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Canâ€™t seem to find the words to describe the scenery at Lake Sabrina. The yellows, oranges, reds, golds and greens, all so picturesque, and speaking of picturesque, there were plenty of photographers trying for that one perfect picture. In fact, we do believe there were more picture takers on the dam than fishermen. That might be due to the w-i-n-d that was with us all last weekend.
Those fishermen that did brave the w-i-n-d were rewarded by some great catching. Most good fishing is at the Inlets with nightcrawlers, PowerBait, jigs or WoollyBuggers bringing in the fish.
Trolling is a bit on the tough side with the w-i-n-d and all (pretty hard to go in a straight line), but there were some that used red and gold Thomas Buoyants or flashers and a worm to bring home dinner.
Shore fishing with PowerWorms, PowerBait or nightcrawlers landed some limits.
Department of Fish and Game stocked this week.
â€“ Courtesy Lake Sabrina Boat Landing
Fish & Game continues to drop big loads of rainbow trout in the lake, including some really solid fish over 1 lb.
Coupled with the mild weather weâ€™ve had, the fishing conditions remain excellent. The water level is down about two feet from the high water mark but considering weâ€™re now in October, that is exceptional. In fact this is the highest October water level weâ€™ve seen in the past six seasons.
While trolling remains slow, the bait and lure bite is still very very good. Mini-jigs continue to steal the show with a variety of colors producing.
Dark colors with bright trout worm trailers and anything fluorescent like orange or pink are awesome right now. The best hardware to throw are rainbow pattern or red/gold Thomas Bouyants and gold Kastmasters.
The best spots on the lake continue to be the inlets, the rock slide and the dam but the Chronicfishing.com crew managed to find a wide open jig bite in the left channel by the island and over by the rock slide just north of the Long Lake inlet.
Plenty of fish in the 2- to 3-lb. class coming out but the big bruisers that people keep seeing, especially at the rock slide, are playing hard to get.
Hopefully weâ€™ll get another double-digit fish out before the season is over.
South Fork Bishop Creek
Excellent flows and consistent stocking by the DFG has made for great fall stream fishing in the Bishop Creek drainage.
Salmon eggs, worms, and crickets are best baits. Panther Martins and mepps spinner are the best lures.
Steady bite on PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers for rainbows in the 10-13 inch range but nothing of size reported.
Fly fishers continue to tear it up at the Weir on olive, black or purple streamers and bead head nymphs. Plenty of small yet feisty brown and brook trout mixed in with some solid rainbows.
Steady fishing at North Lake with the usual PowerBait colors fooling plenty of fish. Olive Woolly Buggers, Thomas Bouyants and Panther Martins all reported to be producing as well.
â€“ Courtesy Parchers Resort