Eastern Sierra Fish Report

ONE TO REMEMBER — The bigs are biting at Lower Twin Lake in Bridgeport, and Jeff Tyson from Orange connected with this 6-pound, 11-ounce rainbow caught with a J9 silver and black Rapala.


Updated July 26, 2021


BISHOP AREA — Lake Sabrina has rental boats and has been stocked with Oregon trophy trout. Private boats can be launched as well. Best action is at the inlets with nightcrawlers or jigs. No boats available this season at South Lake but Boiler Cove and the inlet have been hot spots. 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. Deeper holes are holding some larger rainbows. 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 LAKE — Crowley is warm with air temperatures in the mid 80s and low 90s and trout have been holding in deep water. Convict Lake is stocked and producing well throughout the lake but be out early/late and go deep. Trolling has been good by the inlet and jetty. Rock Creek Lake is well stocked and the bite has been good for limits with fly/bubble combos, red/gold Thomas Buoyants, Kastmasters, PowerBait and worms.


MAMMOTH LAKES AREA — Best fishing is early and late from tubes or boats. Inlets, drop-offs and underwater springs are the best locations. Key on the waterfall at Twin Lakes. San Joaquin flows are low, but it’s been pretty good for dry fly action. Fish early or late for your best bet.


JUNE LAKE LOOP — All lakes in the loop producing good numbers of 3- to 5-pound fish. Go deep and be out early or late. Rush Creek has been slow because the water is warm but a few smaller rainbows and browns are being reported. June Lake well stocked and cutthroat are still biting. Troll slow and deep for your best shot. Gull is good for trolling deeper water and lots of limits and some bigger fish are coming from Silver Lake. Grant remains hot for browns in the evening for fish to 20 inches with trolled Rapalas.


LEE VINING — The creek continues to be stocked with trophy Oregon trout and salmon eggs and small lures are working for bites. Upper elevation lakes have been good for brook trout early and late. Low water at Saddlebag and the bite is slow. Lundy Lake still has a low water level, but trout to 5 pounds being caught from shore. The lake has been stocked.


BRIDGEPORT AREA — Anglers are being urged to avoid the East Walker River for now due to high temperatures and low flows. Bridgeport Reservoir has been warm and slow for trout but a few perch are biting on trolled nightcrawlers. The Twins are open and renting boats and trolling Rapalas at Upper Twin has been good for browns and a good mix of 2- to 6-pound rainbows. The Inlet to Lower Twin has been a hot spot for both shore and boat anglers. Bridgeport-area creeks are well stocked and showing an active bite. Virginia Lakes Resort was stocked with larger rainbows last week. The bite has been good at both lakes for rainbows to 4 pounds, but fish are deep and lures should be worked slowly.






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