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Walker Lake Sponsored by
Date 05-May-19
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Conditions : WALKER LAKE: Walker Lake is currently at 44% of capacity and rising. An increase in the lake level is key to the fishery rebounding.

Reported by: NDOW

Species Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners
  • Lahontan cutthroat trout
  • Tahoe suckers
  • tui chub

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About: - Walker Lake is located 12 miles north of Hawthorne and 55 miles south of Fallon off U.S. 95. It is a terminal lake (lake with no outlet) that is fed by the Walker River. Walker Lake is a remnant of the ancient Lake Lahontan that once covered most of the Great Basin 50,000 years ago. The native Lahontan cutthroat trout still inhabit Walker Lake, but the fishery is now maintained by hatchery stocks. River barriers prevent any natural reproduction.

Walker Lake is 17 miles long and 5 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 80 feet (2003). The only fish remaining in the lake are Lahontan cutthroat trout, tui chub, and to a lesser extent, Tahoe suckers. The lake stratifies from June through September and surface temperatures can reach 75ºF at the surface. Fishing us generally toughest during this time when trout suspend in deeper water. During October and November, trout have been found near the surface (1-15 feet deep) in open water. They then move into the shore zone areas around December. Boaters typically have the highest catch rates, especially when fish are offshore or suspended, but shore anglers do well from December to May. Under ideal environmental conditions, cutthroat trout can live up to 9 years and achieve weights greater than 10 pounds. In Walker Lake, however, the salinity and alkalinity have increased to near lethal limits for their survival. Currently, fish have been ranging is size from 13 to 25 inches and from 1 to 3 ½ pounds.  Check at the local stores to determine fishing depth. Spoons and flatfish are the most productive lures. Shore fishing can, at times, be productive. Again, spoons are the preferred tackle.

Stocking - Approximately 40,000 6-inch cutthroat trout are stocked in March. Ten thousand of the fish are reared at Mason Valley Hatchery (NDOW) and 30,000 are reared at the federal hatchery at Gardnerville (Lahontan National Hatchery). All fish are acclimated to Pyramid Lake water prior to being released into Walker Lake. In this way, mortality is reduced.

Camping: Both improved (Sportsmen’s Beach) and primitive camping are available at the lake. There are also two small stores that sell limited groceries and fishing supplies.

Misc Info: - Regulations - Season is open year round, any hour of the day or night. Possession is 5 trout per day or in possession. There are no restrictions on tackle, however, live minnows must be obtained from within the Walker River drainage

Boating Regulations - No boating is allowed within a 100-yard radius of the Rose Creek confluence on the southwest side of the lake. Boats must maintain a flat wake within the marked buoy areas around docks and launching areas.

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