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October/ November Fish Report
Hello to all you fisher-folks!
No doubt at all that the DROUGHT has affected this Fishery. Levels are very low....Our Marina has not seen water since June 2013...15 months... UGH!!! YET... Some good news for the Reservoir. Water quality continues to be good despite the low depths....15' near the Dam..8' in the Narrows......Cold night time temps(30 degrees to 20's) have kept Reservoir cool....low 50's....perfect for trout!!! Launching still possible near the Dam(no longer have the "Courtesy Dock" at the Bathtub.)
have pulled boats for the season. Sorry, no more rentals for this year...Fishing is better from the shore anyway...If you have your own boat, trolling 5 feet or so under the surface with lures, Raps, Buoyant's etc., Still-fishing from a boat using worms, mice tails...maybe...Power-bait(starting to hear good reports).. . Fish are gorging on Perch Fry, terrestrials right now so you Fly- Fishers out there may very well do OK stripping Wooly's, Matuka's, Streamers and the like..! Still- Water Nymphing or midging is has been so-so this year, getting a bit cool for that...We carry a good selection(Sierra Drifters) of flies for the Reservoir so be sure to call or stop by for some and to get latest conditions of the area and waters..BTW.....CROWLEY LAKE IS STILL ON!!!! The East Walker River is low...Tread lightly!!
A bit of perspective..The Reservoir, which was created in 1924 (90 years young!!!) for agriculture in Nevada, can hold up to about 43,000 acre feet. It is around 5 miles long, a mile or so wide and it can be up to 80 feet deep towards the Dam. It currently is storing, and I really don't like putting this out there but I believe the truth is better for all, about 1,800 acre feet....... http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nv/nwis/uv/?site_no=10292500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,72020,00062,00054 Yikes!!! That seems incredibly low....and it is.. but with those Monsoon rains(didn't raise the level) we received from Mother Nature, who, by the way, is STILL in CHARGE, the water temps have been low enough to keep our fish going. (cooler temps=more O2)... The Dept of Fish and Wildlife, F and W, quit stocking here in July(which they usually do) but we seem to still have quite a good population going. There are plans to stock end of Sept/ October.. This year we received at least one load 500-750 pounds of fish from Mono County, Mono County Tourism http://monocounty.org Thank you for that!! We were supposed to get 2 loads but saw no evidence of tha....bummer....buereuacratic red-tape??? Or other stuff going on??? More on that in Newsletter..Those fish were raised in Oregon, Desert Springs Trout Farm.... Beauty's!!! http://www.desertspringstroutfarm.com
Also the BFEF, http://www.bridgeportfishenhancement.com this year planted around a thousand pounds of trout. Thank you for that..Their plans for later this year...??? Triploids of course, but that is the way of the world right now.......if you don't know what a Triploid is, sign up for my Newsletter or e-mail me and request a copy of a partial explanation of what these trout are...Very important issue!!!
OK....with all that said....OUR RESORT IS OPEN!!! !! TILL OCT 26th CALL US FOR MORE INFO 760 932-7001
We still have "PLAN B" IN FULL EFFECT!!! ATV's and 4-wheeling...100 mile trips possible right from our park!!!! Backcountry Fishing.. Climb Mountains... Bodie...Bridgeport Museum...Ride that Bike AND....Check out all the crazy old stuff there is to find around SHORELINE of the Reservoir!!! ALSO....Fly-fish or Bowhunt for 30 Pound CARP....PERCH fishing has slowed but we are convinced the State Record is here!!!
That's about it for now and as always a BIG THANK YOU for visiting, be safe, ALWAYS CHECK THE WEATHER Weather link... http://www.bridgeportreservoir.com/weather.html and have fun! Check out links for the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, http://www.dfg.ca.gov for stocking schedules, online licenses. Always keep in in touch with ... Sierradrifters.com for excellent pictures and updates on our fisheries. Also a great info spot is Reagan's in Bishop, and http://www.thetroutfitter.com
Thank you for reading and visiting. All for now and hope this helps.
Happy Fall/Winter! Pray for rain and Snow!!
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Jeffrey and Handy(our favorite horse!!)