Eastern Sierra, May 12 report

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open now through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: There was mixed weather much of the past week for this region, with snow falling again this past week in many areas. Crowds much lighter this past weekend than opener, but the fishing has been slower in many areas. Major trout plants throughout the region slated for this week (see trout plants). Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continue to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds reported and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been fair, but on Sunday Lower Twin cranked out a 10-9 brown trout for Douglas Davie, Oceanside, on a Real California Plug. Ice fishermen are still using Big Virginia (Little Virginia has rotten ice not safe for anglers) and getting nice rainbows and brookies on nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, and one of the many small trout jigs on the market. All are best fished on the bottom. The June Lake Loop has been tough this past week but will be getting DFW fish this week. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continue fair to good. Most other areas are tough. Some fish in the Bishop Creek drainage lakes, the Rock Creek drainage, and Lundy Lake, but not hot action. Rush Creek’s flows jumped to over 200 feet per second, making fishing tough.

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

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

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, Owens River (below Tinemaha, Section 2), Tuttle Creek.

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