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Feb
04

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Almost no fishing pressure anywhere, but a handful of anglers for fishing the upper Owens above Crowley for the big rainbows and cutthroat hybrids that pack into the river in the winter. The East Walker River has had little pressure, but anglers fishing are getting a few rainbows in the Miracle Mile stretch and some browns below the bridge, mostly on midges or small nymphs. The West Walker River has been untouched. Hot Creek continues to have some pretty good midge and baetis hatches but light fishing pressure. The lower Owens River has low flows and fair action on small nymphs or streamers.

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

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.

Jan
14

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Almost no fishing pressure anywhere, but a handful of anglers for fishing the upper Owens above Crowley for the big rainbows and cutthroat hybrids that pack into the river in the winter. The East and West Walker rivers have seen few anglers, but Hot Creek has had some pretty good midge and baetis hatches again this past week. The lower Owens River has low flows and fair action on small nymphs or streamers.

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

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.

Dec
10

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The portions of the East and West Walker rivers, most of the Owens River, and Hot Creek remain open to catch-and-release fishing. All four waters have been a little tough with cold water and weather conditions and low flows, but the East Walker is probably the best of the lot with midge and streamer anglers getting a few quality fish topping 16 inches. The run of big winter fish up into the Owens River out of Crowley has not begun yet. The lower Owens River has low flows and fair action on small nymphs or streamers.

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

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.

Dec
03

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The general season is closed, but the portions of the East and West Walker rivers, most of the Owens River, and Hot Creek remain open to catch-and-release fishing. All four waters have been a little tough with cold water and weather conditions and low flows, but the East Walker is probably the best of the lot with midge and streamer anglers getting a few quality fish topping 16 inches. The run of big winter fish up into the Owens River out of Crowley has not begun yet. The lower Owens River has low flows and fair action on small nymphs or streamers.

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

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.

Nov
27

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The general season is closed, but the portions of the East and West Walker rivers, most of the Owens River, and Hot Creek remain open to catch-and-release fishing. All four waters have been a little tough with cold water conditions and low flows, but the East Walker is probably the best of the lot with midge and streamer anglers getting a few quality fish topping 16 inches. The run of big winter fish up into the Owens River out of Crowley has not begun yet. The lower Owens River has low flows and fair action on small nymphs or streamers.

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

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.

Nov
19

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The general season closed Sunday, but the portions of the East and West Walker rivers, most of the Owens River, and Hot Creek remain open to catch-and-release fishing. All four waters have been a little tough with cold water conditions and low flows, but the East Walker is probably the best of the lot with midge and streamer anglers getting a few quality fish topping 16 inches.

TOP FISH OF THE WEEK: Convict Lake continued to produce quality trout right up through the final day of the season, and it has the best fish in the Sierra the last weekend, when Gerard Mangan, Huntington Beach, landed a 6-9 rainbow on yellow PowerBait off the south shore.

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

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.

Nov
12

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains very light with few anglers fishing. For bait and lure anglers, the top bets in the region have been the Twin Lakes at Bridgeport, Bridgeport Reservoir, and Convict Lake continues to produce some nice quality fish but just fair numbers overall. Bishop Creek and Rock Creek are pretty fair for skilled stream anglers who are getting browns and holdover rainbows. Fly anglers are seeing a slow to fair bite in the low flows of the East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir with most fish 12 to 16 inches but a few bigger. Crowley Lake is fair to good one day and tough the next. There are browns, rainbows, and cutthroats showing in this bite with a lot of fish to 20 inches or better (go to http://sierradrifters.com/ to see the latest photos).

TOP FISH OF THE WEEK: At Convict Lake, Frank Heilman, Frazier Park, landed a 7-11 rainbow on a Roostertail at the inlet. Corby Brown, Fontana, also had a 7-11 off the south shore on salmon peach PowerBait.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Oct
22

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains very light and the reports have been scanty. Overall, the bite has just been slow. For bait and lure anglers, the top bets in the region have continued to be the Virginia Lakes, which is continuing to show a lot of holdover fish to three pounds, Twin Lakes at Bridgeport, Silver and Grant lakes in the June Loop for the occasional bigger brown trout, Convict Lake continues to produce some nice quality fish but just fair numbers overall, and Bishop Creek and Rock Creek are pretty fair for skilled stream anglers who are getting browns and holdover rainbows. Fly anglers are seeing a fair to good bite in the low flows of the East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir with most fish 12 to 16 inches but a few bigger. Many are reporting 20-fish days. Crowley Lake is very good for browns, rainbows, and cutthroats with a lot of fish to 20 inches or better (go to http://sierradrifters.com/ to see the latest photos). It’s also color season in the Sierra with autumn colors in full swing.

Big fishing of the week: At Convict Lake, Eva Knight from Oceanside caught an 8-12 rainbow on a yellow Thomas Buoyant while fishing 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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Oct
08

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains very light and the reports have been scanty. Overall, the bite has just been slow to fair. Brookies and browns in area lakes are starting to stack up at stream mouths and moving up into streams for the spawn. For bait and lure anglers, the top bets in the region have continued to be the Virginia Lakes, which is continuing to show a lot of holdover fish, Silver and Grant lakes in the June Loop for occasional bigger brown trout, Convict Lake continues to produce some nice quality fish, and Bishop Creek and Rock Creek are pretty fair for skilled stream anglers who are getting browns and holdover rainbows. Fly anglers are seeing a good bite in the low flows of the East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir with most fish 12 to 16 inches but a few bigger. Many are reporting 20-fish days. Crowley Lake is very good for browns, rainbows, and cutthroats with a lot of fish to 20 inches or better (go to http://sierradrifters.com/ to see the latest photos). It’s also color season in the Sierra with autumn colors in full swing, especially at the higher elevations.

Big fish of the week included a 9-11 rainbow landed by Dave Cavalli, Santa Barbara, out of Convict Lake off the north shore on rainbow garlic PowerBait.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Sep
24

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains light and the reports have been scanty. Overall, the bite has just been slow to fair. Brookies and browns in area lakes are starting to stack up at stream mouths and moving into streams for the spawn. For bait and lure anglers, the top bets in the region have continued to be the Virginia Lakes, which is continuing to show a lot of holdover fish, Silver and Grant lakes in the June Loop for occasional bigger brown trout, Convict Lakem which has cranked out 25 trout over four pounds, including one at 8-3, and Bishop Creek and Rock Creek are pretty fair for skilled stream anglers who are getting browns and holdover rainbows. Fly anglers are seeing a good bite in the low flows of the East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir with fish to 20 inches (but few bruisers yet) and many 25-fish days, and Crowley Lake is very good for browns, rainbows, and cutthroats with a lot of fish to 20 inches or better (go to http://sierradrifters.com/ to see the latest photos).

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Sep
17

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure has dropped to almost nothing since Labor Day weekend. Top bets in the region are the Virginia Lakes with a lot of nice holdover and stocker trout showing for fly, lure, and bait anglers, Crowley Lake for fly anglers tossing streamers to perch-chasing browns, rainbows, and cutthroats, and all of the higher elevation waters above 8,500 feet where the leaves are turning color and the brook trout and stacking up in the stream mouths for the spawn. Other good bets include Convict Lake, which has cranked out some real quality stockers again this past week. The East Walker River flows remain very low but the fishing is good, mostly on smaller fish now, and there is very light fishing pressure. Rock Creek and Bishop Creek are good for stream anglers, too. Trout plants back this week.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Sep
04

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: There is a change in the wind here. While the bulk of the action is still in a summer mode with the best action early and late in the day, except for the deep-water trollers and bait fishermen who can catch fish. Outside of those windows, the higher elevation waters are tilting toward fall and the fall-spawning trout (browns and brookies) are starting to stack up at creek inlets in lakes. Since the spawn won’t really kick into gear for over a month, the fish are feeding actively as the waters start to cool. Top fishing spots are changing. The East Walker River flows remain very low (21 cfs) but the fishing is good, mostly on smaller fish now. Other good bets have been Grant Lake, Crowley (the trout are on the perch minnows now), and the upper walk-in lakes in the Rock Creek and Bishop Creek drainages. For planted trout, all the weekly-plant was remains good. Big fish include a nine-pound rainbow caught by Todd Moseanko, Hesperia, on garlic PowerBait in Convict Lake, and there was a 7-5 rainbow landed by Richard Jenkins, Glendale, fishing in Silver Lake with a trolled Needlefish.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Aug
27

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Overall, the trout fishing remains fair to good throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best fishing continues to be early and late in the day. The bulk of the fish in the lakes are showing in deeper water outside the dawn-dusk window. Trollers and deep-water bait anglers doing best during the day. Mosquitos are still out in force most places, so bug repellant is recommended. Top fishing spots have been the Virginia Lakes, Grant Lake, and Crowley Lake (for fly anglers since the Aug. 1 regulation change), but a lot of fish are coming out of the high elevation waters and hike-in lakes and creeks. East Walker River flows remain low (28 cfs) but the fishing is good, mostly on smaller fish now. Bridgeport Reservoir, the Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, and Convict Lake have been pretty good for anglers fishing very deep water 40 to 60 feet or more, but tough for others.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Aug
13

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Overall, the trout fishing remains fair to good throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best fishing continues to be early and late in the day. The bulk of the fish in the lakes are showing in deeper water outside the dawn-dusk window. Trollers and deep-water bait anglers doing best during the day. Mosquitos are also out in force most places, so bug repellant is recommended. Top fishing spots have been the Virginia Lakes, Grant Lake, and Crowley Lake (for fly anglers since the Aug. 1 regulation change), but a lot of fish are coming out of the high elevation waters and hike-in lakes and creeks. East Walker River flows remain low (43 cfs) and fishing tough. Bridgeport Reservoir, the Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, and Convict Lake have been pretty good for anglers fishing very deep water 40 to 60 feet or more, but tough for others. Top catches this week: Big Virginia Lake cranked out an 8-6 rainbow for Lynn Klase, Lake Isabella, on an inflated nightcrawler, while Brandon Surdock, Huntington Beach, caught a 7-5 rainbow on a Power Worm from the West Walker River.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Aug
06

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Overall, the trout fishing remains fair to good throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best fishing continues to be early and late in the day, but deep-water trollers are getting fish during the day, too, on the bigger lakes. Mosquitos are also out in force most places, so bug repellant is recommended. Top fishing spots have been the Virginia Lakes, Grant Lake, and Crowley Lake (for fly anglers since the Aug. 1 regulation change), but a lot of fish are coming out of the high elevation waters and hike-in lakes and creeks. East Walker River flows are low (34 cfs) and fishing tough. Bridgeport Reservoir, the Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, and Convict Lake have been pretty good for anglers fishing very deep water 40 to 60 feet or more, but tough for others. Top catches this week: The best fish in the region was a 9-13 rainbow caught by Steve Felly, San Diego, landed a 9-13 rainbow out of Big Virginia, while a 9-4 rainbow was landed out of Lower Virginia Lake by Michael Barker, Brooklyn, NY, while fly-fishing. Bill Guentert, Colton, had a 7-1 rainbow from Lower Virginia on a worm. Convict Lake produced an 8-2 for Julian Sanchez, Murrieta, while Dave Schultz, Carson, had a 7-7.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.