Fishing West Walker River

Fishing West Walker River

With the addition of acreage and direct access to the West Walker River from our campground, I thought I’d share a brief background on this tributary. The West Walker River is a 95-mile long tributary of the Walker River that flows through eastern California and western Nevada. The River rises from the snowmelt in the Sierras, north of Yosemite National Park. It flows north along the Sweetwater Mountains before entering Antelope Valley. It then flows north into Douglas County, Nevada. Once the River reaches Nevada, it turns in a northeastern direction and joins the East Walker River to form the Walker River mainstem, about 7 miles south of Yerington.

Portions of The West Walker River are stocked with rainbow, brown, and brook trout from late April through July or September, depending on water flow. The Lahontan Cutthroat are native to the stream. Much of the River’s water is used for agricultural irrigation and flows through private land.

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