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Walker Lake Nevada

By artcubis
Walker Lake Nevada
About: - Walker Lake is located 12 miles north of Hawthorne and 55 miles south of Fallon off U.S. 95. It is a terminal lake (lake with no outlet) that is fed by the Walker River.
Walker Lake is a remnant of the ancient Lake Lahontan that once covered most of the Great Basin 50,000 years ago. The native Lahontan cutthroat trout still inhabit Walker Lake, but the fishery is now maintained by hatchery stocks. River barriers prevent any natural reproduction.

Walker Lake is 17 miles long and 5 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 80 feet (2003). The only fish remaining in the lake are Lahontan cutthroat trout, tui chub, and to a lesser extent, Tahoe suckers. The lake stratifies from June through September and surface temperatures can reach 75F at the surface. Fishing is generally toughest during this time when trout suspend in deeper water. During October and November, trout have been found near the surface (1-15 feet deep) in open water. They then move into the shore zone areas around December.
Under ideal environmental conditions, cutthroat trout can live up to 9 years and achieve weights greater than 10 pounds. In Walker Lake, however, the salinity and alkalinity have increased to near lethal limits for their survival.Approximately 40,000 6-inch cutthroat trout are stocked in March. Ten thousand of the fish are reared at Mason Valley Hatchery (NDOW) and 30,000 are reared at the federal hatchery at Gardnerville (Lahontan National Hatchery). All fish are acclimated to Pyramid Lake water prior to being released into Walker Lake. In this way, mortality is reduced.

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jeb2012 10 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2010 10:35AM
A lovely capture

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NeilWigan Plus
9 17 16 England
3 Nov 2010 11:12AM
good shot but the information for me ,a fisherman,was great .thank you.

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