Eastern Sierra, Sept. 29 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 are going in only every two to three weeks now and further cuts are likely in October. 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 has been fair to good. The East Walker River’s flows have been around 75 feet per second this week, which is still a pretty good flow for this time of year, but the bite is still pretty tough and hatches have declined. The Virginia Lakes are good. 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 backcountry is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good. 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.
Top Fish: At Convict Lake, Greg Yudt, El Segundo, landed a 4-6 rainbow off the south shore on a Gulp! Nightcrawler.

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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