Catching Trout

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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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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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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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
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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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