Hot Creek

Mammoth Lakes, California

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Not much public water, but what there is can’t be beat. Hot Creek is aptly named. It’s not just the quality of the fish, a multitude of browns and rainbows of 14 inches-plus, but cold runoff from the high mountains around Mammoth is tempered and enriched by seeps from scores of geothermal springs. The creek rises in a little valley across the ridge from Antelope Springs. It follows a weedy channel for more than two miles before it is joined by the waters of Mammoth Creek, itself something of a trout stream. Hot Creek then courses past a hatchery, runs through a short stretch of meander, and enters Hot Creek Ranch, a fly-fishing ranch with miles of prime (and private) dry-fly water. Species: Rainbow, browns. Angling methods: fly-fishing only.

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"Not much public water, but what there is can’t be beat. Hot Creek is aptly named. It’s not just the quality of the fish, a multitude of browns and rainbows of 14 inches-plus, but cold runoff from the high mountains around Mammoth is tempered and enriched by seeps from scores of geothermal springs. The creek rises in a little valley across the ridge from Antelope Springs. It follows a weedy channel for more than two miles before it is joined by the waters of Mammoth Creek, itself something of a trout stream. Hot Creek then courses past a hatchery, runs through a short stretch of meander, and enters Hot Creek Ranch, a fly-fishing ranch with miles of prime (and private) dry-fly water. Species: Rainbow, browns. Angling methods: fly-fishing only."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Mammoth Lakes
Access: Limited
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Maps: Northern California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Hot Creek

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May 2018