Welcome Fly Fishing Enthusiast,
The weather has been unsettled over the last 2 weeks and will remain that way leading in to the Holiday weekend with below normal temps and chance for precipitation over the next 7 days. The recent storms providing some much need relief from the dry winter. Talk is out there that it may continue into the summer as sea surface temp continue to be elevated out near the equator and make be changing the over weather pattern. There is an accu-cast, for each of the areas, to see the current conditions and outlook.
Fishing continues to provide great action in many locations. There is no spring runoff to deal with that can occur during the late spring and early summer other than the West Walker River is a little elevated and off color on the warmer days. No snow on the ground below 9000 ft just some inconvenient weather conditions here and there and will take it after a dry winter, stream levels throughout the area remain low but stable. Some streams have flows well below historical norms like the East Walker, Hot Creek, Upper Owens River, McGee Creek, Rock Creek, Convict Creek Mammoth Creek, Rush Creek all very fishable. The warmer winter and spring has increased the insect activity and warmed the water temperatures. This is the good news, as it is increasing the trout’s metabolism and feeding behavior. The downfall is the continuation of the southwest drought with well below normal snow pack. What does it mean for the area? Don’t panic and run around saying the sky is falling, but it will be increasingly concerned. One thing for sure, it will remain out of anyone’s control. The best we can do is conserve water and look to the skies for some relief from Mother Nature. Right now streams are fishable and flows remain low throughout the area with a melt happening in the higher elevations so some streams will start to rise a little. This is nothing to get excited about but it will provide some better habitat for the time being. Area lake conditions will depend on which one you fish but most are in good conditions with the exception of Grant in the June lake area and Bridgeport reservoir in the northern Mono County area. Bridgeport is low but still very fishable at this time, with the lake level about the same as last year at this time. You can still launch a boat at a makeshift ramp on the north end of the Bridgeport reservoir. Crowley is slightly higher than last year at this time and had an added 50K more fish stocked than last year Great news! CADFW has stocked most area lakes, and will continue to stock throughout the season, although the frequency and size may not be the same as last year, but still with a healthy planting schedule. The Mono County Tourism Commission has funded a private company (Desert Lakes Hatchery out Oregon) and certain lakes will receive stock of trophy-size fish through September. The Tail Water Fishery of the Lower Owens is at a very fishable level and should remain that way for the bulk of the summer. Upper Owens River flows have returned to winter level above Hot Creek. Migratorty Lahontan Cutthroat present in the Upper Owens please handle them with care!
Only time will tell how this story turns out. We could have a wet and cooler summer with increased monsoonal moisture keeping the high country moist winter could make it appearance nest October. Anyone have a crystal ball? In the meantime, get out and CATCH the spring of 2015. We have plenty of quality fly-fishing at your disposal. You can look at the fishing in one of two ways, half-empty or half-full.
Some of the major passes are closed due to the unsettled weather 108 (Sonora Pass), 89 (Monitor Pass) and 120 can reopen only to close overnight if it snows. Always check the road conditions before planning a crossing, as weather can change the pass status this time of year. Dial 1-800-gas-road for updates before departing if you believe weather might be an issue.
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Best regards, Harry