The Fish Report - April 20th, 2017

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Looks like an awesome weekend ahead with some of the nicest weather we've seen all spring!

Crowley, Convict, Bridgeport and The June Lake loop are now iced out and ready to fish for the opener!

We're are on Spring hours 8am - 5pm


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.


Chris Wharton with Don Olson's 14 lb. Pilot Peak male

Cleve Ferguson with a 21 lb. Cutty.

Traveling nurse Emily landing a 15lb. in her first time fly fishing..

Glass is not dead, and it makes these little kokanee much more fun!

Here's Chad Day doubled over on a big cutthroat up at Pyramid Lake - Photo from Chris Wharton

Here's Robin Cartwright with a 15lb cutthroat up at Pyramid Lake - Photo from Chris Wharton

Another one on the glass rod, stripping leeches.


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The Fish Report - April 20, 2017

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

on the water daily , Bishop to Bridgeport.

Consult the DFG Regulations for specifics.


Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather   CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 29, 2017

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Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 43 CFS as of 4/20

Water is slightly off color from rain and runoff. Water is clearer in the afternoon than in the mornings.

(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:Good

Recent rain and snowmelt have increased the flows and muddied up the water a little. It's fishing well right now, especially when compared to the Upper Owens.

The window of opportunity has increased and you can fish with better results later in the day now. Several of the shop guys were down there til after 7 and did pretty well.

Most of the weeds that have been choking up the river are gone. This opens up all kinds of fishable water we haven't been able to fish in over 5 years now. The creek is starting to look like it's old self again!

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Haven't had grabs on much, try small midge and baetis patterns mid-day.

NYMPHS: Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Crystal Hunchback Baetis #18-20, Zebra Midge #22, Miracle Nymph #22, WD-40 Olive #18-20, WD-40 Black #18-20, JuJu Baetis #18-20

STREAMERS: There is enough water to swing some streamers again, which would be the best method when the flows are higher.

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SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows   CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 29, 2017
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

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CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam  Crowley Cam     Surface Elevation


Water Conditions:

Iced out and the docks are in!


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UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 87cfs as of 4/20

The main road is clear, but the turn offs heading to the river are very muddy, and you risk getting stuck if you venture off the main road.

Water is running clear above the hot creek confluence, and very dirty below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

The fishing here has been inconsistent at best. Water temps have been fluctuating with snow melt from the warm weather and heavy fishing pressure.

If you do head out, be aware that it's technical fishing, and these fish have been seeing a lot of people and flies. Try swinging streamers with a sink tip to try and get that big fish to come out from under the undercut bank.


Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Don't bother, these big fish are hugging the bottom of the deepest bends in the river, and have zero interest in a fly several feet above their heads. Especially below the confluence where the water is dirty. If you insist on fishing dries, head up higher where the water is clear, and put your fly in any slow moving bends and eddys.

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Red Copper John #12-14, Western Coachmen #12-16, San Juan Worms #12, Egg patterns any size, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS: Black or Olive Wooly Buggers #8-12, Mohair Leech in black, Perfection Perch #12-14.

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Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Good

Flows are at 706 cfs as of 4/20

Dangerously high water conditions for the forseeable future. For your safety please don't fish here!



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

This is not a safe place to be fishing right now. Heard a recent story in the shop about someone almost drowning trying to fish from the bank the other day.

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East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 349 cfs as of 4/20




Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are down to a fishable level, but i have no recent reports. I'll be headed up there to check it out this weekend.


DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22
NYMPHS: Zebra Midges #18-20, Pocket Water Baetis #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Tungsten Psycho #16
STREAMERS:Black Wooly Bugger #8-12, any perch pattern #12 .

The weather moved some large rocks off the hill side and into the water giving these fish some more cover below the bridge!


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

Water conditions:

Water temp is 51 degrees and is nice and clear, it does get stained up some on windy days but that is a good thing as the fish use it for cover to move into the shallows.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing has been good for numbers and big fish, we had 8 clients one day and landed 6 large fish between 11 1/2 - 21lbs. among many other average size fish 19-23". Fish are coming on both indicator/nymph-midge combos and stripping Buggers and Beetles. Find the wind that is coming straight in or quartering you and that helps immensely to bring fish into the shallows.

Recommended Flies:

STREAMERS: Albino Wino and Mahalos for indicator fishing, and Olive, White and Chartreuse Buggers for stripping with a Popcorn or Hooker Beetle on the end. Shooting head lines are a must for stripping.

Guides Hint:

I have fished world famous Pyramid lake with Stillwater Guide Service owner Chris Wharton

and would recommend him for guide trips to this water, he has over 33 yrs. experience on this stillwater. - Kent

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