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).