Updated:
June 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 6/21/2019

Will runoff ever end??

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides on the water daily, Bishop to Bridgeport.

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The road to Lakes basin is CLOSED for the winter season.

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Fair

The flows are up to 216 CFS as of 6/21.These flows are the flows at Mammoth Creek, Hot Creek flows out of the hatchery are constant.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to Good

Water clarity is going up and down on a daily basis, right now the flows are over 200 for the first time in a couple of days but they're predicting cooler nightime temperatures so we might get a little relief. Caddis, Mayfly, and Little Yellow Stoneflies are hatching in abundance. The beautiful thing about Hot Creek this time of year is that a variety of imitations will be successful. caddis and mayfly imitations in size 14-18 and small stonefly imitations 12-16 are what will give you a solid chance at some fish. For the most part subsurface fishing has been the best, but the dry fly fishing has been getting better and better as the water continues to clear up. streamers have been doing well in the evenings when the hatches start to subside.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Parachute Adams #16-20, Grifith's Gnat #18-20, high vis Hatchmatcher #18-20, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18-22, Parachute Extended Body BWO #18-22

NYMPHS: Flash back Tungsten Black Beauty #18-22, Tailwater Tiny Olive #18-20, Micro Mayfly Olive #20-24,Tungsten Psycho #16-20, Radiation Baetis 18-22, Olive Scuds #16-18, WD40 #18-22, zebra midge #18-22

STREAMERS: Slumpbuster Olive, Crystal Bugger, Olive Bopp leech.

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River - Road is Closed

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: San Joaquin river is closed

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Surface temperatures are now back up to 62-65.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor-Fair

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the fishing seems to be getting even tougher but there seems to be a chance of improvement, now if we can only get the wind to stop.......Hilton, Mcgee and the bays in the south end have been showing more fish. The doldrums of the runoff are upon us. Fishing is sporadic and scattered. A couple of decent days and hope springs eternal but then several tough days have you scrambling to cancel upcoming trips. The mayfly hatch is getting stronger so don't be afraid to try some #16-18 mayfly nymphs late morning. The perch are in the shallow water spawning,9'to12'.The best areas seem to be somewhere up north, I'm not being sarcastic just frustrated. The south end has been showing flashes of okay.

Recommended Flies:

copper clown, albino baron, and greys or black. Also the larger blood midges have started showing up in the north end.

Guide's Hint:

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 145 cfs as of 6/21.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to good

The Upper Owens river has been fishing well. As with many of the other rivers locally, the flows are very high. Below the confluence of the Owens River and Hot Creek the water is fairly muddy so try and fish above the confluence in the clearer water. Maybe it's the wind of the last few days but the caddis hatches have become more sporadic. The midday PMD hatches have also become inconsistent. Dry flies have been very effective in areas with clearer water especially dry caddis imitations size 14-18. Streamers and nymph rigs have also been successful.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16, Extended Body BWO #16, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-20

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Olive birds nest #14-16, zebra midge #18-22, Juju baetis #18-22, Splitcase BWO #18-22, Olive WD-40 (standard or flashy) #18-22

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle, D's Hoover Mover, Tan Sculpzilla, Olive or Black Woolly Bugger, Olive Slumpbuster, Olive baby gonga, Olive Double Gonga. A sink tip or full sink type 3 is recommended, otherwise add some splitshot to help your bug get down in the water column.

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

The flows are steady at 352 cfs as of 6/21.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The flows are still holding steady even while the runoff continues. It would appear that they are holding back on the flows out of Crowley because of the high flows coming into the Owens downstream but with the Crowley coming up a foot every 4 days they will run out of options soon. The water flowing into Pleasant Valley Reservoir is moving through so fast that the silt doesn't have a chance to settle out and the lower river has a pale blue glacial look to it. Early it's midges followed late morning by caddis and mayfly hatches. Stoneflies start around noon. The only catch is that the most productive times are not consistent from day to day. Not a whole lot of surface activity.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #20, Extended Body BWO #20-22, Para Adams #18-20, Elk Hair Caddis #16-20, Parachute Caddis #16-18, Brooks sprout baetis #18-22, Yellow and tan Stimulators #14-16

NYMPH: Zebra Midge #18-20, Baetis B/H #18-20, Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-16, Tungsten Caddis #14-18, Birds Nest Olive or Natural #12-16 Stonefly nymphs #14-16, Barr's flashback BWO #18-22, Kingrey's Cold Turkey Baetis #18-22,chamois caddis #14-18 for the craneflies,#12-16 Stoneflies

STREAMERS: Big and ugly! seriously.. pick your favorite large streamer and huck it everywhere. you will catch fewer fish but there's a chance to catch much larger fish this way.

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows have fallen to 573 cfs as of 6/21

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to Good

I'll be guiding on Sunday so hopefully I'll have a better update on Monday. The East Walker River is raging, its possible to get into some fish but its going to be tough. More often than not, the fish you do manage to hook will break you off in the fast water. As they say "The fishing is good but the landing's impossible" We recommend fishing elsewhere.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Big flies to get fish to come up and eat them. Stimulator #8, Parawolf Purple #10, Chernobyl Ant #6-16, #20-22 dark mayfly patterns

NYMPHS: Copper Zebra #16-22, BH Prince Nymphs #12-16, Olive Birds Nest #10-16, Caddis Larva #10-18,Stonefly Nymphs #6-10, Hogan's S&M #16-20, Pocket Water Baetis #18-20, black Two-bit Hooker #18-20, Kingrey's Cold Turkey Baetis #18-22,rubber leg stonefly #8-12

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle #2, D's Hoover Mover Rust #4, Hornbergs #10-12,White Wooly buggers #10-14, Orange Jawbreaker #10

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions:

There is some discolored water on the south end of the lake due to the Truckee running at 3,500 C.F.S. but other than that, the water clarity is great. Temps are in the mid to high 50's.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The lake is still kicking out some nice fish, a 15lb. was landed a couple of days ago. The spawn is over, and the fish are in better shape and eating and pulling hard! The deeper dropoffs have been the areas to hit if you don't find the fish in the shallows. The fish are back on the Tui Chub, so have your imitations with you.

Recommended Flies:

The Chewy Tui has been my go to fly, also fish are coming on olive and white Buggers. Balanced Minnows have also been good when there is good chop on the water.

Guide's Hint: Use 2-3X heavy wire on your flies or you have a 50-50 chance of straightening it out on the fish of a lifetime. I see lost trophy fish all the time from bent hooks.

 
 
 
 
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