Hot Creek Fishing Report

Hot Creek - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Tom Loe

Two Bug Doug and I did some looking down here at the Interpretive Site and the canyon section. I’m happy to report that the new diploid rainbows and browns have settled in and adapted to their new home flawlessly. We observed some very aggressive surface feeding activity in both sections, with the fish feeding heavily on midges in the morning. If you fish here I would go with micro patterns like Griffith’s gnats, Parachute adams, midge clusters, and snowshoe midges in #20-24. Baetis patterns in #18-20 are also deadly in the afternoons. For nymphing, San Juan worms, egg patterns, PT’s #16-20, scuds #18-20, and midges #16-20 are good go-to bugs. The canyon section is heavily weeded, so locate some slots or openings to get your bugs into. Light weight above your nymphs will be adequate for a good bottom bounce without getting hung up too often. Click on this link to read what the CDFW is now documenting as to how Hot Creek will be managed. HC has been recently planted with thousands of sub-catchable rainbows and browns.

This is a year around fishery with special regs in place.

*Tom Loe, Doug Rodricks, and Doug Dolan are under permit from the Inyo National Forest Service to guide Hot Creek.

Thanks to the CDFW, and passionate volunteers for their efforts to get fish planted in Hot Creek. Many 8-10 inch rainbows, & thousands of 4 inch browns have just been put into HC. If we can just get some help from mother nature on the water part…HC will comeback strong next summer. These are very small fish, and will have a long winter to face. Please take it easy on them if you choose to fish HC at all. Several public sections were planted. Here I am taking a moment to watch these young fish adapt to their new home.

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