Eastern Sierra Fish Report

CROWLEY LAKE CUTTY — Owen Delacruz from Lake Elsinore is named after the Owens River, but he caught this monster cutthroat in Crooked Creek Canyon at Crowley Lake using a hot pink Sierra Slammer. The fish was estimated at 8 to 10 pounds.

Updated May 24, 2022

BISHOP AREA — Lake Sabrina will be open for Memorial Day with snacks, drinks and tackle available. South Lake is still not open, but roads to all lakes in Bishop Creek Basin now open and waters have been stocked. Best action is at the inlet to Lake Sabrina, but the road to North Lake is open and anglers are reporting lots of limits. The South Fork and Middle Fork of Bishop Creek have been stocked and anglers are doing well with limits of smaller rainbows taking small lures and PowerBait. Flows on the Lower Owens River are up, but fishing for stocked trout has been good with traditional baits and lures.


CROWLEY, ROCK CREEK AND CONVICT LAKES — The bite at Crowley Lake has been starting early around 7 a.m., but continues throughout the day, peaking about 8 to 10 a.m. Red, copper and zebra Midges in #16 are good choices. Guides are reporting that trolling with leadcore at 4 to 5 colors with Speedy Shiners, Tasmanian Devils and Slim Fins has been steady. The fish are holding in 25 to 35 feet of water for the most part. Convict Lake is stocked and producing well. South Shore and Inlet are the hot spots as well as the creek near the lake outlet. Rock Creek Campgrounds and services will be open for Memorial Day. All waters are open and stocked.


MAMMOTH LAKES AREA — Roads into the basin are now open. No date for the road opening into Red’s Meadow yet, however. The best fishing has been at Lake Mary where anglers are reporting easy limits of 3- to 5-pound rainbows. Twin Lake has been best in deeper water by the waterfall.


JUNE LAKE LOOP — Rush Creek is open to fishing on Saturday before Memorial Day, May 27.  The Loop lakes are well stocked and producing trout to 9 pounds-plus for both shore and boat anglers. Lee Vining Creek is also well stocked with anglers reporting bites for smaller rainbows, but increased flows has slowed the bite a bit.


BRIDGEPORT AREA — Bridgeport Reservoir is wide open when the wind is not blowing. Trolling lures and bait fishing from shore all producing now, but bait anglers are also doing well at Rainbow Point. The Twins are open and renting boats. The brown bite there has been steady with fish to 12 pounds showing here and there. Robinson Creek has also been good for some larger trout.


Virginia Lakes are stocked and fishing well, and are now ice-free.


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