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Crowley Lake Fishing Report, September 21, 2016

Lake levels are noticeably lower, algae is present in various parts of the lake, and weed beds are dying down. The water temps are getting cooler as the fall season is quickly approaching.

About half of the boat docks have already been removed from the Crowley harbor. The crowds are down during the week and typically more anglers on the weekends.

There are still good numbers of fish being caught at the North Arm with mostly smaller fish (freshman and sophomore class size), and some senior class size, the Trophy Biggs in the mix. There are fish in the Hilton Bays but they are not actively biting, yet! McGee has some Biggs but the bite there is still slow. Leighton Springs has some clear water but I have not fished it yet. Midges are still the hot menu item for the trout. The usual stuff getting grabs these days. The blood midge patterns, copper tiger, perch fry imitations, gray, black, etc. We've had some days where every midge pattern and color tied on got action. When the bite shuts off, go to your "batting line up" and bring in the next hitter.

Another fire broke out the afternoon of September 17th north east of the Big Springs campground area along the Owens River. The smoke fallout was very heavy over the lake for several days. The Owens River fire is 5,443 acres and is 32% contained as of this report.

Coming next month! The ever popular Fly Fishing Faire will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 thru Sunday, October 16, 2016, at the Bishop Tri- County Fairgrounds. It is the only On-The-Water Fly Fishing Faire in the Western States. Fly fishing classes to interest and educate anyone from introductory to advanced levels. You can learn about fly tying, casting and specific on-stream techniques. Fly fishing vendors selling merchandise will have booths at the faire. Brought to you by the Southwest Council, International Federation of Fly Fishers. For more information visit:

Check these pics of clients recently on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine.

The Simpson Family on vacation from the great state of Texas came to Crowley for their first time ever with other family members. Here is Bob with a nice Trophy size Cutthroat.

Daughter Sarah battled with numerous fish including this Trophy 21 inch Cutty. Sarah's classic reaction statement each time she hooked a fish, "Got It!" As Dad Bob stated, "it is the phrase that pays." EXACTLY!!

We ended the guide trip with Sarah landing this beautiful 24 inch Cutt. "GOT IT!" Way to go Sarah, Bob, and Mom Cathy.

Family pic time with Sarah's 24 inch Trophy Crowley Lake trout.

Mr. Paul S., showing off his first fish of the day, a 22 inch Cutt. His second fish was a beast of a rainbow that came unbuttoned at the net. Darn, the guide wanted to capture that Kodak moment. It's all good though because we saw the Bigg fish, and the moment is etched in memory!

Another double hook up to the net!

Here's another Trophy beast landed while on lake recon.

A view of the Owens River fire from Camp Trucha Fly Fishing Headquarters, as it had just started.

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