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Fishing and Stocking Reports for the Eastern Sierra   

Report Date: October 28, 2015 at 10:00am 


With only a few weeks left of fishing season in Mono County, the fish put in their final feed and fight. A 9.5lb trout was recently pulled out of Lake George and the migrants from Crowley have started to swim upstream to the Upper Owens down looking to spawn. High temperatures of 60 degrees with lows in the upper 20s will help pull the fish from the deeper sections and start feeding in shallow waters. This week is going to be clear and sunny with the possibility of some moisture on the 28th.

Twin Lakes 10.19.15

What's Working 

San Joaquin, Mammoth, Convict Creeks
Water is low, but fishing okay

Bait: Nightcrawlers, Eggs
Flies: Adams, Mosquitos, Blue Wing Olives, Caddis, Dark Lords, Hares Ear, Copper Johns, Ants, Hoppers
Lures: Rooster Tails, Small Rapalas, Small Mepps

Upper Owens River
Benton Crossing Downstream to Fish Monument- CLOSED
Benton Bridge Upstream- Barbless, 2 Fish 16" or smaller NO BAIT

Flies: Hoppers, Ants, Beetles, Mosquitos, Stimulators, Caddis, Blue Wing Olives, Purple Prince, Coachmans, Copper Johns, Princes, Zebra's, Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears.

Mammoth Lakes Basin
Bait: Scented Powerbait, Garlic Scented Gulp Baits,
Flies: Strip Streamers, Leeches, Carey, Wooley Buggers, Flash Buggers
Lures: Thomas Buoyant, 2-spoons, Little Cleo, Kastmasters
Trolling: Leadcore or Flashers, Needlefish, Bouyants, Tas Devils, Krocs, Mepps

Convict Lake
Bait: Inflated Crawlers, Gulp Rainbow, Rainbow Garlic, Pinched Crawlers Mice Tails
Lures: Kastmasters, Jakes, Cripplelure, Dare Devil, Kroc'sJakes, Vibrax, Tas Devils, Fight Fish, Bouyants
Trolling: Leadcore 4-6 colors, Tas Devils, Deep Rapalas, Wobblers

Ricks Picks Sign 10/21/15

Check out more details on Rick's Sport Center whiteboard when you arrive in town. For additional fishing reports for the Eastern Sierra, go to:

Water Conditions 

Lakes Basin: October 19, 2015

Lake Mamie 10/19 

Mammoth Creek and Lakes Basin Even with the big fish at Lake Mary, Lake George remains to be the go-to spot for consistently catching fish in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Fish Lake Mary for the big ones, but head to Lake George if you want to catch your limit. Reach the deeper sections at Twin Lakes with a float tube.

Crowley Lake Fish the north end at about 15ft for you best chances. With the late algae bloom and the fish eating daphnia as their main source, it can be quite difficult to know what patterns to use. If that's the case head over to Crooked Creek or Hilton for a better water conditions and chances to catch a hungry trout.

Hot Creek The water has risen again due to recent rain. A longer and lighter leader will help your presentations prove successful.

Upper Owens River If you want to catch more fish, then fish above Benton Crossing road. The big fish are still staying close to Crowley, so if it's a slab that you desire try fishing below the monument.

San Joaquin River Flows remain at 5cfs. Be sure to check the road conditions with the Welcome Center to make sure that you can drive down there.


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 (, and the USGS and LADWP websites. 

The Sierra Nevada Range is the primary water source for the state of California.  These mountains supply over 60% of your water.  A byproduct is that LA Department of Water and Power (LSDWP) provides real time water levels 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. It shows GPS coordinates, altitude and the origination of water.  The origination of water is great in identifying if a river depends on snowmelt or is spring fed.

Water levels for the East and West Walker, San Joaquin River and Hot Creek  

Trout Stocking

Trout Stocking Occurred: October 11th
Lake George
Convict Lake
Lake Mamie
Lake Mary
Twin Lakes

For the complete list of 2015 stocking California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 2015 Fish Planting Schedule  

Upcoming Events

September 7 - November 15: Ambush at the Lake

Convict Lake Fishing Derby with $6,000 in Resort Prizes and $2,000 Cash. DOn;t miss the Bonus Derby Weekend: October 30 - November 1, 2015

October 30 - November 1, 2015: Bonus Derby Weekend 


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