The Fish Sniffer - Oct. 8, 2012 Season Enters Most Exciting Stretch
Oct. 8, 2012 Season Enters Most Exciting Stretch

Written By: Cal Kellogg, October 8, 2012
Location: Owens River- Lower, Owens River Gorge, Bridgeport Reservoir, June Lake, Gull Lake,

October has arrived in the Eastern Sierra and with it comes the most exciting month of the trout season. As big wild trout and husky holdovers come back to the surface of lakes to feed heavily in preparation for the lean winter months. For trouters this translates to plentiful action, during a time when crowds are at their lightest.

(Bridgeport) “Virginia Lakes are fishing excellent from both shore and tubes,” related Jim Reid at Ken’s Sporting Goods. “Bait anglers are using Fire Bait, Power Bait, mice tails and crawlers. Lure anglers are having success with Thomas Bouyants, Kastmasters and Roostertails. Fly anglers are using soft hackles, seal buggers, matukas, AP emergers, stillwater nymphs and zug bugs.”

“The East Walker is running at 123 today and still fishing pretty well. The crowds have thinned by quite a bit so most days there's not too much traffic on the water. Like last week the best fishing has been mainly nymphing with small caddis nymphs and midges. We have had a couple decent streamer reports early in the morning and a few decent dry reports late in the evening. Patterns to fish include rainbow warriors, WD-40's, San Juan worm, flashback emerger, zebra midge, copper john, buckskin caddis, LaFontaines sparkle pupa, Fox's poopah and z-wing caddis,” said Reid.

“Bridgeport Reservoir has been a little tough this week but for those anglers who are getting out there and putting their time in, it's been producing pretty well. We've had browns up to 4 pounds caught this week! Trolling seems to be the best method and lead core line is a big plus. Small Rapalas, Needlefish and blades/crawlers have been the best things to use,” continued Reid.

(Bishop) According to The Trout Fly, the flows on the Lower Owens have come down to 486 cfs. The river is still unfishable, but that should change soon. 

In the interim, the Owens River Gorge and the Upper Owens are the places to go. Both stretches are fishing well for small trout to 12 inches on a combination of small nymphs and small to medium size dries. 

At Crowley Lake the big rainbow trout that had been concentrated in McGee Bay have spread out and the fishing is slower as a result. Overall the best way to hook up as of press time was fishing small nymphs under and indicator. 

(June Lake Loop) Both Grant and Gull Lakes have been stocked with good size browns and are producing big numbers of trout. Wherever you decide to fish you can pretty much use your favorite method to catch fish. Fly anglers are doing very well, but so are trollers and anglers working off the bank.

June Lake has been good early and late in the day. Trollers have been doing the best, but bait is taking some fish too.

At Silver the action is much the same with bank anglers scoring near limits and limits of trout.

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