Eastern Sierra 3/30/2012

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: Snow last weekend didn’t slow the trout action in the East Walker River, which has continued very good for nymph anglers, and there continue to be 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: Snow this weekend made access to the Upper Owens and Hot Creek tougher again, but the fishing has remained good on the Owens with nymphs, streamers and egg patterns. 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 last week and three weeks ago have made for good action. The lower Owens has been very good with nymph, streamer and dry fly anglers are scoring. There were DFG plants in the Owens River this week and two below Tinemaha. 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 fair to good, and there were DFG plants this week and two weeks ago 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.

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