Eastern Sierra, April 7 report

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season will reopen April 30. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The few anglers fishing the upper Owens above Crowley continue to see a few big rainbows and the numbers have increased over the past week and the action has been fair to good on fish to four pounds or better. No cutthroats in the river yet. The East Walker River flows have dropped to 31 cfs (down from 40 the past several weeks), and that has made the fish even more skittish. Stealthy anglers are still seeing fair to good action, reporting four to six fish per day with most fish from 14 to 16 inches and some bigger. The best bite has been on nymphs (mostly midge larva imitations in size 16 to 20) and streamers, 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 jumped to 320 cfs this week scattering the fish and the bite 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, Tuttle Creek. 

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