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, but runoff is still pouring off the mountains but starting to moderate some places. 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. Again, both spots have produced some quality rainbows to six pounds over the past week. The Virginia Lakes is really turning on now that both lakes are ice-free, and they were planted with trophy rainbows for the holiday weekend and fish to 3-8 have been reported.
In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty good this week, in spite of high flows in Rush Creek and the smaller streams. Silver Lake has been particularly good after double plants by DFW and Desert Springs with fish to five pounds caught. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. A 4-8 brown was reported from Silver this past weekend. 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 deeper 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 with fish to four pounds reported each week. The Rush Creek channel at the upper end of the lake has been the best spot. Rush Creek is a torrent, but still fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures. 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.
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. Many anglers reporting Crowley ìSlams,î landing a brown, rainbow, and cutthroat on the same day, and 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat anglers. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds or a little better. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good after DFW plants, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake is starting to open up with 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 is coming up and the action has been good at the inlets 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 running very high. The backcountry trails are all still mostly snow-covered, but opening up quickly now. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: In Little Virginia Lake, Drew Preasmeyer, Apple Valley, landed a 2-13 rainbow on a Kastmaster.
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.