Fish & Trail Report
Summary & Trail
One of the most weather
dominated Memorial weeks I can remember, canyon
visitors found a mix of snow, rain, hail and
sunshine, often in the same afternoon. At our
eleveation we had multiple inches of snow fall no
less than 3 different days during the week, only to
have it melt off the following day as the morning
sun made quick work of the wet snow.
While the weather didn't
necessarily impede access to any of the trails that
were open last week, it certainly didn't help open
them any further. The cooler weather also put the
breaks on backcountry lakes icing out as the lake
reports we received were pretty much identical to
the conditions reported last week with most of the
lakes over the 11000ft elevation half or mostly
The California DFW arrived
this week stocking plenty of trout, and a nice grade
of trout at that, for the holiday crowds.
Bishop Creek So.
Creek flows remain excellent on the
South Fork, especially given the amount of
precipitation we've received this week. The water
clarity is still great and following plants by the
DFW on Thursday, fishing really picked up. Lots of
limits and reports of several successful catch &
release efforts flowed throughout the weekend.
Cricket mini-jigs with a white trout worm trailer
was one of the more specific lure combos accounting
for lots of catching, but salmon eggs, Powerbait,
crawlers and spinners were working well too.
Still no reports from Weir Pond as our
guests have preferred other canyon destinations over
this popular spot.
We had some excellent reports from North
Lake, especially those jiggin' tubes - grasshopper
and cricket by Sierra Slammers were the hot ticket,
especially when dipped in the garlic Bite-On sauce.
A solid bite on inflated crawlers, garlic Powerbait
and Thomas Buoyants as well. The most skilled
anglers practicing catch & release with artificials
reported as many as 20 fish per rod on Saturday,
with the bite slowing down just a bit on Sunday.
After this week's stocking the bite went
from slow to red hot with most folks reporting
limits or near limits fishing from the bank. Most of
the reports were from the bait dunkers using
brightly colored dough baits or Berkely Micetails in
various bright colors, usually pink/white or
The bite picked up from Wednesday afternoon on
over at Sabrina and continued to be good the rest of
the week. Folks found the bite a bit tough
from shore on Thursday, presumably because the fish
were still schooled up and had moved away from the
most accessible shoreline near the dam. As the fish
spread out however, folks started doing really well,
especially on plastics - cricket & grasshopper
Sierra Slammer jigs were reported to be a productive
lure over the weekend. For a more detailed report from
our friends at Lake Sabrina Boat Landing, visit
their website by
No reports from
South Lake this week.
For those braving the snow flurries and
cold, backcountry anglers were rewarded with great
fishing. Lure tossers did the best as the weather
made fly fishing cumbersome at best. The usual
artificial lures, jigs and flies are working.
Photos of the
Andy Dorris from San Diego, CA escaped
the worst of the high country weather by making the
run down to the Lower Owens in Bishop. He was
rewarded with some fat Rainbows weighting 4.65lbs,
3.05lbs and 1.87lbs all caught using a grasshopper
Sierra Slammer jig.
His cousin Jeff Dorris braved the elements at
Lake Sabrina used a combo of nightcrawlers and
Sierra Slammer cricket jigs to land this healthy
stringer of Rainbows to 18"
Just to emphasize how much the weather has
shifted from day to day, or even hour by hour, here
are two pictures of the resort. First, Parchers
Resort Sunday morning around 7:30am after a nice 5"
snowfall the night before - beautiful! The 2nd
picture is 10 hours later on the same day and
there's no snow to be found. Wild stuff!
Resort staffer Joceline Quiceno took the camp
dogs Cabella, Wiley & Brookie up to Tyee Lake #1 on
Sunday. The trail was clear except for a few patches
of snow and the first lake was ice-free.
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of our favorite photos from 2014
Golden Trout from Evolution Lake caught by
resort staffer Seth Blackamore
To see pictures of
more whoppers caught in the Bishop Creek Canyon this year,
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