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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.

Feb
18

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 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.

Feb
04

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. 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. 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.

Jan
14

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. 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. The East and West Walker rivers have seen few anglers, but Hot Creek has had some pretty good midge and baetis hatches again this past week. 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.

Dec
10

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. 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 portions of the East and West Walker rivers, most of the Owens River, and Hot Creek remain open to catch-and-release fishing. All four waters have been a little tough with cold water and weather conditions and low flows, but the East Walker is probably the best of the lot with midge and streamer anglers getting a few quality fish topping 16 inches. The run of big winter fish up into the Owens River out of Crowley has not begun yet. 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.

Dec
03

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. 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 general season is closed, but the portions of the East and West Walker rivers, most of the Owens River, and Hot Creek remain open to catch-and-release fishing. All four waters have been a little tough with cold water and weather conditions and low flows, but the East Walker is probably the best of the lot with midge and streamer anglers getting a few quality fish topping 16 inches. The run of big winter fish up into the Owens River out of Crowley has not begun yet. 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.

Nov
27

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. 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 general season is closed, but the portions of the East and West Walker rivers, most of the Owens River, and Hot Creek remain open to catch-and-release fishing. All four waters have been a little tough with cold water conditions and low flows, but the East Walker is probably the best of the lot with midge and streamer anglers getting a few quality fish topping 16 inches. The run of big winter fish up into the Owens River out of Crowley has not begun yet. 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.

Nov
19

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. 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 general season closed Sunday, but the portions of the East and West Walker rivers, most of the Owens River, and Hot Creek remain open to catch-and-release fishing. All four waters have been a little tough with cold water conditions and low flows, but the East Walker is probably the best of the lot with midge and streamer anglers getting a few quality fish topping 16 inches.

TOP FISH OF THE WEEK: Convict Lake continued to produce quality trout right up through the final day of the season, and it has the best fish in the Sierra the last weekend, when Gerard Mangan, Huntington Beach, landed a 6-9 rainbow on yellow PowerBait off the south shore.

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.

Nov
12

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: Fishing pressure remains very light with few anglers fishing. For bait and lure anglers, the top bets in the region have been the Twin Lakes at Bridgeport, Bridgeport Reservoir, and Convict Lake continues to produce some nice quality fish but just fair numbers overall. Bishop Creek and Rock Creek are pretty fair for skilled stream anglers who are getting browns and holdover rainbows. Fly anglers are seeing a slow to fair bite in the low flows of the East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir with most fish 12 to 16 inches but a few bigger. Crowley Lake is fair to good one day and tough the next. There are browns, rainbows, and cutthroats showing in this bite with a lot of fish to 20 inches or better (go to http://sierradrifters.com/ to see the latest photos).

TOP FISH OF THE WEEK: At Convict Lake, Frank Heilman, Frazier Park, landed a 7-11 rainbow on a Roostertail at the inlet. Corby Brown, Fontana, also had a 7-11 off the south shore on salmon peach PowerBait.

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.