Updated:
April 30, 2019

Mammoth Lakes Area

Weather Report

Don't forget your water bottles and sunscreen as you hit the lakes, rivers and creeks. The water's reflection seems to like to help the sun in its constant attempts to turn us all bright red and leave us sadly remembering the trip. Don't forget life jackets for the kids if you are fishing from a boat!

REPORT AS OF 4/25/2019

Days are getting longer, Mayflies are out and about, spring is on its way.

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides on the water daily, Bishop to Bridgeport.

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The road to Lakes basin is CLOSED for the winter season.

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 29 cfs as of 11/30

Water Conditions: Fair

The meter says 28 CFS as of 4/25.These flows are the flows at Mammoth Creek, Hot Creek flows out of the hatchery are constant.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Hot Creek has still been fishing very well. Midges are hatching in abundance in the morning, followed by baetis closer to mid day. There are also some caddis in the mix, and with the weather getting warmer, they should start hatching in abundance soon. Even though the crowds are abundant, the added pressure seems to have little effect on fishing.

Just a tip: the flows are starting to come up in Hot Creek and the water is slightly stained, now is a good time to start throwing patterns with a flashback and or hot spots to help fish key into your offering.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Parachute Adams #16-20, Grifith's Gnat #18-20, high vis Hatchmatcher #18-20, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18-22, Parachute Extended Body BWO #18-22

NYMPHS: Flash back Tungsten Black Beauty #18-22, Tailwater Tiny Olive #18-20, Micro Mayfly Olive #20-24,Tungsten Psycho #16-20, Radiation Baetis 18-22, Olive Scuds #16-18, WD40 #18-22, zebra midge #18-22

STREAMERS: Slumpbuster Olive, Crystal Bugger, Olive Bopp leech.

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River - Road is Closed

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: San Joaquin river is closed

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Crowley is closed

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

The Crowley lake spring dump has started.The flows from Grant lake are done.Flows are at 66 cfs as of 4/25.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to good

The Upper Owens River has been fishing fairly well. Some days are incredible fishing, others can be a bit tougher. It seems to have a lot to do with pressure, so try and find sections of river to yourself and you should have a good shot at some fish. The spring run fish are starting to taper off but there are still plenty of Owens River locals that are looking for an easy meal. Small streamers have been a shop favorite for the past few weeks because they help you cover a lot of water and figure out the areas that fish are holding in. The hatches are primarily midges in the morning followed by beatis mid day with a couple caddis here and there.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16, Extended Body BWO #16, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-20

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Olive birds nest #14-16, zebra midge #18-22, Juju baetis #18-22, Splitcase BWO #18-22, Olive WD-40 (standard or flashy) #18-22

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle, D's Hoover Mover, Tan Sculpzilla, Olive or Black Woolly Bugger, Olive Slumpbuster, Olive baby gonga, Olive Double Gonga. A sink tip or full sink type 3 is recommended, otherwise add some splitshot to help your bug get down in the water columne.

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

ALERT!! flows have jumped up to 658 cfs as of 4/11

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Tough

The Lower Owens River is very high. We recommend fishing somewhere else until the flows drop. Wading when the water is this high is extremely dangerous and fishing will be very tough.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #20, Extended Body BWO #20-22, Para Adams #18-20, Elk Hair Caddis #16-20, Parachute Caddis #16-18, Brooks sprout baetis #18-22, Yellow and tan Stimulators #14-16

NYMPH: Zebra Midge #18-20, Baetis B/H #18-20, Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-16, Tungsten Caddis #14-18, Birds Nest Olive or Natural #12-16 Stonefly nymphs #14-16, Barr's flashback BWO #18-22, Kingrey's Cold Turkey Baetis #18-22

STREAMERS: Big and ugly! seriously.. pick your favorite large streamer and huck it everywhere. you will catch fewer fish but theres a chance to catch much larger fish this way.

Guide's Hint: When fishing the local tailwaters(lower owens or east walker) during the winter watch the day and nightime temperatures before choosing where to fish.The lower flows of winter are effected more by air temps than higher flows other times of the year.After a very cold night you probably want to start closer to the dam and further down with warmer nights and faster daytime warming.

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows have raised up to 299 cfs as of 4/25. The gauge might be damaged as the visual gauge on the river shows a cfs that is 100-50 cfs different than the online flow rates.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to Good

The East Walker River is finally starting to pick up. The midge and baetis hatches have been phenomenal and the fish are starting to become more active. We have been using a variety of baetis and midge imitations with good success. Streamers have been fairly solid as well. Fast water seems to be the ticket with the water temps coming up.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Big flies to get fish to come up and eat them. Stimulator #8, Parawolf Purple #10, Chernobyl Ant #6-16, #20-22 dark mayfly patterns

NYMPHS: Copper Zebra #16-22, BH Prince Nymphs #12-16, Olive Birds Nest #10-16, Caddis Larva #10-18,Stonefly Nymphs #6-10, Hogan's S&M #16-20, Pocket Water Baetis #18-20, black Two-bit Hooker #18-20, Kingrey's Cold Turkey Baetis #18-22,rubber leg stonefly #8-12

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle #2, D's Hoover Mover Rust #4, Hornbergs #10-12,White Wooly buggers #10-14, Orange Jawbreaker #10

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions:

The lake is in good condition, a little moss once in awhile but it is not bothering the fishing at all. Water temp. currently is 51 degrees.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fishing has been very good on the off weather days and patience is paying off on the bluebird calmer days. Trophy fish over 10lbs. still coming out on a fairly regular basis. we had a group of seven a couple days ago, and landed 10 fish between 10-16 lbs. Midging has been a good bet to get numbers of grabs.

Recommended Flies:

Flies producing well have been #12 Midges, Albino Wino and the Go To, Buggers in chartreuse and white, Popcorn and black Beetles and our special Chewy Tui imitation in retrieving weight and Balanced.

Guide's Hint: Use 2-3X heavy wire on your flies or you have a 50-50 chance of straightening it out on the fish of a lifetime. I see lost trophy fish all the time from bent hooks.

 
 
 
 
 
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