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Greetings Fellow Anglers,

A look ahead for your Memorial Day holiday weekend: Weather is meant to improve leading into the weekend with only a slight chance of thunderstorms around 20% depending on your location. No major or wide spread precipitation forecast at this time. Most area waters are now open with a few exceptions, as some a fall under special regulations, so read up or you will pay up. CADFW wardens have been out in force since the general fishing opener. Fishing has been fair to good depending on location. Some streams to our north are experiencing runoff right now something that didn’t real happen in last 3 seasons. If the weather warms up you may see an increase in flows on some area streams but the recent cool spell has subsided the snow melt for the moment. The snowpack in the Mono county area (Mammoth northward) was about normal this season with close to 400” of snow total at Mammoth Mountain. The LADWP snow pack sensors have peaked around 38” of water in the snowpack at Mammoth Pass area as of April 1st. The Mammoth Pass latest reading from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on May 24th measured 17” of water still in the snowpack on Mammoth Pass. Lakes and streams will be in better shape this summer in the Mammoth area northward slightly less as you travel south of Mammoth. Lakes above 9500 feet still have ice and snow so use extreme caution. All of the major Sierra passes opened (Hwy 89 Monitor Pass) 108 (Sonora Pass) and the 120 (Tioga Pass). They may close if the threat of weather and snow warrants. It is a good idea to check before departing (1 800-Gas –Road) as the weather can change this time of year and the passes can closes if it snows. The views are spectacular with the wild flowers in bloom at 6500ft middle third of the Sherwin Grade outside Bishop plus everything is turning green. Don’t forget your Camera! 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

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

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May 27, 2016 –
Run off had begun but the resent cold spell has slowed things down a bit. Stream flows still below historic data but much better than last season. The flows will increase as it warms up and the high country starts to thaw out and more water comes down out of the lakes basin via Mammoth Creek. There more stations to fish as the weeds have died back; the fish have been concentrated in the deeper locations on the streams. With the increase water some may start to spread out into the riffles. Look for those areas and the 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.

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May 27, 2016 –
The road remains closed. Check with USFS. For the latest update.

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May 27, 2016 –
Resent bouts of wind and rain have hamper fishing a bit but looks like conditions should improve over the weekend. Lake still remains around 80-85% about 15 ft from general high water mark. The surface water temperatures are in the mid 50s. Clarity is good, looks like first signs of algae growth starting in a few locations just the little green dots nothing to worry about. Fishing has been hit and miss generally the same places for early season are holding fish. Leighton, Sandy point, Big Hilton, Green Banks, Windy Beach. The larger concentrations of fish are in the 20-30ft depth moving on the ledges when their feeding from 14-19ft of water. It is defiantly worth moving around to find some active fish if it’s slow in the area you are fishing. Hatch wise, the Midges are pretty good, size 14 some 12s. Black and Gray with variations of bead and wire color getting the job done. Fish size has been very good and the fish didn’t miss many meals over the course of the winter months.

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

May 27, 2016 –
Flows are still holding at or near 175 cfs from 200cfs. The flows dropped in the last couple of days. Some of the Miracle Mile sections has improved with the increased flows and have the river in better shape but the effects of the last 4 years are still apparent in the overall trout populations. There are still some great opportunities, just don’t set your standards to how it fished pre-drought. 1 to 4 fish are about average but some very nice Brown trout still live there. 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 plus some caddis are in the mix. What’s hatching depends on time of day and location. The river has less slime as you get past the bridge.

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May 27, 2016 –
Open and under special regulations. Water is clear and running below normal for this time of year from historic data. Migrating spawning cutthroat now present please keep them in the water and avoid stressing them. If they are in the shallows and paired up leave them be!!! Hopefully those fish will produce the next generation. Also avoid wading in the shallow riffles as this is where the eggs are resting and developing.

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

May 27, 2016 –
Twin Lakes is free of ice, all other lakes still covered with snow and ice. Some nice fish are being caught mostly holdovers from last season. Try a type III sinking line with a streamer sizes 14 -12 black and green in color and add a trailing smaller nymph, these should be effective. CADFW has planted in the last week in upper and lower twin lakes. The road to the upper basin is scheduled to open sometime in late May or early June. Ice is present on upper lakes, please use extreme caution. Walking out on the lakes is not advisable as the weather has been warm and the ice is rotten. The Road is open to Lake Mary and they have received a good stocking of trophy sized trout in the last week!

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

May 27, 2016 –
Fishing remains good an 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 256cfs 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 upper 60s to low 70s. Use Midges and Mayflies in the morning to mid-afternoon, 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. No sign of Yellow sallies or PMDs yet. The water is still fairly cold as its come off the bottom of Crowley exported south as it moving through Pleasant Valley Water temp Mid 50s. Best action starting around 12pm. Use caution as wading at these flows can be a little more difficult even for an experienced wader. A wading staff will come in handy.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
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May 27, 2016 –
Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: CLOSED but will OPEN over the Memorial Day Weekend
Flows are currently running below normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences are about 70 cfs. Larger migrating Cutthroat are present. The concentrations of Cutthroat are waning as they head back to the lake pretty beat up from the relentless pounding as they have been very visible in the shallows trying to spawn. Weather has been variable in the Long Valley area. Roads are currently dry and mud is not an issue. No flood irrigating in progress at this time. It is still best to carry a shovel in your vehicle. Please keep the fish in the water! Avoid wading in the shallows as this is where the future generations are laid and developing. If you see fish in the shallows, please let them be as they are trying to spawn. Go seek out the fish in the deeper holes! The lower section of river should see a planting of fish sometime soon.

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