Fish Report-Freshwater, May 13 ed

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes continue to fish fair to good for both shore and boat anglers. A number of rainbows to eight pounds have been reported, but the big brown trout were quiet this past week. Trollers are doing best with Needlefish, Rapalas and Krocodiles, while bait anglers are using Mice Tails, PowerBait, and nightcrawlers. Bridgeport Reservoir is also good for trollers and bait anglers, and it produced rainbows to 9 pounds and a lot of browns from one to 2-8. On the East Walker, river flows were like a yo-yo this past week going from 20 to 185 to 120 and then back down to 21 cfs. Fishing has been difficult. Only a few fish on midges reported, and a three or four fish day has been very good. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. Virginia Lakes have been excellent with a lot of fish to three pounds and many anglers are reporting 15 to 20 fish catch-and-release days. Kirman Lake remains spotty with only a few fish showing on streamer patterns. The brookies and cutthroats being landed are all quality fish, however. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods (760) 932-7707.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: More snow this past week, but the fishing has been fair to good throughout the June Lake Loop. Top spots continue to be lower Rush Creek from Grant Lake up to the weir and the inlets and outlet of Silver Lake, but Gull and June are also pretty fair. At Silver, over 12 fish were weighed in that topped 4 pounds. Wild Bill Kellison, Jamul, landed a 7-4 rainbow trolling a rainbow Rapala. Pretty good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake, Parker, and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. The road into Yosemite also opened this week. 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 and snow fell again. Even more snow is forecast late this week. Crowley Lake has remained a top spot for bait, lure, and fly anglers all seeing good action. Convict Lake has also been good with lots of stringers and some quality fish continuing to show. Tops was the best rainbow of the past two years at 8-7 caught by Carlos Roma, Los Angeles, on a jig at the inlet. John Riker, Huntington Beach, had a 4-10 rainbow, while Howard Palmquist, Sugarloaf, landed a 4-2. 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 moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish are scattered from Big Springs all the way to the lake, with the best numbers in Big Springs or the Hot Fingers stretch of river. Lots of 16 to 22-inch rainbows, cuttbows, and cutthroats in the mix for fly anglers. 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. Lake Sabrina has been fair to good at the inlets on Mice Tails, nightcrawlers, or PowerBait and trollers are getting a few limits. North Lake has been good and received DFW fish again last week. Bishop Creek, Weir Pond, and Intake II have been fair to good this week with plants the lower creek this week. South Lake fair with very low water levels. Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers and it will get DFW fish this week. The 46th annual Mule Days Celebration will be May 19-24. More than 700 mules compete in 181 events. For more info: www.muledays.org. 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 good after plants last week and most are on the list for DFW plants next week (see weekly trout plant list).

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