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

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




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

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,

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,
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


Water Conditions

This fishing report is brought to you by The Trout Fly and The Troutfitter.




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. Fishing here isn't
the best right now as the season winds down on November 15.

Upper Owens River

Water is flowing at 78 CFS as of November 5. Fishing between Benton
Crossing and the monument downstream is off limits this time of year.
Fishing in this area is starting to pick up again. Caddis are hatching
around 1pm. 

Hot Creek

Water is flowing at 27 CFS as of November 5. Small browns and
rainbows were planted in this area recently in preparation for
winter. Most fish are in the 6-12 inch range, but you may still catch
some bigger trout if you're lucky.

San Joaquin River

The road to Reds Meadow is closed to vehicular traffic for the season. 




















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