Crowley Lake Fishing Report

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

Lahontan Cutthroat
The Burtons, Steve (cutty), & Dave with a big rainbow hit some great weather with Doug Rodricks doing well in the north end.
Photo Credit: Sierra Drifters

by Tom Loe
9-23-2016
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The North Arm has been exceptional while still water nymphing some days, with McGee also having some decent bites. 9-14 feet is the zone. We are seeing a solid midge hatch during the high pressure periods. The sub-surface “mud lines” are in good water depths now. The larger fish continue to hunt the perch fry; but with the increased midge activity, one can fish chironomid patterns with consistent results. The aquatic weeds are protruding making the weed lines easy to identify. Tubers should be looking to troll some larger streamers, & perch fry/damsel nymphs along these weed lines. Hang your flies above a clean mud bottom in close proximity to a hard weed line for consistent action. The fish are primarily hunting the larva close to the bottom. Broken back midges, crystal zebra, or tiger midges (big ones), & leeches are all good calls while fishing below an “sliding” Under-cator. If you see those midges popping, get out those gillies, broken back gillies, & crystal emergers. These imitate chironomid pupa, the stage prior to becoming a winged adult. My go to rig near the weeds has been an Assassin; or Drifters Punk Perch #14/16 as the upper, with a dark crystal tiger midge (#14), or broken back copper tiger (#16) as the larva pattern. Keep the tigers 6-12 inches off the deck. I have also been using twin Assassins; or a Punk Perch/Crystal Vandeleech with an Assassin dropper along the weeds. Keep them a foot or more above the bottom. The rookies have been planted in numbers, so treat them with care. You may get into lots of sub-catchable rainbows & browns in some areas like Hilton Bay, or Crooked Creek. ***Special angling regulations begin on 8/1/16 and will continue throughout the remainder of the season on Crowley. The entry gate to the marina opens at 7am instead of 6am now.

This fishery opens last Saturday in April & closes November 15th.

If you would like to go fly fishing with Sierra Drifters give them a call at (760) 935 4250 and for more information visit their website www.sierradriters.com.



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