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Walker Lake Nevada

By artcubis
Walker Lake Nevada

Walker Lake 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.

Tags: Photo journalism Nevada Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Walker lake

Voters: mishu78, Lou_Pink, debu and 13 more


mishu78 10 Canada
4 Nov 2010 1:45AM
Great shot of the lake! Interesting write up. I like it.

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Lou_Pink 10 4 6 Northern Ireland
4 Nov 2010 2:21AM
Excellent picture and I always enjoy when there is a bit of history attached to the image, thankyou for sharing this

debu 9 India
4 Nov 2010 3:21AM
Superb image with beautiful detail and colour.
4 Nov 2010 4:42AM
Amazing pic of the lake! Very nice info!
jeb2012 10 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2010 5:04AM
A lovely capture
NeilWigan Plus
9 17 16 England
4 Nov 2010 9:48AM
lovely shot of the lake .seems to have a high rise and fall on water level,judging by the "tide mark".
4 Nov 2010 10:44AM
Beautiful capture. and a great write up.well done.
4 Nov 2010 11:35AM
A lake in the desert is an exciting site. This is an exciting photo!
artcubis 12 6 United States
4 Nov 2010 3:09PM
Thank you my friends for the lovely appreciative and supportive comments. I find myself in great company looking at your works. I love the way you guys inspire me.
4 Nov 2010 6:30PM
Lovely shot of the lake
Oh wow this is beautiful! Great colours and composition.
wideangler 10 8 Wales
6 Nov 2010 4:57PM
I haven't been to Walker Lake but your picture reminds me very much of Lake Powell and Lake Mead. You have captured so well the intense blue of the water and the pale but very attractive pastel shades of the surrounding land. A delightful photograph.

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