Room for improvement...

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

Photo Credit: Jim Elias

by Jim Elias

Water Level - 6768.0ft - Water is clear - Surface temps near 65 by early afternoon, Bottom temps hovering in the upper 50s to low 60s depending on where you check.

Rod Size: #5-#6 Weights

Tippet Size: 3-4X

Leader: Deep Indicator Rig 15-25ft

Dries: N/A

Nymphs:  Black Zebra #16Gray/Black Midge #16-18Albino Baron Wine #16, White Tiger #16 , Copper Tiger #14-16, Albino Baron Red #16, Red/Black Midge #16, Black Dubbed Head Optimidge #16-18, Gray Dubbed Head Optimidge #16-18, Spiral Red Holographic #16

Streamers: Black Maribou Leech #12




Well between the wind, weak hatches and now Daphnia the fishing here is very hit or miss right now. The fish are moving all over daily. The water temperature is pretty comfortable for these fish at every depth all day long so it's not uncommon to see the fish cruising at or near the surface (if the pelicans aren't around ). Bottom temps are good all over and this windy cold spring weather has delayed the inevitable summer warm up significantly. The fishing might now be spectacular right now, but this essentially brought us some time through July and August. With almost no runoff expected into McGee or the Owens this is great news for the next month or two. The fish are out deep unfortunately, and some are on the daphnia but I haven't pumped a fish in over a week, but I'll be out there tomorrow so hopefully I'll have a fish that will cooperate with my science project. The fleet has moved from Stormy over to the West side of McGee over north of Pelican in about 30-35ft of water. I still was marking fish over in Stormy and Sometimes out to the middle of McGee bay in 34ft of water.  Hilton is hit or miss, along with Christmas and Sandy Point. When the fish are on the move you should probably be too so I'd move around if you're not getting grabs after 10-15 min. Seeing some big red/chrome midges hatching late mornings and the fish have been eating size 14's fairly high off the bottom, so don't be afraid to play around with depth before you start changing your flies. 

Fish Mammoth Guides Services is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County). Fishing Guide, Jim Elias, can take you fishing on Crowley Lake, Upper Owens, Lower Owens and East Walker River. To book your guided fishing trip with Jim Elias please all him at (760) 582-2195 and for more information please visit his WEBSITE..

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Crowley Lake - 6/10/22 - Water Level - 6768.5ft - Water is clear - Surface temps near 65 by early afternoon, Bottom...... Read More