Outing is limited only to those who can make their arrangements for the final “dry camp sites” and/or prefer to stay nearby in Mammoth Lakes at a motel. See reservations below. It is highly recommended that interested members immediately secure reservations by contacting your local motel in Mammoth Lakes or the Crowley Lake Fish Camp and book online. It is also recommended that one hire a local guide for the first day and or refer to my article in our newsletter from last summer. Guides may be found online by Googling Crowley Lake. As of late January, I have RV Site 14 for Mike Brugh to be shared with another RV/Trailer (contact Mike, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in sharing the site), and RV Site 6 for myself and member Loren Farrell. Dry Camping sites are also available at the lake in Whisky Bay Camp go to https://www.crowleylakefishcamp.com/reservations
YouTube offers several excellent fly-fishing videos. “The Fly Dudes” are fishing off of Sandy Point at 25 foot depth, and nymphing with a size 18 blood midge and black Zebra. Other flies are sized 14-16-18 Albinos, Red Barron and Tiger Midge. In addition, there is an excellent “Crowley Lake University” which is a 5 DVD set for about $80. While it is a 2008 version given by Troutfitter owner Kent Rianda, and it is still germane today. Your guide recommendations and/or the nearby fly shops for advice.
Boats need not be placed in dock slips but can be parked on the beach for free, and while not totally safe from theft, the Mono County Sheriff frequently parks in full view during the day and the beach is easily seen from the manager’s, Abbie Hoffman’s, residence and the store (We take rods, tackle, and the motor’s red cord back to camp). Reservations are required, but if you stay elsewhere you will still be required to pay a daily fishing fee and an entrance fee. Please contact the Fish Camp office at (760) 935-4301 (Ask for Stacy or Abbie) for information no matter where you decide to stay. Your boat, or watercraft, will be thoroughly inspected for invasive species. A map of Crowley Lake is a must, and one should focus on Alligator and Sandy Points, Hilton and McGee Bays
(The following has permission to reprint from the Crowley Lake Fish Camp website)
“Crowley Lake is located just off Highway 395 in the spectacular Eastern Sierra. The lake is 25 miles north of Bishop and 12 miles south of Mammoth Lakes. Crowley Lake is a large man-made reservoir that supplies water and power to the City of Los Angeles. Crowley Lake is the largest reservoir in the entire Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) System.
Crowley Lake is known throughout the Western United States as being an incredible fishery that produces large, beautiful trout that will give you the fight of your life! The lake offers some of the most exciting trout fishing in California in one of the most spectacular settings in the world. The amazingly prolific chironomid (midge fly) based food chain is what provides the incredible growth rates and large, hard fighting fish that Crowley Lake is famous for.
Crowley Lake is 12 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point. The lake is a reservoir for storing the Eastern High Sierra snow and rainwater. Although most famous for trout fishing, in recent years, Crowley Lake has seen growth in various other water sports, such as kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, kite surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Fishing season in the Eastern Sierra is the last Saturday of April to November 15th each year. The California Department of Fish & Game is responsible for all fishing regulations in the Eastern Sierra and on Crowley Lake. Please visit their website for more information www.wildlife.ca.gov.
Crowley Lake Fish Camp, the only concession on the lake, is operated in cooperation with LADWP. All visitors, boats, campers, must access the lake through Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Crowley Lake Fish Camp is open the last Saturday of April through October 31 of each year.
Crowley Lake Fish Camp offers a full-service marina with 200-plus private slips, a fleet of 90 rental boats, rental cabins, full hook-up RV Sites, dry camping sites, a tackle shop, and Pelican Point Grill (open Friday through Sunday only). Please see our reservations page to obtain a full listing of our prices and services.”