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Lake Sabrina > As Good As it Gets!!!!

Bishop Creek Canyon
Fish & Trail Report
Courtesy of Parchers Resort & Lake Sabrina Boat Landing
As Good As it Gets!!!!
After a few weeks of warmer than average weather we had a few rounds of summer monsoons which thankfully for our canyon brought some much-appreciated precipitation, but none of the flooding that we saw to our south. Most of the rain came in the afternoons after clear mornings but there were a few days of morning rain. The current forecast is sunshine through the weekend with highs in the mid 70’s and then as we move into next week, a slight chance of showers. Keep an eye on the weather link on the Parchers Resort or Lake Sabrina website to see if that actually develops. Some of the school districts are going back which means things are quieting down on the hill….so the peak season paradise we’ve been enjoying will be transitioning into the shoulder season paradise.
The hiking trails are wide open, the temps have cooled a bit making for much more pleasant hiking, but come prepared for afternoon rain. Also notable is that with the extra rain, we’ve seen a resurgence in some of the skeeters so plan accordingly. Bear activity on the south fork has been quiet but we’ve heard a lot of bear chatter from the campgrounds on the middle fork. Be bear aware!!!!
The fishing continues to be lights-out at Lake Sabrina after at least 5 rounds of DFW fish plants totaling an estimated 5,000lbs were dumped in the lake a few weeks back. As far as state fish go, this should be enough to keep the bite hot well into the fall and we still have two loads of Idaho fish and possibly some Oregon ‘bows coming too.
The moral of the story is, if you’re a fan of trout fishing, best get the lake because it’s as good a bite as there’s been in the canyon in several years. And September and October are looking promising as those trophy fish arrive. With the water down at South Lake we moved our SLK fleet and new pontoons over to Lake Sabrina along with the boats we bought for LSBL so we have 11 motorboats with 8hp or 15hp motors and 8 pontoon boats available for rent. Kayaks and a canoe too.
With the rain, the water level has charged up way farther and faster than we anticipated. We’re unsure as to how long they’ll keep the water up for us but right now the water is well up on the ramp and still rising. Things are shaping up crazy good for fall if we can stay open this September.
The Middle Fork Bishop Creek, So. Fork. Bishop Creek, Intake 2 and North Lake also got loaded up with fish so it’s been very good fishing all over the canyon.
The Hot Stuff : Brown or Grasshopper Sierra Slammer jigs, Thomas Buoyants, Crawlers, any fly when the fish get to rising.
The Hot Spots: Sabrina East Shore, Inlet. The dam area is also producing well.
Lake Sabrina Store & Boat Rental Schedule
7am - 6pm Daily Through Labor Day
8am – 6pm Labor Day to October
Boat reservations highly recommended as we’ve been selling out pretty much every weekend and the pontoons can even sell out on weekdays. www.lakesabrinaboatlanding.com for reservations.
You can also call or email for availability. Current fleet is 8 pontoons, six 8hp motorboats, three 15hp push-start motorboats, 4 kayaks, 1 Canoe. We plan to have the boats out on Sabrina until late October if the water level and weather hold out…the fish certainly will.
The Waterfront Café at Sabrina…NOW OPEN Friday – Sunday
Pie & Coffee
Daily - 8am – 3pm
Kitchen & Draft Beer Counter
Fri – Sun: 8am – 3pm
The fryer is finally up and going so our menu has expanded the last 2 weeks in a row. Breakfast burritos, loaded flapjacks, scrambles, burgers, steak sandwiches and more.
If things stay on track we hope to expand to 5 days a week before Labor Day.
For Cabin Rentals visit our loding website www.ParchersResort.net. The Parchers Store on the South Fork of Bishop Creek is open daily from 8am to 6pm.
Weather Updates and Forecasts for Our Specific Longitude and Latitude Can Be Found at www.LakeSabrinaBoatLanding.com or www.ParchersResort.net and clicking the puffy little cloud below our phone number.
With the increase in foot traffic already starting, it's a good time to remind everyone to PLEASE PAY ATTENTION to, and more importantly ADHERE TO, signage. There is day use parking, overnight parking, overflow parking, places where parking is prohibited for the safety of everyone, signs about where to put trash and where you can and can’t have a fire. It takes one moron ignoring the parking signs to start an avalanche of copycats making a summer weekend a parking nightmare for everyone. It takes one jerk with a match to end the entire season or a whole lot worse.
All USFS roads and campgrounds in the White Mountain Ranger District are currently open.
Jared, Seth, Austin, Kerry, Judy, and the rest of the Parchers Resort & Lake Sabrina Staff

Parchers Resort Gang (Updated 2022-08-12)
Bishop Creek > 1.5lb. Rainbow on Bishop Creek

Spencer caught this 1.5 pounder on Bishop Creek! He borrowed his friend’s lucky Kastmaster Goldie!
Fish on!

Fish Reports Staff (Updated 2022-08-05)
Owens River > The upcoming weather could have a big impact

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 199 cfs as of 7/30

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good-Very Good

The upcoming weather could have a big impact. If we get the predicted rain expect dirty water downstream from gate 9 at the very least.The flows have dropped for the first time in awhile, we'll see if it has any affectThis is the time to key on the riffles, ankle to knee deep. If you think a run is too shallow or fast it's probably just right. EXCEPT early mornings, the fish will be in slower water feeding on Tricos. We seem to be transitioning into a more summer like pattern hatch wise. The PMDs are just about done but the fish are still eating the nymphs(#16-18).The big hatch now is the Tiny BWO, they used to be considered part of the PMD family but have been reclassified to Baetis.These guys are tiny, #22-26 and the hatch starts around 10 building up around 12 and lasting until late afternoon.The Little yellow Sallies are fading.The Trico mayfly hatch is at full strength, males emerging in the evenings and females in the morning with egg laying starting 9-10.That of course includes midges all day long and craneflies after 9 am. Evenings are getting better, small pale #20 mayflies, Trico male emergence and caddis. I did get a report of Cicadas in a few stretches.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Extended Body BWO #16-20 | Hi-Vis PMD #16-18  | Stillborn Midge #20-22  | Giffith's Gnat #22-24 |CDC Transition midge #20-22 | Slvrmn Stillborn Caddis #16-18 |Elk Hair Skaddis #16 | Tan Stimulator #14-16 | Headlight Yellow Sally #16-18 | CDC Baetis #22-24

NYMPH:  Pheasant Tail #14-18 | Caddis Cased #12 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Olive Hot Spot Jig #18  | Bottom Roller Phsyco Rhyco #10-14 | Juju Baetis #16-20 | Pearl & Orange #16 | Tungsten Olive Mic Drop #16-18 | TB Millers +1 Lt #16-18  | Lexi Girdle Bug Tan/Black #6 

STREAMERS: Wooly Bugger Olive & Black #10-12 | Mini Sculpin Olive & Black #10-12


Trout Creek Outfitters (Updated 2022-08-03)
Pleasant Valley Reservoir > The Blake Jones Trout Derby is coming back this Saturday, March 12th

The Blake Jones Trout Derby is coming back this Saturday, March 12th and it’s going to be better than ever! Prizes will include float tubes, Yeti coolers, propane barbecues, rod & reel combos and tons of other great gear provided by the event’s generous co-sponsors.
Since 1968, the Blake Jones Trout Derby has been a favorite tradition for locals and visitors. It’s a “Blind Bogey” format so everyone has equal chance of winning.

How Blind Bogey works - registered anglers can catch up to five fish and bring them to the weigh-in before 3pm. If any of your fish match the secret weight, you are entered into the “Blind Bogey” raffle. Additional prizes will be awarded for early registration, farthest travel, big fish and even no fish for those that choose catch and release. There are prize categories for adults and kids of all ages.

New for this year...Trash Collector's Raffle! Take a trash bag along with you on your fishing excursion. Bring the bag and whatever you collect to the fairgrounds with your fish for weigh-in. We'll give you a separate raffle ticket for some great prizes.
Registration for the derby is now open. Sign up online at www.bishopvisitor.com or drop by the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, 690 North Main Street. Registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for kids under $12. You can also pre-order your commemorative event t-shirt to be sure they don’t run out of your size.
The entry fees help to offset the cost of the extra fish stocking - more than $17K in the past two months.
Day of derby registration, weigh-in, and awards ceremony will be at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds in downtown Bishop. Fishing locations include Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Owens River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife plants Rainbow Trout year-round in these locations and the Bishop Chamber purchased extra fish from Wright’s Rainbows prior to the derby.
The Blake Jones Trout Derby is co-sponsored by Inyo County, City of Bishop plus many other generous prize sponsors. For more information, contact the Bishop Chamber at (760)873-8405.

Bishop Chamber (Updated 2022-03-11)
As Good As it Gets!!!!

1.5lb. Rainbow on Bishop Creek

The upcoming weather could have a big impact

The Blake Jones Trout Derby is coming back this Saturday, March 12th