Places to Fish in Mammoth
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 5 lakes - Lake George, Lake Mary, Twin Lakes, and
Lake Mamie and Horseshoe Lake. Stocked regularly, this area has several campgrounds, a marina 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 excursion. 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 locals 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
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 make 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
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!
Local shops offer gear, supplies, guides and fishing tips - everything you need.
Pine Creek Canyon has spectacular cliffs, in a remote setting that is free from crowds. This is the gateway to the best Golden Trout fishing in the entire Sierra. Look for Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Lions and Golden Eagles in the high cliffs above the road. Bring binoculars.
Owens River Gorge has become a scenic mecca of sorts for the rock climbing crowd. There is great fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing all in one. Temps can be too hot in the summer, but otherwise, it's usually just right as there is a lot of shade. Be wary of stinging nettle plants along the waterways. Access is from Highway 395, 10 miles north of Bishop at the Owens Gorge Pipeline Road. Drive all the way to the top for the best view of the gorge from a car.
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