Eastern Sierra Fishing Report

by Doug Rodricks
(760) 935-4250

Here's your Eastern Sierra Fishing Report 5-8-24. The general trout season is well underway now. The past few days have brought wind, some snow over the last weekend, and cooler temperatures. Going into the coming days, we can expect to see drier conditions with a nice warm up coming next week. There is the possibility for a slight chance of precipitation, but chances look low for now. Crowley Lake had a good start to the season. The fish are spread out around the lake for now. Lots of water made it tough for shore anglers, but boat anglers seemed to do much better. Cooler temperatures have kept the spring run-off at low flows, but next weeks warm up should start to ramp up water intake. The Lower Owens River is now at 524 cfs, as the LADWP starts making room for the coming snowmelt. Not very good fishing at these flows and we can expect to see them come up higher as we slide into the summer season. Hot Creek flows are still on the lower side. The Interpretive Site seems to be fishing a little better than the canyon section. Small Midges and afternoon mayflies are getting takes right now. Bridgeport Reservoir and the East Walker River are fishing very well. The reservoir seems to be a few weeks ahead of Crowley for bug hatches. Large swarms of midges and callibaetis mayflies are already present here. Midges and Light Assassins have been taking some nice fish recently. The East Walker River is flowing at 260 cfs as of this report. Get here early if you go, as it has been crowded. Fish are spread all over the river at these flows. The San Joaquin River is flowing at 215 cfs due to cooler temperatures. The Upper Owens River has been good below the Benton Crossing Bridge for smaller rainbows, but the cutthroat trout have not made a showing yet. We still have some dates available for Eagle Lake. We will be there for the entire month of June. Check out our video on Eagle Lake here: https://youtu.be/wYFTcWtA914?si=Ig9LBALKZSWrOHmPP

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