Eastern Sierra, May 9 Ed

BRIDGEPORT REGION: The Twin Lakes have been good over the past week with a few quality browns showing for the trollers, and a decent number of rainbows. Bridgeport Reservoir has also been fair to good with the best action for trollers working Needlefish and Thomas Buoyants. Lots of fish to three pounds. Kirman Lake remains very good for brookies to 23 inches (six pounds or more) and cutthroats to 25 inches (six pounds). Fly and spin anglers were scoring. The East Walker River has been very good since flows jumped to 33 cfs last week. Best action on small midge pupae in size 18 and 20. Lots of browns to four pounds. Little Virginia Lake is ice free and produced rainbows to 4-8 this week in a good bite, while Big Virginia still has rotten ice and a lot of open water. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707. 

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, very good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop. June Lake continues to produce a lot of one to three pound trout. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches, with a few browns showing from Silver and Grant. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.     

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been very good for fly-rod midges, while bait anglers and trollers are reporting limits of fish. Browns to four pounds reported. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. The Owens had a lot of bigger, two to three-pound class rainbows, up out of Crowley for the spawn, while Hot Creek was mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. Convict Lake remains fair to good with quite a few limits of fish to six pounds reported. The upper lakes basin remains fair with ice gone off the lower Twin Lakes, while the upper basin has rotten ice and more and more open water. Ditto for Rock Creek Lake. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.     

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage remains good with roads open to all waters, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout, but Sabrina has some nice fish to two pounds being caught. In the valley on the year-around waters, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010, Culver’s 760-872-8361, Brock’s 760-872-3581.     

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. 

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