June 25, 2017

Bishop Area

Weather Report

REPORT AS OF 6/18/2017

High pressure with the possibility of new heat records being broken this week. Thunderstorms are lurking and dropping rain in some areas as of report time. Temperatures are reaching into the 90's around Crowley Lake and 80's in the upper elevations. Be aware when camping and frequenting areas around creeks and rivers as flood watches are in full effect. Crowley Lake continued to produce good numbers and quality just before the weekend. Bite has slowed due to daphnia and a lack of midge hatches as the lake rises. Upper Owens at 150 cfs. East Walker at 800 cfs. Hot Creek high and off color at 260 cfs. Middle Owens at 770 and 917 cfs below Bishop Creek.

Crowley Lake:

The main area of focus has been from Alligator Pt. to the North Landing. California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife have been planting more fish regularly.

Target depths have been from 16-192. Using smaller midges have been effective especially when the bite begins to slow. Daphnia have now made a showing throughout the lake which has the trout filling up on these freshwater crustaceans. Things will improve soon as these guys start to back off and the next generation of midges emerge.

Lake level is rising about one foot every 3-4 days now. Weed lines are now starting to get defined along the shorelines in most areas. Damselfly nymphs have been emerging from the weeds and trout have been taking advantage of these vulnerable aquatic meals. The Sacramento perch are now on the spawn and have been making their nests in the shallows amongst the weeds.

Upper Owens

River running high here at 114 cfs. Down a bit from last week and DF&W expected to plant some trout below the bridge this week. Flooded fields have spawned some unparalleled mosquito hatches. You'll still need some heavy weight to get the bugs on the bottom if you decide to fish here.

The section upstream from the Benton Bridge is open year around with special regulations. Seasonal closures, and angling restrictions apply downstream from the bridge, check regulations before fishing in this section.

Middle Owens River (Bishop Area):

Flows now at 767cfs. River still not fishable yet and will remain high for most of the season this year. Flooding still along the banks and areas that haven't seen water in years now completely covered. Gorge flows have been lowered and fish are spooky. Stealth is mandatory now to get into these guys. PVR has a few nicer sized fish as the river enters the lake.

This fishery remains open year around. Special regs from the footbridge at Pleasant Valley campground to the fishing monument 4.7 miles downstream.

Hot Creek:

Flows up and rising. Currently running at 146 cfs. Creek is off-color and running fast. Working the edges of the banks is the best bet right now with some weight to get those nymphs down.

This is a year around fishery with special regs in place.

East Walker River:

Blown out at 790 cfs. Slight drop from last week. Look elsewhere for fishing. Still tough here.

This fishery is open year around below the Bridgeport Reservoir dam to Nevada State line. Open year around in Nevada also.

Bridgeport Reservoir:

I am so sad to report that a Sierra Icon has passed away recently. Our great friend, & eternal buddy Jeffery Wenger has left us. Jeffery operated the Bridgeport Lake Marina and RV Park for many seasons. Jeffery had an insatiable appetite for adventure, & wore many hats during his time. His amazing smile, positive attitude, & constant banter would cast a warm light on all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by myself, & countless numbers whom he made smile. Bridgeport Reservoir will never be the same without him. RIP little buddy.

The Gorge:

Flows currently extremely low. Once water level returns to a higher flow fishing will improve.

Season open year around.

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