Fishing and Stocking Reports for the Eastern Sierra
Report Date: July 7, 2015 at 8:00am
I'm sure you heard the crazy news...it snowed! The picture below was taken at the Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite. Things are starting to warm up but it's definitely cooler than it typically is during this time of year which makes for great fishing
It will remain mostly clear throughout the week but as always come prepared for anything.
Mammoth Lakes Basin:
Bait: Inflated Nightcrawlers, Garlic Pinch Worms, Salmon Eggs
Flies: Parachute Adams, Twin Lakes Special Wooley Bugger
Lures: Gold Super Duper, Kastmaster, Taz Devil
Upper Owens River (below the bridge)
Bait: Eggs, Worms, Nightcrawlers
Flies: Hoppers, Ants, Beetles, Adams, Caddis Stimulators, Mosquitos
Lures: Small Rapalas, Blue Foxes, Little Jakes
San Joaquin River
Bait: Nightcrawlers, Power Eggs
Flies: Chernobyl Ant #12-14, Beetle, Fat Albert, Bead Head Prince Nymph #16, Red Copper John
Lures: Small Super Duper, Small MeppsCrowley Lake
Bait: Inflated Nightcrawlers, Alive Eggs, Chunky Cheese Rainbow
Flies: Stevie Wonders ,Zebras - copper/black, copper/gray, Albino Baron
Lures: Roostertails, Small Rapalas, Mepps
Check out today's Rick's Sport Center whiteboard (updated daily) for more water and more suggestions.
Water levels remain pretty much in the same condition as last week with the exception of the San Joaquin which has dropped to 29 cfs. Across the board, fishing early am and late pm will produce the most hits.
Mammoth Lakes Basin clear and cool and water levels are holding steady to last week. Take advantage of fishing pockets of water near exposed weeds as these are great places for fish to feed and hide.
Crowley levels are at 6,764 feet elevation. Water remains clear with only a hint of algae and remains a top hot spot for fishing this summer.
Hot Creek water levels have dropped to 5 cfs at the LADWP bridge gauge and 14 cfs including the springs. The water condition is poor but the fishing conditions remain good. It's getting shallow and weeds exists.
Upper Owens River water conditions are poor with a flow of 40 cfs and the fishing is just okay.
Upper Owens River: July 14, 2015
In addition to this fishing report with pictures of the Mammoth Lakes Basin, check out local shops (Trout Fly,Rick’s and Kittredge), and the Crowley Lake Fish Camp cameras (http://thetroutfly.com/fishcampcam.html), and the USGSand LADWP websites.
The Sierra Nevada Range is the primary water source forthe state of California. These mountainssupply over 60% of your water. Abyproduct is that LA Department of Water and Power (LSDWP) provides real time waterlevels on their website.
Water levels for Owens River,Crowley, Rock Creek, McGee Creek, Lee Vining Creek, Grant Lake, Rush Lake,Bishop.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) site is pretty cool. Itshows GPS coordinates, altitude and the origination of water. The origination of water is great inidentifying if a river depends on snowmelt or is spring fed.
Water levels for the East and West Walker, San Joaquin River and Hot Creek
If you're coming up this week the following stockings are taking place:
DFW AND Mono County are both planting in:
Rock Creek Lake
DFW is also planting in:
June Lake Loop (including Rush Creek)
Mammoth Lakes Basin (including Mammoth Creek)
Convict Lake and Creek
Deadman, Sherwin and Glass Creek
Mono County will also be planting 400 lbs in Crowley.
Desert Springs Trout Farm Stocking Schedule for the Mammoth Lakes Basin:
August 12, 2015 - 1,200lbs of trophy trout
August 26, 2015 - 1,200lbs of mixed trout
July 4, 2015: Mono County Free Fishing Day. No fishing license is required in Mono County. Pack a picnic, grab a rod and hit one of the many lakes or rivers. It's a great way to give fishing a try.
Ken's Sporting Goods
Performance Guides Service
The Trout Fly / Troutfitter
Crowley Lake Fish Camp