Not only is Hot Creek the premier fly-fishing destination in the Eastern Sierra, but it is also situated in a spectacular landscape. Natural mineral springs bubble up in the creek creating nutrient-rich water and the ideal habitat for bugs, which trout love to eat. The California Department of Fish and Game has found more than 8,000 trout per mile of water at Hot Creek. Bald eagles and osprey frequent the area and can be seen perched on the cliffs and in trees above the canyon.
The creek is named for the hot springs that boil up from a magma chamber deep below the earth’s surface, though the hot pools have been deemed dangerous and are currently closed to swimmers. A paved path leads down to the creek from the main parking area for viewing and fishing access.
Hot Creek is open year-round for catch and release fly-fishing with barbless hooks. The Troutfitter Guide Service offers beginner and advanced fly-fishing trips to Hot Creek and other area rivers and lakes.
A prime section of water at Hot Creek Ranch is private, but can be fished with a guide. Cabin rentals are also available.
Troutfitter Guide Service, (760) 924-3676
Hot Creek Ranch, (760) 924-5637