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Jul
31

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: Bridgeport Reservoir is still pretty good for both fly and bait anglers, but trolling was tougher. The East Walker has been tough in the miracle mile stretch, but pretty decent below the bridge with the dry-dropper combo the best bet. Kirman Lake is slow with a heavy algae bloom. Twin Lakes has been pretty good and some quality fish from four to five pounds are still showing. The West Walker River has been high and muddy much of the week due to thunderstorms. Virginia Lakes have been very good with a lot of limits and some fish to four pounds on bait, flies, and lures. 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 Spring hatchery planted three to five-pound rainbows two weeks ago and the DFW is planting weekly. 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 bite has been good with quite a few limits reported most days. 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.

Jul
17

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: 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.

Jul
10

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: Summer doldrums is setting. It’s not that the fishing is bad, but it’s just not as good as it has been. Bridgeport Reservoir’s water level is dropping and 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 flows jumped to 92 cfs making the fishing more difficult, but still 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. There was a 17-pound brown from Lower Twin last week, but few details. 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. At Silver Lake, at least 25 trout from three to five pounds were reported. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake was 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 web beds. The Sacramento perch bite has been very 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. Top fish was a 5-11 rainbow landed by Dave Brady, Maricopa, AZ. Debra and Julie Denten, Davis, landed a 5-4 trout off the jetty on rainbow PowerBait. 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 remains good at most waters, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout. Sabrina is producing a lot of limits and the water level continues to come up. 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.

Jun
27

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: Bridgeport Reservoir is still one of the top spots in the region with good action for trollers and still-fishermen. Bait anglers are fishing Rainbow Point and the rocks to the north. Trolling is best in the narrows at the public marina. The perch bite is also on at the dam and the rocky point to the south. The East Walker River continues to flow at 79 cfs with good fishing for diligent fly anglers fishing streamers, caddis nymphs, and midge patterns. Kirman Lake has been producing a lot of quality cutts and brookies, but the bite is an early morning, late evening deal now. Best action on leach patterns, damsels, scuds, and small nymphs. Twin Lakes have been fair to good with the best action for trollers, but the shore anglers also getting fish on the usual prepared baits. Lots of 10 to 14 inch fish. The West Walker is good, but the fish are spooky. Small spinners and attractor fly patterns have been best. Virginia Lakes are excellent with a lot of limits and some quality fish in the bite. The bigger fish are planted rainbows, but a lot of wild brookies and browns are also being caught on bait, lures, and flies. Top fish from Little Virginia was a 6-8 rainbow landed by Tommy Negrete, Highland, on a Power Worm Saturday. Charlie Parson, Apple Valley, had a 5-1 on a Mouse Tail, while Lynn Evans, Elkton, MD, landed a five-pounder on a Thomas Buoyant. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop. 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, small lures, and flies behind bubbles are getting fish at all four waters, and there is a pretty good fly-bubble bite in the evenings. Desert Springs Hatchery is slated to plant trophy trout this week and the DFW has been planted trout each week. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake was tougher for trout this past week but the Sacramento perch bite has been very good all along the 395 side of the lake, from McGee Bay to Whiskey Creek around wed beds. For the trout, the fly-rodders are fishing midges, while trollers are seeing the best action from 25 to 40 feet. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. 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 bite has been very good with a steady supply of pan-sized fish being planted by the DFW and a few trophy fish still being landed. Josiah Ochoa, Bellflower, landed rainbows at 5-6 and 4-9 fishing nightcrawlers at the inlet. Harris Goldman, Playa del Rey, had a five-pound rainbow, while Jerry King, Whittier, landed a 4-13. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair to good action. 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 remains good at most waters, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout. Sabrina has been very good at the DingleBerry Inlet for shore anglers fishing baits and tossing small lures or flies. 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.

Jun
19

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opener is this Saturday, April 26. 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 remains the hot spot in the region with a lot of nice rainbows and a few browns here and there. Most action on inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, and Power Eggs for bait anglers or small Rapalas, Needlefish or blades with crawlers for trollers. Rainbow Point is best for bait anglers while trollers are working the middle of the lake. The East Walker has had flows at 71 cfs for a couple of weeks and the action has been good below the Miracle Mile stretch and on into Nevada (the Rosaschi Ranch stretch and private water upstream). Most action on streamers and nymphs. Kirman Lake remains fair for fly anglers fishing leech, damsel and scud patterns. Twin Lakes are fair to good with some limits and occasional fish to four pounds showing. The West Walker River is good throughout the canyon stretch, but the Pickle Meadows area is a little tougher. The Virginia Lakes are all excellent from shore or float tubes for bait, lure, and or fly anglers. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, very good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop. 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, small lures, and flies behind bubbles are getting fish in the all the spots. Top trout from Silver was a 5-10 rainbow landed by Mike Clarke, Simi Valley, on a worm. Dylan Giampietro, Palmdale, had trout at 4-6 and 4-3 on rainbow PowerBait. 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 very good for fly-rodders fishing midges, while bait anglers and trollers are reporting slowing action Browns to four pounds reported. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. 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 action has been very good with a lot of limits reported and a few quality fish. Glenn Wallace, San Diego, had a 5-5 rainbow on a Power Worm at the inlet. Ryan and Nathan Underwood, Simi Valley, had a 5-3 rainbow to top off their stringer. Micheal de Frank, Glendora, landed a 4-7 trout off the south shore on Gulp! bait. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair to g good action. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls, while the upper lakes are all best where streams are entering the lakes. 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 remains good at most waters, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout, but Sabrina is rising quickly and has pretty good action with quite a few limits. Dingleberry Inlet has been the hot spot. Brody Castillo, 5, Bishop had a 3-4 rainbow. In the valley, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is fair to good 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 good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float 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 trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week now.

Jun
12

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opener is this Saturday, April 26. 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:
EAST WALKER RIVER June 08, 2014
The flow on the East was bumped up to 71 cfs yesterday, the fishing has been a little tough but if you keep at it you should be able to bag some fish. The lower stretch, from the bridge to Murphy’s Pond and then down on the Nevada side of the border have been the most productive. The dry fly action has been a little slow but the nymphing has been good and we’ve had some reports on streamers as well. Patterns to try include e/c caddis, elk hair caddis, mercury midge, wd-40, zebra midge, san juan worm, flashback emerger, top secret midge, zuddler and dead drift crayfish.

SCEIRINE RANCH June 08, 2014
The ranch has been fishing pretty well this week and with the slightly higher flow it should hang in there for the next week. The same patterns that have been working on the California side are also working on the Sceirine. Give us a call if you want to book some time on the ranch.

HUNEWILL POND June 08, 2014
The pond is still fishing pretty well, the weeds haven’t grown up too much yet and the fish are pretty hungry! Seal buggers, stillwater nymphs, small matukas, soft hackles, ap emergers have all been working sub-surface and on top we’ve had some good action with para adams, griffiths gnat and yellow sallies.

BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR June 08, 2014
Bridgeport is still on fire! The trollers are doing well with small rapalas, blades/crawlers and thomas bouyants. Bait anglers are doing great over near Rainbow Point with mice tails, crawlers and power bait. Haven’t heard much from the fly anglers this week but you should be able to turn some fish with small midges like zebra midges, red-headed stepchild, soft hackles and damsel patterns.

KIRMAN LAKE June 08, 2014
Kirman is still hanging in there as well, mostly leech patterns like seal buggers and mini leeches, as well as dainty damsels and stillwater nymphs have been working. Drop a soft hackle of ap emerger off the back for added success. We’ve also been getting some good reports from anglers using scud patterns like flashback scud, orange scud or green scud.

TWIN LAKES June 08, 2014
The Twins fished well this week from boats and shore. Lots of nice 3 to 5 pound rainbows made a showing. Mice tails, power bait and crawlers seemed to do the trick from the shore and the trollers did well with needlefish, rapalas and kastmasters.
WEST WALKER RIVER June 08, 2014
The West has come down a bit and is pretty clear now, the fishing has been pretty good too. Spin anglers are using Mepps and panther martins, salmon eggs, power eggs and crawlers. Fly anglers are using hoppers, hopper/dropper rigs, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, beetles and ants.
VIRGINIA LAKES June 08, 2014
The Virginias are also fishing excellent lately, bait anglers are using mice tails, power bait and crawlers. Lure anglers are using Thomas bouyants, kastmasters and mini jigs. Fly anglers are having success with beetles, soft hackles, wooly buggers, matukas and zug bugs.

Bridgeport Reservoir is excellent for boat anglers trolling or still fishing with nightcrawlers, MiceTails, or PowerBait off Rainbow Point the best bet. Shore anglers also doing well of Rainbow Point. The East Walker River is flowing 70-plus cfs this week, and the best action has been on small nymphs, but some fish are showing on dries and streamers. Not wide open, but still pretty good. Kirman Lake is fair to good for float tube anglers with either scud or small midge patterns the best bet. Twin Lakes, both Upper and Lower, continue to produce some nice fish from shore and boat on lures and bait with fish to four pounds reported. The West Walker has been good in the canyon stretch but is tougher in the Pickle Meadows area. Small spinners, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs are the top bets for spin anglers, while fly anglers are mostly fishing attractor nymphs or small streamers. All the Virginia Lakes are very good. Big and Little Virginia and Trumble are all fishing best on bait or small lures. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, very good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop. 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. Top trout from Silver was a 5-7 rainbow landed by Dylan Giampietro, Palmdale, on rainbow PowerBait. Paul Velasco, Los Angeles, had a 3-8 brown from Silver on a worm. Most of the loop is getting weekly DFW trout plants, and trophy trout to five pounds are to be planted each month. 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 very good for fly-rodders fishing midges, while bait anglers and trollers are reporting limits of fish. Browns to four pounds reported. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. The Owens had a lot of bigger, two to three-pound class rainbows, up out of Crowley for the spawn, while Hot Creek was mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, top winners in the Hangman’s Bonus Derby were Garritt Wallace, El Cajon, with a four-pound rainbow, and Jerry Bowman, Bakerfield, also with a four-pounder. Both trout also carried $50 tags. The top fish landed this past week was a 6-1 rainbow caught by Harley Wallace, El Cajon. There were also a bunch of four to five pounders as part of limits. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair to g good action. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls, while the upper lakes are all best where streams are entering the lakes. 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 remains good at most waters, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout, but Sabrina is rising quickly and has pretty good action with quite a few limits. Tim Carnahan, Bishop, had trout a 2-5 and 3-11. In the valley on the year-around waters, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float 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 trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week now.

Jun
06

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opener is this Saturday, April 26. 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 is still fair to good for boat anglers when the wind isn’t blowing with trolling or still fishing with nightcrawlers or PowerBait off Rainbow Point the best bet. Shore action much slower with the best bite at the dam. The East Walker River is flowing 50-plus cfs this week, and the best action has been on small nymphs, but some fish are showing on dries and streamers. Kirman Lake is good for float tube anglers with either streamers or small midge patterns the best bet. Twin Lakes, both Upper and Lower, continue to produce some nice fish from shore and boat on lures and bait with fish to four pounds reported. The West Walker has been good in the canyon stretch but is tougher in the Pickle Meadows area. Small spinners, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs are the top bets for spin anglers, while fly anglers are mostly fishing attractor nymphs or small streamers. All the Virginia Lakes are very good, and the waters are all ice-free. Big and Little Virginia and Trumble are all fishing best on bait or small lures. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, very good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop. 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. Shari Jones of Huntington Beach landed a 2-3 rainbow from a boat on Silver Lake using a Berkley Flicker Shad. Most of the loop is getting weekly DFW trout plants, and trophy trout to five pounds are to be planted each month. 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 very good for fly-rodders fishing midges, while bait anglers and trollers are reporting limits of fish. Browns to four pounds reported. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. The Owens had a lot of bigger, two to three-pound class rainbows, up out of Crowley for the spawn, while Hot Creek was mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. Convict Lake has been good this past week and a lot of limits on fish to four pounds. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair to g good action. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls, while the upper lakes are all best where streams are entering the lakes. 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 remains good at most waters, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout, but Sabrina has some nice fish to two pounds being caught. In the valley on the year-around waters, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float 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 trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week now.

May
02

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opener is this Saturday, April 26. 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 Twin Lakes were just fair opening weekend with a lot of rainbows showing for shore anglers, but few bigger fish. That changed Tuesday when the bite for bigger browns broke open. Dan Stewart, Bishop, landed browns at 12 pounds and 9-12 on Tuesday. There were several other five and six pounds fish reported. Bridgeport Reservoir has also been fair with the best action for trollers working Needlefish and Thomas Buoyants. What the bite lacks in volume, it has made up in quality with most of the rainbows two to three pounds and brown trout to five pounds reported. The big fish was a six-pound rainbow landed by Cody Taylor, Bakersfield, and the top browns were landed by family members Dustin and Kyle Seldon, both of Moreno Valley, and they weighed five pounds and 4-4, respectively. Kirman Lake was wide open Wednesday for brookies to 23 inches (six pounds or more) and cutthroats to 25 inches (six pounds). Fly and spin anglers were scoring. The East Walker River has been very good since flows jumped to 33 cfs this week. Best action on small midge pupae in size 18 and 20. Lots of browns to four pounds. Virginia Lakes have been iffy with both waters covered in rotten ice making ice fishing unwise and shore fishing tough. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, very good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop for the opener. The snow that fell Friday night was mostly gone by Saturday afternoon, and by Sunday the fishing was almost balmy (by Sierra opener standards). The top fish reported by mid-week was an 11-4 rainbow caught on Sunday from June Lake by Dale Martin, Yucaipa, fishing a jig. A 7-4 rainbow was caught from Gull Lakwe by Jared Barnard, South Lake Tahoe. Grant Lake’s big fish was a six-pound, eight-ounce rainbow landed by Gene Cabral, Fillmore, while the top trout from Silver was a 5-15 rainbow landed by Terry Schultz, Santa Clarita. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake, the focal point of the Eastern Sierra trout opener, was good in spite of cold weather all day Saturday and snow the night before that kept crowds down. Larry Alaso, Mammoth Lake, landed a 7-12 rainbow. The best brown was a 4-11 caught by Aaron Avila, Riverside. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. The Owens had a lot of bigger, two to three-pound class rainbows, up out of Crowley for the spawn, while Hot Creek was mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. Convict Lake had mixed reviews. Some anglers reported excellent fishing, while other found it tough. Top fish from Convict was a 7-14 landed by Kai Ishisara, Montery Park, on a mini jig. Thomas Kilsheimer, Chatsworth, won the opening day Fred Hall Largest Fish Derby with a 3-10 rainbow caught on yellow PowerBait. The upper lakes basin was very spotty because of ice on the higher lakes and cold water conditions on the Twin Lakes. Ditto for Rock Creek Lake. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was very good with roads open to all waters by mid-day Saturday, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t cold. The wind chill factor at Sabrina Saturday morning had the temperature at 10 degree, but all three lakes fished pretty well with a lot of limits, but it was Bishop Creek that was the star of opening weekend. The creek was planted with a lot of trophy trout just before the opener, the last of the Alpers’ fish to be stocked in the Sierra. The biggest confirmed trout were a 9-8 and 8-14 out of Intake II and there were rumors of an 11-pounder. The biggest trout from the creek itself was a 7-12 rainbow trout landed by Kevin Lord, Wildomar, out of the North Fork of Bishop Creek to top off his five-fish limit. In the valley on the year-around waters, Pleasant Valley Reservoir was good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float 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 trout streams in this region were planted before the opener and provided good action with light crowds.

Apr
24

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be conducting a wildlife checkpoint operation in late April to promote safety, education and compliance with law and regulations.

CDFW law enforcement division will be conducting the inspection on southbound Hwy 395, south of Bishop on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The wildlife checkpoint is being conducted to protect and conserve fish and wildlife, and to encourage safety and sportsmanship by promoting voluntary compliance with laws, rules and regulations through education, preventative patrol and enforcement. All anglers and hunters will be required to stop and submit to an inspection. CDFW officers will also be providing informative literature about the invasive quagga mussel and New Zealand Mudsnail.

Apr
24

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opener is this Saturday, April 26. 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 flows in the East Walker have been about 40 cfs again this past week and the action has been very good with the best action on streamers, but also some dry fly stuff, especially on the Nevada side of the border. The West Walker (open to catch and release fishing only until trout season opens) has been tough with flows low and clear water conditions. Best action in deeper pools. For the opener, road access is good to most of the region’s waters with roads to Virginia Lakes and Twin Lakes are open. Only Big Virginia Lake may have ice thick enough for ice fishing this opener. DFW trout plants will go into most of the major waters in this region, including Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Little Walker River, Molybdenite Creek, Robinson Creek, Twin Lakes, Virginia Creek, and the West Walker River. While snow is forecast for Friday night into early Saturday morning, the rest of the weekend is forecast to be clear but breezy. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Road access to all of the loop lakes is good. Highway 168 is open to the Yosemite Park boundry, and the road to Lundy Lake is open. All of the waters in the loop are ice free, including Gull, and Parker and Walker Lakes (short walks off the loop) are mostly ice free. The DFW planted Grant, Silver, Gull, June, and Rush Creek this week. Lundy Lake was also planted. Snow forecast for Friday, but the weekend should be clear. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River remain open to catch-and-release fishing up to and through the opener. The Owens River has been good with a lot of quality rainbows from two to four pounds being caught in the river by fly anglers. Even some hatches. Hot Creek has been good with caddis and midge activity and some mayfly hatches in the mornings on nice days. In the Mammoth Lakes basin, the road is open to the Twin Lakes, which are increasingly ice free, but the upper lakes basin road may also be open. Most of the lakes are in various states of thaw and probably will not be safe for ice fishing. Convict Lake is open and ice free. Ditto for Crowley. The road is open to Rock Creek Lake with is thawing fast. Snow is forcast for Friday and into early Saturday, but the bulk of the weekend should be clear and breezy. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers. For the trout opener this weekend, almost all of the roads in the Bishop Creek drainage are open, including to Sabrina, South Lake and North Lake. Trout plants in most of the stretches of Bishop Creek, Intake II, and North Lake. 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 being planted this week for the trout season opener.

Apr
20

The Eastern Sierra Nevada general trout season opener is always one of the big sporting events for Southern California fishermen, attracting thousands of anglers to make the trek up Highway 395 the last Saturday in April each year to fish for trout.

Historically, trout didn’t even exist in the Eastern Sierra Nevada south of the Walker River drainage. Yet today, the area is considered by many to have some of the best trout fishing waters in the nation. The combination of an aggressive public/private trout stocking program, and waters that were ideal for the natural reproduction of trout once they were introduced into the region, are the one-two punch that has made the area famous.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has already started adding catchable to closed waters all over the region with more slated for this coming week before the Saturday opening day. In fact, the DFW will be stocking more trout than normal in the region because of better access due to the mild winter.

The popular Alpers trout, purchased by county and private groups in the region to supplement the DFW plants with bigger trout, will not be available this year because drought has simply dried up the hatchery in the Mono Lake Basin. The last of the Alpers’ trophy rainbows will be planted in the Bishop Creek drainage, according to Jared Smith at Parcher’s Resort on Bishop Creek out of Bishop.

ìThere is a load of jumbo Alpers coming to Bishop Creek Canyon for the opener,î wrote Smith on a forum page of FishingNetwork.net. Smith said there was some concern that some of the trout might be too big to safely stock in the creek, but said he was working to make sure those giant trout went into the larger pools, Intake II, or North Lake (if there was access). These trout were being held in a pond in Bishop and would be planted in the days just before the opener.

In the Mammoth Lakes drainage, the loss of Alpers trophy fish was feared to have a big impact on angler interest in those waters, but the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Lake Tourism were able to secure funding to purchase 11,000 pounds of trout, a 45 percent increase over the 7,600 pounds normally purchased from Alpers, from Desert Springs Trout Farm. The Desert Springs trout are all going to be in the three to five-pound class. These trout will be planted throughout the season, including this opening weekend.

In the Bridgeport Region, the volunteer Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation has been using a unique rearing system in tubs to hatch and raise 100,000 rainbow trout eggs per year. Losses are very minimal and all funding for eggs, food, and equipment comes from anglers who donate to the group, while volunteers rear and plant the fish.

There are also private trout reared in grow-out ponds most years at the Twin Lakes in Bridgeport and at June Lake in the June Lake Loop.

All of these additional trout join the millions of rainbows planted each year by the DFW in the region, which join all the trout that are produced naturally in the streams and rivers throughout the region. And on most waters, these fish haven’t had to deal with an angler’s hook for nearly six months. Are you beginning to understand why the fishing is so good.

While the long range weather forecast calls for a chance of showers Friday through Monday for most of the higher elevation areas of the Eastern Sierra, including possible snow flurries Sunday morning, the winter has been unseasonably mild and most of the major roads in the region will be open and anglers who want to do a little ice-fishing might have to plan on wearing snowshoes or cross-country skis and climbing up to high-elevation wilderness lakes.

Most roads will be open. The road to Virginia Lakes off Highway 395 at the top of Conway Summit will be open, and Little Virginia already had big patches of open water this week, but there was still solid ice on Big Virginia, which may be one of the few ice-fishing spots available in the region without a long slog through snow. The road to Lundy Lake is open (and the lake is very low), and State Route 120 will be open west of Highway 395 to the Yosemite Park Entrance, providing access to Ellery and Tioga lakes, and the road up to Saddlebag Lake might even be open. No reports on the ice conditions of those three, however. The Mammoth Lakes road is open to Twin Lakes and the entire loop road may be open by opener, and most of the lakes have open water and thin ice. Rock Creek Road is open all the way to Rock Creek Lake, which is mostly free of ice. State Route 168 out of Bishop will be open all the way to Sabrina, and both the roads to South Lake and North Lake are expected to be open but snow banks and weak ice on South Lake could make fishing dangerous.

One of the most popular destinations in the region, Crowley Lake, only ice cover for a short period this winter and was ice-free in January. This lake receives from 300,000 to 500,000 DFW trout annually. Most are planted in the fall as fingerlings and subcatchables (two- to four-inch fish or five- to six-inch fish). Because of the rich feeding conditions in Crowley, those little six-inch trout generally grow up to be 12 or 13-inchers that weigh one-pound by the opener, and they become 15 to 18-inch trout weighing around two to three pounds by the end of the season in November. Those holdover trout are often 18 to 22-inch fish by their second opening day in the lake as three-year-old trout. Since the DFW plants several strains of rainbows, Lahontan cutthroat trout, and brown trout that will live five to eight years or more Crowley, there is always the chance of a really big holdover in the five to 10-pound class. Last year, a seven-pounder was the big fish caught opening day.

Anglers will also find derbies and big fish contests throughout the region with cash and prizes on the line. This means a big one might mean more than just braggin’ rights with the fishing buddies.

One final word of advice for this year’s trout opener: Don’t forget your 2014 fishing license. For many anglers this is the first fishing excursion of the year, so don’t forget to get that license.

Apr
18

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opener April 26. 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 flows in the East Walker have been about 40 cfs again this past week and the action has been very good with the best action on streamers, but also some dry fly stuff, especially on the Nevada side of the border. The West Walker (open to catch and release fishing only until trout season opens) has been tough with flows low and clear water conditions. Best action in deeper pools. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River remain open to catch-and-release fishing. The Owens River remains good with a lot of quality rainbows from two to four pounds being caught in the river by fly anglers. Even some hatches. Hot Creek has been fair with caddis and midge activity and some mayfly hatches in the mornings on nice days. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float 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 lower, lower Owens is getting very little fishing pressure. No reports.

Apr
10

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 flows in the East Walker have been about 40 cfs again this past week and the action has been very good with the best action on streamers, but also some dry fly stuff, especially on the Nevada side of the border. The West Walker (open to catch and release fishing only until trout season opens) has been tough with flows low and clear water conditions. Best action in deeper pools. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River remain open to catch-and-release fishing. The Owens River remains good with a lot of quality rainbows from two to four pounds being caught in the river by fly anglers. Even some hatches. Hot Creek has been fair with caddis and midge activity and some mayfly hatches in the mornings on nice days. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float 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 lower, lower Owens is getting very little fishing pressure. No reports.

Mar
27

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: There has been fair trout action on the East Walker River, but the flows have been jumping from the mid-20s to over 70 cfs and then back down over the past week. Surprisingly, this hasn’t hurt the bite much. No reports from the West Walker. Flows have been in the 30-35 cfs range with small midges the best bet. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River remain open to catch-and-release fishing. The Owens River remains good with a lot of quality rainbows from two to four pounds being caught in the river by fly anglers. Even some hatches. Hot Creek has been fair with caddis and midge activity and some mayfly hatches in the mornings on nice days. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float 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 lower, lower Owens is getting very little fishing pressure. No reports.

Feb
20

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: Few reports this past week. There has been slow to fair trout action on the East Walker River with the best action at mid-day. Flows have been in the 30-35 cfs range with small midges the best bet. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River remain open to catch-and-release fishing. The Owens River remains good with a lot of quality rainbows from two to four pounds being caught in the river by fly anglers. Even some hatches. Hot Creek has been fair with caddis and midge activity and some mayfly hatches in the mornings on nice days. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been slow to fair with only a few fish showing for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover rainbows showing for float 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 lower, lower Owens is getting very little fishing pressure. No reports.