Hot Creek Fish Report

Hot Creek - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Tom Loe

The pics are taken on Christmas Day. Fishing has been sporadic here as well. There have been quite a few people fishing and waterfowl hunting the area despite the cold weather. The canyon walls are slippery, with funky trails. Do not hike in your felt wading boots!

Hot Creek and the Upper Owens are spring fed creeks and have an inherently higher base water temps due to geo-thermal heating. The fish do not become as lethargic in the winter in these areas, and neither do the aquatic insects that hatch year around in both areas. Midges and smaller mayfly patterns are your best choices this time of year; keep the imitations in the #18-22 range.

If you would like to go fly fishing with Sierra Drifters give them a call at (760) 935 4250 and for more information visit their website