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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.