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. The early trout opener is this Saturday, March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report websites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.
TOP NEWS: The early trout season opener is this weekend in southern Sierra streams, and the DFW has planted Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, the Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek this week in preparation for this event. Anglers should check the regulations for open waters for this event and restrictions. In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to see its flows increased. Last week the flows jumped from 250 to 350 cfs, and this week they been ramped up again to 450 cfs. These are tough fishing flows, but some trout are still showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom. The East Walker flows flow has been a very consistent 330 cfs over the past week, but the fishing is still pretty tough with the best bite on nymphs bounced along the bottom or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. Light pressure. The West Walker flows have dropped from around 260 cfs last week to around 170 cfs this week. Zero fishing pressure. The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River, but access is still problematic and anglers should check with one of the fly shops for news. The bite remains slow to fair for the big 16 to 22 inch-fish that have run up out of Crowley Lake.
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: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek all planted this week.