Middle Owens River Fishing Report

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

Scott Randall started his day with a few of these beautiful planted rainbows. Stocking efforts are much improved on the MO this year and it is showing in the fish counts. Doug Rodricks was his guide.
Photo Credit: Doug Rodricks

by Tom Loe

Those of you who believe the wildfire that ravaged the wild trout section will improve access, and make fishing better; will be truly disappointed when the smoke clears. The fire has consumed the entire section from the PVR Campground down to Five Bridges Road as of 2/19/18.  These type of fires historically remove vital oxygen with ash, super heat vital under water habitat in the riffle water,  and destroy the riparian vegetation canopies that provide cover for the fish, as well as habitat for untold numbers of birds and animals.  Fish kills are imminent with wildfires such as this. Uncontrolled wildfires of this nature have NO positive impacts, and should not be advertised as such. Most of the river is closed to access  in the Bishop area.

We will be off the river for a few days for safety reasons, and will update when more information becomes available. Up until we were forced off the river by the fire, guided drift boat trips have been very good for both numbers, & quality rainbows munching on streamers.

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for Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Eastern Sierra Fishing Report: Fish’N Conditions
Owens River - Middle: Middle Owens River Fish Report
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Upper Owens River Fish Report
Hot Creek: Hot Creek Fishing Report
Pleasant Valley Reservoir: Pleasant Valley Reservoir Fishing Report
Owens River - Gorge: The Gorge Fishing Report
East Walker River (CA): East Walker River Fishing Report