Fish Report, May 23

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Wet weather early in the week, but Bridgeport Reservoir is still fair to good for boat anglers when the wind isn’t blowing with trolling or still fishing with nightcrawlers or PowerBait off Rainbow Point the best bet. Shore action much slower with the best bite at the dam. The East Walker River is flowing 50-plus cfs this week, and the best action has been on small nymphs, but some fish are showing on dries and streamers. Kirman Lake is excellent for float tube anglers with either streamers or small midge patterns the best bet. Twin Lakes, both Upper and Lower, continue to produce some nice fish from shore and boat on lures and bait with fish to four pounds reported. The West Walker has been good in the canyon stretch but is tougher in the Pickle Meadows area. Small spinners, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs are the top bets for spin anglers, while fly anglers are mostly fishing attractor nymphs or small streamers. Virginia Lakes are very good and Little Virginia, which has been ice free for a couple of weeks, got DFW trout this week. Big Virginia and Trumble are now ice free. All three are fishing good on bait or small lures. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, very 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. There was wind, snow, and rain this past week, but conditions are improving again. Most of the loop is getting weekly DFW trout plants. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.     

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been very good for fly-rodders fishing midges, while bait anglers and trollers are reporting limits of fish. Browns to four pounds reported. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. The Owens had a lot of bigger, two to three-pound class rainbows, up out of Crowley for the spawn, while Hot Creek was mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. Convict Lake has been good with quite a few limits on both bait and lures. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin there is still some ice, but it was going fast this week on all of the lakes and the fishing was pretty fair. Both Twin Lakes have been ice free and providing fair action with the best spot in the upper lake near the falls. Rock Creek Lake has been fair to good with the ice mostly gone now. 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, but Sabrina has some nice fish to two pounds being caught. In the valley on the year-around waters, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers. 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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