GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing came to an end Wednesday, Nov. 15. Only the year-around waters with special regulations remain open. 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: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra as the season winds down. The best bites are listed by region.
In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, and Lower Twin Lake fished well right through the end of the trout season this week. Other waters in the region were slow to fair as the nights became colder. The East Walker, which remains open with its special regulations, has been fair to good for streamer anglers but the nymph bite is also still pretty fair. Fish to four pounds reported.
In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams closed this week, and the action the final week was fair at best most places.
In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake was a good bet right through the end of the seasons for fly anglers fishing small perch fry patterns and leeches. Convict Lake was also good, with quality fish continuing to show from recent plants. The Upper Owens River above Crowley Lake remains open with special regulations, but it has been slow to fair with no major run of fall-winter fish up out of Crowley yet.
In the Bishop region, the lower Owens River, including the gorge below Crowley Lake, remains open to year-around fishing. Pleasant Valley Reservoir also remains open. The lower Owens River remains high with flows over 500 cfs and still difficult to fish.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Convict Lake, Alan Jobbes, Simi Valley, landed a 5-12 rainbow off the north shore on PowerBait.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
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.