THE FISH REPORT

January 24th 2020

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. We are definitely into winter conditions with limited hatches and a smaller feeding window. Hot Creek and the Upper Owens are accessible by car, be careful on the side roads on the Upper. The weather is still consistently gray and cold with intermittent snowfall. There is hope though, possibly a pattern shift to a dry and warmer one starting middle of next week.

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THE FISH REPORT - January 24th 2020

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, showing a cfs of 4 on 1/24

Flows are not accurate due to icing , OR , they just rebuilt the shed at the weir so it might be down for some time.

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

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Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

Nothing new to mention, the weather has been schizophrenic, one day nice next day you can't stand up. The midge hatches are always big but the midday mayfly hatches have been getting stronger. The problem is that there is no consistency from day to day, one day great dry fly action the next day you won't see a rise. Fishing has been good and if you drive down into the canyon it will be less crowded. If you're looking for dry fly action the interpretive site is the most consistent but the canyon can have some excellent surface activity late morning. I did get a report today from a customer who fished with the egg pattern I had sold him for the Owens and did quite well, go figure. The road is snow free and the trails have some snow on them. 

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Recommended Flies

DRIES:  Stimulators #16-18 | R.P. Emerger #22 | Real Midge #24 | Stillborn Midge #20-22 | Extended Body BWO #16-20

NYMPHS:  Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-20 | T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Grey/Olive Scud #16-18 |  Medallion Midge  #22-24 | Harroups Surface Emerger Brown/Olive #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 104 cfs as of  1/24

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

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair - Good

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:  Fair-Good

The flows have come back up to 104cfs over the last week so the diversion from Grant is back with  off color water . The fish seem to be less spread out, you may fish large sections with no action and then catch several in one hole. The hot patterns are becoming less effective so don't be afraid to experiment. Also the fall rainbows are finishing up their spawning run and heading back to the lake. The spring spawning fish will be heading up, usually in early February, so there will be a short break between the runs. The road is still open and getting better but be careful on the side roads, walking the bank has gotten better and there's no serious weather anticipated for another week or so. Midday has been best but the migratory fish do most of their movement at night so the late afternoon can also be good. The midge hatches are strong and the mayflies are showing up again so almost every back eddy has fish rising in the foam lines. Mayflies are small, #20-24. Both planters and lake fish are still on the move so try attractor patterns such as San Juan Worms, Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, egg patterns 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. Remember that the water below the Hot Creek confluences will be 5-10 degrees warmer so if you get out early it might be best to start off closer to the bridge.

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Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16-18 | Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | Para Adams #20-24 | Para Extended Body BWO #20-22

NYMPHS: Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-16 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | WD-40 black #18-24 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Red Copper John #14-16 | San Juan Worm #12-14 |  Egg Patterns #12-16 | Pheasant Tail #18-22

 

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

Guides Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Water temperature is running in the high 40's and is in great shape clarity wise.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The bite is on for big fish from 10-20lbs. This is prime time for your shot at double-digit fish! We landed a 21lb. a couple of days ago, then three over 10lbs. the next day. These fish are very strong right now and will pull your socks off!

Recommended Flies

Many of our big fish are coming on our balanced Chewy Tui, which is a baitfish imitation. Also fish are coming on U.V. balanced Leeches, Bugger and Beetle setups and on the indo. hanging #12 chironomids.

 

Guides Hint: This is a patience lake guys, don't keep moving around if you aren't hooking fish. Just wait it out and keep your bug in the water. These fish come through in pods, and aren't normally just sitting out in front of you. They are always on the move, looking for Tui Chubs!

Lower Owens River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 149 cfs as of  1/24

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

. The fishing has been good on the Lower Owens now that the flows have dropped. Like everywhere else, this time of year midges are the primary hatch going but the mayflies are coming off, not heavy but the fish are definitely paying attention. Try Pheasant Tail and Hare's Ear in different styles. Mornings have been more productive but the afternoons are getting better with the mayflies coming off mid afternoon. The mayfly hatches are not consistent so don't just hammer one spot, keep moving until you find where they're at. As far as where to fish the rule of thumb is, the colder the night before the further upstream you start fishing.

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Recommended Flies

DRIES: Large dry with #22-26 midge emergers and adults

NYMPH:  Pheasant Tail #14-22 | Hares Ear #16-22 | Zebra Midge #18-22

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 - Fair

Flows are at 19 cfs as of  1/24

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

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair

If the weather stays well below freezing head elsewhere, it's not fair to the fish to lift them out of the water because of potential damage to them. Temperatures are starting to moderate, days are getting longer and we should be seeing things pick up in the next few weeks. They're calling for unsettled weather over the weekend and then drying and warmer. Fishing is okay but it's real skinny and limited to the deep holes, not something I would do very often. The midges are pretty much the only bug hatching but there are fish rising in the slower water midday, dry dropper was the most successful with a large dry and Zebra Midge dropper. The perch fry are still getting flushed through the pipe so make sure you have light colored streamers ready. By now the fish are educated to perch imitations so you need to figure out how to present a dying perch realistically. A couple of our guides were up there several weeks ago and their observation was "bigger is better". It seems that the trout's feeling is "if I'm going to put out the effort it better be worth it."

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Recommended Flies

 DRIES:   REALLY big Chernobylly Mousey looking stuff

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #12-16| Dead Drift Crayfish #8 | Bottom Roller Psycho #10-12 | Copper Tiger #16-18

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle | Sculpzilla | Hornberg #8-12 | Flashabugger White #10-12 | F/T Clouser blk/prpl 1/0 |

Playbate Chartreuse #1/0

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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