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Crowley Lake Guide Service was founded in June of 2007 by Mickey Baron and Brad McClain. Both of us had been guiding for several years with another local guide service when we decided that we could offer more to our customers by branching out on our own. Our main goal is to put you on the fish, without you having to worry about any of the details. That is why we supply you with all of the top end gear you will need, along with our custom flies, refreshments, snacks, and lunches. Being independent also allows us to work around the wind and weather problems that can pop up in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. If the weather is too miserable to have a good day on the water, we will shorten trips to half days, reschedule for another day, or simply refund your deposit. We will be happy to work with you to get the most out of your trip.
Brad has been fishing the Eastern Sierra for over 20 years now. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to you on either the lakes or the rivers. Brad can handle up to 4 people on his 22 foot Skeeter Bay boat on Crowley or Bridgeport Reservoir, wading trips with Brad are best with 2 or 3 people. Brad is also available in the winter on the Lower Owens River out of his drift boat, or for bass fishing on Lake Casitas. When Brad is not on the water his time is spent as a tennis instructor at a club in Ventura, and as the tennis coach of a local college.
Mickey grew up fishing the great lakes for Trout, Salmon, Pike, Musky, Walleye, Perch, and Bass around Detroit Michigan. Mickey retired from the computer industry in 2001 and moved up to the Sierras where he discovered Crowley Lake. He soon got a part time job helping manage Crowley Lake Fish Camp where he was able to fish the lake 4 or 5 times a week. In 2003, he began guiding on Crowley with another Eastern Sierra guide service. Mickey can handle up to three people in his 21 foot Champion Bay Boat. In the off season, you can find Mickey heading south to tie flies and make Sungicators out in the desert south east of Palm Springs where it is nice and warm.