The Fish Sniffer - Crowley Lake Opener Brings Cold Weather and High Winds
Crowley Lake Opener Brings Cold Weather and High Winds

Written By: Danny Lloyd, May 9, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Crowley Lake, Walker River- East, Owens River- Lower, Twin Lakes, Pleasant Valley Reservoir,

Crowley Lake opened up to fishing on April 26 and fishermen willing to brave the cold weather and high winds caught some very nice fish. In the couple of weeks since then, the weather and fishing have warmed up.

Don Meier of CPR Guide Service reported, “It is game on for the trolling right now. The lake is jugged full of fish and they are hungry. We have been catching more brown trout but the cutthroats and rainbows are showing too! McGee Bay is full of fish down in the 14-18 foot zone in 25-35 feet of water. I have not heard of any big ones coming from the Dam Run or Crooked but that should change soon..”

Don suggested trolling Rapalas size 9 and 11 in a silver or rainbow pattern. Don’t forget the go to Thomas Buoyants and Needlefish when fishing gets tough

(Mammoth Lakes) Upper Twin Lakes has been producing nice fish for boat anglers. Jim Reid of Ken’s Sporting Goods reported that fishermen have been having the most luck on the lake trolling smaller Rapalas as well as Kastmasters in shad patterns as well as bright firetiger. Shore anglers should stick to PowerBait and inflated crawlers under sliding sinker rigs for best results. No reports of large browns on Upper Twins Lakes have surfaced as of press day.

(Bridgeport) Bridgeport Reservoir’s recent opening has started with some good fishing. “Shore fishermen have been catching nice rainbows in shallow water anywhere from 4-8 feet. Your standard PowerBait and inflated night crawler set ups have been the best,” relayed Reid. “Boat anglers have been having the best results trolling 18-20 feet of water near the dam pulling Rapalas, Needlefish, and Thomas Buoyants in rainbow patterns”

(Bridgeport) The East Walker has been running at 22 cfs and we have not received any recent reports. Flows are back down, as the flows are highly dependent on the water needs of the ranchers in Nevada. They will adjust the flows as they see fit so fishing can fluctuate dramatically, according to the

(Bishop) “Pleasant Valley Reservoir fishing continues to be good as water conditions are clear and cold with lake levels dropping about an inch a day,” according to

Jarret Coons at Brock’s Fly Shop suggests using streamers and leeches when fishing the reservoir recommended dry flies include CDC Baetis DUN, and Parchute Adams. For nymphing try Red BH Optimidge, Mickey’s Red Baron, copper johns, #18 black beauty, wd40, and disco midge.

 (Bishop) Flows on the Lower Owens River are 230 cfs as of April 25. “The flows have gradually been increased over the last week causing water to be discolored. Fishing has been really good,” said Coons. “The flows have jumped around from 200-230 cfs since Easter and fishing has seemed to be outstanding. Nymphing has been outstanding with 25 fish days recently. Flies to fish include Big Hares Ear in a 12 or 14, olive tiger midges size 18-22, and micro mays in 16 and 18. Be sure to try Uv scud pattern as well.”



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