View Full Version : Wild Things on the Walker (Pictures)

Captain Compassion
03-23-2012, 05:52 PM
Got a message from Nighthawk saying that he was going to Bridgeport to do some fishing on the wild fish section of the East Walker River. It had been sense mid November sense I'd fished moving water so I decided to join him. If he was crazy enough to drive down from Santa Rosa for a couple of days I certainly could drive the 65 miles down there and fish with him a bit. The weather guessers had said that the weather Friday morning so I left at 0515 and drove to Bridgeport in an invigorating mix of wind, rain and snow. Fortunately when I reached the town the skies cleared and the sun came out. We arrived on the river shortly before 0700 and fished the Glory Hole area. The river was low, cold and clear and I can't ever remember seeing more fish in this water. Tom and I fished to 1300 and had 18 fish to the shore between us. They were feisty 12 to 15 inch rainbows and some nicer browns to 19 inches. We used small stick baits and small plastics. Tom will be fishing more this afternoon and tomorrow morning and I'm sure he will add many more to the tally. The East Walker is open all year to fishing in the wild trout section below Bridgeport Res. During the off season the limit is zero. During the general trout season you can keep one fish of 18 inches or more. Artificial lures only with barbless hooks. Tom, thanks for the invite and showing me where to fish. It's been some time sense I've caught such quality trout in a river. I'm going to have to make this drive more often.


Low, Cold and Clear

First Fish for Tom

Very Fat Brown

Another for Tom

A Bow


Shooting the Breeze

Brown for Tom


Another Brown

Something at My Feet

A Brown

Bridgeport Res. is Full

Rhino's for Lunch

West Walker is in Good Shape

03-23-2012, 07:28 PM
Excellent report & pics.....what a gorgeous looking day & gorgeous looking fish. :clap: Those browns are legit...& the trout are healthy looking too. I love that area, I only wish I lived closer. I make an effort to do it at least once a year....but not always lucky.

Thanks again for sharing....now you got me craving some Sierra trout fishin:trout:

03-24-2012, 12:58 PM
FINALLY A RIVER REPORT!!! it's nice to finally see some natural square tails! thanks for braving the elements and reporting back, and NICE brownie!

where you jerking the stick baits or using a steady retrieve?
what kind of soft plastics did you use?
this makes me want to start hitting up the upper AR :excited:

03-24-2012, 03:33 PM
Beautiful water.

03-24-2012, 05:53 PM
Good times! Thanks looks like fun

O.mykiss hunter
03-24-2012, 10:09 PM
Great report! Thanks for the pics!