The Fish Report

November 19th 2020

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The General Fishing Season has ended so now we have Hot Creek, the Upper and Lower Owens River, and the East and West Walker Rivers. It snowed again 11/18 and this has knocked the Creek Fire down further but now there is a fire just south of Topaz Lake. Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort is now officially open. The BWO hatches are starting to fade and will start up again in February

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The Fish Report - November 19th 2020

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Hot Creek - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Fair, showing 4 cfs as of 11/19

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches Good

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

 The BWO are starting late morning, but the window is getting shorter and that hatch will be ending soon. The Midge hatches midday in the slow water can be impressive.

 

Recommended Flies

DRIES:  R.P. Emerger #22 | Spider Variant #18-20 | Hi-Vis Baetis #20-24 | Yellow Stimulator #8-16

NYMPHS:  Bottom Roller Phsyco Rycho #10-14 | T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Grey/Olive Scud #16-18 | Tailwater Scud Tungsten #14-18 | S&M nymph #20-22 |  Juju Baetis # 20-22 | BH October caddis #8

STREAMERS: BH Bopp Leech Olive & Brown #12-10 | Wooly Bugger Olive & Brown #12-10 | Punk Perch

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Upper Owens River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 111 cfs as of 11/19

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Water temperatures are dropping fast.

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

OKAY IT'S TIME TO CLIMB UP ON THE SOAPBOX: DFG is no longer stocking fall spawning rainbows. Every fish laid in the dead grass, carried away from the water, held with a towel or squeezed is another fish that won't be spawning.

The fishing has been very inconsistent, one day good and the next day leaves you wondering where they all went. Yesterday we had rain/snow again but it should remain dry for at least a week with slight chance of showers on Monday. Hatches are still weak, midges being the dominate bug. DWP is still pumping water out of Grant. The water has cleared and some of the weeds and silt have also been cleared out and the fall spawners are in the river. Outside of the midges there is a scattering of small mayflies throughout the day but they are slowly disappearing. Remember we're getting into that time of year when more and more lake fish are moving in so don't be afraid to throw some bigger midges ( #12-16) and perch patterns.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Stimulator #12-16 | Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | EC Caddis #16-18 | Parachute Extended Body BWO #20-22 |Elk Hair Caddis #20

NYMPHS:  Zebra Midge #16-22 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Copper John #14-16 | San Juan Worm #12-14 | Harrop's Surface Emerger #20 | Barr's Flashback Emerger #20-22 | Juju Baetis #20-22 | S&M Nymph #20-22 | V-Rib Midge #12-16

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive & 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 86 cfs as of 11\19

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good-Very Good

 It's getting a little more crowded but there are still plenty of places to hide. Flows are now down to winter levels, making for easier wading and being able to reach more areas. Flows are good, temperatures mid-day are pleasant, but the hatches are starting to slow down. Mornings it's midges, later in the morning is craneflies, caddis and BWO. The BWO hatches are getting more erratic but the nymphing is still going strong. If you're looking for dry fly action midday BWO hatches are still decent, especially if its overcast. Reports from up by the dam have not been as good as downstream.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22 | Hi-Vis BWO #18-22 | Large dry with #22-26 midge emergers and adults | Stimulator #12-16 | Spider Variant #18-20 | Elk Hair Caddis #14-20 behind the Stimulator, lots of skating

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

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 down to 20 cfs as of  11/19

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Poor-Fair

I WILL HAVE AN UPDATE TOMORROW. When the flows get this low and cold it's better to hold off for warmer weather. At the very least make sure to leave the fish in the water and forgo the "glory shot". So much for the warming trend, between the drop in flows and the weather forecast all bets are off. Both the mayflies and the midges are extremely small. Perch fry patterns are losing their appeal, fish are getting a little wary of them. The perch fly patterns can be stripped or dead drifted under an indicator. If under the indicator and you're not getting grabs, try lifting and dropping the indicator to give the streamer movement. Attractor patterns are working including worms and slush eggs. Mainly small mayfly nymphs but larger nymphs like Pheasant Tails that also imitate caddis larva are working also.

 

Recommended Flies

 DRIES:   REALLY big Chernobylly Mousey looking stuff | Mother Shucker #22-24 | E/C Caddis #14-18 | Banshee Caddis #16-18 | Sparkle Flag Black #20-22 | Para Crane Fly #14-16

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 | Slush Egg | Pheasant Tail Midge Pupa #12-14 | Blood Midge #12-16 | Barr's Trico Emerger #20-22 | 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

Playbate Chartreuse #1/0 | Baby Fat Minnow #8

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