Greetings from Crowley Lake, Trucha Fly Fishing Headquarters. Looks like the winter/cooler rain storm systems have ended for now and in the past five days we have seen a significant change in the weather pattern. High pressure has brought on the monsoon type weather conditions where we have cool mornings then temps rise into the "high altitude" 70's and 80's. Most areas throughout California are dealing with temps into the 100 degree mark's.
Crowley Lake is in great condition with clear water and rising lake levels in the past week from the highly anticipated snow runoff. Most of the streams and rivers are running high and fast throughout the Eastern Sierra and the tributaries that feed into Crowley Lake. The water surface temperatures are in the mid 60's reaching the mid 70's by afternoon. The fish finder sonar screen is displaying weed beds on the rise up to six feet in many fishing areas. The weed beds will grow higher in the coming days. The weather forecast for the following week is calling for partly cloudy skies, isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon with temps in the high altitude mid 70's and 80's. Light winds becoming 10 to 15 mph.
The fish bite was slow to steady good during the cooler rainy days a couple weeks ago. In the past several days the fish bite has been flat out slow. The midge hatches are still taking place during the day but the trout are not on the forage of the abundant food sources. As of this report, I have seen the first signs of the adult damsel flies and hoppers. We will start to see more surface rising from trout in pursuit of the swimming damsel nymphs. Most angling is taking place at the North Arm section especially the Green Banks zone. Anglers are also fishing Sandy Point, Alligator, Leighton Springs. I fished McGee Bay and got some grabs but no sign of a significant trout migration at McGee yet! The most productive bite action currently has been in the Whiskey Creek section. If you wade near the inlet and fish up to 8 feet water depth there is a big population of browns and rainbows staged up and willing to eat. Good numbers of fish are being caught by fly anglers, in the know, about the midge rig set-up and fishing technique. The lake was also stocked several days ago by Department of Fish and Wildlife and that freshman fish group has moved into Whiskey Creek. There can be a lot of angler pressure from shore and boats in this limited fishing area. Your various midge patterns will get you some very good action here about two feet off the bottom.
When the trout don't bite, Trucha switches the "pursuit of the tug" to the perch. The bite for these highly sought after and major Crowley food chain contributors has been very good to en fuego! They are being caught all over the lake with most perch anglers targeting the McGee Bay 395 corridor, Perch Flats zone up through Stormy Flats to Sandy Point and the North Arm section from Leighton Springs into Green Banks and acroos into Windy Beach zones. The perch are in the shallows from three feet up to 15 feet. Some nice perch slabs are being hooked from one plus pounders to over two pounders along with the smaller youth size models. It is not unusual to release over a dozen plus during a three to five hour fishing period and keep over a dozen plus that are adult size. Various midge and leech patterns will get you perch grabs fishing with a fly rod. If you choose to break out your spinning rods the grubs in white, brown and watermelon colors are the go to offering producing the hot perch action!
BOOK one of my popular and intriguing P/T (perch/trout) guide trips and not only will you have a blast feeling the perch tug, but you will seriously perk up when the trout do not want to eat. You will also learn some of the effective techniques used to catch this special Crowley Lake resident species.
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Lupe Laguna and his lovely fiancee Stacia had a wonderful day on Crowley hooking into lots of trout, trophy size included. Here is a 21 inch bow Lupe brought to the net.
Mrs. Trucha lady helping out on recon time with this brute of a trophy size bow.
Ms. Stacia also represented on a special day on the water. Way to go Stacia!
Check out this nice brown landed by Margarita. Nothing but brown beauties!
Jerome Ricard back at Crowley had a productive half day trip with very nice weather and a very good bite.
Here is Jerome battling another strong and healthy Crowley trout.
The Bradshaw family had a very good day of action at the North Arm. Here is just one of many fish these guys tangled with and brought to the net. This is Ryan with a nice 21 inch bow.
Dad David Bradshaw had the big fish of the day honors with this 22 inch bow. Glad to see you back on Crowley Mr. David!
Ryan with this trophy size brown.
Nice colorful Cuttbow on display!
Larry "The Legend" back on Crowley for his first trip on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine !!. The Legend enjoyed his very first P/T (perch/trout) trip. The perch experience was very surprising and enjoyable!
The trout bite was slow but the Legend capitalized on every trout take.
Here is one of many Sacramento Perch Mr. Larry fought and brought to the net on his P/T trip. What a slab!
Nothing but Sacto perch slabs on this stringer for the Legend!
A very special day with this father and son combo. Senor Roy Angeles and son Roy Jr., enjoyed their P/T trip with some trout action then very good perch action. An honor to have these men on board, especially Dad Roy!
Another Crowley Lake brown beauty! That's all folks, thank you for reading my fish report! (pic courtesy of Ryan Bradshaw).
Posted on Fri, June 14, 2019
by David Carranza