The big fish at lake Crowley are more spread out which makes the fish harder to find

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by The Trout Fitter Staff
(800) 637-6912

Water Conditions: The LADWP has fianally stopped lowering the lake at the lowest point we have seen in over 20 years. Watch out for islands between the marina and McGee Bay. It is also 3 ft deep 100 yds out from Sandy Point.

Water temps are between 52 and 59 in most of the lake and there are plenty of perfect 57F areas. Algea isn't bad bad but there is some stringy stuff moving around that will make the fish leave an area if it moves in.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to Good. DAPHNIA IS GOING STRONG AND MAKING FOR ON OR OFF FISHING DEPENDING WHERE YOU ARE FROM ONE DAY TO THE OTHER. YOU HAVE GOT TO MOVE IF IT IS SLOW. Stripping is best but hit all depths as daphnia have fish at all depths sipping the green oatmeal. McGee pretty much done for with a few small fish on the west side.

Fish are now holding, in about 5-8 feet of water up in Green Banks, Six Bays and Leighton. Bad news is the big fish are spread out so you have to wait between smaller fish to have one come by. Fair to Good bite under the indicator, but better on the strip. Get out in that tube! Fishing from the shore in late afternoon in Six Bays and along Green Banks has been good.

Recommended Flies:

Try Extended Body BWO as Calibaetis imitation among weeds near Owens mouth.

Nymphs: Early go with bright red blood worms or Albino Barons. Copper Tiger Big or Beaded Red/Black Optimidge mid morning and beaded Gray/Black Optimidge w/Green Flashback #16 or Shaft Emerger Large in bright sun overhead. Try hanging red to purple marabou leeches for best alternative meal up top.

Streamers: Perfection Perch, Rickerd's AP Emerger, Small Punk Perch either color, Doc's Twin Lakes Special in cinnamon size 12 early. Leech patterns stripped sloooowly with a twitch at all depths.

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