Eastern Sierra Fish Report

A little bit of a change this week in my weekly report. I spent the last seven days in Bridgeport on the 36th annual trip to the cabin on Robinson Creek, so I don’t have any info on Castaic as I only report my own on-the-water experiences as well as some input from a few select friends.

Crowley Lake:

Absolutely fantastic fishing on tap for all species including Sacramento Perch. Fly fishermen employing the stillwater nymphing technique will find excellent action on Trout to 22″. Zebra midges suspended beneath a strike indicator with a small perch imitation as the top fly, will get some big grabs as the larger Trout feed heavily for the upcoming Winter. Trollers can expect to connect with quality fish as well, trolling 3-5 colors of lead core line with a Tasmanian Devil lure at the business end. Good areas for both presentations are the Owens River Arm, Six Bays down to Sandy Point, and McGee Bay. Big Sacramento perch can be caught trolling small crankbaits and casting mini jigs. Crowley is currently in it’s no-bait season so leave the glitter balls at home.

Mammoth Lakes and June Lake Loop:

Despite absolutely beautiful weather in the 70’s, these two areas were closed for weeks because of fire danger. The June Loop waters opened back up to fishing on Friday 10/09, however Mammoth Lakes is remains smoky from the fire still burning on the West side of the Sierra divide.

 Twin Lakes and Virginia Lakes, Bridgeport:

Unfortunately this area has been hit hard recently as the two main drainages to the South, Mammoth and June Lake were closed. We found it better to stick to the wild fish in the small creeks like Robinson and Buckeye, as well as the East Walker River below Bridgeport Reservoir.Virginia Lakes have been pretty much fished out but if you still want to spend a day enjoying the beautiful Fall scenery at 9400′ this is still a great place to go.

I’m looking forward to getting back on Castaic this week and making the remainder of the season as good as possible for my clients. I am booked for all but a few days in October but have some prime dates available in November. If this year is anything like last year, I expect great fishing along with the biggest fish of the year coming to the net.

Jim – 661 Fishing