Photo © Christian Pondella
Dominating the broad expanse of Long Valley, Crowley Lake is one of the focal point of the opening fishing season in Mono County. The marina at South Landing offers boat rentals, tackle, and camping. The nearby community of Crowley Lake has lodging, a general store, gas station, cafe, and other shops and services.
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 chironimid (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 rain water. 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.
The California Department of Fish & Game publishes all the rules and regulations for fishing in Mono County. Please contact www.dfg.ca.gov
Up-to-date fishing reports for Crowley Lake, and regions throughout Mono County, can be found on Mono County.org /fishing-reports/ In addition, numerous professional guide services are available for hire.