California’s Great Beyond

Frequently Asked Fishing Questions


What time of day can I fish in Mono County? 
- Hours are: one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. 
- Night fishing is prohibited in all Mono County waters except Topaz Lake, where fishing is prohibited from two hours after sunset to one hour before sunrise. 
- Night fishing is allowed on Rock Creek Lake (Inyo County) 24/7.

Is there anywhere that I cannot fish? 
Yes, there are a few waters that are permanently closed and prohibited to fishing in Mono County, no matter the time of year. These include: 
- Crooked Creek (below LADWP Gauging Station) is closed all year. 
- Rock Creek Diversion Channel is closed all year. Mill Creek and tributaries.
- Mill Creek and tributaries.
- Silver Creek and tributaries.
- Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek Lake.
- Kirman Lake tributaries.
- Junction Lake and tributaries.
- By-Day Creek.
- Convict Creek – UC study area.
- Crooked Creek below LA gauging station to Crowley Lake
- Rock Creek Diversion Channel
- Fish Slough (portions lie within the Owens Valley Native Fish Sanctuary and BLM Springs)
- Other closures may apply.  

Current fishing conditions: What are the fish biting? What are current water levels?
- There are a handful of webcams at marinas and lake resorts. See all Mono County webcams here
- Most local fishing guides post reports on their websites and social media pages. 

Where can I buy a fishing license?
- Annett's Mono Village - Bridgeport
- ASO Mammoth Lakes 
Beaver's Sporting Goods - Lee Vining
Convict Lake Resort 
Crowley Lake Fish Camp
Ernie's Tackle & Ski - June Lake
- Gull Lake Marina 
June Lake Marina
- Ken's Sporting Goods - Bridgeport
Kittredge Sports - Mammoth Lakes
- Pine Cliff Resort - June Lake
Rick's Sport Center - Mammoth Lakes
- Silver Lake Resort
- Troutfitter-Trout Fly
Twin Lakes Resort - Bridgeport
- Vons #2400 - Mammoth Lakes
- Walker Country Store 
- Walker General Store
- Online 

Need more info? For more information about fishing rules and regulations, please contact the California Department of Fish & Wildlife at 760-872-1171 or visit or one of the friendly guide services available in Mono County.