Updated:
July 07, 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 7/3/2018

Sunny weather continues this week with warming water, fishing will only get better and better as we get into summer.

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Great

Trails are defrosting, some of the upper lakes are going to be easily accessible pretty soon.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Since the road opened on the 17th of may the heavy fishing pressure has taken it's toll and the fishing has slowed down.We're waiting for the water to warm up and hatches to improve.

Memorial weekend fishing was great. Lakes are starting to look to be in full form.

Lakes have been stocked again with larger fish.

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

Water has cleared up and the flows are dropping. Flows are at 27cfs as of 7/3.

(Includes 20cfs for spring + Mammoth Creek flows)

(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

Now that runoff has slowed caddis hatches have become more consistent, good throughout the day.PMDs start hatching around 9 with Little Yellow Sallies in the afternoon. The baetis are pretty much over so there are 2 different mayflies between #16-#20 and you get to decipher which one they're keying on.Trico hatches have started down in the canyon,not real strong but will be shortly.Don't forget the male Trico emergence in the evening.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Parachute Adams #16-20, Extended Body BWO #16-18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Parachute Caddis, #16-18, Stonefly dries #14-16, trico and spinner patterns #18-20

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18-20,Split case PMD # 16,Bottom Roller Caddis #14-18, Nitro Caddis #16-18, Anderson's Bird of Prey #14-16, Iron Sally #16-18, trico nymphs #18-20

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

Guide's Hint: Try out some tungsten flies, the heavier the fly, the better shot of you get it in a fish's face.

San Joaquin River - Road is open.

Water Conditions: Flows at 169 cfs as of 6/28

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Due to the smoke very few guides are going down there. Terrestrials and stimulators working well,fishing improves as the water warms throughout the day.

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 patterns

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions:

DWP has not taken the level down over a foot in the last week or two. The level is now about 5 ft below the spillway. The lake should be nice and full for the forseeable future.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Not much has changed outside of fishing has become a little more consistent with the weather stabilizing.The fish are starting to move into the stream channels in 10-17 ft of water.

Sandy Point has a few on the edge of the drop off on the north side.

Big Hilton to Crooked Creek have lots of 8-13" fish from recent plants as well as some larger fish.

Alligator Point is also spotty.

Some fish in north arm off Green Banks Bay, some in 13 ft, but most out in 20+ft.

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.

Guide's Hint:

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are 79 cfs as of 7/3.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The water below Hot Creek has cleared up considerably and the slime weed is done for now.Older planters are starting to move upstream and if Crowley's algae bloom continues to build we might start to see the first push of browns coming out of the lake.Tricos should start hatching soon,giving us a better reason to get out there early.Look out for fish keying in on specific hatches midday. No need to get out first thing in the morning unless you want to throw streamers.

Most decent sized fish are eating under the cut banks.

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: Hoppers are beginning to make an appearance, try a foam hopper or even a Parachute Kicking Hopper.

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows have dropped to 289cfs as of 7/3. I don't think the flows will stay down for long with Pleasant Valley Reservoir filling fast.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The flows have stabilized but with the hot temperatures very few people are fishing down there, I will have an update in a few days.Tricos early and caddis late,you can find fish in the slower water feeding on the surface.Tricos are coming off very early, done with the fall by 9am,after that it's a varitable potpourri after 9.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #20, Extended Body BWO #20, Para Adams #18-20, Elk Hair Caddis #16-20, Parachute Caddis #16-18, Yellow and tan Stimulators #14-16

NYMPH: 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: Use a good amount of weight to get your flies down. Focus in the slow water seams next to the fast water, a lot of fish holding in that slower water.

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 251 cfs as of 6/28.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Fishing had been good but water temperature has gotten up into the upper 60's and hatches have gotten more sporadic.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Big flies to get fish to come up and eat them. Stimulator #8, Parawolf Purple #10, Chernobyl Ant #6-16

NYMPHS: Radiation Baetis #16, Copper Zebra #16, BH Prince Nymphs #12-14, Olive Birds Nest #10-14, Caddis Larva #10-16, Nitro Caddis #14-18, Stonefly Nymphs #6-10

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

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No recent reports

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

 
 
 
 
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