Lake Sabrina Fishing Report

Lake Sabrina - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Rick, Patti, Juanita and Jerrod

So if it’s starting to get cooler, the Aspens have a funny yellow tint to them, then its warmer, it’s still dark when we get up, then its cooler again, lots of cameras showing up on the dam, then its warmer again, no children during the week, then cooler again and the Lake’s going down – it might be Fall, oh and don’t forget that nip in the air (it’s different from just being cooler).

It’s been quite a lively week with wildlife – we had 2 Bear visits (none in the building - J), Deer on the dam and up by the cleaning station, Eagles, Ospreys, Turkey Vultures, and even another Great Blue Heron. Sure is pretty awesome seeing them.

Still have a bit of smoke from the Rough Fire – Friday the jetstream was pointed right in our direction and boy did the smoke come. Saturday and Sunday, the jetstream turned a different direction and we were relatively smoke free until late Sunday afternoon when a bit of smoke drifted in. Today, Monday, it’s somewhat hazy. Never know . . .

Lots of families enjoying the Lake over the Labor Day Weekend holiday and quite a few limits were seen coming up the launch ramp. Fishing the Inlets with NightCrawlers, PowerBait or Jigs. Had one group dipping their PowerBait into Nacho Cheese Dip and doing very well – go figure! Trolling deeper with Lures with some red on them. Drifting NightCrawlers for PowerBait around the rock piles or thru the channels. Shore fishing NightCrawlers, PowerBait or tossing lures. State stocked us with some very nice size fish along with some trophy size fish on Friday.

Few picture worthy mentions this week. Marty Back of Sylmar landed a 2-1/4 pounder on a NightCrawler and Secret Sauce (not the Nacho Cheese secret sauce). Preston Torres using a Sierra Slammer brought in a nice 2-pounder and several more fish along with Janet Song, both of Riverside. Ryan Galapir of Temecula reeled in a 1-1/2 pounder using a NightCrawler.

Jarod from Parchers Resort & South Lake Boat Landing posted this item – thought it should be passed on:

- - - Important Announcement - - -

The US Forest Service will be closing South Lake Road near La Hupp picnic area (about a half mile above Parchers) Sept. 8th through October 30th to complete a badly needed resurfacing project at the Bishop Pass and South Lake parking lots. This means that all hiker parking for the Bishop Pass trail must be along South Lake Rd BELOW the Parchers Resort entrance for the remainder of the season. There is no overnight parking allowed at Parchers Resort itself or at Rainbow Pack Outfit. The USFS is putting up signage directing folks to access the trail through Parchers Resort / Rainbow Pack Outfit. This will add 1.4 miles to the Bishop Pass Trail but is unavoidable until the project is completed.

There will be limited DAY USE ONLY parking at La Hupp picnic area and a few smaller lots below that area where folks can park for accessing the stream or walking up to Weir Pond. Be advised that all access to Weir Pond this fall will be walk-in only.

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing has closed the Cafe. THE STORE AND BOAT RENTALS ARE STILL OPEN! We’ll still have homemade pie and homemade ice cream along with ice, candy, chips, snacks, soda, water, beer and wine available. Please note our Fall hours:

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing Fall hours starting September 7th, 2015:

Boat Rentals & Store Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:00am to 6:00pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
7:00am to 7:00pm
Café – CLOSED (except for Homemade Pie & Ice Cream)

September 18-20 is the Millpond Music Festival, an amazing, relaxing and fun weekend in the heart of the Eastern Sierra. Featuring an awesome & eclectic mix of performers on the Main Stage, workshop tent performances, children's activities, art vendors, and great food too!

Unfortunately, the smoke from the Rough Fire is with us for a tad bit longer. Remember, September is a month of change and looks like those cool temps we had early in the weekend will be warming up during the week and into next weekend with highs in the mid to upper-70s with the lows in the mid-40s. No precipitation in the forecast, but you never know – we got a few sprinkles last Wednesday afternoon. 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 eating 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!

Remember to keep 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. Also, if you’re prone to allergies, don’t forget your meds! 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.

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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