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Trout fishing is going strong at most Eastern Sierra destinations. Both bank anglers and boaters are scoring consistent limits at a number of different lakes.
(Bridgeport) “Bridgeport Reservoir has picked up very nicely the past few days, trolling and bait fishing have been excellent,” reported Jim Reid at Ken’s Sporting Goods. “Trolling with Rapalas, Needlefish, blades/crawlers and various other spoons has been good and bait angers have been doing well with crawlers, PowerBait and Power Eggs. Lots of fish in the 1 to 4 pound range are being caught, mostly rainbows but there’s still a few nice browns showing up.”
“The Twin Lakes have settled down this week on the huge browns, but now there seems to be a good number of 1 to 5 pound fish being caught. Bait fishing with crawlers and PowerBait either from shore or boats has been good. Trolling or casting lures is producing some nice fish as well,” said Reid.
Rapalas, Thomas Buoyants and Kastmasters have all been doing well. Good numbers of fish from 1 to 3 pounds are being caught with a few weighing in at just over 5 pounds, said Reid.
(June Lake Loop) According to Tim Locus at Ernie’s Sporting Goods, limits are the rule at June Lake for anglers soaking PowerBait, Pautzke Firebait, Power Eggs and Gulp! Pinched Crawlers.
Most of the fish are pansize rainbows, but rainbows to 5 plus pounds have been caught this week.
At Convict Lake bait anglers are bushing easy limits of rainbows that average 2 to 3 pounds. Yellow and green dough baits and inflated night crawlers have been the most productive baits.
(Bishop) The Lower Owens is flowing 307 cfs with slightly off color water. Fishing has gone from good to fair. Fishermen advise using midges and tricos early.
BWO’s are starting about 11am with caddis starting up mid afternoon. “Be extra careful wading when the flows are this high,” according to thetroutfly.com. “Stick to the upper section by the dam, or go way down low below Bishop where the river is wider and shallower.”
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