Winter Fishing in Mammoth Lakes

Oct 15, 2020

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has opened year-round, catch-and-release fishing in Mono County on three excellent fisheries. Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River are 3 and 7 miles, respectively, from Mammoth Lakes. The East Walker River is approximately 45 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes, near Bridgeport. All three are usually accessible, even in moderate snowfall years.

South of Mammoth, approximately halfway to Bishop, you cross into Inyo County. Inyo County also offers year-round fishing in the “gorge,” Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Lower Owens River, which offer both catch-and-release and catch-and-keep fishing depending on which sections you fish. These lower-elevation areas are always accessible throughout the winter season.

It can be below freezing with snow and high winds in town, and only a short drive away you’ll find anglers enjoying a great day of fishing. So don’t forget to throw your rod and reel in the car along with the skis and snowboards before you head up the hill.

Review the latest Fishing Report, schedule a guided trip, talk to fishing experts or rent some gear!