MONO COUNTY, Calif. – Eastern Sierra locals and visitors alike are gearing up for “Fishmas,” the official start to the regular fishing season on April 27. Anglers will have much to celebrate this season – lakes, streams and reservoirs will be at very healthy levels following above-average snowfall this winter. In addition, more than 600,000 pounds of trout will be stocked throughout the Eastern Sierra.
“We are looking forward to a fantastic fishing season after another winter with record-setting snowfall. All of our rivers, lakes and reservoirs will be full of water all season long,” reports Jeff Simpson, Mono County’s economic development manager. “Access to some higher elevation lakes may be later than normal due to snow and ice, but that also means those spots will have excellent opener-like conditions later in the summer.”
Simpson recommends anglers follow Mono County Tourism’s Facebook and Instagram pages for real-time updates and conditions as the season approaches.
Mono County, along with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mammoth Lakes Tourism, Bishop Chamber of Commerce, Inyo County, and private marina operators will be stocking over 600,000 pounds of trout throughout the Eastern Sierra. Mono County, specifically, will stock bodies of water in the region with 20,000 pounds of rainbow trout starting the second week of April.
Anglers are encouraged to join the effort to keep Eastern Sierra fisheries healthy and sustainable by practicing “catch and release” – keeping only the fish they need and releasing the rest to reproduce, grow and become trophy-sized. During the regular fishing season, the general catch limit is five fish per day, never exceeding 10 fish in possession. For more information about fishing regulations, reports, or to request a free Eastern Sierra fishing map, please visitmonocounty.org.
“The best part about dropping a line in our friendly county is the beautiful landscape and getting outside with other fishing enthusiasts,” said John Peters, chair of the Mono County board of supervisors. “Opening weekend is always festive and fun, and we look forward to welcoming everyone on April 27.”
Throughout the season a number of events, including derbies and fishing festivals, are scheduled – starting with the Fishmas Day Celebration at Tom’s Place on opening day, and including family-friendly events like the Mammoth Kids’ Fishing Festival, Trout Fest, and Bridgeport Fish Fest.
Visit MonoCounty.org to learn more about fishing in Mono County, top fishing locations, which fish can be found there, regulations, lodging, and much more.
About Mono County:
Located approximately 315 miles north of Los Angeles, and 280 miles east of San Francisco, Mono County accesses the east entrance to Yosemite National Park and welcomes visitors year-round. The Eastern Sierra’s vast playground is an easily reached destination whether driving the all-weather US Highway 395 or taking advantage of direct United or JetSuite X flights from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Orange County (SNA), Burbank (BUR) and Denver (DEN). US Highway 395, which traverses Mono County from north to south, is a State-Designated Scenic Byway offering motorists tremendous vistas right from the steering wheel and countless side-roads, hiking trails, lakes, and roadside villages to explore. For more information or to request guides, visit MonoCounty.orgor call 800-845-7922.