September 29th, 2018
Sad to say, the rumors are true and the CA state hatcheries in the area are out of fish for the season. This was mainly due to water quality issues at Black Rock and Fish Springs Hatcheries in the Owens Valley. Stocking ended after Labor Day, so the fishing in roadside waters went from challenging to … challenging all throughout the Eastern Sierra.
In spite of this, there still are a few trout coming out of Rock Creek Lake and Rock Creek. Wild rainbows and brook trout have been caught in and near the inlet of the lake. The brooks are starting to spawn in the creeks at the inlets and outlets of the lakes in the canyon.
If you are willing to hike a little, the fishing in the upper lakes, including the Hilton Lakes, has been as good as always. Nightcrawlers or eggs for bait, the usual small spinners, super dupers, or kastmasters, or a variety of dry or wet flies have been working well. This is the time of year I like to throw a pack on and hike into waters I maybe have not been to in a long time, or have never fished. I am never disappointed.
As I write this, the aspen leaves in Rock Creek Canyon are in full color, and this weekend will be the peak for the fall foliage magic. Remember, the best day of fall leaf-peeping beats the best day of work, or the worse day of ….catching! Have fun!