Owens River Fishing Report

Owens River - Lower - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

Photo Credit: Sierra Drifters

by Doug Rodricks
(760) 935-4250

Here is your Eastern Sierra Fishing Report 1-26-23. What a series of storms we had and they delivered as promised. Feet and feet of snow fell on the eastern sierra creating havoc in the region by causing road and highway closures and as well as avalanche risks. The issue wasn't the amount of snow, but the frequency of the storms which left only a day in between to clean up and prepare for the next blizzard. This pattern caused a lot of delays where crews had to work around the clock to keep the roads clear.
The Upper Owens River has been producing some trophy rainbow trout.
Hot Creek has been fishing well and there isn't a lot of fishing pressure currently.
The Lower Owens drift boat fishing has been good, but the Wild Trout section has slowed way down. Another light storm, by sierra standards, is on the way and temperatures are going to plummet.
As we experience extreme temperatures this winter, it becomes important to dress properly and not ignore the possibility of frostbite and hypothermia. We frequently experience sub-freezing temperatures in the mornings while fishing. Wind chill can be very dangerous, especially when wind comes in contact with exposed skin. Your body will rapidly lose heat at this point and numbness will set in. With just a 10 mph wind in sub-zero temperatures, the air temperature will become 20 degrees plus or minus colder. Frostbite chances increase for every 10 mph of wind speed from there. Be smart out there and conscious of what your body is telling you, as once your body temperature drops too low your brain can be affected and you may not realize you are slipping into hypothermia. This is especially important if you are fishing alone.
Call or Text us at 760-935-4250 or email [email protected] to book a trip.
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