River Overview

The East Walker river begins with the outflow at the Bridgeport Reservoir and meanders through gentle bends and quick riffles before hitting the Nevada state line and continuing it's journey into the desert. Prolific aquatic insect life equals an abundance of incredible fish, and Highway 168 borders the river for most of its length making this fishery highly accessible and popular. While it's a decently long haul from Sacramento and the Bay area, spending a couple days on the East Walker is an incredibly memorable and enjoyable experience for anglers at all levels.

Details

  • Target Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
  • River Type: Tailwater
  • Closest Town: Bridgeport Ca.
  • Closest Fly Shops: Ken's Sporting Goods - Bridgeport Ca.
  • River Regulations & Closures: The East Walker River below Bridgeport reservoir is a barbless, catch and release wild trout fishery.
  • Hazards: Not many on the East Walker river. This is a pretty safe and navigable fishery.
BRIDGEPORT WEATHER
June 4, 2021

Flows keep getting bumped up and then back down.  Watch water temps in the late afternoon.  Mornings have been good.  This past week was a little slower…But it’s almost full go Hopper time!    There’s also been some great afternoon BWO and Caddis hatches! There have been reports of some great fish coming out of the California and Nevada sides. Dry dropper is perfect in these low-flow situations!  Small midges and baetis have been working well.  Rubber legs are getting it done, as well as any good attractor patterns for those aggressive browns! Water was definitely off-color and a good ol’ Dirt Snake has been getting it done! Pulling a Streamer through those deep pools is doing well also. Also remerber emerger patterns…Swing those babies all the way through!

Wading

The East Walker river provides exceptionally easy wading with a river bottom comprised primarily of gravel and occasional boulders. High levels of aquatic vegetation can make areas slippery, but this river is a great bet for non-challenging wading.


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Optimal CFS:

Under 350

Strategy

Guide Tips: Spring runoff can be a great time on the East Walker if the flows are manageable. Dirtier water allows heavier leaders, but you'll want to really canvas each piece of water as thoroughly as possible if visibility is low.

 

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Access Points

Tons of access on California side of Hwy 128 (Sweetwater Rd.)

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Info

While fairly stable and predictable, flows under 350 CFS provide the best access to the variety of bends and riffles on the East Walker.

Wading Info

The East Walker river provides exceptionally easy wading with a river bottom comprised primarily of gravel and occasional boulders. High levels of aquatic vegetation can make areas slippery, but this river is a great bet for non-challenging wading.

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Guide Recommended Gear

Rod: 4wt - 5wt

Line: Weight Forward Floating

Leader: 4x

Tippet: 5x

Weight: Yew

Indicator: Yes

Waders: Yes

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