THE FISH REPORT

November 21st 2019

The General Fishing Season ended November 15th.  Sections of the Upper Owens River, Hot Creek, the Lower Owens and Pleasant Valley Reservoir along with the East and West Walker Rivers are open to fishing year round.

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THE FISH REPORT - November 21st 2019

We only report first-hand info from our guides
on the water daily from Bishop to Bridgeport.

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Mammoth Lakes Basin

Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

 

Recommended Flies:

Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

Guides Hint:

Hot Creek - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 10 cfs as of 11/2

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info.

Fishing conditions and Hatches

 The Tricos are still hanging in there, more so on Hot Creek Ranch and the Interpretive Site and now the Baetis are hatching 11 to around 2. Caddis hatches have faded but emerger patterns are still working, they might be mistaking them for Mayflies. Don't forget the Craneflies, try skating a Cranefly dry or Stimulator.. Evenings are Midges and possibly Caddis if the wind dies down.

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Recommended Flies

DRIES: | | Spent Partridge Caddis #16-18 | Stimulators #16-18 | Parachute Ant #16-18 | RP Ant #12-16 | CDC Baetis Dun #22-24 | Parachute Extended Body BWO #18-22 | Parachute Cranefly #14-16

NYMPHS: Harroups Surface Emerger #18-20 | Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-20 | Juju Baetis  #18-22 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Grey/Olive Scud #16-18 | Graphic Caddis #16-18

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

Guides Hint:

San Joaquin River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates And Water Condition:

Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

 

Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

 

Recommended Flies

Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

Guides Hint:

Crowley Lake - Surface Elevation

Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

Recommended Flies

Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

Guides Hint:

Upper Owens River - Flow Rates 

Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 111 cfs as of 11/21

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info.

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:  Good

We have had a few days of snow and rain but it look like things will clear up a bit over the weekend. Nights have been down into the the low 20's so the Tricos are done with the fall BWO emergence getting stronger. Caddis are hatching early and late but we'll see how long that lasts. With the sporadic hatches and both planters and lake fish moving upstream try attractor patterns such as San Juan Worms, Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns and streamers. Remember that the fish moving out of Crowley have had a summer of larger food so don't be afraid to use larger patterns.

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16-18 | Elk Hair Caddis #14-18 | Extended Body BWO #16-18 | Parachute Adams #22-26 | Hi-Vis Parachute # 24 Rusty Spinner #22-24

NYMPHS: Hares Ear #14-18 | Radiation Baetis #18-20 | Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-16 | Zebra Midge #16-18 | WD-40 black #18-20 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Red Copper John #14-16

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive & Brown #10-14

Guides Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Temperatures have come down into the mid 50's and the water is gin clear.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing here is really starting to take off with the cooling water temperatures.  November and December are great months to start to target trophy fish here. Last Friday we landed a 17 and a 20 1/2 lb. Cutthroat from the shore. Looks like the high pressure will be moving out, so the fishing should get great for trophy fish over 10lbs.  

Recommended Flies

Most of our big fish are coming on our custom Balance Leeches, Balance Minnows and the Chewy Tui. Bugger/Beetle setups are also taking some fish.

 

Guides Hint: GUIDE TIPS:GUIDE TIP: Only use flies that are tied on 2X-3X heavy wire hooks, or you have a 50/50 chance of straightening out a hook on a 10lb. or larger fish. I have seen this over and over from people buying commercially tied flies on standard wire! The report came from Chris Wharton. I met Chris for the first time last year at Pyramid and he was super helpful in getting my game on. I think you could not do better than getting the same treatment before you try your hand at Pyramid. He even has ladders and custom stands for his clients. -Kent Stillwater Guide Service . . . chris@out4trout.com or 775-851-1558.

Lower Owens River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 143 cfs as of  11/21

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fishing has been good on the Lower Owens now that the flows have dropped.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Para Adams #14-16 | Spent Partridge Caddis #16-18 | Yellow and Tan Stimulators #14-16 | Brooks Hot Creek Caddis #20-24 | Emerging Female Trico #20-22

NYMPH:  Pheasant Tail #14-18 | Tungsten Psycho #16-18 | Barr's  Trico Emerger Black #20-22

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

Guides Hint:

East Walker River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Water Conditions: Poor - Good

Flows are at 19 cfs as of 11/21

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair-?

Nothing's changed as far as water quality, the key is watch the wind direction and give it a day after a west or southwest wind before heading up there. If the wind blows out of the west the algae gets pushed to the dam, creating a bright green river but once the wind switches it becomes quite fishable. That combined with the flows dropping could make the fish a lot spookier. The midges are now back to normal and the BWOs emergence is getting stronger, lasting 2-3 hours. The perch fry are  getting flushed through the pipe so make sure you have light colored streamers ready. There are caddis around but they don't seem to be keying on them, most of the action is on mayflies #18-20.

Recommended Flies

 DRIES:  Spent Partridge Caddis #14-16 | Chernobyl Grizzly #6-8 | Hi-Vis Parachute #18-20

NYMPHS: Tungsten Psycho #16-20| Golden Bead Biot Epoxy Stone #8-10 | Dead Drift Crayfish #8 | Bottom Roller Psycho #10-12 | Copper Tiger #16-18

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle | Sculpzilla | Hornberg #8-12 | Flashabugger White #10-12

Guides Hint: Don't be in a hurry to get up there, night time temperatures in the teens are not conducive to early feeding.

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