Eastern Sierra Fishing Report

Eastern Sierra trout season quietly winds down

BY ERNIE COWAN/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Nov 06, 2012

JUNE LAKE — News last week of an 18-pound brown caught at Silver Lake raised hopes that the final two weeks of trout season in the Eastern Sierra would end with a bang, but as Nov. 15 quickly approaches, hopes are dimming.

John Logue at Ernie’s Tackle said there have been very few anglers on the water, but anglers at Grant Lake were doing well with Mouse Tails for rainbows. Logue said one angler checked in with a 22-inch rainbow from Silver Lake.

June Lake Marina will remain open until the season closes on Nov. 15, and anglers there are not having any problem catching fish.

“Everybody out has caught fish. The trout are in kind of a feeding frenzy,” said Dave Cunningham at June Lake Marina. The best locations have been along the rocks by the highway and at the southeast corner by the beach.

THREE GENERATIONS — The Hawkins Boys hit the June Lake Loop for some quality rainbow trout action this past weekend. Here are Jeff and Jack Hawkins with a solid stringer at June Lake. On the camera is Morris ‘Pa’ Hawkins. Well done, guys.

Late season brings much attention to the Twin Lakes in Bridgeport where trophy browns often show up in the last few days of the season.

Rick Gieser at Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport said Upper Twin Lake has been fishing the best, but mostly rainbows are being caught. Shore anglers at Bridgeport Reservoir are bringing in a few browns, but 2 to 3 pounds is about as big as they get.  

The East Walker River is running very low at 20 cubic feet per second, but Gieser said anglers are still catching a few fish.

Jeff Franke at Rick’s Sportscenter in Mammoth Lakes said the road to the basin lakes is now closed, but tube fishing at Twin Lakes has been very productive. He said much of the action has moved to Hot Creek and the Owens River.

Kent Rianda at the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes said Crowley Lake Marina is closed for the season, but the lake is still open to fishing.

“The lake is at the lowest point we have seen in over 20 years. Watch out for islands between the marina and McGee Bay. It is also 3 feet deep 100 yards out from Sandy Point,” Rianda said. He said water temperatures are now between 52 and 56 degrees, and cold mornings mean the bite doesn’t really heat up until mid-morning. Fish at Crowley are holding in the north end at Six Bays and Leighton Springs. Fishing from shore in the late afternoon at Six Bays and along Green Banks has been good, Rianda said.

Convict continues to fish well, with some bigger fish being caught at the inlet. The Ambush At The Lake Fall Derby continues through Nov. 15 with $6,000 in resort prizes being offered.

The Lower Owens River is shifting into prime winter conditions. “Well, the moment we've all been waiting for has arrived. Flows are now below 200 cfs and are prime for wading,” said Troutfitter’s Rianda.

All landings are now closed at the high-altitude lakes in the Bishop Creek Basin, but Dale Miller at Mac’s Sporting Goods in Bishop said anglers are still doing well from shore at South Lake and Lake Sabrina. “We are not seeing anything big, maybe 10 to 13 inches, but those casting lures are catching lots of fish,” Miller said.

The Eastern Sierra trout season closes on Nov. 15, but action will continue on the Owens River, East Walker River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

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