Memorial Day Weekend
The winds kicked up again yesterday and today. We had a run of five days where the weather was just perfect and it felt like mid July days. The Memorial Day weekend weather forecast is calling for sunny days, highs in the 70's with light winds in the 10 mph range.
The trout bite has been slow to steady. The productive fishing zones for the fly fishing anglers has been Sandy Point, Christmas Bay, and Alligator Point, in 16 to 18 feet. To date, some nice size fish have been caught. Mostly rainbows and browns. Only an occasional cutthroat has been caught in the past couple of weeks. There have been some prolific midge hatches in the past week. You have to be cautious not to breath in one of these little rascals. Blood midges in the morning, then zebra, copper tigers, or gray pupa and emerger patterns once the midges start showing in big numbers. My top fly has been an attractor type pattern. Most of the boat fleet has been at Sandy Point and Alligator. The lake level is very low these days in anticipation of the heavy snow run off. Currently there is limited access to other lakes in the Sierra due to the heavy snow pack still blocking road ways.
It remains to be seen what will happen to the lake levels, structure, and weed growth as the colder water continues to flow in, and less is drained out. Also remaining to be seen is the affect on fish movement and behavior, the abundant food chain, and overall eating activity patterns.
Perch report: Some nice size perch are being caught with the midge offerings. The perch bite hasn't started yet, however lots of smaller size perch have stacked up in huge numbers in some of the tributaries such as Whiskey Creek. An occasional nice size slab can be hooked in this type of perch zone. It shouldn't be to long before the perch become more active throughout the lake for their spawning process.
Hope to book a guide trip with you soon or see you on the lake this 2017 season. Stay informed with my fishing reports throughout the 2017 season.
A view from the Crowley Lake Fish Camp. This picture was taken on May 16, 2017.
Here is a nice bent rod while Mr. Jay Stockton battled a healthy Crowley trout.
Quick pic of a trout going airborne. One of numerous jumps by the Crowley Bows.
Mr. Jay with one of many fish he caught on his first trip ever to Crowley fishing Stillwater-Indicator style.
Mr. Verl Penrod joined his good friend Jay fishing Crowley for his first time. Verl's quote two days after his guide trip, "David, thanks again for a great time fishing. I still have a big smile and I can't wait to go again. You do an awesome job." Thanks so much for the comment Verl, it is truly my honor and pleasure to make it an exciting experience!
Don Woodin and his son Dennis came to fish Crowley for their first time. Both had a very good day. Here is one of many that Don brought to the net.
Dennis Woodin is all smiles catching one of several Trophy size Bows he landed. Father and son fishing trips.....priceless!
This waterfall is at the Mammoth Twin Lakes. This pic provides a good example of the snow pack yet to melt.
A fly fisherman working his flies at the Mammoth upper twin Lake.
Posted on Fri, May 26, 2017
by David Carranza