Lower Owens River Fish Report

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

The flows went up, and the quality of fishing went down for a time. The LADWP and Edison are changing release rates at the PV outlet and Bishop Creek hydro plants and this is causing substantial fluctuations in the LO. The DFG has limited planting in the lower sections of the river. There were a bunch of disappointed people fishing at the bridges along the LO for the opening weekends waiting for the "fish trucks" to come by. I am looking into the why of it for sure and will let you know.

The wild trout section is still a good choice as long as the flows hold in the 200-250 cfs range. The closer you are to the dam, the quicker the conditions stabilize and the fish adjust to the new levels.

Caddis and PMD (pale morning dun) hatches each day dependent on the weather conditions. Nymphing with flash back PT's, hares ear, and WD-40's will get results. Once again, I like my crystal olive caddis, or zebra with a copper or black nickel bead head #16-20 as the lower fly on a tandem nymph rig. You will need a couple of BB, or AB shots to get you into the "glory holes". Look for the fish in the limited riffle water, or at the tailouts of the larger pools.

We have had some slow days drifting during the flow increases with the numbers being way off the averages. Conditions look to be stabilizing and we may have a great May shaping up on the LO drift trips.

The "TroutZillas" don't seem to mind the high water as much, and despite the slower fishing we are still getting some really nice rainbows and browns most days while drifting. Check out the "bigs" that got fooled on some recent drift boat trips using the dip and strip method of fishing streamers. Spruce-A-Bu's and Loebergs have got us into fish using a heavy sinking tip line. www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm to view the pics.

I just got word from a trusted source that the arsonist who set the fires along the LO this spring was apprehended. Way to go guys, high fives to you and your staff!

If you would like to go fly fishing with Sierra Drifters give them a call at (760) 935 4250 and for more information visit their website www.sierradriters.com.