Much of the West Walker River flows through private lands. The river is non-navigable; meaning the river adjacent to private property is also private. Public access occurs in two primary places, first, Hoye Canyon, which has about one mile of public fishing upstream from the town of Wellington. Expect to catch rainbow trout, brown trout, and possibly largemouth and smallmouth bass in this area. The other publicly accessible site is the Wilson Canyon/BLM Rest Area. Rainbow and brown trout are stocked here as well. Good baits to use are nightcrawlers, Power Bait, and gold-colored spinners in some of the larger pools. Fly-fishing is also popular. The river is generally wadeable from November through early April. Flows are high during mid- to late spring and summer resulting from spring runoff and irrigation demands. Primitive camping is allowed at the BLM Wilson Canyon Recreation Area and a restroom is available.