Eastern Sierra, May 4 Report

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opened this past Saturday. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: By all accounts, excellent action and great weather for this yearís trout opener throughout the Eastern Sierra Nevada. For trophy brown trout, Lower Twin Lake near Bridgeport was the hot spot, producing the biggest trout of the weekend when Kyle Springermeyer, Galt, landed an 11-pound, 12-ounce brown trout. At Bridgeport Reservoir, probably the best spot in the entire Bridgeport Region if not the whole Sierra, Garth Rober Shaw, Pittsburgh, Calif., landed an 8-5 holdover rainbow trout, while Kyle Shelden caught a 7-4 brown. Bridgeport Reservoir produced a lot of trout and the quality was excellent across the board with most of the fish topping two pounds with a bunch of three to five pounders. Upper Twin was fair to good with rainbows to five pounds, but no trophy browns. Kirman, for walk in anglers, was tout, but a few big cutthroats for spin-fishermen throwing small jigs. Virginia Lakes drew a few hardy ice-fish souls who made the two-mile trek from where the road was cleared. Little Virginia was very slow, but Big Virginia was excellent.

In the June Lake region, the Monster Trout Contest was won with a six-pound, seven-ounce rainbow caught by Victor Tafolla of Utah caught from June Lake on PowerBait. June was the best spot in the Loop with pretty good numbers and rainbows to eight pounds since opener. Gull is tough with an algae bloom, while Silver was just fair. Grant was also pretty fair, but trollers working within 100 feet of shore dragging Rapalas or similar lures had quite a few brown trout from 16 to 18 inches (up to three pounds). Rush Creek also produced a few browns in that size range. All of the loop waters produced a lot of DFW catchable rainbows.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake was the busiest spot and there was pretty good action. The biggest trout in the Fred Hall Memorial Big Fish Contest adult division was a 5.2-pounder cutthroat trout caught by Steve Martinez, Crestline. But the junior division winner was the biggest trout overall, a 5.4-pounder caught by Mason Anderson, North Hills. The biggest fish at Convict Lake was a 6-14 landed by Nash Helm, and overall the bite was pretty good. The Mammoth Lakes were mostly frozen over, but there was good ice fishing reported at Lake Mary.

In the Bishop region, Bishop Creek is running pretty high, but the fishing was very good, especially in the lower river and at Intake II. Sabrina Lake ice anglers did good with a lot of limits of pan-sized trout reported, with some brookies and browns mixed in with the rainbows. North Lake and South Lake did not have road access and South Lake is still frozen, too. The lower Owens River is a torrent and effectively unfishable.

For fly anglers, the East Walker River is still very high, running over 400 cfs most of the past week and jumping up to 520 cfs on Tuesday. Anglers battling the heavy flows are getting a few fish and the quality of those trout has been good with a number over four pounds reported, mostly on streamers or deeply-fished nymphs. Hot Creek has been a little off-color with little dry fly action, but a good bite on small nymphs. At Crowley Lake, the midge bite is excellent with most of the fish in 12 to 18 feet of water in the bays where water is coming into the lake. The upper Owens River has been inconsistent, but there are still a lot of big fish up out of Crowley in the deeper pools and undercuts. A little off-color below Hot Creek, but very clear above.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Kenís Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernieís Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culverís 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: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

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