- "Trout didn't want to learn. He seemed to be proud of his stupidity."
- ―Louis Sachar on Trout's intelligence.
|Charles "Trout" Walker|
|Title||Charles "Trout" Walker|
|Family||Linda Walker - Wife|
The Warden - Granddaughter
|Cause of Death||Old age (Assumed)|
|Gallery||Trout Walker Gallery|
Charles "Trout" Walker (1882-1963), was a man living in Green Lake, Texas. He is portrayed as spoiled, jealous, unintelligent, full of himself, and had no desire to change as he already felt he was just fine the way he was. He had little to no experience or skill with romance, and his formal education was lacking if he'd had any at all. Trout had a constant odor around him, which earned him the nickname 'Trout'. In the Holes movie, his full name was never used, nor was the origin of the name "Trout Walker" ever revealed. However, in the novel it was mentioned that the odor around him was usually that of fish, he was played by the late Scott Plank.
Early Life in Green Lake
As a young man in 1904, Trout was the son of the landlord who owned the area containing the lake in Green Lake, Texas, and it was easily his favorite thing to boast about. He was a bigoted and self-centered man, often using his relationship to the land owner to get what he wanted. He was openly racist, much of it being directed at the African American onion picker named Sam, whom Trout was jealous of since he wanted to be romantically involved with the local school teacher, Katherine (Kate) Barlow, who was interested in Sam instead. After Katherine told Trout that she had no interest in him, Trout caught her kissing Sam, which infuriated him.* He had the Sheriff arrest him (as it was illegal for a black man to kiss a white woman) and slate him for hanging, while his mob of friends burned down the schoolhouse. Sam made an attempt to escape in his rowboat along with several jars of Katherine's peaches, but was shot dead by an enraged Trout Walker.
*In the book, it was not Trout, but Hattie Parker who caught them.
After Lake Dried Up
After Sam was murdered, it never rained again in Green Lake. Eventually Trout Walker's main source of wealth quite literally dried up. In the meantime, the grieving Katherine Barlow turned into an infamous bandit/outlaw nicknamed "Kissin Kate Barlow", while Trout, now 30 would go on to woo and marry the 17 year old Linda Miller (who was one of Kate Barlow's students when Sam was murdered) in 1911. By 1924, Trout and his wife Linda, now desperate and poor, tracked down Kate Barlow, who had now been an outlaw for 20 years, threatening her with torture in order to discover the location where she buried her loot obtained in her years as a bandit. However, before the Walkers could do anything, Kate committed suicide by making a Yellow-Spotted lizard bite her on the arm. As she died, she had a smile on her face, taunting him and denying the man his wishes even in death. With Trout's only way to find the treasure now dead he simply began to dig for the remainder of his life. His obsession with finding the treasure infected his children and grandchildren, even after his death in 1963 at the age of 81, when his paternal granddaughter Louise Walker was 15. As a young woman a few years later, Louise Walker would go on to set up Camp Green lake (with herself as the warden) to have the teenaged campers dig massive holes every day till the treasure was found. Ironically, the treasure turned out to be the rightful property of the Yelnats family, as the chest had the original Stanley Yelnats' name on it, making Trout's death all for nothing.
|Campers||Caveman (Stanley Yelnats IV) • Zero (Hector Zeroni) • Squid (Alan) • Armpit (Theodore Johnson) • X-Ray (Rex Washburn) • Jose • Twitch (Brian) • Barfbag (Louis) • Zigzag (Ricky)|
|Camp Green Lake Staff||The Warden (Louise Walker) • Mr. Sir (Marion Sevillo) • Mr. Pendanski (Mom)|
|Early Green Lake||Kissin' Kate Barlow (Katherine Barlow) • Sam • Charles "Trout" Walker|