Eastern Sierra, May 10 Report

GENERAL UPDATE: After some snow late opener week, 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 success of both limits and a few quality fish.
In the Bridgeport region, the top trout of the season so far was caught last week at Bridgeport Reservoir, when Ron Petersen, a Reno fly-fisherman, caught a 13-5 brown trout while float tubing. He was stripping a Docís Twin Lake Special fly. Bridgeport Reservoir remains perhaps the hotspot in the whole Eastern Sierra for both shore and boat anglers with a lot of quality rainbows and a few browns, and limits are common for the diligent. Both Twin Lakes, upper and lower, and fair with some flurries of good action, mostly on pan-sized fish. The Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation reports that 73 anglers brought in trophy trout from the regionís waters since opener. The best so was an 8-3 from Upper Twin. For fly-anglers, the East Walker River has been excellent for both quality rainbows and browns. There have been reports of 30-plus fish days on all stretched and the Rosaschi stretch in Nevada.

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 pounds. Zephyr Wehrsphann, Alpine, landed trout at 3-1 and 2-1 using Berkley Mice Tails.

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. The fish have spread out and a little harder to find this week. 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.

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: Kenís 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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