Eastern Sierra, Aug. 3 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.

RUNOFF NEWS: Most rivers on the east side of the Sierra Nevada are finally starting to see the runoff subside, at least in some areas. Creeks and rivers are still at very high levels, with many overflowing banks. The East Walker River has been flowing at just over 1,200 cfs this week, but that is down from over 1,500 fps all last week. Even with this flow the lake could go over the spillway this year. The West Walker River is still very high and muddy. At Sabrina Lake, where the LADWP has been releasing water all spring, all three spillway pipes are open and the lake is still coming up a foot a day.

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 and Lower Twin Lake are the hot spots with both seeing pretty good action for both boat anglers trolling or shore and boat bait fishing in the creek channels that are weed free. Again, both spots have produced some quality rainbows to seven pounds over the past week, all fish planted by the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation. The Virginia Lakes are both very good, and they were planted with trophy rainbows to seven pounds recently. 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. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. 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.

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 or a little better. 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, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been good. Some bigger fish are still showing up on anglers’ 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 Silver Lake, Everett Gossett, Murrieta landed a 7-11 rainbow from his float tube fishing an olive Matuka fly.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s 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 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: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

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