TOP NEWS: Fishing has been fair to good throughout the roadside waters in the region, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. DFW trout plants have ramped up since Memorial Day weekend and most roadside waters are getting weekly stocks. The top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of rainbows and cutthroats and a few browns. Lots of 20 to 24-inch class fish for fly anglers fishing midges and tiny perch fry imitations. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow to fair overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day on fish to five or six pounds (most 12-inch class). The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 250 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. Lundy Lake is fair. The backcountry is good for day-hike and back-pack anglers. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair at best, but the backcountry is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up and there is good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is full for the first time since 2011 and has been very good over the past week with a lot of limits and 2 to 4-pound trout. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years, but fishing is still tough. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late. Mosquitos are a problem throughout the region.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or 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: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.