GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing comes to an end the close of day Wednesday, Nov. 15, throughout the Eastern Sierra. Anglers should check the regulations because a number of waters remain open year-around, but have special regulations. 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 remain the best spots with all three still providing good action. At Bridgeport, the bigger browns and rainbows are showing in decent numbers down by the dam for both shore and boat anglers (like they do each fall), and fish to six pounds reported this week. The East Walker has been fair to good for streamer anglers but the nymph bite is also still pretty fair. Fish to four pounds reported. The West Walker fair with light fishing pressure.
In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing fair with no DFW plants in a couple of weeks. Silver Lake has been fair with an occasional limit on fish to 2-8. Most pan-sized. Trollers are mostly working two to three colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, and Grant with Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas the go-to lures. The walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes are starting to see some bigger browns at the steam inlets and outlets. Rush Creek is very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures, and for fly anglers.
In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with good fly action small perch fry patterns and leeches with the hatches dwindling. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds, but most 15 to 20 inches and running 1-8 to 3-0. Good anglers can still get into five to 10 fish per day or more. Convict Lake continues to be hot and there has been a steady procession of good fish, especially since the 400-pound plant of trophy rainbows two weeks ago. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. Some bigger brown trout have also been landed. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish with lots of spawning brook trout in all waters at stream inlets and outlets. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.
In the Bishop region, the entire Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been fair but generally slowing with no plants in several weeks. The lower Owens River remains high with flows over 500 cfs and still difficulty to fish.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Convict Lake, Bert Uyemura, Torrance, landed a 7-4 rainbow off the north shore on a nightcrawler.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s 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: Culver’s 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.