Fish Report July 4 Edition

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GENERAL UPDATE: For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call (760) 876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call (760) 873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call (760) 924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call (760) 647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call (760) 932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce (760) 873-8405 or, Mono County Tourism (760) 924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: (Bridgeport region),, and     

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir is still hot for trollers and still-fishermen. Bait anglers are fishing Rainbow Point and the rocks to the north. Trolling is best in the narrows at the public marina. The perch bite is also on at the dam and the rocky points to the south. The East Walker River continues to flow at 79 cfs with good fishing for diligent fly anglers fishing streamers, caddis nymphs, and midge patterns. Kirman Lake has been producing a lot of quality cutts and brookies, but the bite is an early morning, late evening deal now. Best action on leach patterns, damsels, scuds, and small nymphs. Twin Lakes have been fair to good with the best action for trollers, but the shore anglers also getting fish on the usual prepared baits. Lots of 10 to 14 inch fish. The West Walker is good, but the fish are spooky. Small spinners and attractor fly patterns have been best. Virginia Lakes are excellent with a lot of limits and some quality fish in the bite. The bigger fish are planted rainbows, but a lot of wild brookies and browns are also being caught on bait, lures, and flies. Top fish from Little Virginia was a 6-8 rainbow landed by Tommy Negrete, Highland, on a Power Worm Saturday. Charlie Parson, Apple Valley, had a 5-1 on a Mouse Tail, while Lynn Evans, Elkton, MD, landed a five-pounder on a Thomas Buoyant. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods (760) 932-7707 or     

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop. June Lake continues to produce a lot of one to three pound trout. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches, with a few browns showing from Silver and Grant. The usual PowerBaits, Pinched Crawlers, small lures, and flies behind bubbles are getting fish at all four waters, and there is a pretty good fly-bubble bite in the evenings. Desert Springs Hatchery is slated to plant trophy trout this week and the DFW has been planted trout each week. Information: Silver Lake Resort at (760) 648-7726 or at or Ernie’s Tackle at (760) 648-7756.     

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake was tougher for trout this past week but the Sacramento perch bite has been very good all along the 395 side of the lake, from McGee Bay to Whiskey Creek around wed beds. For the trout, the fly-rodders are fishing midges, while trollers are seeing the best action from 25 to 40 feet. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the bite has been excellent with a lot of limits of pan-sized trout and some bigger fish. Best reported was a 5-8 rainbow landed by Jason Hellebrand, Newbury Park, on Lip Ripperz Z Spoon fished off the North Shore. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair to good action. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls and along the outside edges of weed beds all over the lakes, while the upper lakes are all best morning and evening, especially with the fly-bubble combo, small spinners, or floating baits. Rock Creek Lake has been fair to good. Rock Creek is good with a lot of smaller browns. Information: The Troutfitter at (760) 934-2517.     

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage remains good at most waters, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout. Sabrina is producing a lot of limits and the water level continues to come up. The best bite is still at the inlets with PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Sean Bozigian, Palmdale, landed a 2-12 rainbow on a green jig. In the valley, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is slow to fair for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the mornings, then tougher until dusk. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers, but conditions are tough. 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 trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week now. 

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