Eastern Sierra, July 21 report

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.

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 fair overall with trolling the best bet, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been good for boat anglers trolling or bait fishing, but the shore bite is tough. The East Walker River’s flows have been around 180 feet per second this week, which is a pretty good flow, but the bite is still tough with only good anglers getting from four to eight fish per day. A lot of skunks. The Virginia Lakes are all good for bait and lure anglers with a lot of limits reported. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have improved, with the action especially good at Silver Lake. 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 4 years and rental boats are available, but fishing is still just fair, at best. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late. Mosquitoes are a problem throughout the region.

Top Fish: At Silver Lake, Bradlee Watts and Riley Kent, both Bakersfield, caught rainbows at 2-10 and 3-1, respectively.

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.

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