Hot Creek Fish Report

Hot Creek - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)


by The Trout Fitter Staff
12-30-2009
(800) 637-6912
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Water Conditions: Good

The flow is 14 cfs at 395 so around 29 CFS total. Water is clear and cold in the 40's.

The USFA has closed the gate for the season so it is about a 1/4 mile walk to the canyon section, but only 100 yards from the paved road to the Interpretive Center section.

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good

There is snow from the last storm and it has been cold so there is a little to navigate getting down into the canyon section. Interpretive Center section is just a strole from the road and you can drive in with 4X4.

Cold mornings so no need to arrive much earlier than 10 am. Midges early followed by Baetis hatch from 20 minutes to over an hour depending on the day. Everything coming off at Hot Creek is small.

The bite is strong midday as they all feed at once and the competition is keen - translated not too choosey.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: #20 to 24 Parachute Adams, Loop Wing Baetis, Brooks Sprout Baetis.

NYMPHS: Black or olive #20-24 WD-40\\\'s, #20-22 Zebra Midge.

Streamers: Throw big ol\\\' Muddler Minnows or big streamers to the far shore in the Interpretive Center section and never let the fly be stationary . . . strip as it hits the water or land on the far shore and drag it in the water.