Fish & 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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more whoppers caught in the Bishop Creek Canyon this year,
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