Hello Fellow Anglers,
The weather outlook is calling for increasing chances of rain or snow depending on what elevation you are located. If you are planning a fishing trip, keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared for winter conditions over the next 5 days as the weather can change rapidly. Chains, a shovel and extra clothing should be with you if you are planning an adventure to the high country. Fishing-wise, the general trout opener has come and gone. Most area waters are now open with a few exceptions, as some are under special regulations, so read up or you will pay up. CADFW have been out in force. Overall fishing conditions are better than they have been over the last 4 years. Snowpack in the Mono county area (Mammoth northward) is near normal with close to 400” total at Mammoth Mountain. The LADWP snow pack sensors have around 38” of water in the snowpack at Mammoth Pass area lakes and stream will be in better shape this summer. Overall snowpack in the Sierras is around average; slightly less as you go south of Mammoth and slightly above as you travel north. Lakes above 9500 feet still have ice and snow so use extreme caution All Major Passes are currently closed. Road crews are clearing snow and other debris so the passes should be open later in May or early June if the weather allows. The views are spectacular and the crowds from opening day have thinned. Remember to use good fishing etiquette and give your fellow anglers some room. Something I have witnessed not to be the case in recent outings. A good saying: if in doubt spread out. Don’t “high hole” or “low hole” your fellow angler. Communication with your fellow angler is key (find out where they are going) and will go a long way.
Safe & fun adventures, Harry
OPEN YEAR ROUND
May 3rd, 2016 –
The song remains the same! Low flows. There are a few more stations to fish as the weeds have died back; fish are concentrated in the deeper spots. Look for the deeper lies and areas that have some structure or pockets behind the boulders. Standard procedure: good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as trout don’t like any slime or salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise: Midges, scuds, SJ worms, Beatis, a few Caddis on the warmer days. Make sure to keep the fish in the water.
May 3rd, 2016 –
Flows are currently holding at 69 cfs. The river is in better shape but the effects of the last 4 years are still apparent in the overall health of the river and trout populations. There are still some great opportunities, just don’t set your standards to how it fished pre-drought. The good news is the reservoir is much higher than in recent years and currently still filling above the upper marina. Best results will be fishing small nymphs in the deeper slots, hole and pockets. Midges and Mayflies are hatching depending on time of day and location. The river has less slime as you get past the bridge.
May 3rd, 2016 –
Fishing remains steady. There has been consistent action through the wild trout area. Look for the ledges, slower seams and deeper pools as the best areas to target. Flows are holding at a fishable level (currently at 300cfs at the base of Pleasant Valley Reservoir), but they are higher for this time of year than it has been in recent years. Weather has been mildly warm in the mid 70s. Use Midges and Mayflies in the morning to midafternoon, then some Caddis in the later afternoon hours. The patterns to focus on, with a little flash in the fly, start with Midge patterns moving to Mayfly patterns around midday with your best results being nymph patterns. Use caution as wading at these follows can be a little more difficult even for an experienced wader. A staff will come in handy.
May 3rd, 2016 –
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.
Flows are currently running below normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences are about 49 cfs. If you cover enough water, you will find some fish. Some larger migrating Rainbows or Cutthroat are present but not in any large concentration. Use Midges some Mayflies and then Caddis in the midafternoon. Weather has been variable in the Long Valley area. Roads are currently dry and mud is not a big issue, but if it rains, you will want to use caution as it gets slick. It is best to carry a shovel in your vehicle. Keep the fish in the water! Please let the fish spawn!!! Please keep off the redds, as those are critical for spawning.