Eastern Sierra, Aug. 17 Report

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra, as runoff finally subsides. The best bites are listed by region.
In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, and Lower Twin Lake are the hot spots with all seeing pretty good action. Bridgeport has been off the hook for bait anglers fishing Buckeye Bay with fish to seven pounds report. Lower Twin has had trout to six pounds this week, but it and the Virginia Lakes have been solid producers. Bridgeport will get another 4,000-pound plant of bigger fish before the end of the month. Flows are finally coming down in the East Walker and it is fishing better than it has in over a month.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty well this week. Silver Lake has produced a lot of limits and fish, most pan-sized, but some bigger and the water level is finally coming down. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. The lake will get 4,000 pounds of one to three-pound Desert Springs Hatchery fish before the end of the month. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working five to six colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deep as nine colors in June. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas have been best. The fly-bubble rig is also been working early and late when the trout are on top, especially at the walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout. The Rush Creek channel at the upper end of the lake has been the best spot. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers. Rush Creek is finally coming down and very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures. There were at least 12 rainbows over three pounds reported in the past week, including a 6-2 (see below).

In the Mammoth region, the broken-record report continues: Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midge and small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with bigger. The 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat- or tube-based fly anglers. The trolling and bait fishing is pretty slow because of weeds and algae bloom, but the fly bite remains exceptional. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds with some bigger fish landed each week. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, the Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ronís Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been good. Some bigger fish are still showing up on anglersí stringers. Sabrina Lake level dropped this week with more water released, but the action at the inlets is still excellent for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. All the creeks are still running very high but it appears peak runoff has passed. The backcountry trails are opening up fast with heat, but some places are still snow-choked. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Convict, Sheryl Tye, Covina, had a 4-13 rainbow at the south shore inlet on a nightcrawler.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Kenís Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernieís Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culverís 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: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

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