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Bishop Creek Canyon Fish & Trail Report 


Fish & Trail Report

Updated 9-29-14


Summary & Trail Report

Fall finally came to the high country this week as we experienced cooler temps, a bit of wind mid week, followed by a dusting of snow over the weekend. The scenery just doesn’t get any better than what we’ve seen this week as the peak fall color and snow flocked pines made for postcard quality views in the upper regions of the canyon. Judging by the number of cars at the trailhead parking areas, there are still a lot of folks in the backcountry despite the weather.


Wild Trout reports were excellent this week with backcountry Brookies and Rainbows, especially in the Green Lake basin and along Bishop Pass Trail, getting active before winter comes to visit. Spin fishers did well with mini-jigs, trout worms, spinners and spoons while the fly fishers did best fishing bead-head nymphs as a dropper under large terrestrials.


Bishop Creek So. Fork

With nighttime lows below freezing this week, creek flows have finally dropped but the creek is still very fishable. Nothing big reported this week but plenty of Rainbows in the 10 to 14” range were reported, mostly by bait fisherman using salmon eggs or nightcrawlers. Gold Kastmasters also accounted for a few limits. The Browns are really starting to get active, especially down near Willow Campground, another indication that fall is upon us.


Weir Pond

Slow fishing reported from shore but those prepared with waders did really well on a mix of Browns, Brookies and Rainbows, especially in the evenings. Bead-head nymphs, spinners and grasshopper flies accounted for the majority of strikes.


Intake II

Slower than normal fishing on the usual suspects this week however salmon eggs fished with a small split shot about 12 - 18” above the hook, something more often fished in the stream, seemed to be the hot ticket.


North Lake

Salmon eggs, kastmasters, fly/bubble and orange/green trout worms produced best but it was a bit tough with wind and/or snow making life difficult for much of the week.


Lake Sabrina

A huge stocking last week fueled a pretty solid bite when the weather cooperated. The fish are somewhat spread out but the main inlet was the place for big numbers. Some real quality Rainbows in the 2 -3lb range came out of the lake this week. Crawlers, Powerbait, mini-jigs and Rapalas accounted for some of the better catches. For more details, pictures and reports, visit


South Lake

Really slow action at South this week, even though the Brookies and Browns are starting to assemble at the inlet in preparation for the fall spawn.  


Jared Smith & the Parchers Resort Crew

PS – As always, we are happy to provide high resolution images to our friends in the press upon request

Photos of the Week


Vince Pedroza with a 2.07lb Rainbow caught at Lake Sabrina on Powerbait.


Mike Page from San Diego with a nice Rainbow from the stream that weighed in at just under 2lbs.

Golden Trout from Evolution Lake caught by resort staffer Seth Blackamore

Sunset from the summit of Mt. Whitney 9-3-14


Summit of Mt. Whitney 9-3-14

Surveyor's Meadow 9-7-14


Resort staffer Joceline Quiceno along the North to South Loop



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5001 South Lake Rd

Bishop, CA 93514


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