Fish'n Conditions Late Spring 2008 Report

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Tom Loe

Howdy friends and Sierra Drifters. Best fishes to all for this late spring Fish'n Conditions for the Eastern High Sierra.

We have had snow showers off and on here in Long Valley and the Mammoth Lakes area recently and this unstable and cold weather pattern is forecast to continue through the Memorial Day weekend. This is not uncommon weather for this time of year. Do not forget to pack your sunscreen and mosquito repellant as you should also be prepared for the soon to arrive warm sunny days.

The good news about cooler weather is that the snowpack at the higher elevations is not melting as rapidly and this will improve water clarity and reduce flows in the freestone creeks. Good news for fly fishers, bad news for the trout. The tailwaters are on the rise and conditions are not good at this time in these areas.

The Second Annual Still Water Classic is set to be held on August 9th at Crowley Lake. The event was a huge success last year and the SWC contestants raised enough money to put over a ton of Inland Aquaculture Group (IAG) Browns into Crowley last October. We are seeing these "fisheries investments" on a daily basis and they have grown several inches since last fall. You should all be very pleased with the results.

Lane and Beth Garrett are the managers of the Crowley Lake Fish Camp, and did an outstanding job last year to make this event a success. They will be the Tournament Directors this year and are very qualified to take this title. The Sierra Drifters guide team as well as other local guides and businesses will also be donating their expertise, time, and prizes to insure the event is a success. The event will be formatted very much the same as last year. We are looking forward to seeing all of you back again for the fun times, the awesome fishing, and of course the great prizes. We will post entry forms, rules and information soon. If you are interested in participating as a donor please contact us as soon as possible so we can get you on the sponsor sheet.

This is a wonderful fun filled event with the fisheries enhancement of Crowley as the result of your participation. Please sign up and join the fun!

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