Updated:
June 05, 2016

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 6/2/2016

Some hot weather on the way with temps creeping upwards of 90 by Saturday!

Bigtime runoff has began and the rivers are starting to swell for the first time in 5 years!

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Mary, Mamie and Twin have iced out and George still has some ice on it.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Road is now open to Mary.

Water on twin lakes already has a ton of weeds.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:

NYMPHS:

STREAMERS:

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows back down to around 75 CFS as of 6/2.

Water is very dirty!

(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: Fair

With the flows up, and lots of sediment getting flushed out that has collected over the years, it's best to fish a fair amount of weight with the brightest flies you've got! Best to hit it early before the flows peak every day.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Parachute Caddis #18, Mercer's Missing Link #18, Elk Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Clownshoe Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Old School Caddis Emerger #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa #18 Olive, Nitro Caddis Olive #18, Buckskin Caddis #18, Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive #18, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #18

STREAMERS: Now's the time to fish streamers!

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Flows up to 550cfs as of 6/2

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Open for fishing...Pending when Mammoth Mountain will plow the road. Road should be opened in a couple of weeks weather permitting.

Recommended Flies:

Dries:

Nymphs:

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions:

Lake levels are on the rise.

The lake is not full full but a lot higher than the last few years. There is a defined subsurface channel in the north end and McGee Bay

Bottom water temps are from 53°F to 54°F and crystal clear.

Minimal if any weeds going yet.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Daphnea is the name of the game right now. Swarms of it everywhere. Definitely fish bright patterns and suspend them up high off the bottom. No reason to fish 6in off the bottom when the fish are in the middle of the water column.

There are fish eating midges, but not on the regular. Try some leech patterns or bigger meals up high with a chironomid down lower for the best shot at fish right now.

Recommended Flies:

Albino Baron early then Red/Black Dubbed Head Optimidge mid morning. It has been pretty gray skies so subtle colors like gray and olive have not produced too much even midday.

You might try other bright pattrens like Copper John and Flasback Pheasant Tail trimmed to look like a Chironimid.

Guide's Hint: Try a purple (or black) leech half way down the water column.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 45cfs as of 6/2

Water is dirty above and really dirty below the confluence.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The cutthroat that survived the slaughter have moved back down into the lake at this point with very few remaining. Some small resident fish in the system but nothing to write home about.

Try below the bridge as they plant there frequently this time of year.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis #16, Kaufman Stimulator #16, EC Caddis #16

NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph(purple), #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Western Coachmen, #16 Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18, San Juan Worms (red), Fox's Poopah Olive #16, Zebra Midge #18

STREAMERS:Doc's Twin Lake Special, Wolly Buggers Olive #10-14

Guide's Hint:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good, Clear

Flow is a constant 45 cfs year round per DWP.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Nettles are everywhere. Be careful, it's a long itchy walk back to the car.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Yellow Humpy, Parachute Adams, Extended Body BWO, Elk Hair Caddis, Kaufman Stimulator

NYMPHS: Flashy PT, MicroMay, Copper John #16-20, Soft Hackle Hares Ear, Zebra/Tiger Midges Tungsten Drowned Ant, San Juan Worms

STREAMERS: Water is too low to bother right now.

Guide's Hint:

Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Water Conditions: Good

Clear and cold. Water levels are rising.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Not many recent reports since the opener.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Kaufman Stimulator, Yellow Humpy, Rubber Leg Stimulator

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-22, Tiger Midge #18-20, Copper Johns, Hares Ear, Birds Nest, Lightning Bugs, Soft Hackle

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Hornbergs, Big and Black Streamers

Guide's Hint: Dark streamers (black/purple)

Rock Creek

Water Conditions: The Lake has iced out and the road is open.

Flows are at 125cfs as of 6/2

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No recent reports.

Recommended Flies:

Red Copper John #14-18, Hares Ear #16-18, Zebra Midges #14-18

Guide's Hint:

Rush Creek

Water Conditions: Flows are 120cfs above Grant, and 51cfs below as of 5/25

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Jessica from TU did an electro shock survey recently and didn't net that many fish.

Finally some water moving through here. This should flush out a lot of the silt that's been collecting here over the past several years. Probably isn't going to help the fishing until it clears up though so stay high by silver lake.

Recommended Flies:

Red Copper John #14-18, Prince Nymph #14-18(Purple), Wooly Buggers #10-16 (Olive, black)

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are holding at 250cfs as of 6/2

Water is pretty dirty.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Things have been slow down here and have gotten even slower since the water clarity has tanked.

Saw some baetis hatching around 1pm, but very sporadic.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22, CDC Baetis DUN, CDC Baetis Emerger

NYMPH: Birds Nest, Copper Zebra Midge #18-22, Olive WD 40 #18-20, Micro May #18-20, RS2 #18-20, Copper Johns #16-18,Hares Ear #14-18, Juju Baetis,Pheasant Tail #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18

STREAMERS: Perch patterns, buggers and big nymphs on the swing.

Guide's Hint: Birds Nest is always a staple in the Lower owens.

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions: Lake level is still pretty low, although better than years past.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No Reports.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:

NYMPH:

STREAMERS:

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows up to 214 cfs as of 6/2

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

These are the flows we've been dreaming about for some time. This should be a fishable flow for the entire river! Fish will still be holding behind big boulders and at the bottom of the deepest, slowest water at this point.

I flipped over some rocks and saw lots of bugs! Despite the low flows for such an extended period of time, this river has survived and a lot of the big fish are still around and are very healthy looking.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Baetis Dries - #14-16

NYMPHS: Zebra midges #16-18, Pocket Water Baetis #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Tungsten Psycho #16

STREAMERS: Definitely, get creative! Big and meaty should work, considering the size of the fish being hooked here.

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions: No recent report

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

 
 
 
 
 
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | ©2004- MammothWeb. All rights reserved.
Site Design & Development by TJS Media