BRIDGEPORT REGION: The flows in the East Walker have been about 40 cfs again this past week and the action has been very good with the best action on streamers, but also some dry fly stuff, especially on the Nevada side of the border. The West Walker (open to catch and release fishing only until trout season opens) has been tough with flows low and clear water conditions. Best action in deeper pools. For the opener, road access is good to most of the region’s waters with roads to Virginia Lakes and Twin Lakes are open. Only Big Virginia Lake may have ice thick enough for ice fishing this opener. DFW trout plants will go into most of the major waters in this region, including Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Little Walker River, Molybdenite Creek, Robinson Creek, Twin Lakes, Virginia Creek, and the West Walker River. While snow is forecast for Friday night into early Saturday morning, the rest of the weekend is forecast to be clear but breezy. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Road access to all of the loop lakes is good. Highway 168 is open to the Yosemite Park boundry, and the road to Lundy Lake is open. All of the waters in the loop are ice free, including Gull, and Parker and Walker Lakes (short walks off the loop) are mostly ice free. The DFW planted Grant, Silver, Gull, June, and Rush Creek this week. Lundy Lake was also planted. Snow forecast for Friday, but the weekend should be clear. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River remain open to catch-and-release fishing up to and through the opener. The Owens River has been good with a lot of quality rainbows from two to four pounds being caught in the river by fly anglers. Even some hatches. Hot Creek has been good with caddis and midge activity and some mayfly hatches in the mornings on nice days. In the Mammoth Lakes basin, the road is open to the Twin Lakes, which are increasingly ice free, but the upper lakes basin road may also be open. Most of the lakes are in various states of thaw and probably will not be safe for ice fishing. Convict Lake is open and ice free. Ditto for Crowley. The road is open to Rock Creek Lake with is thawing fast. Snow is forcast for Friday and into early Saturday, but the bulk of the weekend should be clear and breezy. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been 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. For the trout opener this weekend, almost all of the roads in the Bishop Creek drainage are open, including to Sabrina, South Lake and North Lake. Trout plants in most of the stretches of Bishop Creek, Intake II, and North Lake. 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 being planted this week for the trout season opener.