BRIDGEPORT REGION: Lower Twin Lake has continued to be the hotspot for trophy trout with brown trout to 11-2 reported in the past week. Most are being taken by trollers working off the creek inlets. Also a few big browns from Upper Twin this week, with the best at 5-12. Both Twins are seeing just fair overall action with a few limits reported. Bridgeport Reservoir has also produced a lot of trophy rainbows to nearly seven pounds, fair stringers of smaller fish, and the Sacramento Perch are already starting to bite with fish to two pounds reported by trout trollers. The East Walker fishing again improved slightly, but the water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns, caddis larva, and emergers. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. Virginia Lakes are ice free and the bite has been good on fish to nearly four pounds. 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: The fishing has been fair to good throughout the June Lake Loop this past week. 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. A 7-1 rainbow was caught by Scott Amorelli, Santa Clarita, in Silver Lake on a red and gold Kastmaster, while Jacob James, Acton, had a 5-13 from shore at Silver on salmon eggs. 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 at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at (760) 648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Very good fishing throughout this region, but windy much of the past week. Crowley Lake has remained a top spot for bait, lure, and fly anglers all seeing good action. Top fish reported was an eight-pound rainbow landed by Tim Begley, Porter Ranch, fishing a MiceTail in McGree Bay. Convict Lake has also been good with lots of stringers and some quality fish. Tony Tellez, Ontario, had rainbows at 8-2 and 6-1 on MiceTails, while Glenn Arai, Los Angeles, landed bows at 5-9 and 3-10 at the inlet on Zeke?s and a Kastmaster. 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. 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 remains very low, but the action has been good in the back (original) lake. Limits of rainbows common, and some brookies and browns reported. North Lake has been good and received DFW fish again this week. Bishop Creek, Weir Pond, and Intake II have been fair to good this week with plants in the Middle and North forks. 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 next week. 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 and most are on the list for DFW plants this week (see weekly trout plant list).