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.