GENERAL UPDATE: 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: Bridgeport Reservoir’s water level is dropping but the bite for perch and trout is still good. Fly anglers are doing good fishing midges under indicators or twitching damsel and callibaetis nymphs near the web beds, while trollers are working small Needlefish in deeper water. Still decent bait action on MiceTails, PowerBait, and nightcrawlers. The East Walker is still fair to good for fly anglers fishing a dry-dropper rig and the stretch below the first bridge is still better than the Miracle Mile stretch. Kirman Lake is tough now with a major algae bloom. The Twin Lakes, both Upper and Lower, have been fair to good, especially at dawn or dusk or when there’s cloud cover. The West Walker has been good, but the flows are very low and the trout spooky. Stealth with bait, lures or flies is required. The Virginia Lakes may be the best bet in this region with good action in all the lakes with lures, flies, and the usual trout baits all producing fish to four pounds. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, fair trout action throughout the June Lake Loop with mornings and evenings the best time to fish. June Lake continues to produce a lot of one to three pound trout. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches, with a few browns showing from Silver and Grant. The usual PowerBaits, Pinched Crawlers, and small lures are getting fish at all four waters, and there is a pretty good fly-bubble bite in the evenings. Desert Springs Hatchery planted trophy trout last week and the DFW plants each week. Plants of trophy trout three weeks ago continue to show from most of the lakes with three to five pound rainbows not uncommon. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been fair to good for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays, while trollers are fishing in 25 to 40 feet of water away from the wed beds. The bait bite has been a little tougher, but some fish are still showing on floating dough baits. The Sacramento perch bite has been good all along the 395 side of the lake, from McGee Bay to Whiskey Creek around wed beds. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the trout bite has been very good with a lot of limits reported. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair to good action early and late in the day. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls and along the outside edges of weed beds all over the lakes, while the upper lakes are all best morning and evening, especially with the fly-bubble combo, small spinners, or floating baits. Rock Creek Lake has been fair to good. Rock Creek is good with a lot of smaller browns. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was fair to good this past week during the full moon, but a little off from the previous week. North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina were all slower with just fair action. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout. In the valley, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is slow to fair for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the mornings, then tougher until dusk. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers, but conditions are tough. 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: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week now.