THE FISH REPORT

October 29th 2020

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Inyo National Forest has partially reopened.  All Wilderness areas are still closed but the front country parts of the forest have reopened.  Some campgrounds, hiking, fishing, biking have reopened, some are still closed.  The smoke has been very inconsistent and unpredictable. The front passed through this weekend with very cold temperatures and gusty winds but it did get rid of the smoke, at least for now. The fishing slowed down early this week but it seems that with the weather warming up it should improve.

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THE FISH REPORT - October 29th 2020

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Hot Creek - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Fair, showing 4 cfs as of 10/30

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches Good

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The PMDs and Hoppers are done. The BWO are starting mid to late morning.  Caddis migration starts about 9 a.m. with the emergence starting late afternoon. The Caddis can range from a #14 to a #30 (no that's not a typo) so don't be afraid to experiment, including "skating" the bigger ones. The best dry fly action starts about 9 and includes light colored midges, BWO's and caddis size 20-24. The weeds are at the point where people have gone exclusively to dry and dry dropper. I have heard some Tricos are still miraculously hatching. Midge hatches midday in the slow water can be impressive.

Recommended Flies

DRIES:  R.P. Emerger #22 | Para Caddis #16-22 | Elk Hair Caddis #14-!8 | Spring Creek Hopper #12-14 | Spider Variant #18-20 | Hi-Vis Baetis #20-24

NYMPHS:  Bottom Roller Phsyco Rycho #10-14 | T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Grey/Olive Scud #16-18 |  Translucent Pupa #16-18 | Nori Caddis #18-20 | Tailwater Scud Tungsten #14-18 | S&M nymph #20-22 |  Juju Baetis # 20-22

STREAMERS: BH Bopp Leech Olive & Brown #12-10 | Wooly Bugger Olive & Brown #12-10 | Punk Perch

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Crowley Lake - Surface Elevation

Water Conditions

Water Conditions:  Good

ATTENTION: The outflow is down to fall levels and they are now pumping water in from Grant Lake so the lake levels have stabilized and are coming up slowly.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

The smoke situation has gotten better but we are still having some bad days. Fishing has gotten tougher as the cold snap and winds have dropped the water temperature down close to 50 degrees. It's been harder to pinpoint fish  this week, they seem to have scattered, possibly starting to move back to deeper water. The perch are still producing for people stripping streamers but hanging it under an indicator has not been as effective. Remember that unless you are ready to immediately cast to a boil there's no point in worrying about it. Those fish are flushing Perch fry off the bottom and then going right back down. Also some of the smaller looking rises are actually bigger fish than you thought, they just happen to have caught the fry below the surface. Don't be afraid to throw streamers up against the banks, you'll find fish in water 1-2 feet deep.

When midging I haven't seen that any one color is working better than others but I have done well with larger flies on the bottom smaller above. For the bottom fly I've been using red early and black midday. McGee Bay has slowed way down, the fish have to be somewhere if you want to explore the area. Well, people have done the exploration and they found fish between McGee and Sandy Point. The north end has picked back up and everywhere it seems 6-16 feet is best. Big and Little Hilton have had their moments as well, mainly midday.

Recommended Flies

Dries: Horny Damsel #10

Nymphs: Shaft Emerger #14-16 | Albino Baron #14-16 | G/B Opti Tiger #16-18 | Optimidge Olive/Dun #16-18 | Double Bead Zebra slvr/blk small | B.H.Chiron Blood #14-16 | V Rib Red #14-16

Streamers: Crystal Bugger Black #8 | Marabou Leech Burgundy or Brown #12 | Punk Perch #14-16 | Perfection Perch #4 | Hornberg #8-14 | Baby Fat Minnow

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Upper Owens River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 108 cfs as of 10/29

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Water temperatures are dropping fast.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

OKAY IT'S TIME TO CLIMB UP ON THE SOAPBOX: DFG is no longer stocking fall spawning rainbows. Every fish laid in the dead grass, carried away from the water, held with a towel or squeezed is another fish that won't be spawning.

Weather is stabilizing and warming up. Hatches are still weak, midges being the dominate bug.

DWP has been pumping water from Grant Lake into the upper Owens for a couple of weeks. The water has cleared and some of the weeds and silt have also been cleared out and hopefully attracting the fall spawners into the river.

Outside of the midges there is a scattering of small mayflies throughout the day. Remember we're getting into that time of year when more and more lake fish are moving in so don't be afraid to throw some bigger midges and perch patterns.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Stimulator #12-16 | Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | EC Caddis #16-18 | Parachute Extended Body BWO #20-22 |Elk Hair Caddis #20

NYMPHS:  Zebra Midge #16-22 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Copper John #14-16 | San Juan Worm #12-14 | Harrop's Surface Emerger #20 | Barr's Flashback Emerger #20-22 | Juju Baetis #20-22 | S&M Nymph #20-22

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive & Brown #6-14 | Punk Perch light or dark #10-16

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Lower Owens River - Flow Rate

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows have come down to 111cfs as of 10/30

Water temperature low 60s midday

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good-Very Good

Same old report, except that the fishing is getting better and better. Flows are good, temperatures mid-day are pleasant, lots of flying insect to be seen and nobody around. Mornings is midges, later in the morning is craneflies, caddis and BWO. Evenings are caddis and midges. Reports from up by the dam have not been as good as downstream.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Large dry with #22-26 midge emergers and adults | Stimulator #12-16 | Spider Variant #18-20 | Elk Hair Caddis #14-20 behind the Stimulator, lots of skating

NYMPH:  Pheasant Tail #14-22 | Hares Ear #16-22 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Olive Hot Spot Jig #18 | B/H Prince #10-14 | Chamois Caddis #14-18 | Bottom Roller Phsyco Rhyco #10-14 | Uncased Caddis Green #14-16

STREAMERS: Wooly Bugger Olive & Black #10-12 | Mini Sculpin Olive & Black #10-12

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East Walker River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions:  Fair-Good

Flows are down to to 50 cfs as of  10/30

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Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good

Nighttime temperatures are in the 10's- 20's with daytime in the 60's as it slowly warms up. Even though it warms up some over the weekend I wouldn't be in a hurry to get on the water.

Both the mayflies and the midges are extremely small.  Perch fry patterns should be working. The perch fly patterns can be stripped or dead drifted under an indicator. If under the indicator and you're not getting grabs, try lifting and dropping the indicator to give the streamer movement. A lot of smaller fish are getting caught but there are plenty of big fish too. Attractor patterns are working including worms and slush eggs.

 

 

Recommended Flies

 DRIES:   REALLY big Chernobylly Mousey looking stuff | Mother Shucker #22-24 | E/C Caddis #14-18 | Banshee Caddis #16-18 | Sparkle Flag Black #20-22 | Para Crane Fly #14-16

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #12-16| Dead Drift Crayfish #8 | Bottom Roller Psycho #10-12 | Copper Zebra #16-22 | T's Stone Drummond Light #8-10 | JuJu Baetis #22-24 | Slush Egg | Pheasant Tail Midge Pupa #12-14 | Blood Midge #12-16 | Barr's Trico Emerger #20-22 | S&M Nymph #20-22

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle | Sculpzilla | Hornberg #10-14 | Belly Scratcher Minnow Chub #2 | Bank Robber Sculpin #2 | Punk Perch Light #10-14

Playbate Chartreuse #1/0 | Baby Fat Minnow #8

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