Updated:
April 27, 2015

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 4/27/2015

After snowing on Opening Day, we now have a week of sunny days and temps in the 70's.

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin - Report Coming!!

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Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 18CFS as of 4/27

Gate is open and the road is clear.

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: Excellent

It's been quite good here if you can find a spot to effectively fish. Not to say it's crowded but there are only so many runs that you can fish.

Mostly baetis, with some caddis in the afternoons. Still not seeing much in the way of rising fish. Supposed to get warm next week again, so that will probably change.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #22, Extended body blue winged olive 20-22, parachute Adams 20

NYMPHS: Grey RS2 18-#20, Tungsten Psycho 18-#20, Hogan's S&M Nymph #18, Micromayfly Olive #18, Zebra midge 20-22, WD-40 20-22, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22, Frostbite Midge #20-22

STREAMERS: Nope

Guide's Hint: Good place to hide on the opener as it's been open all winter and most people are going to fish the stuff thats just opening up.

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Flows are at 52cfs as of 4/24

Pretty low considering the average for this time of year should be around 200cfs

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Report Coming Soon!!

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Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Docks are in!

Water levels are rising faster now. Present elevation is 6,763.7 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: The fish are spread out but decent in most areas with higher water temps. The fish are also at all different depths. 25 ft of water suspended at 16ft at Stormy Flats, everywhere from 15 to 25 ft stuck to fluidixthe bottom in Hilton, etc, etc.

Full report after I graph, take bottom temps and fish the whole lake today. -k

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Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 119CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 4/24

Water has cleared some, but is still pretty dirty

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor

Section below the fishing monument opens this Saturday the 25th. The section between the bridge and the monument remains closed.

Flows are back down a bit, but your best bet is to head up above the confluence. Fish aren't here in any great numbers yet, but if you don't mind walking and fishing the deeper holes there are definitely some fish in there. Stick to big and bright for the time being as the water is still not very clear.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Stimulator #16, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Nitro Caddis #14, Red Copper Johns 14-18, Prince Nymph 14-18, Flashback Hare's Ear 14-18, Flashback Pheasant Tail 16, Zebra Midge 18-20, Red San Juan Worm 12, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #16-18, Black Bead Bird's Nest #14. Western Coachmen #14

STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Sculpin Patterns, meat whistle, black and purple wooly buggers.

Guide's Hint:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

DWP will be increasing flows in the gorge from here on out due to a recent court ruling. This is great news! Now all we need is some more water.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: parachute adams, extended body bwo, cdc baetis dun, stimulator

NYMPHS: Hogan's S&M Nymph, Flashy PT, prince nymphs, hares ear, birds nest, wd40, zebra midge, disco midge, micro mayfly #16, Copper John #16

STREAMERS: Water is too low to bother right now.

Guide's Hint:

Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Water Conditions: Clear and cold

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Crowds should thin this weekend as everybody is going to be fishing Crowley instead. Not a bad place to hide if you hate swarms of people!

Crowds should subside in the coming weeks after all the lakes in Mono County open this Saturday.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Wouldn't bother...

NYMPHS: Red BH Optimidge, Mickey's Red Baron, Copper Johns, #18 Black Beauty, WD40, Disco Midge, Zebra Midge #18-#20,

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Flahabou Buggers Olive, Rickards Seal Bugger, Big and Black Streamers

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Rock Creek

Water Conditions: Flows stable at 32CFS as of 4/24

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Report Coming Soon!!

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Rush Creek

Water Conditions: Flows above Grant Lake are up to 60CFS and 33CFS below as of 4/24

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Report Coming Soon!!

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Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 198cfs as of 4/24

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Flows on the rise again, for how long we're not sure. Hasn't affected the fishing much though, 200cfs could be tricky to wade some places so be careful. The baetis still go off around 1-2, but not like they were a few weeks ago. Getting grabs on copper bead mayflies and bigger caddis patterns in the pm.

The fishing pressure from this spring has finally gotten to these fish, so presentation is everything right now. If you're drift isn't good, you won't get very many grabs.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: CDC Baetis DUN, extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, griffith gnat

NYMPH:Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Olive birds nest #18, Flashback Hare's Ear #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Micromayfly Olive #16-18, Zebra Midge #18, Kyle's Drowned Mayfly #16-18

STREAMERS: Muddler Minnow 6-10, Olive and Black Wooly Bigger 10-12, Mini Sculpin 6-10

Guide's Hint:

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions: Extremely low. The creeks feeding it are also very low.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Word from Ken's in Bridgeport is the reservoir fished pretty well over the Openers Weekend. Full Report Coming Soon!!

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East Walker River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows steady at 20CFS for last several weeks.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Report Coming Soon!!

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