Eastern Sierra, May 3 Report

GENERAL UPDATE: The 2018 general season will open this Saturday, April 28. Outside of winds, the weather looks excellent for the opening weekend throughout the region. 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: The trout opener this past weekend was generally good throughout the region, and the weather was pleasant but windy many places. By Tuesday, however, there was snow again at the higher elevation (including Crowley Lake).

In the Bridgeport region, the top trout of the weekend was reported out of Lower Twin Lake when an 11-13 brown trout was caught from shore by Alysa Torres, Upland. The fish had a big swimbait still in its mouth from an earlier encounter with an angler. Both Lower and Upper Twin Lakes were fair to good overall with a lot of fish posted, but not a lot of limits. There was a 9-5 brown caught from Upper Twin. Bridgeport Reservoir was probably the hot spot of the region with excellent action on rainbows to 6 pounds and lots of limits of 1-8 class fish, both for trollers and shore bait anglers. The East Walker was very good for fly anglers and an 11-1 brown was reported caught and released in the river.

In the June Lake region, the bite was good at all the lakes with little or no ice on any of them. Top fish were a pair of rainbows from Silver Lake weighing 5-9 and 4-8 caught by seven-year-old Silas Stoll from San Diego (with only a little help from dad). Lots of rainbows to 4 pounds throughout the loop, and a lot of limits of pan-sized trout.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake was the focal point of the opener and ñ while windy – the fishing was pretty good with many limits of 1- to 3-pound rainbows, cutthroat, and some browns. Hal Smith, Oak Hills, had a 5-pound cutthroat on Crowley while trolling opening morning. Fly anglers were having good luck with midges and leeches. Hot Creek was spotty, but the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing was good. Still a lot of big rainbows and cutthroats (moving up out of Crowley for the spawn) showing above and below this stretch. Convict Lake was also very good, with a lot of limits and some quality fish mixed in the catch. Top trout for the weekend was a 9-6 rainbow landed by Gilbert Hernandez, Fontana, on a Rapala Z Rap Countdown off the North shore. As a bonus, the fish had a $25 tag.

Not much activity in the Mammoth Lakes area with most lakes still having ice.

In the Bishop region, the whole Bishop Creek drainage was fair and Sabrina became ice-free on Friday, while the upper lakes still have ice.

Bishop Creek and Sabrina were the best best and a lot of limits were reported by both places with rainbows to 3 pounds. Inlet II on Bishop Creek was very good. The lower Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir were 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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