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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Good news on the runoff and fishing front. Reds Meadow & Devil’s Postpile will open this Friday at 8am. Road repairs have been completed; The road was damaged by the huge runoff and winter rains. The historic runoff of 2017 is finally starting to wane! Temperature forecast for this week to be slightly above normal, some 5-7 degrees, it’s been a warm dry summer thus far. Bishop will be in the 100s and Mammoth in the 80s with lows in Bishop in the upper 60s and Mammoth will in the upper 50s for morning lows. Great camping weather! Weather in the longer ranges, look for a return to the afternoon and evening thunderstorms by the end of the weekend and into next week. Don’t put the rain gear away. Area reservoirs are at or nearing peak capacity. Grant Lake continues releasing water over the spillway, Crowley continues to rise at 2-4” a day and is expected to rise another 3-5 feet by mid-August, Bridgeport is almost at capacity. The massive snow pack still exists above 10,000 feet and backpackers are having difficult navigating some high country trails. Caution and good judgement is necessary as a slip could result in life threating consequences. All trans-sierra passes are currently open Tioga Pass120,Carson Pass 88, Sonora Pass108 and Monitor Pass 89, however, keep an eye on the wildfires currently burning on the west side as road closures could be a possibility. Call 1-800 GAS- ROAD for the latest on road closures and construction.

Looking at local condition, most area streams have dropped by more than 50% of their peak flows in June and continue to recede daily. Crowley Lake is producing some nice fish but conditions change daily. Most of the area lakes have been stocked by CADFW and by the Mono County Enhancement Program via the Desert Springs, Oregon fish hatchery providing trophy trout to select area waters. The middle fork of the San Joaquin, the crown jewel of drive-in backcountry fishing, opens on July 21 at 8am. A mandatory shuttle will be in place from 7-7 daily. This in an effort to limit vehicular traffic on the mountain road.
Note***** With the abundance of water the mosquitoes have become a factor so don’t leave home without a good proven repellent, as the first major hatch has occurred on both the upper/lower Owens River and adjacent areas. Best to wear long pants or waders and long sleeve shirts with tightly woven material or they will bite right through your clothing.

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

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July 21st, 2017 –

Flows are currently holding at 162 cfs and dropping daily. This winter’s rains and spring runoff have flushed the stream of all the silt and aquatic vegetation. Hatch-wise caddis, little yellow sally’s stoneflies, hoppers, tricos. Not many fish rising, the late evening might be the best time to see fish rising on the surface. There are also some pmds and baetis. Fish numbers are still on the lean side but very healthy mostly 15”-17” brown trout. The fish planted last season are nowhere to be seen at this time let’s hope they moved up Mammoth Creek and will return when runoff is over. Plenty of scuds! I would suggest using 4X tippet and some lead to get your flies close to the bottom. Target the areas that are deeper and have some relief from the current. Short drag free drifts.

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July 21st, 2017 –
Road opens July 21st at 8am. A shuttle bus is mandatory between the hours of 7-7 until the 6th of September. Stream levels are fishable currently flowing at 360CFS and dropping daily. The stream may look and fish differently after the big October rains and historic runoff. Use cautions as flows are still high and could sweep you off your feet. A wading staff is recommended. Try larger dry flies or bedhead nymphs. Target the softer water and seams.
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July 21st, 2017 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Crowley water level continues to rise. The Lake level is increasing some 2-4 inches a day. Fishing changes daily with the rising water and new habitat. A variety of food sources are available. Midges, Perch fry ranging in size from, 25-75 “and plenty of Damsel fly nymphs. Water temps on the surface ranging from the high to low 70s bottoms temps in the upper 50s to low 60s. The algae conditions vary daily large along with the floating weed rafts can create an issues depending on wind direction. The west end of the lake is taking the bulk of the pressure right now from 25-18’ of water. Can be crowded on the weekends and there are only 10 days left before regulations change to the trophy trout season beginning on August 1st.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

July 21, 2017 –

Currently flowing at 603 still running a little high but continues to drop daily and should be fishable in the next 5 days.

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July 21st, 2017 –

Crowley Tribs -OPEN

All are open. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line. The area of Crooked Creek from the gauging station on the west side of Highway 395 to Crowley Lake is closed year round! Have a proven mosquito repellent handy. The first hatch of a long season of the pesky insects has occurred!!! Water levels continue to drop, they are still a little high, but should be fishable in the next 5-7 days. Lots of hoppers, no millions of hoppes present, might be the year of the hopper.

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July 21st, 2017 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -OPEN

Road open! Campgrounds should start opening in the nest week. All lakes in the basin are open and have been stocked and there are reports of some good size fish being caught. Remember it’s best to fish early and late as parking can be an issue and the lakes are busy with lots of other water activities.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

July 21st, 2017 –

Flows are still considered high!!!! Currently flows holding at 500 cfs. Weather is hot in Bishop and wading is still very difficult at this level.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
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July 21st, 2017 –

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

Flows are starting to shape up nicely. Flows above the Hot Creek tributaries are 94 cfs and below the bridge holding at 250 cfs. Small juvenile fish in the upper reaches and some planted below the bridge. River bottom has been scoured out nicely creating plenty of new habitat. Conditions should improve in the coming weeks as flows continue to drop and the fish start to move into to the river from the lake. Hatch: hoppers, caddis and mayflies with a better chance of fish rising above the bridge.
Use caution if flood irrigating is in progress as the ground can be soft and getting stuck is a possibility. Make sure you have insect repellent as the mosquitoes can be bad in the upper river.

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