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Jul
02

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Overall, the fish remains fair to good throughout the Eastern Sierra. Top spots continue to be the Virginia Lakes and Crowley Lake. Debbie Thompson, Canyon Country, landed an 8-2 rainbow from big Virginia this past week. But a lot of fish are showing from Twin Lakes near Bridgeport, Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop, and Convict Lake. Tabitha Stewart, Murrieta, had the week’s best trout at Lower Twin, a 6-6 rainbow. Silver Lake cranked out its best trout of the season, an 8-4 rainbow caught by Rudy Godoy, Rialto, on a worm. Brittney LaVahne, Riverside, had a 7-13 rainbow at Convict Lake on a nightcrawler-PowerBait combo.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Jun
25

EASTERN SIERRA

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: The East Walker River has been very good, especially on the Nevada side, with flows around 100 cfs. Lots of 16 to 22 inch browns (up to five pounds) and some bigger. Lots of hatches now, so everything from midges to big caddis larva imitations working. Also some streamer fish. Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair to good for trollers and bait anglers with a lot of fish to two pounds and a few bigger. Twin Lakes are both good with both shore and boat anglers scoring on the usual trout baits and lures. No big browns reported this week. The West Walker is high, but still pretty good on spinners or big dry flies. The Virginia Lakes have been fair to good and some real quality rainbows are showing each week. Best this past week was an 8-3 landed by Scott Connor, 12, Costa Mesa, on a Mice Tail. Catalin Niculae, Yorba Linda, landed a 6-9 on Gulp, while a 6-7 was caught by Richard Blake, Rowland Heights, on a fly. Kirman Lake remains slow. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing has been fair to good throughout the June Lake Loop and DFW plants were slated again for this week. Lots of limits of pan-sized fish. PowerBait, MiceTails, and inflated nightcrawlers have been the go-to baits throughout the loop. Fair to good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake, Parker, and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Very good fishing throughout this region, but windy much of the past week with thunderstorms. Crowley Lake has remained a top spot for bait, lure, and fly anglers all seeing good action. There have been rainbows and cutthroats (or crosses) to six pounds and browns to four pounds reported. The Crowley Lake Perch Derby is ongoing through June 29. Entry is $20 and heaviest perch wins $500 and a custom rod. Sign up at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp. A Convict Lake, the bite has been fair to good with a lot of quality rainbows showing. Best this past week was an 8-3 landed by John Copus, Bakersfield, while trolling a Rapala. All of the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin have been fair on wild and holdover fish. Some limits reported from upper Twin, George, Mary, and Mamie, mostly at creek entrances. Hot Creek and the upper Owens River were both fair. Hot Creek is producing mostly eight to 14-inch browns on nymphs fished through the deeper pools, but some dry fly action on mayfly and caddis hatches. The Owens has slowed way down on big fish, but there are pretty good hatches and action on smaller fish under 12 inches. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Bishop Creek has been good with both planted rainbows and wild browns showing in good numbers with a lot of limits reported. Weir Point was exceptional this past week, especially for fly anglers, with rainbows to 18 inches reported. North Lake has been fair for bait anglers, but slower on lures. Intake II has also been just fair, but some limits of fish to 13 inches reported, and the best bite has been early. Sabrina remains fair go good at the creek inlets, with boat and float tube anglers reported the best scores. South Lake’s water level is rising, but slowly. The best action has been at the inlet area on brookies to 12 inches, along with a few rainbows, but no big browns reported yet. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. The lower Owens River has been good. 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 streams in the lower valley remain fair after plants (see weekly trout plant list). Independence Creek cranked out a 9-1 trout for Jacob Castro, Bakersfield, on Power Eggs this past week.

Jun
11

EASTERN SIERRA

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: Both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes remain good on pan-sized fish. An 11-pound brown trout was caught by Tony Frater, Lake Wildwood, fishing a brown-trout color Rapala from a motorized inflatable in Lower Twin. Upper Twin kicked out a 7-8 rainbow. Bridgeport Reservoir slowed even more with very slow action for shore anglers (except for a pretty good perch bite near the dam), but trollers were still picking up a trout or two trolling. East Walker River flows came up to 90 cfs this week and the bite finally broke open with a lot of 16 to 22-inch browns with a lot of surface action on a wide array of hatching bugs, mostly caddis. The West Walker is muddy with runoff. Virginia Lakes have been excellent with a lot of eight to 14-inch fish, and Little Virginia cranked out a 9-11 rainbow this past week. Kirman Lake remains slow. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing has been good throughout the June Lake Loop and DFW plants were slated again for this week. Lots of limits of pan-sized fish. Tommy Hornsby, San Bernardino, landed a 5-6 rainbow out of Rush Creek on a worm. PowerBait, MiceTails, and inflated nightcrawlers have been the go-to baits throughout the loop. Fair to good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake, Parker, and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. The road into Yosemite is also open, and virtually all back-country waters are ice free. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Very good fishing throughout this region, but windy much of the past week with thunderstorms. Crowley Lake has remained a top spot for bait, lure, and fly anglers all seeing good action. There have been rainbows and cutthroats (or crosses) to six pounds and browns to four pounds reported. The Crowley Lake Perch Derby is ongoing through June 29. Entry is $20 and heaviest perch wins $500 and a custom rod. Sign up at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Convict Lake has been good, and recent plants of trophy fish started showing up. Best was an 8-3 landed by Ruben Galarza, Fontana, on a pink Mice Tail at Windy Point. Glen Jordan, Lancaster, had a 6-13 rainbow on a Sierra Slammer off the north shore. All of the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin have been fair on wild and holdover fish. Some limits reported from upper Twin, George, Mary, and Mamie, mostly at creek entrances. Hot Creek and the upper Owens River were both fair. Hot Creek is producing mostly eight to 14-inch browns on nymphs fished through the deeper pools, but some dry fly action on mayfly and caddis hatches. The Owens has slowed way down with most of the spawners out of the system and most action on resident fish to 12 inches. 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: Trout action remains good in most of the Bishop Creek drainage, and everyplace was stocked with DFW trout last week with more fish slated next week. Sabrina was very good with a lot of nice stringers in spite of wild weather that ranged from heat to snow. Inlets remain the top spots to fish with a lot of fish to nearly three pounds. North Lake has been good, especially on small jigs with many anglers reporting limits. Bishop Creek has been good on DFW plants with some browns. Weir Pond isn’t getting any pressure and South Lake is very slow. Intake II has been slow to red hot, depending on weather and time since the last DFW plant. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. The lower Owens River has been good. 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 streams in the lower valley remain fair after plants last week (see weekly trout plant list).

Jun
05

EASTERN SIERRA

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: Both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes remain consistly good on pan-sized fish, but the big fish bite has lulled. Bridgeport Reservoir was tougher for shore anglers, but the bite remained fair to good for boat anglers trolling or fishing bait with rainbows to six pounds reported and a few browns to 2-8. The East Walker remains low at 22 cfs, but the bite is improving and there is fair to good action with most browns from 17 to 23 inches or bigger. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. Virginia Lakes slowed a little during the full moon this past weekend, but overall still pretty good for diligent anglers. Kirman Lake remains slow. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing has been good throughout the June Lake Loop and DFW plants were slated for this week. June, Gull, Silver and Grant all produced some limits of fish, mostly on PowerBait, MiceTails, and inflated nightcrawlers. Fair to good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake, Parker, and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. The road into Yosemite is also open, and virtually all back-country waters are ice free. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Very good fishing throughout this region, but windy much of the past week and snow fell yet again. Crowley Lake has remained a top spot for bait, lure, and fly anglers all seeing good action. There have been rainbows and cutthroats (or crosses) to six pounds and browns to four pounds reported. The Crowley Lake Perch Derby is ongoing through June 29. Entry is $20 and heaviest perch wins $500 and a custom rod. Sign up at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Convict Lake was very good after both DFW and Desert Springs plants two weeks ago and DFW fish this week. All of the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin have been fair on wild and holdover fish. Some limits reported from upper Twin, George, Mary, and Mamie, mostly at creek entrances. Hot Creek and the upper Owens River were both fair. Hot Creek is producing mostly eight to 14-inch browns on nymphs fished through the deeper pools, but some dry fly action on mayfly and caddis hatches. The Owens has stayed fair to good on big rainbows, but the spawn has been winding down. The fish are moving back to Crowley. 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: Trout action remains good in most of the Bishop Creek drainage, and everyplace was stocked with DFW trout this week and two weeks ago. Lake Sabrina was good at the inlets for bait anglers, but trollers had tougher fishing. North Lake has been good to excellent, especially on small jigs with many anglers reporting 15 to 25-fish catch-and-release days. Bishop Creek has been good on DFW plants with some browns. Weir Pond isn’t getting any pressure and South Lake is very slow. Intake II when from slow to red hot after the DFW plants. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. The lower Owens River has been good. Andy Dorris, San Diego, had three rainbows at 4.65, 3.05, and 1.87 pounds on grasshopper Sierra Slammer jigs. 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 streams in the lower valley remain fair after plants last week (see weekly trout plant list).

May
28

EASTERN SIERRA

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: Both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes remain consistly good on pan-sized fish and both have cranked out some bigger rainbows. Lower Twin also continues to put out some nice brown trout. Best this past week was an 8-4 caught by Jerry Sjogren, McMinnville, Ore. Bridgeport Reservoir was tougher for shore anglers, but the bite remained fair to good for boat anglers trolling or fishing bait with rainbows to six pounds reported and a few browns to 2-8. The East Walker remains low at 22 cfs, and the bite is fair at best, but the quality of the fish is excellent with most browns from 17 to 23 inches. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. Virginia Lakes have been excellent with a lot of fish to three pounds and many anglers are reporting 15 to 20 fish catch-and-release days. Kirman Lake remains slow. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing has been good throughout the June Lake Loop this past week thanks to both DFW and Desert Springs hatchery plants. These were the first plant since the opener. All the lakes were producing the hatchery rainbows with the Desert Springs fish in the two-pound class. Top fish this week was a 6-14 brown caught from upper Rush Creek near the Power Plant by Michael Smith, Lago Vista, Texas. June, Gull, Silver and Grant all produced some limits of fish, mostly on PowerBait, MiceTails, and inflated nightcrawlers. Fair to good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake, Parker, and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. The road into Yosemite is also open, and most back-country water below 10,000 feet are ice-free and those above are partially or fully open. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Very good fishing throughout this region, but windy much of the past week and snow fell yet again. Crowley Lake has remained a top spot for bait, lure, and fly anglers all seeing good action. There have been rainbows and cutthroats (or crosses) to six pounds and browns to four pounds reported. The Crowley Lake Perch Derby is ongoing through June 29. Entry is $20 and heaviest perch wins $500 and a custom rod. Sign up at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Convict Lake was very good after both DFW and Desert Springs plants this past week. John Flynn, Anaheim, had rainbows at 8-4 and 6-6 on a Thomas Buoyant off the north shore. Dennis Addington, Lomita, caught a 7-3, while Jason Staehnke, San Diego, had a 7-2. All of the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin have been fair on wild and holdover fish. Some limits reported from upper Twin, George, Mary, and Mamie, mostly at creek entrances. Hot Creek and the upper Owens River were both fair. Hot Creek is producing mostly eight to 14-inch browns on nymphs fished through the deeper pools, but some dry fly action on mayfly and caddis hatches. The Owens has stayed fair to good on big rainbows, but the spawn has been winding down. The fish are moving back to Crowley. 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: Trout action remains good in most of the Bishop Creek drainage, and everyplace was stocked with DFW trout this past week. Lake Sabrina was good at the inlets for bait anglers, but trollers had tougher fishing. Alfredo, Danny and Irma Luna, Baldwin Park, all had limits using Red and Gold Thomas Buoyants. Jeff Dorris, San Diego, had a limit of rainbow to 18 inches on Sierra Slammer jigs. North Lake has been good to excellent, especially on small jigs with many anglers reporting 15 to 25-fish catch-and-release days. Bishop Creek has been good on DFW plants with some browns. Weir Pond isn’t getting any pressure and South Lake is very slow. Intake II when from slow to red hot after the DFW plants. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. The lower Owens River has been good. Andy Dorris, San Diego, had three rainbows at 4.65, 3.05, and 1.87 pounds on grasshopper Sierra Slammer jigs. 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 streams in the lower valley remain fair after plants last week (see weekly trout plant list).

May
14

EASTERN SIERRA

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: Both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes continue to fish fair to good for both shore and boat anglers. A number of rainbows to eight pounds have been reported, but the big brown trout were quiet this past week. Trollers are doing best with Needlefish, Rapalas and Krocodiles, while bait anglers are using Mice Tails, PowerBait, and nightcrawlers. Bridgeport Reservoir is also good for trollers and bait anglers, and it produced rainbows to nine pounds and a lot of browns from one to 2-8. On the East Walker, river flows were like a yo-yo this past week going from 20 to 185 to 120 and then back down to 21 cfs. Fishing has been difficult. Only a few fish on midges reported, and a three or four fish day has been very good. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. Virginia Lakes have been excellent with a lot of fish to three pounds and many anglers are reporting 15 to 20 fish catch-and-release days. Kirman Lake remains spotty with only a few fish showing on streamer patterns. The brookies and cutthroats being landed are all quality fish, however. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: More snow this past week, but the fishing has been fair to good throughout the June Lake Loop. Top spots continue to be lower Rush Creek from Grant Lake up to the weir and the inlets and outlet of Silver Lake, but Gull and June are also pretty fair. At Silver, over 12 fish were weighed in that topped four pounds. Wild Bill Kellison, Jamul, landed a 7-4 rainbow trolling a rainbow Rapala. Pretty good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake, Parker, and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. The road into Yosemite also opened this week. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Very good fishing throughout this region, but windy much of the past week and snow fell again. Even more snow is forecast late this week. Crowley Lake has remained a top spot for bait, lure, and fly anglers all seeing good action. Convict Lake has also been good with lots of stringers and some quality fish continuing to show. Tops was the best rainbow of the past two years at 8-7 caught by Carlos Roma, Los Angeles, on a jig at the inlet. John Riker, Huntington Beach, had a 4-10 rainbow, while Howard Palmquist, Sugarloaf, landed a 4-2. All of the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin have been fair on wild and holdover fish. Some limits reported from upper Twin, George, Mary, and Mamie, mostly at creek entrances. Hot Creek and the upper Owens River were both fair. Hot Creek is producing mostly eight to 14-inch browns on nymphs fished through the deeper pools, but some dry fly action on mayfly and caddis hatches. The Owens has stayed fair to good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish are scattered from Big Springs all the way to the lake, with the best numbers in Big Springs or 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: Trout action remains good in most of the Bishop Creek drainage. Lake Sabrina has been fair to good at the inlets on Mice Tails, nightcrawlers, or PowerBait and trollers are getting a few limits. North Lake has been good and received DFW fish again last week. Bishop Creek, Weir Pond, and Intake II have been fair to good this week with plants the lower creek this week. South Lake fair with very low water levels. Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers and it will get DFW fish this week. The 46th annual Mule Days Celebration will be May 19-24. More than 700 mules compete in 181 events. For more info: www.muledays.org. 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 streams in the lower valley remain good after plants last week and most are on the list for DFW plants next week (see weekly trout plant list).

Apr
30

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season opened this past Saturday (April 25) with snow throughout the region. 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: Lower Twin Lake was the hotspot for trophy trout since the trout season reopened this past Saturday. The biggest fish of the early season was caught Tuesday when an 11-8 was caught by Jean Kojima, Palos Verdes, on an F13 Rapala with a custom paint job. She was guided by her son Craig Kojima. The biggest fish opening day was an 10-11 landed by Scott Harp Sr., Elk Grove, on a J Plug. Overall, both Twin Lake (upper and lower) were pretty good with a lot of rainbows up to a couple of pounds and a few browns. Bridgeport Reservoir was nearly as good as Lower Twin when it came to producing big trout. Fourteen of the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation’s tagged trout (all four to six-pound rainbows or bigger) were landed opening weekend, several from Bridgeport Reservoir, but the trout were also planted in both Twins. The East Walker fishing again improved slightly, but the water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. Virginia Lakes are mostly ice-free, but snow opening day, made for trout fishing conditions and added sheet ice. Still fair to good action since weather has warmed up. Kirman Lake was spotty opener, but it has been pretty good since for walk-in anglers fishing streamer patterns for the big brookies and cutthroats. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing was very good throughout the June Lake Loop opening weekend, even with snow falling opening morning. Trout to six pounds came from nearly all of the loop waters with Gull probably the hot spot, but June, Silver and Grant, all produced limits of rainbows and a few browns. Isabel Pardee, 8, San Diego, had the best trout from Silver Lake with a 4-9. Rush Creek was also good, especially before the weir and all the way into Grant Lake. It held some bigger class spawning cutthroats. Steve Chiasson, Corona, had cuts at 3-12, 3-6, and 3-4 on Roostertails. Pretty good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake and Parker and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Tough fishing because of snow opening day and part of Sunday. While all of the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin were mostly ice-free (some sheet ice each morning), it was cold and fishing just fair. Some limits reported from upper Twin, George, Mary, and Mamie, mostly at creek entrances. Convict Lake was good, in spite of snow, and produced a few outside rainbows. Ryan Sumida, Los Angeles, had the best trout opening day at Convict with a 7-14 on a red and yellow Mousetail. There was also a 7-10 rainbow. Crowley Lake was good, in spite of snow and wind and rain opening weekend. Many anglers had limits of rainbows with a few bigger cutthroats or brown trout on their stringers. Several five to six-pound class cutts reported, most in bays with water flowing into the lake. Hot Creek and the upper Owens River were both fair. Hot Creek produced mostly eight to 14-inch browns on nymphs fished through the deeper pools. The Owens has stayed fair to good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish are mostly 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: Trout action was good throughout the Bishop Creek drainage for opening day, in spite of snow flurries. Lake Sabrina was very low, but it produced a lot of fish, including some limits. Gary Temple, Fillmore, landed a 2-8 rainbow on a nightcrawler at Sabrina. Also some brookies and browns reported. North Lake was good, especially since opening weekend. Bishop Creek, Weir Pond, and Intake II, were all heavily planted by the DFW and were very good, but a lot of wild browns and holdover rainbows were in the catch, too. South Lake fair. Very low water, snow, and tough access. Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. 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 streams in the lower valley were good for the general season trout opener with plants everywhere by the DFW (see trout plant list).

Apr
23

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season will open this Saturday (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 fishing again improved slightly, but the water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. The rest of the region opens this Saturday and virtually all of the roadside waters, including the Virginia Lake, are ice free this year. Bridgeport Reservoir is low but should fish well for the opener. Upper and Lower Twin Lakes are ice free. Kirman Lake is open, and many of the other backcountry waters are already ice free and have trail access. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: This region opens to trout fishing this Saturday, and all of the main waters are open and ice-free. This includes, Lundy Lake, all of the June Lake loop (Grant, Silver, Gull, and June lakes), and Parker and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: All the waters in this region open to fishing this Saturday, and all of the waters are open and ice-free, including all of the Mammoth Lakes — Upper and Lower Twin Lakes along with George, Mary, and Mamie lakes. Convict Lake is ice free and even Rock Creek Lake is open. Only Hot Creek and the upper Owens River are open to fishing year-around (and both have special regulations). Hot Creek has been fair with a lot of eight to 14-inch browns, mostly on nymphs fished in deeper pools under indicators. The Owens has stayed fair to good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish are mostly 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 Bishop Creek drainage opens for fishing this Saturday and all of the waters are ice free already, including Long Lake (hike-in), North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. 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: The general trout season opens this Saturday and most of the streams in this region will be planted by the DFW (see trout plant list).

Apr
16

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season will open 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 fishing again improved slighly with the warmer weather this past week. The water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. The East and West Walker are the only waters 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 are open to fishing in this area, and both have 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 stayed fair to good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish are mostly 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: Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley 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 two weeks ago and is on the list for this week. DFW plants in the Owens below Bishop two weeks ago and next week. 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: The early trout opener kicked began in early March and there has been fair to good fishing on most of the Owens Valley streams open (check regulations). There were DFW trout plants in Diaz Lake and Lone Pine Creek last week, but Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, and Tuttle Creek get trout this week. The Owens River below Tinnemaha is also being planted this week.

Apr
09

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season will open 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 fishing again improved slighly with the warmer weather this past week. The water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. The East and West Walker are the only waters 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 are open to fishing in this area, and both have 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 stayed fair to good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish are mostly 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: Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley 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 two weeks ago and is on the list for this week. DFW plants in the Owens below Bishop two weeks ago and next week. 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: The early trout opener kicked began in early March and there has been fair to good fishing on most of the Owens Valley streams open (check regulations). There were DFW trout plants in Diaz Lake and Lone Pine Creek last week, but Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, and Tuttle Creek get trout this week. The Owens River below Tinnemaha is also being planted this week.

Apr
02

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season will open 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 fishing again improved slighly with the warmer weather this past week. The water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. No West Walker reports. The East and West Walker are the only waters 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 are open to fishing in this area, and both have 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 very good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish are mostly 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: Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley 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 last week and each of the previous four weeks. DFW plants in the Owens below Bishop last week and three weeks ago. No plants at either location this week. 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: The early trout opener kicked began in early March and there has been fair to good fishing on most of the Owens Valley streams open (check regulations). There were DFW trout plants in Diaz Lake, Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, and Tuttle Creek two weeks ago, but only Diaz and Lone Pine Creek are on the list for this week.

Mar
19

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The ìearlyî opener on roadside streams in the lower Owens Valley was last Saturday (consult regulations). The general trout season will open 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 fishing improved slighly with the warmer weather this week. The water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. No West Walker reports. The East and West Walker are the only waters 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 are open to fishing in this area, and both have 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 very 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: Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley 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 last week and each of the previous three weeks. It is on the list again for next week. DFW plants in the Owens below Bishop last week and next week. 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: The early trout opener kicked off early March and there has been fair to good fishing on most of the Owens Valley streams open (check regulations). There were DFW trout plants in Diaz Lake, Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, and Tuttle Creek this week.

Mar
12

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The ìearlyî opener on roadside streams in the lower Owens Valley was last Saturday (consult regulations). The general trout season will open 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 fishing improved slighly with a slight bump in the flows over the past week, but the flow dropped back to 22 cfs at mid week. The bite is still pretty tough, and the best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. No West Walker reports. The East and West Walker are the only waters 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 are open to fishing in this area, and both have 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 very 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 this Saturday, March 14. Entry fee is $15 for adults and $7 kids. Over $10,000 in prizes awarded. The early trout opener kicked off last weekend on small streams in the Owens Valley (check regulations). The Owens River gorge is getting zero pressure, but Pleasant Valley 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 each of the past three weeks. 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, last week and three 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: The early trout opener kicked off this past weekend with good fishing on most of the Owens Valley streams open (check regulations). There were DFW trout plants in Diaz Lake, Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, the Owens River (below Tinnemaha) and Tuttle Creek last week, and they are all slated to be stocked again next week.

Mar
05

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The ‘early’ opener on roadside streams in the lower Owens Valley is Saturday (consult regulations). The general trout season will open 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 the water level has finally come up a little and this might/should improve this action. No West Walker reports. The East and West Walker are the only waters 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 this Saturday, with a number of the smaller streams along 395 in the lower valley opening and getting trout plants (list below). 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 this Saturday is the early trout opener on a host of smaller streams along Highway 395. DFW trout plants in Diaz Lake, Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, the Owens River (below Tinnemaha) and Tuttle Creek.

Feb
26

EASTERN SIERRA

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.