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Crowley Lake Fishing Report, July 9, 2019

This 4th of July will be remembered! Everyone is on earthquake alert and thoughts to all in the Ridgecrest, California area. Stay ready, alert and prepared California!

All is well here in the Eastern Sierra and Crowley Lake. We are in summer weather, the lake level is full and still climbing, the surface temps are getting warmer and there is some algae bloom in certain parts of the lake. The latest fishing zone continues to be Sometimes Bay and McGee Bay. Fishing deep between 18 and 24 feet. A good concentration of fish remains in Sometimes Bay with gradual ascension of trout into McGee Bay. The weed beds are up to 12 feet in many areas thus clogging up our desired shallow water fishing. My scouting continues in the shallows looking for weed bed openings and fish markings on my sonar. Eventually we will be enjoying the shorter leader rigs in these shallower fishing zones.

The fish bite continues to be good to very good to epic! A day or two in between where the fish take a chow break to allow their full and plump stomachs to digest all those midges and damsel nymphs. Many fish in the 12 to 16 inch class are being caught with an occasional hogg/trophy size being caught. Even the catchable and mid size fish are pulling and fighting like the trophy size fish. That's a Crowley trout for you, strong, healthy, on protein and always providing amazing memorable excitement! I'm expecting more hogg size presence at anytime but loving all the current action! This is the Crowley fever and addiction we all continue to come for season in and season out!

I like a blood midge or copper tiger as the point fly early on and a bigger bug as the top fly. Switch to your gray, black, other color midges if a midge hatch starts to go off and try adjusting your depth settings. Top fly's can include a damsel imitation, perch fry, callibaetis pattern like the Sierra Drifters Assassin or go smaller with emerger type midges.

Perch report:

The perch bite continues to be solid good with some days on the very slow side and other's on the "en fuego" side. The best action these days is at the North Arm and also along Sandy Point trolling towards the SS Relief floating bathroom at McGee anywhere from 6 to 24 feet. I received reports of good perch action from Pelican Point north along the 395 corridor. Some nice one to two pound slabs are being caught. Fishing Grubs with a power bait nibble is the most productive method using watermelon, motor oil, white or cream, and combo colored grubs. The fly fishing angler will catch the perch on midge patterns or just hanging one leech pattern under an indicator.

If you are interested in a guide trip, or need more information to make that decision don't hesitate to contact me by phone, text or email.


I had the honor of guiding Mr. Neil Cameron of Bakersfield, California in August 2016. Neil was an avid fly fisherman and beloved by all including the Kern River Fly Fishers Club. Neil served with the U.S. Navy during WWII and Korean War, from 1945-1954 first as a crewmember on an amphibious shallow water patrol boat off the coast of the Philippines at the end of WWII. He then served on a destroyer off the coast of Korea during the Korean War. Thank you for your service to Country and rest in peace our friend! 

Thanks for reading this report!

Nice double hook-up by John Blake and Steve White in the past week.

Mr. David Bradshaw back on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II with John and Steve showed his quicks when the indicator went under.

These gents had another epic time on the Machine! David and John with another double...BOOM!

Chris Nelson got on a roll with some nice trophy size thick bows.

Another thick bow for Chris.

First time ever on the fly rod Laura Nunamaker with one of several she managed to bring to the net.

Laura's husband Matt also in the beginner stage was quick on the take and landed some nice Crowley trout.

A trio of first timer's ever on the fly rod had an epic day on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II. Alyson (left to right), her sister Jillian and husband Jeff accompanied by their father Warren perfected a triple hook-up and this group also perfected three double hook-ups.

Jeff and Warren on another double hook up.

Check out the end result of their double...WOW! UNBELIEVABLE! Fly fishing is not as hard as it seems or may be portrayed here on Crowley Lake!

Returning team of Fred and Eric with a double in between other action.

Check out Eric bringing a nice trout to the Trucha net.

My son and esposa, Trucha Girl Margarita, got on a hot bite and hooked up this double. Awesome times!

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