Fall weather has arrived with cold mornings in the low 30's and cooler temps through the day into the upper 60's. A couple if weeks past we had very strong winds and rain leaving a picturesque blanket of snow in the surrounding mountains. The higher elevations from Mammoth Lakes and north received the first pre-fall snow. The lake level has dropped but there still is a significant amount of water. An algae bloom is visible throughout most of the lake.
The overall bite at McGee has been slow. You can get on a good morning bite along the channels in the shallows, or along the reeds on the 395 side in about six to nine feet. The bite tapers off once the sun rises higher. If you move around you will pick at them here and there. The afternoon to evening bite can be good to very good if the winds allow for safe and manageable angling.
The North Arm algae bloom the past week has cleared some with clearer water in the shallower depths. The bite there has picked up in the last several days. Little Hilton continues to kick out some of the smaller size fish.
The callibaetis hatches have tapered off but you can still get grabs on the various imitations. The fish have become more active on the midge patterns. The gray larva and emerger patterns, and blood midge imitations will get grabs. Try using smaller size up to 20 and 22's. There are lots of weed beds on the bottom in the shallows so keep your flies just above those weed bed structures.
There is one more month remaining for my guide season here at Crowley. The Crowley Lake Fish Camp will close its South Landing gate on October 31st. The regular trout season remains open until November 15th. I have some open dates for October. Let's hope the bite will turn on like it typically does in October as the fish sense the cold winter approaching and go on their feeding forage to fatten up for the winter months.
Here are some photos of clients recently on board the past couple of weeks and days.
Mr. Nelson Murata excited about this Crowley Trophy size bow he battled and landed. Nice Fish!
Larry G. back on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine displaying one of several Biggs he brought to the net.
Bob Stockton and Steve Magar, along with Verl Penrod on a full day guide trip. After a slow bite in the morning, we took a lunch break then finished the trip in the late afternoon. The decision payed off with a hot bite. here is just a few of Biggs that rolled into the shallows.
Bob holding another Trophy size Cutty.
Jerry Doubleday, President of the Teamster Motorcycle Club Riders on board the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine. Awesome time!
Got Leeches!! It's that time of the year Anglers. Here is a sample of baby leeches that will grow longer and thicker.
Robert Galyean with one of several browns he landed in the shallows at McGee.
Margarita helping out on Trucha recon two days ago. We found em and got some nice Hoggs!
Natalia Howanets caught this Trophy Bow yesterday while honing her fly fishing skills on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine. Natalia landed several Biggs.
Natalia's fiancee Brice Burkett also had some nice action and did not miss many take downs. Here is one colorful Cutt Brice brought to the net. Brice stated this was the best day he has had on Crowley for quality and numbers.
Posted on Sun, October 1, 2017
by David Carranza