GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season will close Nov. 15 in this region. 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 fair to good even with low flows (20 cfs) again this week. The water temperatures have cooled and the action if decent from the dam all the way to the Nevada border and below. Ten to 20 fish days with browns to 20 inches have been reported. Bridgeport Reservoir continues to drop and the fishing has been improving, especially at the dam for bait and lure anglers. The Twin Lakes have been good, with most of the fish pan-sized. Trollers are doing the best, but fly and bait anglers are also getting fish. The West Walker has been fair, 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 for shore and tube anglers. Kirman has been tough for brookies which are moving into the spawn, but still fair. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing 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 week topping three pounds. The usual PowerBaits, Pinched Crawlers, and small lures are getting fish at all four waters. 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. Lots of anglers are getting browns, rainbows, and cutthroats in a single day. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Some movement of rainbows and browns up the river out of Crowley. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the trout action has been good with quite a few quality fish in the catch. The biggest trout of the season was landed when Craig Miszklevitz, Lancaster, caught an eight-pound rainbow on a Sierra Slammer Swimbait off the north shore. Robby Shott, Wildomar, had a pair of rainbows at 4-6 and three pounds fishing nightcrawlers at the inlet. Rainbows at 4-5 were landed by Joe Bellantoni, Ontario, on a white jig, while the other was caught by Michael Caudillo, Quartz Hill, on rainbow garlic PowerBait. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair action on rainbow trout in most of the lakes with a lot of brookies being caught in the stream mouths and inlets. 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 on flies, 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 slow to fair with light fishing pressure over the weekend. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain fair to good with a few limits reported. Most campgrounds in upper drainage now closed. 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. While the bite has improved, it is still just fair overall. 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 slow to fair with light pressure. Weekly plants have ended for the season.