GENERAL UPDATE: 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.
RUNOFF NEWS: Most rivers on the east side of the Sierra Nevada are running at flood levels, with many overflowing banks. Lakes are mostly full or will be soon. At Sabrina Lake, where the LADWP has been releasing water all spring, all three spillway pipes are open and the lake is still coming up a foot a day.
At least one campground in the Inyo National Forest (on Lee Vining Creek) is closed due to flooding. For campground and Forest Service recreation information, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/inyo/recreation.
TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra, but runoff is pouring off the mountains. The Big Pine Trout Derby with a $600 Blind Bogey and a 50/50 raffle will be held this Saturday, July 1. Entry is $10 for adults, kids free. Signups until noon at the Country Kitchen, Big Pine. Weigh-in 3:30 p.m.The best bites are listed by region.
In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir and Lower Twin Lake are the hot spots with both seeing pretty good action for both boat anglers trolling or shore and boat bait fishing. Again, both spots have produced some quality rainbows to six pounds over the past week. The Virginia Lakes are finally ice free, The bite has really started to take off at Little Virginia and Trumble, especially on worms fly-lined on top.
In the June Lake region, the bite has been improving throughout the loop thanks to increasing water temperatures and DFW plants are weekly now. Top bet has been for trollers working the east shoreline of June Lake for cutthroats, or deep-trolling Gull Lake. Tommy Boys and Tazmanians are the top trolling lures. Silver Lake has had two loads of Oregon rainbows from four to seven pounds with another slated to go in next week. Grant, June, and Gull lakes will get plants of big Oregon trout next month and again in September. Shore anglers also getting trout on PowerBait and MiceTails fished on light, five-foot leaders. Rush Creek is very high but fishing pretty well, and the backcountry is finally starting to open up. Parker and Walker lakes have both been good, especially on the fly-bubble combo.
In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake continues to be the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midges — and the perch fry are emerging, too. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with bigger. Many anglers reporting Crowley ‘Slams,’ landing a brown, rainbow, and cutthroat on the same day, and 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat anglers. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds or a little better. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good after DFW plants, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake is starting to open up with good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.
In the Bishop region, Desert Spring Trout Farm trout were planted two weeks ago throughout the Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ronís Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek. These bigger fish are still showing up on anglers’ stringers. Sabrina Lake level is coming up and the action has been 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 is now ice free, and all the creeks are running very high. The backcountry trails are all still mostly snow-covered, but opening up quickly now. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lower Twin in Bridgeport, Amanda Powles caught a 7-11 rainbow on a night crawler at the inlet. At Convict Lake, Raymond Maggart, Arroyo Grande, landed a 6-4 rainbow at the inlet on a pink and white MiceTail. Terry Hardin, Redlands, landed a 4-9 rainbow, also at the inlet.
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.