The Fish Report - January 9th, 2019

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The Fish Report - January 9th, 2019

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

on the water daily from Bishop to Bridgeport.

Consult the DFG Regulations for specifics.


Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather

Water Conditions:


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

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



Recommended Flies:


Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Fair

We are not sure what the flows are at.Ice at the weir on Mammoth Creek is the most likely culprit .The meter says 33 CFS as of 1/9

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


Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good

Hot Creek has still been fishing well this week. Midges are hatching throughout the day with some BWO hatches from midday to early afternoon. For those who are itching to throw dries at rising fish there is some opportunity to do so when the BWO’s are popping. Fishing the deeper holes with small streamers has been a good way to produce some larger fish. If you only have a few hours to kill we definitely recommend hot creek over the other fisheries. The average fish is between 8 to 12 inches but there are loads of feeding fish, and who doesn’t love that?

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.

Guides Hint:


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows  ROAD IS CLOSED
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

Water Conditions

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

Fishing conditions: There are no conditions to report.

San Joaquin river is closed



Guides Hint:


CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam  Crowley Cam     Surface Elevation UPDATED 11/1


Water Conditions:




Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Crowley is closed


Recommended Flies:



Guides Hint:


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 85 cfs as of 1/9.

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



Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to Good

The Upper Owen’s River has been rather hit or miss. Some days it’s on fire, others it’s very difficult to move a fish. Midges are hatching throughout the day with a few mayflies in the mix. The two most effective methods have been covering the water with streamers, or nymphing. If you would rather throw streamers than nymphs, keep it small, and fish them slowly. Nymphing has been effective with large attractor patterns. The larger fish in the system refuse to eat anything that is actually hatching, but will often grab a size 14 Prince Nymph or Flashback Hares Ear. Our advice to you when fishing the Owen’s, is to cover as much water as possible because the fish are very spread out.

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 columne.

Guides Hint


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

flows are down to 85.3 cfs as of 1/9

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: good

The Lower Owens River has been fishing fairly well. Midges are still the primary hatch with a few mayflies in the mix.On warmer days you will see a caddis or two.The most productive water has been the wild trout section. midge imitations have been very productive.

Recommended Flies:

Griffith's Gnat #20, Extended Body BWO #20-22, Para Adams #18-20, Elk Hair Caddis #16-20, Parachute Caddis #16-18, Brooks sproutbaetis #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

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

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are down to 22 cfs as of 1/09

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


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: OK

The East Walker River has been low and slow, we have been getting reports of good days here and there but “good” seems to be a relative term. If you do want to fish the East Walker, fish the slower pockets with midges; that has been a decent way to avoid getting the skunk.


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

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

Guides Hint:


Pyramid Lake, NV   - Report Courtesy of Chris Wharton Call 775-851-1558 for more info or bookings.

Water conditions:

Water is gin clear, and temps. are 43 degrees.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing has been very good for fish over 10lbs. You may not get a lot of fish, but one out of every 3-4 fish have been in the double digits. Last week, two 20+ lb. fish were landed. It has been in the mid to high 40's temp. wise, so it has been great weather for fishing.


Recommended Flies:


Guides Hint:

If you are running a Bugger Beetle combination, make sure to tie your Bugger on top off a tag end and run the Beetle about 30" below that. Loop knots and 13lb. 1X Floro tippet is a must in my opinion. Make sure your hooks are either 2X or 3X heavy or you have a 50/50 shot at landing fish over 10lbs.

 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 for his clients. -kent

Stillwater Guide Service . . . or 775-851-1558.


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