Crowley Lake Fishing Report

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

Caro Zakaryan & Doris Regan got to hug a bunch of quality fish on their guide trip with master guide Doug Rodricks. Doug R. will be leading the charge of fish magnets on Crowley this summer

by Tom Loe

Good news for this early in the season. The fish are concentrated in several areas of the lake, & feeding on midge larva in less than 15 feet. Stage up on a clean mud bottom in 12-15 feet, and you will get that Under-Cator dunking! Sandy Pt., McGee Bay, & Hilton Bay have been the best locations. The Crowley slam, (rainbow, brown, &  cutthroat) is likely for proficient still water nymphers as all species are on the chew. The Sacramento Perch are currently spawning on the sandy bottoms. If you plan on still water nymphing- I suggest using copper/dark tigers, dark- long shank crystal zebras, BB (broken back) tiger midges, BB gillies, standard gillies, crystal emergers/midge pupa, crystal leeches, & dark assassins. My choice for first casts would be a standard #18 gillie as the upper, with a #18/16 copper tiger/zebra midge as the dropper. BB patterns will fish better if the surface is textured due to wind. You can periodically “twitch” your Under-Cator to give some animation to the flies if it is glassy; or calm.

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

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