The Fish Report - May 24th, 2019

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The Fish Report - May 24th, 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 41 CFS as of 5/23.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 fishing very well. Hatches have been fairly minimal but fish have been ready and willing to eat a variety of subsurface imitations such as midges, Baetis, scuds, and caddis. All of these imitations have been successful at producing fish. With the weather staying cooler, the flows have dropped quite a bit, but with all the precipitation projected in the near future that could change soon.

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



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CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam  Crowley Cam     Surface Elevation UPDATED 5/23


With the weather systems of the last week the water temperatures have dropped back down into the lower 50's.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

With the weather pattern of the last week I've heard good reports from last Monday and Tuesday but nothing for the last 2 days.The fish still seem to be in the same locations so we'l just have to see what happens.The fish have moved 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 74 cfs as of 5/23.

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

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to Good


 The Upper Owens River has been fishing fairly well. For the most part it hasn’t changed much. The flows have dropped slightly since last week and it will probably stay that way until it warms up again. Midges have been hatching in the morning followed by Baetis and caddis hatching mid day through the early afternoon. Small streamers have still been a shop favorite for the Upper Owens River. But indicator rigs with midge, Baetis, and or caddis imitations have been the most consistent as far as numbers.


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 column.

Guides Hint


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair


The flows are steady at 377 cfs as of 5/23

Lower Owens: Good

The flows have been holding steady for a couple of weeks now and the fishing has responded. Hatches are getting stronger and the fish are hungry. Early the midges are the ticket with craneflies midmorning. Midday on there are caddis and mayfly hatches.Stoneflies start around noon.The only catch is that the most productive times are not consistent from day to day. Not a whole lot of surface activity.

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,#12-16 Stoneflies

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.

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East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows have dropped to 343 cfs as of 5/23

. 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 flows on the East Walker River have dropped and fishing has been OK. With the weather being the way it has been, hatches have been fairly minimal. Your best shot at success is to fish subsurface. Both streamers and nymph rigs have been the most consistent. We have been having the most success with small Baetis and midge imitations both from size 16 to 20. There are tons of caddis in the water, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea a try some caddis larva imitations as well. It seems patterns with a bit of flash have been the ticket. 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.


There is some discolored water on the south end of the lake due to the Truckee running at 3,500 C.F.S. but other than that, the water clarity is great. Temps are in the mid to high 50's.


The lake is still kicking out some nice fish, a 15lb. was landed a couple of days ago. The spawn is over, and the fish are in better shape and eating and pulling hard! The deeper dropoffs have been the areas to hit if you don't find the fish in the shallows. The fish are back on the Tui Chub, so have your imitations with you. 


The Chewy Tui has been my go to fly, also fish are coming on olive and white Buggers. Balanced Minnows have also been good when there is good chop on the water.



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.

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.

FISHING COND: 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.

RECOMMENDED FLIES: 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.

 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

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