GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season will open this Saturday, April 29. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.
TOP NEWS: The 2017 trout opener — fondly known as Fishmas in the Eastern Sierra — is this weekend through the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Most of the major roads are open, but the usual waters still locked in by snow exist. In the Bishop Creek drainage, the road is open to Sabrina, but North and South Lake roads remain closed. The South Lake road is only open as far as Parcherís Resort. Rock Creek road is not open all the way up to Rock Creek Lake, which is still frozen. In the Mammoth Lakes, the upper basin is still closed and all the lakes are still frozen, but the road is open to the Twin Lakes, which are still iced over. The June Lake Loop road is open, but Gull and Silver still have shoreline sheet ice some morning, otherwise the loop is ice-free. Lundy Lake is ice free and the road should be open. Virginia Lakes are frozen and the road is expected to be open but parking will be limited for ice fishermen. Twin Lakes above Bridgeport are ice free and so is Bridgeport Reservoir.
In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to have very high flows of over 700 cfs for the past several weeks. These are tough fishing flows. Very few trout showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom with lots of lead. The East Walker flows remain around 350 cfs, a high but fishable flow. Light pressure and only the odd trout reported on nymphs or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. The West Walker flows have been from just under 500 cfs to over 900 cfs the past week. The flow Wednesday afternoon was 750 cfs. Light fishing pressure, but a few browns and rainbows coming from quieter water in the bigger pools.
The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows from 16 to 22 inches or more up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River. Access remains pretty good. Anglers should still call one of the shops in the region for the latest information.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently. Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.
INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.