Updated:
November 22, 2019

Mammoth Lakes Area

Weather Report

Don't forget your water bottles and sunscreen as you hit the lakes, rivers and creeks. The water's reflection seems to like to help the sun in its constant attempts to turn us all bright red and leave us sadly remembering the trip. Don't forget life jackets for the kids if you are fishing from a boat!

REPORT AS OF 11/21/2019

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.

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin - Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

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Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 10 cfs as of 11/2

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.

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

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River - Fishing Season Closed from November 16, 2019 until April 25, 2020.

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Guide's Hint:

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

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Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 111 cfs as of 11/21

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

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 143 cfs as of 11/21

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

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Poor to Good

Flows are at 19 cfs as of 11/21

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to ?

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

 
 
 
 
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