TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains very light. Overall, the bite has just been slow to fair. For bait and lure anglers, the top bets in the region have continued to be the Virginia Lakes, which is continuing to show a lot of holdover fish to three pounds, Twin Lakes at Bridgeport, Silver and Grant lakes in the June Loop for the occasional bigger brown trout, Convict Lake continues to produce some nice quality fish but just fair numbers overall, and Bishop Creek and Rock Creek are pretty fair for skilled stream anglers who are getting browns and holdover rainbows. Fly anglers are seeing a fair to good bite in the low flows of the East Walker below Bridgeport Reservoir with most fish 12 to 16 inches but a few bigger. Kirman Lake broke wide open this past week for walk-in fly anglers with brookies to four pounds and cutthroats to six pounds. Crowley Lake is very good one day and tough the next. There are browns, rainbows, and cutthroats showing in this bite with a lot of fish to 20 inches or better (go to http://sierradrifters.com/ to see the latest photos).
Derby news: At Convict Lake, this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) the Mt. Morrison Bonus Cash Derby will be held with 12 tagged trout worth $50 (10 tags), $500 (one tag), or $1,000 (one tag). Anglers must preregister to be eligible. Information 760-934-3800 or www.convictlake.com.
Big fish of the week: Dave Little, Rosamond, landed a 7-7 rainbow at Convict Lake fishing a Kastmaster along the north shore.