Eastern Sierra Report

Sierra Report: 17 POUNDS!!! Monster brown strikes

At Lower Twin Lake to pace Sierra actionPublished: Jul 09, 2014

BRIDGEPORT — Jed Noonchester is a brown trout hunter who normally fishes on the west side of the High Sierra. But he might be changing that habit after hauling in a 17-pound brown at Lower Twin Lake over the July 4th holiday weekend.

Steve Marti at Twin Lakes Resort said Noonchester, from Ahwahnee, had fished Lower Twin earlier in the season, but left after catching only a few little ones.


TWIN LAKE MONSTER — This double-digit brown trout weighed in at 17 pounds and was caught by Jed Noonchester from Ahwahnee who was trolling a minnow imitation lure over deep water at the upper end of Lower Twin Lake in Bridgeport.

This time his minnow-imitation lure trolled over deep water at the upper end of the lake was enough to entice this monster. Does this mean a run on big browns is on?

“We are not seeing a run on browns. I think this was just the right place at the right time,” Marti said.

Fishing at the Twin Lakes has been excellent. Both lakes and nearby Robinson Creek were each stocked with 450 pounds of trophy rainbows for the holiday weekend. Marti said fishing from shore, boats and trolling have all been strong options.

Upper Twin Lake produced some nice rainbows, with Brett Peel from Apple Valley checking in with a 4-pound, 8-ounce trout that he took from shore using a Woolly Bugger.

Austin Byers at Mono Village said shore fishing has been best at Upper Twin, with garlic PowerBait and red/gold Thomas Buoyant lures working the best.

Bridgeport Reservoir continues to produce good numbers of fish despite the lake level continuing to drop.


KOLE’S ALL SMILES — Kole Kreiger is all smiles after landing this beautiful rainbow at Crowley Lake. He was fishing with Sierra Drifters Guides and used Tiger Midges and Assassins in black and red for non-stop action.

“We are still seeing lot of limits for anglers out before 8 a.m.,” said Jeffrey Wenger at Bridgeport Marina.

Trolling and still fishing with worms and an 18-inch leader at Rainbow Point, in the deeper water at the middle of the lake and near the dam are productive area, Wenger said.

One of the biggest fish of the week was a 10-pound carp caught with a white jig near the dam and it put on a 20-minute fight. Wenger said the unnamed angler first thought she had hooked a big brown.

“That fish put on quite a fight and nearly ran her reel out,” Wenger said.

Despite the low water, the lake remains clear. Boat rentals are temporarily not available, but there are docks and private boat launching at the Bathtub near the dam.

Bridgeport Reservoir is scheduled to receive a load of 18- to 26-inch Desert Springs Rainbows next week as part of the Mono County Tourism stocking program.


CONVICT LAKE CATCH — Dave Brady from Maricopa, AZ caught this 5-pound 11-ounce rainbow at Convict Lake using 2-pound leader and Pautzke Balls O' Fire on one leader and red Power Bait on the other. The fish took both baits and hooks.

The fishing at Virginia Lakes continued on a high note last week, with good numbers of trout to nearly 5 pounds being reported. Largest of the week was a 4-pound, 14-ounce rainbow taken by Christy Witty from Moreno Valley, who was tossing a red/gold Thomas Buoyant at Little Virginia Lake.

Carolyn Webb at Virginia Lakes Resort said backcountry lakes have also been fishing very well with small dries, mosquitoes, black gnats, Parachute Adams and a few takes on a green body mosquito.

Water levels at Lundy Lake are rising and the trout seem to like that. Wayne Beaver at Beaver’s Sporting Goods in Lee Vining said shore anglers at Lundy are bringing in good numbers of 3- to 5-pound rainbows, along with easy limits.

“Mice Tails seem to be working, but the fish are not real particular,” Beaver said.

Waters around Lee Vining were stocked heavily for the holiday weekend and produced a lot of fish.

Campers on Lee Vining Creek had an easy time getting limits of DFW stockers, and those who made the trip up to Saddlebag Lake were reporting steady action for 3- to 5-pound rainbows from shore with traditional baits.

Waters in the June Lake Loop continue to be well stocked and are producing good numbers of both DFW rainbows and larger trophy fish.


SADDLEBAG LAKE TRIPLE — Greg Waters and Randy Reed from Palmdale had a banner day of trout fishing at Saddlebag Lake, bringing in these three beauties. The two biggest are 4-pound, 4-ounce bookends caught at the inlet at the back end of the land with a silver Super Duper.

Mikki Frederickson at June Lake Marina said Ray Crowe from Grand Terrace hauled in a 5-pound brown that he caught while trolling a Rapala off the reeds early in the morning.

Frederickson said the brown was raised in holding pens at the lake and the trophy fish are being released as the season continues.

Best action at June Lake has been early mornings in the reeds and at the deepest part of the lake in the northeast corner in the afternoons.

Gull Lake has been wide open. Clarence Andreas at Gull Lake Marina said anglers are coming in with good numbers of 3- to 5-pound fish and there is no particular hot spot or bait preference.

Silver Lake received 1,200 hundred pounds of trout, including 400 pounds of 3- to 5-pound rainbows last week.

Andrew Jones at Silver Lake Resort said the result was at least 25 trophy fish being caught over the holiday weekend.

“That means we still have more than 80 of those big boys out there waiting to be caught,” Jones said.


RUSH CREEK PRIZE — Young Dylan from Valencia can return from summer vacation with a great fish story after catching this beautiful 2-pound brown trout on Rush Creek using Thomas Buoyant lure.

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