General trout season will reopen April 28 on all waters in this region. For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call (760) 876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call (760) 873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call (760) 924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call (760) 647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call (760) 932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce (760) 873-8405 or bishopvisitor.com, Mono County Tourism (760) 924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report websites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com and SierraDrifters.com.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River remains low, but the action has been very good with light fishing pressure. Most action on nymphs, but there have been flurries of dry fly action in some stretches at mid-day. Most of the trout are 14 to 18 inches, but some bigger fish are taken daily. Information: Kenís Sporting Goods (760) 932-7707 or kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: The Upper Owens has been fair to good with the best action on nymphs, streamers, and egg patterns fished under banks and in run tailouts. In addition, there is good surface midging throughout the day and a mid-day baetis hatch that is bringing the fish to the top. There are still quite a few big winter-run rainbows to 26 inches (most 18 to 20 inches) and a few browns showing in the river. Hot Creek remains very good for fly anglers with daily mayfly and caddis activity, midges in the evenings, and nymph fishing all day. Information: The Troutfitter at (760) 934-2517.
BISHOP AREA: Trout plants in Pleasant Valley Reservoir this week and two weeks ago have made for pretty fair action. The lake level is back up which has the best spots tough to access. The lower Owens has been very good with an excellent mid-day blue wing olive hatch, but water levels could ramp up any day. Also DFG plants last week and three weeks ago below Tinemaha and from Stewart Lane to the Laws Bridge. The 45th Blake Jones Trout Derby will be held St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 on Pleasant Valley Reservoir. The Blind Bogey event draws over 1,000 anglers and over $10,000 in prizes are awarded via drawing and for biggest fish. Entry fee is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. Derby information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce (760) 873-8405. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760) 935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop (760) 873-0010, Culver’s (760) 872-8361, Brock’s (760) 872-3581.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: The “early” trout season opener on the small streams on the west side of Highway 395 from Independence Creek on the north to Cottonwood Creek on the south will be March 3 (see DFG fishing regulations for complete details at dfg.ca.gov). There will also be the annual Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce trout derby based out of Diaz Lake, which will receive both DFG trout and Alpers’ rainbows up to 6 pounds. The Saturday event will feature tagged trout worth up to $250, awards for biggest trout and heaviest stringer in several categories, and there is also a blind bogey event with $800 to the winner. Information from the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce at (760) 876-4444 (or LonePineChamber.com). Fishing information: Long Pine Sporting Goods at (760) 876-5365 or High Sierra Outfitters at (760) 876-9994.