After some stormy incidents, fishing at Lake Sabrina is back to normal, meaning happy fishermen

Lake Sabrina - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)


by Rick, Patti, Juanita and Jerrod
7-30-2012
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Our nice relaxing, normal, everyday days were back at Lake Sabrina. Thank goodness! No hail, no rain, no thunder and lightning, no mules being startled, no rock slide - although there were a couple of "dusies" of some rock slides on Mt Haeckel (covering part of the glacier in the Sabrina Basin) and around Picture Peaks along with reports of numerous other rock slides in the back country - once again, thank goodness - we like the nice normal relaxing everyday days!

Lot of nice fish coming out of the Lake this week - Nick Ryan, pictured above of San Ramon put together his first ever stringer of fish - caught over by the spillway on NightCrawler - sure hope this is the first of many stringers he puts together! Bill Kieser of Aspendell landed not one, but two Aplers using flys - a 2-3/4lbs & 4-1/4lbs - way to go, Bill! Dave & Karla Evans of Bellflower and Jacob Looney, Photo #1 of Lakewood put their efforts together to haul in 11-1/2lbs of fish - I think there's a fish fry in their future! They caught them at the Inlet on Rainbow PowerBait. John Doty, Photo #2 of Palmdale outdid his guide Vint on this trip to drag in a 3-3/4 pounder using a Rainbow Thomas Buoyant. Sons Austin & Andrew, Photo #3 made some memories with dad Bill Randall of Santa Clarita. William Talbert, Photo #4 (age - 5) of Mentone brought in his very first fish with help of mom, Anna.

You may not believe this, but the fishing part of the report is pretty much the same - Fishing is still a bit slow this week - fishing the inlets was best using NightCrawlers or PowerBait. Trolling is still on the slow, it's a bit better if you can get down a bit - you can do this by using leadcore at 5-6 colors with flashers and a NightCrawler or Thomas Buoyant. Drifting with a NightCrawler and a split-shot over the shoreline between the two natural lakes was getting some fish (heard this over and over - this is the best way to fish - so quiet). Shore fishing with Salmon Eggs, PowerBait or NightCrawlers in the small coves was what was working. If you're not sure what to do or how to do it or where to do it - come into the building and ask! DFG stocked the Lake on Thursday with another load of Rainbows - thanks!

An update on the mules - they are all doing fine as are the packers. One of our customers came in with a picture of Rick and Packer Kyler swimming Amy the mule across the Lake. Thought you might enjoy it. Thanks.

Well this is the 5th week of working on the bridge. The first week - they had roped off the North Lake Hiker parking area at the North Lake road last week - the second week a storage container and forklift were delivered to the roped off area. Now for the 3rd week - we couldn't figure out what was done on the bridge last week. The 4th week progress report - nothing has progressed as far as we can tell. So now for the 5th week - Rick talked with the project manager and apparently they needed a few more permits, but we hear there will be physical progress this coming week! We'll keep you informed of any progress. We have been assured the road will remain open during the season, so do not fret, you will be able to get to the Lake.

KEEPING THIS IN - Believe it or not, most of the skeeters are gone - woo-hoo-but remember if you do some skeeter juice or SANITIZER you need to really wash your hands before fishing - then rub some Salmon Egg juice, worm dirt or Anglers Bros Trout attractant (got it in stock at the Lake) to take that smell off. Remember your polarized dark glasses and sunscreen - we saw a few anglers that looked a bit like cooked lobster last year.

Temperature cooled this week due to the cloud cover we had for a few days - lows in the 70's for highs and in the low 50's for the lows. The weather gurus are talking cooler temps this week.DON'T FORGET TO PACK A JACKET WHEN YOU COME TO THE LAKE and if there's a chance of thunderbooms - DON'T FORGET YOUR PONCHOS. You can check www.weather.gov and enter ASPENDELL, CA on the site and it will give you a fairly good hint at the weather or check in with Howard atwww.MammothWeather.com.

And, of course, we'll have HOMEMADE pie and ice cream (until it's gone), sodas, beer, wine, coffee, tea and hot cocoa!

Looking forward to seeing you all in the very near future.

Juanita, Rick, Patti, Bryan, Len, Ginny & Thomas


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