Fish Report-Freshwater, May 20

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BRIDGEPORT REGION: Both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes continue to fish fair to good for both shore and boat anglers. While most of the fish are pan-sized, a few quality browns and rainbows were landed over the past week. Top was a 9-12 brown caught Wednesday by Frank Kuys, Long Beach. Justin Garrett, Sacramento, had an 8-10 brown trolling a jointed rainbow Rapala. Derek Mannion, Rialton, had a 6-2 rainbow on a Pinched Crawler, while fishing partner Anthony Davis, Murrieta, had a 4-8 rainbow on a brown and red Mice Tail. Both were tubing the shallows. 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 six pounds and a lot of browns from one to 2-8. On the East Walker, river flows were around 22 cfs most of the week and the bite was pretty good with a lot of six to 10 fish days. The best part Browns to 25 inches were reported. Nymphing is still the best bet, but quite a few fish on streamers. Still little dry fly action. 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 slow to 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: The fishing has been slow to fair throughout the June Lake Loop, but the DFW was slated to plant all the waters this week. This is the first plant since the opener. 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 producing some fish. At June Lake, Ed Matthews Jr., Moreno Valley, caught a five-pound rainbow on nightcrawlers. Silver Lake has been producing a fair number of larger fish for anglers fishing Mice Tails and inflated nightcrawlers. Jerry Wedge, Santa Clarita, had a pair of rainbows at 4-12 and 4-5 fishing in the snow last week on Mice Tails from shore at Silver. Fair to good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake, Parker, and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. The road into Yosemite also opened last 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. 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 runs from May 21 to 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 just fair, but with a lot of quality rainbows, especially for anglers trolling four to five colors of lead core off the shelves at the upper end of the lake, but shore fishing with PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers has also been good. Top fish this past week was a 6-15 rainbow landed by Homero Valencia, Palmdale, on an inflated nightcrawler fished at the inlet. Jerry Jost, Bakersfield, had a 5-9 rainbow, while Chuck Auer, La Crescenta, landed a 5-5. Eduardo Cruz, North Hills, caught a 4-11, and Judy Fredenburgh, Victorville, beached a 4-9 rainbow. 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, and everyplace was stocked with DFW trout this week. Lake Sabrina has been fair at the inlets on Mice Tails, nightcrawlers, or PowerBait, and trollers are getting a few limits if they put in the time. North Lake has been good. Bishop Creek, Weir Pond, and Intake II have been fair to good 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 got DFW trout lanst week. The 46th annual Mule Days Celebration will be May 19-24. More than 700 mules compete in 181 events. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760) 935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop (760) 873-0010, Culvers (760) 872-8361, Brocks (760) 872-3581.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the streams in the lower valley remain fair after plants two weeks ago and most are on the list for DFW plants this week (see weekly trout plant list).

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