Updated:
June 25, 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 6/23/2017

Summer is here and the Lakes Basin is now open! With the longest days of the season upon us and great weather ahead, there's no better reason to come up and beat the heat!

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 We apologize if this is an inconvenience, but not listing these places is better than outdated information.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

Water Conditions: Roads are open, and all the lakes are iced out except George.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Water is very cold, but stripping buggers along the edges where the water is shallower and warmer is your best bet right now.

Recommended Flies:

Streamers: Doc's Twin Lake Special Black/Olive #10/12, Crystal Bugger Black/Olive #10

Nymphs: Copper John #14, Prince Nymph #14, Zebra Midge #18, Hare's Ear #14

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 344 CFS as of 6/23

Runoff is affecting water clarity, and probably will for the next several weeks.

(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

Runoff is going stronger than ever. Getting reports of a few quality fish here and there. FIsh the seams where the water is moving even just a little bit slower with the biggest and brightest you've got in your box. Swinging a big streamer couldn't hurt either.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Nope

NYMPHS: San Juan Worm Red #14, Western Coachman #14, Prince Nymph #14, Red Copper John #14, Nitro Caddis #14

STREAMERS: Conehead double bunny white/olive, Dirty Hippy Rainbow, Slump Busters

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Flows are at 1150cfs as of 6/23

The road is closed but plowing has begun.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Clear

Temps on the bottom around 58 degrees mid day.

Water is fairly clear, with a few spots of patchy algae and some weeds floating around.

Levels are finally on the rise, up almost a foot in the last few days.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fleet was out in full force today on the west side of McGee in about 18ft of water. There are some big fish in there too in the 23" + category. Hatches are still going strong, and we're starting to see some damsels in the mix now too. Don't be afraid to hang one of these above your midges. Also, the current is moving through there at a good pace, so make sure your rig has some weight on it so it hangs down straight, otherwise it'll be way up above the fish instead of on the bottom.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Nope.

Nymphs: Dubbed Head Black Optimidge #16, Olive Dubbed Head Optimidge #16,Dubbed Head Read Optimidge #16, Copper Tiger Large, Albino Large, Super Fly Small, Shaft Emerger Small

Streamers: Hale Bop Leech Brown, Wine, and Black.

Guide's Hint:

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 177cfs as of 6/23 Above the confluence.

Things are starting to dry up finally, but there are still some pockets of standing water. Be careful if you don't have 4WD.

Water is off color above the confluence, and dirty below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

The cutthroat have returned to the lake, but you can catch smaller resident fish here and there on some small caddis dries up high at long ears where the water is clearer and the flows are lower. Hot creek is flowing well over 300cfs right now, so stay above the confluence.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Little elk hair caddis.

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:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 658 cfs as of 6/23

Dangerously high water conditions for the forseeable future. For your safety please don't fish here!

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

This is not a safe place to be fishing right now.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Nope

NYMPH:

STREAMERS:

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 909cfs as of 6/23

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Haven't spoken to anyone who's fished it since the flows went way up. Can't imagine it being any good though.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22

NYMPHS: Zebra Midges #18-20, Pocket Water Baetis #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Tungsten Psycho #16

STREAMERS: Black Wooly Bugger #8-12, any perch pattern #12 .

Guide's Hint: The weather moved some large rocks off the hill side and into the water giving these fish some more cover below the bridge!

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions:

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