The morning temperatures have been getting cooler, the water clarity had been real good, but several days ago, algae was forming on the flies. An algae bloom is becoming noticeable. The water level has dropped significantly with at least one foot per day in the past two weeks.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DF&W), Hot Creek hatchery, has been planting numerous truckloads of rainbow and Lahontan cutthroat trout strain in the "catchable" size (6-12 inches). The DF&W is also planting brown trout in the 12 to 15 inch size. Truckloads are usually 1,000 to 1,400 pounds of fish.
McGee was the fishing hot zone for anglers two weeks ago. The fish bite was good, to very good, to epic, back to slow. You just didn't know how the bite would be from one day to the other. Fish are still being caught at McGee in 12 to 14 feet within the weed beds, and fish are also being netted in the deeper water 15 to 18 feet.
On August 11th, the North Arm (NA) turned on big time! Needless to say, that zone was ascended upon the very next day by the Crowley fishing fleet and float tube anglers. As of this report, the NA is still fishing real good with lots of first and second year catchables (freshman and sophomore class size) being caught. The senior class Trophy Biggs (18 to 23 inch) are being netted five to eight per outing. The Trucha Fly Fishing Machine had been anchoring up in 16 to 17 feet, but in the past week, we have been anchoring in 12 to 13 feet. We have been enjoying a very good bite in the am hours up until 10:30 to 11 am with lots of grabs. The bite tapers off, but we still get take downs, just at a slower, consistent pace. Most of the fish being caught have been Cutts with rainbows in the mix. We have been getting fish to the net in the high 20's and mid 30's for anglers on the machine. We have also enjoyed double hook-ups and a recent triple for clients Eric, Brett, and Roger.
One of the statements I love hearing from clients, especially the newcomers to Crowley Lake, is quote: "that is the biggest fish I have ever caught." Client Roger stated in a text message, "Hi David, thanks again for an amazing day. Best fishing day of my life! Another client Mr. Matt caught a nice 19 inch Cutt. Matt was amazed at the size of the trout and was all smiles after landing the fish. Matt stated that was the biggest trout he had ever caught. I told Matt, guess what? You are going to catch one bigger than that today. Sure enough, Matt battled and landed an awesome 22 inch rainbow. Check out the pic of Matt below.
The productive flies have been copper tigers, blood midges, gray or black midge patterns, perch fry imitations, and hare's ear or bird's nest patterns.
The perch bite has really come on for anglers targeting the perch in the past couple of weeks. The method for catching perch these days is to troll deeper waters hanging your lures at 15 to 18 feet. I'm getting reports from perch angler's that very good numbers, even limits (25 per day), are being caught at the North Arm up to Sandy Point.
I recently had the pleasure of guiding Shea McIntee, Executive Producer, and fisherman on the "Stoked on Fishing" TV program. Shea and his crew have been coming to Crowley the last several years during the fall month to film fishing episodes on Eastern Sierra waters, and of course Crowley Lake. The Stoked on Fishing episodes can be seen on Fox Sports West channels. I believe Shea is going to add the fly fishing option to his excellent fishing talents, prowess, and enthusiasm. Look forward to seeing you in October Shea!!
The annual Stillwater Classic fly fishing tournament was held at Crowley on Saturday, August 13th. It's a great time and fun competition for all those who participate. Winning categories include individual men's, women, team, youth, and biggest fish caught in the tournament. For winners information check out the Crowley Lake Fish Camp website at www.crowleylakefishcamp.com
Now is a great time to book your guide trip. A lot of first timers are finally booking a guide trip on one of the the best trout fisheries in the state and country.
Mr. Jim D., his wonderful wife Suzanne, and their good friend Bill, returned to Crowley for only their second time fly fishing here. They had an epic five days of fly fishing on Crowley. Lots of action, refing their skills, and lots of fish to the net. Check this thick, beautiful 23 inch brown landed by Jim.
Here is a side profile of Jim's awesome brown. What a custom paint job on this trophy!
Mr. Bill posing with one of many Trophy Biggs he landed during his trip to Crowley with Jim and Suzanne.
Mr. Wayne aka Swanee, heard about the Epic action taking place at McGee, and returned to Crowley with special friend Mr. Neil. Both were rewarded with some good action and some very nice Trophy Biggs.
Here is special fly fishing angler Mr. Neil holding one of many Biggs he brought to the net. What a special honor to have Mr. Neil on board the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine. Mr. Neil is a WW II and Korean War veteran. Thank you for your service Mr. Neil!!
Here is Mr. Shea McIntee, Executive Producer, Stoked on Fishing TV program. Great to have you on the Machine Shea. See you in October!
The Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel, Hot Creek Hatchery, doing their great work stocking Crowley's future Trophy trout.
Ms. Teresa posing with this Trophy 23 inch Cutt. One of many Biggs she tangled with on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine.
Mr. Eric, and his fly fishing buddies, Brett and Roger made to Crowley for their first time ever. This crew just hammered em. They enjoyed double hook-ups, and ended their guide trip with a triple hook-up. These guys landed 36 fish to the net in a half day guide trip. Eleven of these fish were 18 to 22 inchers. Epic day and welcome to Crowley!
Mr. Brett with a nice 21 inch Cutt.
Mr. Roger with one of his biggest trout he has ever caught. This Cutt was one of two 22 inchers Roger landed. He also had a 20 incher.
Here is Mr. Matt posing with his biggest trout he has ever caught, a 22 inch Bow. This was the first time ever on Crowley Lake for Matt and his good friend Mr. Guy.
Here is Mr. Bill with a beautiful 23 inch thick Cutthroat. Bill and his angling buddy David are avid fly fisherman, and this was the first time ever on Crowley for both. Glad you finally made it to Crowley gentlemen. This Epic Stillwater fishery is right in your own Cali backyard. I'm sure we'll see you soon again. Both anglers landed 32 fish to the net in a half day guide trip that had to be cut short due to static thunderstorms over the North Arm.
Posted on Mon, August 22, 2016
by David Carranza