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The Lower Owens begins below Crowley Lake and flows for 350 miles to quench the thirst of Southern California. Before it winds up in the aqueduct, it supports an incredible number of trout for over 40 miles with populations reaching 7,000-9,000 fish per mile. The stretch of water between Crowley Lake and Pleasant Valley Reservoir is known as the Gorge. The vertical rock walls provide a dramatic backdrop to some of the best fishing in the Eastern Sierra. The fishing in the Gorge may be great, but you earn it. Be sure to bring plenty of extra water for the hike out. Below Pleasant Valley Reservoir the river enters the wild trout section. This area receives the most fishing pressure on the Lower Owens and for good reason. The easy access and heavy hatches draws many anglers from across the west. The Lower Owens is also open year round, but fishes best during the fall, winter, and spring due to high flows in the summer. Click here for current flows.
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