BRIDGEPORT — There always seems to be a headline trout caught during the first week of the Eastern Sierra Season and this year is no exception.
Last year is was a 19-pound, 12-ounce brown from Pleasant Valley Reservoir and this year it is a 17-pound brown from Lower Twin Lake in Bridgeport.
Angler Dan Stewart from Bishop hooked the monster brown while trolling a hand painted F-18 Rapala.
TWIN LAKE SUBMARINE — Bishop angler Dan Stewart landed this 17-pound brown trout at Lower Twin Lake in Bridgeport last week using a hand painted F-18 Rapala lure. The browns are feeding right now just under the surface. This beauty measured nearly 34 inches.
Bob Jefferson at Twin Lakes Resort said the brown trout bite since opening weekend has been outstanding with three 10-pound fish being caught, along with more than a dozen between 5 and 7 pounds.
“They are biting on the surface. A lot of big fish are showing deep on the scopes, but the bite has been on the surface,” Jefferson said. He called this the best bite he has seen in his five years at the lake.
While the fish were not as big, the brown bite story has been similar at Upper Twin Lake. Biggest was an 8-pound, 10-ounce brown landed by Charles Ball from Ventura along with a 6-pound, 8-ounce brown, both taken with a trolled Needlefish near the marina.
Bob Pitcher at Mono Village on Upper Twin said, “Fishing has been pretty darn good.”
Ken Dzambik from Pine Grove checked in with a 5-pound, 2-ounce Rainbow and Mike Bales from Torrance landed a 4-1 rainbow and several 3-pounders, all on salmon-peach Power Bait.
Bait fishing has outpaced trolling at Bridgeport Reservoir and fly-fishing is being described as “off the hook with emergers” for flyfishing at Rocky Point. Cody Barnes from Chowchilla checked in with a 4-pound, 8-ounce rainbow from Rainbow Point using orange Power Bait. Trolling with bright colors is having some success at 8 to 12 feet.
JUNE LAKE KEEPERS — Yellow Power bait worked to bring in these nearly identical rainbow trout from June Lake, but Steve Martrire from Vista just edged out Ernie Trabucco from Wildomar by four ounces with his 4-pound, 8-ounce trout. The best fishing at June Lake has been on the west side in the reeds.
Rick Gieser at Ken’s Sporting Goods said flows on the East Walker River are up to 68 cubic feet per second and “nothing dry is coming of yet.”
This means the action is best with dependable patterns such as Zebra Midges and WD-40’s for rainbows up to 20 inches.
Thing have been a bit slow at Virginia Lakes, one of the few areas that had significant snow and ice on opening weekend.
Carolyn Webb at Virginia Lakes Resort said Trumbull Lake is now Ice-fee and Little Virginia should be open within the next few days. Some ice still remains at Big Virginia Webb said, and the best action has been mostly for bait anglers.
“Things have just not taken off here yet,” but I expect that to change once the weather improves,” she said.
Dan Bell at Bell’s Sporting Goods in Lee Vining said Lundy Lake has been slow, with mostly stockers showing up.
“It’s taking quite awhile to get limits from Lundy right now,” he said.
While the fishing pressure has dropped off in the June Lakes Loop since opening day, the catch has remained strong.
John Logue at Ernie’s Tackle Shop said the best action this week has been in Rush Creek where worms and Panther Martin lures are connecting with mostly rainbows but also a few browns. The best area has been the section below the weir to Grant Lake.
Mikki Frederickson at June Lake Marina said lure fishing there has died, with the action shifting to yellow and greet Power Bait. Fish are not deep and are holding in the reeds at the west end of June Lake.
Bigger fish checked this week included a 4-pound, 8-ounce rainbow caught by Steve Martire from Vista on yellow Power Bait in the reeds and a 2-0 rainbow by Jim O’Brien from Placerville.
Silver Lake has the big fish from the June Loop on opening day, but the biggest this week was a 3-pound, 13-ounce rainbow caught by Mikey Shewmaker from San Diego using a Trout Worm. Mike McQueen from Fontana checked in with a 2-pouind, 13-ounce cutthroat that he hooked from shore with an Atomic Tube.
Alisa Jones at Silver Lake Resort said trolling has been good in the mornings and late afternoons but slow during the middle of the day when it has been windy.
Despite an open road to lakes in the Mammoth Basin, there is still some ice and as yet the lakes have not been stocked this season.
Jason Christian at Rick’s Sportscenter said Twin Lake is free of ice, but Lake Mary still has about 50 percent ice and Lakes George and Mimi have limited areas of open water.
“I am seeing some limits and one 5-pound fish come out that were all hold overs,” Christian said.
Despite weather that turned for the worse the past week, Kent Rianda at The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes said the warm spring has pushed the fishing schedule ahead about one month.
Flows on Hot Creek have been at 34 cubic feet percent the past week, and Rianda said fishing has been excellent, but with the season now open and there are so many places to fish, the pressure at Hot Creek has been very light.
Bonnie Fanti at Crowley Lake Fish Camp said winds have kept anglers off the last the past few days and were so intense last weekend that anglers had to be escorted off the water by the Sheriff.
Anglers at Convict Lake have been catching a lot of 3-pound trout, including Rob Watson from Escondido who used an inflated night crawler along the North Shore to bring in a 3-pound trout.
Anglers at Convict have been having the best success with inflated nightcrawlers, and green or yellow Power Bait. Best locations have been at the Inlet and South Shore.
The Round up at the Lake Fishing Derby began last week at Convict Lake and continues through June 13. Anglers who enter have a chance to win $6,000 in resort prizes.
Sue King at Rock Creek Lake Resort said they plan to open soon after May 15 and the lake is free of ice. Nothing big was reported from the lake this week and the fishing pressure has been light.
Lake levels in the Bishop Creek Basin remain very low, but Rick Apted at Lake Sabrina said fishing there has been excellent “just about anywhere around the edge of the lake.”
“Nothing big is showing up but everything is working for trout to 14 inches,” Apted said.
Water levels at Lake Sabrina are not expected to begin rising until construction repairs at the dam are completed later this month.
Reports from Parcher’s Resort and South Lake Landing will begin when operations open for the season on May 16.
The road to North Lake is open and reports are that float tube anglers are doing well.