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Fishing Report

June 24, 2011

Lake Sabrina is rising! After weeks of unseasonably cold weather, the spring/summer thaw has begun. Photo submitted

South Fork Bishop Creek
Reduced flows have really improved the water conditions on the creek. The fishing has remained excellent along most of stretches of the creek with some solid fish in the 2 - to 3-pound range.
Most folks are really doing well in the slower moving pools and deep pockets. More solid 2-pound plus rainbows along with plenty of pan sized stockers are filling stringers. Thomas Bouyants, worms, mini-jigs, Panther Martins and Thomas Bouyants are producing best.
Please help Adopt-A-Creek continue to stock trophy fish in the canyon – visit for details on how you can help.

South Lake
The runoff is here and the lake is charging up. Southern California Edison put creek flows to minimum on June 15 and the lake came up five-feet in one day, actually a little too much so they slightly increased flows to allow for the final touches to be finished on the dam. Work is now supposed to be finished this Thursday.
The water clarity at the lake is improving by the day. We’re hoping to see crystal clear blue water we’re used to seeing in the next few weeks. Fishing is still on the slow side overall but conditions are improving fast.

North Lake
The road to North Lake finally opened this weekend – hooray!
Mixed reports out of North Lake this week – some good, some bad.
Garlic Powerbait, crawlers, Thomas Bouyants and mini-jigs are working best.

Middle Fork Bishop Creek
Reduced flows coming out of Lake Sabrina have improved conditions on the middle fork. Lots of limits reported with some Alpers to 3-pounders mixed in.

Intake II
Fishing early and late has been excellent with lots of limits reported. Most stringers are full of the pan sized rainbows but there are some very nice Alpers being caught too. The pipe, pumpstation and west shore are best.

Weir Pond
The bite at Weir is finally starting to slow down a tad - but it’s still very good. The fly guys and the spin fishing guys are both having great success on a mix of rainbows, browns and brookies.
Big fish of the week from Weir was a team effort where brothers J.C. and Ryland Anthony caught a 2-lb., 5-oz. rainbow on a gold Thomas Bouyant.
– Courtesy of Parchers Resort

Lake Sabrina
Well, I do believe summer is here! Wooo-Hooo! The lake is on the rise and has come up quite a bit over the last week despite cooler temperatures toward the weekend that slowed the run-off.
At one point early last week, we were coming up at about a 1- to 1.5 feet over a 24-hour period.
With temps once again nearing 100 degrees in Bishop this week, the run-off should be going gang-buster by this weekend.
You knew it was going to happen eventually, you now have to start fishing for the fish – they’re just not jumping on your line anymore. It’s the smart ones that remain until Department of Fish and Game makes it’s first stocking at Lake Sabrina, we hope for this week.
Baits are still working the best: night crawlers, salmoneggs and PowerBait. Lures are finally starting to do a bit better. Probably give it another week or so for flies, until we get our first big hatch of our friends the skeeters.
All the campgrounds in the Bishop Creek Canyon are now open. The only campground to take reservations is Four Jeffery ( and enter Four Jeffrey). All the others are first-come, first-serve. There is a full hook-up campground also on the South Lake road, Creekside RV Park. Remember to take it easy on all the mountain roads, the deer are on the move.
Almost forgot to tell you about the rock slide we had on Friday morning. Rocks were on the move just between Camp Sabrina and the first bridge heading toward the Lake – huge boulders just a bouncing down the hill. With no wind that day, the dust just hung for quite a while.
A group from Ridgecrest took a hike to DingleBerry Lake last Saturday – pretty treacherous at the first creek crossing at George Creek. One misstep and you’re in for one good slide down the mountain ending up in Lake Sabrina. Once the run-off really gets going, it will be virtually impossible to cross that creek.
Use some coming sense, please. The switch-backs are still covered in snow and you’re hunting for the trail in other places. With the warmer temps due, you’ll probably be post-holing when walking on the snow meaning you’ll be sinking up to who knows how far and it’s not a lot of fun trying to get out of that hole. Most the back country lakes still are still iced-over. Give it a few more weeks!
The temperatures are definitely on the rise. Highs are expected to be in the mid 70s with the mid 40s for lows. The Aspen by the front door to the café are leafed out with that pretty lime green early spring color even though it’s now early summer. Just a month or so off schedule.
– Courtesy of Lake Sabrina Boat Landing

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