Eastern Sierra Fishing Report

Whether it's your first time fishing in the Eastern Sierra or you have been coming to one of the world's greatest trout fishing destination for years, every trip is a new experience. Water conditions are always changing, different flies become the day's popular food supply seemingly over night and the fish seem to get smarter every season. This fishing report will help you have your best day on the water every time you visit Mammoth Lakes. We work with local guides to tell you what's working in each of the waters in the area.

Plus our new Eastern Sierra fishing map can help you discover new fishing spots along Highway 395 in both Mono and Inyo Counties. Download a copy of the map below so you have it on hand when the fish aren't biting in your favorite spot or you just need a change of pace. It's the perfect secret weapon to have the perfect fishing season in Mammoth Lakes.

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Trout Stocking Update

In partnership with Mono County Tourism and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mammoth Lakes Tourism stocks trout in local waters throughout the season. For more information about stocking schedules and the type and size of trout stocked in each body of water, visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website. Exact stocking days can depend on weather and other factors. 

The Mammoth Lakes Basin is scheduled to receive 1,600 lbs. of mixed-size trout the week of August 8.

What's Working

Updated on August 4

Our local fishing experts are out on the water testing what bait, lures and flies are working in the waters around Mammoth Lakes. Check back regularly for updates. This fishing report is brought to you by The Trout Fly and The Troutfitter, Convict Lake ResortKittredge Sports and Sierra Drifters




Lake Mary

PowerBait, night crawlers, garlic-
infused worms, Power Worms,
Thomas Bouyants, Kastmasters

Olive and black Woolly Bugger or
Matukas, Twin Lakes Special,
soft hackle nymphs

Lake Mamie

Night crawlers, garlic-infused
worms, Sierra Slammers jig,
Mepps, Panther Martin, Power

Woolly Buggers, halp bop leech,
Twin Lakes Special

Lake George

PowerBait, night crawlers, garlic-
infused worms, Thomas Bouyants,

Green and black Woolly Buggers,
soft hackle nymphs

Twin Lakes

Roostertail, Mepps, garlic PowerBait,
night crawlers, Power Worms, Gulp
Eggs, garlic-infused worms

Woolly Buggers, leeches

Mammoth & Convict Creeks

Salmon eggs, small spinners,
such as Mepps, Roostertails, 
Panther Martins

Convict Lake

Thomas Bouyants, Tasmanian Devils,
Power Worms, night crawlers, garlic
or yellow PowerBait, salmon peach
PowerBait, garlic-infused worms

Streamers, green or brown
Woolly Buggers soft hackle nymphs

Crowley Lake

Tasmanian Devils, Thomas Bouyants,
Regulations change on July 31

Strip Hornberg, gray ghost,
Woolly Buggers 


Upper Owens River

Rapala, Roostertail, Sierra Slammer worms

Yellow Sallie, elk hair and EC caddis,
BWOs, brassies, heasant tails, prince


Hot Creek

Yellow stimulator, yellow Sallie,
elk hair caddis, Parachute
Adams, WD40s, Copper Johns, RS2
emerger and caddis emergers,
baetis nymphs, sprout baetis

San Joaquin River


Water Conditions

This fishing report is brought to you by The Trout Fly and The Troutfitter. Conditions were last reported on Aug 4.




Mammoth Lakes Basin

The lakes are being stocked throughout the summer, so fishermen
of all skill levels are having luck here. The water is still cold, which
means tubing along the edges or fishing from shore are the best
bets. Campgrounds in the area are open. Get details here.

Crowley Lake

Temperatures at the bottom of the lake are around around 60 degrees
mid-day, but the surface is around 70 degrees. The higher temps are
keeping the algae at bay. Water levels are about as high as they get.
McGee is seeing tons of action right now, as are deeper waters. Float
tubes are the best bet for success, especially in 12-15 ft. of water. Stay
near the weeds and use type 3 or 4 sink line. 

Upper Owens River

Water is flowing at 73 CFS as of July 29. Above the confluence, water is
stained, with dirty water below. Use small caddis dries in areas with clearer
water and lower flows. Or try a dry hopper with a smaller mayfly nymph in
slow moving water.

Hot Creek

Water is flowing at 120 CFS as of July 29. Water is running fairly clear,
but the water level is still pretty high for the area. Hoppers are everywhere,
but the fish aren't too intererested. Use small streamers on the banks and
nymphs in deeper waters.

San Joaquin River

Flows are at 283 CFS as of July 29, and the road to Reds Meadow is open.
The shuttle runs from the Mammoth Adventure Center from 7am-7pm. The
water is high and cold, so fishermen aren't seeing much action here yet.
Mayflies have been hatching around dusk, so take your rod out at that time
to see how you fair.




















Want more inspiration and fishing tips?

Visit the main fishing page for inspiration or check out the reports from these Eastern Sierra guide services and local marinas.

Performance Guides Service

Crowley Lake Fish Camp