The Fish Sniffer - Sacramento Angler Wins How Big Is Big Derby
Sacramento Angler Wins How Big Is Big Derby

Written By: Dan Bacher, August 20, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Walker River- West, Topaz Lake,

(Coleville) Christopher Wong of Sacramento won first place in the “How Big Is Big” Trout Derby with his 5.6 lb. rainbow measuring 23-1/2 inches long caught on the West Walker River.

Dylan Baptiste of San Ramon won first place in the Junior Division with his 3.8 lb. rainbow measuring 19-1/2 inches long.

“With the big storm that moved into the area this week, the river turned to chocolate, so we moved our “Size Doesn’t Matter” derby to the Little Walker River,” said Sam at the West Walker River Motel.

“Before the storm, anglers were catching a catching lot of 3 and 4 pounders on the West Walker,” he noted. “Salmon eggs, worms and spinners produced the best action. The few fly fishermen out were fishing with salmon eggs also. The top spots were Mountain Gate and the Highway 394 Bridge.”

He said the Little Walker is in great shape. “It has plenty of water and is clear,” he noted.

The Northern Mono County Chamber of Commerce planted 750 pounds averaging 2 to 3 pounds In the Little Walker for the latest derby. Fishermen are also hooking some pansize brook trout and German browns in the Little Walker River,  

Fishing pressure for trout and bass remains very light at Topaz Lake, since water skiers, jet skiers and recreational boaters continue to dominate the reservoir.    

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