The Fish Report - March 14th, 2019

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The Fish Report - March 14th, 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 6 CFS as of 3/14

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


Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good

Hot creek has been loads of fun this past week. Midges and BWO’s are hatching in abundance and the fish have been eager to take either imitation fairly readily. We have even had some excellent dry fly fishing with both midge and BWO imitations. This could be due to the weather getting warmer giving the trout a boost in metabolism, or maybe they just aren’t seeing nearly as much pressure then they normally would this time of year due to the snow. Either way, hot creek has been a lot of fun this past week.

The access to hot creek is still kind of a pain, but if your willing to work for it I would say it’s the most consistent water right now



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 94 cfs as of 3/14.

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



Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to Good

The upper Owens has been fishing well. The hard part is getting access. It seems the higher you are willing to go the better the fishing is. But if you can make it past the confluences of hot creek you should be in for a good day. These spring run fish have been fairly unpredictable, but not too hard to figure out what they want. Its either going to be a hatch-matching day, or an attractor pattern day. When the fish are on the hatch choose midge and BWO imitations in sizes 18-22, if that doesn’t work its time to pull out the San Juans and prince nymphs. Small streamer patterns have also been great producers when you just want to cover water and figure out where fish are holding.

Please be mindful of where you wade. Pretty soon redds will start popping up in shallower runs, and walking through a redd is extremely detrimental to the eggs that have been lain there. Obviously, if you see a trout on a redd leave it alone, a trout that is on the red may leave the redd if it becomes stressed and may not return.


For those that are unsure on how to identify a Redd here are some examples



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 at 307 cfs as of 3/14

Lower Owens: Good

Flows are still creeping up but the fishing is still decent, but be sure to double check the flows before heading out to the water. If it gets over 400 cfs It can be extremely tough. The one benefit of high water is that its easy to find fish. Find the water that isn’t raging and fish will be there. Midges and baetis (shocking I know) are the most prominant hatches but on warmer days there are some good caddis hatches in the mix.

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! 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:When fishing the local tailwaters(lower owens or east walker) during the winter watch the day and nightime temperatures before choosing where to fish.The lower flows of winter are effected more by air temps than higher flows other times of the year.After a very cold night you probably want to start closer to the dam and further down with warmer nights and faster daytime warming.


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

UPDATE!!!!! Flows have jumped all the way up to 192 cfs as of 3/14 but they are doing repairs on the bridge so they are subject to rapid change

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


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: OK

The East Walker River is starting to pick back up. It seems any soft water 2ft and deeper is liable to hold fish. We see a lot of people posting up at the famous deep holes for hours with little reward. We have found that covering the water with nymphs and streamers is your best bet. Don’t limit your self to deep dark holes either, you might be surprised how shallow some of the larger fish are holding. Midges, BWO and caddis were all producers under an indicator or high sticking. As far as streamers don’t be afraid to pull out the big meat. The water is still cold and the trout’s metabolism is slow. Larger offerings make it worth their while and will move fish from a further distance then a size 18 nymph.

WARNING! They are doing repairs on the lower bridge and reducing the flows when they do so, when they bump the flows back up the river goes from around 30 cfs up to 200 cfs. No matter where you are fishing make sure you have a quick exit strategy to each pool, and we recommend choosing water where you will be wading on the same side of the river as your car. The flows go up in an instant, and getting trapped on the opposite side of the river would be a crappy way to end a god day of fishing.


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 water is hovering around the 40-41 degree mark. It is gin clear except on very windy days, where it does get churned up with some stain.

FISHING COND: The fly fishing has been xlnt. Some days are better than others numbers wise, but alot of trophy fish over 10lbs. are still coming out in high numbers. March/April are prime time months. Come up and put some time in and you may hook the fish of a lifetime.


 RECOMMENDED FLIES: Go to flies have been #12 Midges, Albino Wino and the Go To, Buggers in Olive and Black, Popcorn and Black Beetles and our special Chewy Tui imitation in retrieving weight and Balanced.



GUIDE HINT: If others are hooking fish around you, and your not try down sizing the tippet. Never go less than 10lb. here.

 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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