Fishing and Stocking Reports for the Eastern Sierra
Report Date: October 6, 2015 at 10:00am
Mother Nature blessed us with fresh snow in the high country and a pleasant amount of rain on the eastside. Crowley is fishing well during clear weather periods and remember to use a streamer when you can. If you decide to fish the Upper Owens there is a good chance that you may land a migrating brown in one of the many bends in deeper water. The water levels in most of the streams are low, so look for deep pools and try a dry/dropper technique. Some bigger fish are starting to swim from lakes to streams for the fall spawn, so remember to tread lightly to keep from startling them.
San Joaquin, Mammoth, Convict Creeks
Water is low, but fishing okay
Bait: Nightcrawlers, Eggs
Flies: Adams, Stimulators, Hoppers, Ants, Beetles, Hares Ear, Copper Johns.
Upper Owens River
Benton Crossing Downstream to Fish Monument- CLOSED
Benton Bridge Upstream- Barbless, 2 Fish 16" or smaller NO BAIT
Flies: Hoppers, Ants, Stimulators, Caddis, Blue Wing Olives, Purple Prince, Pheasant Tails, WD-40, Leeches, Hornbergs, Mini Muddlers, Beaded Mayfly, Zebras
Lures: Mepps, Vibrax, Small Rapalas, Panther Martins, Jake Stream Lures
Mammoth Lakes Basin
Bait: Egg scented Powerbait, Garlic Scented Gulp Baits, Sierra Gold, Inflated crawlers (scent is a key), Mice Tails, Powerworm
Flies: Strip Streamers, Leeches
Lures: Thomas Buoyant, 2-spoons, Little Cleo, Kastmasters
Trolling Leadcore or Flashers, Needlefish,
Bait: Inflated crawlers, Gulp Garlic,
Lures: Kastmasters, Jakes, Cripplelure, Dare Devil
Trolling: Leadcore 4-6 colors, Tas Devils, Rapala, Rebels
Crowley Lake (REGULATION CHANGES IN EFFECT)
Bait fishing season has ended
ONLY barbless hooks and artificial lures allowed
Possession limit: 2 fish in possession over 18"
Flies: Bobbers, Copper Tigers, Albinos, Dick Joes, Shaft Emergers, Drifters, Tigers, Zebras
Strip: Full sink #6. Punk Perch, Perch
Please take care of any fish caught. They are under a lot of stress. Keep fish in the water.
Barbless - Zero Limit - Catch + Release only
Above: Brooks Baetis, Spunduns, Hatchmaster,
In + Below: Brocks
Check out more details on Rick's Sport Center whiteboard when you arrive in town. For additional fishing reports for the Eastern Sierra, go
Lakes Basin: October 5,
Cooler temps are here and the fish are hungry! Try trolling for your best chances of landing a slab. Look for major drop offs during
There are major mood swings with how the fish have been cooperating especially with recent weather.But that should shift as things start to heat up again this weekend. Try fishing in water depths somewhere from 15-18ft.
The fishing is still very technical. Use a short drift and if you know where the deeper pools are go there and fish those. Try your best to be as sneaky as possible when you approach the water.
Upper Owens River
Larger fish have been scene above the bridge. Fishing with either a hopper or stimulator seems to be the trick. Flow is steady and there are a handful of deep pools that are home to a great catch. Again the fish are easily scared at this spot so be slow and smooth with any movements.
San Joaquin River
Flows are down to 6cfs, so there are not many fishermen down there. Be sure to check the road conditions with the Welcome Center to make sure that you can still 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 (http://thetroutfly.com/fishcampcam.html), 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
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 StockingTrout Stocking
Trout Stocking Occurred: September 27th
For the complete list of 2015 stocking California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 2015 Fish Planting Schedule
September 7 - November 15: Ambush at the Lake
Convict Lake Fishing Derby with $6,000 in Resort Prizes and $2,000 Cash.
October 30 - November 1, 2015: Bonus Derby Weekend
Ken's Sporting Goods
Performance Guides Service
The Trout Fly / Troutfitter
Crowley Lake Fish Camp