Lake Sabrina Fish Report

Lake Sabrina - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Lake Sabrina Boat Landing Staff

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing


October 2, 2017


Don’t forget that jacket!

It’s THAT time:


Wow, can you believe October already (and let me tell you it feels more like winter up here today ------- 25 degrees at 7:00am) - the trees are a lovely green, yellow, orange and red absolutely stunning – sure glad the cold temps of last week didn’t turn them all black. The Café is open for one more week and will close for the season on Sunday, October 8. Looks like the last boats of the Lake Sabrina Boat Landing season will be put out on Sunday, October 15th and we will be due back in when close for the season at 1:00pm. You can still come up and put in your own boat or fish from shore until November 15th when fishing season closes in the Eastern Sierra Mountains.

Open        Close

Sunday    7:00 am    7:00 pm
  Cafe       7:00 am    4:00 pm
Monday   8:00 am    6:00 pm
  Cafe       8:00 am    4:00 pm
Sunday    8:00 am    6:00 pm
  Cafe       8:00 am    4:00 pm
Sunday    8:00 am    6:00 pm
  Cafe       8:00 am    4:00 pm
Sunday    7:00 am    7:00 pm
  Cafe       7:00 am    4:00 pm
Sunday    7:00 am    7:00 pm
  Cafe       7:00 am    4:00 pm

The fishing and catching remains on the good side. Pretty much the same as last week – Fish the Inlets with NightCrawlers, PowerBait, MiceTails or Jigs. Troll NightCrawlers or Lures with a bit of red on them around the rockpiles or shorelines. Drift the rockpiles with NightCrawlers or PowerBait. There’s a bit more room for shorefishing as the Lake is starting to drop – might have a go with NightCrawlers, PowerBait, MiceTails or toss a Lure.

Now for the stockings (yup, plural) – The Bishop Chamber of Commerce surprised us with a load of BIG fish, but it gets even better – they put in tagged fish worth $100. Now until season closer (that’s November 15th), if you catch a Bishop Chamber of Commerce tagged fish, take it down to the Chamber (on Main St by the Park) and get your $100. Sure appreciate the stocking – thank you! We also got a good stocking of DFW fish on Monday. And with the weather we’re having – it sure feels like Brown season, I’m sure we’ll see a couple of those come out soon.

Had a few nice size fish come out – Kennie Bates all the way from Arlington, Texas caught a nice 2-3/4 pounder on a Trout Minnow. Mike Smith used a Pink MiceTail to bring in a 2-1/4 Rainbow. Daryl Green bested friend Jeff Kraus by catching a 4-pound Rainbow to Jeff’s 2-1/4 pound Rainbow.

With the Lake going down, the docks and lifejacket/cushion cart is on the move. Many of you have asked about the cart, well, it’s a cart that my dad used in the orange orchards down south in Orange County.  It was used when harvest time rolled around – it articulates – meaning the back wheels turn too - that way the cart could make even tighter turns in the groves. It does make it pretty interesting backing up and it sure makes a racket on the launch ramp as all the wheels are steel.

It’s definitely fall weather – one day it’s a beautiful bluebird warmish day, then the next bu**a%% cold (if you get my drift) and then strong breezes show up and it’s even colder. Looks like the colder weather is with us for a couple of days, then things warm back up for the weekend. Temps dip Tuesday into the high-40’s for our highs and the mid-20’s for our lows. Have no fear, temps rebound on Wednesday with the high in the low-50s and the lows in the upper-20s and it only gets warmer (remember all is relative) by a couple of degrees every day until Sunday when we’re back up in the mid-60s for highs and the mid-30s for lows – no snow in the forecast yet. You can check out the weather forecast according to Howard our local weather ‘guesser’ 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.

If you’ve had enough of fishing – here’s some other stuff to do in Bishop

10/4: Duetto Live in Concert.  Presented by Bishop Community Concerts Association. 7pm, Dorothy Joseph Auditorium at Bishop Union High School.

10/6-10/8:  Lone Pine Film Festival.  Celebrities, film screenings, panels, parade, tours & more!  Click here for more info.

10/6-10/21:  SUDS the Musical.  The rocking 60's musical soap opera presented by Playhouse 395.  Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm at Bishop Elks Lodge.  $20 per person.  Click here for tickets.

10/7:  Halloween Wine Spooktacular.  FFA School Farm.  Wine tasting & small plates - a fundraiser to enhance the BUHS Farm and Agriculture Education and BUHS.  Must be 21 & over.  $50 per person. Click here for more information.

10/7:  Carl Willis Memorial Golf Tournament.  Bishop Country Club.

10/7-10/29:  Pumpkin Patch at Chalfant Big Trees Farm & Feed.  9AM - 5PM daily.  395 Hunter Avenue, Chalfant Valley.

10/12:  Free Lecture "The Restless Universe: The Palomar Transient Factory." Presented by Shri Kulkarni (Caltech).  For more info, call Mark Hodges at (760)358-6410.

10/13-10/15:  VCMC Dual Sport Motorcycle Rally.  Click here for event details/registration.

10/13 & 10/14:  Romancing the West:  How the West was Sung.  Critically acclaimed time traveling documentary concert.  Friday, Martin Gerschwitz at 6pm.  Saturday Romancing the West at 6pm.  Both shows at Hidden Creeks Ranch.  $25 per person per night or $40 for weekend pass.

10/14:  BUHS FFA Pumpkin Patch.  11am-8pm.  Bake Sale, Corn Maze, Kids Games, Petting Zoo & Much More!  BUHS FFA Farm on Sunland Drive.  

10/14: Paradise Fire Department Fundraiser Rummage Sale & BBQ.  8am-2pm.  Many treasures available for sale - something for everyone.  Homemade baked goods, Bratwurst, hot off the grill and cold drinks for sale. This event is always lots of fun!  All proceeds benefit the Paradise ALL-Volunteer Fire Department.

10/14:  Haunted Swamp.  7-10pm at BUHS Farm on Sunland.  Adults $8, Kids 12 & Under $5, Groups of Four $25.  Proceeds benefit BUHS FFA Program

10/15:  Heritage Walk.  Crocker Cemetery tours in Big Pine.  11am-3pm pm, tours start every 15 minutes. $10 donation.   Enjoy the living history of Big Pine and it's early settlers with a reenactment of Inyo Pioneers.  For more information, call Sandy at 760-263-7229.

10/16:  Inyo Associates Dinner Meeting in Lone Pine.  Contact Lone Pine Chamber for details & reservations.  760-876-4444.

10/17:  Public Lecture at White Mountain Research Center.  7pm, WMRC presents Professor Drew Coleman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He will be discussing Supervolcanoes.

10/21:  Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance 5K Walk & 10K Fun Run.  Raising funds and awareness for cancer support in our local community. To register call 872-3811 or click here.

10/21:  Augie Hess Golf Tournament.  Bishop Country Club.

10/24:  Public Lecture at White Mountain Research Station.  7pm.  After last year's relentless winter of snow, wind and flooding, people are understandably wondering what next winter will bring.  Chris Smallcomb from the National Weather Service in Reno, NV will put last winter in historical context, cover what we know and what we don't about the forecast for this winter, and discuss the current predictability of winter hazards in our region.

10/27:  Trunk or Treat at Bishop City Park.  5:30-8pm.  Contact Karey at City Hall for more information 760-873-5863.

10/27-10/29:  Eastern Sierra History Conference.  The conference will feature presentations from local and other historians about people, culture, and traditions of our region.  Click here to learn more.

10/28:  Luminary Walk.  Bishop Union School District will host the 2017 Students Supporting Cancer Awareness Luminary Walk.  Meet at 5:30 pm on the front lawn of Bishop Union High School.  $5 donation, proceeds support Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance.

10/29:  Film Screening:  The Oiler House-Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat.  3pm, Bishop Twin Theatre.  $5 Donation, all proceeds benefit restoration of the historic Bishop Twin Theatre Marquee.

10/29:  Wild Spirits Fundraiser.  $15 donation includes food, beverage, reptile display & more.  6pm at Mountain Light Gallery.  Proceeds benefit Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care.  Call 760-872-1487 for more information.

Keeping this info on the report:

It’s a pet peeve of mine that if you catch a big fish or a limit just to have your picture taken for the webpage and then try and give your fish away – we won’t post your picture, but then again we may post it as ‘WASTER OF A PERFECTLY GOOD FISH TO EAT’! Crimp down your barbs, take a picture on the boat and release it for another day.

No issues lately with skeeters with the cold temps, probably won’t need the bug juice, but when using the bug juice, try not to get it on your hands – you’ll transfer it to your bait and the fish just don’t like bug juice or sunscreen or lotion or cologne or perfume. Wash your hands in the stream or Lake to get it off, and then use some fish attractant on your hands. If you’re coming to the Lake, don’t forget sunscreen and dark glasses –the snow and sun makes it pretty bright against the blue sky. DON’T FORGET THAT JACKET.

People, sure would be nice if y’all would pick up your trash when you leave. It’s really not that hard. Just sayin! If you need something to put it in, come into the store and we’ll give you a bag.

If you’re hiking stay safe out there. Remember to leave a note about your destination and approximate return time and a clothing description. And you might want to hike with a buddy. Too many search and rescues this year.

Fishing etiquette is becoming a bit of a problem at the Lake and we don’t like problems. If you come upon someone fishing, please don’t fish right next to them – take a bit of hike farther down and don’t cast over into their spot. Same at the Inlet, there are so many areas to fish on this Lake go find another ‘soon to be’ favorite spot.

Safe travels.

Juanita, Rick, Patti, Len, Ginny, Dwayne, Jamin & Wade

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