Fishing Reports

EAST WALKER RIVER         July 14, 2019

The East is down to about 390 cfs now, it’s been coming down a little at a time lately and with any luck that trend will continue. The fishing has been pretty good down there for some of the more experienced anglers but still a little tough for some at this flow. As always, one of the keys is to get your flies down near the bottom where the fish are hanging out most of the time. That being said, I did talk to one angler this week who pulled some fish with caddis dries in some very soft water in the late evening. There has been some good streamer action as well as nymphing. We are still getting reports of good numbers of fish in the low to mid 20’s as well as the “Oh my gosh” stories about the fish in the high 20’s that get away. Keep an eye on the flows, I think we’re in for a great Fall. 

Recommended Flies:

Rainbow warrior, flashback emerger, silver streak, zebra midge, WD-40, buckskin caddis, z-wing caddis, deep sparkle pupa, san juan worm, squirmy wormy, zuddler, sculpzilla, peanut, dead drift crayfish. 

SCEIRINE RANCH                  July 14, 2019

We haven’t had any clients on the ranch this past week, like the California side the fishing can be difficult but could definitely be worth the trip!  

HUNEWILL POND                    July 14, 2019

We just had a couple clients on the pond this week and the fishing was pretty good! Still lots of damsels coming off and most of the action was either on damsel nymphs or adult damsels. Keeping away from the weeds is important but when you get into the less weedy areas the fish are pretty aggressive.  

BRIDGEPORT RESERVOIR                    July 14, 2019

Bridgeport is still producing some very nice fish in the 3 to 5 pound range though we have received some reports from anglers saying the action is slow. It seems like some days are very good with most of the reports being good but other days the fish are nowhere to to be found. On the good days they are catching fish trolling with needlefish, crawlers and Thomas bouyants and with bait like pinched crawlers, power bait and inflated crawlers. We haven’t heard much about good shore fishing, most of the action has been out of boats, tubes or kayaks. The better areas seem to be Rainbow Point, out in front of the marina and some fish are starting to be caught up in Buckeye Bay.        

KIRMAN LAKE                                July 14, 2019

We didn’t hear anything from Kirman this week, if/when we do we’ll pass the information on.  

TWIN LAKES                           July 14, 2019

Like Bridgeport, the Twins are producing some very nice fish on most days but other days are a little tougher. We’ve seen some good rainbows up to almost 6 pounds come out this week. The successful bait anglers are using powerbait, crawlers and mice tails while the trolling has produced some fish with kastmasters, Thomas bouyants and Rapalas. Fly anglers are using Twin Lakes Specials, matukas, seal buggers, soft hackles and zug bugs.          

WEST WALKER RIVER                             July 14, 2019

The West is still running around 1000 cfs and still pretty dirty. I’d look for the flows to come down in the next few weeks and the fishing up there to get pretty good. 

VIRGINIA LAKES                         July 14, 2019

We have also had some good reports from the Virginias as well as some slow reports. Like the other lakes it seems like some days the fish are very active while other days not so much. Things to give a try up there include night crawlers, powerbait, mice tails, pinched crawlers, Thomas bouyants, kastmasters, panther martins and for the fly anglers try seal buggers, simi seal leeches, balanced leeches, mini leeches, soft hackles and zug bugs.    

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July 7, 2019 - Another great 4th of July celebration is on the books for Bridgeport! The weather was great and it seemed like one of the largest crowds ever came up to Bridgeport to celebrate! Hopefully even more folks will be able to come and enjoy our little corner of the world next year!

June 23, 2019 - Yesterday was the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement’s annual fishing tournament, it was a great success! The tourney sold out a couple days ahead of time so if you plan on going in 2020 be sure to get your registration information in early so you don’t miss out! There were lots of fish in the 2 to 4 pound range weighed in with a couple over 4 pounds. We also saw stringers weighing on over 12 pounds for the day. This is a great fundraiser for the BFEF and all the money generated goes to planting more quality fish in local waters!

June 9, 2019 - Well, after a bunch of construction and a whole lot of cleaning the gift shop is finally re-opened! Lots of great souvenirs in there for yourself or for gifts, everything from t-shirts to magnets are available! It’s great to have that part of the shop open again!!

June 2, 2019 - The front of the gift shop initial shoring was completed last Friday and with another day or two of cleaning we should have the gift shop opened back up very soon! We still have a ways to go before it’s all the way back to normal but we’re closing the gap!

May 26, 2019 - The structural engineer has finished up the plans for a temporary fix to the front of the gift shop and as of Friday we have secured the building permit from Mono County. Our contractor is going to start the fix on Tuesday so we hope to have the gift shop portion of Ken’s open for business by next weekend! After this temporary shoring fix gets us up and running we will work on getting the engineering done for the permanent fix which will likely happen this Fall. Hopefully next week we will be able to get rid of those dang orange cones out front!!

May 19, 2019 - We had an appointment with a structural engineer on Friday and all seemed to go well, we are hoping she will have an engineering plan in the upcoming week for a temporary shoring of the gift shop. Once we have the plan the contractor will get it done and hopefully we’ll be able to get the gift shop open and get rid of all those cones in the street! After the temporary shoring is done we’ll move towards a permanent fix. It’s great to be moving forward with the plans!

May 12, 2019 - After about 3 1/2 days of the tackle shop being closed we were able to get it back open on Wednesday morning! All is good right now and the tackle side of the store is structurally safe. The gift shop portion of the shop is still closed right now, we’re waiting for a structural engineer to come (hopefully early this week) to engineer a plan for a temporary shoring of the front of the building. After this gets done they will move on to engineering a permanent fix. Really not sure how long it will take for the gift shop portion to get re-opened but hopefully not too long. Many thanks again for all your positive thoughts and for keeping us in mind!

May 5, 2019 - On a different note, Ken’s has had a bit of a set-back yesterday, there has been an accident and a pick-up truck drove through the front of the gift shop side of the store yesterday afternoon. Thankfully no one was injured, including the driver, however there is extensive damage to the store. Mono County has asked us to remain closed until we can get an engineer here to assess the damage and let us know if the main building as well as the two adjacent buildings are safe to occupy. Our re-opening will depend on what the engineer has to say about the situation. Hopefully we will at least be able to get the sporting goods side open as soon as possible and hopefully the General Store will be able to re-open asap as well. Please know, this was an ACCIDENT, there was no alcohol involved, it was purely an accident. We are thankful the driver was not injured and we hold absolutely no ill will towards him. We will do our best to get everything fixed up and back on track as quickly as possible and hopefully be back in business very soon.