North Yuba River
VALLEY TAIL WATERS
San Diego Saltwater
Updated - 9/19/20
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Current Conditions: normal. Smoky air but predicted to improve
Fishing Conditions – Fair to Good: Not many on the lake this week due to the smoke so we have no up to date report. That being said last week fishing was excellent and should remain that way once the smoke goes away. The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes reported last week: "The Daphnia is back, not as bad as it was last week and still mainly in the north arm . Usually when the trout are keying on them you can tell because the fish will be suspended but with the warm water everything is happening on the bottom so it's hard to tell, all the more reason to keep moving.
The perch are now a definite part of the food chain. The good thing is that they're spread out all along the weed beds and in the pockets so if you're willing to put in the time you will be rewarded by having the fishing all to yourself. You can still find fish in 25' to 35' but they're now showing in 6' to 15'. Remember that unless you are ready to immediately cast to a boil there's no point in worrying about it, those fish are flushing Perch fry off the bottom and then going right back down. One technique for combating this is to suspend perch fry up above your bottom flies. This can be a good technique but so far this year it hasn't been very successful."
Suspending midge patterns such as Zebra Midges/black or olive #14-#18 under an indicator or stripping leaches such as the Hale Bopp/black or brown, and Matukas #10 are getting fish. A balance leach under an indicator can be deadly too. Try stripping a small Olive & White intruder style fly. How about trying a small Clouser?
We have guides who are on Crowley every day no matter what the season. Give the shop a call (916)483-1222 or click here and we will set you up.
About Crowley Lake
Crowley is located on the east side of the Sierra Nevada in central California. Its tributaries include the Owens River and several creeks. It is a component of the daisy chain of water impoundments along the Owens River that provide water to the 250 mile LA Aqueduct that terminates in Los Angeles.
Crowley’s water is an extremely fertile environment for the production of aquatic life that of course benefits the trout and the fertility of its aquatic life allows a growth rate that is unequaled. Tagged fish have been shown to have grown up to 9” in a year. The nutrients that are contributed by the cattle that graze the shoreline eventually flows into the lake, and nourishes the micro organisms such as algae that in turn feed the lakes invertebrates, that ultimately feed its trophy trout.
Crowley is unique in that the California Department of Fish & Game (DFG) has planted three different strains of Rainbows in Crowley, Kamloop, Eagle Lake, and Coleman (named after the hatchery located at the base of Mt. Lassen in northern California).
Much of the best fishing is around the inlets of the creeks that enter the lake on the west side. The largest of the tributaries is the Owens River that enters from the north. These areas generally are rather shallow (ten to fifteen feet), and have lots of weeds which are home to aquatic food sources of all kinds.
The most popular tubing areas are Alligator Point, Leighton Springs, Mc Gee Creek and Hilton Bay. Though the northwest side of the lake has good vehicle access, some areas are best accessed by boat. Often times fishermen will load their tubes on to a mother ship so to speak, motor out to the area they want to fish and get dropped off.
The best way to be introduced to Crowley is to spend a morning on the lake with one of our guides. Give us a call and we will make arrangements for you to experience the great fishing on of California’s most productive lakes.