Image Courtesy of Dakota Snider, Mammoth Lakes Tourism

MAMMOTH LAKES, California – The fishing season opener in Mammoth Lakes and Mono County is this Saturday, April 27, with a whole host of competitions and events kicking things off. Of course, given Mammoth Mountain‘s commitment to staying open until at least Memorial Day, this provides potential for world class skiing and world class fishing in the same day.

The opening day of the fishing season, often referred to as “Fishmas”, is a big one in the area. The high alpine lakes, streams, reservoirs and creeks that cover the Mammoth Lakes area provide world class trout fishing.

To celebrate the beginning of the season, a load of competitions are set to take place in the area. On April 27 alone, four derbies and contest begin. The “Fishmas” Day Derby, at Tom’s Place, includes a 50/50 raffle, cash prizes, and more. If you’re interested, you need to register ahead of time through Tom’s Place Resort. Additionally, the Monster Trout Contest, where a whole host of “biggest fish” categories could be won, runs on Saturday and Sunday at June Lake. Contact June Lake Loop or Ernie’s Tackle for more information there.

Image Courtesy of Dakota Snider, Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Meanwhile, the Fish of the Month Derby begins on Saturday at Gull Lake, running all season with an entry fee of just $5, and Mono Village’s Fishing Opener Derby kicks off at Upper Twin Lake in Bridgeport. On Sunday, the “Round-Up at the Lake” Spring Fishing Derby begins, running until June 14 at Convict Lake.

Many of the lakes in the area are already ice free, and those that aren’t are melting fast. Additionally, some lakes (mainly Convict Lake & Crowley Lake) already have their boats in the water. So skiing and then fishing, or fishing and then skiing, is entirely possible in the Mammoth area this weekend.

When you start planning your fishing trip to Mammoth Lakes this spring or summer, make sure to head over to the Mammoth Lakes website for help. Their trip planner guide makes figuring out food, housing, shopping, and general adventures so much easier.

Image Courtesy of Dakota Snider, Mammoth Lakes Tourism

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