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Every September after Labor Day, a sense of stillness descends on the Bishop Creek Canyon.  The kids are back in school, the family vacationers have come and gone, and the hustle and bustle of the summertime gives way to the relative peace and quiet of fall. It is during this time that serious trout anglers, the ones who are really in the know, head for the high country. Mild days, crisp cool evenings, light crowds, gorgeous fall colors and exceptional trout fishing are dead giveaways that autumn has arrived. Still, it’s safe to say that vast majority of area visitors miss out on what many consider to be hands down the best time of the year in the High Sierra.

So, you may be asking yourself “what’s so great about the fall?”. Well, there are a lot of reasons that September and October are exceptional but the biggest reason for anglers is simple …just as many fish, a fraction of the anglers. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife continues to stock South Lake, Lake Sabrina, North Lake, Intake II, Weir Pond and both forks of Bishop Creek all the way through October, not to mention another bonus stocking of gorgeous trophy Rainbow Trout from Desert Springs Trout Farm coming in late September. With the light fall crowds, there are simply more fish per rod to catch and less anglers to compete with.thelakenorthjaredsmith

Water conditions in 2016 have far exceeded our expectations with levels at South Lake and Lake Sabrina nearing normal conditions, a wonderful surprise for locals and visitors alike. Not only did the water rise higher than expected at our favorite reservoirs, but the water has stayed high much longer than expected leaving anglers with plenty of fishable water and allowing for continued weekly or bi-weekly fish stocking.

Wild Trout Too!

trout-in-hand-jared-smithIn addition to the stocked Rainbows, all canyon waters have self-sustaining populations of wild Brown and Brook Trout. While these wild species of trout are occasionally caught during the summer months, Brown and Brook Trout spawn in the fall making them far more aggressive and easier to fool come September and October. We always recommend practicing catch & release on these wild trout since the DFW no longer stocks them.

Backcountry fishing in the fall can also be spectacular with nearly fifty different lakes in day hike range in the Bishop Creek Drainage, all of which hold wild trout. There are five trailheads in the canyon (Tyee Lakes, Bishop Pass, Sabrina Basin, Piute Pass, Lamarck Lakes) which all lead to pristine trout-filled lakes. These backcountry fisheries hold wild Rainbow, Brook, Brown and even Golden Trout. With the cooler weather, these trout know that winter is on the way and are often easily fooled by a well casted fly or lure.

Prime Creek Fishing

Although the stillwater fishing in the canyon is certainly epic, the creek fishing is not to be passed up.  Some folks may not realize it, but there are nearly 20 miles of fishable stream on Bishop Creek from the highest elevation near South Lake down to the lower elevations in town. Creek flows this fall are nearly perfect making the best pools and runs ripe for the fly or spin fisher. Artificial lures and flies are extremely productive this time of year, but drifting a nightcrawler or salmon egg in the stream will surely entice a strike as well.

My Favorite Time….

shorefishingjaredsmithWhile the fishing alone makes a late season visit to the Bishop Creek Canyon worth the trip, there is so much more to it than that. It’s the friendly faces of the other folks lucky enough to have chosen the fall as their time to visit the canyon. It’s the scenery, the serenity, the sound of an autumn breeze shaking the aspens as it blows through the canyon…it’s perfect. It’s arguably my favorite time to be here. It’s the time of year that reminds me just how outrageously lucky we all are to be able to visit this place, for an afternoon, for a day, for a week. It’s the time of year when there is literally a postcard quality views in every direction and you simply can’t be here without being humbled by the grandeur of it all. Fall is the time….awesome autumn in the High Sierra.

For more info on fishing near Bishop, click HERE.

For more information on visiting the Bishop Creek Canyon, please contact these fine local businesses.

Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
(760) 873-8405
www.BishopVisitor.com

Parchers Resort & South Lake Landing
(760) 873-4177
www.ParchersResort.net

Bishop Creek Lodge
(760) 873-4484
www.BishopCreekResort.com

Cardinal Village
(760) 873-4789
www.CardinalVillageResort.com

Creekside RV Park
(760) 873-4483
www.BishopCreeksideRVPark.com

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing
(760) 873-7425
www.LakeSabrinaBoatLanding.com

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2 weeks ago

We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist
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We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
https://californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist

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Wow... been a good long while since I’ve been to Bishop. Their high school team was in our league (I went to Tehachapi High) and we traveled there for some football games — something like a 5-6 hour drive each way if I recall correctly. A tough team to beat also. I’m betting it hasn’t changed all that much over all these years (circa late ‘60s).

I'm so sorry the smoke is bad there still. I missed my annual visit this year. It's on my to do list for next year.

We can see it over the Spring Mountains to the West/NW here in Las Vegas. Fortunately, not much of it made it into the LV valley.

Would LOVE to move there if my hubby can find a job nearby!

We left this morning. Not only is it very smokey the smell of smoke is incredible. I don't smoke and I was ready to light up.

Nice photo. That's the real West.

Miss Bishop, Lone Pine, Big Pine, Tinnamaha campground!!!!

No, that is where the theater and Joseph’s used to be. Joseph’s has been gone for some time now. Penny’s is now Dollar General. Unfortunately a lot of vacant stores. Hi Kent!❤️

Hello and good morning. I am planning to drive up to Bishop from Southern California. The main purpose is to see fall colors. May I know if the fall colors are still at peak this coming next two weeks or is it past peak? Thank you for your advice/suggestions.

We were just there.😔

We have to leave too, I almost threw up it was so bad, got to Lee Vining and blue fresh air..take care of yourselves

so sorry for the smoke crazy time for all this year.

I spent a week here and didn't get to see the beauty through the smoke 😏

When was this picture taken, Sunday at 6 am ? never seen it this quiet.

Awesome pic! I wish a Main Street business had a rooftop deck so you can eat with that exact same view!

No smoke in the photo. ??

Is this an old photo? Joseph’s market was the only market back when we lived in Bishop in 1969.

It’s still Smokey? Where is the smoke coming from ?

Beautiful town

I always love to go threw Bishop.

Went thru Bishop yesterday, it was terribly Smokey 😪💚

I wish it was still small !

Does bishop still have a jack in the box

My favorite place ❤️

Isnt that the Old JC Penney store?

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2 weeks ago

Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom
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Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom

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Wonderful vacation destination

And a free thinker! This is Good!

🙏praying that it stays like this 💖

I miss Bishop so much and living there too 😢😉❤️

This is one of my favorite places to take pictures when I lived in Bishop. There’s many more.

Sigh. Bishop. Love it.

See you next week little sheep

We loved our visit to Bishop

Miss bishop fun times there

Nice!!!

Oh how I love that view

It was beautiful

Love Bishop

👍

Need snow on them things!

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2 weeks ago

In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14
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In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
https://www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14

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I've been on that same road every year at this time...

It sure was smoky today.

Still hazy there.😥

I love the West.

Beautiful picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

We always used to stay at Brown’s Millpond Campground just north of Bishop. Very nice private campground with a stream running through it. So many wonderful memories from Mule Days!

Up her for 4 day little smoke but really nice trees turning colors

It's the hunting and fishing Road 🏞️🎣🏕️🌌🤠🥰

Love Bishop and the surrounding mountains !!!

Hwy 168 going to Lake Sabrina, North and South lakes?

With I was there.

maybe next weekend any hotel suggestions?

Johanna Atwell

GOD HOW I WISH I WAS ON THAT ROAD... CAREFREE HIWAY...

Lots of nice smoke.....

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2 weeks ago

The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!Hello Friends!☺️
💥 ESCA 20th Annual 5K Walk & Fun Run! 💥October 11-17th! Virtual Edition!
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Thank you for your continued support! ☺️
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The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!

2 weeks ago

Dog days of summer or fall??!!
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe
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Dog days of summer or fall??!! 
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe

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I heard the colors have peaked in this area. Is it still worth visiting or are there other good spots to hit up?

Beautiful picture.

Wonderful vacation destination

Beautiful

Beautiful picture! Cute dog!

North Lake?

Looking good

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