The Fish Report

June 17th 2021

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New Regulations are in effect this year so make sure you know before you go. Very hot with possible thunder showers through the weekend and slight drop in temperatures the first half of next week. Fire Restrictions are in place.

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The Fish Report - June 17th 2021

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Hot Creek - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good, showing 11 cfs as of 6/17

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 Mammoth Creek is still getting dirty in the afternoon. Not sure how much of an affect it has on Hot Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good-Very Good

Outside of the fish getting more and more selective nothing much has changed. Caddis and Tricos (7-10 am) and PMDs 10-12 with Caddis and PMDs being the strongest. The dry fly fishing has been excellent depending on the timing of the hatch. Scuds and caddis are a good choice all day. Please be mindful of other anglers there are plenty of spots to fish on Hot Creek. The fish (including the bigger ones) have moved into the faster, shallower water so shorten up and keep your drifts real short. The fish are in there and they're hungry. AND the weed beds are coming back with a vengeance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Flies

DRIES:  R.P. Emerger #22  | Sparkle Flag Black #20-22 | Yellow Stimulator #8-16 | Mother Shucker #24 | CDC Baetis Dun #16-20 | Para Caddis #18-22

NYMPHS:  Beck's Sulphur Emerger #16-18 | T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Grey/Olive Scud #16-18 | Tailwater Scud Tungsten #14-18 | S&M nymph #16-18 | Little Brown Bug #16-18 | Medallion Midge #18-24 |  Buckskin #16-20  |  Rainbow Warrior #18-20 | Barr's Emerger #16-22 | Deep Six Pupa #18

STREAMERS: BH Bopp SlumpBuster | Perfection Perch #4-8 | Punk Perch #10-16 | Hornburg #10-14   Mice

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Crowley Lake - Surface Elevation

Water Conditions

Water Conditions:  Good

Lake Elevation at 6767.9 on 6/17

Algae has arrived, but not too bad

 

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

 Most of the perch have moved out into 20-30 feet. The trout seem to move in and out from day to day with deeper water being better lately. The trout are getting more selective especially in shallower water, deeper water is still bigger and brighter flies. Be aware that the currents are usually stronger than you would ever guess, without sufficient weight, in 25' of water you might actually be fishing 4' down 20' away.  Late morning the trout bite tapers off into only perch. McGee Bay, Sandy Point and Hilton Bay have been the most consistent spots.

 

 

 

 

Recommended Flies

Dries:

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 |

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

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Upper Owens River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are  57 cfs as of  6/17

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With the cooler weather water clarity has improved but with next weeks warming it may color up again.

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

Conditions are already changing to more of a post runoff state. This is generally the slowest part of the season, with migratory fish gone and the water still cold. Fishing is usually slow until later in the month but right now the crowds are gone, and the fishing is good enough to be worthwhile. True to form it's a day-to-day thing, one day good the next day tough. We are starting to see a few more Tricos, 6-8 for the female emergence and 9-10 for the spinner fall. Also, early midges and some bigger caddis with a mixture of small (BWO) and larger mayflies (PMD's) with caddis midday and then caddis and midges in the afternoon. The resident fish have been keying into the mayflies and midges, so we suggest trailing a midge (#18-24) or mayfly (#16-22) behind an attractor nymph. On calm afternoons the dry fly fishing can be productive but be ready to throw size 18 through 22 dry flies. Streamer fishing has been OK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | Parachute Extended Body BWO #18-22 | Elk Hair Caddis #20-22 | Para Caddis #16-22 | EC Caddis #16-20 | Baby boy Hopper #14-16

NYMPHS:  Zebra Midge #16-22 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Copper John #14-16 |Tungsten Jig Baetis #18-20 | Black Beauty #22 | Beck's Sulpher Emerger #16-18 | PMD Batwing Emerger #16-18 |  S&M Nymph #20-22 | Medalion Midge #20-24 |Bling Midge #22-24 | OCD Caddis #14-18|

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive, or 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 are at 302 cfs as of  6/17

The flows have dropped 50 cfs in the last 5 days. Water is still a little off color

 

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:  Good-Very Good

The one change I've seen, the fish feeding on the surface are getting pickier, letting the naturals drift a lot longer for inspection. People are scared off by flows this high but if you wade carefully or stay on the bank these flows are excellent. Good hatches from 6 in the morning until dusk and no people works for me. The only real downside is the heat but perfect for early starts and late finishes.  Some Little Yellow stoneflies are coming off midday, heavier mid-afternoon. Late afternoons/evenings are picking up with mayflies #16-18 and caddis hatches bringing more fish to the surface. Midges early with Mayflies and Caddis mid-day to mid-afternoon. There is a larger PMD (#16-18) that is now coming off mid-day all the way to about 7 pm. Dry fly action has been picking up especially in the evening.  Just remember what spots the fish were in before and move to find the corresponding water now. Drop offs that were 6" deep are now 1' + and holding fish.

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22 | Hi-Vis BWO #18-22 | Large dry with #22-26 midge emergers and adults | Stimulator #8-12 | Para Caddis #16-20

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 | Juju Baetis #18-20 | Glass Bead Micro May Olive # 20-24 | Caddistrophic Pupa #16-18 | Gold Bead Epoxy Stone #8-10

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

Flows are 75 cfs as of 6/17

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info

Check the flows frequently, it makes a huge difference

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair

 The fishing is fair BUT:

Flows have gone back down and only about 20% of normal and that combined with warming water temperatures will not help out the fishing.  This will be the 2nd year with limited stocking of fingerlings and a computer programing glitch which removed "barbless" from regulations on any body of water that is stocked, no matter how limited it may be.

SO, it is up to us to protect this fishery, or we can be more concerned with ego gratifying pictures and videos and watch the death spiral of a once great fishery. If you must take pictures keep the fish in the water at all times and debarb your hooks.

With the cooler temperatures of the last couple of days the water temperatures should be good but with the expected warm up it shouldn't stay cool for long. Yesterday the water got up to 68 by noon and that was after a night in the high 30's. There's a lot of weeds being flushed out so nymph fishing, indicator or otherwise is difficult. Luckily dry droppers have been working well, with a lot of surface activity, mainly from smaller fish. Take a thermometer and take temperature readings frequently. Once the water gets above mid 60's it might be time to head elsewhere or at the very least be very aware of how the fish are recovering and land fish as quickly as possible. Better to break off a fish than exhaust it beyond recovery.

Okay back to the fishing. Very important to keep track of the flows. Under 40 cfs the fish get much spookier and skittish making for very tough fishing. Midges and caddis in the morning with caddis and Baetis midday, there are some Tricos in the early morning but not sure if that will last since they're a little early. If you feel like tying up # 32 Daphnia patterns the Daphnia are getting flushed out of the reservoir and they will actually key on them. The water is a bit murky, but it will vary a lot with the wind we're having.

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Flies

 DRIES:   | Mother Shucker #22-24 | E/C Caddis #14-18 | Caddis Adult Tan #14-16 | Sparkle Flag Black #20-22 | Chernobyl Ant #6-10 | Chernobyl  org/grz  #6-8

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 | Tung Stud Black #18-20 |  Glass Bead Micro May Olive #22-24 | S&M Nymph #20-22  | Tungsten Jig Baetis #16-20 | TTS Opal B/L #14-18| Tungsten Z- wing #14-18

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

 

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