WON MARTIN STRELNECK SIERRA REPORT
Little Virginia 6-10, ‘bow tops the week’s list
Martin Strelneck/Western Outdoor News Staff Writer
BISHOP - Gusty winds, full moon along with a fast-moving cold front brought the Eastern Sierra catching scale down a notch this past week, with DFG stockers the bread-and-butter fish filling stringers. Alpers’ rainbows continue to make showing keeping up the adrenalin level.
Topping the big-fish board this week was Lake Elsinore angler Kurt Bachmeyer who weighed in a 6-pound, 10-ounce rainbow taken from Little Virginia Lake.
Kurt’s heavyweight went for a nightcrawler.
“You can catch all the stockers you want,” said Steve Marti at Twin Lakes Resort. “They’re running up to around a pound and better. Our biggest fish this week was a 4-pound, 4-ounce rainbow taken by Eric Schulz from Torrance. Shore or trolling are both good. Nightcrawlers and Power Bait along with just about any lure gold and red are all working.”
Mono Village on Upper Twin Lake echoed Marti’s observation. Full stringers commonplace, but an absence of any heavyweights. A scattering of small kokanee salmon continue to make a showing.
LAKE ELSINORE ANGLER Kurt Bachmeyer’s 6-pound, 10-ounce Little Virginia Lake rainbow topped the field for this weeks heavyweight catch.
“The reservoir (Bridgeport) is still holding at a good pace,” said Jim Reid at Ken’s Sporting Goods. “The buckeye bay channel and 20 feet down in the middle of the lake has been producing rainbows to around 3 pounds. We’ve seen some Sacramento perch close to 3 pounds. The guys are getting them trolling deep with spinners—not many, the most I’ve seen at any one time is five.
“The East Walker (river) is still in good condition, but a little on the challenging side. I look for action to pick up when the water begins cooling down.”
“The bite’s still going strong as long as the weather cooperates,” said John Webb at Virginia Lakes Resort. “ “Kurt Bachmeyer took a 6-pound, 10 ouncer, there’s been a lot of catches in the 3 to 4-pound range. Nightcrawlers and gold and red lures have been the best bet.”
Tioga Pass Lakes, Ellery and Tioga, producing limits of stockers. Richard Ernst at Saddlebag Lake Resort reports action slowed a bit this week with the wind and full moon. Stockers on the main menu along with an occasional heavyweight Alpers. Victorville angler Anthony Fernandez weighed in a 3-pound, 8-ounce rainbow on Zeke’s. The lake was stocked with 1,000 pounds of DFG rainbows on Friday, Aug. 24.
Bells Sporting Goods in Lee Vining reports Lundy Lake action has slowed a bit with the full moon. Rainbows in the 12- to 14-inch range continue to make a good showing.
In the June Lake Loop, reports were it wasn’t problem catching fish with the majority DFG stockers. Catching for heavyweight Alpers rainbows continues at a good pace on Silver Lake.
“We’re seeing a lot of Alpers in the 3- to 5-pound class,” said Andrew Jones at Silver Lake Resort. “Biggest catch this week was a 5-pound, 6-ounce rainbow taken caught by Bob Rucker from Pinon Hills. Nightcrawlers and Power Bait along with Thomas Buoyants and Mepps are the top producers. The fishing has been stellar from shore or boats. We’re set for another load of Alpers next week.”
“It’s slowed down a little, limits are mostly stockers,” said Tom Neighbarger at June Lake Marina. “They stocked today and we get Alpers next week, things should start picking up.”
Ernie’s Tackle and Ski reports Grant Lake action picking up for shore anglers on the backside. Trollers are scoring a mixed bag of browns and rainbows pulling Rapalas down around 5 to 6 colors.
Reports from the Mammoth area are all four lakes; Twin, Mary, George and Mary are all producing a mixed bag of Alpers and DFG rainbows. Topping the weeks catch was the father/son team of Trace and Trent Mishiuama from Southern California. Trent weighed in a 4-pound, 12-ounce rainbow with son Trace close behind with a 4-pound, 4-ounce rainbow. Upper Twin Lake produced the catch on Power Bait.
“Overall the fishing has been incredibly good.” said Jeff Franke at Rick’s Sport Center. “The water is colder this year, there’s been very few slow days. You might find one guy who says the fishing’s been slow and the guy next to him is hammering them.
Crowley Lake flyfishermen continue to score working perch imitators. The past week saw action pick up at the north end of the lake.
“The mouth of the Owens, Green Banks and north landing have really improved,” said Roy Angeles at the Troutfitter. “Alligator Point has been good, but it’s slowed on the Layton Springs side. If you want to get out of the wind, Crooked Creek is a good bet about half way up. The fish are holding at around 10 to 14 feet. Stripping perch imitators or working deeper with Shaft Emergers have been the top producers.”
Convict Lake reports heavyweight rainbows, 4 to 5 pounds, going for nightcrawlers at the inlet. Don Wightman from Corona weighed in a 5-pound catch with Atascadero angler Steve Rainier bagging a 4-pound, 4-ounce catch.
“Overall it’s been good fishing,” said Jim King at Rock Creek lake Resort. Brett Osborne from Encinitas caught a 3-pound, 2-ounce rainbow, but the majority of the fish have been good-sized DFG planters. Fly and a bubble has been great, but only with dry flies, California mosquitoes and black knats. The hottest lure is a fluorescent orange Needlefish.”
In the Bishop area top producers have been the higher lakes, North and South Lake and Lake Sabrina along with Bishop Creek. The area continues to see weekly DFG plants with Alpers rainbows on the menu before the Labor Day holiday.
“The Owens River is still running high but fishable,” said Dave Smith at Culver’s Sporting Goods. “I had a report of a 4-pound brown taken on a Panther Martin. You have to go with heavy lures or enough weight to get down to the bottom.”
“We saw catches to around 3-pounds this week, lots of limits of DFG fish,” said Jared Smith at Parchers Resort on South Lake.”Fishings been great as long as the wind doesn’t blow. Trolling has been great hauling just about anything, down 4 to 6 colors. Bait fishing, nightcrawlers and Power Bait are god for a limit at the back end of the lake.”
Looking at the upcoming Labor Day holiday, long-range weather forecasts call for above average temperatures by wee’ks end with the wind and colder temperatures history. DFG will be stocking ¾-pound and better rainbows in the tonnage range. Trout ranchers Tim Alpers will be hitting all the waters funded through fishing enhancement programs funded by Mono County, Inyo County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes along with Adopt-A-Creek and several privately funded locations.
Fishin-Mission Cowboy BBQ, Concert for Bridgeport trout
BRIDGEPORT - If the Bridgeport area is on your Labor Day fishing weekend agenda and looking for a great time during the off water hours, check out Fishin-Mission hosted cowboy barbecue and country western concert benefiting the Bridgeport Fishing Enhancement Foundation.
Set for Sept. 4 at the Bridgeport Barn and Terrace, the event features entertainment by popular country western entertainer Richard Elloyan, an authentic Eastern Sierra style cowboy barbecue along with raffles and a bar hosted by the Bridgeport Gun Club.
Net proceeds from the event are earmarked for supporting the Bridgeport Fishing Enhancement Foundation whose efforts has been instrumental in improving trout catching in local waters.
The Fishin-Mission, with members from throughout the Western States, has been active in supporting the Bridgeport community for the past several years, providing scholarships and equipment for local schools along with numerous other projects aimed at providing resources otherwise not available to the community.
For information contact fishin-mission-foundation.org, (775) 545-7003.