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Jul
28

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing has been tougher over the past week throughout the Eastern Sierra, in spite of the fact that most of the roadside waters are getting weekly DFW trout plant areas. The top action has been on the West Walker River for both fly and spin anglers, Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of rainbows and cutthroats from 20 to 24-inches for fly anglers fishing midges and tiny perch fry imitations, and Grant Lake right where Rush Creek dumps in. Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair to good for boat anglers trolling or bait fishing, but the shore bite is tough. The East Walker River’s flows have been around 165 feet per second this week, which is a pretty good flow, but the bite is still tough. The Virginia Lakes are all fair to good for bait and lure anglers with a lot of limits reported. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been better this week with winds subsiding making for better action, especially at Silver Lake. Lundy Lake is fair. The backcountry is good for day-hike and back-pack anglers. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good and there was a stock of trophy trout last week. The Rock Creek drainage is fair, but the backcountry is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up and there is good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is full for the first time since 2011 and has been very good again over the past week with a lot of limits and two to four-pound trout. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years and rental boats are available, but fishing is still just fair, at best. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late. Mosquitos are a problem throughout the region.

Top Fish: At Convict Lake, Jessica Romero, Dublin, had a 6-6 rainbow on a green Tasmanian Devil.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

Jul
14

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing has been fair to good throughout the roadside waters in the region, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. DFW trout plants have ramped up since Memorial Day weekend and most roadside waters are getting weekly stocks. The top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of rainbows and cutthroats and a few browns. Lots of 20 to 24-inch class fish for fly anglers fishing midges and tiny perch fry imitations. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow to fair overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day on fish to five or six pounds (most 12-inch class). The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 250 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. Lundy Lake is fair. The backcountry is good for day-hike and back-pack anglers. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair at best, but the backcountry is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up and there is good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is full for the first time since 2011 and has been very good over the past week with a lot of limits and two to four-pound trout. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years, but fishing is still tough. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late. Mosquitos are a problem throughout the region.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

Jul
07

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing has been fair to good throughout the roadside waters in the region, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. DFW trout plants have ramped up since Memorial Day weekend and most roadside waters are getting weekly stocks. Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow to fair overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day on fish to five or six pounds. The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 250 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. Lundy Lake is fair, while the beaver ponds above the lake are starting to produced good numbers of fish. The backcountry is good for day-hike and back-pack anglers. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair at best, but the backcountry is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up and there is good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is full for the first time since 2011 and has been very good over the past week with a lot of limits and two to four-pound trout. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years, but fishing is still tough. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late. Mosquitos are a problem throughout the region.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

Jun
30

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing has been fair to good throughout the roadside waters in the region, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. DFW trout plants have ramped up since Memorial Day weekend and most roadside waters are getting weekly stocks. Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow to fair overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day on fish to five or six pounds. The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 250 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. Lundy Lake is fair, while the beaver ponds above the lake are starting to produced good numbers of fish. The backcountry is good for day-hike and back-pack anglers. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair at best, but the backcountry is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up and there is good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is full for the first time since 2011 and has been very good over the past week with a lot of limits and two to four-pound trout. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years, but fishing is still tough. Boats could go back in by July 4 weekend. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late. Mosquitos are a problem throughout the region.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

Jun
23

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing has been fair to good throughout the roadside waters in the region, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. DFW trout plants have ramped up since Memorial Day weekend and most roadside waters are getting weekly stocks. Silver Lake is slated to get Desert Springs trout this week. Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day on fish to five or six pounds. The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 250 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. Lundy Lake is fair, while the beaver ponds above the lake are starting to produced good numbers of fish. The backcountry is also opening up. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair at best, but the backcountry is good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is good at the Dingleberry Inlet and — believe it or not — approaching full pool. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years, but fishing is still tough. Boats could go back in by July 4 weekend. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late.

Noteable Catches: Randy Keihm, Torrance, landed a 6-4 rainbow from Convict Lake with a Gulp! worm at the inlet.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

Jun
17

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open now through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing has been fair to good throughout the roadside waters in the region, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. Weather has been a roller coaster ride over the past week from heat, to summer-like rains, to snow and back. This week’s trout plant schedule is light, but the heavy plants where most waters are planted returns next week. Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day on fish to five or six pounds. The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 250 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. Lundy Lake is fair, while the beaver ponds above the lake are starting to produced good numbers of fish. The backcountry is also opening up. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair at best, but the backcountry is good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is good at the Dingleberry Inlet. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years, but fishing is still tough. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late.

Noteable Catches: Hunter and Taylor Bradshaw, Bakersfield, had six rainbows from Silver Lake that weighed 4-10 total, all on garlic PowerBait from shore.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

Jun
09

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open now through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Crowds remain light and the fishing has been fair to good, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. There are major trout plants scheduled throughout the region this week. Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day. The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 200 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. Some fish in the Bishop Creek drainage lakes, the Rock Creek drainage, and Lundy Lake, but not hot action.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

Jun
02

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open now through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Crowds remain light and the fishing has been fair to good, especially in the DFW trout plant area. There were major trout plants throughout the region last week, but far fewer waters planted this week (see trout plants). Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow overall, but Bridgeport The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 200 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. Reservoir has been fair to good with a lot of one to three-pound rainbows. The Virginia Lakes (all finally ice-free) are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. Some fish in the Bishop Creek drainage lakes, the Rock Creek drainage, and Lundy Lake, but not hot action.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

May
26

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open now through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Tioga and Sonora passes both opened last week. Crowds remain light and the fishing has been slow to fair except in areas with DFW trout plants. Major trout plants throughout the region slated for this week (see trout plants). Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been fair overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir was the spot for bigger fish this week with a 7-8 brown and a 6-13 rainbow caught. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been fair with a flurry of good action after the trout plants. Trumble Lake and Little Virginia Lake are both mostly ice-free now and producing a lot of nice rainbows and brookies on nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, and one of the many small trout jigs on the market. Big Virginia still has ice, but it is going fast and the bite is good in the open water. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. Some fish in the Bishop Creek drainage lakes, the Rock Creek drainage, and Lundy Lake, but not hot action. The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 200 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

May
12

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open now through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: There was mixed weather much of the past week for this region, with snow falling again this past week in many areas. Crowds much lighter this past weekend than opener, but the fishing has been slower in many areas. Major trout plants throughout the region slated for this week (see trout plants). Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continue to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds reported and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been fair, but on Sunday Lower Twin cranked out a 10-9 brown trout for Douglas Davie, Oceanside, on a Real California Plug. Ice fishermen are still using Big Virginia (Little Virginia has rotten ice not safe for anglers) and getting nice rainbows and brookies on nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, and one of the many small trout jigs on the market. All are best fished on the bottom. The June Lake Loop has been tough this past week but will be getting DFW fish this week. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continue fair to good. Most other areas are tough. Some fish in the Bishop Creek drainage lakes, the Rock Creek drainage, and Lundy Lake, but not hot action. Rush Creeks flows jumped to over 200 feet per second, making fishing tough.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Kens Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernies Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culvers Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Early trout season opener was March 5 on small streams from Lone Pine to Independence. The following waters are slated to be planted by the DFW this week: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinemaha, Section 2), Tuttle Creek.

May
05

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season reopened this past Saturday after being closed since Nov. 15. Most roadside waters below 8,500 feet will be ice-free, or nearly so. Some waters above that elevation may still have significant ice cover. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The trout season was generally very good throughout the region for opening day — even with the falling snow that fell from Tom’s Place to Bridgeport. Crowley Lake was the focal point and it produced a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds reported and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport were fair but did produce some bigger brown trout. The entire June Lake Loop — Grant, Gull, Silver and Grant lakes along with Rush Creek — was good. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin were fair at best, but Convict Lake was excellent. The Rock Creek drainage was fair to good, mostly for smaller planted trout.

Top fish of opening weekend was a 10-10 brown trout caught by Rick Johnson, Valley Center, from Lower Twin Lake above Bridgeport. Allan Cole, Henderson, Nev., landed a 9-9 brown, also from Lower Twin, that won the Western Outdoor News opening weekend trout derby. At Silver Lake, Debbie Denler, Ontario, landed an 8-13 rainbow on a worm, while Lisa Boaz, Adelanto, had a 7-2 on a Roostertail. At Convict Lake, John Montogomery, Bishop, caught a 9-10 rainbow on PowerBait, while Daniel Mata, Santa Clarita, landed a 7-11 rainbow. John Ruiz, Long Beach, landed a 7-7 rainbow, also from Convict. The winner of the Crowley Lake Fish Camp big fish contest for opening day was Wayne Nagata, Rosemead, with a 5-8 rainbow.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Early trout season opener was March 5 on small streams from Lone Pine to Independence. The following waters are slated to be planted by the DFW this week: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinemaha, Section 2), Tuttle Creek.

Apr
21

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season will reopen April 30. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The few anglers fishing the upper Owens above Crowley continue to see a few big rainbows and the numbers have increased over the past week and the action has been fair to good on fish to four pounds or better. No cutthroats in the river yet. The East Walker River flows have been up and down the past week, hampering fishing, but overall the bite has been fair with most anglers reporting four to six fish per day with most fish from 14 to 16 inches and some bigger. The best bite has been on nymphs (mostly midge larva imitations in size 16 to 20) and streamers. Still no dry fly action, even with some decent hatches of yellow stones and midges. The Miracle Mile stretch is OK, but the best bite is below the bridge all the way into Nevada with the Rosaschi stretch producing some bigger browns. The West Walker River is still slow to fair with light pressure. Hot Creek continues to have some spotty midge and baetis hatches but winds have hampered the fishing. The lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley flows are still up scattering the fish and the bite still hasn’t stabilized yet. Best action still on small nymphs or streamers.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Early trout season opener was March 5 on small streams from Lone Pine to Independence. The following waters are slated to be planted by the DFW this week: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinemaha, Section 2), Tuttle Creek.

Apr
07

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season will reopen April 30. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The few anglers fishing the upper Owens above Crowley continue to see a few big rainbows and the numbers have increased over the past week and the action has been fair to good on fish to four pounds or better. No cutthroats in the river yet. The East Walker River flows have dropped to 31 cfs (down from 40 the past several weeks), and that has made the fish even more skittish. Stealthy anglers are still seeing fair to good action, reporting four to six fish per day with most fish from 14 to 16 inches and some bigger. The best bite has been on nymphs (mostly midge larva imitations in size 16 to 20) and streamers, even with some decent hatches of yellow stones and midges. The Miracle Mile stretch is OK, but the best bite is below the bridge all the way into Nevada with the Rosaschi stretch producing some bigger browns. The West Walker River is still slow to fair with light pressure. Hot Creek continues to have some spotty midge and baetis hatches but winds have hampered the fishing. The lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley flows jumped to 320 cfs this week scattering the fish and the bite hasn’t stabilized yet. Best action still on small nymphs or streamers.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Early trout season opener was March 5 on small streams from Lone Pine to Independence. The following waters are slated to be planted by the DFW this week: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Tuttle Creek.

Mar
30

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season will reopen April 30. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Little change here. The few anglers fishing the upper Owens above Crowley continue to see a few big rainbows and cutthroat hybrids, but there is just slow to fair action on fish to four pounds or better. The East Walker River has been improving over the past week with flows sticking at 40 cfs and most anglers reporting four to six fish per day with most fish from 14 to 16 inches and some bigger. The best bite has been on nymphs and streamers, even with some decent hatches of yellow stones and midges. The Miracle Mile stretch is OK, but the best bite is below the bridge all the way into Nevada with the Rosaschi stretch producing some bigger browns. The West Walker River is still slow to fair with light pressure. Hot Creek continues to have some pretty good midge and baetis hatches but light fishing pressure. The lower Owens River has low flows and fair action on small nymphs or streamers.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONG PINE AREA: Early trout season opener was March 5 on small streams from Lone Pine to Independence. The following waters are slated to be planted by the DFW this week: Georges Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Tuttle Creek. Next week’s plants are tentatively for Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Tuttle Creek.

Mar
04

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15, and the general season will reopen April 30. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Almost no fishing pressure anywhere, but a handful of anglers for fishing the upper Owens above Crowley for the big rainbows and cutthroat hybrids that pack into the river in the winter. Fair action on fish to four pounds or better. The East Walker River has had little pressure, but anglers fishing are getting a few rainbows in the Miracle Mile stretch and some browns below the bridge, mostly on midges or small nymphs. The West Walker River has been untouched. Hot Creek continues to have some pretty good midge and baetis hatches but light fishing pressure. The lower Owens River has low flows and fair action on small nymphs or streamers.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.