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Hello fellow anglers,

Well this summer has been one for the record book. Visitation to the Mammoth Lakes area has been off the charts. The Western National Parks have also experienced visitation records. Records have been broken in the weather department too. NOAA recently released a statement that it was the warmest July on record. For our area visitors, we are entering one of the best times of the year to fish, camp, hike, and bike or simply enjoy the high country. Most schools are back in session, resulting in less pressure on area lakes, streams and trails. It will remain busy over the weekends, especially over the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Those heading into the backcountry love this time of year as there are very few biting insects. Remember fire restrictions are in place!!! Fire danger is very high!

On the fishing front, the good news is the flows on the lower Owens below Pleasant Valley dam have started to drop and should continue to drop in the coming week. Flows are currently at 301 CFS, down from a high of 477CFS. This fishery has been out of commission for a majority of the summer due to the high volume of water being exported southward. I also heard a rumor that they (LADWP) might be letting some water out of the tunnel via Grant Lake on the upper Owens by the end of the month. Keep your fingers crossed, as this fishery needs the water. Most area waters are fishing fair. Crowley is producing some nice fish but it’s been hot and cold.

Weather-wise we ended a long dry spell and things have cooled off a bit for the time being with the monsoonal flow and afternoon thunderstorms. Hopefully temps will continue to cool off and we will have a chance at some precipitation for the rest of the month. It is that time of year where the temperature can swing 40 degrees with lows in the 30-40s and highs in the 70-80s in the Mammoth and Crowley area. Bishop can still have the big swing but lows in the 50-60s and highs in the 90-100s. Make sure you have sun screen, light weight clothing and plenty of water with you. Most area streams you can wet wade and be comfortable, with water temps in the 60s. The road to Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow is open and a mandatory shuttle is required if planning to drive down to the Reds Meadow area after 7 am. All major sierra passes are open 120, 108, 89. It is always a good idea to check their status before leaving on a trip as summer rainstorms or wildfires can cause closures. One last note, the rabbit brush is blooming. It is a yellow flowery shrub and if you’re affected by this allergen be prepared!

Safe & memorable adventures, Harry

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August 24th, 2016 –
The song remains the same! Low flows and prevalent weeds are choking out some areas, which is great for the fish and bad for the angler. There are about 8-10 stations to fish, what fish there are seem kegged up in those spots. Look for the deeper lies and areas that have some structure or pockets behind the weeds. Standard procedure good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as they don’t like the salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise, Trico’s Spinner fall. The caddis emergence in the mid afternoon into the evening, migrating caddis and egg laying caddis when the wind is not blowing. Side note: DFW will be electro shocking a few section of stream to compile data to make a determination on current fish numbers and hopefully get an ok to supplement the stream with small juvenile fish to help with coming years and bring the stream back to its glory!!!!

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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

August 24th, 2016 –
The road is open! An entrance fee and mandatory shuttle is required if you plan to fish down there. If you arrive before 7am or after 7pm you may drive your vehicle into the valley, but may still pay a fee. The last day for the 2016 shuttle season is expected to be Wednesday, September 7th. Flows are low and continue to drop and are much lower than normal for this time of year. We could get some relief as we get some rain. The best water to fish is the area towards the falls and the deeper runs and pools. The current flow at the measuring station is near 17cfs. All campgrounds are currently open. The fishing has been fair to good but the water levels are a factor look for the bigger pools and slower water, log jams and overhanging bushes to hold the fish. 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 beadhead dropper will get the job done

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August 24th, 2016 –
Crowley has been hot and cold lately, some of the factor rapid draw down of the lake level, Algae bloom change in the weather. Seems the fish move around daily as one day they are in 13ft, the next 10ft next to the weed line or they’re way out in the 16-18ft range. Remember the Regulations changed on August 1 to artificial barbless flies or lures no bait and only 2 fish over 18 may be kept. Lake is higher than it has been in the last four years, for this time of year. Water temps holding around 66 to 70 degrees on the surface depending on what part of the lake you’re fishing. Target the areas from 9-18ft along the weed lines. Damsels still hatching and fish taking the nymphs, a few Callibaetis and perch fry present along with a sporadic midge hatch and some snails. Overall, Crowley remains the place if you want to target large trophy size trout. Focus on the areas near the weed lines and in the bays look for fish crashing the surface. There are plenty of freshly planted rainbows and browns both CADFW and High Desert Hatchery have be planting heft quantities of sub catchable fish for next season . It has been a mixed bag some days all browns next day cutthroat, and the rainbows always in the mix.

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

August 24th, 2016 –
The flows have fluctuated from 80 -120 cfs currently holding around 100 cfs. Better results below the bridge in the pocket water and deeper runs. Big fish are still present but not prevalent, you will need to work to reap the rewards on the river. Insect wise Midges, Caddis and Mayflies, Water Temps upper 60s low 70s. Pressure has been light for the most part. Best to fish early and late, if you plan an outing, the days are getting shorter and morning lows have fallen into the 40s helping to bring down the lake water temps that flow into the river. Bridgeport Reservoir is about 65% full. The Lake level is nearing lasts years high water mark. The only place you can launch a boat is the bath tub closer to the dam the public ramp is now high and dry.
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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

August 24th, 2016 –
Regulations have changed on the lower portions of the Owens below the monument to artificial Barbless flies or lures. Both Convict and McGee creeks currently running very low and gin clear. Try a Hopper and dropper if you give it a shot. Fish are spooky approach stream with some stealth.
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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

August 24th, 2016 –
All basin lakes other than Horseshoe continue to be planted. Look for a slight increase in fish planting just before the Labor Day weekend. There is some surface action early and late or if the wind isn’t blowing. There might be a few Callibaetis, mayfly hatching on Twin Lakes midmorning if so it’s sporadic still a few Damsel fly hatch daily nymphs migrating to the shallows to hatch. 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 during the warm months of summer.

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

August 24th, 2016 –
Good news, the flows have started to drop but still fairly high currently flowing at 320 look for flows to continue to drop about 30 cfs every other day. My guess is it will stabilize at 200cfs. I will keep you posted.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

August 24th, 2016 –
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 very low, currently running well below normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences about 50 cfs there might be some relief as I heard a rumor that some water might be diverted from Grant Lake via the east portal later this month. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. The area above the Bridge no algae problems for the area below the bridge stringy algae problems you will need to check your flies constantly. The Bridge to Crowley Lake is open under general trout regulations. The Bridge to private property and to 395 is under special regulations and from the monument to Crowley Lake. Best to read the regulations before wetting a line. Water is slow low and clear approach the bank slowly as the fish are now spooky. California Department of Fish and Wildlife is planting on a regular schedule on some sections of the river. Some Midges more Mayflies and Caddis activity mid-morning into the afternoon if the winds are clam. Water is low and warm enough, the fish key on the dry fly. If you cover enough water you will find pods of fish mostly planter some wild fish present.

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