Crowley Lake Fish Report

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by The Trout Fitter Staff
(800) 637-6912

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:

The fish are everywhere but not in good concentrations andy one spot. It gets going about 10 am most areas and is still going at 2 pm if no wind.
If you are in a boat use the five-minute rule with a Gray/Black Optimidge, Optitiger and blood worm (no bite in 5 minutes, pull the anchor) Most like spots are Sandy, the smaller tribs like little Hilton, Whiskey, Crooked. Very spread out in McGee . . . some in front of the parking lot.
Fish are all in about 12 feet over the lake.

Recommended Flies:

#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. or #16 Optitiger.

No one stripping much but stry about half way down when midge bite starts.
The Crowley Cam is now at the Fish Camp and ready for your viewing.

Click here to see live wind conditions on Crowley Cam

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.