Fish Report-Freshwater, June 17

GENERAL UPDATE: For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call 760-876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call 760-873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call 760-924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call 760-647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call 760-932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. 

BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River has been very good, especially on the Nevada side, with flows around 100 cfs. Lots of 16 to 22 inch browns (up to five pounds) and some bigger. Lots of hatches now, so everything from midges to big caddis larva imitations working. Also some streamer fish. Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair to good for trollers and bait anglers with a lot of fish to two pounds and a few bigger. Twin Lakes are both good with both shore and boat anglers scoring on the usual trout baits and lures. No big browns reported this week. The West Walker is high, but still pretty good on spinners or big dry flies. The Virginia Lakes are good with a number of bigger rainbows this past week. Best was an 8-2 caught by Russell Anderson, Carlsbad, on a fly, while Robert Takeshita, Laguna, landed a 7-6. Bill Nichols, La Verne, had rainbows at 7-2 and 4-3. Kirman Lake remains slow. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing has been fair to good throughout the June Lake Loop and DFW plants were slated again for this week. Lots of limits of pan-sized fish. 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. Steve Moss, Thousand Oaks, landed an 8-4 rainbow from Lundy on an pearl SS Jig. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726  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 continuing to show. Tops this week was an 8-8 rainbow landed by Gerritt Wallace, El Cajon. He also had trout a 7-8 and 6-12. Blake Hightower, Hesperia, had a 7-3 rainbows. 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: Bishop Creek has been good with both planted rainbows and wild browns showing in good numbers with a lot of limits reported. Weir Point was exceptional this past week, especially for fly anglers, with rainbows to 18 inches reported. North Lake has been fair for bait anglers, but slower on lures. Intake II has also been just fair, but some limits of fish to 13 inches reported, and the best bite has been early. Sabrina remains fair go good at the creek inlets, with boat and float tube anglers reported the best scores. South Lake’s water level is rising, but slowly. The best action has been at the inlet area on brookies to 12 inches, along with a few rainbows, but no big browns reported yet. 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 (see weekly trout plant list).

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