The Fish Report - May 17th, 2019

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The Fish Report - May 17th, 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

The meter says 73 CFS as of 5/17.These flows are the flows at Mammoth Creek, Hot Creek flows out of the hatchery are constant.

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


Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good

Hot Creek is still the most consistent water in the Mammoth Lakes area. Flows are up, the water is stained, but fishing has still been good. for the most part we have been using midge imitations in the early morning followed by baetis and caddis late morning through the early afternoon. With the flows and weather being the way they are, there is little surface action. Indicator and high-stick nymphing have been the most successful. Due to the water being off color, opt for patterns with a bit of flash or a hot spot to help fish find your offering.



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


The water temps. have warmed up to 54-57 in the morning and 57-62 in the afternoon but with the weather we're experiencing they may drop some.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

Well the fish are moving into shallower water(10'-13') but you'll also find them all the way out to 25' with 16'-18' the most productive.They still getting more concentrated although they're still moving around so don't be too patient. I saw the first of the mayflies this week so don't be afraid to try some #16-18 mayfly nymphs late morning.The perch are already moving towards the shallow water to spawn,9'to12'.The best areas seem to be both sides of Sandy Point all the way up to Green Banks and out to Christmas Bay.The south end seems to be a lot slower but worth exploring.


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



Guides Hint:


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions: Fair

.Flows are at 83 cfs as of 5/17.

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



Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to Good

The Upper Owens River has been fishing ok. Similar to Hot Creek the flows are coming up and the water is off color. Hatches are fairly minimal, but there is about an hour window late morning to about noon where fish can be targeted with dry mayfly imitations. Otherwise, High-Stick Nymphing or Indicator Nymphing have been the best shot success. We have been primarily using mayfly and caddis nymph imitations size 18-14, but attractor patterns such as prince nymphs and birds nests in the same sizes are never a bad Idea. Small streamer patterns have also been productive in darker colors such as olive and black.







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


ALERT!! flows have dropped down to 372 cfs as of 5/17

Lower Owens: Fair to Good

The flows have been holding steady for a couple of weeks now and the fishing has responded.Hatches are sporadic but the fish are hungry.Early the midges are the ticket with craneflies midmorning.Midday on there are sporadic caddis and mayfly hatches.

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 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

STREAMERS: Big and ugly! seriously.. 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 have raised up to 454 cfs as of 5/17

. The gauge might be damaged as the visual gauge on the river shows a cfs that is 100-50 cfs different than the online flow rates.

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


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: fair to good

the east walker has been bumped up to 454 cfs in the last couple days When the flows are this high the river is a bit tougher to fish. That's not to say you can't have a decent day on the water. just keep in mind wading the East Walker when the flows are over 400 can be rather precarious. If you do decide to head to the East Walker River this week, now is the time to pound the banks with streamers and nymph rigs. we have been having a lot of success with caddis larva and baetis imitations in the past week (size 12-16 for the caddis larvae, size 16-18). as far as streamers go we have been using larger articulated patterns such as the Double Dirty Hippy or Double Gonga.


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

Guides Hint:


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

WATER COND: The lake is in good condition, a little moss once in awhile but it is not bothering the fishing at all. Water temp. currently is 51 degrees.


The fishing has been very good on the off weather days and patience is paying off on the bluebird calmer days. Trophy fish over 10lbs. still coming out on a fairly regular basis. we had a group of seven a couple days ago, and landed 10 fish between 10-16 lbs. Midging has been a good bet to get numbers of grabs.


Flies producing well have been #12 Midges, Albino Wino and the Go To, Buggers in chartreuse and white, Popcorn and black Beetles and our special Chewy Tui imitation in retrieving weight and Balanced.



GUIDE 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.


 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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