California’s Eastern Sierra

Top Fishing Spots

Fully Stocked!

Mono County waters listed here are stocked with half a million pounds of trout
annually. View this year's stocking report here

Parker Lake with Fishing

Hike-in Lakes

Want to head up to the higher alpine lakes for solitude, scenery and wild trout? Parker Lake and Little Walker lakes off the June Lake Loop (Hwy 158) are recommended, as are those along the Little Lakes Valley trail at the end of Rock Creek Road. Other favorite hike-in lakes are around the Twenty Lakes Basin at Saddlebag Lake (Tioga Pass Road/Hwy. 120), as well as Sotcher Lake in Reds Meadow, and Kirman Lake off Sonora Pass/Hwy 108. For fishing information, please contact the California department of Fish & Wildlife: 760-872-1171 or the CDFW Website

Parker Lake with Fishing

Top Fishing Spots: Note: A California Sport Fishing License is required of anyone over 16 at all
locations listed on this page. View more regulations here.

 

Topaz Lake

U.S. 395, north of Topaz/Coleville

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass
Season: Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 every year
Special regulations: Either a CA or NV fishing license works here. 
Notes: Renowned winter fishing for those who like cooler temperatures.Cash prize derby starts New Years Day.

West Walker River

Parallels U.S. 395 near Walker and Coleville from 1 mile north of the Hwy. 108 turnoff to the Topaz Lake inlet.

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
Season: Year-round 
Special regulations: CATCH-AND-RELEASE ONLY on public lands with barbless artificial flies and lures only from November 15th to the last Saturday in April. Normal regulations apply with a 5 catch limit from the last Saturday in April to November 15th.
Notes: Designated a "Wild and Scenic River," the West Walker River is also a favorite river to kayak through its winding bends and rocky troughs.

Little Walker River

Feeds the West Walker River West of Sonora Pass Hwy. 108

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: The Little Walker River runs from Little Walker Campground to the opening of the West Walker River and adds a more challenging day of fishing for fly fishing anglers.

Bridgeport Reservoir

Hwy 182, North of Bridgeport

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Sacramento Perch 
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: Wonderful views of the jagged spires of the Sawtooth Ridge. Aworld-class spot that attracts anglers from all over the world

East Walker River

East Walker flows out ofreservoir

Types of fish:Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
Season: Year-round
Special regulations: Catch-and-Release only from November 15th to the last Saturday in April. One fish keep limit over 18 inches from the last Saturday in April until November 15th.
Notes: World-class fly fishing destination

Twin Lakes

Hwy 420, 14 Miles outside of Bridgeport on Twin Lakes Road

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: Home to the California State record brown trout. Backed by the jagged spires of the Sawtooth range, and with two lakes to choose from, Twin Lakes is truly picturesque.

Virginia Lakes

South of Bridgeport, west of Hwy395 at the top of Conway Summit

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout,Brook Trout
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: Three picture-perfect alpine lakes that are stocked regularly.

Lundy Lake

Follow Lundy Lake Road, south of Bridgeport, five miles west of U.S. 395 to the base of Conway Summit

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Brook Trout 
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: A beautiful large lake with a boat launch

4 June Lake Loop lakes

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Lower Rush Creek

Lakes are along the 15-mile horseshoe-loop, two-lane highway from U.S. 395 at the town of June Lake;creek flows from Grant Lake

Types of fish: Rainbow trout, Lahontan Cutthroat trout, Brown Trout
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: Strung along the June Lake Loop like jewels on a necklace, four lakes: June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, and Grant Lake are each easily reached from the road. The fishing's so good here, it's a testing ground for synthetic baits and a place where records are made.

Mammoth Lakes Basin

The basin is the farthest-outpoint in Mammoth Lakes accessible by road; reach it by following MainStreet/Lake Mary Rd. up, up, up

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: Scenic Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake George, Lake Mamie have boat launches; trails lead to various hike-in lakes; Stay here to be close to all the resources of Mammoth Lakes

Hot Creek

East of Mammoth Lakes

Types of fish: Some 5,000 to 7,000rainbow and brown trout per mile live in this popular stream. 
Season: Year-round 
Special regulations: CATCH-AND-RELEASE ONLY on public lands with barbless artificial flies and lures only. 
Notes: Ideal for beginning fly fishing, and sure to please everyone.

San Joaquin River

Reds Meadow area of the High Sierra west of Mammoth Lakes

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Brook Trout 
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: A beautiful area in the backcountry. The river cuts through the Reds Meadow valley, a popular summer destination for hikers, backpackers,horseback riders and anglers.

Convict Lake

South of Mammoth Lakes at the foot of Mt. Morrison

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout 
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: 3 to 7 pounders are common in this big lake. Up to 1,000 lbs of trout are stocked each week.

Upper Owens River

The river runs along Owens River Road, which travels east of U.S. 395 between June Lake and Bishop

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout
Season: Year-round (certain sections only)
Special regulations: CATCH-AND-RELEASE ONLY on public lands with barbless artificial flies and lures only. 
Notes: Go for big rainbows in spring and browns in fall.

Lower McGee Creek

Near Crowley Lake, off U.S. 395

Types of fish: Rainbow Trout, Brown trout, Brook trout
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: An ideal fly fishing spot, this is a gentle and meandering stream that flows into Crowley Lake. Lots of oxbows.

Crowley Lake

East of U.S. 395 between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes

Types of fish: Rainbow trout, Brown Trout and Sacramento Perch
Season: Open for fishing the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15
Special regulations: Catch-and-keep (limit 5)
Notes: Crowley Lake is famous for huge rainbow trout that grow big off Sacramento perch fry and the many nutrients from the streams that feed the lake.