Mammoth is known for its abundance of lakes, streams, creeks and fishing spots. From Spring though Autumn Mammoth boosts golden trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and brookie's. If you love to fly fish Mammoth Lakes will provide you with stories of fly fishing that you will share for years to come.
Just steps from our condo is Mammoth Creek that is stocked on a regular basis and if all else fails because the trout have out witted you this day try, Mammoth Creek it delivers (at least for us). It might not be the biggest trout you caught but at least you caught something. Not far from Mammoth Creek, a few miles, is float tubing, trolling and shore fishing just of lake Mary Road. There you will find 4 lakes, upper and lower Twin lakes, Lake Mary, Lake George and Lake Mamie. If you prefer back country fishing there is Duck Pass Trail and for big mountain river fishing there is the Eastern Sierra fishing Lake, San Joaquin River and Crowley. These lakes offer inlets and outlets, expansive shorelines, fishing hot spots and boating. Other local lakes that offer exceptional fishing are Sotcher Lake and Starkweather Lake that are stocked by Alpers and DFG.
The renowned fly fishing spot of Mammoth is Hot Creek. This is an easy and short drive from our condo about 7 miles. Fishing here is catch and release with barbless artificial flies only. Here you will get wild trout creek. At Hot Creek you will find brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout.
Listed below are some of the more common fly fishing areas in Mammoth :
- Mammoth Lakes Basin- Stocked, no fishing restrictions - good fishing.
- Bridgeport Reservoir - Large Rainbow trout and Brown Trout.
- San Joaquin River - This is a freestone stream - Good place to learn fly fishing.
- Crowley Lake - Abundant food and habitat for fish - Trout can average 16inches
- Crowley Tributaries- Great for fly fishing adventures.
- Pine Creek Canyon - Spectacular views, wildlife, serene and great golden trout.
- Upper Owens - Spring creek north of Crowley lake - open meadows.
- Lower Owens - Year round fishing. About 30 minutes from Mammoth.
- East Walker- Straddles the California and Nevada borders. Popular for fly fishing.
- Convict Lake - Close to Mammoth, deep water, big fish. Boat rentals
- McGee Creek - Beautiful scenery, plenty of room for fly fishing. Good fishing.
About 25 minutes from Mammoth is June lake which consists of 4 fishing lakes: June lake, Gull lake, Grant lake and Silver lake all know to produce large brown trout. The approach to June lake loop is breathtaking with the mountain scenery.
The multitude of streams and creeks such as Mammoth Creek, Rock Creek, Rush Creek, Crooked Creeks, which range from small creeks to medium sized rivers all provide various challenges and opportunities for fly fishing. You can find rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout. These fly fishing spots can be seasonal or under regulation by the Fish and Game during certain times of the year.
For great backcountry fly fishing try Garnett Lake. It is about a 5 mile hike one way from Agnew Meadows. Feel adventurous and want to sample the native wild trout, this is the place to go.