Eastern Sierra, June 16 report

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open now through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), TheTroutFly.com, and SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fishing has been fair to good throughout the roadside waters in the region, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. Weather has been a roller coaster ride over the past week from heat, to summer-like rains, to snow and back. This week’s trout plant schedule is light, but the heavy plants where most waters are planted returns next week. Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to 5 pounds and a lot of 2-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day on fish to five or six pounds. The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 250 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. Lundy Lake is fair, while the beaver ponds above the lake are starting to produced good numbers of fish. The backcountry is also opening up. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair at best, but the backcountry is good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is good at the Dingleberry Inlet. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years, but fishing is still tough. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late.

Notable Catches: Hunter and Taylor Bradshaw, Bakersfield, had six rainbows from Silver Lake that weighed 4-10 total, all on garlic PowerBait from shore.

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.

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