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Hello Fellow Anglers,
Well the last month has been one for the record books “Januburied”. Snow pack is at or above 200% some area’s in the Eastern Sierra’s exceeding 300% and more is falling currently and forecast! Current precipitation is at historic levels for this time of year. Over 390” of snow has fallen at Mammoth Mountain and 246” fell in the month of January. This is an all-time snow month record. All of last season 2015/16 winter 372” of snow fell from Oct- May. More snow has fallen this year and it’s only Feb 7th and two of the wettest months lay ahead, all charts and graphs according to LADWP indicate we are on track for a record winter this winter could exceed 1982-83 the wettest water year according to LADWP records. Bridgeport set a record for January as the wettest January on record going back to 1914. The long range forecast models point to more above normal precipitations for the Eastern Sierras. Streams and lakes will run full this spring and summer. Access to the backcountry will defiantly be delayed. Red’s Meadow and Tioga Pass will certainly be affected by this seasons heavy and deep snow pack. Spring runoff will be a defiant factor! The last 5 years it’s been none existent. The drought is not officially over but the current weather pattern has had a huge impact on drought conditions in the region. Ground water has been greatly impacted over the last five years until it has been replenished we will still fall under the drought category.

Looking at local conditions all areas from Bridgeport to the Sherwin Grade currently has a thick blanket of snow 3-5ft deep along the 395 corridors and building. Access to areas stream is limited to foot or snow machine traffic. You will need to park and walk or ride to gain access. Snow shoes are advisable. Parking is limited to small areas. Fishing wise the Upper Owens has been fishing well but weather can be an issue. No Issues currently with snow or access on the Lower Owens below Pleasant Valley reservoir. Flows are elevated on both the section above and below the PV reservoir. Currently out flows below PV is above 200cfs and could go higher if water officials decide they need to start making room for spring and summer storage. The East Walker river flows are also elevated due to the current snow pack and reservoir storage capacity. Check your forecast and road conditions, as 395 have closed several times due to weather related conditions in the last 30 days. Make sure you carry chains and have a shovel as it doesn’t need to be snowing to impact travel the wind can drift snow across the Highway creating hazardous travel as it did a few days ago.

For current Californian Highway information call 1-800 GAS- ROAD!
The general trout season has closed as of Nov 16th and will reopen on Saturday April 29th 2017. The good news is there are still fisheries open in the area providing year round opportunities The East Walker, the Upper Owens River above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line, The Gorge, the Owens River above and below the Pleasant Valley reservoir. Check us out on Facebook at Mammoth fly fishing adventures!

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February 13th, 2017 –

Note *** You will need to park and walk or ride a snow machine ½ mile to get to the gate as there is 3ft or more on the road currently where the pavement ends. Please do not park or block access to the Hot Creek Ranch private drive way. Conditions have improved on this fishery currently flowing at winter flows around 40 CFS. CADFW did electro shock the stream to compile data to make a determination on current fish populations and the findings confirmed most everyone’s knowledge that there are very few fish in the stream this fall. Historic population of around 12K fish per mile pre 2008 to around a 1k fish per mile currently. The good news was there were a fair number of juvenile Browns and Rainbows in the 3-6” range found in the sampling. After the data was compiled CADFW did supplement the stream with 6000 sub catchable fish both Browns and Rainbow capable of spawning when the reach maturity. Let’s hope we receive normal to above normal precipitations this winter so these fish have a good opportunity to grow and survive thus helping to revive this fishery back to its former self. A BIG THANK YOU to Kevin Petersen for his efforts in drawing the attention needed to get the biologist out to the fishery to assess the situation and to the volunteers that helped CADFW shuttle and plant these fish. I would recommend letting these fish grow a little before making this a fishing outing by next spring they should be ready to educate.
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February 13th, 2017 –
The road is closed and currently under 15-20 feet of snow! Closed to fishing until April 29th. Look for the road to open just before 4th of July or later this year if current trends in the snowpack prevail. Late 2016 October rains pushed the flows over 2000cfs so the fishery and stream may look little and fish differently next year when it reopens.
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February 13th, 2017 –

Crowley Lake Closed until April 29, 2017

Good News with the current snow Pack and precipitation Crowley will fill to capacity this summer! No longer sometimes Bay it will be a bay in July along the McGee parking area! McGee bay will extend to the McGee creek riparian corridor and possibly beyond. Currently the lake is a deep blanket of white! I have seen season where fishing on Crowley was delayed a week due to ice still covering the lake. Will it happen this season?

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

February 13th, 2017 –

Water levels have increased significantly in the last week holding at above 851 cfs. Normal for this time of year is 30cfs. The Bridgeport reservoir will fill to capacity this spring and will improve the conditions downstream dramatically. Hopefully flushing some fish from the lake through the pipe!  The last 5 years of drought have taken a big toll on this once famous fishery. Large fish are still present but their density is far and few between. Fishing the Nevada stretch might be a better bet this time of year. 2/3 ft of snow lines the Californian stretch and parking is limited to roadside.

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February 13th, 2017 –

Crowley Tribs, Closed until April 29th 2017

There will fore sure be a heavy run off at some point most likely around 2-3 week of May Memorial Day!

Convict McGee, Hilton and Crooked creeks all are closed until April 29th 2017

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February 13th, 2017 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin (Nov 21 2016) Closed until April 29, 2017

Look for a delayed opening of the road and campground due to the current snowpack more like late June! Open water may not happen until then. 15-20 feet of snow currently covers the upper lakes.

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

February 13th, 2017 –

Current flow near 220 cfs! Look for flows to increase with current weather conditions and a much above normal snow pack. Bug wise some mayflies around midday hatching along with plenty of midges this time of year. The wild brown trout are in there post spawning mode. Their colors will be still darker and the yellow deep and rich. Remember the regulations change from the Pleasant Valley Dam to the wild trout sections consult the Ca Fish & Wildlife fishing regulations before wetting a line to void any issues. Target the areas below the riffles and the ledges and pools. The weekends can be crowded down in the wild trout area the Lower Owens is a favorite this time of year as the weather can be perfect for winter fishing. The Blake Jones Trout derby is coming up March 11th so it will be crowded that weekend near the Pleasant Valley area.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
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February 13th, 2017 –

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: Closed

Note *** Access is limited to walking or riding snow machines and snow shoes are highly recommended 3ft plus lines the banks of the river and parking is limited to a small area currently just below the Benton Crossing Bridge. The area below the Benton crossing bridge is closed until or after April 29th 2017. The section above the Benton Crossing Bridge to the private property line is open year round. Currently flows are low and clear above Hot Creek with approximately 70 cfs flowing below the East Portal tunnel where the flows are measured 100 plus cfs below the Hot Creek Tributaries where the Hot Creek and Upper Owens river combine. The water is turbid below the Hot Creek tributaries. Large winter spawning Rainbows are present along with some smaller fish following the warmer water. The majority of larger fish are migratory fish coming out of Crowley Lake please handle these fish with care as these fish are producing the future generations of wild trout. Please avoid wading through the areas of bright gravel and depressions in the shallow riffles. This is where the wild fish spawn and lay their eggs. If you see fish paired up please let them BE! Tactics for taking these migratory fish can vary from dead drifting nymphs, to swung or stripped streamers, and the occasional dry fly fish if the weather is warm and the bugs are present( Caddis/Mayflies). Be prepared for crowds as the social media will spread the word fast and if the weather is mild you might see lots of cars and people. Currently the fish are spread out and can move daily. Be courteous of your fellow angler respect and promote good angling etiquette. If your fishing this area one should be prepared for a variety of conditions from mild in the 40s and 50s to artic cold with low in the single digits to – 5 if it’s that cold might be best to wait until it gets in the mid-20s because you will have icing issues with your line and rod and will be detrimental if you happen to hook a fish and bring it out of the water in the single digits! The scenery and views are stunning this time of year. Enjoy!

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