General trout season will reopen April 28 on all waters in this region. For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call (760) 876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call (760) 873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call (760) 924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call (760) 647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call (760) 932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce (760) 873-8405 or bishopvisitor.com, Mono County Tourism (760) 924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report websites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River has been good to excellent with flows from 55 to 65 cfs this past week. The best action is for nymph anglers, but there have been flurries of good dry fly action and a pretty good streamer bite, too. The trout are averaging 15 to 16 inches, but fish 20 inches or better are showing each week. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods (760) 932-7707 or kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: Not a lot of change, with generally good action on the Upper Owens on nymphs, streamers and egg patterns fished under banks and in run tailouts. In addition, there is good surface midging throughout the day and a mid-day baetis hatch that is bringing the fish to the top. There are still quite a few big lake-run rainbows to 26 inches (most 16 to 20 inches) and a few browns showing in the river. Hot Creek remains very good for fly anglers with daily mayfly and caddis activity, midges in the evenings, and nymph fishing all day. Information: The Troutfitter at (760) 934-2517.
BISHOP AREA: Trout plants in Pleasant Valley Reservoir this week and two have made for pretty fair action. The lake level is back up, which has the best spots tough to access. The lower Owens has been very good with an excellent mid-day blue wing olive hatch, but water levels could ramp up any day. Also DFG plants this week and three weeks ago below Tinemaha and from Stewart Lane to the Laws Bridge. The 45th Blake Jones Trout Derby will be held St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 on Pleasant Valley Reservoir. The Blind Bogey event draws over 1,000 anglers and over $10,000 in prizes are awarded via drawing and for biggest fish. Entry fee is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. Derby information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce (760) 873-8405. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760) 935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop (760) 873-0010, Culver’s (760) 872-8361, Brock’s (760) 872-3581.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: The “early” trout season on the small streams on the west side of Highway 395 from Independence Creek on the north to Cottonwood Creek continues very good, and there were DFG plants this week at all the usual spots — Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek and Tuttle Creek. Information from the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce at (760) 876-4444 (or LonePineChamber.com). Fishing information: Long Pine Sporting Goods at (760) 876-5365 or High Sierra Outfitters at (760) 876-9994.