Eastern Sierra, June 20

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BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir remains the hot spot in the region with a lot of nice rainbows and a few browns here and there. Most action on inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, and Power Eggs for bait anglers or small Rapalas, Needlefish or blades with crawlers for trollers. Rainbow Point is best for bait anglers while trollers are working the middle of the lake. The East Walker has had flows at 71 cfs for a couple of weeks and the action has been good below the Miracle Mile stretch and on into Nevada (the Rosaschi Ranch stretch and private water upstream). Most action on streamers and nymphs. Kirman Lake remains fair for fly anglers fishing leech, damsel and scud patterns. Twin Lakes are fair to good with some limits and occasional fish to four pounds showing. The West Walker River is good throughout the canyon stretch, but the Pickle Meadows area is a little tougher. The Virginia Lakes are all excellent from shore or float tubes for bait, lure, and or fly anglers. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, very good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop. June Lake continues to produce a lot of one to three pound trout. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches, with a few browns showing from Silver and Grant. The usual PowerBaits, Pinched Crawlers, small lures, and flies behind bubbles are getting fish in the all the spots. Top trout from Silver was a 5-10 rainbow landed by Mike Clarke, Simi Valley, on a worm. Dylan Giampietro, Palmdale, had trout at 4-6 and 4-3 on rainbow PowerBait. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been very good for fly-rodders fishing midges, while bait anglers and trollers are reporting slowing action Browns to four pounds reported. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the action has been very good with a lot of limits reported and a few quality fish. Glenn Wallace, San Diego, had a 5-5 rainbow on a Power Worm at the inlet. Ryan and Nathan Underwood, Simi Valley, had a 5-3 rainbow to top off their stringer. Micheal de Frank, Glendora, landed a 4-7 trout off the south shore on Gulp! bait. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair to g good action. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls, while the upper lakes are all best where streams are entering the lakes. Rock Creek Lake has been fair to good. Rock Creek is good with a lot of smaller browns. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage remains good at most waters, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout, but Sabrina is rising quickly and has pretty good action with quite a few limits. Dingleberry Inlet has been the hot spot. Brody Castillo, 5, Bishop had a 3-4 rainbow. In the valley, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the mornings, then tougher until dusk. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers. 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 TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week now.
 

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