Upper and Lower Owens River

The Upper Owens River – Located just 15 minutes from Mammoth Lakes, the Upper Owens River is open year round and has abundant populations of resident and migratory Brown and Rainbow Trout, along with the occasional Cutthroat Trout. The Upper Owens is a Spring Creek that can offer many varieties of techniques for all anglers. It is set with breath taking views of the Eastern Sierra while it meanders through the valley floor. Tall grass surrounds the river, providing great hopper fishing opportunities in the later summer months. The Upper Owens River is the largest tributary to Crowley Lake.

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The Lower Owens River – The Lower Owens River is located 40 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes and is a premier Wild Trout fishery. This tail water fishery boasts high populations of wild Brown Trout and is open year round. Being that it is almost 4,000 feet lower in elevation than the town of Mammoth Lakes, it provides a mild climate during the winter months for comfortable fishing conditions in the dead of winter. This is the only river the Mammoth Lakes area has to offer for drift boat fishing. One can walk and wade this remarkable fishery, as well as float it when the flows are conducive for drift boating. If you are looking for great trout fishing during the winter and spring months, this is the place to be when the other higher elevation fisheries can have snow on the banks.

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