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 River flows continue to fluctuate between the 80 to 120 cfs range, but fishing remains good. There’s been a good trico hatch in the mornings and a good caddis hatch in the evenings bringing the fish to the top. Nymphs are the ticket in between but the mid-day bite is tough. Bridgeport Reservoir has been good for trollers around Rainbow Point. Shore fishing tougher. Lots of fish to four pounds. Kirman Lake again produced some very nice trout this past week with brookies to four pounds and cutts to six. Twin Lakes remains good for rainbows to three pounds on floating baits and lures, but the boat anglers are outfishing bank anglers by a lot. The West Walker is good on bait, spinners, and dry flies. Gaby Vernoff, Los Angeles, caught a 4-4 rainbow on her first fishing trip fishing with rainbow garlic Gulp!
Virginia Lakes has been very good with weekly plants and a lot of limits caught on flies, lures, and bait. There have been a number of trout over five pounds reported out of Little Virgina over the past week. Tops was a 6-3 caught by Rick Lewis, Claremont, while a 6-2 was landed by Don Bennett, Fillmore. Marty Toomey, Visalia, landed a 5-13, while Jenn Inge, Fontana, had a 5-10. Randy Christiansen, Barstow, caught a 5-9.
Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop were stocked by the DFW again this week and providing very good action on the planted and holdover rainbows, with quite a few cutthroats in June and a smattering of browns in Grant. Silver Lake has been very good with weekly DFW stocks on Monday. Anglers are still seeing good results both out in a boat trolling at about 4 colors deep with lead core and on the surface with Thomas Buoyants. For still fishermen, Berkley Mice Tails have been the hot ticket. Top fish from Silver was a 3-6 rainbow landed by
Brad Dutton, Apple Valley, on a worm. Jessica Duong, West Covina, landed her first-ever trout, a 3-4 rainbow trolling Needlefish. Rush Creek has been fair to good on both stocked trout and wild browns. Steve Archer, Anaheim, landed a 3-3 rainbow on salmon eggs. In the backcountry, Fern and Yost lakes continue to produce catches of 40 to 50 brookies per angler. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but fair to good fishing. Lots of fish up into the four-pound class. There is also a good Sacramento perch bite. Hilton Bay, Little Hilton and Sandy Point are the top spots for trout, but McGee Bay is also good. Algae is becoming a problem. Convict Lake is good with a lot of limits and some quality rainbows being caught. Steve Micheli, Carlsbad, had a four-pound rainbows at the inlet on salmon peach PowerBait, while Mark Burker Jr., Hesperia, was using sherbet PowerBait in Convict Creek and caught a 3-8. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good with excellent caddis action (mostly emergers), but the upper Owens River remains just fair with few bigger fish but decent numbers of smaller trout. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517, Convict Lake Resort at 760-934-3800, Crowley Lake Fish Camp at 760-935-4301.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina has been very good in spite of falling water levels. The best action has been in DingleBerry Inlet with nightcrawlers, PowerBait, or jigs. Trolling leadcore at five colors or flatlining in the shallows with a crawler is a good bet. Richard Burnach, Bishop, had rainbows at 4-8 and 3-12 on small jigs and trout plastics. Preston Torres, Moreno Valley, landed a 3-4 on a gold Kastmaster. Bishop Creek (all sections) has been good with weekly DFW plants. Weir Pond is also good and Intake II has been consistent. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is getting light pressure. Best action at Owens inlet. The Owens Gorge is pretty good on small browns. 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 the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.