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 the 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.

Download the Fishing Map


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 2017 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, Nightcrawlers, garlic-infused
worms, PowerWorms, Thomas Bouyants, Kastmasters

Olive and black Wooly Buggers, Matukas, 
Twin Lakes Special, soft hackle nymphs

Lake Mamie

Nightcrawlers, garlic-infused PowerWorms, 
Sierra Slammers jig, Mepps, Panther Martin

Wooly Buggers, Hale Bop Leech, 
Twin Lakes Special

Lake George

Powerbait, Nightcrawlers, garlic-infused
worms, Thomas Bouyants, Kastmasters

Wooly Buggers, Matuka, Hornberg,
Grey Ghost

Twin Lakes

Roostertail, Mepps, garlic Powerbait,
Nightcrawlers, PowerWorms, gulp eggs,
garlic-infused worms

Wooly Buggers, Leeches

Mammoth & Convict Creeks

Salmon eggs, small spinners, Roostertail,
Panther Martins

Convict Lake

Powerbait, Inflated Nightcrawlers,
Panther Martins, Tasmanian Devils,
green or brown Marvel Fly Lures,

Brown or green Wooly Buggers, soft
hackle nymphs

Crowley Lake

Thomas Bouyants, Rapalas

Albino Barons, Red Barons, Copper Tigers,
red and black dubbed head Optimidges,
grey and black Optimidges, Shaft Emergers

Upper Owens River

Stimulator #16, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute
Adams, Meat Whistle, D's Hoover Mover


Hot Creek

Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis,
Crystal Bugger

San Joaquin River























Water Conditions

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Mammoth Lakes Basin

The drive-accessible lakes are open and stocked to the brim
Trails are defrosting and higher elevation lakes should be
accessible soon. 

Crowley Lake

Water levels are high but fish are very spread out. No real hot spots
to speak of currently.

Upper Owens River

Flows are at 114 CFS above the confluence and 178 below as of 5/31.
Fishing is slow in this area, and guides recommend a later start unless
you are using streamers.

Hot Creek

The water is clear nd cold in Hot Creek. Flows are at about
64 CFS as of 5/31. Mayfly and caddis hatches are popping up,
as well as stoneflies and drakes.

San Joaquin River

The road to Reds Meadow is open for the season. Check back for updates on water conditions 














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 Anglers Guide Service

Crowley Lake Fish Camp