Fish Report-Freshwater, April 16 ed

BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker fishing again improved slightly with the warmer weather this past week. The water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. The East and West Walker are the only waters open in the region now, and they both have special regulations. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods (760) 932-7707.

MAMMOTH AREA: Only Hot Creek and the upper Owens River are open to fishing in this area, and both have special regulations. Hot Creek remains fair with a lot of eight to 14-inch browns, mostly on nymphs fished in deeper pools under indicators. The Owens has stayed fair to good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish are mostly in the Hot Fingers stretch of river. Lots of 16 to 22-inch rainbows, cuttbows, and cutthroats in the mix for fly anglers. The best bite is on small nymphs and egg patterns fished in the deep pools and runs. Information: The Troutfitter at (760) 934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. Pleasant Valley was also planted by the DFW two weeks ago and is on the list for this week. DFW plants in the Owens below Bishop two weeks ago and next week. 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: The early trout opener kicked began in early March and there has been fair to good fishing on most of the Owens Valley streams open (check regulations). There were DFW trout plants in Diaz Lake and Lone Pine Creek last week, but Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, and Tuttle Creek get trout this week. The Owens River below Tinnemaha is also being planted this week.

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