Rick Swanson from Riverside (l) and Kam Jamneshan from Corona (r) wasted no time catching some monsters at Weir Pond just hours after checking in on Thursday, May 15. Rickâ€™s fish went 6.5 lbs on the digital scale and Kamâ€™s weighed in at 5 lbs. Both were caught using orange/pink minijigs.
Summary and Trail Report
With the heat wave in Southern California in full effect, the Bishop Creek drainage saw more hiking and angling visitors than normal for this time of year, a testament to great weather and great early season access. Overall the fishing was spectacular and the hiking, although a bit snowy above 10,500 feet, was excellent.
Grass Lake out of North Lake was the most accessible and was ice-free. Several hikers did reach Long Lake on the Bishop Pass trail and reported that the lake was beginning to ice out but that there was some snow for the last half mile or so. We also had some folks hike up to Green Lake where they found some open water towards the outlet side of the lake but the lake was mostly frozen. Again, still quite a bit of snow towards the end of the hike there â€“ but the Kamloops were biting for the few backcountry anglers that made the trip.
Bishop Creek South Fork
California Department of Fish and Wildlife planted the stream mid-week and from then on, the bite was steady on rainbow trout to 14-inches. The fish werenâ€™t terribly particular in the stream with fish eating various colors of PowerBait, salmon eggs, spinners, flies and minijigs.
This seemed to be the hot spot for big fish this week with three fish from 5 to 6.5-lbs caught there. The pond got a little crowded on Saturday so waders are highly recommended to allow for maximum access to the pond. All three of the big fish were caught on mini-jigs, two on orange/pink Sniperbaits and one on a king crimson Sierra Slammer jig.
Most of our guests reported great fishing at North Lake on Thursday and Friday but things were slowing down a tad by the time Saturday afternoon rolled around. Still, the bite was decent and there were some really nice DFW Brood stock trophies being caught as well. Most of the fish reported were caught on artificials like mini-jigs and Thomas Buoyants.
Good reports from the Intake this weekend but summer-like crowds matched the weather according to some folks. Still, some nice fish were caught on the usual suspects and rumors of another 8lb-plus fish being taken were the buzz around camp. No pictures to verify the catch as of yet so although the battle and landing of the fish was witnessed, the weight of the trophy remains in the rumor file.
Hardest hit by the drought, South Lake is very low. The lake is still bigger than Lake George in Mammoth, but hardly the large reservoir weâ€™re used to. We donâ€™t expect any stocking this year as accessing the lake is just too difficult. There were a few anglers who made the hike down and they reported that the bite was slow, although folks did manage to pick off a few holdover rainbows on bait and jigs.
â€“ Courtesy Parchers Resort
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Catching at both ends of the Lake was good this week â€“ limits were seen coming up from the dam and from those that took the hike to the DingleBerry Inlet. Lures (red and gold Thomas Buoyant), nightcrawlers and PowerBait were once again on the menu.
â€“ Courtesy Lake Sabrina Boat Landing