GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing came to an end Nov. 15. Only the year-around waters with special regulations remain open. For information on the regulations, anglers should check the Department of Fish and Wildlife website’s regulations pages. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
TOP FISHING NEWS: In the Bridgeport region, the East and West Walker rivers remain open year-around to catch-and-release fishing. Cold and snowy this week. The East Walker has been pretty decent with flows at 140 cfs this week. Anglers are reporting three to six fish per day, with some into the 19- to 23-inch range and showing on streamers or small nymphs. Not great volume (two to three fish per day), but some nice browns to 24 inches reported. In the Mammoth region, Hot Creek and the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing remain open, and the winter bite on big rainbows (moving up out of Crowley) is breaking wide open with a few anglers reported 20 to 30 fish days. The fish are stacking up in Hot Fingers stretch of the river. Anglers may have to snowmobile in, call ahead. Hot Creek is fair with caddis and midge hatches most days but tough fishing. In the Bishop region, the lower Owens River, including the gorge below Crowley Lake, remains open to year-around fishing, but the flows remain high below the gorge with flows over at 220 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir. The levels have finally come down enough to provide decent action for bank anglers and drift-boat anglers.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP 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.