East Walker River Report

The Trout Fitter Staff

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Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions:  Poor

Flows are back down to 35 cfs as of 5/6

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good

Yes the fishing is good BUT:

Flows right now are 20% of normal, temperatures are expected to be up in the 60's and 70's over the next couple of weeks, this will be the 2nd year with limited stocking of fingerlings and a computer programing glitch which removed "barbless" from regulations on any body of water that is stocked, no matter how limited it may be.

SO, it is up to us to protect this fishery or we can be more concerned with ego gratifying pictures and videos and watch the death spiral of a once great fishery. If you must take pictures keep the fish in the water at all times and debarb your hooks.

Also take a thermometer and take temperature readings frequently. Once the water gets above mid 60's it might be time to head elsewhere or at the very least be very aware of how the fish are recovering and land fish as quickly as possible. Better to break off a fish than exhaust it beyond recovery.

Okay back to the fishing. Midges in the morning and Baetis midday, there are some Tricos in the early morning but not sure if that will last since they're 3 months early.  Dry fly action has been sporadic but nymphing has been good. Streamers have also been effective. The water is a bit murky, definitely helps when the flows are low. Fishing has definitely been better early and with the slight increase in flows the fish have been moving into the shallower water.

Recommended Flies

 DRIES:   | Mother Shucker #22-24 | E/C Caddis #14-18 | Banshee Caddis #16-18 | Sparkle Flag Black #20-22 | Chernobyl Ant #6-10

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #12-16| Dead Drift Crayfish #8 | Bottom Roller Psycho #10-12 | Copper Zebra #16-22 | T's Stone Drummond Light #8-10 | JuJu Baetis #22-24 |  Glass Bead Micro May Olive #22-24 | S&M Nymph #20-22

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle | Sculpzilla | Hornberg #10-14 | Belly Scratcher Minnow Chub #2 | Bank Robber Sculpin #2 | Punk Perch Light #10-14

More Reports


The Trout Fitter Reports
for Friday, May 7th
Hot Creek: Hot Creek Fishing Report
Crowley Lake: Crowley Lake Fishing Report
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Upper Owens River Report
Owens River - Lower: Lower Owens River Report
The Trout Fitter Reports
for Friday, April 30th
Hot Creek: Hot Creek Fishing Report
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Upper Owens River Report
Owens River - Lower: Lower Owens River Report
East Walker River (CA): East Walker River Report


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