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Crowley Lake
Updated - 5/22/22
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Current Conditions: Water is gradually clearing up  - Lake is OPEN

Fishing Conditions:  Otis at the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes reports that
It's been streaky, over the weekend had been slow but Tuesday was good, Wednesday was tougher. The best area seems to be Sandy Point on either side, don't be afraid to move further East or North. As usual in the early season the fish are scattered, might be why the trollers are at times more consistent than the fly dunkers. The fish aren't just spread out around the lake but also depth wise so be ready to move up and down, covering more of the water column. It's quite common for the fish to be less picky and more attracted to flash early in the season so flashy and larger flies can be effective. Some of the guys are doing well on Pyramid midges, #8-12"


Generally Recommended Flies

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.

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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.


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