Top fish of opening weekend was a 10-10 brown trout caught by Rick Johnson, Valley Center, from Lower Twin Lake above Bridgeport. Allan Cole, Henderson, Nev., landed a 9-9 brown, also from Lower Twin, that won the Western Outdoor News opening weekend trout derby. At Silver Lake, Debbie Denler, Ontario, landed an 8-13 rainbow on a worm, while Lisa Boaz, Adelanto, had a 7-2 on a Roostertail. At Convict Lake, John Montogomery, Bishop, caught a 9-10 rainbow on PowerBait, while Daniel Mata, Santa Clarita, landed a 7-11 rainbow. John Ruiz, Long Beach, landed a 7-7 rainbow, also from Convict. The winner of the Crowley Lake Fish Camp big fish contest for opening day was Wayne Nagata, Rosemead, with a 5-8 rainbow.
GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season reopened this past Saturday after being closed since Nov. 15. Most roadside waters below 8,500 feet will be ice-free, or nearly so. Some waters above that elevation may still have significant ice cover. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.
TOP NEWS: The trout season was generally very good throughout the region for opening day — even with the falling snow that fell from Tom’s Place to Bridgeport. Crowley Lake was the focal point and it produced 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 were fair but did produce some bigger brown trout. The entire June Lake Loop — Grant, Gull, Silver and Grant lakes along with Rush Creek — was good. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin were fair at best, but Convict Lake was excellent. The Rock Creek drainage was fair to good, mostly for smaller planted trout.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or kenssport.com.
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.