Crowley Lake Fish Report

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)


by The Trout Fitter Staff
4-29-2009
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Water Conditions: Excellent

Very clear except the north arm, which has some sediment, but not bad.
Get out those bottom thermometers and find the warmest water - they'll be waiting for you.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

A few nice fish in McGee Bay but spread out in about 19 feet of water half way between the floating bathroom and the mouth of McGee. You'll need deep-water indicators or hand line them in. Sandy Point produced nicely on Monday in warmest water on lake I could find in 12 ft of water but water temp has dropped and the fish are thin. Probably around the corner. Didn't have time to look for them today. The midge hatches were going at 9am.

Recommended Flies:

Midges:
#16 and #18 Dubbed-head, olive and gary/black Optimidges in the clear water. Maybe the flashback version if the fish are deeper than 10 ft. #16 Optitiger

Streamers:
As one of my early mentors put it so succinctly . . . Deep, Dark and Slow! Size 10 Black Docs will do it. The Crowley Cam is now at the Fish Camp and ready for your viewing.

Guides Hint: This year's Stillwater Classic will be on Saturday, August 8th this year, so circle your calendar and don't miss it or a chance to help the lake! Note: the Double Haul has been pretty much shelved at least for another year.

A six DVD set of last summer's 8-hour Crowley University is now available for those who could not attend. This is a reference library you need to add to your arsenal if you fish the lake. It is a de facto download of everything I've learned in more than 2000 days fishing and guiding the lake. It is being distributed to various shops around the state and available at Trout Fly. Free shipping if you order by phone (800) 637-6912.