GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opened April 29. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
TOP NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best bites are listed by region. In the Bridgeport region, winds hampered the action, but Bridgeport Reservoir is still the hot spot with good action for boat anglers either trolling or bait fishing. Shore fishing is tough except for brief flurry of action early and late in the day. Some quality fish to five pounds this past week. The Twin Lake above Bridgeport also was slower, but still producing pretty good on Mice Tails and PowerBait. Virginia Lake are approaching ice-free status, but still not entirely there yet. Slow fishing at the inlets and outlets from shore. The East and West Walker rivers have been slow because of very high flows.
In the June Lake region, all of the Loop lakes are overflowing with runoff water and Rush Creek is very high — and the runoff is just beginning. All waters are getting weekly DFW trout plants and private plants are going in regularly, too. The bite is good in June and Gull for bait anglers and trollers. Silver Lake is so full, shore access is mostly flooded making the best bite for boat, tube, and kayak anglers. Grant Lake is also full and water is going over the spillway.
In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake is the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midges — and the perch fry are emerging, too. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with some to six or seven reported again the past week. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.
In the Bishop region, Bishop Creek drainage has runoff thundering off the mountain. Sabrina Lake remains low but it is fishing very good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake still had ice (not much longer, though) and all the creeks are running very high. The backcountry trails are all still mostly snow-covered. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Convict Lake, father and son Kyle and Noel Mechelin, both Newbury Park, had trout at 7 and 5 pounds on Thomas Buoyants at the outlet.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.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: 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.