Fish Report-Freshwater, July 23

TOP NEWS: Overall, the fish remains fair to good throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best fishing continues to be early and late in the day, but deep-water trollers are getting fish during the day, too. Mosquitos are also out in force most places, so bug repellant is recommended. Top fishing spots have been the Virginia Lakes, Grant Lake, and Crowley Lake, but a lot of fish are coming out of the high elevation waters and hike-in lakes and creeks. Convict has also been pretty good for anglers fishing very deep water 40 to 60 feet or more, but tough for others. Top catches this week: In North Lake of the Bishop Creek drainage, the best trout from that drainage this season was caught by Jason Serafin, Oceanside, when he landed a 9.92-pound rainbow on a black Wooly Bugger fly. Cassie Peterson, San Diego, landed an 8-3 rainbow on a nightcrawler from Convict Lake, while Cole Crook, Placerville, had an 8-2 from Big Virginia on a Pinched Crawler. Back at North Lake, Tom Cramp, Cypress, landed a six-pound rainbow on a Mouse Tail. Joceline Quiceno of Parcher’s Resort in Bishop Creek Canyon caught and released a 3-pound class backcountry rainbow out of Lower Lamarck Lake about two miles from the trailhead at North Lake. She was using a bead-head nymph.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444.

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