Fishing Season: April 30 2022 - November 15 2022

Crowley Lake - CA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

59

Jim Elias's Tip of the Week

Fluorocarbon is an absolute must. The water is about as clear as it gets right now so if you're not using it you're making it harder than it needs to be. Also, if you've got flies without beads and dubbed heads they might be worth using instead.

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Map of Crowley Lake

5-Day Outlook as of 5/19/22

Windy today and tonight lingering through Friday. Warming trend starts tomorrow with temps reaching the 80s by the middle of next week.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/19/22

Running multiple midge or leech patterns under an indicator is best with these water temperatures. Waters still a little cold to be stripping anything with sinking line unless you're going to slow troll with some leeches.

Local Species Available April 30 2022 - November 15 2022

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    Rainbow

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    Brown

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    Cutthroat

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    Perch

Jim Elias's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Rojo Midge N/A 18
Bead Head Brassie™ N/A
Schultzy's Red Eyes Leech N/A
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer N/A
Albino Baron Wine/Red 16
Copper Tiger N/A 16
Krystal Bugger N/A
TH Zebra Midge Black 16-18
Red/Black Pupa N/A 16
Grey/Black Midge Pupa Gray 16

Rojo Midge

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Jim Elias's Recommended Gear

Description: About Crowley Lake

REPORT COVERS CROOKED CREEK, HILTON BAYS, MCGEE BAY, SANDY POINT, SIX BAYS, GREEN BANKS, SOUTH WEED, BIG WEED, SOMETIMES ISLAND, LEIGHTON SPRINGS.ALLIGATOR POINT

Nearest Airport:

MAMMOTH - YOSEMITE (MMH)

Hatches:

Water temps are slowly creeping up, but the water is staying clear. The fish are happy and pulling hard for now. Hatches have been strong with things getting going around 9-9:30. The fleet is gathered at Stormy Flats still. I've been marking and catching fish over in Christmas and Layton as well as further Northwest of the fleet over near Sometimes Bay. Marking fish anywhere from 12ft all the way out to 22ft. Seem to do better early in shallower when the fish are mostly eating larva and then moving out deep once the hatch starts to get going and they start keying on gray and black. Stomach samples have confirmed that the midges hatching are gray/black and maybe a touch bigger than a size 18, so you might need to play with size a little bit. The fish haven't been very leader shy so I've been running 4x, so no need to go super light just yet, as long as you're using Fluorocarbon tippet. Fish numbers have varied by the day, I'd love to tell you all I'm just slaying it out there catching big numbers of big fish, but the instant that wind comes up the fishing seemed to slow down considerably. The winds been all over the place lately and hasn't been making my job particularly easy, so if you're out there spinning in circles on your anchors, so am I.

Best Time to Fish:

7am-11am

Best Access:

North Landing off Benton Crossing Road or The Marina