Fish Report-Freshwater, June 3

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes remain consistly good on pan-sized fish, but the big fish bite has lulled. Bridgeport Reservoir was tougher for shore anglers, but the bite remained fair to good for boat anglers trolling or fishing bait with rainbows to six pounds reported and a few browns to 2-8. The East Walker remains low at 22 cfs, but the bite is improving and there is fair to good action with most browns from 17 to 23 inches or bigger. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. Virginia Lakes slowed a little during the full moon this past weekend, but overall still pretty good for diligent anglers. 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 for this week. June, Gull, Silver and Grant all produced some limits of fish, mostly on PowerBait, MiceTails, and inflated nightcrawlers. 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 or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Very good fishing throughout this region, but windy much of the past week and snow fell yet again. 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 was very good after both DFW and Desert Springs plants two weeks ago and DFW fish this week. 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 stayed fair to good on big rainbows, but the spawn has been winding down. The fish are moving back to Crowley. 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 this week and two weeks ago. Lake Sabrina was good at the inlets for bait anglers, but trollers had tougher fishing. North Lake has been good to excellent, especially on small jigs with many anglers reporting 15 to 25-fish catch-and-release days. 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 when from slow to red hot after the DFW plants. 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. Andy Dorris, San Diego, had three rainbows at 4.65, 3.05, and 1.87 pounds on grasshopper Sierra Slammer jigs. 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).

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