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Bishop Creek Canyon Fish & Trail Report 

 

Fish & Trail Report

6-5-16

 

Summary & Trail Report 
Summer showed up in a big way this week with above normal temps in the mid to high 70ís all week. It was gorgeous and felt more like July than early June. The trails are opening up fast and more backcountry lakes are icing out every day it seems.

Our first PCT hikers of the season showed up for a beer and a snack this week so although Bishop pass is still very much covered in snow, the more skilled and prepared folks have made it over.

Snowpack in the high country above 11,000ft is now estimated to be in the 80% of normal, a tremendous upgrade to the bleak forecasts we received around April 1. This is great news for just about everyone as the snowpack will still allow early access for hikers and backpackers (weather permitting) and better lake levels for anglers and kayakers.

Bishop Creek So. Fork
Flows on the So. Fork of Bishop Creek are still ideal making for excellent fishing conditions. Nothing big came out of the creek this week but there were plenty of pan-sized fish filling stringers. Jigs, salmon eggs, spinners, flies and Powerbait were all effective.

Weir Pond
A lot of traffic up at Weir this past week which affected the bite. The most common reports were that there were fish all over the place but folks couldnít get them to chew. Try dries in the evening or early morning for your best shot at a decent catch count.

North Lake 
With lighter crowds this week following the big holiday weekend, there was less fishing pressure and the fish seemed to react positively with the Browns and Brookies aggressively hitting both dries and nymphs while the Rainbows bit red/gold Thomas Bouyants and Powerbait   

Intake II
Oddly enough, none of our guests reported fishing Intake II this week.

Lake Sabrina
This is easily the best year in four years as far as the lake level at Sabrina. The water is well up on the boat ramp and they already have both docks out with pontoon and motorboat rentals available. The fishing reports were mixed but we received more good reports than bad. Trolling produced some fish but most of the action was on bait, garlic Powerbait and nightcrawlers being the best.  For a detailed report, visit our friends at Lake Sabrina Boat Landingís website by clicking here.

South Lake
The water is charging up fast but isnít nearly high enough to stock fish or put boats out yet. The only fish report we received was from a couple of hearty guys who hiked their float tubes all the way down to the lakeÖ.their work was rewarded by 1 fish each, both Browns. Needless to say, South Lake is not the hot spot just yet. However, if the latest forecasts for reservoir storage come to fruition, that may change within the next month.

Backcountry Fishing
Very few fishing reports from the backcountry as many of the lakes are just icing out and the trails up until this week have been mostly snow covered. We expect some great reports next week if the weather holds out as the first few weeks of open water can be some of the best backcountry fishing of the year.   

Trail Report
Itís truly remarkable what a week or so of summer weather can do, with the trails to Long Lake, Green Lake, Lamarck Lakes and the Tyees all rapidly clearing of snow and almost unrecognizable compared to just 10 days ago. Hikers should still expect snow berms but the first set of backcountry lakes are now accessible. There is still a lot of snow above 11,500ft but its melting off quickly. Hikers should be aware that with the warm temperatures the snow is a bit treacherous to cross, especially in the afternoon as it becomes slushy so be careful out there!

 

Photos of the Week

John Batzloff from San Diego with a nice 2.5lb brood stock fish caught on a Sierra Slammer Baby Brown mini-jig.

John Batzloff and Steve Dorris from San Diego with a their haul from the So. Fork Bishop Creek on Thursday 5-26-16.

Jack Files from Lakeside, CA  with a 3.25lb Rainbow caught on a jig at Intake 2.

 

Gary and Laurie Roberts from West Hills with a beautiful 2.88lb Rainbow caught in Bishop Creek on salmon eggs.

 

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