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By the Fish Sniffer Staff

 
February 27, 2010
Updated Regularly

OWENS RIVER RAINBOWS & BROWNS
(Bishop) The weather has been clear and pleasant in the Bishop area over the past week. The water is still frigid, but the warm sunny days have made conditions very comfortable for winter anglers in pursuit of brown and rainbow trout.
Good to very good midge fishing is available on the Lower Owens River in the morning hours, reported Tom Loe of Sierra Drifters Guide Service. In the afternoon the focus changes to working with Pheasant Tails and other small nymphs in sizes ranging from No. 16 to 22. Most of the trout being caught run 9 to 14 inches, but larger fish are possible.
“The Owens River Gorge is full of small browns and they are willing biters,” stated Loe. “Yet due to the low amount of sunlight that hits the gorge, hiking conditions remain icy and treacherous. The small size of the trout, combined with the difficult and often times dangerous hiking conditions, makes the gorge a poor choice for most anglers. There is no sense in risking a fall to catch a bunch of smallish trout.”
The water level at Pleasant Valley Reservoir remains high and overall fly guys are having a tough time hooking rainbows and browns, but spin anglers are doing okay. Casting with spoons and minnow plugs has been paying off for some anglers, but overall soaking Power Bait and worms has been the best approach.

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Most of the fishing in this area is accessed from the east side of the Sierras. In the Bishop area you might want to check out Lake Sabrina. Although regularly stocked, there are some old lunkers to be had. The area receives pressure from the southern Californians so you will find many of the rivers and streams are stocked frequently. For the adventurous, the area offers wilderness areas full of lakes and streams. Sorry you have to walk in. In the Bridgeport area the East Walker River offers brown trout to 10 lbs. for fly and spin fishermen. Upper Twin Lake has kokanee and some large trout. Other places to look into are Crowley Lake, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, Convict Lake and Rock Creek Lake. All offer a variety of vacation and fishing options.

 

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