GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing came to an end Nov. 15. Only the year-around waters with special regulations remain open. For information on the regulations, anglers should check the Department of Fish and Wildlife website’s regulations pages. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
NEWS UPDATE: There was a fire along the lower Owens River from Pleasant Valley Campground downstream for several miles miles. No homes in Bishop were burned. All of the vegetation along the stream was burned.
TOP FISHING NEWS: In the Bridgeport region, very light fishing pressure over the past week or so with snow and foul weather keeping most folks off the river. The East and West Walker rivers remain open year-around to catch-and-release fishing. The East Walker flows jumped from just uder 30 cfs to 85 cfs at mid-week. But few fishing reports. Also no reports from the West Walker. In the Mammoth region, Hot Creek and the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing remain open, and the winter bite on big rainbows (moving up out of Crowley) is still good, but weather has made access tough this week. The fish are still mostly in the Hot Fingers stretch of the river and rainbows to 24-inches have been reported. Hot Creek is fair with caddis and midge hatches most days but tough fishing. In the Bishop region, the lower Owens River, including the gorge below Crowley Lake, remains open to year-around fishing, and the flows are around 76 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir, which is a very good fishing flow. The action has improved on small nymphs and midges, but light fishing pressure.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.