The Fish Report

May 6th 2021

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Most waters are open up for fishing, but not all.  New Regulations are in effect this year so make sure you know before you go.  Looks like we are in for a few more windy but dry days and hopefully calmer conditions next week.  Please think twice about starting a campfire this summer, conditions are prime for wildfires.

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The Fish Report - May 6th 2021

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Hot Creek - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Fair, showing 15 cfs as of 5/6

 

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches Great

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good-Very Good

With the great weather the fishing has picked up, along with the crowds.  Remember when I said there were lots of scuds, well now they're eating them.  Pretty good mayfly hatch around the mid-morning time.  Anything from tiny little Tricos (8-10 am) to big BWO (blue wing olive)11-1. Yes Tricos, only 3 months early. The dry fly fishing can be good depending on the time of the hatch.  Right now nymphing is the preferred method. Please be mindful of other anglers there are plenty of spots to fish on Hot Creek. The fish (including the bigger ones) seem to be moving into the faster, shallower water so shorten up and keep your drifts real short.  The fish are in there and they're hungry. 

 

Recommended Flies

DRIES:  R.P. Emerger #22  | Hi-Vis Baetis #18-20 | Yellow Stimulator #8-16 | Mother Shucker #24 | CDC Baetis Dun #16-20 | Para Caddis #18-22

NYMPHS:  Tungsten Psycho #20 | T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Grey/Olive Scud #16-18 | Tailwater Scud Tungsten #14-18 | S&M nymph #16-18 |  Tungsten jig Baetis #16-20 | Pheasant tail and Hares ear #14-18 | Wd 40's #20-22 | Pheasant Tail #16-20 | Little Brown Bug #16-18 | Medallion Midge #18-22  Buckskin #16-20  Brassie #18-22  Rainbow Warrior #18-20  Barr's Emerger #16-22  Deep Six Pupa #18

STREAMERS: BH Bopp SlumpBuster | Perfection Perch #4-8 | Punk Perch #10-16 | Hornburg #10-14   Mice

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Crowley Lake - Surface Elevation

Water Conditions

Water Conditions:  Good

Lake Elevation at 6771.1 on 5/6

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

UPDATE: When the wind has been down, going 10'-16' deep has been good especially around stream channels. There seems to be 2 choices, shallow means bigger fish and perch while deep means all trout but not as big. I have gotten some reports that 18-30 feet has been good but more quantity than quality. Best locations have been North Arm, Sandy Point, off the McGee Bay float tube parking and then down towards Pelican Point. I'll have some updates in the next couple of days.

 

Recommended Flies

Dries:

Nymphs: Shaft Emerger #14-16 | Albino Baron #14-16 | G/B Opti Tiger #16-18 | Optimidge Olive/Dun #16-18 | Double Bead Zebra slvr/blk small | B.H.Chiron Blood #14-16 | V Rib Red #14-16

Streamers: Crystal Bugger Black #8 | Marabou Leech Burgundy or Brown #12 | Perfection Perch #4 | Hornberg #8-14

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Upper Owens River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are down to 53 cfs as of  5/6

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Temperatures have stabilized but the water is still cold and with the snowmelt the water is off color, especially below Hot Creek.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

The warm weather has caused the water to dirty up again above Hot Creek, dirtier below Hot Creek. The diversion from Grant Lake has been over for about a month so the fish have calmed down. The lake fish have been in the river long enough now that realistic patterns are working a lot better now. Yes, there are a few Cutthroats moving up but not many.

Not much new to report, a few Tricos early along with the midges in the morning. Small mayflies and caddis midday and then caddis in the afternoon.  The fishing has definitely slowed so a lot of the fishermen have moved on to greener pastures making it a lot more peaceful. That and the river below the bridge has opened with good but vague reports about good nymphing and slow on dry flies.

The fish are starting to move into the shallower faster water to feed so don't get hung up on just the slower deep pools. The bite is getting earlier now so beat the crowds and get the first grabs. There are some really big fish eating caddis on the surface but it's inconsistent and hard to time it. The resident fish have been keying into micro mayflies and midges, so we suggest trailing a midge or mayfly in the size 20-26 behind an attractor nymph to keep the action rolling between each lake fish. On some afternoons the dry fly fishing can be productive but be ready to throw size 18 through 22 dry flies. Streamer fishing has been OK.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | Parachute Extended Body BWO #20-22 |Elk Hair Caddis #20-22 | Para Caddis #16-22 | Missing Link #16-20

NYMPHS:  Zebra Midge #16-22 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Copper John #14-16 |Tungsten Jig Baetis #18-20 | Harrop's Surface Emerger #20-22 | Roza Pink Tag Jig #16d | Clearwater Emerger #18-20 | S&M Nymph #20-22 | Medalion Midge #20-24 |Bling Midge #22-24 | Jiggy Caddis #14-16

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive, or Brown #6-14 | Punk Perch light or dark #10-16

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Lower Owens River - Flow Rate

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 273 cfs as of  5/6

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:  Good-Very Good

It is still a little dirty starting about 9 gates down but getting better.  Hatches have been a lot shorter in duration, but the trout don't seem to care.  Nothing new overall, Midges early with Mayflies and Caddis midday - midafternoon.  Not great dry fly action but the nymphing is so good it's hard to complain. The flows have been up for 3 days now and the fish are quite happy with the change. Just remember what spots the fish were in before and move to find the corresponding water now.

I haven't heard anything about evenings but once we get through this unsettled weather it should be worth a shot.  On a side note, guides have been reporting Tricos on Hot Creek (only 3 months early).  If they're hatching up there maybe... I'll see if I can find any news in the next couple of days.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22 | Hi-Vis BWO #18-22 | Large dry with #22-26 midge emergers and adults | Stimulator #8-12 | Para Caddis #16-20

NYMPH:  Pheasant Tail #14-22 | Hares Ear #16-22 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Olive Hot Spot Jig #18 | B/H Prince #10-14 | Chamois Caddis #14-18 | Bottom Roller Phsyco Rhyco #10-14 | Uncased Caddis Green #14-16 | Juju Baetis #18-20 | Glass Bead Micro May Olive # 20-24 | Caddistrophic Pupa #16-18 | Gold Bead Epoxy Stone #8-10

STREAMERS: Wooly Bugger Olive & Black #10-12 | Mini Sculpin Olive & Black #10-12

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East Walker River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions:  Poor

Flows are back down to 35 cfs as of 5/6

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good

Yes the fishing is good BUT:

Flows right now are 20% of normal, temperatures are expected to be up in the 60's and 70's over the next couple of weeks, this will be the 2nd year with limited stocking of fingerlings and a computer programing glitch which removed "barbless" from regulations on any body of water that is stocked, no matter how limited it may be.

SO, it is up to us to protect this fishery or we can be more concerned with ego gratifying pictures and videos and watch the death spiral of a once great fishery. If you must take pictures keep the fish in the water at all times and debarb your hooks.

Also take a thermometer and take temperature readings frequently. Once the water gets above mid 60's it might be time to head elsewhere or at the very least be very aware of how the fish are recovering and land fish as quickly as possible. Better to break off a fish than exhaust it beyond recovery.

Okay back to the fishing. Midges in the morning and Baetis midday, there are some Tricos in the early morning but not sure if that will last since they're 3 months early.  Dry fly action has been sporadic but nymphing has been good. Streamers have also been effective. The water is a bit murky, definitely helps when the flows are low. Fishing has definitely been better early and with the slight increase in flows the fish have been moving into the shallower water.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies

 DRIES:   | Mother Shucker #22-24 | E/C Caddis #14-18 | Banshee Caddis #16-18 | Sparkle Flag Black #20-22 | Chernobyl Ant #6-10

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #12-16| Dead Drift Crayfish #8 | Bottom Roller Psycho #10-12 | Copper Zebra #16-22 | T's Stone Drummond Light #8-10 | JuJu Baetis #22-24 |  Glass Bead Micro May Olive #22-24 | S&M Nymph #20-22

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle | Sculpzilla | Hornberg #10-14 | Belly Scratcher Minnow Chub #2 | Bank Robber Sculpin #2 | Punk Perch Light #10-14

 

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