FAQs for COVID-19 Fishing

Mammoth Lakes is now open to leisure travel. The town is looking forward to welcoming guests back to recreate in our beloved mountains. As restrictions are lifted, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about fishing in Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding areas.

Please make sure you follow the COVID-19 etiquette and safety guidelines for recreating in Mammoth Lakes. Learn more about restaurants and retail stores in Mammoth Lakes as local businesses begin to reopen. More information and answers to FAQs about hotels will be available soon.

Is Mammoth Lakes open?

Mammoth Lakes is welcoming guests back to recreate in our beloved mountains. While most of your favorite activities and businesses are open, some may be closed or operating with reduced hours and new regulations. Check with each activity or business before you visit to plan accordingly.

Is fishing in Mammoth Lakes be permitted?

The 2020 fishing season is open. Check the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website for specific regulations. A fishing license will need to be obtained before casting your line.

Are boat launches in the Mammoth Lakes area open?

Some boat access areas may still be closed due to COVID-19. Check with each boat access area for details.

Where can I purchase a fishing license in Mammoth Lakes?

California fishing licenses are available online on the California Department of Fish & Wildlife website or at the following Mammoth Lakes retail stores. Check with each store before you visit as hours of operation and available services may have changed due to COVID-19:

Are guided fishing services in Mammoth Lakes currently operating?

Guided fishing services in Mammoth Lakes are beginning to reopen. Check with each fishing guide for details about their operations and how they are keeping visitors safe.

When will fish stocking take place in Mammoth Lakes?

Fish stocking in Mammoth Lakes has resumed. The same annual budget for fish stocking has been allocated for waters in the Mammoth Lakes area as in previous years.

Will bathrooms at trailheads, campgrounds or boat launches be open?

Most services, including restrooms, throughout Mono County and the Inyo National Forest are open at this time.

Can I rent or purchase fishing equipment at retail stores in town?

Mammoth Lakes retail stores are open for in-store purchases and rentals as well as curbside pick-up. Check the store’s website or contact the store directly for more information about hours of operation and available services.

Am I required to wear a mask in Mammoth Lakes?

Masks are required for all indoor activities in Mammoth Lakes. For outdoor recreation, the Mono County Public Health Department requires masked be carried at all times and worn when passing people outside of your household on trails and town paths. Learn more about COVID-19 recreation etiquette and guidelines here.

Are any fishing derbies or events happening in Mammoth Lakes?

Many Mammoth Lakes events have been postponed or canceled due to COVID19. Reach out to the event coordinators for more information about each event.

What campgrounds are open in Mammoth Lakes?

Most U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in the Mammoth Lakes area are welcoming guests and taking future reservations. Privately run campgrounds and RV parks in Mono County, including the Mammoth Mountain RV Park and Camp High Sierra, are currently open. Check with each campground to learn more about opening dates and available facilities.

Is the U.S. Forest Service issuing backcountry permits?

The U.S. Forest Service is currently issuing backcountry permits for the Inyo National Forest, with the exception of Mt. Whitney, using a new online backcountry permit reservation system. Existing Mt. Whitney backcountry permits may be canceled by the U.S. Forest Service at any time.

NOTE: Backcountry permits cannot be picked up in person as they have been in previous summers.

Instead, once you have made a reservation online at the link above, you are required to email the U.S. Forest Service office at SM.FS.WildPmt_Inyo@usda.gov or call at either 760-873-2483 or 760-924-5500 (both numbers work, however, you may experience long wait times or be sent to voicemail during peak call hours) to get in touch with a ranger before they can issue your permit via email. You are then responsible for printing and carrying your permit with you on your trip. Visit the U.S. Forest Service website for more detailed instructions on reserving a backcountry permit.

Are hiking trails open in Mammoth Lakes?

Yes, hiking trails in the Mammoth Lakes area are open.

Is the road into the Mammoth Lakes Basin open?

The road to the Mammoth Lakes Basin is open, and the Lakes Basin Trolley is running.

Is the road into the Reds Meadow open?

The road to Reds Meadow is open, however, the Reds Meadow shuttle will not operate this season. Access to the area will be by personal vehicle only and will be limited each day by the number of parking spots available. If you have a backcountry permit for a trailhead in Reds Meadow, you will be subject to parking availability, so plan your trip accordingly.

Is Yosemite National Park open?

Yes, Yosemite National Park is currently open. Reservations are required to enter the park unless you are utilizing the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) to travel to the park. The road from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park (Hwy. 120/Tioga Pass) is accessible only with a park reservation. YARTS service to and from Mammoth Lakes is currently open. A YARTS ticket includes one day pass to Yosemite National Park per passenger.

What transportation options are available in Mammoth Lakes?

See the COVID-19 Transportation Safety page for more details.

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