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I ask the question what is a normal weather year? Is it the drought we have endured the last four years? Is it the wet winter we are experiencing this winter? I’ve lived here long enough to know that every year is different and it’s hard to predict what winter will yield.

What I do know is that we need to learn to adapt to the changing conditions that we are presented with. I have the experience to know how and where to fish in drought conditions and in heavy run off conditions.

Last Fall was the worst stream fishing I’ve encountered in my 35 years of living in the Eastern Sierra. The streams were shrunk to the point they were no longer recognizable.

I was not surprised. I fished hard all spring and early summer knowing full well that Fall would not be productive for stream fishing. I adapted to the conditions at hand by taking advantage of the early season stream fishing and lake fishing all season. I fished streams in the Fall and early winter knowing that the fishing would be tough.

This year with the big water year at hand I’ve got a plan. Right now, there are two places that are offering fishing.

Hot Creek is one of the waters that I thought the drought had decimated. Thanks to a plant of diploid trout in the Fall this water is making a comeback. It is still a fragile fishery and needs to be fished gently. It can handle fishing pressure, but not abuse. This water requires some effort to fish, as there is still a sizeable snowpack to deal with. For the hardy sole looking for an adventure, hiking in on the snow for over a mile, there are wild trout that are willing to take dries and nymphs. Hot Creek is open to year around fishing with flies and is a catch and release water.

The upper Owens River has been producing spawning rainbow trout from Crowley Lake. This water requires a lot of effort to fish it. It is a minimum walk of a mile over the snow pack just to get to decent areas of fishing and most anglers are going up to two miles to access the best fishing areas. A snowmobile is the best way to access the area with minimum effort. This has been and should continue to offer the best fishing opportunities in the Eastern Sierra. The fish have been in the system for a while and are not taking lures and flies as readily as they had been.

The lower Owens River on Tuesday was at 550 cfs and is expected to go as high as 700 cfs by this weekend. Lower Owens River flows of 500 cfs and higher are hard to fish and should be considered dangerous to wade. The middle gorge to Pleasant Valley Reservoir is expected to be running at over 300 cfs and should be considered unfishable.

These heavy flows are considered flushing flows. The short-term consequences of flushing flows make the waters unfishable and possibly unsafe. The long-term effects of flushing flows are to redistribute sediments and riparian vegetation. This will improve spawning habitat and increase insect populations. Personally, I hope it removes the stinging nettles from the Owens River gorge.

My game plan is to fish Hot Creek and the upper Owens River from now to the start of the runoff. I’ll continue to fish both waters during the run off as I know a few tricks to take trout. My biggest brown trout from Hot Creek came during spring runoff when most anglers were not fishing Hot Creek.

I will be focusing most of my attention during the run off on the still waters. While not trout fishing one of my go to adaptations is to fish the still waters of the Owens Valley for bass and bluegill. This is always a treat for me. I love to fish surface poppers as the take is incredible.

While late winter and spring conditions will not be optimum, the angler willing to adapt will find fishing opportunities.

STAY TUNED for the best fall fishing season we’ve seen in years…

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1 day ago

It’s spring. Wildflowers are blooming, roads are opening, and more folks are traveling and camping. It’s dry out there. Please please, please be careful with anything that could start a wildfire!!! 🔥 This reminder is for locals and visitors alike. It’s going to take ALL of us to prevent wildfires in the months to come.

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So pretty. Wish I were there. <3

Beautiful

Beautiful photo!!!

I love that area!!

Beautiful

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2 days ago

In case you didn't get the memo: Mule Days is a GO this year!

In concert with health officials, they are planning for a safe event that fans and spectators will remember for years to come. In compliance with State guidelines, mandatory restrictions and capacity limits will apply to arena seating, so be sure to call now to get your reservations. Some of the popular indoor events have been canceled due to these limits such as the Concert and Opening Night Supper. Sadly, the parade is also on hold until 2022. Good news, though... Mule Days IS happening this year and is going back to the roots where Mule Days is all about the mule!

To read more, or buy tickets, visit: muledays.org/2021/04/16/2020-vision-through-the-eyes-of-a-mule-take-2/

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In case you didnt get the memo: Mule Days is a GO this year! 

In concert with health officials, they are planning for a safe event that fans and spectators will remember for years to come. In compliance with State guidelines, mandatory restrictions and capacity limits will apply to arena seating, so be sure to call now to get your reservations. Some of the popular indoor events have been canceled due to these limits such as the Concert and Opening Night Supper. Sadly, the parade is also on hold until 2022. Good news, though... Mule Days IS happening this year and is going back to the roots where Mule Days is all about the mule!

To read more, or buy tickets, visit: https://muledays.org/2021/04/16/2020-vision-through-the-eyes-of-a-mule-take-2/

#visitbishop #muledays

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I HAVE NOT BEEN TO BISHOP FOR 30 YEARS AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO A VISIT THERE THIS YEAR. I WAS BORN THERE AND I MAY HAVE A 60TH CLASS REUNION THIS SUMMER. WAITING TO HEAR IF IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN .

Yeah!!! The most fun you can have and still be legal? Or something like that. Stay well.

Thank you for being safe...

We will be there been going there for years Love it

They just approved The Reno Rodeo to full capacity as of two weeks ago and I do believe that the parade will happen as well

I know its a town thing & not affiliated with MD's but any word on the Craft Fair in the Park

No parade outside? Well that’s California for ya! At least there will be an event.

Yep Mule days is coming. this event is when the people are put on show and the Mules get to work out. Mules get to show how smart they are and the people get to show (well we will let you finish this sentence). Come as see for yourself what it is like to be here.

So glad to hear that!!! Miss Bishop soooo much!

The "Mule Days" bumper sticker has worn off the back bumper of the trailer.

Better something than nothing. Sorry to miss it.

Anything happening for 4th of July?

No parade?

what about the arts and crafts at the city park? is that still on?

Nick Chudilowsky

Whoo Hoo 👏

Becka Lynn Kelley

Awesome!

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5 days ago

Who’s hitting the trail this weekend?? Spring has sprung. We have some access to the high country, and warm (ok, maybe hot) temps down here in the valley. Flowers are blooming, snow is melting, and gulls are migrating north. Who loves this time of the year?

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Who’s hitting the trail this weekend?? Spring has sprung. We have some access to the high country, and warm (ok, maybe hot) temps down here in the valley. Flowers are blooming, snow is melting, and gulls are migrating north. Who loves this time of the year? 

#visitbishop #mindfultraveler #RecreateResponsibly
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So beautiful and amazing picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

Just came home from there.

I DO,LOVE BISHOP FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS

where are the flowers blooming right now?

Beautiful

Looking lovely!

Beautiful!!!!

Me!

Wish I was😢

BISHOP CA

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6 days ago

A question for our history-lovers!Inyo County has such rich history. What is your favorite historical site in Inyo County???

#inyocounty
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A question for our history-lovers!

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The Indian museum in Independence and Laws

I'm partial to the fish hatchery and it's history. Shame it has never recovered since 2008

I enjoyed Laws years ago with my son, also just enjoyed exploring the Owens valley in search of petroglyphs from indigenous people who lived there, sky rock, 13 moons, and many throughout the valley.

Manzanar

Whitney Hatchery..... not antique but old and wonderful

Look Chris Baird your favorite place . lmao

Schatt's for me.

Famous for Charlie

wasn't Manson held here for destruction of construction equipment years ago, thank God he is gone.....

Charles Manson walked down those steps.

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1 week ago

Here is a little mid-week break for you!! This is just past Aspendell, headed towards Lake Sabrina.
Happy Wednesday!!

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Here is a little mid-week break for you!! This is just past Aspendell, headed towards Lake Sabrina. 
Happy Wednesday!! 

Photo by Betsy Forsyth
#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #mindfultraveler

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Took that road every year we camped at Benton crossing.

Will be there soon for Mule Days

OMGoodness! Lucky to know that road so well! Love it, right, Robert Yanasak?

I’ve been there once... it’s beautiful.

Crisp mountain air! I can feel my lips chapping already!

How lovely!

Wish I was there right now! ❤️🛤

Love road shots

Beautiful!!

Love it

I visited there back in 2014! It was serene! Miss is ! Planning to take the kiddos when they can put up with a 4hs drive lol 😂

Looks Awesome.

Awesome.

Brings back wonderful memories living up in Adpendell

Up up & away!

HOME!

I love Aspendale

One of my goals is to buy a house out there one day.

I’ll be there next week Visit Bishop

Know the area so well.

❤️❤️

Hey “ hop- a - long” how we doing?.I’m going with the later “ Say What” ya?.

Beautiful 😍

Neal Tipton

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