Eastern Sierra Fish Report

HAWAII RESIDENT Mark Stratton fished the Mammoth Lakes Basin and bagged some solid rainbows at Lake George before heading back to the islands. PHOTO COURTESY RICK’S SPORT CENTER

Updated October 2, 2022

BISHOP AREA — There are still some crowds on weekends (a lot of them are photographers shooting fall colors) but the area has been heavily stocked of late, especially Lake Sabrina, Intake II and the South Fork of Bishop Creek. Backside of Sabrina has been best for anglers using spoons, jigs and Pinched Crawlers. Some trophy fish were stocked there and not many have been reported as caught yet.


CROWLEY, ROCK CREEK, AND CONVICT LAKES — Fishing has been up and down at Crowley, but the consistent aspect of it is the depth with most biters being found in 12 to 17 feet of water. The North Arm has been best along with the McGee Creek area. Rock Creek has been on the slow side, but Convict has been better with good numbers of floating-bait fish coming from areas like the South Shore, Inlet and Hangman Tree.


MAMMOTH LAKES AREA — Lake George and Lake Mary are the top spots in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. At George, work the left side of the lake from about two thirds of the way to the back to all the way to the back with spoons and Power Bait. At Mary, trout are holding in 20 to 25 feet of water, so look for the deeper areas or troll  Tasmanian Devils, Speedy Shiners or Rapalas with leadcore line.

 JUNE LAKE LOOP— June Lake has been fishing well thanks in part to continued regular stocking. Silver Lake has been kicking out limits of smaller rainbows and the occasional biggie, and at Grant Lake, fishing is good early and late but slow during the day. Stop by Ernie’s Tackle in June Lake for the latest when you pull into town.


BRIDGEPORT AREA — Both Twin Lakes are providing solid action for both shore and boat anglers. At those lakes, the kokanee spawn is on, so using baits and lures with some orange in them is a smart move. Bridgeport Reservoir is off to a slow start this fall but it’s expected to improve as the weather continues to cool. No big browns have been reported yet.


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