Eastern Sierra, Oct. 19 Report

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations. Many waters have special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, and Lower Twin Lake remain the hot spots with all three still providing good action. The bigger browns and rainbows are starting to show in good numbers down by the dam for both shore and boat anglers (like they do each fall), and fish to six pounds reported this week. Lower Twin has had some quality trout to five pounds, but both Twins and the Virginia Lakes have been solid producers of pan-sized fish. The East Walker is down to 160 cfs, which is an excellent fishing flow. The bite has improved throughout the river, including the Nevada side, with good action for streamer anglers but the nymph bite is also still pretty fair. The West Walker is also pretty good now with flows down to 120 cfs.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing fair this week. Silver Lake has been fair with an occasional limit on fish to 2-8. Most pan-sized. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working two to three colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, and Grant with Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas the go-to lures. The walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes are starting to see some bigger browns at the steam inlets and outlets. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout, but the water level has been falling and shorelines are muddy and difficult. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers. Rush Creek is very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with good fly action small perch fry patterns, and there have been some good mayfly hatches in recent days that have brought trout to the surface. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds, but most 15 to 20 inches and running 1-8 to 3-0. Good anglers can still get into five to 10 fish per day or more. Convict Lake has been on fire this past week with a lot of rainbows to five pounds=plus reported along with limits of pan-sized trout. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish with lots of spawning brook trout in all waters at stream inlets and outlets. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, the entire Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been fair to good. At Sabrina, the trout action is good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits, but it is taking a little more work. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. The lower Owens River remains high and difficulty to fish.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Convict Lake, Marcia Byers, Canyon County, had a 5-15 rainbow, while Cody Manning, Chino, landed a 5-4.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Kenís 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: Culverís 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.

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