BRIDGEPORT REGION: Both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes remain good on pan-sized fish. An 11-pound brown trout was caught by Tony Frater, Lake Wildwood, fishing a brown-trout color Rapala from a motorized inflatable in Lower Twin. Upper Twin kicked out a 7-8 rainbow. Bridgeport Reservoir slowed even more with very slow action for shore anglers (except for a pretty good perch bite near the dam), but trollers were still picking up a trout or two trolling. East Walker River flows came up to 90 cfs this week and the bite finally broke open with a lot of 16 to 22-inch browns with a lot of surface action on a wide array of hatching bugs, mostly caddis. The West Walker is muddy with runoff. Virginia Lakes have been excellent with a lot of eight to 14-inch fish, and Little Virginia cranked out a 9-11 rainbow this past week. Kirman Lake remains slow. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing has been good throughout the June Lake Loop and DFW plants were slated again for this week. Lots of limits of pan-sized fish. Tommy Hornsby, San Bernardino, landed a 5-6 rainbow out of Rush Creek on a worm. PowerBait, MiceTails, and inflated nightcrawlers have been the go-to baits throughout the loop. Fair to good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake, Parker, and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. The road into Yosemite is also open, and virtually all back-country waters are ice free. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Very good fishing throughout this region, but windy much of the past week with thunderstorms. Crowley Lake has remained a top spot for bait, lure, and fly anglers all seeing good action. There have been rainbows and cutthroats (or crosses) to six pounds and browns to four pounds reported. The Crowley Lake Perch Derby is ongoing through June 29. Entry is $20 and heaviest perch wins $500 and a custom rod. Sign up at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Convict Lake has been good, and recent plants of trophy fish started showing up. Best was an 8-3 landed by Ruben Galarza, Fontana, on a pink Mice Tail at Windy Point. Glen Jordan, Lancaster, had a 6-13 rainbow on a Sierra Slammer off the north shore. All of the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin have been fair on wild and holdover fish. Some limits reported from upper Twin, George, Mary, and Mamie, mostly at creek entrances. Hot Creek and the upper Owens River were both fair. Hot Creek is producing mostly eight to 14-inch browns on nymphs fished through the deeper pools, but some dry fly action on mayfly and caddis hatches. The Owens has slowed way down with most of the spawners out of the system and most action on resident fish to 12 inches. The best bite is on small nymphs and egg patterns fished in the deep pools and runs. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Trout action remains good in most of the Bishop Creek drainage, and everyplace was stocked with DFW trout last week with more fish slated next week. Sabrina was very good with a lot of nice stringers in spite of wild weather that ranged from heat to snow. Inlets remain the top spots to fish with a lot of fish to nearly three pounds. North Lake has been good, especially on small jigs with many anglers reporting limits. Bishop Creek has been good on DFW plants with some browns. Weir Pond isn’t getting any pressure and South Lake is very slow. Intake II has been slow to red hot, depending on weather and time since the last DFW plant. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. The lower Owens River has been good. 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 streams in the lower valley remain fair after plants last week (see weekly trout plant list).