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 is still fishing good in spite of 55 cfs flows. Lots of good dry fly (caddis and midge) action on both the California and Nevada sides of the river. Bridgeport Reservoir is still in the summer blahs, but the evenings are starting to get much cooler and the algae is dying off. It won’t be long. Kirman Lake is good and getting better by the day. Lots of quality brookies and cutthroats on streamers, scuds, and soft hackles. Four-pound fish are common. The Twin Lake have been spotty, especially for shore anglers, but the cooler evenings are starting to improve the bite on inflated nightcrawlers, Power eggs, and MiceTails. The West Walker River remains a hot spot in this region with an excellent bite on flies, spinners, and bait in the low flows. Virginia Lakes are as good as the West Walker for lure flingers and fly anglers and fish to four pounds or more continue to show each week. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good on Mice Tails or lures for both shore and boat anglers after both DFW and Alpers’ plants last week. Cooler nights are also cooling down Silver and all the other loop lakes. Bob Bibe, Genoa, caught a 3-3 rainbow, while Tom Coons, Trabuco Canyon had a 3-1. Grant Lake has been producing a few nice browns and rainbows. Mark and Wanda Beck of Garden Grove landed rainbows at 3-8, 3-4, 3-1 and 1-10 from Grant Lake. Gull and June are also good with a lot of fish from one to two pounds on both baits and lures. Trollers have been doing very good in June. Rush Creek has been fair to good, mostly on planted fish. All the lakes in the loop and Rush Creek have been planted nearly every week for the past month. Saddlebag Lake and the area creeks are all very good thanks to plants this week. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Convict Lake and Convict Creek have both been good this week with light fishing pressure and good action. There were over a dozen rainbows at 2-8 or better report from Convict Lake. Mark Wilber of Lakeside, landed the week’s best at 3-4 fishing garlic PowerBait. Debbie Wilber, also of Lakeside, caught a 3-3, while Brandon Lingle of Riverside, and Bob Marone, Nuevo, each had a 3-2 rainbow. Crowley Lake has very low water levels but good fishing. Lots of fish up into the four-pound class with some bigger browns. The fish are stacked up in the bigger bays and feeding on midges and perch minnows. As of Aug. 1, the lake has special regulations. Be sure to check the regs. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek has been fair to good with good caddis and midge activity and some mayfly activity early in the morning. The upper Owens River remains fair to good 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 is so low the front lake is gone and the level is down to the natural lake. The fishing has continued fair to good in deeper water in what would normally be behind the Island or taking a bit of a hike to the front of the back natural lake. The deep water bites have been on nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Fishing the inlets with a fly and a bubble or small jigs or trout worms is also producing a few limits. Bishop Creek has been very good with very low flows in the South Fork now that South Lake is at minimum pool. Dave Dennett, San Diego, landed a 3-2 rainbow on the South Fork just below Parcher’s Hole. Weir Pond is good with a lot of limits of stocker rainbows and a few wild fish. North Lake and Intake II have been the hot spots in the drainage. North Lake has seen excellent action all of this past week for both bait and lure anglers. Intake II might even be better with limits reported for most anglers, including some bigger fish to five pounds. South Lake is at minimum pool and fishing is slow. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is getting light pressure. Best action at Owens inlet and at the dam. 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.