Happy Fishing Season!
As of the this post it’s a chilly 20 in town. No wind in town at this time. Up at the top of Mammoth Mountain it’s 14 and the winds are out of the east gusting to 50 MPH.
Highs today in town will be in the upper 50’s, with highs in the 40s on Mammoth Mountain.
By Sunday highs will be in the 60s here in town. With 50s up on Mammoth Mountain with a SE wind.
Lows thru the weekend will be in the 20s and 30s, so campers be ready for chilly nights.
Roads in town and up to main lodge area now clear and snow and ice free. The road into the heart of the Lakes Basin is closed with 15-20 feet of snow on the ground.
For the Fishing Opener you will want to hit up lakes and streams below the 8500 to 9000-foot level. Above that the snow pack is the largest we have ever seen it at this time of year. It’s going to take month’s for it to all melt off.
The Mammoth Mountain Ski area is open with all operations out of the Main Lodge with chairs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 23 and G1 and G2 running on a base of 180-350+ inches.
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Just a bit of open water at Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. By by Snowman PS: If you want to chat with the people who use this web site and share your own videos and images join our Mammoth Snowman Facebook Group. Here is the link to join the Mammoth Snowman Facebook Group. We also have a Fan Page on Facebook you can get to via this link.
What’s up in Mammoth Lakes this week:
Spring is just starting here in Mammoth Lakes after the biggest water years in our history. 100 inches of water was recored at Main Lodge this winter. Of course most of that was snow and that had created a massive base of snow.
Here in the lower elevations of town we have seen a lot of winters snows melt off. However the upper reaches of town still have 8-10 foot snow banks and those will take a month or more to melt off.
Up in the Lakes Basin it will take half the summer to melt off all the snow in the campgrounds and around the main lakes you can drive to. The back country looks to be snow covered in many spots until next fall. Some areas will have snow on trails all year during 2017.
Hiking is at this time is not happening due to excess snow pack.
Fishing will be in full swing here in Mammoth Lakes starting on Saturday. Mammoth Creek is stocked and fishable. As things warm up the water flow will pick up and it will be a tough to fish on.
Crowley Lake is full and free of ice, it’s also stocked with a ton of fish. I would expect the lake to be packed with people next Saturday and Sunday as the options for fishing are very limited this April.
The upper Owens River is running very high at this time, use caution if your driving off road in the area. Many sections are flooded and have turned very muddy.
Mountain Biking is limited to local dirt roads below 8000 feet. Rock Creek Trail is your best bet as it has melted out and is in great shape.
The local Mammoth Lakes Paved trail system is still covered in snow in most areas. We will update you has things melt out.
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