Hello Fellow Anglers,

Well, it appears that summer is fading into fall. The last busy holiday has passed and most of the kids have returned to school. You can see the change as the crowds have subsided mid-week. It is what the locals call “the shoulder season”. For most this is the best time of year to enjoy the high-country as the days are relatively warm and the nights have a slight chill. The first signs of fall will begin to show in the coming weeks as the leaves in the highest elevations will start to change. The early season bird migration is under way and the weather has begun to cool off with what may be the last of the monsoon season

On the fishing front, there is good news as flows on the East Walker have dropped recently. For the past two months they had been holding in the mid-300s, Flows dropped on September 4th to 270 CFS, which is still above what is considered normal for this time of year. LADWP is letting some water out of the tunnel via Grant Lake on the Upper Owens (about 50 CFS) so the Upper Owens river is in great shape. Flows above Hot Creek are running at 110 CFS and slightly higher below the tributaries and the hopper action continues above the Benton Crossing bridge. Crowley is starting to fish better, nothing is off the charts, but it has improved from the recent two weeks. The fish on Crowley Lake have been ranging from 12- 25” with lots of new additions added recently!  I watched a couple of CADFW trucks plant the junior size rainbows on Wednesday Sept 4th  and they looked to be about 5-7”.  There were also truckloads of Cutthroats and Browns planted about a month ago!. Most of the areas’ moving waters are in great shape and most area lakes were planted for the Labor Day weekend.  

Weather-wise a cool down will began this week with rain fading away and cooler breezier weather is in store leading into the new work week!  As we look ahead in the weather forecast will we see-saw back and forth as we transition into Fall. Fall arrives Monday Sept 23 and the length of the days will equal the nights. Look for lows in the Long Valley area in the low 40s to mid-30s and highs 70s low 80s this week and for the Bishop area 40-and 50s for lows and highs in the 80s and 90s.  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 also a good idea to check the road conditions if you plan in driving the 120, 108 or 89. This time of year the roads can be subject to closures if weather or fire pose a threat! Let’s hope it isn’t due to wildfires.  

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September 9th, 2019 –

No real changes here! Flows continue to drop currently holding at 65 CFS still slightly above normal for this time of year. The weeds have become more prevalent which is great for the fish and no so good for the angler There are still plenty of stations to fish. The crowds vary day to day. Standard procedure good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Remember no wading please! Hatch-wise, Trico’s Spinner fall females in the morning and males in the evening. The caddis emergence is in the midafternoon into the evening, migrating caddis and egg laying caddis when the wind is not blowing in the morning. Hoppers are still around but starting to fade as temperatures fall. It may still worth casting hoppers, but by now the trout have seen every variation and imitation there is! Maybe you have the one they will crush?

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September 9th, 2019 –

The road is open! An entrance fee is required, and the shuttle service has ended so you can drive your vehicle into the valley. Flows have dropped and the river is in great shape for this time of year with flows currently holding about 56CFS. Defiantly worth an outing to wet a line. 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 bead head dropper will get the job done.

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September 9th, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Crowley has been better the last week as water temps have started to drop and bug activity has increased, and the perch fry are in their prime size for the trout to gorge themselves. The drawdown of the lake has started, and the weed lines are starting to become defined the lake is still pretty darn high. The water temps on the surface are currently holding in the mid to upper 60s depending on what area of the lake 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. Target the areas from 6-25ft along the weed lines and out on the long flats. The fish seem to move in and out on a daily pattern. A few Damsels are still hatching and fish are taking the nymphs, some Callibaetis and Tricos in the mix and the perch fry are present along with sporadic midge hatch. . Overall, Crowley remains a place to target for the 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 lately with the majority of larger fish being Cutthroat and Browns. The fish seem to be spread out throughout the lake, but the west side still seems better than the north end. I’m sure that will change here soon! The Still Water Classic Fly Fishing Competition is this weekend so be prepared for it to be busier out there.

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September 9th, 2019 –

The flows have dropped to 270 cfs currently from 315 cfs and the water temps should start to fall as the weather cools and the nights get longer. It seems better results are below the bridge in the pocket water and deeper runs. Big fish are still present but super prevalent in the Miracle mile. You will need to work to reap the rewards on the river. Insect wise Midges, Caddis and trico 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 in the coming week. Bridgeport Reservoir is at about 90% with both boat ramps still operating without issues.

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September 9th, 2019 –

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

Remember to read the regulations when fishing these streams. Crooked Creek has a section that is closed and is artificial Barbless when it is open. The others will change as we move into October. Both Convict and McGee Creeks are currently running well and are gin clear. Try a Hopper and dropper if you give it a shot. Fish are spooky so approach streams with some stealth. There are 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 9th, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

All basin lakes other than Horseshoe Lake continue to be planted. There are plenty of hold-over fish from the summer plantings and the crowds have thinned. Look for some Brookies and Browns to start to heading for the inlets and outlets as we get into the 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.

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September 9th, 2019 –

The flows have dropped a little lately currently flowing at 450cfs cfs still high but not unfishable. The super-hot weather has cooled in the Bishop area in the last three days but it is still fairly warm 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-pawn gorging in the next month, moving into more spawning behavior in the later fall. Their colors will start to darken as we approach October. Remember the regulations will change from the Pleasant Valley Dam to the wild trout sections as we move into the fall season make sure you check before wetting a line.
As part of their obligation to improve the quality and quantity of habitat, LADWP will release substantially higher-than-normal flows down the Owens River Gorge for a channel maintenance peak flow starting on September 9 through September 17, 2019. During this time there will be no public access allowed within the Owens River Gorge from Long Valley Dam to Control Gorge Power Plant. For more information or to make a report please contact: (760) 873-0256.

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September 9th, 2019 –

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 Under Special Regulations

Flows are near perfect, currently running slightly above normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences are about 160 cfs. The flows above the Hot Creek tributaries are running at 110 cfs. The Bridge to Crowley Lake is open under general trout regulations and will change Oct 1. The Bridge to private property and to Hwy 395 is under special regulations and from the Monument to Crowley Lake. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line. Regulations have changed on the lower portions of the Owens below the monument to Crowley Lake and artificial Barbless flies or lures must be used. California Department of Fish and Wildlife is planting on a regular schedule on some sections of the river below the bridge. Midges, Mayflies and Caddis activity in the mornings and evenings if winds are calm. Lots of hopper in the grass and in areas the fish are keying on them but the fish have seen about every hopper imaginable! Maybe you have the one they can’t refuse? Catch the hopper action while it lasts.

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