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Eastern Sierra Fishing Report

Tom Loe
(760) 935-4250


Hot Creek Fish Report 7/26/17

Flows now at 114 cfs. Creek is starting to clear up slightly and some fish being caught along the edges and the open lanes between the weeds. Dry droppers and lightly weighted nymphs getting some grabs. 

This is a year around fishery with special regs in place.

*Tom Loe, Doug Rodricks, and Doug Dolan are under permit from the Inyo National Forest Service to guide Hot Creek.


Jurassic Pond Fish Report 7/26/17

The creek leading into Jurassic Pond is now clear but still flowing strong. These fish have snapped into their summer feeding mode and are responding to most patterns we have been throwing at them. We have been getting them under an indicator and pulling streamers with sink tip lines. We have openings if you want to catch that trophy fish of a lifetime.


East Walker River 7/26/17

River now at 500 cfs and hopefully coming down more over the next week. If flows continue to drop at this rate fishing should be very good soon. There will be plenty of new holding areas for fish which were previously choked with silt and weeds from a few years of drought.

This fishery is open year around below the Bridgeport Reservoir dam to Nevada State line. Open year around in Nevada also.


Upper Owens River Fish Report 7/26/17

River now at an excellent flow rate at 76 cfs. Fish are readily taking dry flies and droppers in the clear water above the bridge. Not a lot of fish here but focusing on the deeper pools and undercut banks now with hopper patterns can be a blast. 3 or 4 weight rods are a great set up for these fish. They are very aggressive when taking a dry fly presented to them properly. There are still some soft and flooded muddy areas getting to the river so take care in navigating the roads going in. Mosquitoes are still around in good numbers so juicing the skin up with bug spray wouldn’t hurt. 

The section upstream from the Benton Bridge is open year around with special regulations. Seasonal closures, and angling restrictions apply downstream from the bridge, check regulations before fishing in this section.


Crowley Lake Fish Report - 7/26/17

Excellent fishing on the lake currently. We are rejoicing the return to fishing short leaders in shallow water again. The fish have moved into the shallows and are cruising the weed lines and gorging themselves on damselfly nymphs and perch fry. Fish can be found above the shallow weeds and inside the creek channel of McGee. The quality of these fish has been outstanding and it is immensely fun to hook them in the shallows. They have no where to run but out and can’t dive deep so we are seeing the backing on our fly reels quite often. Our “Parallel Punk Perch” and “Parallel Assassin” patterns have been the hot fly hung under an indicator. Fish are also taking smaller midges over the mud areas where the weeds don’t grow. We have been seeing 50 + fish days quite often as the conditions have been prime. You can expect the bite to get better and better from here on out through the rest of summer and into the fall.


Bridgeport Reservoir 7/26/17

The lake is in the best condition we have seen in several seasons. As water temps climb, the migration of trout towards the cooler inlets in Buckeye Bay, & the Walker area will increase. The submerged channels are well defined if you have a good sonar. The Bridge fishes best for fly fishers when the trout “channel up” in these locations. Damsel flies, callibaetis, perch fry, and midges are all on the menu now. Hang a Parallel Perch or Parallel Assassin in the channel proper and you will get grabs.

For those of you looking for a unique, and profitable business opportunity here in the Sierra, the Bridgeport Lake Marina is for sale. This facility is pretty much a turn key recreational business that has an established RV Park, small general store, and boat marina. Here is the listing informationlink. 

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