Hello Fellow Anglers,

Summer is here and the outlook for the next 7-10 day looks warm, with an increasing chance for thunderstorm activity in the afternoons and early evening. You may want to carry your rain gear or get your activities done in the morning. Be prepared. At this point, the forecast is only calling for isolated thunderstorms with a 20-30% chance, but it is that time of year, and the weather can change rapidly in the high country. The temps in the area have been pretty warm with 80s in the town of Mammoth Lakes 90s in the Crowley Lake and Bridgeport areas and low 100s for Bishop. Sunscreen and plenty of water is recommended. Smoke from the Lions Point fire has waned with only a slight haze at this time. Conditions are dry and fire danger is high; make sure you obey and know the restrictions if you’re planning a campfire. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the Eastern Sierras and it is always best to check current road conditions at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or by calling 800-GAS-ROAD.
Looking at area fishing conditions, area streams are at or near their seasonal norms flow wise. The middle fork of the San Joaquin River is nearing prime time. The road to the Lakes Basin and Devils Postpile are open. If you plan on going to the Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow area there is a mandatory bus beginning at 7am so plan accordingly. Crowley Lake and Bridgeport Reservoir are both at 90% capacity. Overall fishing conditions are good. Dry fly fishing has been very good and both Bridgeport Reservoir and Crowley Lake are fishing well on the fly. The weather is warm which is great for camping. You may or should consider wet wading and keep the waders in the car. This will help keep you from overheating around mid-day.

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

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July 10, 2018 –

The creek is looking good these days and fishing well. The fish are not particularly large at 8-12” but have been active and willing to take the fly. The fish planted by CADFW last fall, and the season before, are making a difference, but we are still not back to the historic numbers, although far better than it has been. Target the pockets and areas that are deeper and have some relief from the current. Weed grow has started choking some of the channels. Both subsurface and surface flies are affective right now. Hatch wise: Trico’s Caddis PMD Terrestrials Hoppers ants beetles

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[toggle title=”Middle Fork of San Joaquin, Devils Postpile, Reds Meadow Area”]san-joaquin2[1]

July 10, 2018 –

Road and campgrounds are open. The river is shaping up and nearing prime time. Current flows are just below a 100 cfs Hatch wise mid-morning and evening seem to be best. Near the campground, there are some hold-over rainbows from last year’s planting. Hopefully Fish & Game will be stocking more soon. There are plenty of wild fish scattered throughout the area, holding under the shrubs logs and pocket. Hatch wise some larger golden Stone flies along with micro yellow sallies, caddis, and mayflies some gray drakes.

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July 10, 2018 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Good news; the fishing has started to pick up. Mid-Lake surface temps have started to surge upward and the fish are migrating towards the cooler inlets and springs. Crowley Lake is near capacity at about 90% and holding steady. Lake level is holding at 6775 elevation. Lake temps are in the upper 60s to low 70s. There are some blizzard Midge hatches in parts of the lake; they are micro size along with your standard size. Mornings and evening the swarms can be seen. As evidence, plenty of bugs are hatching. Recent plantings by both CADFW and the Crowley Lake Fish Camp have the lake teeming with trout. A variety of sizes are in the mix depending on where you’re fishing. Only 23 days until the regulations change on the lake starting August 1st. Perch are biting throughout the lake and they are in their post spawn mode. Most of the perch are holding in the weed beds and just outside. The first perch fry are starting to show up, and although pretty small the fish should start to key on them in the coming weeks. Damsel fly and Calibeatis present. Leeches are also showing up in the trout’s diet. Overall fishing has been fair to good. But wind direction and the algae can change the game from day to day. Algae wise it’s not bad, but definitely a factor.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

July 10, 2018 –

Flows have been fairly stable lately and are currently holding at 246 cfs. Water clarity is still fairly good. Water temps have been on the increase with the warmer weather so fishing has been best early and late. It is best to check the flows before heading up. Any flow below 500 is fishable but above 350 a wading staff would be advised. The crowds of spring have waned. Hatch wise midges, caddis and tricos. The East Walker River is a food-rich environment with plenty of insects, bait fish, crawfish, scuds, and leeches providing an array of feeding opportunities for the watery friends. The East Walker is home to some very large healthly brown trout. It is a rugged environment with stumbly wading and some brush bashing, but it can payoff. This is not a 6x tippet fishery!

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

July 10, 2018 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

Tributaries are currently open and fall under special regulation. Regulations change on a few of the tributaries during different times of the year. Make sure to read your CA Freshwater regulation booklet before wetting a line on the Crowley tributaries. Water presently clear on all the tributaries! Flows are at their seasonal norms.

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

July 10, 2018 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

Lakes Basin road is open Campgrounds open. CAF&W has been stocking George, Twin, Mary and Mamie in the Lakes Basin. Midge, Calibaetis and some caddis for surface action in the mornings and evening or windless days pulling streamer can be very affective for both the wild and planted trout. Bugger and leech patterns in sizes 10-14s black, olive, and brown can be the go to flies. You can trail and small nymph and also do very well. Many people use a Doc Twin Lake special created by the late Doc Randal. He was a local fly fishing enthusiast and loved fishing from his float tube on Crowley Lake and Middle and Lower Twin Lakes.  Sink tips, Intermediate and full sinking lines type 2-4 should cover the bases.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

July 10, 2018 –

Flows are fishable, currently flowing at or just below 300 cfs. Nothing like last year’s record setting flows at this time. Overall the river is in good shape. The burn area in the wild trout area has become green and access is much easier, the cattails and reeds are growing rapidly and the riparian corridor is intact. Water temps are warming up and the fish are active. Day time highs have been hot in the Bishop area at 100-105, so wet wading would be the ticket. Fish are spread out, crowds have been light. Hatch wise a little of everything Midges early some caddis a few Yellow stone and a brief Baetis hatch around mid-day tricos. Water clarity is pretty clear below the reservoir. One note though, LADWP is going to be repair the Pen Stock coming down the Sherwin Grade and water will be diverted in to the gorge at some point this month if plans go forward. In a recent news release, they are expecting flow in the gorge could reach the 300-500 cfs. Wow, that will be worth seeing but not worth your life fishing in. In the new release they said signs and warnings should be taken seriously. Completions on repairs should be done by Sept if all goes accordingly. So best to check the flows if you plan to fish below or above PVR.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

July 10, 2018 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN

Make sure you read the regulations before you wet a line as special regulations are in place. All sections are currently open although there is an 8 mile section that is private property. CDFW has been stocking the area below the bridges on regular basis, so those fish are migrating above the bridge. Stream flows above the Hot Creek tributaries is currently at 100 CFS and below the lower Hot Creek tributary 150 CFS. The water clarity is clear above Hot Creek. Tea stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Carrying bug repellent would be wise, as sometimes they can be bad on the upper sections due to irrigation of the cow pastures. Hatch wise both mayflies and caddis and the hoppers are out. There are mostly smaller wild fish taking the flies off the surface. Bigger fish mainly holding in the deeper holes and under the cut banks, both fishing under the indicator and using large dry flies can produce the larger fish.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Hopefully by the weekend we will return to a more stable weather pattern with less wind and less precipitation. The past ten days have been rather cool, rainy and windy. The snowpack is confined to areas above 9000 ft. and higher on the northeast slopes. Overall snowpack for the season fell just slightly below normal thanks to “Miracle March.” Many of the road openings that were delayed well into the summer last year, have already opened Hwy 120 Tioga Pass, HWY 108 Sonora Pass and HWY 89 Monitor Pass are open. Unfortunately, the road to Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile is not open yet as crew are making repairs due to damage that occurred from the fall and winter rain storms. There is no word yet as to when the road will open. We can hope for an opening by the third week of June. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the Eastern Sierras and it is always best to check current road conditions at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or by calling 800-GAS-ROAD.
Looking at area conditions, most area streams could see a small pulse of runoff starting next week but nothing more than the stream levels rising slightly due to the warm weather and the higher elevations starting to melt out. All area streams are currently fishable and clear at this time. The road to the Lakes Basin has opened. Crowley Lake and Bridgeport Reservoir are both in the 90% plus full range. Overall fishing conditions are good and the outlook is even better as the water should start warming up and the bug activity increases. The area is already seeing some decent hatches on streams and lakes.

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

June 1st, 2018 –

The creek is looking good these days. The March storms have helped insure good water conditions well into mid-summer as Mammoth Creek should have ample water helping elevate the stream levels . Hatch wise seeing healthy numbers of Caddis mornings and evenings when the wind isn’t blowing and some Mayflies (baetis) around midday. Fish wise numbers are better than the last few years. The fish planted last fall by CADFW and the season before are making a difference, still not back to the historic numbers but far better than it has been. Most of the fish are 8”- 12” frisky biters with some larger fish opportunities. Target the areas that are deeper and have some relief from the current. Weed grow is minimal. Both subsurface and surface flies are effective right now.

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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

June 1st, 2018 –

Road remains closed as crews fix fall and winter storm damage. Best guess on road opening is the 3rd week in June, just in time for the big July 4 weekend.

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June 1st, 2018 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Fishing on the lake has been fairly challenging due to weather conditions, but better weather is on the horizon. Good news; with the current snow pack, last year’s record precipitation and the LADWP water management plan, Crowley Lake is near capacity at about 93 % and holding steady. Lake is holding steady at 6775 elevation. Lake temps are in the upper 50s and there is a decent Midge hatch on the warm days. Best action is on the east and north side of the lake, Mid McGee bay south to Sandy Point and up toward Leighton Springs and North Landing. Perch are biting throughout the lake and are spawning in 6-18 ft water. For the trout, target the ledges and drop offs 14-24 ft of water with Leeches and Midges. Red, Gray and Black midges, copper wire ribbing has been the better producer. Sizes 14-16 leeches brown, burgundy, purple size 14-12. Overall fishing has been fairly slow. Fishing should start to improve as the weather pattern turns warm and becomes more stable by the weekend.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

June 1st, 2018 –

Flows have been bouncing around for the last 7 days currently holding at just under 300 cfs from a high of 600cfs on May 27th. Overall fishing conditions on the East Walker have been pretty good when the flows have been in the mid 200 to mid 300s and stable with the higher flows wading is much more difficult and spreads the fish out. Water clarity is as good as it gets on the tail water fishery. The lower reaches down near Murphy’s Pond are slightly off color from the high flows due to the recent rains prior to Memorial Day. Water temps should start to rise as the weather begins to warm up by the weekend. When the flows are stable there has been pretty abundant bug activity at certain times of the day. Midges, Mayflies, some caddis. Hopefully Flows will start to stabilize as we return to a drier weather pattern by the weekend. It is best to check flows before heading up. Any flow below 500 is fishable but above 350 a wading staff would be advised. Weekends have been crowded on the upper sections and the CADFW wardens have been patrolling the area on a regular basis so make sure your barbs are pinched.

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

June 1st, 2018 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

Tributaries are currently open and fall under special regulation. Regulations change on a few of the tributaries during different times of the year. Make sure to read your CA Freshwater regulation booklet before wetting a line on the Crowley tributaries. Migratory fish are present, please handle with care. Water presently clear on most tribs with the exception of low McGee and all might see a slight rise in water levels if the weather becomes warm in the high country. If you see the fish are paired up in the shallow riffles leave them be! They are producing future generations of trout. Repetitive harassment and hooking these fish increases stress and mortality.

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

June 1st, 2018 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

Lakes Basin road is open. Check with the visitors’ center for campground openings. All the lakes in the basin are ice free and the snow is melting rapidly. Any high elevation lake that still has ice on it is unstable do not attempt to walk on it. As water temps warm up look for CAF&W to resume stocking in the Lakes Basin.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

June 1st, 2018 –

Flows are fishable, currently flowing at 300 cfs. Nothing like last year’s record setting flows at this time. Over all the river is in good shape. The burn area in the wild trout area has become green and access is much easier, the cattails and reeds are growing rapidly and the riparian corridor is intact. Water temps are warming up and the fish are active around mid-day. Temps have been cool by Bishop Standards for this time of year but should climb back into the in low 90s by the weekend. The first triple digit days are not far away, so wet wading maybe the ticket. Fish are spread out, crowds have been minimal. Hatch wise a little of everything Midges early some Caddis a few Yellow stone and a brief Baetis hatch around mid-day Tricos have been starting to show up. The swallows and little song birds will let you know the hatch is on as they swoop in or flutter out from the bushes and pick them off. Water clarity is pretty clear below the reservoir.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

May 8th, 2018 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN

Make sure you read the regulations before you wet a line as special regulations are in place. All sections are currently open although there is a 8 mile sections that is private property. Stream flows above the Hot Creek tributaries is currently at 100 CFS below the lower Hot Creek tributary 160 CFS. Some Migratory Cutthroats are present but the spring spawn is on the wane for the cutthroat as they head back to Crowley Lake. The water clarity is slightly off color. Tea stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Flood irrigating could start at any time on east side of the river so road access could be limited and some areas can become muddy and getting stuck is a possibility if you make a wrong decision. Might want to carry a shovel if you challenge the mud! A tow truck will be a costly mistake. Please avoid fishing to the paired up cutthroats and handle these fish with care as they are producing the next generations of wild trout. Please let the fish do their business if you see them paired up in the shallow water! Hatch wise both mayflies and Caddis hatching mostly smaller wild fish taking the flies off the surface. Bigger fish mainly holding in the deeper holes; fishing under the indicator would be recommended.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Well the first real heat wave has settled over the west with most locations in the area running 10-15 degrees above normal. Snow is still possible well into May and June, but nothing right now on the horizon or in the 7-day forecast. The Snowpack is confined to areas above 9000 ft. and higher. Overall snowpack for the season fell just slightly below normal. Tioga Pass (Hwy 120) and the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile area should be open by Memorial Day weekend. Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) and Monitor Pass (Hwy 89) are already open. The passes can close if we get any spring snowfall. You should always check road conditions before traveling. http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or 800-GAS-ROAD.

Looking at local conditions; most area streams should see a pulse of runoff starting mid-week but nothing more than the stream levels rising due to the warm weather. All area streams are currently fishable and clear at this time. The road to the Lakes Basin is still closed. Crowley Lake and Bridgeport reservoir are both in the 90% plus full range. Overall fishing conditions are good and the outlook is even better as the water should start warming up and the bug activity increases. The area is already seeing some decent hatches on the streams and lakes.

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

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May 8th, 2018 –

The creek is looking good these days. The March storms have help insure good water conditions well into mid-summer as Mammoth Creek should have ample water, helping elevate the stream levels. Hatch-wise: some Caddis and Mayflies (baeti) around midday. Fish-wise: numbers are better than the last few years. The fish planted last fall by CADFW and the season before are making a difference; still not back to the historic numbers but far better than it has been. Target the areas that are deeper and have some relief from the current. Weed grow is minimal. Both subsurface and surface flies are effective right now.

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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

May 8th, 2018 –

The road is closed! Should open by Memorial Day weekend.

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May 8th, 2018 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Good news; with the current snow pack and last year’s precipitation, Crowley is near capacity at about 93% and holding steady. Lake temps are in the mid to upper 50s. Good Midge hatch on the warm days. Best action is on the east and north side of the lake, Mid McGee Bay south to Sandy Point and up toward Leighton Springs and North Landing. Perch are already biting in a pre-spawn mode. For the trout, target the ledges and drop offs to 14-18ft of water with Leeches and Midges. Red, Gray and Black midges sizes 14-16 leeches brown, burgundy, purple size 14-12. Overall fishing has been fairly slow but that should change in the next few days as we are in a more stable weather pattern and the water starts warming up. Prior to opening day the weather pattern was quite windy mixing up the water.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

May 8th, 2018 –

Flows have been holding steady for the last 7 days at 230cfs. Overall, fishing conditions on the East Walker have been good with flows making wading pretty easy and clarity is as good as it gets on the tail water fishery. Water temps are on the rise, along with abundant bug activity at certain times of the day. Midges, Mayflies, some caddis and a few larger stone flies in the lower reaches below the Bridge. Flows will start to fluctuate as streams leading into Bridgeport Reservoir will become slightly elevated with the warmer weather. With the lake nearing capacity they will be forced to keep what is flowing in, flowing out. Best to check flows before making the drive. Any flow below 400 is fairly fishable, but above 350 a wading staff would be advised. Weekends have been crowded on the upper sections.

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May 8th, 2018 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

All are open and fall under special regulations this time of year. It may be best to read your California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation booklet before wetting a line on the Crowley tributaries. Migratory fish are present, please handle with care. Waters are presently clear but should be on the rise with the warmer weather and the high country beginning to thaw. If the fish are paired up leave them be! Hopefully, they are producing future generations of trout.

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

May 8th, 2018 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

Look for the opening of the road and some campgrounds around the third week of May. The road may open sooner if the current weather pattern sticks around. Twin Lakes is ice free and the ice on Lake Mary and above is unstable do not attempt to walk on it.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

May 8th, 2018 –

Flows are very fishable; currently flowing at 200 cfs. Nothing like last year’s record setting flows at this time. Over all, the river is in good shape. The burn area in the wild trout area has become green and access is much easier, the cattails and reeds are growing rapidly and the riparian corridor is intact. Water temps are still fairly cold but the days are pretty warm. Temps in low 90s the past few days and the first triple digit days are not far away so wet wading maybe the ticket. Fish are spread out, crowds have been minimal. Hatch-wise: a little of everything, Midges, early some Caddis a few Yellow stone and a brief Baetis hatch around mid-day. The swallows and little song birds will let you know the hatch is on as they swoop in or flutter out from the bushes and peck them off. Water clarity is slightly turbid; dirty about halfway down the wild trout section as LADWP must be doing some work on one of the canals leading into to the river.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
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May 8th, 2018 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN

Make sure you read the regulations before you wet a line as special regulations are in place and a section of river from the Bridge to the Monument is currently closed. Stream flows above the Hot Creek tributaries are currently at 100 CFS, below the lower Hot Creek tributary 160 CFS. There are some Migratory Cutthroats along with a few Rainbows starting to show up. The Clarity is off color. Tea stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Flood irrigating may start at any time on the east side of the river so access could be limited and some areas can become muddy and getting stuck is a possibility if you make a wrong decision. Might want to carry a shovel if you challenge the mud! A tow truck will be a costly mistake. Handle fish with care as they are producing the next generation of wild trout. Please let the fish do their business if you see them paired up in the shallow water! Hatch- wise: both mayflies and caddis hatching mostly smaller wild fish taking the flies off the surface. Bigger fish mainly holding in the deeper holes; fishing under the indicator would be recommended.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Good news on the runoff and fishing front. Reds Meadow & Devil’s Postpile will open this Friday at 8am. Road repairs have been completed; The road was damaged by the huge runoff and winter rains. The historic runoff of 2017 is finally starting to wane! Temperature forecast for this week to be slightly above normal, some 5-7 degrees, it’s been a warm dry summer thus far. Bishop will be in the 100s and Mammoth in the 80s with lows in Bishop in the upper 60s and Mammoth will in the upper 50s for morning lows. Great camping weather! Weather in the longer ranges, look for a return to the afternoon and evening thunderstorms by the end of the weekend and into next week. Don’t put the rain gear away. Area reservoirs are at or nearing peak capacity. Grant Lake continues releasing water over the spillway, Crowley continues to rise at 2-4” a day and is expected to rise another 3-5 feet by mid-August, Bridgeport is almost at capacity. The massive snow pack still exists above 10,000 feet and backpackers are having difficult navigating some high country trails. Caution and good judgement is necessary as a slip could result in life threating consequences. All trans-sierra passes are currently open Tioga Pass120,Carson Pass 88, Sonora Pass108 and Monitor Pass 89, however, keep an eye on the wildfires currently burning on the west side as road closures could be a possibility. Call 1-800 GAS- ROAD for the latest on road closures and construction.

Looking at local condition, most area streams have dropped by more than 50% of their peak flows in June and continue to recede daily. Crowley Lake is producing some nice fish but conditions change daily. Most of the area lakes have been stocked by CADFW and by the Mono County Enhancement Program via the Desert Springs, Oregon fish hatchery providing trophy trout to select area waters. The middle fork of the San Joaquin, the crown jewel of drive-in backcountry fishing, opens on July 21 at 8am. A mandatory shuttle will be in place from 7-7 daily. This in an effort to limit vehicular traffic on the mountain road.
Note***** With the abundance of water the mosquitoes have become a factor so don’t leave home without a good proven repellent, as the first major hatch has occurred on both the upper/lower Owens River and adjacent areas. Best to wear long pants or waders and long sleeve shirts with tightly woven material or they will bite right through your clothing.

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

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July 21st, 2017 –

Flows are currently holding at 162 cfs and dropping daily. This winter’s rains and spring runoff have flushed the stream of all the silt and aquatic vegetation. Hatch-wise caddis, little yellow sally’s stoneflies, hoppers, tricos. Not many fish rising, the late evening might be the best time to see fish rising on the surface. There are also some pmds and baetis. Fish numbers are still on the lean side but very healthy mostly 15”-17” brown trout. The fish planted last season are nowhere to be seen at this time let’s hope they moved up Mammoth Creek and will return when runoff is over. Plenty of scuds! I would suggest using 4X tippet and some lead to get your flies close to the bottom. Target the areas that are deeper and have some relief from the current. Short drag free drifts.

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July 21st, 2017 –
Road opens July 21st at 8am. A shuttle bus is mandatory between the hours of 7-7 until the 6th of September. Stream levels are fishable currently flowing at 360CFS and dropping daily. The stream may look and fish differently after the big October rains and historic runoff. Use cautions as flows are still high and could sweep you off your feet. A wading staff is recommended. Try larger dry flies or bedhead nymphs. Target the softer water and seams.
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July 21st, 2017 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Crowley water level continues to rise. The Lake level is increasing some 2-4 inches a day. Fishing changes daily with the rising water and new habitat. A variety of food sources are available. Midges, Perch fry ranging in size from, 25-75 “and plenty of Damsel fly nymphs. Water temps on the surface ranging from the high to low 70s bottoms temps in the upper 50s to low 60s. The algae conditions vary daily large along with the floating weed rafts can create an issues depending on wind direction. The west end of the lake is taking the bulk of the pressure right now from 25-18’ of water. Can be crowded on the weekends and there are only 10 days left before regulations change to the trophy trout season beginning on August 1st.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

July 21, 2017 –

Currently flowing at 603 still running a little high but continues to drop daily and should be fishable in the next 5 days.

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July 21st, 2017 –

Crowley Tribs -OPEN

All are open. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line. The area of Crooked Creek from the gauging station on the west side of Highway 395 to Crowley Lake is closed year round! Have a proven mosquito repellent handy. The first hatch of a long season of the pesky insects has occurred!!! Water levels continue to drop, they are still a little high, but should be fishable in the next 5-7 days. Lots of hoppers, no millions of hoppes present, might be the year of the hopper.

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July 21st, 2017 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -OPEN

Road open! Campgrounds should start opening in the nest week. All lakes in the basin are open and have been stocked and there are reports of some good size fish being caught. Remember it’s best to fish early and late as parking can be an issue and the lakes are busy with lots of other water activities.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

July 21st, 2017 –

Flows are still considered high!!!! Currently flows holding at 500 cfs. Weather is hot in Bishop and wading is still very difficult at this level.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

July 21st, 2017 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN

Flows are starting to shape up nicely. Flows above the Hot Creek tributaries are 94 cfs and below the bridge holding at 250 cfs. Small juvenile fish in the upper reaches and some planted below the bridge. River bottom has been scoured out nicely creating plenty of new habitat. Conditions should improve in the coming weeks as flows continue to drop and the fish start to move into to the river from the lake. Hatch: hoppers, caddis and mayflies with a better chance of fish rising above the bridge.
Use caution if flood irrigating is in progress as the ground can be soft and getting stuck is a possibility. Make sure you have insect repellent as the mosquitoes can be bad in the upper river.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Three weeks until summer officially arrives and the longest day of the year! The local weather looks like it will cool off a little this week with an outside chance of some afternoon clouds over the crest of the Sierras and possibly a slight chance of a stray showers. Temperatures are forecast this week to be near normal with highs in the upper 60s-70s for Crowley and Mammoth, with lows in the mid-30s to low 40s. Bishop will be in the upper 70s to mid-80s for highs and 40s and 50s for lows. Spring runoff is in full swing for area streams. Most streams are at bank full capacity, some approaching breaching their banks or already have. Area reservoirs still continue to control large releases of water to make room for the runoff and some are rising rapidly. Many parts of California have set precipitation records including Inyo and Mono Counties. Snowpack in most places is still at well above historic averages for this time of year. Mammoth Pass is closing in on over a 100” of water since October. LADWP snow sensors currently on Mammoth Pass are still reporting 60-70” of water in the snow pack. Mammoth Mountain has received 616 inches of snow. Reservoirs like Crowley Lake and Bridgeport continue releasing large volumes of water. Road openings like Hwy 120 Tioga Pass, SR 108 Sonora Pass, Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile will be delayed this year, possibly opening late June or early July. The abundance of water will jump start fisheries that have been plagued by 5 years of drought. It sounds like some help is on its way after speaking with Roger Bloom from Ca Department of Fish and Wildlife Heritage and Wild Trout Program. Conditions should improve on many of the area lakes and streams; it may not happen overnight but the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife will be putting more resources forward in an effort to improve conditions and general fishing in a region that may have been neglected during the drought and faced state cutbacks during the economic down turn. The 395 corridor is greener than ever from all the precipitation this season. For current Californian Highway information call 1-800 GAS- ROAD. .

Looking at local conditions, most area streams are approaching near peak runoff conditions due to well above normal temps over the last 8 days and the abundant snowpack above 9500 ft,. The Memorial holiday weekend weather was near perfect with only light afternoon breezes. With the warm weather and the larger area streams like the West and East forks of the Walker River and Lower Owens River at peak flows a slip or fall could have life threating consequence. Use extreme caution as these streams are deep and currents are swift with very cold water temps which means hypothermia can set in in a matter of minutes. These streams should be avoided until flows subside. The Crowley Tributaries change daily depending on overnight temps and day time highs, All have seen the spring migration of Cutthroat and Rainbows and a few stray brown trout moving up looking for a free loose egg falling of the redds. Many of these fish have returned back to the lake and those that remain are much tougher to catch due the high water conditions. Area lakes below 8500 feet are completely thawed open and ice free including Convict, June Lake loop, Twin Lakes Bridgeport. The Mammoth Lakes are still under considerable snow and ice, although Twins Lakes Mammoth is thawing and has a majority of open water, but still plenty of snow surrounds the shoreline. The road to the lakes basin remains closed. Fishing in the area overall is fair to good with the lakes being your best opportunity. Crowley is producing as the water warms up and the windy conditions have subsided for the time being. This will definitely be a season to target and improve your lake skills as the streams are in their runoff mode and much more difficult to fish.
Note***** With the abundance of water the mosquitoes have become a factor so don’t leave home without good proven repellent as the first major hatch has occurred on both the upper/lower Owens River and adjacent areas. Best to wear long pants or waders and long sleeves shirts with tightly woven material or they will bite right through your clothing.

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

June 1, 2017 –

The creek is running high but still fairly clear. This winter had several healthy flushing flows and runoff has been pulsing flows scourging the bottom and cleansing the gravel and removing the sediment and vegetation built up over the last 5 years of drought. Hatch wise not much. Fish wise numbers are still on the lean side but very healthy mostly 15-17” brown trout. The fish planted last season are nowhere to be seen at this time let’s hope they moved up Mammoth Creek and will return when runoff is over. Plenty of scuds! I would suggest using 3/4X tippet and some lead to get your flies close to the bottom. Target the areas that are deeper and have some relief from the current. Short drag free drifts.
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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

June 1, 2017 –
The road is closed and currently under 10-15 feet of snow! Look for the road to open just before 4th of July or later best guess and there has been no official date given. Late 2016 October rains pushed the flows over 2000cfs so the fishery could look a little different current flow are at 1500 cfs. Late July/August into September will be prime time for the Crown Jewel of the Sierras with backcountry drive in access!!!
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June 1, 2017 –

Crowley LakeOPEN

Good News Crowley Lake levels have stopped dropping at the rapid decline of the last 8 weeks. The lake is still very low! LADWP will continue to maintain the lake at low capacity until more snow melts and the hydrographer calculations feel they can then retain the rest of the historic snow pack and runoff, currently there is approximately over 500 cfs coming into the lake and 500 cfs going out of the lake. The islands north of Pelican Point only exposed the last few seasons are about 6 inches exposed use cautions if boating on Crowley Lake as conditions are more like October levels and heading to McGee Bay from the marina could be costly due to the shallow shoals that are marked with buoys. The lake level should rise some 16-20 ft rapidly, just shy of the spillway if the water calculations are correct. LADWP will not put water over the spillway unless it is an absolute emergency due to critical Tui Chub habitat below the Long Valley Dam in the Upper Gorge. Lake temps are in the upper 50s to low 60s on the surface depending on weather and wind conditions. Good Midge hatch occurring daily in many areas of the lake on the warm days beginning around 9am. Best actions is on the east and north side of the lake Mid-McGee Bay south to Sandy Point and up toward Leighton Springs and North Landing. Perch are already biting in a pre-spawn mode or full spawning mode. For the trout target the ledges and drop offs or on the long flats in 12-16 ft of water with midges, Gray and Black midge patterns sizes 14-12 seem to work the best. Current bite seems to be from 7-11am the wind has come up out of the south at noon the last few days then laying down around 3pm but this pattern should change.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

June 1st, 2017 –

Currently flowing very high nearing 800 cfs. Best to fish somewhere else until flows fall below 450 cfs.

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

May 10th, 2017 –

Crowley TribsOPEN

All are open. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line. The area of Crooked Creek from the Gaging station on the west side of Highway 395 to Crowley Lake is closed year-round. The fishing conditions and water conditions change rapidly due to runoff flood irrigation and weir cleaning. Some migratory fish are present so please handle these fish with care. Look for the heavy runoff to continue for some time unless we have a major cold spell! Have a proven mosquito repellent handy. The first hatch of a long season of the pesky insects has occurred!!!

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June 1st, 2017 –

Mammoth Lakes BasinOPEN

Look for a delayed opening of the road and campground due to the current snowpack, more like late June! Open water on the upper lakes may not occur until mid-June. A robust snow covers the Lakes Basin with some areas still exceeding 10-12 feet. On some of the upper lakes the snow and ice was so thick ice fisherman could not make it through with their augers. Upper and Lower Twin Lakes Mammoth have open water with substantial snow covering the shoreline so use caution.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

June 1st, 2017 –

Flows are extremely high!!!! Currently flows holding at 730-750 CFS. LADWP is discouraging any activities around the river. Signs are posted throughout the area warning of the dangers of high water. Best to fish elsewhere, like the Gorge if you’re in the area.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

June 1st, 2017 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: OPEN

Make sure you read the regulations before you wet a line as special regulations are in place on the area above the Benton crossing bridge to Highway 395. Stream flows above the Hot Creek tributaries is currently at or near 130CFS below the lower Hot Creek tributary 250-280 CFS. Some migratory Cutthroats along with a few Rainbows still present and a smattering of resident fish. The clarity is off color. Tea stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Flood irrigating is in progress on the east side of the river so access is limited and some areas are very muddy and getting stuck is a possibility if you make a wrong decision. Might want to carry a shovel if you challenge the mud! A tow truck will be a costly mistake. Watch where you wade as fish have spawned this spring and new arrivals could be spawning. Handle fish with care as they are producing the next generations of wild trout. Please let the fish do their business! If you fish here beware the Mosquitoes are out in full force make sure you have a good proven repellent or you will be sorry!!!!! The worst times are mid-morning and early evening so it might be best to fish out there midday when it’s windy, if it’s not they will be out in force and you will kick them up every time you walk through the grass. I suggest long sleeved shirts and pants and waders or they will eat you up!

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Hello Fellow Anglers,
After a couple of warm days we had quite the cool down as we move into the second week of May. Expect more of the same for the next few weeks with systems brushing by the area. Snow is still possible well into May and June, especially in a winter/spring like this. If you’re planning on fishing the area in the next few weeks, one should be prepared for late season snow at 7000 ft and higher. It has been a historic winter; one for the record books. Many parts of California have set precipitation records including Inyo and Mono County. Snowpack in some places is still at an all-time high. Mammoth Pass is closing in on over a 100” of water since October and the snowpack currently on Mammoth Pass is holding 80” of water. Mammoth Mountain has received over 614 inches of snow about 60” from setting an all-time record. Reservoirs like Crowley and Bridgeport have been releasing large volumes of water to make room for the huge runoff predicted to come late this spring and well into summer. Road openings, like Hwy 120 Tioga Pass and the Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile, will certainly be delayed this year. My best guess is roads will open up late June or early July. California’s drought has been declared over, but the consequences of 5 years of drought are lasting at some fisheries in the area that were hit hard. The abundance of water will jump start fisheries and with some help from Ca Department of Fish and Wildlife things should improve on many of the area lakes and streams affected over the last 5 years. The wild flowers and fauna up and down the valley will be spectacular. The Owens Valley from Lone Pine to Bishop is greener than ever and the flowers are starting to bloom along the 395 corridor. With the abundance of water the mosquitoes will be a huge factor, so don’t leave home without your bug spray especially as it warms up. For current Californian Highway information call 1-800-GAS- ROAD.

Looking at local conditions, most area streams saw a good pulse of runoff during last week’s warm weather. This brought a heavy surge of snow melt but then the weather cooled off over the weekend so most areas have dropped back down to fishable levels with the exception of the Lower Owens below Pleasant Valley reservoir and the East & West Forks of the Walker River. All are very high and really not worth fishing at these flows. A slip or fall could have life threating consequences, so use caution as the stream currents are swift and water temps are very cold. Hypothermia can set in quickly, so these streams should be avoided until flows subside. The Crowley Tributaries change daily depending on overnight temps and day time highs. All are seeing the spring migration of Cutthroat and Rainbow and a few stray brown trout moving up looking for a free loose egg falling out of the redds. Area lakes below 8500 ft are completely thawed, open and ice free including Convict, June Lake loop, and Twin Lakes in Bridgeport. The Mammoth Lakes are still under considerable snow and ice with the Twins starting to show open water. The road to the Lakes Basin is still closed. Fishing in the area overall is fair to good on the area streams depending on runoff conditions. Crowley is producing on the warmer windless days when the conditions allow for still water nymphing. This will be a season to target and improve your lake skill. At some point the stream levels will push over their banks. Look for these conditions beginning around Memorial Day and into June as all the snow in the high country will melt and runoff as the sun and overnight low temps get above the freezing mark. Tight lines, Be safe out there!

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

May 10th, 2017 –

The creek is looking good these days. This winter had several healthy flushing flows and runoff has been pulsing flows scourging the bottom and cleansing the gravel and removing the sediment and vegetation built up over the last 5 years of drought. Hatch wise some Caddis and Mayflies around midday look for some little yellow sallies stone flies as we get closer to the end of May. Fish wise, numbers are still on the lean side but very healthy mostly 15-17” brown trout. The fish planted last season are nowhere to be seen at this time let’s hope the moved up Mammoth Creek and will return when runoff is over. Plenty of scuds! I would suggest using 5X tippet and some lead to get your flies close to the bottom. Target the areas that are deeper and have some relief from the current. Use short drag free drifts.
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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

May 10th, 2017 –
The road is closed and currently under 12-18 feet of snow! Look for the road to open just before 4th of July or later. Late 2016 October rains pushed the flows over 2000cfs so the fishery could look a little different and current flows are at 1500 cfs. August will be prime time!!!!
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May 10th, 2017 –

Crowley LakeOPEN

Good news with the current snow pack and precipitation, Crowley will fill to capacity this summer. The lake is on a steady draw down to make room for the historic runoff predicted later this spring into summer. My prediction is LADWP will draw it down to late October levels with the islands outside of Pelican point just starting to show before the huge snowpack runoff fills the lake to near capacity. The lake level should rise some 16-20 ft, just shy of the spill way if the water calculations are correct. LADWP will not put water over the spillway unless it’s an emergency due to critical Tui Chub habitat below the Long Valley dam in the upper Gorge. Lake temps are in the mid upper 50s. Good midge hatch on the warm days. Best action is on the east and north side of the lake, mid McGee Bay south to Sandy Point and up toward Leighton Springs and North Landing. Perch are already biting in a pre-spawn mode. For the trout target the ledges and drop off 14-18ft of water with Leeches and Midges. Red, Gray and Black midges sizes 14-16 leeches brown, burgundy, purple size 14-12.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

May 10th, 2017 –

Currently flowing very high nearing 800 cfs. Best to fish somewhere else until flows fall below 450 cfs.

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May 10th, 2017 –

Crowley TribsOPEN

All are open and fall under special regulations. Water and fishing conditions change rapidly due to runoff. There are migratory fish present, so handle with care. Look for the heavy runoff to start around Memorial weekend.

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May 10th, 2017 –

Mammoth Lakes BasinOPEN

Look for a delayed opening of the road and campground due to the current snowpack. Hope for things to open up in late June. Open water on the upper lakes may not occur until mid-June. There is a robust snow cover in the lakes Basin with some areas exceeding 15 feet. On some of the upper lakes the snow and ice was so thick ice fisherman could not make it through with their augers.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

May 10th, 2017 –

Flows are extremely high!!!! Currently flows holding at 730-750 CFS. LADWP is discouraging any activities around the river. Signs are posted throughout the area warning of the dangers of high water. Best to fish elsewhere like the Gorge if you’re in the area.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
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February 13th, 2017 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: CLOSED
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: OPEN

Make sure you read the regulations before you wet a line as special regulations are in place and a section is currently closed. Stream flows above the Hot Creek tributaries is currently at 100 CFS, below the lower Hot Creek tributary 200 CFS. Some Migratory Cutthroats along with a few Rainbows are starting to show up. The clarity is off-color and tea stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Flood irrigating is in progress on the east side of the river so access is limited and some areas are very muddy and getting stuck is a possibility if you make a wrong decision. Might want to carry a shovel if you challenge the mud! A tow truck will be a costly mistake. Watch where you wade as fish have spawned this spring and new arrivals will be spawning also. Handle fish with care as they are producing the next generations of wild trout. Please let the fish do their business!

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Hello Fellow Anglers,
Well the last month has been one for the record books “Januburied”. Snow pack is at or above 200% some area’s in the Eastern Sierra’s exceeding 300% and more is falling currently and forecast! Current precipitation is at historic levels for this time of year. Over 390” of snow has fallen at Mammoth Mountain and 246” fell in the month of January. This is an all-time snow month record. All of last season 2015/16 winter 372” of snow fell from Oct- May. More snow has fallen this year and it’s only Feb 7th and two of the wettest months lay ahead, all charts and graphs according to LADWP indicate we are on track for a record winter this winter could exceed 1982-83 the wettest water year according to LADWP records. Bridgeport set a record for January as the wettest January on record going back to 1914. The long range forecast models point to more above normal precipitations for the Eastern Sierras. Streams and lakes will run full this spring and summer. Access to the backcountry will defiantly be delayed. Red’s Meadow and Tioga Pass will certainly be affected by this seasons heavy and deep snow pack. Spring runoff will be a defiant factor! The last 5 years it’s been none existent. The drought is not officially over but the current weather pattern has had a huge impact on drought conditions in the region. Ground water has been greatly impacted over the last five years until it has been replenished we will still fall under the drought category.

Looking at local conditions all areas from Bridgeport to the Sherwin Grade currently has a thick blanket of snow 3-5ft deep along the 395 corridors and building. Access to areas stream is limited to foot or snow machine traffic. You will need to park and walk or ride to gain access. Snow shoes are advisable. Parking is limited to small areas. Fishing wise the Upper Owens has been fishing well but weather can be an issue. No Issues currently with snow or access on the Lower Owens below Pleasant Valley reservoir. Flows are elevated on both the section above and below the PV reservoir. Currently out flows below PV is above 200cfs and could go higher if water officials decide they need to start making room for spring and summer storage. The East Walker river flows are also elevated due to the current snow pack and reservoir storage capacity. Check your forecast and road conditions, as 395 have closed several times due to weather related conditions in the last 30 days. Make sure you carry chains and have a shovel as it doesn’t need to be snowing to impact travel the wind can drift snow across the Highway creating hazardous travel as it did a few days ago.

For current Californian Highway information call 1-800 GAS- ROAD!
The general trout season has closed as of Nov 16th and will reopen on Saturday April 29th 2017. The good news is there are still fisheries open in the area providing year round opportunities The East Walker, the Upper Owens River above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line, The Gorge, the Owens River above and below the Pleasant Valley reservoir. Check us out on Facebook at Mammoth fly fishing adventures!

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

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February 13th, 2017 –

Note *** You will need to park and walk or ride a snow machine ½ mile to get to the gate as there is 3ft or more on the road currently where the pavement ends. Please do not park or block access to the Hot Creek Ranch private drive way. Conditions have improved on this fishery currently flowing at winter flows around 40 CFS. CADFW did electro shock the stream to compile data to make a determination on current fish populations and the findings confirmed most everyone’s knowledge that there are very few fish in the stream this fall. Historic population of around 12K fish per mile pre 2008 to around a 1k fish per mile currently. The good news was there were a fair number of juvenile Browns and Rainbows in the 3-6” range found in the sampling. After the data was compiled CADFW did supplement the stream with 6000 sub catchable fish both Browns and Rainbow capable of spawning when the reach maturity. Let’s hope we receive normal to above normal precipitations this winter so these fish have a good opportunity to grow and survive thus helping to revive this fishery back to its former self. A BIG THANK YOU to Kevin Petersen for his efforts in drawing the attention needed to get the biologist out to the fishery to assess the situation and to the volunteers that helped CADFW shuttle and plant these fish. I would recommend letting these fish grow a little before making this a fishing outing by next spring they should be ready to educate.
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February 13th, 2017 –
The road is closed and currently under 15-20 feet of snow! Closed to fishing until April 29th. Look for the road to open just before 4th of July or later this year if current trends in the snowpack prevail. Late 2016 October rains pushed the flows over 2000cfs so the fishery and stream may look little and fish differently next year when it reopens.
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February 13th, 2017 –

Crowley Lake Closed until April 29, 2017

Good News with the current snow Pack and precipitation Crowley will fill to capacity this summer! No longer sometimes Bay it will be a bay in July along the McGee parking area! McGee bay will extend to the McGee creek riparian corridor and possibly beyond. Currently the lake is a deep blanket of white! I have seen season where fishing on Crowley was delayed a week due to ice still covering the lake. Will it happen this season?

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[toggle title=”East Walker”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

February 13th, 2017 –

Water levels have increased significantly in the last week holding at above 851 cfs. Normal for this time of year is 30cfs. The Bridgeport reservoir will fill to capacity this spring and will improve the conditions downstream dramatically. Hopefully flushing some fish from the lake through the pipe!  The last 5 years of drought have taken a big toll on this once famous fishery. Large fish are still present but their density is far and few between. Fishing the Nevada stretch might be a better bet this time of year. 2/3 ft of snow lines the Californian stretch and parking is limited to roadside.

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

February 13th, 2017 –

Crowley Tribs, Closed until April 29th 2017

There will fore sure be a heavy run off at some point most likely around 2-3 week of May Memorial Day!

Convict McGee, Hilton and Crooked creeks all are closed until April 29th 2017

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

February 13th, 2017 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin (Nov 21 2016) Closed until April 29, 2017

Look for a delayed opening of the road and campground due to the current snowpack more like late June! Open water may not happen until then. 15-20 feet of snow currently covers the upper lakes.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

February 13th, 2017 –

Current flow near 220 cfs! Look for flows to increase with current weather conditions and a much above normal snow pack. Bug wise some mayflies around midday hatching along with plenty of midges this time of year. The wild brown trout are in there post spawning mode. Their colors will be still darker and the yellow deep and rich. Remember the regulations change from the Pleasant Valley Dam to the wild trout sections consult the Ca Fish & Wildlife fishing regulations before wetting a line to void any issues. Target the areas below the riffles and the ledges and pools. The weekends can be crowded down in the wild trout area the Lower Owens is a favorite this time of year as the weather can be perfect for winter fishing. The Blake Jones Trout derby is coming up March 11th so it will be crowded that weekend near the Pleasant Valley area.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

February 13th, 2017 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: Closed
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: Closed

Note *** Access is limited to walking or riding snow machines and snow shoes are highly recommended 3ft plus lines the banks of the river and parking is limited to a small area currently just below the Benton Crossing Bridge. The area below the Benton crossing bridge is closed until or after April 29th 2017. The section above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line is open year round. Currently flows are low and clear above Hot Creek with approximately 70 cfs flowing below the East Portal tunnel where the flows are measured 100 plus cfs below the Hot Creek Tributaries where the Hot Creek and Upper Owens river combine. The water is turbid below the Hot Creek tributaries. Large winter spawning Rainbows are present along with some smaller fish following the warmer water. The majority of larger fish are migratory fish coming out of Crowley Lake please handle these fish with care as these fish are producing the future generations of wild trout. Please avoid wading through the areas of bright gravel and depressions in the shallow riffles. This is where the wild fish spawn and lay their eggs. If you see fish paired up please let them BE! Tactics for taking these migratory fish can vary from dead drifting nymphs, to swung or stripped streamers, and the occasional dry fly fish if the weather is warm and the bugs are present( Caddis/Mayflies). Be prepared for crowds as the social media will spread the word fast and if the weather is mild you might see lots of cars and people. Currently the fish are spread out and can move daily. Be courteous of your fellow angler respect and promote good angling etiquette. If your fishing this area one should be prepared for a variety of conditions from mild in the 40s and 50s to artic cold with low in the single digits to – 5 if it’s that cold might be best to wait until it gets in the mid-20s because you will have icing issues with your line and rod and will be detrimental if you happen to hook a fish and bring it out of the water in the single digits! The scenery and views are stunning this time of year. Enjoy!

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Happy Holidays Fellow Anglers,
Today marks the first day of winter and Mother Nature is starting to change her tune and the resent series of storms have improved the water situation for many parts of central and northern California. Here in our region the important snow pack has increased to near normal levels for this time of year and a another round of moisture is forecast for the area starting Friday with snow levels predicted to make it to the Long Valley and Crowley area with a foot or more possible below 7000 ft and upwards of 3ft at the resort levels. So it will most likely be a white Christmas!!!! If you’re traveling to the area I would strongly advise carrying a shovel and chains and some extra clothing just in case and keep a close eye on the forecast. Currently the main snow line is at 8000 ft but this could change rapidly and snow could accumulate in areas to 6000ft making dirt and secondary roads hazardous to travel and getting stuck could be and issue by late Saturday. For current Californian Highway information call 1-800 GAS- ROAD!

On the fishing front, the general trout season has closed as of Nov 16th and will reopen on Saturday April 29th 2017. The good news is there are still fisheries open in the area providing year round opportunities The East Walker, the Upper Owens River above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line, The Gorge, the Owens River above and below the Pleasant Valley reservoir. The fishing in the area overall could be summed up as fair to good and really depends on the weather and where you’re fishing. Check us out on Facebook at Mammoth fly fishing adventures!

Wishing you the best this holiday season!

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

December 21st, 2016 –

Conditions have improved on this fishery currently flowing at winter flows around 40 CFS. CADFW did electro shock the stream to compile data to make a determination on current fish populations and there finding confirmed most everyone’s knowledge that there are very few fish in the stream this fall. Historic population of around 12K fish per mile pre 2008 to around a 1k fish per mile currently. The good news was there were a fair number of juvenile Browns and Rainbow in the 3-6” range found in the sampling. After the data was compiled CADFW did supplement the stream with 6000 sub catchable fish both Browns and Rainbow capable of spawning when the reach maturity. Let’s hope we receive normal to above normal precipitations this winter so these fish have a good opportunity to grow and survive thus helping to revive this fishery back to its former self. A BIG THANK YOU to Kevin Petersen for his efforts in drawing the attention needed to get the biologist out to the fishery to assess the situation and to the volunteers that helped CADFW shuttle and plant these fish. I would recommend letting these fish grow a little before making this a fishing outing by next spring they should be ready to educate

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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

December 21st, 2016 –

The road closed!   Closed to fishing until April 29th.  Look for the road to open just before 4th of July generally around the middle of June depending on snow pack. Late October rains pushed the flows over 2000cfs so the fishery and stream may look little and fish a little differently next year when it reopens.
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December 21st, 2016 –

Crowley Lake Closed until April 29th 2017

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[toggle title=”East Walker”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

December 21st, 2016 –

Water levels are low and in the winter flow category currently holding at 26 cfs. CAF&W has recently supplemented the fishery in an effort to boost population densities. These fish are planted at sub-catchable size with a little luck this winter and a return to normal or above normal precipitation these little guys will survive the long winter and help bring the fishery back to its glory. The last 5 years of drought have taken a big toll on this once famous fishery. Large fish are still present but their density is far and few between. Fishing the Nevada stretch might be a better bet this time of year.

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

December 21st, 2016 –

Crowley Tribs, Closed until April 29th 2017

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

December 21st, 2016 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin (Nov 21 2016) Closed until April 29th 2017

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

December 21st, 2016 –
Current flow near 120 cfs and are near the winter flow category. Currently the gauge at the LADWP site is broken so estimating the flow, conditions are ideal for wading! Bug wise some mayflies around midday hatching along with plenty of midges this time of year. The wild brown trout are in the spawning mode. Their colors will be slightly darker and the yellow deep and rich. Remember the regulations change from the Pleasant Valley Dam to the wild trout sections consult the Ca Fish & Wildlife fishing regulations before wetting a line to void any issues. Target the areas below the riffles and the ledges and pools with the flows low the fish that aren’t spawning will be in those areas. The holiday period can be crowded down in the wild trout area the Lower Owens is a favorite this time of year as the weather can be perfect for winter fishing.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

November 21st, 2016 –
Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: Open
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: Open
The area below the Benton crossing bridge is closed until or after April 29th 2017. The section above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line is open year round. Currently flows are low and clear with approximately 53 cfs above the Hot Creek tributaries to 98 cfs below the Hot Creek Tributaries. There are some Brown trout actively spawning and there is evidence of fish that have spawned and return to the lake already. Some larger fall and winter spawning Rainbows are present. The majority of larger fish are migratory fish coming out of Crowley Lake please handle these fish with care as these fish are producing the future generations of wild trout. Please avoid wading through the areas of bright gravel and depressions in the shallow riffles. This is where the wild fish spawn and lay their eggs. If you see fish paired up please let them BE! Tactics for taking these migratory fish can vary from dead drifting nymphs, to swung or stripped streamers, and the occasional dry fly fish if the weather is warm and the bugs are present( Caddis/Mayflies). Be prepared for crowds as the social media will spread the word fast and if the weather is mild you might see lots of cars and people. Currently the fish are spread out and can move daily. Be courteous of your fellow angler respect and promote good angling etiquette. If your fishing this area one should be prepared for a variety of conditions from mild in the 40s and 50s to artic cold with low in the single digits to – 5 if it’s that cold might be best to wait until it gets in the mid-20s because you will have icing issues with your line and rod and will be detrimental if you happen to hook a fish and bring it out of the water!   The scenery and  views are stunning this time of year. Enjoy

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Hello fellow anglers,
Well this fall has been one for the record books regarding precipitation and temperatures. The crest of the sierra’s around the Mammoth lakes vicinity received more than 12 inches of rain in the month of October unfortunately it was too warm to snow by about 5 degrees but still the moisture was greatly needed to combat a very dry and hot summer and 5 yrs. of drought. Some areas set records for October rainfall or were near records from the Central Sierra to the northern Cascades. Some areas in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest have been taken off of the drought category do to all the precipitation in October but for Mammoth to Southern Californian we have a long way to go. It has also been an unusually warm fall for most of the western United States. Only in the last week have the temperatures started nearing normal for the west this might be said for most of the US. Climate Change ?????

On the fishing front, the general trout season has closed as of Nov 16th and will reopen on Saturday April 29th 2017. The good news is there are still fisheries open in the area providing year round opportunities The East Walker, the Upper Owens river above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line, The Gorge, the Owens river above and below the Pleasant Valley reservoir.

The Thanksgiving week weather-wise looks to be unsettled with a chance of rain and snow about every 36 hours leading into the Thanksgiving weekend and beyond. The strength of these system’s remains uncertain so best to keep an eye on the weather. Currently HWYs 120 108 or 89 are closed and will most likely remain closed until next spring unless we get a prolong warm and dry spell but that looks unlikely right now. If in doubt call the Caltrans HWY information hotline (1800-Gas- Road) Make sure you carry chains and have a shovel and warm clothing if your headed to the high country.

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

November 21st, 2016 –
Conditions have improved on this fishery currently flowing at winter flows around 16 CFS. CADFW did electro shock the stream to compile data to make a determination on current fish populations and there finding confirmed most everyone’s knowledge that there are very few fish in the stream this fall. Historic population of around 12K fish per mile pre 2008 to around a 1k fish per mile currently. The good news was there were a fair number of juvenile Browns and Rainbow in the 3-6” range found in the sampling. After the data was compiled CADFW did supplement the stream with 6000 sub catchable fish both Browns and Rainbow capable of spawning when the reach maturity. Let’s hope we receive normal to above normal precipitations this winter so these fish have a good opportunity to grow and survive thus helping to revive this fishery back to its former self. A BIG THANK YOU to Kevin Petersen for his efforts in drawing the attention needed to get the biologist out to the fishery to assess the situation and to the volunteers that helped CADFW shuttle and plant these fish.

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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

November 21st, 2016 –
The road closed! Closed to fishing until April 29th. Look for the road to open just before 4th of July generally around the middle of June depending on snow pack. Late October rains pushed the flows over 200cfs so the fishery and stream may look little and fish a little differently next year when it reopens.
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November 21st, 2016 –

Crowley Lake Closed until April 29th 2017

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[toggle title=”East Walker”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

November 21st, 2016 –

Water levels are low and in the winter flow category currently holding at 26 cfs. CAF&W has recently supplemented the fishery in an effort to boost population densities. These fish are planted at sub-catchable size with a little luck this winter and a return to normal or above normal precipitation these little guys will survive the long winter and help bring the fishery back to its glory. The last 5 years of drought have taken a big toll on this once famous fishery. Large fish are still present but their density is far and few between. Fishing the Nevada stretch might be a better bet.

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

November 21st, 2016 –

Crowley Tribs, Closed until April 29th 2017

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

November 21st, 2016 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin (Nov 21 2016) Closed until April 29th 2017

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

November 21st, 2016 –
Flows have stabilized at 72 cfs and are in the low winter flow category. Prefect for wading! Bug wise some mayflies around midday hatching a few caddis late if it’s warm along with plenty of midges this time of year. The wild brown trout are in the spawning mode. Their colors will be slightly darker and the yellow deep and rich. Remember the regulations change from the Pleasant Valley Dam to the wild trout sections consult the Ca Fish & Wildlife fishing regulations before wetting a line to void any issues. Target the areas below the riffles and the ledges and pools with the flows low the fish that aren’t spawning will be in those areas. The holiday period can be crowded down in the wild trout area the Lower Owens is a favorite this time of year as the weather can be perfect for winter fishing.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

November 21st, 2016 –
Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: Open
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: Open
The area below the Benton crossing bridge is closed until or after April 29th 2017. The section above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line is open year round. Currently flows are low and clear with approximately 52 cfs above the Hot Creek tributaries to 68 cfs below the Hot Creek Tributaries. There are some Brown trout actively spawning and there is evidence of fish that have spawned and return to the lake already. Some larger fall and winter spawning Rainbows are present. The majority of larger fish are migratory fish coming out of Crowley Lake please handle these fish with care as these fish are producing the future generations of wild trout. Please avoid wading through the areas of bright gravel and depressions in the shallow riffles. This is where the wild fish spawn and lay their eggs. If you see them paired up please let them BE! Tactics for taking these migratory fish can vary from dead drifting nymphs, to swung or stripped streamers, and the occasional dry fly fish if the weather is warm and the bugs are present( Caddis/Mayflies). Be prepared for crowds as the social media will spread the word fast and if the weather is mild you might see lots of cars and people. Currently the fish are spread out and can move daily. Be courteous of your fellow angler respect and promote good angling etiquette.

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Hello fellow anglers,

Well, summer is fading into fall. You can see the change. The crowds have disappeared and we are into what the locals call the shoulder season. For many, this is the best time of year to enjoy the high country. The first signs of fall are showing as the leaves in the higher elevations have begun to change, the early season bird migration is under way, and the weather has begun to cool off as the days grow shorter.

On the fishing front, the good news is flows on both the upper/ lower Owens River. Flows on the Lower Owens below Pleasant Valley dam have dropped and are holding stable at 138 CFS. Flows on the Upper Owens have increased to 67 CFS above the Hot Creek confluence. The Lower Owens fishery below PV Dam was out of commission for a majority of the summer due to the high volume of water being exported southward. On the Upper Owens LADWP is letting some water out of the tunnel via Grant Lake, sources say. Sounds like 4000 acre feet will be slowly released. This is welcome news for the drought affected Upper Owens River and fishery just in time for the fall migration of fish out of Crowley Lake. Crowley Lake is producing some very nice fish and the trophy season is in full swing on the north end of the lake. I am sure you can find Fish in other places, but the bulk of the pressure has be on the north end of the Lake. The fish on Crowley Lake have been ranging from 12- 25”. Most other fisheries are fishing fair, look for the conditions to improve throughout the area as the weather cools off and water temps fall. I did hear that Grant Lake, in the June lake loop, was fishing well with large wild fish, if you’re looking for an alternate spot from Crowley Lake.

Weather-wise, a cool down will began this week with rain and possibly snow in the highest elevations of the high country on Tuesday night, Sept 13th. Those traveling in the backcountry should be prepared for changing conditions. Keep an eye on the forecast right now as it is showing a 20-30 % chance for showers. As we look ahead, the weather will see-saw back and forth as we transition into fall. Fall arrives Sept 22 as daylight hours will equal night hours. At this time, no major weather is predicted; just a chance at some showers, the area cools down the first half of the week and then a warming trend starting Friday. Look for lows in the Long Valley area in the low 40s to mid-30s and highs in the upper 60s to mid-70s this week and for the Bishop area 40-and 50s for lows and highs in the 70 and 80s. One last note, the rabbit brush is blooming. It is a yellow flowery shrub and if you’re affected by this allergen be prepared! It’s a good idea to check the road conditions if you’re using 120, 108 or 89 this time of year, as the roads can be subject to closures if weather poses a threat of snow (1-800-Gas- Road).

Safe & memorable adventures, Harry

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

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September 13th, 2016 –
No real changes here! Low flows and prevalent weeds are choking out many areas, which is great for the fish and bad for the angler. There are about 8-10 stations to fish, what fish there are seem kegged up in those spots. Look for the deeper lies and areas that have some structure or pockets behind the weeds. Standard procedure good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as they don’t like the salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise, Trico’s Spinner fall. The caddis emergence is in the midafternoon into the evening, migrating caddis and egg laying caddis when the wind is not blowing. Side note: DFW did electro shocking a few weeks back on a few sections of stream to compile data to make a determination on current fish populations and their finding confirmed most everyone’s knowledge that there are very few fish in the stream. From a historic population of around 12K fish per mile pre 2008 to around a 1k fish per mile currently. The good news was there were a fair number of juvenile Browns and Rainbows in the 3-6” range found in the sampling. Sounds like more data will be compiled this fall and hopefully some recommendations to help the fishery will be approved.

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September 13th, 2016 –
The road is open! An entrance fee is required, but the shuttle is no longer required, and you may drive your vehicle into the valley. Flows are low. The best water to fish is the area towards the falls and the deeper runs and pools. The current flow at the measuring station is near 10cfs. Some campgrounds will close as we move into fall. Check with the Visitors Center for latest update on campsites. The fishing has been fair but the water levels are a factor look for the bigger pools and slower water, log jams and overhanging bushes to hold the fish. California Department of Fish and Wildlife has planted fish in some of the campgrounds. If you want wild fish, hike away from the campground. The areas from lower Rainbow Falls to the Upper Rainbow Falls and above the upper fall to Devils Postpile and above Agnew Meadows hold plenty of wild fish. Small to medium size dry flies like 14-16 Adams, Humpies, and Stimulators with a small beadhead dropper will get the job done.

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September 13th, 2016 –
Crowley has been good this past week as water temps have fallen and bug activity has increased. The good news is overall the lake is fishing better than it has for most of the season. The bad news is it is all in a confined area of the north arm or Owens inlet and Green banks area. You might see a boat or two on the McGee end of the lake. It’s no secret where the fish are as you might see 20 boats along with a hefty number of float tubes on the weekend in the North landing area. The rapid draw down of the lake level has stabilized for now, although still on a slow decline. The water temps on the surface are currently holding near 63-65 degree mark depending on what area you’re fishing . Remember the Regulations changed on August 1 to artificial barbless flies or lures, no bait and only 2 fish over 18” may be kept. The lake is higher than it has been in the last four years, for this time of year. Weed lines are still defined but on the decline. Target the areas from 8-15ft along the weed lines and out on the long flats; Moving in and out on a daily pattern. A few Damsels are still hatching and fish are taking the nymphs, with some Callibaetis in the mix and perch fry present along with a much stronger midge hatch. The fish have also been keying on the small snails that are everywhere. Overall, Crowley remains the place if you want to target large trophy size trout. There are plenty of freshly planted rainbows and browns both CADFW and High Desert Hatchery have been planting hefty quantities of sub catchable fish for next season. It has been a mixed bag with the majority of larger fish lately being Cutthroat and Rainbows in the north end. Larger fish in the 20-24” range are hooked daily if you’re dialed in!

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September 13th, 2016 –
The flows have fluctuated from 80 -120 cfs currently and moving to the low fall flows as the alfalfa watering season draws to a close in Nevada, where most of the water is used for downstream irrigation . There seems to be better results below the bridge in the pocket water and deeper runs. Big fish are still present but not prevalent in the Miracle mile, you will need to work to reap the rewards on the river. Insect wise Midges, Caddis and Mayflies, Water Temps mid 60s upper 60s.. Pressure has been light for the most part. Best to fish early and late, if you plan an outing, the days are getting shorter and morning lows have fallen into the 40s helping to bring down the lake water temps that flow into the river. Bridgeport Reservoir is about 65% full. The Lake level is nearing lasts year’s high water mark. The only place you can launch a boat is the bath tub closer to the dam as the public ramp is now high and dry.

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September 13th, 2016 –
Regulations have changed on the lower portions of the Owens below the monument to artificial barbless flies or lures. Remember to take a look at regulations as they will change as we move into October. Both Convict and McGee creeks are currently running very low and gin clear. Try a Hopper and dropper if you give it a shot. Fish are spooky, so approach the stream with some stealth and you will find some larger fish present. Can be a good place to hike and get away. You never know what you will encounter, sometimes it’s worth the hike, other times it’s a bust.

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September 13th, 2016 –
All basin lakes other than Horseshoe continue to be planted. There are plenty of hold-over fish from the summer planting and the crowds have thinned. Look for some fish to start to head for the inlets and outlets; Brookies and Browns as we move into fall. There is some surface action early and late or if the wind isn’t blowing. Try a dry fly dropper in the morning and late evening. Try stripping streamer midday with a type 3 sinking line. Target the inlets and outlets or near the springs as the trout will migrate near these areas during the warm months of summer.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

September 13th, 2016 –
Good news, flows have stabilized at 138 cfs which is perfect for wading. The fish and bugs have started to adjust to the flows. With the weather cooling in the Bishop area it’s worth an outing down there. Bug wise some mayflies both early and midday hatching Trico’s and Beatis, along with Midges and caddis. The Browns will start their pre spawn gorging in the next month, moving into more spawning behavior in the later fall. Their colors will darken as we approach Oct. Remember the regulations will change from the Pleasant Valley Dam to the wild trout sections as we move into the fall season, so make sure you check before wetting a line.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

September 13th, 2016 –
Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: Open
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: Open
Flows have increased in the last few days, now running more normal for this time Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences about 76 CFS. Some much needed relief has occurred as the rumor has come true water is now being diverted from Grant Lake via the East Portal entering in on the river on the private property well above Crowley Lake. Possibly 4000 acre feet from Grant Lake will slowly be released over the fall flows out of the tunnel went from 12 CFS to 38 CFS. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. The water may be off color for a few days as the increased flows pick up silt and debris on both areas above and below the bridge. The Bridge to Crowley Lake is open under general trout regulations and will change Oct 1. The Bridge to private property and to 395 is under special regulations and from the monument to Crowley Lake. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line. Water is slow, low and clear so approach the bank slowly as the fish are now spooky. California Department of Fish and Wildlife is planting on a regular schedule on some sections of the river. Some Midges more Mayflies and Caddis activity mid-morning into the afternoon if the winds are clam. If the water is low and warm enough, the fish key on the dry fly. If you cover enough water you will find pods of fish, mostly planter, but some wild fish present. Lots of hopper in the grass and in areas the fish have been keying on them.

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