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Highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s with afternoon cloud cover made for a spectacular week of fishing and hiking in the Bishop Creek Canyon.
All of the passes are open with Pacific Crest Trail, John Muir Trail and Sierra High Route hikers showing up in force to resupply and grab a bite to eat before continuing their adventures in the Sierra backcountry.
Bishop Creek South Fork
Most of the folks fishing the creek did quite well this week, especially after the California Department of Fish and Wildlife stockings mid-week. The bait folks did best on various brightly colored PowerBaits, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers. Best artificial baits were Panther Martin spinners, Thomas Buoyants and mini-jigs in white or orange.
The majority of anglers at the Weir were fly fishers and zebra midges were the hot ticket. There is a decent bite on dry flies early in the morning and just before dusk but nymphing or midging was the best tactic the rest of the day. A nice mix of browns, rainbows and brookies was the result for those prepared with waders.
Action was a bit slow early in the week but after the DFW plants, the bite picked up. Thomas Buoyants in the red/gold or blue/silver were the best hardware; orange Sierra Slammer worms or Berkley orange/white mice tails were best for those who prefer plastics. Worms fished under a bobber in the afternoon or PowerBait fished off the bottom was also productive.
Moderate fishing pressure made for excellent fishing at the Intake this week with the bait ân wait folks and those fishing artificials reporting steady action. Chunky Cheese Gulp, Rainbow Sparkle PowerBait and anything with garlic scent did the best for the bait folks. Thomas Buoyants, black Woolly Buggers and the Sierra Slammers swimbaits in orange/green (aka baby golden) produced easy limits.
There arenât many folks willing to hike down to the reservoir but there was a surprisingly good bite in the evenings on holdover brookies, browns and rainbows near the outlet, the rockslide and near the inlet for those who put in the work.
â Courtesy Parchers Resort
Fishing is still great, but the catching part slowed a bit going into the weekend.
For anglers heading to the lake, fish the inlets with nightcrawlers, jigs or PowerBait. If trolling, try dragging Thomas Buoyants, nightcrawlers, or Woolly Buggers. Drifting? Hit the channels with nightcrawlers or PowerBait and enjoy the peace and quiet. Lastly, if youâre shore fishing, appreciate the day from shore using PowerBait, nightcrawlers or lures.
Some âfirst fishâ were caught by some youngsters on the lake this past week. Twins Chris and Sam Nalick, with help from dad Tim, both reeled in a nice first fish, yes, the same fish. Jackson Musser, 2 1/2, pulled in his first fish showing mom and dad how itâs done; and Elizabeth Estremadura, 6, landed a beaut for her first.
And on to the bigger fish: anglers were pulling out 2-lb. and up trout with Preston Torres bringing in a 3-lb., 4-oz. beauty on a Power-Worm/PowerBait combo.
The barometric pressure thatâs been bringing heat and humidity to the valley has an effect on aquatic insects. Most bugs donât like extreme heat as it dries them out. Mayflies, especially Blue Winged Olive, prefer to hatch when itâs overcast and humid. They even hatch in heavy rain.
Insects may hatch all day rather than wait for the cooler parts of the day. They also have to dry their wings before they are strong enough to fly. This will take longer if it is humid or cool causing them to remain on the surface of the water longer before taking flight. Basically, humidity is a good thing when it comes to fishing, especially here in the dry desert.
â Courtesy Sierra Mountain Trout Guide Service
Fishing is still good in the lake and creek. Thereâs been no real change on whatâs working. Nightcrawlers are the best for bait; fly/bubble combo or gold/red lures are working well on the lake. Dry flies, cheese, eggs and Panther Martin spinners are all working in the creek. The biggest fish weighed in this last week was an approximately 3-lb. wild brown trout caught in Rock Creek. The angler had already gutted and cleaned it when he brought it in and it weighed 2 lbs. in that condition.
â Courtesy Jim King, Rock Creek Lakes Resort