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Sep
14

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations. Many waters have special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, and Lower Twin Lake remain the hot spots with all seeing pretty good action. Bridgeport has continued very good for bait anglers fishing Buckeye Bay with fish to seven pounds reported. Lower Twin has had some quality trout, including an 8-8 brown this week. But both Twins and the Virginia Lakes have been solid producers of pan-sized fish. The East Walker is down to 300 cfs, which is an excellent fishing flow and the bite is pretty good in the upper mile stretch below the dam, but slows the further downstream you go. Nymphing and stream fishing is the way to go.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty well this week. Silver Lake has produced a few limits and fish, most pan-sized, but some bigger and the water level is finally coming down. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working five to six colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deep as nine colors in June. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas have been best. The fly-bubble rig is also been working early and late when the trout are on top, especially at the walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout, but the water level has been falling. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers. Rush Creek is finally coming down and very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with good fly action on midge and small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds, but most 16 to 20 inches and running 1-8 to 3-0. The 20 to 40 fish days of the past few weeks have ebbed into 10 to 20 fish days for boat- or tube-based fly anglers. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds with some bigger fish landed each week. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, the entire Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been fair to good. At Sabrina, the trout action is good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits, but it is taking a little more work. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. The lower Owens River remains very high and difficulty to fish.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Silver Lake, Jim Annos of Ridgecrest landed a 6-10 rainbow from a boat on an orange Pinched Crawler.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Aug
24

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra and there are already hits of fall in the high country as the brookies start to color-up for the spawn. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, and Lower Twin Lake remain the hot spots with all seeing pretty good action. Bridgeport has been off the hook for bait anglers fishing Buckeye Bay with fish to seven pounds report. Lower Twin has had trout to six pounds this week, but it and the Virginia Lakes have been solid producers. Bridgeport got another 4,000-pound plant of bigger fish this week. Flows continue to come down in the East Walker and it is fishing better than it has in over a month, mostly on small nymphs fished near the bottom and streamers.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty well this week. Silver Lake has produced a lot of limits and fish, most pan-sized, but some bigger and the water level is finally coming down. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. The lake was also planted with another 4,000 pounds of one to three-pound Desert Springs Hatchery last Friday. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working five to six colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deep as nine colors in June. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas have been best. The fly-bubble rig is also been working early and late when the trout are on top, especially at the walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout. The Rush Creek channel at the upper end of the lake has been the best spot. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers. Rush Creek is finally coming down and very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures.

In the Mammoth region, the broken-record report continues: Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midge and small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with bigger. The 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat- or tube-based fly anglers. The trolling and bait fishing is pretty slow because of weeds and algae bloom, but the fly bite remains exceptional. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds with some bigger fish landed each week. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, the entire Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been good. Some bigger fish are still showing up on anglers’ stringers. Sabrina Lake level dropped just below the spillway this week. The trout action is good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. All the creeks are still pretty high but finally very fishable. The backcountry trails are all open (although there was a dusting of snow in the high country this week). The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Rush Creek, Terri Hawkes of Irvine caught a 3-3 rainbow below Silver Lake on salmon eggs. At Convict Lake, Jeremy Sonnenburg, Ontario, landed a 4-8 rainbow off the south shore.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Aug
10

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra, as runoff finally subsides. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir and Lower Twin Lake are the hot spots with both seeing pretty good action for both boat anglers trolling or shore and boat bait fishing in the creek channels that are weed free. Again, both spots have produced some quality rainbows to seven pounds over the past week, all fish planted by the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation. Bridgeport will get another 4,000-pound plant before the end of the month. The Virginia Lakes are both very good, and they were planted with trophy rainbows to seven pounds recently. Flows are finally coming down in the East Walker and it is fishing better than it has in over a month.

In the June Lake region, there was a 400-acre fire on the Parker Bench that closed access to Grant Lake for a couple of days mid-week, but the entire loop is back open. All of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty well this week. Silver Lake has produced a lot of limits and fish, most pan-sized, but some bigger and the water level is finally coming down. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. The lake will get 4,000 pounds of one to three-pound Desert Springs Hatchery fish before the end of the month. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working five to six colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deep as nine colors in June. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas have been best. The fly-bubble rig is also been working early and late when the trout are on top, especially at the walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout. The Rush Creek channel at the upper end of the lake has been the best spot. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers. Rush Creek is finally coming down and very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures. There were at least 12 rainbows over three pounds reported in the past week, including a 6-2 (see below).

In the Mammoth region, the broken-record report continues: Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midge and small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with bigger. The 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat- or tube-based fly anglers. The trolling and bait fishing is pretty slow because of weeds and algae bloom, but the fly bite remains exceptional. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds with some bigger fish landed each week. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, the Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been good. Some bigger fish are still showing up on anglers’ stringers. Sabrina Lake level dropped this week with more water released, but the action at the inlets is still excellent for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. All the creeks are still running very high but it appears peak runoff has passed. The backcountry trails are opening up fast with heat, but some places are still snow-choked. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Rush Creek (below Silver Lake), Howard Fairchild, Newhall, landed a 6-2 rainbow on a Prince Nymph. At Convict Lake, Kay Muranaka, Yorba Linda, landed a 5-13 rainbow at the south shore inlet on a Tasmanian Devil.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Jul
20

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

RUNOFF NEWS: Most rivers on the east side of the Sierra Nevada are finally starting to see the runoff subside, at least in some areas. Creeks and rivers are still at very high levels, with many overflowing banks. The East Walker River has been flowing at just over 1,200 cfs this week, but that is down from over 1,500 fps all last week. Even with this flow the lake could go over the spillway this year. The West Walker River is still very high and muddy. At Sabrina Lake, where the LADWP has been releasing water all spring, all three spillway pipes are open and the lake is still coming up a foot a day.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra, but runoff is still pouring off the mountains but starting to moderate some places. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir and Lower Twin Lake are the hot spots with both seeing pretty good action for both boat anglers trolling or shore and boat bait fishing. Again, both spots have produced some quality rainbows to six pounds over the past week. The Virginia Lakes is really turning on, and they were planted with trophy rainbows to seven pounds this week.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty good this week, in spite of high flows in Rush Creek and the smaller streams. Silver Lake has been particularly good with limits and fish to five pounds report. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. A 4-8 brown was reported from Silver this past weekend. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working five to six colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deeper as nine colors in June. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas have been best. The fly-bubble rig is also been working early and late when the trout are on top, especially at the walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout with fish to four pounds reported each week and a 6-8 rainbow was caught this week. The Rush Creek channel at the upper end of the lake has been the best spot. Rush Creek is a torrent, but still fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers.

In the Mammoth region, the broken-record report continues: Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midge and small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with bigger. Many anglers reporting Crowley ìSlams,î landing a brown, rainbow, and cutthroat on the same day, and 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat anglers. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds or a little better. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, the Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been good. Some bigger fish are still showing up on anglers’ stringers. Sabrina Lake level dropped this week with more water released, but the action at the inlets is still excellent for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. All the creeks are still running very high but it appears peak runoff has passed. The backcountry trails are opening up fast with heat, but some places are still snow-choked. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Convict Lake, Maximus Garcia, Los Alamitos, landed a 4-15 rainbows at the south shore inlet on a pink and white Mice Tail. At Grant Lake, Brad Horton, Orange, landed a 6-9 rainbow on a Thomas Buoyant. At Little Virginia Lake, three trout over four pounds landed. Mike Inge, Fontana, had a 4-2 on a Mice Tail. Ronnie Haigh, Murrieta, landed a 4-3 on PowerBait, and the big one of the past week was a 4-5 caught by
Jenny Williamson, Dayton, NBev., on a Mice Tail.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Jul
13

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

RUNOFF NEWS: Most rivers on the east side of the Sierra Nevada are finally starting to see the runoff subside, at least in some areas. Creeks and rivers are still at very high levels, with many overflowing banks. The East Walker River has been flowing at just over 1,200 cfs this week, but that is down from over 1,500 fps all last week. Even with this flow the lake could go over the spillway this year. The West Walker River is still very high and muddy. At Sabrina Lake, where the LADWP has been releasing water all spring, all three spillway pipes are open and the lake is still coming up a foot a day.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra, but runoff is still pouring off the mountains but starting to moderate some places. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir and Lower Twin Lake are the hot spots with both seeing pretty good action for both boat anglers trolling or shore and boat bait fishing. Again, both spots have produced some quality rainbows to six pounds over the past week. The Virginia Lakes is really turning on now that both lakes are ice-free, and they were planted with trophy rainbows for the holiday weekend and fish to 3-8 have been reported.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty good this week, in spite of high flows in Rush Creek and the smaller streams. Silver Lake has been particularly good after double plants by DFW and Desert Springs with fish to five pounds caught. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. A 4-8 brown was reported from Silver this past weekend. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working five to six colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deeper as nine colors in June. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas have been best. The fly-bubble rig is also been working early and late when the trout are on top, especially at the walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout with fish to four pounds reported each week. The Rush Creek channel at the upper end of the lake has been the best spot. Rush Creek is a torrent, but still fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers.

In the Mammoth region, the broken-record report continues: Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midge and small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with bigger. Many anglers reporting Crowley ìSlams,î landing a brown, rainbow, and cutthroat on the same day, and 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat anglers. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds or a little better. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good after DFW plants, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake is starting to open up with good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, the Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been good. Some bigger fish are still showing up on anglers’ stringers. Sabrina Lake level is coming up and the action has been good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. All the creeks are running very high. The backcountry trails are all still mostly snow-covered, but opening up quickly now. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: In Little Virginia Lake, Drew Preasmeyer, Apple Valley, landed a 2-13 rainbow on a Kastmaster.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Jun
29

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

RUNOFF NEWS: Most rivers on the east side of the Sierra Nevada are running at flood levels, with many overflowing banks. Lakes are mostly full or will be soon. At Sabrina Lake, where the LADWP has been releasing water all spring, all three spillway pipes are open and the lake is still coming up a foot a day.

At least one campground in the Inyo National Forest (on Lee Vining Creek) is closed due to flooding. For campground and Forest Service recreation information, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/inyo/recreation.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra, but runoff is pouring off the mountains. The Big Pine Trout Derby with a $600 Blind Bogey and a 50/50 raffle will be held this Saturday, July 1. Entry is $10 for adults, kids free. Signups until noon at the Country Kitchen, Big Pine. Weigh-in 3:30 p.m.The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir and Lower Twin Lake are the hot spots with both seeing pretty good action for both boat anglers trolling or shore and boat bait fishing. Again, both spots have produced some quality rainbows to six pounds over the past week. The Virginia Lakes are finally ice free, The bite has really started to take off at Little Virginia and Trumble, especially on worms fly-lined on top.

In the June Lake region, the bite has been improving throughout the loop thanks to increasing water temperatures and DFW plants are weekly now. Top bet has been for trollers working the east shoreline of June Lake for cutthroats, or deep-trolling Gull Lake. Tommy Boys and Tazmanians are the top trolling lures. Silver Lake has had two loads of Oregon rainbows from four to seven pounds with another slated to go in next week. Grant, June, and Gull lakes will get plants of big Oregon trout next month and again in September. Shore anglers also getting trout on PowerBait and MiceTails fished on light, five-foot leaders. Rush Creek is very high but fishing pretty well, and the backcountry is finally starting to open up. Parker and Walker lakes have both been good, especially on the fly-bubble combo.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake continues to be the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midges — and the perch fry are emerging, too. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with bigger. Many anglers reporting Crowley ìSlams,î landing a brown, rainbow, and cutthroat on the same day, and 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat anglers. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds or a little better. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good after DFW plants, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake is starting to open up with good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, Desert Spring Trout Farm trout were planted two weeks ago throughout the Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek. These bigger fish are still showing up on anglers’ stringers. Sabrina Lake level is coming up and the action has been good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is now ice free, and all the creeks are running very high. The backcountry trails are all still mostly snow-covered, but opening up quickly now. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lower Twin in Bridgeport, Amanda Powles caught a 7-11 rainbow on a night crawler at the inlet. At Convict Lake, Raymond Maggart, Arroyo Grande, landed a 6-4 rainbow at the inlet on a pink and white MiceTail. Terry Hardin, Redlands, landed a 4-9 rainbow, also at the inlet.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Jun
08

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opened April 29. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best bites are listed by region. In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir is still the hot spot with excellent for boat anglers either trolling or bait fishing. Shore fishing is tough except for brief flurry of action early and late in the day. Some quality fish to six pounds this past week. The Twin Lake above Bridgeport also have improved with rainbows to 4 1/2 pounds this week, mostly still-fishing with Mice Tails and PowerBait. Virginia Lake are approaching ice-free status, but some anglers were still fishing through the ice at Big Virginia this past week. Care advised, but the bite is pretty good at the inlets and outlets from shore. The East and West Walker rivers have been slow because of very high flows.

In the June Lake region, all of the Loop lakes are overflowing with runoff water and Rush Creek is very high — and the runoff is just beginning. All waters are getting weekly DFW trout plants and private plants are going in regularly, too. The bite is good in June and Gull for bait anglers and trollers. Silver Lake is so full, shore access is mostly flooded making the best bite for boat, tube, and kayak anglers. Grant Lake is also full and water is going over the spillway.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake is the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midges — and the perch fry are emerging, too. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with some to six or seven reported again the past week. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, Bishop Creek drainage has runoff starting to thunder off the mountain. Sabrina Lake remains low but it is fishing very good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake still had ice and all the creeks are running very high. The backcountry trails are all still mostly snow-covered. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Jun
01

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opened April 29. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. In the Bridgeport region, the top bet is still Bridgeport Reservoir for boat anglers with the shore bite tougher. Trolling and bait fishing are both producing with a lot of fish to five pounds, and the top fish this week were at six and 8.75 pounds. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have fair action and trout to five pounds reported this week. The West Walker is a torrent and slow, and the East Walker is also still pretty tough with high flows — 800 cfs — but a few fish are showing for diligent stream and nymph anglers using a lot of lead. Virginia Lakes are thawing fast now with open water on both lakes, especially at the inlets and outlets. Few fishing reports this week.

In the June Lake region, June Lake continues to be fair to good with some nice cutthroats reported. Grant is also pretty good for close-to-shore trollers, while Silver and Gull are fair at best. Rush Creek is slow except right after DFW plants.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake has been getting better by the day as lots of fish are dropping back out of the streams after the spawn. Cuttroats to seven pounds have been reported by fly anglers fishing midge patterns under indicators. Bait anglers fishing PowerBait and PowerMice are also getting a lot of fish. Convict Lake is fair to good, but the Mammoth Lakes are all slow to fair with the ice going out on everything and clear on most waters now. Rock Creek Lake is also mostly free of ice now.

In the Bishop region, Bishop Creek is running pretty high, but the fishing was very good, especially in the lower river and at Intake II. North Lake and South Lake now have road access and South Lake and Sabrina’s ice is gone. The lower Owens River is a torrent and effectively unfishable.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

May
25

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opened April 29. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. In the Bridgeport region, the top bet is still Bridgeport Reservoir for boat anglers with the shore bite tougher. Trolling and bait fishing are both producing with a lot of fish to five pounds. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport has slow to fair action on smaller fish. The West Walker is a torrent and slow, and the East Walker is also still pretty tough with high flows — 800 cfs — but a few fish are showing for diligent stream and nymph anglers using a lot of lead. The ice-fishing at Big Virginia is still fair to good, but Little Virginia is slower. The road is open all the way to the lakes now.

In the June Lake region, June Lake continues to be fair to good with some nice cutthroats reported. Grant is also pretty good for close-to-shore trollers, while Silver and Gull are fair at best. Rush Creek slowed.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake has been getting better by the day as lots of fish are dropping back out of the streams after the spawn. Cuttroats to seven pounds have been reported by fly anglers fishing midge patterns under indicators. Bbait anglers fishing PowerBait and PowerMice are also getting a lot of fish. The Upper Owens and smaller Crowley tribs still have a lot of spawners, both rainbows and cutthoats (mostly cutts now), and the fly-fishing bite is pretty good. Convict Lake is fair to good, but the Mammoth Lakes are all slow to fair with the ice going out on everything and clear on most waters now. Rock Creek Lake is also mostly free of ice now.

In the Bishop region, Bishop Creek is running pretty high, but the fishing was very good, especially in the lower river and at Intake II. North Lake and South Lake now have road access and South Lake and Sabrina’s ice is gone. The lower Owens River is a torrent and effectively unfishable.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

May
11

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opened this past Saturday. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: General slowing at all Eastern Sierra waters this past week since the opener. In the Bridgeport region, the top bet is Bridgeport Reservoir, but the shore bite has toughened up. Boat anglers are still seeing good action both trolling and bait fishing with a lot of fish to five pounds. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport slowed dramatically with just slow to fair action on smaller fish. The West Walker is a torrent and slow, and the East Walker saw its flows jump from 625 cfs to 830 cfs by Wednesday this week. Tough fishing at those flows. The ice-fishing at Big Virginia is still fair to good, but Little Virginia is slower.

In the June Lake region, June Lake continues to be fair to good with some nice cutthroats reported. Grant is also pretty good for close-to-shore trollers, while Silver and Gull are fair at best. Rush Creek slowed, but all the waters were slated to get DFW fish this week.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake remains pretty good for fly anglers fishing midge patterns, and bait anglers fishing PowerBait and PowerMice. Convict Lake is fair to good, but the Mammoth Lakes are all slow to fair through the ice. Rock Creek Lake is still frozen.

In the Bishop region, Bishop Creek is running pretty high, but the fishing was very good, especially in the lower river and at Intake II. Sabrina Lake ice anglers continue to report good results on pan-sized rainbows. North Lake and South Lake still do not have road access and South Lake is still frozen, too. The lower Owens River is a torrent and effectively unfishable.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Apr
20

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season will open April 29, and many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. The early trout opener was March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Early trout season is in progress on some Inyo Valley waters. Anglers should check the regulations for open waters for this event and restrictions. Most open waters getting trout plants alternating weeks.

In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to have very high flows of over 700 cfs for the past several weeks. These are tough fishing flows. Very few trout showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom with lots of lead. The East Walker flows finally dropped to 350 cfs after nearly two weeks of flows over 480 cfs. Fishing is still tough, but this flow is a little better. Light pressure and only the odd trout reported on nymphs or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. The West Walker flows have been from just under 500 cfs to over 900 cfs the past week. The flow Wednesday afternoon was 750 cfs. Light fishing pressure, but a few browns and rainbows coming from quieter water in the bigger pools.

The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows from 16 to 22 inches or more up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River. Access remains pretty good. Anglers should still call one of the shops in the region for the latest information.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently. Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Apr
06

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season will open April 29, and many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. The early trout opener was March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Early trout season is in progress on some Inyo Valley waters. Anglers should check the regulations for open waters for this event and restrictions. Most open waters getting trout plants alternating weeks.

In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to have very high flows of over 700 cfs for the past week. These are tough fishing flows. Very few trout showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom with lots of lead. The East Walker flows flows dropped Monday from just under 900 cfs to just under 500 cfs on Wednesday. Fishing with flows at this level is very tough with only the odd trout showing on nymphs or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. Light pressure. The West Walker flows have come up again this week with the warmer weather going from 400 cfs last week to 500 cfs this week. Zero fishing pressure.

The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows from 16 to 22 inches or more up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River. Access improved again this past week with warmer weather, but anglers should still call one of the shops in the region for the latest information.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently. Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Mar
30

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season is closed, but many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. The early trout opener was March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Early trout season is in progress on some Inyo Valley waters. Anglers should check the regulations for open waters for this event and restrictions. Most open waters getting trout plants alternating weeks.

In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to have very high flows of over 700 cfs for the past week. These are tough fishing flows. Very few trout showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom with lots of lead. The East Walker flows remain just under 900 cfs. Fishing with flows at this level is very tough with only the odd trout showing on nymphs or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. Light pressure. The West Walker flows have dropped from 575 cfs last week to right at 400 cfs Wednesday this week. Zero fishing pressure. The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows from 16 to 22 inches or more up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River. Access improved this past week with warmer weather, but anglers should still call one of the shops in the region for the latest information.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently. Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Mar
09

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season is closed, but many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. The early trout opener was this past Saturday, March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The early trout season opener was good with great weather and planted fish at most locations, including Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, the Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek. This week’s plants include Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek. Anglers should check the regulations for open waters for this event and restrictions.

In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to see its flows increased. Last week the flows jumped from 350 to nearly around 600 cfs. These are tough fishing flows, but some trout are still showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom (lots of lead). The East Walker flows flow has been a very consistent 330 cfs over the past week, but the fishing is still pretty tough with the best bite on nymphs bounced along the bottom or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. Light pressure. The West Walker flows have around 170 cfs this week. Zero fishing pressure. The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River, but access is still problematic and anglers should check with one of the fly shops for news. The bite remains fair for the big 16 to 22 inch-fish that have run up out of Crowley Lake.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek all planted this week.

Mar
02

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season is closed, but many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. The early trout opener is this Saturday, March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The early trout season opener is this weekend in southern Sierra streams, and the DFW has planted Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, the Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek this week in preparation for this event. Anglers should check the regulations for open waters for this event and restrictions. In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to see its flows increased. Last week the flows jumped from 250 to 350 cfs, and this week they been ramped up again to 450 cfs. These are tough fishing flows, but some trout are still showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom. The East Walker flows flow has been a very consistent 330 cfs over the past week, but the fishing is still pretty tough with the best bite on nymphs bounced along the bottom or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. Light pressure. The West Walker flows have dropped from around 260 cfs last week to around 170 cfs this week. Zero fishing pressure. The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River, but access is still problematic and anglers should check with one of the fly shops for news. The bite remains slow to fair for the big 16 to 22 inch-fish that have run up out of Crowley Lake.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek all planted this week.