The Fish Report - April 18, 2015

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Unsettled weather for the next week to ten days. Much needed rain and thunderstorms on the way.

 

ROAD CONDITIONS AS OF 4-14

Tioga Pass: Yosemite National Park will begin snow removal on Hwy 120 from Crane Flat to the east park entrance on April 15th (weather permitting). A projected opening date has not been set.

Hwy 120 West: The lower section of Tioga Pass from Hwy 395 Lee Vining to the east park entrance will be opening by 5:00pm tomorrow, April 15th.

SR 270/Bodie Road: Currently open.

Hwy 89/Monitor Pass: Currently open.

Hwy 108/Sonora Pass: Caltrans is projecting to open Hwy 108 by 12:00pm on Friday, April 17th (weather permitting).
Mammoth Lakes Basin / Lake Mary Road: Projected to open Saturday, April 18th (weather permitting).

Reds Meadow Road: Projected to open Saturday, May 16th (weather permitting).

Hwy 158/June Lake Loop: Currently open.

Lundy Lake Road: Currently open.

Virginia Lakes Road: Open until Rand Road, which is about 3/8 of a mile to Big Virginia.

Rock Creek Road: Open until Rock Creek Pack Station.

Hwy 120 East: Currently open.

 

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The Fish Report - April 18, 2015

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

on the water daily, Bishop to Bridgeport.

 

 

Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

 

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Bryant fished with Jim last week and hooked a couple of nice fish like this one on Hot Creek.

Kristen and her brother Kurtis hit the Lower Owens and the pictures speak for themselves.

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Here's Kurt with a colorful springtime rainbow!

 

 

 

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Kent finally giving Pyramid a try!

 

Looks like he's having a good time...

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Ryan Higuchi with a Pyramid Slab from last week.

 

Pyramid is giving up some big fish these days!

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Mike Lynch fished the Upper Owens with Pat and caught this nice Crowley specimen.

Pat fished with Jeff Nelums of Reagan's in Bishop. This was his first fish on a fly rod. Nicely Done Jeff!

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Pat went fishing with his two daughters and it looks like Maggie had some fun with the Tenkara rod!

Here is Isabella standing on a milk crate bent up on the Tenkara. I guess they just don't make waders that small do they?

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Sam from the shop took his girlfriend Larissa fishing down on Hot Creek. Nicely done!

 

 

 

 

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Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather       Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

ROAD WILL BE OPEN BY OPENING DAY!

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Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 12CFS as of 4/18

 

Gate is open and the road is clear.

(Note flows include water from the springs, not just the gauging station at the highway so this is what is really flowing through the canyon)

Fishing conditions and Hatches:Excellent

The usual. Midges and Mayflies. Plenty of both in the water. Flows aren't high enough to flush out all the scuds I'm seeing in the rocks right now though. Not seeing much in the way of Caddis.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #22, Extended body blue winged olive 20–22, parachute Adams 20

NYMPHS: Grey RS2 18-#20, Tungsten Psycho 18-#20, Hogan's S&M Nymph #18, Micromayfly Olive #18, Zebra midge 20–22, WD-40 20–22,Flashback Black Beauty #20-22, Frostbite Midge #20-22

STREAMERS: Nope

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SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows           ROAD SCHEDULED TO OPEN MAY 19.

Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500 -    Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water Conditions:

Flows are at cfs as of

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CROWLEY LAKE -  Local Weather    Crowley Cam   Surface Elevation

Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water Conditions:

Docks are in!

Water levels are rising slowly.   Present elevation is 6,763.2 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.

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Guides Hint: With the winter upon us, if you've never seen Kent's Crowley University, it's a lot of great information that will make you a better Crowley angler. Buy it here - http://www.thetroutfitter.com/book-dvds.html

 

UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows

 

Water Conditions:Poor

Flows at 140CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 4/18

Water has cleared some, but is still pretty dirty.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor

Section below the fishing monument opens this Saturday the 25th. The section between the bridge and the monument remains closed.

Water is still high and dirty. Better than it was, but still difficult. You need to be fishing the flashy bright stuff, and have plenty of weight to get your flies down.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Stimulator #16, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Nitro Caddis #14, Red Copper Johns 14-18, Prince Nymph 14-18, Flashback Hare's Ear 14-18, Flashback Pheasant Tail 16, Zebra Midge 18-20, Red San Juan Worm 12, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #16-18, Black Bead Bird's Nest #14. Western Coachmen #14

STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Sculpin Patterns, meat whistle, black and purple wooly buggers.

Guides Hint:

 

Water conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

DWP will be increasing flows in the gorge from here on out due to a recent court ruling. This is great news! Now all we need is some more water!

 

Read more here:

https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/permanent-flows-ordered-to-restore-owens-river-gorge/

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: parachute adams, extended body bwo, cdc baetis dun, stimulator

NYMPHS: Hogan's S&M Nymph, Flashy PT, prince nymphs, hares ear, birds nest, wd40, zebra midge, disco midge, micro mayfly #16, Copper John #16

STREAMERS: Water is too low to bother right now.

Guides Hint: 

 

Pleasant Valley Reservoir - Local Weather   

Water conditions:

Clear and Cold

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Not such a good hiding place right now. Lots of people here on the weekends as it's the only lake bait fishing open right now.

Crowds should subside in the coming weeks after all the lakes in Mono County open this Saturday.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Wouldn't bother...

NYMPHS: Red BH Optimidge, Mickey's Red Baron, Copper Johns, #18 Black Beauty, WD40, Disco Midge, Zebra Midge #18-#20,

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Flahabou Buggers Olive, Rickards Seal Bugger, Big and Black Streamers

Guides Hint: 

 

Rock Creek - Local Weather and Flows Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water conditions:

Flows stable atCFS as of

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The road to rock creek lake has closed for the season.

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Rush Creek - Local Weather and Flows Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

Water conditions:

Flows above Grant Lake are up to CFS and CFS below as of

 

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Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 124cfs as of 4/18

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Fair

Flows have been pretty stable now, but the bite is off for whatever reson. Water temps are almost perfect, in the mid 50's mid-day. Some days it's good early on, some days it doesn't get going until 1 or 2. Some days it doesn't get going at all...Stick it out for your best chance at fish. Most people leave before it even gets started.

The fishing pressure from this spring has finally gotten to these fish, so presentation is everything right now. If you're drift isn't good, you won't get very many grabs.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: CDC Baetis DUN, extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, griffith gnat

NYMPH:Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Olive birds nest #18, Flashback Hare's Ear #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Micromayfly Olive #16-18, Zebra Midge #18, Kyle's Drowned Mayfly #16-18

STREAMERS: Muddler Minnow 6-10, Olive and Black Wooly Bigger 10-12, Mini Sculpin 6-10

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 Bridgeport Resevoir - Local Weather - Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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Pyramid Lake - Local Weather - Updated 4/3 Last Report for the season

Water Conditions:Very Good 

More and more of the Summit Lake strain are moving into the shallows as the spawning season progresses. 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fisheries department is going to open the hatchery in the next couple of days.  This will trigger even more fish to move in.  The North and South Nets usually produce the best fishing once the hatchery gets going.  The fisheries department  transports extra fish, and spawned out fish up to Warrior Point, and down to Blockhouse to make room in the hatchery.   These fish will hang around for a couple of days at these spots before they start heading back to the hatchery.  Either of these would be a good place to try if you want to avoid the over-crowded nets.

 

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Nope

NYMPH: Holographic Wine and Copper Zebra Midges,Copper Tiger Midges, Black and Silver Zebra Midges.

STREAMERS:Black beatles or tadpoles in the dark.  White wolley buggers or Beatles once the sun is up. 

Guides Hint: When you have no wind and clear water, lengthen your leaders.  Put about 10 feet between the end of your fly line and your indicator.  Keeping the fly line away from the fish definatly makes a difference when you have tough conditions.

 

East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows steady at 20CFS as of 4/18

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatch: Poor

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