Fish Report-Freshwater, Sept. 30

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains light and the reports have been scanty. Overall, the bite has just been slow to fair. Brookies and browns in area lakes are starting to stack up at stream mouths and moving into streams for the spawn. For bait and lure anglers, the top bets in the region have continued to be the Virginia Lakes, which is continuing to show a lot of holdover fish, Silver and Grant lakes in the June Loop for occasional bigger brown trout, Convict Lake continues to produce some nice quality fish, and Bishop Creek and Rock Creek are pretty fair for skilled stream anglers who are getting browns and holdover rainbows. Fly anglers are seeing a good bite in the low flows of the East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir with fish to 20 inches (but few bruisers yet) and many 25-fish days, and Crowley Lake is very good for browns, rainbows, and cutthroats with a lot of fish to 20 inches or better (go to http://sierradrifters.com/ to see the latest photos).

Big fish of the week included rainbows at 9-6, 4-12, and 4-6 caught by Chuck Nelson, Bakersfield, from the Convict Lake inlet on nightcrawlers or crickets. At Lower Virginia Lake, Dan Villaluz, Corona, caught a 6-8 rainbow on the baby nightcrawler.

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