Updated:
December 04, 2017

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 11/27/2017

Just a reminder that the general season ended on November 15th, which means the Upper Owens above Benton Crossing, Hot Creek, East and West Walker, the Gorge, Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Lower Owens remain open for the winter.

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

Some locations have recently been removed from our report as the updates to the locations were not frequent enough to justify having them in our report. We apologize if this is an inconvenience, but not listing these places is better than outdated information.

Mammoth Lakes Basin - Road closed for winter as of 11/4

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Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are up to 55 CFS as of 11/27

Water is running clear and cold.

(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

Lots of small fish around from when they planted a couple weeks back. I seriously mean a lot. To the point where it's hard to finish a drift without getting a grab by one of these 6" fish. These fish are the future of hot creek, and are capable of reproducing unlike most planted fish in the area.

Seeing lots of midges and a fair ammount of BWOs early to mid morning. Caddis are done for the season unless we go back into a big warm spell.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: High Vis Hatchmatcher BWO #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-18, Extended Body BWO #18, CDC Baetis DUN #16-18, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-20, JuJu Baetis #18, Micromayfly #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Barr's Flashback Emerger #18

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

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Crowley Lake - CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 28, 2018

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Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Closed to all fishing between Benton Crossing and the Fishing Monument downstream.

Flows are at 70cfs as of 11/27 Above the Confluence.

Water is clear above the confluence and stained below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Still plenty of small fish with the occasional crowley fish. The brown's didn't make a huge run this year. At least on the Upper O. It's been very crowded out here the last couple of weeks so try and give other people their space and be respectful.

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: Double Bunny, Ruby Eye Leech, Goat Leech, Maribou Leech.

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 up to 399cfs as of 11/27

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Flows are down to a somewhat fishable level, but it's still very dangerous to wade at these flows.

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DRIES: Nope

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East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 50cfs as of 11/27

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

With the flows down to their presumed winter minimum the fish are going to be concentrated in deeper runs where they can hide. Don't expect fish to be out in the wide open runs.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Not seeing much surface activity.

NYMPHS: Micro Mayfly #16, Shot Glass Baetis #16, Buckskin caddis #16, Bottom Roller #14, Radiation Baetis #16, Copper Zebra #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16-18

STREAMERS:Type 3 sink tip just about anywhere with bright colored streamers.

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Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions: Clear and cooling, current temp. is 50.5 degrees.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: The lake is starting to pickup with the cooling water temps. Some large fish are starting to wonder into the shallows in search of bait ( Tui Chubs ). Try to fish on the cloudy breezy days if possible so the fish have some cover to pry the shallows.

Recommended Flies: Dark flies on dark days and light ones on sunny days. If there is good chop then you can go to the Balance Leech or Baitfish imitation under the indo. Otherwise throw Buggers in Olive, Midnight Cowboy and Purples.

Guide's Hint: If you come from out of town then try to fish at least three days as the weather will probably be diff. each day. Find a good beach and keep casting, you don't need to move alot. Have patience, it is a trophy lake and you need to put in your time.

 
 
 
 
 
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