Crowley Lake Fish Report

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Tom Loe

With the recent cold snaps we've been experiencing the algae is almost a thing of the past. There are still a few big model browns, cutts, and rainbows lurking in McGeeBay, but most of the fish are making their way over to the north arm of the lake. Six Bays, Leighton Springs, Sandy Pt., Green Banks, and Big and Little Hilton are choked with fish right now. Some areas are fishing better in the morning, while others are staying pretty consistent throughout the day, wind and weather permitting. Our own "Fill" Therrien reports: "NOW is the time to tug your perch fry patterns or favorite streamers. The Channel from McGee Creek is fishing well and fining along the weed lines should get you whacked with mucho gusto. I've recently had success still water nymphing as well. Pulling my anchor the other day I discovered a one-inch red/maroon leech on my deck. Well, the proverbial "light bulb" went off in my head. Why not try a red San Juan worm? In short, it worked, fished with a blood midge dropper. Using a perch fry or leech pattern with a midge dropper is also a tried and true method. Be sure and add a few twitches from time to time to give your offerings some life. Fish are definitely on the robust side and very spunky. After getting hooked many make a beeline for the weeds so be sure and apply some side pressure to try and keep them from reaching their destination. Easier said than done some times! Personally, I find the Crowley fish to be the finest in this area, by far. Believe me, when you set the hook on one of these babies you'll know what I'm talking about. If you've been waiting for conditions to improve here, your wait is over. Come on out and see your backing folks and check out these pics of recent clients' adventures on the lake. Fill" Click on to view all the great pics.

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