Lake Sabrina Fishing Report

Lake Sabrina - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Rick, Patti, Juanita and Jerrod

The week started out with not one, but two Search and Rescues (SAR). A gentleman walked in at about 8:30 on Monday (8-3-15) saying that he thought SAR was looking for him – got him in touch with 911 and then saw the SAR crew hiking into the back – let them know we had the ‘lost’ hiker, but lo and behold, there was another hiker lost. This one a 74 year old female that got separated from her party. She had spent the night in the backcountry and on Monday afternoon, the CHP helicopter spotted her about 50’ from where that lightning strike fire was at the back of the Lake on Saturday – CHP landed down by DingleBerry Creek (yup, that would be the one that comes out at DingleBerry Inlet) and she was loaded into the helicopter. As far as we know, she was AOK!

Fishing was still on the awesome side and the catching part began picking up a bit – started seeing some full stringers coming up the launch ramp. Fish the Inlets with NightCrawlers, PowerBait, Jigs and Flies. Troll deep with Lures and NightCrawlers. Drift the rock piles with NightCrawlers or PowerBait. Shorefish with NightCrawlers, PowerBait or toss Lures or Flys and a Bubble. The state planted us with fish on Friday.

Danny Curtis of San Diego made Papa Mike a happy camper bringing in a nice 2-3/4 pound dinner using a Thomas Buoyant – Red and Gold, of course. Don, Doug and Kay Gamble of Canyon Lake also landed a bunch on the Red & Gold Thomas Buoyant!

Had the inaugural launch of the SABRINA, a radio-controlled Ferry Boat built by Jarod Black of San Diego on Monday – how cool is that!

Had quite a bit of smoke come in from the Rough Fire Sunday (8-9-15) late afternoon - evening, by morning it had cleared out. If we get another bit of a south wind – more than likely we’ll smoke back up.

The Annual Tri-County State Fair is right around the corner. The Fair starts Thursday, September 3 with a concert featuring county singer Austin Webb. Friday the 4th is the FMX Show and ATV Rodeo. On Saturday, Sept 5, you’ve got the Locals Rodeo Bull & Broncs and Sunday night the 6th is the Destruction Derby. And don’t forget all the other fun stuff – the Carnival, Pie Contest, Fiesta Barn Contest, Arts and Crafts and Photography – such fun at the Fair.

Another dry week looks to be in the forecast. Temps are to be in the mid-70s for highs and mid-40s for lows, but DON’T FORGET THAT JACKET. Had ice on the pontoon boat seats Sunday morning. You can check out the weather forecast according to Howard our local weather ‘guesser’ at You can also check out – enter Aspendell, CA (which is the little community right below Lake Sabrina) in the search field and you’ll get the forecast for at the higher elevation. You may need to scroll down on the webpage to see the temps.

Keeping the info below in the report, in case someone missed it . . .

Once again we had fisherman throwing away fish - One of our pet peeves is people catching fish, wanting to have their picture taken for the webpage and then trying to give their fish away. If you don’t plan on eati ng the fish you caught, please plan ahead – bring a camera to record your catches on the Lake, use good catch and release techniques by using barbless hooks (or just crimp down the barbs with pliers), avoid extensive handling, wet your hands, net and other materials that may come into contact with the fish, NEVER TOUCH THE GILLS, keep the fish fully submerged and upright, allowing it to swim away under its own power. If it’s bleeding, you’re having fish for dinner!

The skeeters are still around, just not in the hoards they were, but you may still want to pack the bug juice, but remember to try and keep it, your sunscreen and any other Foo-Foo juices off your hands – fish don’t like the taste or smell.

If you’re coming to the Lake, don’t forget sunscreen and dark glasses –that sun is pretty bright against the blue sky and the glare off the water. AND DON’T FORGET A JACKET and a PONCHO!

If your hiking with a dog, watch their paws – many ‘city’ dogs are not quite prepared for a long hike on the trail. Still seeing a number of hikers carrying their furry friends down from the backcountry this weekend.

If you’re planning on hiking – PLEASE BE PREPARED – hike with a buddy – leave a note on where you’re headed – when you’re expected back – what you’re wearing – take plenty of water & food – dress in layers – you’ll start out cool, but will probably warm up – CHECK THE WEATHER! Not only is your life on the line, so are the Search and Rescue Teams. Also, if you meet stock on the trail, please go to the low-side, that way if the mules are startled they’ll go to the high side and not down the canyon.

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing Summer hours:
Boat Rentals & Store Hours -
Sunday thru Saturday:
7:00am to 7:00pm
Café Hours -
Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
Breakfast – 7:00am to 11:00am
Lunch – 11:00am to 4:00pm
All campgrounds are now open in the Bishop Creek Canyon. Bishop Creek Lodge, Creekside RV Park, Cardinal Village Resort and Parchers Resort are all open.

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