The Fish Sniffer - Don Zuber Leads Derby With 5.4 Lb. Rainbow
Don Zuber Leads Derby With 5.4 Lb. Rainbow

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 21, 2014
Species: Trout Bass
Location: Walker River- West, Topaz Lake,

Anglers are hooking big, bold rainbow trout as the “How-Big-is-Big Fishing Derby” on the West Walker River continues.

“The current leader is Don Zuber of Wellington with a 5.4# and 22-3/4” trout,” reported Pam Hamic of the West Walker River Motel. “The junior derby leader is Eli Lattig of Escalon with a fish weighing 2.0# pounds and measuring 19”. We have seen numerous 4 and 3 pounders, along with some fish over 5 pounds.”

Anglers are using Panther Martins and salmon eggs for the best success. The top areas are Mountain Gate and the Highway 395 Bridge. “The water is clear and a little low, but still in good shape - we got some rain this week,” she noted.

The derby runs through July 31. Mono County planted the river with 400 pounds of trout averaging 3 to 5 pounds on July 15. These plants are in addition to the weekly plants of catchable rainbows by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

There is no entry fee for the derby – just bring your fish to the Walker General Store and your catch will be weighed and recorded. 

 The prizes will include rod and reel combinations, free lodging, and free meals at local restaurants and motels. The Walker Burger will also give each kid a free ice cream, courtesy of the West Walker Motel.

Very few anglers are fishing for trout or bass at Topaz Lake, now that water skiers, jet skiers and recreational boaters are dominating the reservoir.

“It’s got water and fish, but the lake is crowded with toys,” Hamic quipped. 

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