Where To Fish
East Walker River
This is one of the top brown trout streams in the United States. The fish are there and a whole lot of fish for that matter. Some of the biggest trout is caught here on a regular basis. However, the fish have seen many anglers day after day. As a result, the fish have learnt most of the tricks and wonâ€™t be an easy pray. With that said, this is a difficult stream for someone just starting out; however, this place is that more exciting and challenging for a skilled fisherman. It really takes skill, unique approach, and patience to catch a fish here, but the number of big brown trouts that live here makes it all worth the effort. The fishing is best when the water flows about 200 cubic feet a second or less. You will find most people fishing between the Bridgeport Reservoir dam and about a mile downstream from there. It is called the Miracle Mile.
The Bridgeport Reservoir is well known for the giant fish that it produces. Many people catch browns here that are above five pounds on a regular basis. A fair amount of folks walks away with a fish over ten pounds (and a huge smile on their face:-). Lucky few take home a trophy bigger than twenty pounds. This is your chance for the catch of your life. The lake offers thirteen miles of shoreline and is best fished from a boat as the best spots are only accessible by boat. Don't worry, we rent boats! Some of the well know spots are: Rainbow Point, and the Swauger and Buckeye creek outlets on the southern end of the lake.
The place where the California's biggest trout was caught in 1985. Situated at 7,000 feet, this area consists of Upper and Lower Lakes. Home of large brown trouts and many planted rainbow trouts, this place definitely should be on your "Places to Visit" list. However, you will be able to see many of the brown trouts, but to actually catch them is another story. These are predominantly caught in the off season, most likely right after the ice melts in early May. During the summer months, the lakes see a lot of traffic, but there is enough fish for everybody. If you feel overwhelmed by too many people, try to escape into the Hoover Wilderness where you can find many waters that are small but filled with fish.
This is a beautiful mountain lake that has a lot of trout including the Alpers trout. The trouts are five to eight pounders and the rainbows are in the 10 -12 inch range. If you are fishing from the shore, try the spot right next to the swimming beach. It's always worked well for us. This particular lake gets a lot of traffic especially during the busy summer months; however, the scenery is what most people imagine when they think of the Sierras - snow capped mountains, crystal blue alpine lakes, and lash green forests.
Crowley lake is one of the most nutrient rich lakes in California. Situated at 6,720 feet with 45 miles of shoreline, this alkaline lake grows fish faster and larger then any other place. Moreover, the lake is stocked heavily at the end of the fishing season, so the fish have plenty of time to grow big before your arrival in the spring. The lake is fed by the Upper Owens River, Convict Creek, Crooked Creek, Whiskey Creek, and McGee Creek. A full service marina is available and access to the lake is secured by a good unpaved road along the northeast side. The season opener here is an exceptional experience with thousands of anglers arriving just for this particular event that takes place the last Saturday of April. From the Opener to July 31st, there is a 5-trout limit and fishing is allowed using both lures and bait. However, from August 1st until November 15th, the limit is 2 trout 18 inches or larger, and artificial flies or lures with a single barblless hook must be used.
If you are looking for solitude and untouched beauty along with a great fishing experience this is the place to go. Nested at 7,583 feet and bordered by the John Muir Wilderness, the scenery is breathtaking and the fishing happens to be excellent as well. The lake holds large numbers of Brown and Rainbow Trout. If you would like to fish the Convict Creek, the best place to do so is just below the outlet. If you are in the area, make sure to check out the annual late summer/early fall trout derby.