The Fish Report - April 26, 2018

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Great weather for Opening Day weekend.

Possible showers here and there first of the week.

We're are on Spring hours

8am - 7pm 7 Days

We will be open late Friday night before 'Openers and at 5:30 am on Saturday, then regular summer hours 6 am to 8 pm daily.


Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.

Solomon Gresen from Encino hooked into a few nice fish on the Upper Owens with Otis a couple of weeks back.


Another nice one for Chris Wharton's unnamed client at Pyramid Lake.



Nate Wray sent in this photo of his client Lisa Willes ont he Lower Owens.


Pat Jaeger has some openings to drift the Lower Owens this month. Give us a call at the shop to book.



Pat is doing Half Day drift trips on the lower owens in his beautiful Hyde drift boat. The flows are prime for winter drifting right now.


Here are a couple of submissions from guide Chris Wharton up at Pyramid Lake.



From the land of Giant Cutthroat, another submission from guide Chris Wharton up at Pyramid.


Tom Hampton fished the Upper Owens with guide Mike Villemaire and caught a couple of quality Crowley Fish.



Here's Tom with another big migrant crowley fish.


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The Fish Report - April 26, 2018

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   Road closed for winter as of 11/4 • Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

Water Conditions:


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:



Recommended Flies:



Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Water is clear and cold. Flows are at 39cfs as of 4/20. May be increasing ths week with warm weather.

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

(Includes 20cfs for spring + Mammoth Creek flows)

(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

Gate is open, and fishing is good.

Seeing lots of midges early and BWOs mid days. With these warmer days we are now enjoying Caddis will show up.



Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Brook's Sprout Midge #22, High Vis Hatchmatcher BWO #18, Parachute Adams #18, Extended Body BWO #18, CDC Baetis DUN #18-20, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18-20

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-20, JuJu Baetis #18, Micromayfly #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Barr's Flashback Emerger #18, T-Midge Black #22

STREAMERS: Might be able to dead drift a black or olive bugger, but there are lots of places to snag.

Guides Hint:Use a lighter hook set unless you want to send these small planted fish into a low earth orbit...


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows  Road closed for the season as of 10/19
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

Water Conditions

Flows at 150 cfs as of 4/20

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




Fishing conditions and Hatches:




Recommended Flies:



Guides Hint:


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


Water Conditions:

The lake is jugged - near the spillway. DWP will take it down a little this month to get ready for the run off but lake should be nice and full for the forseeable future.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:








Guides Hint:


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Closed to all fishing below Benton Crossing.

Flows are at 101 cfs as of 4/26 Above the Confluence, 122 cfs below.

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

Water is pretty clear.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

A fair number of 10"-13" fish but cold water has put a damper on the action.

Warm up this week should get the spawn going but the Spring runs have been a mystery so far.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16, Extended Body BWO #16, High Vis Parachute BWO #18

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: Wooly Bugers and Matukas stripped or dead drifted.

Guides Hint: Ditch the bright colored shirt and avoid getting into the water unless you're crossing.


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are at 252 cfs as of 4/26

Water is still stained a little, more so farther down river and still cold.



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Similar to Hot Crrek, Midges early then Mayfies midday and hopefully some Caddis in the afternoon with warming this week.

Fishing is good but could get better with the cold and windy days in the rear view mirror.

Recommended Flies:

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

NYMPH: Zebra Midge #20, T-Midge Black #20-22, WD-40 Black #20, Tiger Midge #20,Baetis B/H 18-20, Barr's Uncased Caddis 14-16, Caddis Pupa 16-20.

STREAMERS: Water is too cold.

Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Steady for last week at 195 cfs. but down to 120 cfs today, 4/20.Now it's back up to 165 on 4/26

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







Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing has been great to epic overall but some days you have to grind it out.

Same 'ol same ol' . . . Midges early to Mayfles midday and Caddis later on warmer days.





DRIES: Not seeing much surface activity.

NYMPHS: Micro Mayfly #16, Shot Glass Baetis #16, Radiation Baetis #16, Copper Zebra #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16-18, TIger Midge #18, BH Prince Nymphs 12-14, Caddis Larva 10-16, Hornbergs 10-12

STREAMERS: Flows are pretty low for streamers, but there are a few places you can get it done.



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

Water conditions:

Current water temps. are running 44-45 degrees, water clarity is very good.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

We are not getting alot of numbers but some big fish are being landed. Last week two friends each landed fish in the 20lb. range and I personally netted a 16 1/2 lb. Let me mention again that you want to put your time in when we have some off weather or fish the early morn. and late eve. if it is going to be bluebird. 

Recommended Flies:

Pyramid micro Tui, Streamer patterns in white and olive, Balanced Leeches on windy choppy days and the usual Wolly Bugger/Beetle setups.

Guides Hint:When fishing streamers imitating baitfish here, make sure to use quick erratic retrieves with short pauses in between.

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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