GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season will reopen this Saturday after being closed since Nov. 15. Most roadside waters below 8,500 feet will be ice-free, or nearly so. Some waters above that elevation may still have significant ice cover. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.
TOP NEWS: In the waters that have been open all winter, there has been fair to good action in the upper Owens above Crowley on big rainbows to four pounds, but the cutthroat are just starting to move upriver. The East Walker River flows have been up and down the past week, hampering fishing, but overall the bite has been fair with most anglers reporting two to four fish per day with most fish from 16 to 20 inches and some bigger. The best bite has been on nymphs (mostly midge larva imitations in size 16 to 20) and streamers. Still no dry fly action, even with some decent hatches of yellow stones and midges. The Miracle Mile stretch is OK, but the best bite is below the bridge all the way into Nevada with the Rosaschi stretch producing some bigger browns. The West Walker River is still slow to fair with light pressure. Hot Creek continues to have some spotty midge and baetis hatches but winds have hampered the fishing. The lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley flows are still up scattering the fish and the bite still hasn’t stabilized yet. Best action still on small nymphs or streamers.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or 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.
INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Early trout season opener was March 5 on small streams from Lone Pine to Independence. The following waters are slated to be planted by the DFW this week: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinemaha, Section 2), Tuttle Creek.