Updated:
November 02, 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 11/1/2018

Fall weather is continuing through October with no sign of winter yet!

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Great

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fall is here and the fall pattern has begun with the brookies and browns moving towards the streams. Mayflies and damsels are a thing of the past so the only consistent hatches are the midges, on the surface early and late, hanging them under an indicator or big dry middle of the day. This time of the year with the fish trying to fatten up and the hatches fading the fish are opportunistic so streamers and large dries are the go to when it's windy.

Recommended Flies:

Streamers: Doc's Twin Lakes Sepcial #10-12, Crystal Bugger #10-12, Beldar Bugger #10-12, Pops Bugger #8-12

Nymphs: Barr's Copper John #12-18, Zebra Midge #14-18, Lightning Bug #16-18

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 9 cfs as of 11/1.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The predicted weather change has been pushed back to possibly next week. With the weather two weeks ago came Baetis with the emergence late morning. Mornings fish the caddis migration with adult patterns. Midday tiny BWO's with caddis on calm evenings. The tiny bwos seem to be the preferred food. Craneflys are starting to appear as well. The part I don't get, there are still a few Tricos around but the fish don't seem to keying on them. The October caddis are also around so a big stimulator for a dry dropper might not be a bad idea.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Parachute Adams #16-20, BWO #20-24, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Parachute Caddis, #16-20, trico and spinner patterns #18-20

NYMPHS: Leopard Midge #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #16-20, Bottom Roller Caddis #14-18, Nitro Caddis #16-18, Anderson's Bird of Prey #14-16, Mayfly nymphs #16-24

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle, Crystal Bugger and D's Hoover Mover.

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River - Road is Closed

Water Conditions: Flows are at 16 cfs as of 10/23.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor to fair

Road is closed, but Mammoth Pass trail via Horseshoe Lake is the way to get down there if you're willing to make the trek.

Recommended Flies:

#18-20 Zebra Midges, #16 Golden Stone, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, #16-20 Purple Prince Nymph

Dries: #16-18 Yellow or Tan Stimulator, #18 Elk hair Caddis, Ant and # 14-16 mayfly patterns

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Now that the marina is closed the lake is much more peaceful. Crooked creek has slowed considerably and be real careful to stay in the lake and stay out of any current at the mouth. Whiskey bay hasn't happened yet and I haven't to many signs that it will change. Typical Crowley, fishing is not consistent, but still good, notice I took away the excellent but it's still has it's great days, just a few more tough ones mixed in.. The fish are now starting to move around on a daily basis, here today and gone tomorrow so don't stick with yesterday's hot spot if things are slow. Even if you're catching fish, always have a variety of patterns on at all times, you never know when they might switch. As usual stripping streamers is more effective tubing while midging is easier out of a boat. Generally you get fewer small fish stripping, bigger numbers midging. Midges are probably as effective as perch now, Albino Baron and grey or green with flash. We are also starting to see fish in deeper water as well as in the Hilton bay area. These fish are more likely to be eating midges so don't get caught in the perch rut. One way of looking at it is if the bottom doesn't show any weeds go with midges.

Mcgee Bay: the fish seem to be spreading out more.

The lake has dropped to the point that fishing the stream mouths is difficult because there's very little water between shore and the weed beds and even the Owens River channel is getting tougher.

Recommended Flies:

Albino Barons, Red Barons early and later in the morning go to Copper Tigers, Red/Black dubbed head Optimidges, then Flashback Gray/Black Optimidges, Shaft Emergers when sun is overhead - all small. For perch patterns: hornbergs 6-12,birds nest 12-16,punk perch 10-14

Guide's Hint:

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 87 cfs as of 10/30.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to good

Well the rainbows have started to move up in better numbers now but don't stick to one spot and move slowly and carefully,they're not used to the river so they're skittish. Only thing I can add is with more fish starting to migrate, throw the kitchen sink at them. These fish seem to change what they're keying on from day to day and it doesn't have to make sense.The fish seem to be concentrating in specific holes so be careful about moving too fast. If it's action you want the numbers of Tui Chub are growing but if that's not your style take solace in the fact that they help the browns and rainbows grow up big and strong. Early and late are good times to throw some big streamers. Flows just dropped so it will be interesting to see how it effects the river above the Hot Creek confluence, I'm sure they will be spookier for a while.

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, Anderson's Bird of Prey #14-16

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle, D's Hoover Mover. Big and ugly. Dead drifted on stripped under the banks on a Type 3 sinking line.

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

It's coming down, cross your fingers, 325 cfs as of 11/1.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows got up over 600, looking on the bright side, the flows have cleaned the river up and should be coming down soon.

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, Yellow and tan Stimulators #14-16

NYMPHS: 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

STREAMERS: Big and ugly!

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are down to 25 cfs as of 11/1.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

We were waiting for this and it finally came, winter flows have arrived and with it the fish have moved out of the fast water and into the deep holes. Fishing has gotten tougher with a lot fewer caddis, the tiny BWO midday and midges off and on throughout the day. Streamer fishing has picked up with the Lahontan redside minnows growing to eating size. Midday baetis should be starting soon and as the perch fry get bigger in the reservoir big hornbergs and white zonkers become effective.

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, BH Prince Nymphs #12-14, Olive Birds Nest #10-14, Caddis Larva #10-18, Nitro Caddis #14-18, Stonefly Nymphs #6-10,Sparkle Pupa #18-20

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

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions:

Water will be in the mid 60's area, and is normally gin clear this time of year.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fly guys are getting fish in the 10-30' range from the tubes. A lot of fish are in the 5-6lb. range and pulling hard. As the water starts to get into the 57-58 degree range in Nov. the larger fish will start to move into the shallower water and be accessible from the shore. This is my personal favorite time from about Nov. 5th. until mid Dec. if you want to target trophy fish, we landed fish to 18lbs last year during this time frame.

Recommended Flies:

Best patterns for the fall fishing include, weighted Wooly Buggers in Olives and Whites. And Tui Chub baitfish patterns which acct. for 90% of the Cutts. food chain here. We have a specialized imitation that accounts for many large fish and numbers as well.

Guide's Hint: Heavy fast sinking lines and flies are the go to in Oct. Find the level they are at and stay on them.

 
 
 
 
 
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