on Walker Lake
Editor Jim Benson
is the time to fish for Lahontan cutthroat trout at Walker Lake.
Located along side highway 95, north of Hawthorne Nevada, Walker
Lake suffered low water levels during the seven-year drought from
1987 to 1993. With a few wet winters in the past years the lake
level has risen over 14 feet thus helping make walker lake one
of the best fisheries in the west for cutthroat trout.
The end of March, first of April the cutthroat will start their
spawning runs. The fish will move from the west side of the lake
where the water level is much deeper to the east side of the lake
into the shallows. The average fish being caught will run around
18.5 inches and weigh around 3 lbs., with a few fish going upwards
of 5 to 10 lbs.
There are four different strains of Lahontan cutthroat stocked
in Walker Lake. They are the Pilot Peak, Independence, Catnip
and Pyramid strains. The Nevada Dept. of Wildlife annually stocks
Walker Lake with around 200,000 cutthroat trout. This is the only
trout species that can survive in the lake.
For those of you interested there is an annual fishing derby
at Walker Lake scheduled for April 1st, and featuring more than
$5000 in cash and prizes. For information call Colvin's Sport
Fishing at 775-423-0522.
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