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Fishing Report

June 17, 2011

Chad Martin of Chalfant picked up a nice dinner for the family using the Red and Gold Thomas Buoyant and crickets and a bubble. Photo submitted

The flows on the South Fork were reduced as of Monday.
More solid 2-lb.-plus rainbows along with plenty of pan-sized stockers are filling stringers.
Crowds are uncharacteristically light for this late in June so the anglers that are here are having no trouble finding a sweet spot on the creek. Nightcrawlers, mini-jigs, Panther Martins and Thomas Bouyants are producing best. Adopt-a-Creek stocked another dose of trophies last week and the result was more heavy fish weighed in at the resort. This program is underfunded this season so we encourage fans of the Bishop Creek Drainage to chip in and support them. Donations can be submitted online at
South Lake
It’s official folks – the spring runoff has begun! The weather was fantastic last week and the forecast for this week is even better.
The inlet to South Lake is absolutely raging right now and the lake came up at least six feet last week, most of that in two days. The water clarity at the lake is improving by the day and not surprisingly, so is the fishing. The bite on the browns especially has been good on Thomas Bouyants and Rapala CD-1 or CD-3’s. White mini-jigs are the ticket for rainbows and the average size is around 1 lb. Fishing is still on the slow side overall but conditions are improving fast.

North Lake
The road to North Lake opened Monday. From what I’m hearing, if you bring orange Powerworms and nightcrawlers, you’d have to try not to limit out.

Middle Fork Bishop Creek
More Alpers in the 2- to 3-lb. range reported early last week, along with limit style fishing for those putting in the time. Salmon eggs and worms are doing best.

Intake II
Only a few reports this week but all of the reports were very positive. Good fishing on pan-sized stockers was reported by both bait and lure anglers. Salmon Peach Powerbait, salmon eggs and Berkley Atomic Tubes were best.

Weir Pond
Same as last week – wide open. On the fly or using spinning gear, folks are just killin’ it. Jigs, midges, nymphs, wooly buggers, Kastmasters and Thomas Bouyants are all working great. No bigguns reported last week but I did talk to a pair of guys that spent most of the day at the Weir and reported catching and releasing 150 fish over the course of the day.
Remember folks, if you’re going to practice catch and release, please use artificial lures and flies – releasing gut hooked or bleeding fish is a waste … and the artificials are working better anyway.
– Courtesy of Parchers Resort

Lake Sabrina
Could it actually be that summer is here? We woke to a dusting of that cold white stuff on June 5. We can only hope that will be it for at least a couple of months.
It seems temps are a bit warmer. The Lake rose about five feet since June 5, so it looks like the run-off has started.
Fishing, this week remains good. Hard to believe with as many fish as we have seen come out since the Opener. Trolling is slow. Still fishing or fishing from shore is working the best and it’s been working the best with baits.
Fishing has been really excellent back at the DingleBerry Inlet and the rainbows are starting to spawn.
The temps are on the rise; highs are expected to be in the mid 60s with the lows in the 40s.
– Courtesy of Lake Sabrina Boat Landing

Our rivers are FAT, and being cleaned by Mother Nature, as we speak.
You can expect this next couple weeks to be huge water, then cleanup the firstpart of next month and become really fishable.
My gut feeling is, pack your fishing bag for July, when the water drops, its time to play.
– Courtesy Pat Jaeger, Eastern Sierra Guide Service

Crowley Lake
Fishing was incredible this last week at Crowley, more next week.
– Courtesy of Crowley Lake Fish Camp

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