Bishop Creek Canyon Fish & Trail Report
Fish & Trail Report

Summary & Trail Report
We had yet another week of great hiking and fishing in the high country as we approach the end of August. A few afternoon thunderstorms made an appearance but overall the weather was spectacular with warm days in the 70’s and evening temps in the low 50’s.
Some of the aspens have started to show a touch of yellow, a sure sign that the fall is approaching. Look for the fall color reports to begin in a couple weeks when the color really starts to pop.
A bonus stocking of trophy Rainbow trout from Desert Springs Trout Farm in Oregon showed up this week courtesy of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce which added to the fishing excitement in the Bishop Creek Canyon.
Hiking traffic slowed down a bit this week as summer winds down but the trail conditions are excellent.

South Lake
There is still plenty of water in the lake for us to operate the boat landing and stock fish but the water has come down a few feet so private boaters can no longer launch off the ramp. It was a very short season for the private boaters but it was still much better than we expected so we’re all pretty happy with the season.
The DFW is still stocking weekly and fishing has been excellent for the majority of anglers. Garlic Powerbait and Pinched Crawlers were best for the bait anglers. Grasshopper and hot pink were the best colors for those who prefer jigs. Red/Gold Thomas Buoyants and kastmasters were best for the lure tossers.

Bishop Creek So. Fork
The creek flows were a little high this week but it’s still well within the ideal range for fishing. Salmon eggs were of the bait of choice for the creek fishers.

Weir Pond
No Report

North Lake
Plenty of limits came out of North this week but crowds were a little heavy due to the maintenance at Intake 2. Fly/bubble combo, red/gold Thomas Buoyants and Panther Martin spinners were best.

Intake II
Southern California Edison took care of some maintenance last week so access was limited. Thankfully the work is done so we’re expecting the lake to be full and restocked before the holiday weekend.

Lake Sabrina
Southern California Edison took care of some maintenance last week so access was limited. Thankfully the work is done so we’re expecting the lake to be full and restocked before the holiday weekend.

Backcountry Fishing
The high country fishing was reported to be excellent this week. Try terrestrials, caddis patterns or woolly buggers.

Jared Smith & the Parchers Resort Crew

Parchers Resort
5001 South Lake Rd
Bishop, CA 93514

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Santa Ana River Lakes Fish Report

Frank Mancra of L.A. caught and released a 22 pound 8 ounce catfish using mackerel, float tubing in the middle of the Big Lake fishing with mackerel.Frank M with 22 pound catfish at SARL Frank’s prize catch was released safely back into our trophy catch and release only Catfish Lake. Santiago Palacios of W. Covina fished most of the weekend including overnight and ended up with 21 fish, mostly tilapia but a few catfish totaling 50 pounds.Santiago P with big tilapia at SARL Santiago largest tilapia was 3 pounds and he was using night-crawlers from shore at the Bubble Hole. Rick Kizzee of Los Angeles caught 3 big catfish totaling 22 pounds, his largest ca weighed in at 8 pounds. Rick was float tubing 100 yards from the Boat Dock fishing with mackerel.

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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing Report for week of August 21-28, 2016
A much much better week than we have had in awhile…at last! Early on in the week we had some wind and a few sporadic showers, but as the week went on, both weather and water conditions improved and it was probably the best we have had in several weeks. Not surprisingly, the fishing also corresponded with the conditions and there were some nice catches. Still not up to what we’re usually at, but definitely a marked improvement over the past month!

The only thing was that it’s the end-of-summer and there weren’t many fishermen around. It’s like that every year. In fact, all of La Paz seemed to have “exhaled” as summer wound up and lots of vacationers and families went back to school including the local kids. Airplanes were less than full. Hotels have quite a bit of vacancy and La Paz activity dropped quite few notches. For at least a week or two, it’s a “sleepy little city” again. But, after Labor Day, we ramp up again and it’s full-steam into the meat of the season and our busiest months of September and October. So, having a good fishing report is incredibly encouraging.

The bad news is that the bait situation has not gotten better. It’s negligible at best. There’s a scarce mix of caballitos, sardines, ladyfish (sabalo) and mackerel. At best…

The good news…we’re still catching fish and we had one of the better weeks in awhile.

For one, there’s marlin and sailfish around. Both stripers and blues and smaller sailfish. And they’re close. The other good news is that we had a great week on wahoo. The fish are also close in…literally a hundred or so yards off Punta Perrico. Fish in the 20-40 pound class mostly with some larger ones lost!

Plus, in the rocks, the pargo and cabrilla are also eating and of course, there’s big rooster fish still around. And…we finally saw some dorado in the counts as well. Very encouraging!

The best news is we finally found spots of dorado in several places, but the area around Rosario produced the kind of bite we’ve been waiting for. Not big fish, by any stretch. Normally, our smaller fish right now should be 20 pounders! However, we caught more dorado in the last few days of the week than we caught all year. Most of the fish were 8-15 pounders, with some 20 pounders in the mix and a few larger fish lost. My captains tell me that there’s some spots where there’s so many baby dorado, you can sit on the spot all day long whacking and releasing all the babies.

That bodes well for the coming weeks as these “babies” grow fast. Fortunately, all of our anglers this week went for the larger fish and got away from the voracious punk fish that will eat anything. As one of them told me, “some of the giant baits were larger than the dorado!”

Perhaps as part of the dorado showing up are the billfish that have also really kicked it up a notch. Favorite food of the marlin…blues and stripers…are baby dorado! We had a number of billfish hooked but most either were released or came off.

Inshore, still all the triggerfish, pargo and cabrilla you could want, but it was nice that the blue water fish went on the chew a bit so we could give the inshore species a rest.

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Jonathan and Jilly

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