Fish & Trail Report
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.
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.
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
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
Oddly enough, none of our guests reported fishing
Intake II this week.
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.
detailed report, visit our friends at Lake Sabrina
Boat Landingís website by
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.
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.
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
Photos of the
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
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
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