Updated:
April 29, 2018

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 4/28/2018

Great weather for Opening Day weekend. Possible showers here and there first of the week. Next weekend again beautiful and temps in the 70's

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin - Road closed for winter as of 11/4. Road will probably open by Memorial Day.

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

Streamers:

Nymphs:

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Good

Water is clear and cold. Flows are at 63cfs as of 4/28. May be increasing more this week with warm weather (Includes 20cfs for spring + Mammoth Creek flows).

(Note: flows include water from the springs, not just the gauging station at the highway so this is what is really flowing through the canyon).

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Fishing is good. Seeing lots of midges early and BWOs mid days. With these warmer days we are now enjoying Caddis will show up.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Brook's Sprout Midge #22, High Vis Hatchmatcher BWO #18, Parachute Adams #18, Extended Body BWO #18, CDC Baetis DUN #18-20, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18-20

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-20, JuJu Baetis #18, Micromayfly #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Barr's Flashback Emerger #18, T-Midge Black #22

STREAMERS: Might be able to dead drift a black or olive bugger, but there are lots of places to snag.

Guide's Hint: Use a lighter hook set unless you want to send these small planted fish into a low earth orbit...

San Joaquin River - Road closed for the season as of 10/19. Road will probably open by 4th of July.

Water Conditions: Flows at 600 cfs as of 4/28

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Dries:

Nymphs:

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: The lake is jugged. DWP said they would take it down a little this past month but level is still only 7ft below the spillway. The lake should be nice and full for the foreseeable future.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Complete temperature and underwater camera survey of the lake the day before opener's showed minimal temp difference top to bottom and around the lake. This translates no motivation to concentrate the fish - they are spread out everywhere but nowhere in numbers.

Fish that were caught were beautiful fat Browns and Bows probably due to being able to feed all winter with not much ice over. (midges to not hatch under the ice)

Best area I found was SE of bathroom in McGee Bay in about 23 ft of water. BTW the bathroom was moved about 200 yds to the east from last year's position in one of our 80 MPH wind events last season.

Did not fish North End, Hilton or Crooked so maybe the are hiding there.

Recommended Flies:

Fish are right on the bottom so larvae patterns suspended 4 " off the dirt did the best.

Albino Barons, Red Barons early and later in the day Flashback Gray/Black Optimidges or Shaft Emergers, all small.

Guide's Hint: Opening Day it is the blind leading the blind but Sunday and later use the bait guys to find the fish.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Closed to all fishing below Benton Crossing.

Flows are at 103 cfs as of 4/28 Above the Confluence, 146 cfs below.

Water is pretty clear.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

A fair number of 10"-13" fish but cold water has put a damper on the action.

Warm up this week should get the spawn going but the Spring runs have been a mystery so far.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16, Extended Body BWO #16, High Vis Parachute BWO #18

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Red Copper John #12-14, Western Coachmen #12-16, San Juan Worms #12, Egg patterns any size, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS: Wooly Buggers and Matukas stripped or dead drifted.

Guide's Hint: Ditch the bright colored shirt and avoid getting into the water unless you're crossing.

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 337 cfs as of 4/28

Water is still stained a little, more so farther down river and still cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Similar to Hot Crrek, Midges early then Mayfies midday and hopefully some Caddis in the afternoon with warming this week.

Fishing is good but could get better with the cold and windy days in the rear view mirror.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #20, Extended Body BWO #20, Para Adams 18-20, Elk Hair Caddis 16-20

NYMPH: Zebra Midge #20, T-Midge Black #20-22, WD-40 Black #20, Tiger Midge #20,Baetis B/H 18-20, Barr's Uncased Caddis 14-16, Caddis Pupa 16-20.

STREAMERS: Water is too cold.

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows ratcheting up daily for last 5 days and now at 195 cfs. as of 4/28.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing has been great to grind it out on alternating days,not much consistency.

Same 'ol same ol' . . . Midges early to Mayflies midday and Caddis later on warmer days.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Not seeing much surface activity.

NYMPHS: Micro Mayfly #16, Shot Glass Baetis #16, Radiation Baetis #16, Copper Zebra #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16-18, TIger Midge #18, BH Prince Nymphs 12-14, Caddis Larva 10-16, Hornbergs 10-12

STREAMERS: Flows and temps.have reached levels where streamers, and also very big dries are working again.

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No recent reports

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

 
 
 
 
 
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