Eastern Sierra, Jan. 19 Report

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season is closed, but many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Heavy rain and snow for much of the past week. The lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has seen stable flows of 158~9 cfs this week, but they have jumped as high at 3,200 cfs in recent weeks. The West Walker has been between 180 and 200 cfs in recent days after running over 1,000 cfs last week during the storms. The East Walker has been from 26 to 33 cfs below Bridgeport Reservoir. Almost no fishing pressure at any of the year-around waters, although the upper Owens has had a few anglers and they all report tough fishing but a lot of big rainbows up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the river. Access to the upper Owens and Hot Creek is via snowshoes and snowmobile right now. Be prepared for cold conditions and snow.

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: No recent trout plants.

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