Lake Sabrina Fish Report

Lake Sabrina - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Lake Sabrina Boat Landing Staff

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing


October 10, 2017


Don’t forget that jacket!

It’s THAT time:


It was that kind of weekend – a beautiful Indian Summer going to Fall weekend - temps in the low 60s – yellows, golds, oranges and reds ringing the Lake – a stunning blue sky overhead – as well as Eagles and an Osprey – almost brings tears to your eyes . . . . . . . Once again we are asked if we ever get tired of the view – what do you think???

Apologies on the day late report – with the Café closing on Sunday – took a semi day off and enjoyed the much cooler temps on Monday, plus I’m slowly weaning off the weekly reports.

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. 

 Don’t forget, we’ve gone to our Fall hours:

 Monday thru Thursday

 Store:  8:00am to 6:00pm

 Friday and Saturday

 Store:  7:00am to 7:00pm


 Store:  7:00am to 1:00pm

Had a bit of wind down in the Valley on Sunday that brought in much cooler temps. Seven o’clock temps Sunday morning were 50 degrees – Monday morning at 7:00am temps were in the mid 20’s quite a difference in a day. The leaves are slowly starting to fade and drop with the cooler temps and strong breezes, but are still going gangbusters at the lower elevations.

In all seriousness, please watch out for photographers or if you are a photographer, please don’t just stop in the middle of the road – signal, pull over and close all your doors – keep out of the middle of the road with your tripods especially on a corner (almost took one of them out last year and he yelled at me). Drive even slowly than usual, especially on the North Lake and Sabrina Roads – heard there were cars going 35mph on the North Lake Road trying for that next perfect photo. Also, please park in marked parking places – don’t take up the road in a parking lot.

Both fishing and catching remain on the good side. Haven’t had any of the trophy $100 tagged fish caught yet. Pretty much the same as last week – Fish the Inlets with NightCrawlers, PowerBait, MiceTails or Jigs. Troll Flashers and a NightCrawlers or just a NightCrawler or try a Thomas Buoyant 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 with a  bit of red on it. Still LOTS and LOTS of BIG fish out there, but not many have come out.

Mike Throgmorton brought in the biggest fish of the week – a beautiful 3-3/4 pounder on a Sierra Slammer. Wayne Vinzant used a MouseTail to bring in his 2-1/2 Rainbow. Brad and Jack Gove along with Adam Bridges continued to add to their ‘Friends and Family Memory Book’, this week, made even sweeter with Brad catching a nice 2-pound fish.

Had a remarkable sight out the front Café windows on Sunday – an Eagle and Osprey having a bit of a dispute over a fish. Not sure which one had the fish, but the other caused it to drop making quite a splash. As the fish hit, they were at it again – one chasing the other thru the sky. Last Thursday had a bear make quite a disturbance around the building and put quite a big dent in the dumpster trying it’s best to cave in the top.

Had a pickup that attended the Bishop Fall Colors Car Show show up at the Lake on Saturday driving by John and Shawn Benson – a 1931 Model A Ford pick-up. Drove all the way up Hwy 395 from the High Desert – took about 8 hours just chugging away!

As the Lake continues to drop a bit every day, it was time for the docks to move. Both pontoons are out for the season as are many of the small boats – getting ready to close next Sunday at 1:00pm.

Still definitely Fall weather – one day nice and warm, the next a bit on the breezy side and the next just downright chilly. The breezy stuff is coming in tonight with temps tonight in the low-30’s, but breezy with sustained winds from 16 to 26mph and gust to 37mph. Wednesday looks about the same, then winds decrease on Thursday. The weekend is looking for temps to be in the low-50’s during the day and the night temps in the mid-20. 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.

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

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.

10/12:  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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