Upper Owens River Fish Report

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

The section from the fishing monument, downstream to Crowley Lake will be opening on 4-25. The area around the campground beginning at the Benton Bridge downstream to the monument remains closed until 5-23. The year around water up from the bridge has special angling regulations and slot limits. Got it? That is a bunch of regs for a single piece of water!

Anyway, it has been very good in the upper sections on the warmer calm days. Forget this place if the wind is blowing unless you want to "cast and crouch" with streamers, which I might add is perhaps the most efficient way to get into the twenty plus rainbows that are scattered and holding in the deeper pools.

Numbers have been better the last couple of weeks in the upper sections with some fantastic caddis hatches triggering a hot bite for small to medium sized trout mid-day. #16-18 dark bodies. The BWO's are still coming off, but in smaller numbers #18-20. They are more prolific on the overcast days.

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