Fish Report–Sept. 26 ed

BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker has been tough with low flows (25 cfs) again this week and the best fishing has been below the first bridge and on the Nevada side. Bridgeport Reservoir continues to drop and the fishing has been improving, especially at the dam for bait and lure anglers. Also a fair bite on perch. The Twin Lakes have been fair, with most of the fish pan-sized. Trollers are doing the best, but fly and bait anglers are also getting a few fish. The West Walker has been good, especially with dry flies, and lure anglers are getting some fish in the evenings on spinners. Virginia Lake remains one of the best spots in the region with a very good bite and limits of fish to four pounds showing on flies, bait, and lures. Kirman is getting little pressure but the bite has been pretty good for fly anglers on damsels and small streamers near the tules, mostly on brookies to 18 inches (and that is a four-pound fish). Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: A fire on June Mountain closed the loop to angler access early in the week. Anglers should call ahead to check on current closures and conditions. The fish has been fair to good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop with mornings and evenings the best time to fish. 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. Silver continue to produce five or six fish per week topping three pounds. The usual PowerBaits, Pinched Crawlers, and small lures are getting fish at all four waters. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been good for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays around weed beds. Quite a few fish from two to four pounds. 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 trees are turning color and the trout action has been good. The lake will also be stocked with trophy trout Friday, Sept. 26. William Weed, Torrance, landed a 3-11 rainbow from Convict on garlic PowerBait fishing off the south shore. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair action in most of the lakes and the brookies are starting to mass at the stream mouths. 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 was slow to fair this past week. North Lake is slow with light pressure. South Lake fair. Sabrina improved this past week, but it’s still just fair. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain fair to good with a few limits reported. 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 with light pressure. Weekly plants have ended for the season.

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