Eastern Sierra, June 21 Report

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 even with flows at 310 cfs. Lots of browns and rainbows up to 20 inches or better being caught on nymphs and streamers, both rainbows and browns. The dry fly action in the mornings and evenings is also starting to take off. There have been reports of 30-plus fish days on all stretches and the Rosaschi stretch in Nevada. 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 six 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. Wind has been an issue and mornings are still chilly. There have been some quality fish landed, including a pair of 10-3 rainbows caught Saturday from Little Virginia. Ben Hoeft, Antelope Valley, caught one of the big ones, while the other was landed by Lindon Durasevic, Orange County.

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 2- to 3-pounders. Grant continues to produce a few nice brown trout to 20 inches. James Bellenger, Bakersfield, landed a 5-1 rainbow in Silver on a Berkley Garlic Worm.

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. Another trophy trout plant went in last week.
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.

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.

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