Originally Posted by sheepdog
Was planning a trip up to either the San Gabriel or the Santa Ana rivers this weekend and fortunately called to get a "report" on the fishing... I spoke to a gentleman at Fishermans Spot up near L.A and he said there is no water in either of the rivers. So glad I called ahead and saved myself 4 hours of driving and lots of gas money... not to mention the pain of a broken heart.
I like the guys at Fisherman's Spot, but I have an alternate viewpoint. Yes, the West Fork was flowing very slow, and yes, the drive up Hwy 39 looked bone dry.
However, I went up the East Fork of the San Gabriel river on the same weekend you wrote your original post, and there was both flowing water and fish, if you were willing to hike in for an hour on the trail to the "Bridge to Nowhere".
Then I went back the week after the big storm, and conditions were even better and the prospector's holes were filled.