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. 

Stocking in the Mammoth Lakes Basin wrapped up for the season on October 5.


What's Working

Updated on October 6

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


WATER


BAIT & LURES


FLIES


Lake Mary
 


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


Olive and black Woolly Buggers and
Crystal Buggers, Twin Lakes Special,
Copper John, Prince Nymph, Zebra
Midge, Hare's Ear


Lake Mamie
 


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

Woolly Buggers, halp bop leech,
Twin Lakes Special, Copper John,
Prince Nymph, Zebra Midge,
Hare's Ear


Lake George
 


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

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,
Rapalas
Regulations change on July 31


Bead Gead Black Optimidge, Copper
Tiger Small, Albino Small, Shaft Emerger
Small, Hare's Ear, Purple GB Optimidge,
Leeches, Hornbergs

 

Upper Owens River
 

Rapala, Roostertail, Sierra Slammer worms


Little elk hair caddis, Mercer's Missing
ink caddis, EC caddis, Bead Head
Prince Nymph, pheasant tail, Flashback
Hare's Ear, Red Copper John, Western
Coachmen, San Juan Worms, Double
Bunny, Ruby Eye Leech, Goat Leach,
Maribou Leech, Zebra Midge, copper
Tiger Midge

 

Hot Creek
 


Elk hair caddis, Brooks' Hot Creek
Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Drifting
Little Weedy, Nitro Caddis, Zebra
Midge, Nori's Caddis Pupa olive,
Fox's Caddis Pupa olice, BH Docs
in black, Conehead double bunny in
white and olive, Dirty Hippy Rainbow,
Slump Busters


San Joaquin River
 
 

Baby Elk Hair Caddis, Kaufman
Stimulator, CDC Baetis Dun,
purple Parachute Adams, Yellow
Humpy, Flav Dun, BH Copper John,
Prince Nymph, Flashback Hare's
Ear, Green Drake Nymph, Micro Mayfly

 


Water Conditions

This fishing report is brought to you by The Trout Fly and The Troutfitter. Conditions were last reported on October 6.

 


WATER


CONDITIONS


Mammoth Lakes Basin
 


Stripping from a tube is the way to go right now. The lakes were
stocked throughout the summer so nearly all of the fish are planted
trout, so keep that in mind when choosing your tactics. With temps
dropping, fish are biting well right now knowing winter is approaching.


Crowley Lake
 


Temperatures at the bottom of the lake are around around 50 degrees
mid-day. Algae is present, but not a huge concern. The higher temps are
keeping the algae at bay. Water levels are down about 3-4 feet from the
highest point this season. about as high as they get. Fish are in pre-spawn
mode right now, so you'll need to switch up your flies and your spot
pretty often here.


Upper Owens River
 

Water is flowing at 70 CFS as of October 6. Fishing between Benton
Crossing and the monument downstream is off limits this time of year.
Not too much happening higher up the river yet, but the action guides
have seen is after 11am when the caddis start to hatch.
 

Hot Creek
 

Water is flowing at 33 CFS as of october 6. Hoppers are pretty
much done for the season, but you'll find lots of caddis around
in the early afternoon to sundown.
 

San Joaquin River
 

Flows are at 22 CFS as of October 6. The Forest Service shut down
operations on October 9, so access is free to the public and personal
vehicles. Action begins around 11am here, when the caddis hatch,
and runs until sundown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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