World-Class Trout Fishing

Drift boating the Lower Owens River near Bishop California with Sierra Drifters Guide ServiceYou’ll find great trout fishing in our many lakes, rivers, and streams, stocked with locally raised German brown, brook and trophy-sized Alpers rainbow trout. Local shops offer fishing equipment, supplies, guides and even fishing tips.

Crowley Lake is a well-known fishing hole and provides some of the best trout fishing in the area. This is the ideal spot for boat fishing because of its size. Starting on opening day through July 31 there is a five fish limit with no size limitations. Aug.1 – Oct.31, it’s two per day, 18″ in length and only artificial lures with barbless hooks can be used.

Mammoth Lakes Basin is located on Lake Mary Road in the scenic mountain area. The basin consists of 4 lakes – Lake George, Lake Mary, Twin Lakes, and Lake Mamie. Stocked often, this area has several campgrounds, and a general store. There are no fishing restrictions on these lakes and fishing is good all season once the snow melts.

Backcountry Fishing in the Upper Lakes Basin. If you are looking for a real wilderness experience take a mile hike or more to the many hidden lakes scattered throughout the backcountry from the Lakes Basin. Crystal Lake, Barrett Lake, TJ Lake, McLeod Lake and Skelton Lake are all within walking distance and provide good fishing adventure.

San Joaquin River is sure to provide a great fly fishing ex-cursion. The fish are around 12 inches long, some larger. The river begins at Thousand Island Lake, 10 miles north of Mammoth. This river is one of the local’s favorite.

Hot Creek is world famous for its fine fishing. Catch and release with barbless artificial flies only. This is the only place in the area where the fish population is all natural. Fish up to 18″ are regularly caught – so don’t forget the camera!

Mammoth Creek runs right through town along Old Mammoth Road. Walk from your condo and fish at your leisure. Stocked regularly, it is the perfect spot for that time when you only have an hour to fish. Nice picnic area and playground in the park.

McGee Creek is nestled in the canyons of the McGee Mountains just south of town. Lots of trees and several picnic areas provide for a relaxing afternoon. The fish are on the smaller side, but the views are fantastic!

Owens River offers wide open spaces for the fly fisherman. Plenty of room for everyone. Located just south of Mammoth off Hwy. 395 off Benton Crossing Rd., (at the green church), go 3 miles to the bridge. Catch should be favorable most days.

Convict Lake is a small, deep lake surrounded by majestic mountains on 3 sides. A popular spot for catching the big one! Boat rentals and a launch ramp are available. Shade picnic areas, a general store and a great restaurant makes for a nice day trip.

Rock Creek Area is home to twelve lakes, beginning with Rock Creek Lake that sits at the end of the road. With a little hike along the canyon trails you will reach Serene Lake, Eastern Brook Lake, Mack Lake, Marsh Lake, Hidden Lake, Ruby Lake, Heart Lake, Summit Lake, Golden Lake, Patricia Lake, and Box Lake. Pick one and try your luck. Located near Tom’s Place off Hwy. 395 south of Mammoth.

June Lake Loop is breathtaking with surrounding mountain scenery. It offers a variety of lakes and flowing streams. June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake and Grant Lake are easily accessible without any hiking. Boat rentals are available.

Lower Owens provides year-round fishing below Crowley Lake. The drive down from Mammoth is approximately 35 minutes and expect the temperatures to be around 15 degrees warmer. It’s a great place to go in the winter months after a morning of alpine skiing or snowmobiling. Wild trout are plentiful and certain areas are catch and release sanctioned.

Garnett Lake is a great backcountry fishing trip if you can handle the 10-mile round trip hike. Located outside of Agnew Meadows, some of the terrain can be steep. The scenery is spectacular and the catch will be native wild trout under 12″. A perfect place for the avid fisherman looking for new adventure!

We offer great year-around fly fishing adventures out of Mammoth Lakes California with diverse types of water and programs designed to get novices into fish with minimal instruction, or challenge the most experienced anglers.