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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Well the first real heat wave has settled over the west with most locations in the area running 10-15 degrees above normal. Snow is still possible well into May and June, but nothing right now on the horizon or in the 7-day forecast. The Snowpack is confined to areas above 9000 ft. and higher. Overall snowpack for the season fell just slightly below normal. Tioga Pass (Hwy 120) and the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile area should be open by Memorial Day weekend. Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) and Monitor Pass (Hwy 89) are already open. The passes can close if we get any spring snowfall. You should always check road conditions before traveling. http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or 800-GAS-ROAD.

Looking at local conditions; most area streams should see a pulse of runoff starting mid-week but nothing more than the stream levels rising due to the warm weather. All area streams are currently fishable and clear at this time. The road to the Lakes Basin is still closed. Crowley Lake and Bridgeport reservoir are both in the 90% plus full range. Overall fishing conditions are good and the outlook is even better as the water should start warming up and the bug activity increases. The area is already seeing some decent hatches on the streams and lakes.

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

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May 8th, 2018 –

The creek is looking good these days. The March storms have help insure good water conditions well into mid-summer as Mammoth Creek should have ample water, helping elevate the stream levels. Hatch-wise: some Caddis and Mayflies (baeti) around midday. Fish-wise: numbers are better than the last few years. The fish planted last fall by CADFW and the season before are making a difference; still not back to the historic numbers but far better than it has been. Target the areas that are deeper and have some relief from the current. Weed grow is minimal. Both subsurface and surface flies are effective right now.

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

May 8th, 2018 –

The road is closed! Should open by Memorial Day weekend.

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May 8th, 2018 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Good news; with the current snow pack and last year’s precipitation, Crowley is near capacity at about 93% and holding steady. Lake temps are in the mid to upper 50s. Good Midge hatch on the warm days. Best action is on the east and north side of the lake, Mid McGee Bay south to Sandy Point and up toward Leighton Springs and North Landing. Perch are already biting in a pre-spawn mode. For the trout, target the ledges and drop offs to 14-18ft of water with Leeches and Midges. Red, Gray and Black midges sizes 14-16 leeches brown, burgundy, purple size 14-12. Overall fishing has been fairly slow but that should change in the next few days as we are in a more stable weather pattern and the water starts warming up. Prior to opening day the weather pattern was quite windy mixing up the water.

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

May 8th, 2018 –

Flows have been holding steady for the last 7 days at 230cfs. Overall, fishing conditions on the East Walker have been good with flows making wading pretty easy and clarity is as good as it gets on the tail water fishery. Water temps are on the rise, along with abundant bug activity at certain times of the day. Midges, Mayflies, some caddis and a few larger stone flies in the lower reaches below the Bridge. Flows will start to fluctuate as streams leading into Bridgeport Reservoir will become slightly elevated with the warmer weather. With the lake nearing capacity they will be forced to keep what is flowing in, flowing out. Best to check flows before making the drive. Any flow below 400 is fairly fishable, but above 350 a wading staff would be advised. Weekends have been crowded on the upper sections.

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May 8th, 2018 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

All are open and fall under special regulations this time of year. It may be best to read your California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation booklet before wetting a line on the Crowley tributaries. Migratory fish are present, please handle with care. Waters are presently clear but should be on the rise with the warmer weather and the high country beginning to thaw. If the fish are paired up leave them be! Hopefully, they are producing future generations of trout.

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May 8th, 2018 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

Look for the opening of the road and some campgrounds around the third week of May. The road may open sooner if the current weather pattern sticks around. Twin Lakes is ice free and the ice on Lake Mary and above is unstable do not attempt to walk on it.

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

May 8th, 2018 –

Flows are very fishable; currently flowing at 200 cfs. Nothing like last year’s record setting flows at this time. Over all, the river is in good shape. The burn area in the wild trout area has become green and access is much easier, the cattails and reeds are growing rapidly and the riparian corridor is intact. Water temps are still fairly cold but the days are pretty warm. Temps in low 90s the past few days and the first triple digit days are not far away so wet wading maybe the ticket. Fish are spread out, crowds have been minimal. Hatch-wise: a little of everything, Midges, early some Caddis a few Yellow stone and a brief Baetis hatch around mid-day. The swallows and little song birds will let you know the hatch is on as they swoop in or flutter out from the bushes and peck them off. Water clarity is slightly turbid; dirty about halfway down the wild trout section as LADWP must be doing some work on one of the canals leading into to the river.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
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May 8th, 2018 –

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

Make sure you read the regulations before you wet a line as special regulations are in place and a section of river from the Bridge to the Monument is currently closed. Stream flows above the Hot Creek tributaries are currently at 100 CFS, below the lower Hot Creek tributary 160 CFS. There are some Migratory Cutthroats along with a few Rainbows starting to show up. The Clarity is off color. Tea stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Flood irrigating may start at any time on the east side of the river so access could be limited and some areas can become muddy and getting stuck is a possibility if you make a wrong decision. Might want to carry a shovel if you challenge the mud! A tow truck will be a costly mistake. Handle fish with care as they are producing the next generation of wild trout. Please let the fish do their business if you see them paired up in the shallow water! Hatch- wise: both mayflies and caddis hatching mostly smaller wild fish taking the flies off the surface. Bigger fish mainly holding in the deeper holes; fishing under the indicator would be recommended.

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