs has been the best bet with the water levels. If flows ever come down, we should get some really good winter dry fly fishing opportunities.

Walker River Angler Guide Information 

11-22-2023

Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
3049Rainbow Trout8.108-25-20233049
4302Brown Trout10.208-08-202316536
4998Brown Trout10.207-26-202312,234
7236Brown Trout1.604-28-20237236

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.