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Bishop Creek Canyon Fish & Trail Report 


Fish & Trail Report

Summary & Trail Report
It was a great first full week of July in the high country with summer crowds hitting the trails and lining the shores. Daytime highs in the 70’s and evening temps in the 40’s was the norm last week, very pleasant conditions overall. Over the weekend however things got very windy, which made lake fishing difficult. A few reports of tents being upturned in the backcountry leads us to believe that conditions were equally as tough for our backpacker friends.

Both passes (Bishop & Piute) are now open and there is just patchy snow here and there, even at the higher elevations.

The photographers out there may want to know that the wildflower bloom is in full effect along both the Bishop Pass and Piute Pass trails. Gorgeous vistas with brilliant colors await the skilled photographer’s lens.

All area waters were stocked by the state with both pan sized and trophy fish to 3lbs this week.

South Lake
The water has risen to just below the bottom of the launch ramp. Although the water is still inching up, with the heavy runoff in May and June over, and July runoff slowing down, it’s looking less and less likely that private boaters will be able to launch. As of now only smasll private boats can be safely launched at the lake. We had multiple boaters with larger boats show up only to be very disappointed at the conditions this week after sources in Bishop told them they could launch – this is not true, so don’t waste your gas trying to launch at South Lake! Kayakers on the other hand have an easy task getting their rigs to the water.

South Lake boat landing currently has 10 motorboats and 2 pontoons available for rent.

Fishing has been pretty much lights out, especially in the back of the lake near the inlets, at the rockslide and at the dam. The fish weren’t picky at all and were taking lures, jigs and bait.

Bishop Creek So. Fork
The creek flows are moderate and the fishing has been steady to very good. Salmon eggs and mini-jigs reigned supreme this week.

Weir Pond
The fly fishers were out in force this week and the bite was good on dries, streamers and nymphs. Try a #16 mosquito patterns in the mornings and evenings and olive woolly buggers or #18 beadhead nymphs mid-day.

North Lake
Really good fishing from shore or from a tube at North Lake this week following hefty plants by the DFW. “Everything we threw was working” reported one happy angler.

Intake II
Even though it was quite crowded, the fishing remained steady throughout the week. A similar story as North Lake, just about everything people tossed got bit – bait, lure, fly etc.

Lake Sabrina
For a detailed report, visit our friends at Lake Sabrina Boat Landing’s website

Backcountry Fishing
Green Lake was reported to be on the slow side. Long Lake is fishing well for a mix of Brookies, Browns and Rainbows. The Treasure Lakes were an easy bet for a few Golden hybrids with the bite reported to be excellent. Most of the other lakes are boiling with wild Brookies eating mosquitoes so it’s pretty much dummy-proof fishing at those lakes.


Photos of the Week


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Bishop, CA 93514


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