Lake Sabrina - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Rick, Patti, Juanita and Jerrod

I do believe Fall is here - and maybe winter in the back-country. A bit of weather in this week and Sunday we woke to NEW SNOW on the peaks. There are a couple of areas where the trees are lightening up - tried to get a picture, but couldn't get the colors to pop yet. Our little bear is still knocking over the gut can up at the cleaning table hoping to get lucky again. Had sightings of the both the Bald Eagle and Osprey today. The deer are on the move, so keep a sharp eye out when traveling up or down the mountain especially at dawn or dusk! No photographers out yet, but they are sure to be on the way! Lots of wildlife in the area right now and more to come!

Whether fishing the Inlets, drifting the rock piles, trolling or shore fishing all are doing GREAT! And whether fishing with NightCrawlers, Lures, PowerBait or Salmon Eggs all are doing GREAT! Do you all get it - FISHING IS GREAT ~ Lot of Fish ~ Hate to say it, but can't say what is working best, but the GREAT fishing might also have to do with getting Alpers Thursday and a DFG stocking on Friday.

We did have a few nice Rainbows caught over the weekend - Brice Uyeda of Granada Hills landed a nice 1-1/2 pound trout on a Red and Silver lure. Mother-Son team Barbara and Brian Kroells of San Fernando had what it takes to each land a nice Alper on tube jigs - 2-1/2pounder and 2-3/4pounder - way to go Kroells! Joe Garcia of Temecula landed a beaut - a 3-1/2pound Alper on a NightCrawler.

Like I said before there is definitely a nip in the air - we had rain on and off all day Sunday and temps were in the mid-40's not sure what the lows will be, but you can check and enter ASPENDELL, CA on the site and it will give you a fairly good hint at the weather or check in with Howard at REMEMBER THAT JACKET - IT TENDS TO BE BETWEEN 25 AND 30 DEGREES COOLER AT THE LAKE.

Thought I'd leave the info about last week's pictures in the report:

Don't think we've ever seen so many people up at the Lake and so many fishing from the dam - good thing it was still plum full so it made it a bit easier to reel in those limits. And limits there were thanks to the Department of Fish and Game - unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for you all at the Lake this weekend) the DFG fish stocking truck had a bit of a problem in the Lake Sabrina parking lot - with the fish in the truck a bit longer than normal, DFG driver Dave made the decision to dump the rest of his load at the Lake 2,400 pounds of fish - then with some of the fish a bit stressed, Dave waded chest-high into the chilly waters of Lake Sabrina to revive many of the jittery fish - and those fish had reason to be jittery as Bob and Wendy Hildelrand of Pasadena took limits home both days using NightCrawlers. And the Comins Family of West Hills also took home limits both days using the threaded NightCrawler method - Good Job - Marla, Alan and Brandon .

With all the fish being caught and then cleaned at the fish table, we had a small bear come in for some easy pickins - it knocked over the bucket and had himself a picnic - luckily, Bryan had emptied the can in the early evening.

Chuck Kilpatrick of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce brought of the new California High School State Rodeo Queen Katelin New along with her mom, Debbie New up to the Lake Sunday. She was here promoting the finals that will once again be held in Bishop in June of 2012. These are the politest, nicest, and most hardworking kids you'll ever meet and we get them for a week in Bishop - truly a wonderful experience meeting them.

All the campgrounds in the Bishop Creek Canyon are still open. The only campground to take reservations is Four Jeffery ( and enter Four Jeffrey) all others are first come first serve. There is a full hook-up campground also on the South Lake road, Creekside RV Park. Remember to take it easy on all the mountain roads, the deer are out in the mornings and evenings and there's lots of hikers out there - can't stress this enough!

I think this cool weather probably will do in the rest of the skeeters this season - but just remember when applying bug juice, sunscreen, SANITIZER or any other FU-FU juice, WASH YOUR HANDS! The juice you apply will taint your tackle and bait. You know it tastes yucky, the fish think it tastes yucky, too, although have you ever tasted PowerBait or Worms - to each their own.

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