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).