Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

Fishing season opener, Mono Basin campgrounds opening

As we gear up for fishing season opener on Saturday, April 28, most campgrounds along the June Lake Loop are set to open the week before, dependent on the weather.

Fishing season opens on Saturday, April 28 this year. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Lower Lee Vining Creek
Lower Lee Vining, Aspen, and Big Bend campgrounds do not have estimated opening dates yet, but the Inyo National Forest hopes to get them open before fishing opener. There is no estimated opening date for the Lundy Canyon campground yet.

Tioga Pass area
Ellery Lake, Tioga Lake, Junction, Sawmill Walk-in, Saddlebag Lake, Saddlebag Lake Group Camp are all closed and will not open until Tioga Pass (Highway 120 west) opens for the season. There is no estimated opening date for Tioga Pass.

June Lake Loop
Oh Ridge (est. opening 4/25), June Lake (est. opening 4/25), Reversed Creek (est. opening 5/12), Gull Lake (est. opening 4/25), Silver Lake (est. opening 4/25), Aerie Crag (est. opening 4/25).

When you arriving for fishing opener, stop by Beaver’s Sporting Goods to get your fishing license and all equipment and tackle you’ll need. For visitor information, the Mono Basin National Forest Visitor Center is now open, Thursday–Monday, 8:30am–4:30pm, and will be open seven days a week starting on May 1st. The Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore is open 9:00am–5:00pm every day. We’ll see you soon for fishing season!