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
July 22, 2020

With the flows increasing to 180cfs the EW is back in play and fishing incredibly well. Focus your efforts in the morning and evening and let the river rest during the hottest parts of the day. Foam hoppers and beetles against the banks at any overhanging grass or brush will draw quick strikes from aggressive rainbows and browns, there is no undercut bank too small for a big fish to hide! Don’t overlook spots that seem unfishable, you’ll be shocked when a 20″ brown trout comes out of nowhere to eat your hopper. Large fish are also hanging out in any deeper pool, and where you find one, you’ll find more. Pats rubberlegs and caddis pupae are getting grabs and be sure to let the flies swing and pause at the end of your drift.

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.


Active Bugs

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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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