Quality & Quantity

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

Photo Credit: Jim Elias

by Jim Elias

Water temps in the 70s across the lake. Algae is starting to grow fast now. Lake is pretty green all over depending on the wind direction.

Rod Size:  #4-#6 Weights

Tippet Size: 3-5X  

Dries: Don't Bother

Nymphs: Black Zebra #20, Red Baron, Copper Tiger, Shaft Emerger, Copper Zebra Midge #18

Streamers: Perch Fry, Damsels


The water is warming up fast. Temps on the surface are nearing 75 degrees by mid day! Water temps on the bottom remain in the upper 60's to just over 70. Find the coldest water and you will find the fish. Right now most of the fish in the lake are concentrated in McGee. Anywhere from 5ft of water all the way out to 23ft. You absolutely need to get your flies down almost into the mud to get takes right now. The coldest water is in the stream channel, which is only a 8-10" depression in most places. Find that low spot and you'll find the fish. There are some fish in little hilton, and a few back in crooked but they're all small fish. Not much going on in the north arm. I've seen some fish jumping and chasing fry, but it's confined mostly to the Owens River channel, which if you go anywhere near it, you'll see it's the only place not choked with weeds. 

Fish Mammoth Guides Services is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County). Fishing Guide, Jim Elias, can take you fishing on Crowley Lake, Upper Owens, Lower Owens and East Walker River. To book your guided fishing trip with Jim Elias please all him at (760) 582-2195 and for more information please visit his WEBSITE..

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