GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season will reopen April 25. For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call 760-876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call 760-873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call 760-924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call 760-647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call 760-932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or www.bishopvisitor.com, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker has been tough with the best fishing below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Quite a few 18 to 22 inch browns, but two to four fish per day has been a good day. No West Walker reports. The East and West Walker are the only waters still open in the region now, and they both have special regulations. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: Only Hot Creek and the upper Owens River remain open to fishing with special regulations. Hot Creek remains fair with a lot of eight to 14-inch browns, mostly on nymphs fished in deeper pools under indicators. The Owens has been fair to good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish have been stacking up in the Hot Fingers stretch of river. Lots of 16 to 22-inch rainbows, cuttbows, and cutthroats in the mix for fly anglers. The best bite is on small nymphs and egg patterns fished in the deep pools and runs. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Blake Jones annual trout derby will be held March 14. Entry fee is $15 for adults and $7 kids. Over $10,000 in prizes awarded. Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the lower Owens River are the only waters that remain open through the winter, but the early trout opener will kick off next week, with a number of the smaller streams along 395 in the lower valley opening and getting trout plants. The Owens River gorge is getting zero pressure, but the reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. Pleasant Valley was also planted by the DFW this week and two weeks ago. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers. DFW plants in the Owens below Bishop this week and two weeks ago. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010, Culver’s 760-872-8361, Brock’s 760-872-3581.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Only the lower Owens River and Diaz Lake open to fishing, but next week’s early trout opener will see a host of the small streams in the area open. DFW trout plant in Diaz Lake four weeks ago, and the Owens below Tinnemaha was planted last week. Streams on the plant list for next week included Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, and Tuttle Creek.