Middle Owens River Fishing Report

Owens River - Middle - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

Connor Thornton came all the way from Colorado to stick this pig with T Loe as his guide! That’s a nice one Connor!
Photo Credit: Sierra Drifters

by Tom Loe

Flows holding steady at 75 cfs above Bishop Creek. We are starting to see a few more fish down here. Some bigger models have moved into the deep pools. Look for some school sized rainbows podded up in the depressions around the transition zones. Keeping your distance is important as the water is very clear. BWO hatches have been coming off daily, and #18 Mayfly patterns will get the job done presently. Streamers like Loebergs and Punk Perch have been the hot flies. We have seen some bigger fish chasing these down all the way back to the boat, so being ready for a last minute take may tie you into something special.

This fishery remains open year around. Special regs from the footbridge at Pleasant Valley campground to the fishing monument 4.7 miles downstream.

The section upstream from the Benton Bridge is open year around with special regulations. Seasonal closures, and angling restrictions apply downstream from the bridge, check regulations before fishing in this section.

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