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 East Walker has been tough with low flows again this week and the best fishing has been below the first bridge and on the Nevada side. Bridgeport Reservoir continues to drop and the fishing has been improving, especially at the dam for bait and lure anglers. Also a fair bite on perch. The Twin Lakes have been fair, with most of the fish pan-sized. Trollers are doing the best, but fly and bait anglers are also getting a few fish. The West Walker has been good, especially with dry flies, and lure anglers are getting some fish in the evenings on spinners. Virginia Lake remains one of the best spots in the region with a very good bite and limits of fish to four pounds showing on flies, bait, and lures. Kirman is getting little pressure but the bite has been pretty good for fly anglers on damsels and small streamers, mostly on brookies to 18 inches (and that is a four-pound fish). Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: A fire on June Mountain closed the loop to angler access early in the week. Anglers should call ahead to check on current closures and conditions. The fish has been fair to good 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. Silver continue to produce five or six fish per day topping three pounds and Desert Springs hatchery put in more trophy fish. 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. 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 good for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays around weed beds. Quite a few fish from two to four pounds. 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 trees are turning color and the trout action has been good. The lake will also be stocked with trophy trout Sept. 26. Top fish this week was a Alex Perez, Crowley Lake, with a 3-15 rainbow caught on a Mice Tail off the south shoreline. Rich Baker, Independence, had a stringer with trout at 3-10, 3-3, and 2-6 on Gulp! Pinched Crawlers, also off the south shore. Mark Cota, Rancho Cucamonga, landed a 3-4 rainbow on Velveeta at the Hangman’s Tree. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair action in most of the lakes and the brookies are starting to mass at the stream mouths. 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 slow to fair this past week. North Lake is slow with light pressure. South Lake fair. Sabrina also slowed this past week, but still quite a few fish showing, especially for trollers working mid-lake. The inlets slowed. At Sabrina, the bite took off again, especially at the inlets, but trollers are also scoring again with the cooler fall weather. Paul Stanwyck, Bridge City, LA, had a three-pound trout while trolling a nightcrawler behind five colors of leadcore. Andrew MacArthur, Torrance, caught a three-pounder using a rainbow Rapala. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain fair to good with a few limits reported. 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 with light pressure. Weekly plants have ended for the season.