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 will resume when the lakes have melted out.

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



Lake Mamie



Lake George



Twin Lakes



Mammoth & Convict Creeks

Salmon eggs, small spinners, Roostertail,
Panther Martins


Convict Lake

Tasmanian Devils, Needlefish,
Thomas Bouyants, Nightcrawlers,
Garlic PowerBait


Crowley Lake


Albino Barons, Copper Clowns, Blood Midges

Upper Owens River


Stimulator #16, Extended Body BWO #16,
Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams


Hot Creek

Parachute Adams, Griffith's Gnat,
Brooks Sprout Baetis, Flashback Tungsten
Black Beauty, Tailwater Tiny olive, Micro
Mayfly olive, Tungsten Psycho, Zebra Midge,
Slumpbuster olive, Crystal Bugger,
olive Bopp Leech

San Joaquin River


























Water Conditions

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




Mammoth Lakes Basin

Plowing is underway in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. No opening date has been announced. 

Crowley Lake

Surface water temperatures are around 62-65 degrees. Fish are scattered throughout
the lake and bites are sporadic.

Upper Owens River

Flows are at 126 CFS above the confluence and 360 below as of 6/12.
The Upper Owens River has been fishing well. Stay above the confluence to
avoid muddy water.

Hot Creek

Flows are at about 129 CFS as of 6/12. Water has been flowing clearer each day.

San Joaquin River

No opening date has been announced for Reds Meadow.














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