Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Profile of the West Walker River, CA

The West Walker River begins it's journey high in the Eastern Sierra north of Yosemite. The West Walker eventually merges with the East Walker in Nevada flowing north and empting into Walker Lake. The West Walker looks no different than other rivers that parallel a highway. Until the unexpected happens.

The West Walker is stocked with Alper's Rainbows. The Alper's raised trout have grown to some very large sizes, with a few pushing the 30" mark. There are a wide variety of fish in the river, from the small 8 inchers to some surprising lunkers. Access to the West Walker from the town of Walker, CA is very easy since it flows along Highway 395 for many miles.

As a side note, in 1997 a flood all but decimated the river and the highway running along it's bank. There are still enormous uprooted tree stumps littering the river banks and some large boulder fields. Since then, the West Walker has made a tremendous comeback and is a hard place to pass up when driving the 395.

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