Fishing is still good at Crowley, but the fish are more spread out

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)


by The Trout Fitter Staff
10-11-2012
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Water Conditions: The LADWP has finally 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. The mornings are cold now so no need to show up before 8 am and bite really gets going from 9 to 10.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to good, the Daphnia is almost gone and fishing is picking up across the lake. McGee pretty much done for with a few small fish on the west side. The fish are now holding in north end, Six Bays, Sandy Point and Leighton. Bad news is the big fish are spread out so you have to wait between smaller fish to have one come by. Sandy- mostly small, Six Bays - mostly big but fewer grabs and off and on from day to day. Leighton - small to medium in shallows like 5 ft and mix of with some big ones out in 10-12ft. Fishing from the shore in late afternoon in Six Bays and along Green Banks has also been good.

Recommended Flies:

Dries:
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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