Eastern Sierra, Sept. 15 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: Plants for most of the roadside waters were cut way back last week, but Mono County waters will receive plants again this week. Overall, the plants will be less frequent now. Desert Springs hatchery delivered private plants to a number of waters this past week, too. Mostly two to five pounders. The top action: The West Walker River is good for both fly and spin anglers. Crowley Lake has continued to produce a lot of rainbows and cutthroats from 20 to 24-inches and some smaller brown trout for fly anglers fishing midges and tiny perch fry imitations. Grant Lake right where Rush Creek dumps in and Silver Lake have been fair to good. The East Walker River’s flows have been around 100 feet per second this week, which is a pretty good flow. The bite is finally improving with cooler days and evenings. Browns are starting to move. The Virginia Lakes are good. Lundy Lake is fair, and the back country above the lake 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, but the back country is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the back country lakes are having good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots for roadside anglers include Sabrina, which is full and producing a lot of rainbows for trollers and anglers fishing the creek inlets, and North Lake. Mosquitoes are a problem throughout the region.

Top Fish: At Convict Lake, John Huskey, Bakersfield, landed a 5-4 rainbow on a Thomas Buoyant near the outlet. At Silver Lake, Gary Southern, Victorville, had a stringer of rainbows with the top fish at 5-12 and two other topping two pounds.

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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