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General Trout Season opens on Saturday

Posted by Seth Conners

The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise.
Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to the season opener. Because of the increased rains this winter, CDFW expects most lakes to be open and available for fishing. However, some upper elevation lakes may be inaccessible.
Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season opening and closing dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits and gear restrictions.
Anglers are advised to check specific area regulations and opening dates in the 2017-18 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation booklet (www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations) for regulations specific to each body of water.
In 2012, CDFW regional staff created the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide to provide anglers with a quick, informative and accurate account of the distribution of fisheries in back country high elevation lakes. This guide does not address front country waters, defined as lakes and streams that are accessible by vehicle. Most of the lakes lie within U.S. Forest Service lands managed as wilderness and usually require back country permits for overnight use. Most back country fisheries are based on self-sustaining populations of trout and do not need regular trout stocking to maintain fish populations. The guide can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/6 (under Hunting, Fishing, Education).
Crowley Lake in the Eastern Sierra is expected to be one of the most popular opening day destinations for anglers from around the state. In past years, an estimated 10,000 anglers have turned out for the opener, and approximately 50,000 trout are caught during the first week of the season. Typically Crowley is planted with hundreds of thousands of small and medium sized trout, and because of excellent food sources in the 5,280-acre reservoir, these trout grow to catchable sizes and weigh at least three-quarters of a pound by the opener. About 10 percent of the trout caught at Crowley during opening weekend weigh over a pound and a half. These fish are from stocks planted in previous years or are wild fish produced in Crowley’s tributary waters.
Anglers are asked to be particularly vigilant when cleaning fish and fishing gear at Crowley Lake and in the upper and lower Owens River Drainage. The New Zealand Mudsnail was discovered several years ago in the Owens River Drainage, and CDFW would like to prevent mudsnails from spreading into other waters. To avoid spreading New Zealand Mudsnails and other aquatic invasive species to other waters, anglers are advised to dispose of their fish guts in bear-proof trash cans, rather than throw them back into the water. Wading gear should be properly cleaned before using in new waters.
All persons age 16 and older must possess a valid California fishing license to fish within state lines. Freshwater fishing licenses can be purchased online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales or at regional CDFW offices or other license agents. Anglers no longer have to display their license visibly above the waist but they must have it in their possession while fishing.

Bear in Crowley

There’s a new “resident” in the Crowley Lake area

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer, Mono County Sheriffs Department

There is a new local “resident” in the community of Crowley Lake. This is the mountains and bears do share our space.  Due to the current drought conditions, it is anticipated that bears may be forced to seek out food other than their native diet.

Please remember some simple tips to lessen the likelihood of a bear encounter: to avoid vehicle break-ins, do not leave food, wrappers, gum, mints, ice chests, lunch boxes, or anything that smells like food, etc. in your vehicle; do not leave outdoor trash cans open, unattended and unsecured; use proper bear proof food storage containers; do not leave out any type of food including pet food and bird seed; make sure all BBQ’s and outdoor cooking areas are kept clean to prevent problems with bears; and, if you accidentally come “face to face” with a bear, slowly step back and make as much noise as possible to alert the bear of your presence. Also, slow down when driving on local streets and roadways to avoid any potential accidents with wildlife crossing the road. These simple tips are for your safety and the safety of our local bears.

 If these simple tips do not work, and your safety is still at risk, or you simply see the new local “resident” wandering in your neighborhood, please do not hesitate to call the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549 ext. 7 for non-emergencies, or 911 for emergencies, or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife locally at (760) 873-1171 or via their dispatch at (951) 443-2969. Please do not take matters into your own hands. Please be safe and cognizant of wildlife in all communities throughout Mono County!

cover photo by Crowley resident Julie Estridge

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Sparks Woman killed in Saturday Crash

Accident on highway 395 near Crowley Lake leaves one dead, two with serious injuries

CHP Accident report:

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, at approximately 8:42 am, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area officers were dispatched to a solo vehicle rollover collision on US-395 southbound, north of Crowley Lake Drive.  Personnel from the CHP Bishop Area Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Emergency Medical Services, and Long Valley Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist.

The preliminary investigation indicates Sherry Johnson, age 53 of Sparks Nevada,  was driving a 2005 Ford F-250 southbound on US-395, north of Crowley Lake Drive.  For unknown reasons, the driver allowed the vehicle to drift onto the right shoulder of the roadway where it collided with two metal paddle markers and a highway sign.  The vehicle then veered across all southbound lanes and into the center divide, where it overturned and came to rest on its wheels.  The driver of the vehicle (Sherry Johnson) was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Two passengers in the vehicle were transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital, and airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.  Passengers include 46-year old Sparks resident Donald Karwoski and a 12-year old male from Reno.  The preliminary investigation suggests fatigue may have been a factor in the collision.  Officers from the CHP Bridgeport Area are handling the collision investigation.  The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the death investigation.

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Bishop Creek ready for the Opener

Trout Season Opens Saturday

The general trout opener will commence on Saturday, April 25th, one hour before sunrise.  California Department of fish and wildlife indicates that they are, “Making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to the season opener.  This years unprecedented drought could play a major role in determining how many rivers, creeks, lakes and reservoirs can be stocked before April 25th.

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Mandatory Boat inspections remain at Crowley

As Opening of Fishing Season approaches, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will be hosting Quagga and Zebra Mussel inspections for trailered watercraft from April 22 through April 24, 2015. The Department reminds local boaters that all motorized vessels planning to launch at Crowley Lake must be inspected prior to launch.

Boat inspections will be held at the Vons/Kmart parking lot in Bishop and at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp.  Vons/Kmart inspections will be held April 22 and 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Friday, April 24 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Crowley Fish Camp inspections will be held April 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 24 from 7 a.m. to dark.

On Opening Day, April 25, boats can also be inspected from sunrise until sunset but, due to high demand, waiting until Opening day is not recommended. Boat inspections at Crowley will continue throughout the fishing season.

Boats showing signs of contamination with invasive mussels, or found to contain any water or debris that could harbor invasive mussels, will not be allowed to launch into Crowley Lake.

Pre-inspected boats may use the pre-paid line at the main gate at South Landing of Crowley Lake to expedite entry. If you are planning on launching a boat into Crowley Lake please keep the following in mind:

–All boats and trailers must be CLEAN and DRY or they will be denied access.

–If the owner of the vessel chooses not to clean the vessel they will not be allowed to launch.

–All drain plugs must be removed prior to boat transport.

–All vehicles towing boats will be required to have a visible Inspection Certification during boat launching at Crowley Lake.

–Boat owners should be aware there may be an extended wait to enter Crowley Lake Reservoir due to these important protective measures.

Inspections are required for the protection of the fishery at Crowley Lake and in order to keep the reservoir open to recreational boating. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Crowley Lake Fish Camp appreciate the cooperation of boat owners and will work to expedite the inspection and certification process.

For more information contact LADWP at (760) 873-0409 or www.LADWP.com/mussels or Crowley Lake Fish Camp at (760) 935-4043.

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photos by Arnie Palu

Crowley Community Center Fall Classes

FREE ESL (English Second Language) Class in Crowley

Clase de Inglés gratis para adultos. Clase de Inglés gratis para adultos en Crowley Lake Community Center. Aprender de conversación, lectura, de la escritura y pronunciación para su uso en situaciones prácticas. Todos los materiales proporcionados.

Free English Class for Adults at Crowley Lake Community Center

Learn Conversation, Reading, Writing and Pronunciation for use in practical situations. All materials provided.


7-8:30pm on September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 9, 16, 30 You may bring your small children if necessary. Usted puede traer a sus hijos pequeños si es necesario. $5 for Mammoth and Bishop residents. $5 (por clase) para los residentes de Mammoth y Bishop. Para preguntas/For questions 760-935-4089.

Other Courses Offered by the Crowley Lake Community Center this Fall:

CSA 1 Fall Classes

Yoga – Ukulele – ESL – Nordic Dryland – AED/CPR

Nordic Dry Land Training Instructor: Nancy Fiddler, local Olympian Get your mind and body ready for cross country skiing this winter with technique, strength, plyometrics, and aerobic training.  Participants need running shoes and attire, short ski poles (preferably old nordic poles, about sternum high), water bottle (with holster is best), and a towel or mat for strength training.  All abilities welcome, but some physical fitness is required. Thursdays 9-11 am *meeting at Crowley Lake Park September 11, 18, 25 October 2, 16, 23, 30 November 6  




Beginning ESL Instructor: Sharon Johnson Learn conversation, reading, writing and pronunciation for use in practical situations. All materials provided. Clase de Inglés gratis para adultos: Aprender de conversación, lectura, de la escritura y pronunciación para su uso en situaciones prácticas. Todos los materiales proporcionados. You may bring your small children if necessary. Usted puede traer a sus hijos pequeños si es necesario. Thursdays 7-8:30 pm September 4, 11, 18, 25 October2, 9, 16, 30




CPR/AED Certification Course Instructor: Rob Deforrest Heartsaver®  CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult.  This course teaches skills with AHA’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills. Dates TBA *Students must pre-register for this class




Yoga for Everyone Instructor: Desiree Federman                Come enjoy a casual, fun and safe class in a non-competitive environment. *mats not provided Sundays 5:00- 6:30 pm September 14, 21 October 5, 19, 26 November 2, 16, 23, 30  




Prana Flow Yoga for Every-body Instructor: Kelley Doyle Prana Flow Yoga is an all levels yoga course designed to offer each person a way to explore breath and body movements as moving meditation to cultivate strength, flexibility and peace from the inside out. *mats not provided Mondays 8:30 -10 am September 8, 15, 22, 29 October 6, 13, 20, 27 November 3, 17, 24




Beginning Ukulele Instructor: Greg Smith All ages welcome: we will explore the magic of music through playing songs on the ukulele. This little instrument can lead on to guitar or mandolin! Space is limited. Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm October 6, 13, 20, 27 November 3, 17, 24 *Each class has a $5 material fee, pre-registration required

The CSA 1 is offering these classes to the public.  Anyone can attend but those residents living in the district can attend free of charge.

If you live Northwest of the Geothermal Plant and South of Sunnyslopes/Tom’s Place then you reside outside of the district and will be required to pay a nominal fee of $5 per class.

All classes are held at the Crowley Lake Community Center unless noted otherwise.

Registration Questions?  Please call Isabel, (760) 935-4089, or email isbxoxo@gmail.com


Courses Offered by the Crowley Lake Community Center this Fall


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Community Flu Clinics 2014


Date Location Day/Time

09.29.14 Lee Vining Community Center Monday 4:00-6:30 PM
10.07.14 Walker Senior Center Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM
10.08.14 Bridgeport Health Department Wednesday 1:00-3:30 PM
10.09.14 June Lake Community Center Thursday 5:00-6:30 PM
10.15.14 Paradise Fire Station Wednesday 4:30-5:45 PM
10.15.14 Swall Fire Station Wednesday 6:15-7:15 PM
10.16.14 Chalfant Community Center Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 PM
10.16.14 Benton Community Center Thursday 6:30-7:30 PM
10.20.14 Mammoth Lakes Elem. School Monday 4:00 – 7:00 PM
10.23.14 Crowley Lake Community Center Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone over the age of six months.

FluMist® nasal spray is available for healthy, non-pregnant 2-49 year olds.
The pneumococcal vaccine is also available. Free with Medicare Part B card present; otherwise $78.00.
Pneumococcal not available at Lee Vining Community Flu Clinic.

Cost for Flu vaccine:

$10 for adults (19 yrs and older)
$5 for children (6mo -18 yrs)

Medicare Part B free with card present.

Additional Clinics:

10.27.14 Mammoth Health Department Monday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, by appt
10.30.14 Mammoth Health Department Thursday 8:30-11:00 AM, by appt
11.04.14 Mammoth Health Department Tuesday 4:30-6:30 PM, drop-in
11.12.14 Mammoth Health Department Wednesday 4:30-6:30, drop-in

Children may also receive flu vaccine at school clinics to be held this Fall.




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