Greetings to all!
I know it's been quite sometime since I last posted a website report. It has been a busy 2018 so far for Trucha Fly Fishing Guide Service. Please note that most of my up to date fish reports will continuously be posted on my Facebook business page. There are two ways to access my Facebook page. (You don't need to be signed up as a Facebook user in order to access my page). The first way is to click on the Facebook link found at my website. When you are in my Facebook business page look for the word link POSTS located just under the 5☆ rating. Click on that, and you will be directed to all of my fish report posts with the most recent first. The second way is just click on this link to access my Facebook page:
I have also started to utilize Instagram for posting on the water information, action pictures and video to keep you informed. I realize that many of you do not engage in social media platforms. I get that, it is definitely a generational thing and totally understandable.
The lake water level as of this report still remains very high at Crowley. Monsoonal type weather is typical in July and that's what we have. Currently we have very hot days mixed in with strong winds and rain storm periods. The water clarity is very good throughout most of the lake with some periods of algae on the surface. The water surface temperatures are currently in the high low to mid 70's.
The trout bite for the month of May overall was down right slow. The June bite did not get any better and there were some tough days trying to get our indicators to go under. It is dog days like that which reminds me why I started to pursue the Sacramento Perch. (To my knowledge, I am the only fly fishing guide on Crowley lake, who offers guide trips for these popular fish). More on the perch later in this report.
It was a long wait, but right after the 4th of July, the bite started to warm up. By the second week, it really turned on and hit "En Fuego", hot, epic status! The bite has been good to epic as of this report. The hot attraction zone for the angling fleet has been McGee Bay. Good numbers of trout finally showed and are spread out throughout the bay. There are some huge hoggs lurking! Fishing has been taking place in 4 to 24 feet these days at McGee Bay. You can fish shallow water (4 to 8 feet), medium water (9 to 14 feet) or deep waters (15 to 24 feet). The McGee fleet of boats and tubers are about a 50/50 split between the shallows and deeper water zones.
On days where the bite tapers off you are wise to move around to locate fish markings on your fish sonar finder. There are abundant midge hatches throughout the lake. The damsel hatch is also well underway and the perch fry are becoming increasingly present which will really peak the voracious trout appetites. Hoppers are also present on occasion and the callibaetis hatches are present and abundant at times. You will find larger amounts of hoppers in the Hilton Creek bay areas.
Callibaetis patterns, perch fry and damsel imitation and midges are the go to flies. Midge patterns in gray, black, copper combos and emerger imitations in similar colors have been the go to flies getting grabs in big numbers. You have lots of fly imitations to choose from, so if you get dialed into the right bug choice, you will have an epic day with lots of grabs, fish to the net, and Trophy size Biggs!
Please note that Crowley Lake is a regulated fishery. Every August 1st, the Department of Fish and Wildlife restrictions go into effect. The main restrictions include no bait, barbless artificial flies or lures only, two fish daily bag limit only and must be minimum 18 inches in length, your two rod stamp is no longer valid on this lake for remainder of season.
The Perch report:
The perch population this season boomed! The perch were all over the lake in huge numbers. The bite was consistently very good to epic the months of May and June with large number of anglers on boats targeting the perch daily. The Sacramento perch that make Crowley their home are just as popular as the trout. There are anglers at Crowley that I call "full-time perchers" because this is all these angler’s fish for. Wherever you fished on the lake you were sure to find perch. They were heavily stacked in their spawning beds in 4 to 15 feet. Catching one to over two pound plus slabs was common. There was a tremendous number of the juvenile size perch that will be in the 1 to 2 pound class next season. As of this report, the Perch are returning to the deeper water now and instead of big numbers displayed on your fish finder screen I am seeing sporadic pods. The perch are an exciting bite and my choice when the trout are not on the chew! The current productive locations continue to be along the West 395 (McGee Bay) corridor in 5 to 15 feet, Perch Flats, and in the Green Banks North Arm section 5 to 14 feet. Once the perch leave their spawning beds from the shallows they will be in deeper waters and catching them requires a different fishing method. I do not offer guide trips when the perch return to deeper water.
The Yosemite fire continues to burn. The Lions Fire started in the Sierra National Forest around June 1st as a lightning strike, and is burning near the Lion Point area in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It crossed onto the Inyo National Forest on June 22. Due to strong winds the evening of June 24 of 20-30 mph, the fire spread to the south and west not to far from the Mammoth Lakes area.
☆Trucha Fly Fishing G.S. News☆
I am very pleased to announce the purchase of a 24 foot Ranger Bay Boat. It is a unique boat to say the least and Trucha Fly Fishing Guide Service clients will have plenty of deck space, from bow to stern, to experience and create fishing memories of a lifetime! I look forward to the same excitement, fun and memories experienced on the original and beloved Trucha Fly Fishing Machine Lowe boat. This boat is a serious fish magnet with special fly fishing moments and memories!
The original Trucha Fly Fishing magnet is now up for sale. It is in great operating condition, and fully equipped for Stillwater fishing on Crowley Lake, Bridgeport Reservoir, and any other lake. If you are interested please contact me, David Carranza at (805) 428-3781, for details, equipment, and price.
Check out just some pictures of clients thus far this 2018 season:
First time ever on Crowley Lake was Gonzalo Montellano who enjoyed the Stillwater midge technique.
Linda Swanson and her husband Wayne returned for their annual trip to Crowley and arrived timely for an En Fuego Hot bite! These fine folks had an Epic two days. These are just a sample of what Linda tangled with and brought to the net.
A sweet double by Linda and Wayne!
A little bit of Trucha photograhy catching the airborne blasts out of the water by a Crowley Bow. Pure strength, athleticism and protein power by these Trophy class trout!
Wayne Swanson with one of numerous Trophy size Hoggs he battled.
David Harshbarger holding another fine Trophy size Cutthroat.
The Bill and Cliff show also returned for their annual Crowley Lake fly fishing trip. Lots of action and Biggs. Here is Bill Stallings with one of numerous awesome fish brought to the net. A nice 22 incher!
Cliff Wictorin also caught a 22 inch Cutty to match Bill. Way to go Cliffy!
Just had to show this pretty brown trout landed by Bill.
Steve White also was timely for another epic bite trip he enjoyed at Crowley along with his two son-in-laws.
Steve's son-in-law Issac Dennis with this Trophy trout 23 inch rainbow. This was his first time ever at Crowley and his first fly fishing experience. Unbelievable and super exciting!
Here is a fine example of the highly prized and popularly pursued Sacramento Perch that reside in this great fishery. Larry Nakano (left) and Robbin Okamoto on right enjoyed a full day perch guide trip and they were pleasantly surprised at the number of perch caught and the super size of these fish. Fun day for sure!
Introducing the new Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II. Clients will have plenty of deck space on this 24 foot Ranger Bay boat to enjoy exciting and memorable fishing.
The original Trucha Fly Fishing Machine has been a true fish magnet! She is up For Sale and is Crowley Lake, turn key ready for continued angling pleasure. If you are interested or know someone that might be interested, contact me for further information, equipment on the boat and price.
Posted on Thu, July 26, 2018
by David Carranza