August ‘Dog Days’ Slow Down Trouting At Many Destinations
Warm weather, warm water temperatures and robust fishing pressure are making for tough trout fishing in the Eastern Sierra. Once nighttime temperatures start to drop, the action should pick back up, but as of press time trout fishing was rated as fair to poor at many popular fishing holes.
(Bridgeport) “It looks like we've finally hit the dog days of summer on the East Walker. The river is running at 105cfs today which is a decent flow, but the big news is that it sounds like the algae coming through the dam right now is unbearable,” disclosed Jim Reid at Ken’s Sporting Goods. “It sounds like a lot of the algae is decaying and creating quite a stink down the first couple sections of river. The good news is that the further you go downstream towards Nevada, the Sceirine and Rosachi, the smell gets lighter and lighter. We've had a few good reports from the Nevada side that were good reports and no mention of the algae smell. If you decide to head downstream the usual suspects will apply, caddis nymphs, small midges, dead drift crayfish and a few dries like elk hair caddis, e/c caddis and para adams.”
“Bridgeport has been pretty tough this past week, we've talked to a few folks trying to fish from the shore with not much success and we haven't had any reports from boat anglers for the last week at all. Hopefully the weather will cool down soon and the algae will get blown out of the reservoir and it'll start livening up after that,” said Reid.
“The West Walker is still on fire! Lots and lots of nice fish being caught both in the Pickle Meadows area as well as the canyon section. The water is low and clear, so you need to be a bit stealthy. There's a lot of water that's a little thin so you just need to move from that to the deeper runs and pools where the fish are hanging out. Lots of things working down there including salmon eggs, crawlers, Power Eggs, Mepps, Panther Martins, Rooster Tails, and for flies try hoppers, beetles, ants, stimulators, soft hackles, prince nymphs and pheasant tails,” exclaimed Reid.
(Bishop) Excellent trout fishing is on tap at Crowley Lake. The trout are gobbling perch fry swimming along the bottom. Anglers are scoring with streamer flies that imitate the young perch. The key to success is working your fly right along the bottom.
The most consistent areas have been McGee Bay and Green Banks Bay. The oxygen level in the lake is low, so you don’t want to fight the trout for too long and don’t take them out of the water to remove the hook.
The Lower Owens is flowing along at 300 CFS and the fishing is rated as fair at best. Heat waves have affected the bite and the high rate of flow makes for tough wading. If you go small nymphs will draw the most strikes.Back To Reports