TOP NEWS: Fishing improved throughout the region in recent days as the weather cooled. Most of the roadside waters are getting weekly DFW trout plant areas, and those areas remain good. The top action: The West Walker River is good for both fly and spin anglers. Bridgeport Reservoir is very good with a lot of limits of fish to four pounds for bait, troll, and fly anglers. Crowley Lake has continued to produce a lot of rainbows and cutthroats from 20 to 24-inches for fly anglers fishing midges and tiny perch fry imitations. Grant Lake right where Rush Creek dumps in and Silver Lake have both been good this week. The East Walker River’s flows have been down around 125 feet per second this week, which is a pretty good flow, but the bite is still tough. The Virginia Lakes are good to excellent and probably deserve to be in the top picks. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been better this week, not just Grant and Silver. Lundy Lake is fair, and the back country above the lake is good for day-hike and back-pack anglers. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good and there was a stock of trophy trout two weeks ago — and those fish continue to show. The Rock Creek drainage is fair, but the back country is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the back country lakes are opening up and there is good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is full for the first time since 2011 and has been very good again over the past week with a lot of limits and two to four-pound trout. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years and rental boats are available, but fishing is still just fair, at best. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late. Mosquitoes are a problem throughout the region.
Top Fish: At Convict Lake, Sheri and Brian Wersky, both Placentia, had the top trout this week. Sheri’s was a 6-5 rainbow, while Brian’s was a 4-1. Both were caught on nightcrawlers off the south shore. At Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop, David Piolatto, Newhall, landed a 4-7 rainbow on a yellow garlic worm.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.
INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.