The Crowley Lake 2018 season is winding down!
The October fall season is here with cold morning temps in the high 20's and low 30's. By 10 am you will start removing layers of warm clothing due to the rising temperature. We've had several days with wind gusts in the 30 mph range and higher but most days so far have been calm allowing for all day fishing. Classic eastern sierra weather and just beautiful out here! The weather forecast is calling for sunny days ahead with some winds highs in the mid 50's and 60's lows into the low 20's.
The surface water temp is in the mid to high 50's and getting colder.
The hot spot continues to be Leighton Springs and the biggest draw for most boats and float tubers. There has been a large concentration of small and medium size catchables, with an occasional trophy size fish in the mix. On most days anglers are netting the Crowley Grand Slam. The fish here have been getting pounded for over two weeks and they are now starting to disperse. Leighton is still the best choice for starting the day. The North Landing has produced some fish as has the North Arm.
The lake level has dropped noticeably eliminating productive shallow fishing spots we were enjoying up to several weeks ago.
The perch fry imitations are still getting grabs along with leech patterns. Your typical midge imitations are working and must be switched up if you are not getting grabs. There have been some large midge hatches during the day especially when the weather gauge rises.
There are three weeks remaining until Crowley Fish Camp locks it's gate at the South Landing entrance booth off the 395 highway. I have some remaining open dates to book a guide trip October 14-16, 19, 20, and 23. You can call to also book an afternoon trip if available for any of the remaining days this month up to October 25th. An afternoon bite can be better time to time. The crowds continue to be very low during the week.
The following pics will give you a snapshot of the weather, action and memorable days clients have been enjoying on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II.
Jose Melendez returned to Crowley and had an epic day catching biggs, numbers and the Crowley grand slam. Jose stated, "I've never caught a fish that's fought that hard." He landed 23, 22, 21, 21 inch cutthroats and rainbows that hit the tape at 18 and 19 inches. Great day!
Richard Woo finally gave the midging method a try aka Stillwater indicator fly fishing and was rewarded in his effort. Richard slammed some Crowley Hoggs! EPIC experience Richard!
Another sample Hogg Richard brought to the Trucha net.
Mrs. Vickie Forland also had an epic day on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II displaying one of numerous Biggs she battled and landed.
Vickie's husband Steve did just as well posing for another Kodak moment with this brown beauty.
Steve Quiroz had an epic solo half day trip battling Crowley's finest trout rounding out his first time experience on Crowley with the Grand slam. Steve's quote of the day, "the fishing action exceeded my expectations way beyond and these were the biggest trout I have ever caught." Glad to hear it John and welcome to Crowley Lake!
Denny Smithgall and his two buddies had an epic day on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II. This trio agreed this was the best day fishing they have ever on Crowley.
Peter Beucke part of the trio showing one of many he landed.
Phil Bodem showing a nice size Sacramento perch.
Adam Leeds back on Crowley with the Family Aceves Crew. All these guys had another fun and exciting October trip to Crowley.
Bows n Bros lead Alpha Dogg Michael Aceves with a trophy size Cutty.
Wayne Swanson aka Swanee back on Crowley one more time. Way to bang out the Crowley fish and some Hoggs Wayne!
Cliff Wictorin joined Wayne to tangle with some Crowley biggs before the end of the 2018 season.
Another bigg to the net for Wayne. Hogg heaven Crowley style!
Posted on Fri, October 12, 2018
by David Carranza