GENERAL UPDATE: The weather has been excellent in the Sierra the past week, except some usual winds for this time of year. 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: Overall, the trout fishing remains fair to good throughout the region with the DFW planting many roadside waters each week, and holdover and wild fish showing in decent numbers. That means a steady succession of both limits and a few quality fish.
In the Bridgeport region, the East Walker River has been very good and the flows have dropped from 250 cfs down into the 200 cfs range this week. Lots of browns and rainbows up to 25 inches being caught on nymphs and streamers. The dry fly action is still off with intermittent evening surface activity on caddis in the California stretch, but more in the Nevada stretches. Bridgeport Reservoir remains very good for trollers in Buckeye Bay, but the bait and fly action has picked up this week in the creek inlets. Both Twin Lakes, upper and lower, were slow to fair with winds, but still some flurries of decent action, and some fish to 6 pounds. In the Virginia Lakes drainage, access is opening up into the backcountry and Big and Little Virginia have been fishing just fair, in spite of recent DFW plants. There have been some quality fish landed with fish to 6 pounds this past week.
In the June Lake region, the bite has continued fair to good at all the lakes. Silver Lake has been producing fish to 5 pounds and a lot of two to three pounders. Grant continues to produce a few nice brown trout to 20 inches. Smoke has been a problem from the fire near Devil’s Postpile.
In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake continues to be a hot spot with good action for bait, troll, and fly anglers. Wind has been an issue, especially in the afternoon. There have been more quality fish this week than last with cutthroats to 5 pounds landed. Hot Creek has been good with midge and bluewing olive hatches midday. The upper Owens remains pretty good with a lot of spawners out of Crowley still in the river. Convict Lake has been fair to good, and quite a few quality trout continue to show. Smoke continues to be a problem from the fire near Devil’s Postpile.
In the Bishop region, the whole Bishop Creek drainage has been fair to good. Bishop Creek and Sabrina continue to be the best, but North Lake is also good. Inlet II has been very good thanks to regular DFW plants. The lower Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir are fair. Smoke continues to be a problem from the fire near Devil’s Postpile, but not as bad a the June and Mammoth area.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Fishing Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: Fishing 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.