With access to an abundance of high alpine lakes, reservoirs, streams and creeks, many of which are stocked regularly by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mammoth Lakes offers some of the best trout fishing in the world. Monster rainbows, wise old browns, feisty brookies and elusive native golden trout—whether you prefer bait-setting from a folding chair on a sunny beach with a view, trolling from a flatboat on Crowley Lake, nymphing from a float-tube in the middle of a quiet pond, or casting barbless midges from a grassy bank on a quiet oxbow, you’ll find plenty of places to try your hand at outsmarting a fish—or several!
The general trout season in Mono County runs from the last Saturday in April through November 15, and most local fisheries allow you to keep five trout per day, with a total of 10 in possession. A valid California fishing license is required for residents and non-residents 16 years of age or older on all public and private land outside and within national park boundaries. Single, multi-day and annual licenses can be purchased online or through most local outfitters. Kids may fish without a license.
Popular, easy to access locations include the various stocked lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, from Twin Lakes up to Lake George; and Mammoth Creek, with easy fishing access right off Old Mammoth Road at Mammoth Creek Park. East of town lie long stretches of blue-ribbon fly fishing along Hot Creek—the Eastern Sierra’s most-acclaimed fishery—and the Upper Owens River. If you’re seeking a more rugged wilderness fishing experience, try the San Joaquin River from Devils Postpile upriver beyond Agnew Meadow. A float tube or boat attached to your vehicle allows summertime drive-in access to the restricted Reds Meadow Road.
Special regulations apply in certain locations: Hot Creek and McLeod Lake, for example, are catch-and-release only, requiring the use of artificial flies with barbless hooks.
After the summer season closes and the boats come out of the water, starting November 16, some public fisheries along the Owens River, West Walker River, East Walker River and Hot Creek remain open throughout the winter for catch-and-release fishing with barbless artificial flies and lures. For the latest conditions and regulations—or for other fishing spots further afield—consult with staff at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, a local ranger or one of the many outfitters and guide services around town.
Upcoming Fishing Events
Fly Fishing Adventures specializes in guided fly-fishing trips in the Eastern Sierra for beginners to experts.
We are located in the heart of the Eastern Sierra. We offer half and full-day guided fly fishing adventures, beginner classes and instruction for anglers of all levels. Also...Learn More
Kittredge Sports has all your year-round outdoor needs! We have summer backpacks, sleeping bags and pads, fishing gear and camping gear rentals and sales. For winter activities, we offer ski & snowboard rentals and sales and a repair shop. We sell top-of-the-line clothing and accessories....Learn More
Pokonobe, a private venue located on the shores of Lake Mary offers dinner concerts, business retreats, reunions and celebrations. There is also a full-service marina and boat rentals, a general store with fishing supplies, snacks, beverages and souvenirs. Open in the summer months only.Learn More
We offer professionally guided year-round drift boat access to the Lower Owens River. We will outfit you with all necessary fishing equipment... you need only supply a current fishing license and your personal gear. We offer great year-round fly-fishing adventures with diverse types of water and...Learn More
The Trout Fly and The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes is the largest fishing store and guide service in Mono County. It has nearly 4,000 sq ft of fishing gear for the spin and fly fisherman. We also offer free maps and advice for all local fishing spots from Bishop to Bridgeport. Our rental gear...Learn More
Just south of Mammoth Lakes, Hot Creek Hatchery is a historic site of trout production and a major supplier of trout for the excellent fishing in nearby lakes and streams. The Owens River, Lake Crowley, geothermal sites of interest, beautiful alpine lakes and Mammoth Mountain are all within a...Learn More
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of children and adults with disabilities by offering year-round outdoor activities, creating inspiring challenges, providing expert instruction and adaptive equipment and rallying the community to...Learn More
Performance Guide Service is a fully licensed and bonded fly-fishing guide service offering programs for beginner to expert anglers. Owner/Operator Steve Osterman is an FF certified Casting Instructor who can help all levels of anglers achieve "that perfect loop." Our trips include all gear...Learn More
In partnership with the US Forest Service, the Mammoth Lakes Trails System is an interactive tool to assist adventurers in identifying trails, activities and points-of-interest in the Inyo National Forest that surrounds Mammoth Lakes, California.Learn More