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This Week's Report 


Lake Sabrina Boat Landing


October 8, 2018








10/8 to 10/11

STORE & BOAT RENTALS - 8am to 6pm




10/12 to 10/13

STORE & BOAT RENTALS - 7am to 7pm

CAFE - Closed




STORE & BOAT RENTALS - 7am to 1pm



And just like that, many of the leaves have fallen around Lake Sabrina and another season has almost come to an end. The Café has closed for the season with about 270 pies made this year. The Store and Boat Landing closes for the season at 1:00pm on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Fishing season closes on November 15, 2018 at midnight. It's sounding like Camp Sabrina, North Lake and Willow campgrounds closed today – still not sure about the other campgrounds.


It was another wild week at the Lake – both weather wise and people wise. Strong winds and snow caused the demise of many of the fall leaves at the higher elevations. The back country received its first dusting last Monday night, while Lake Sabrina received its first dusting Saturday night – woke up to about an inch and a half of the white stuff and Sunday stayed pretty chilly during the day so there’s still a bit hanging around. Four tour buses on Saturday and two Sunday caused a bit of havoc in the parking lot – actually a lot of havoc with them trying to get turned around. Then add in the many many cars circling – it was quite a zoo!


Those that braved the photographers and cool weather did catch some fish. The catching picked up a bit with the cooler weather. NightCrawlers, Thomas Buoyants, Rapalas and Pink MiceTails were the hot ticket especially up by DingleBerry Inlet. With the Lake still up high, plenty of dam fishermen were battling the photographers for elbow room to fish.


Kitty McCurdy was so excited to catch her 1-3/4 Rainbow on a Thomas Buoyant. Jeff Harrison caught two nice fish – a 2 pounder and a 1-3/4 pounder, but friend, Steve Alvarez caught the biggest – a nice 3-1/4 pounder. All were caught on Pink MiceTails. David Parraz landed a 3-1/8 beaut on a Rapala.


So now what’s in store for us weatherwise – Cool temps and a chance of a light dusting. Sunday it never got into the 40s – kept the wood stove going all day! Temps look to stay right around 50s for the highs and mid 30s for lows. A very slight chance of snow on Thursday, then back to beautiful but cool weather for next weekend. You can check out the forecast for the week at www.weather.gov (enter Aspendell, CA in the search and scroll down to see the temps).


There will be NO report for the next two weeks as I will be out of town. Hopefully, Rick, Dwayne, Jamin and Bob will take some pictures here and there and I’ll get them posted when I get back.


These items below still pertains:


We’ve had quite a few questions in regards to Fall Colors. Here is a letter our Bishop Chamber of Commerce has shared with us regarding the changing colors of the leaves: 


Dear Fall Color Leaf Peeper:


              This is a response to your inquiry about when do fall colors happen?


              This is tough to predict on any given year.  Much is dependent on how low temperatures go down up in the high country.  Aspens have a biological clock geared toward day length and nighttime temperature.  Typically with the weather getting warmer, it seems that fall colors in the high country now begin in early September, maybe a bit earlier.  Generally, the first week or two of October is a good bet to come up for the high country colors but there are no guarantees with nature.


             Typically, the trees will lose their leaves in later October as color comes down into the valley extending the fall colors season into November.  But an Indian Summer can extend high country foliage longer.  Wind plays a role as well in how fast the leaves come down.


             Attached is a link to our fall colors guide which will be quite helpful to answering your questions:



             I am also attaching a nice story on Eastern Sierra fall colors:



              and video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwA1QVsbD6g


              In general and if you can, it is suggested you tap into the following links which will give you real time fall colors information:






             I would recommend you stop at our chamber office when you come to town.  It can save you some time since we attempt to keep up with everything we can.  We are located at 690 N. Main, in the A frame building across from Carl’s Junior Drive In.  When you are here, take a few minutes to look at an awesome new book entitled California Fall Color.  I have read it and it is outstanding!  It guides you to the fall color locations along highway 395, Yosemite, and around South Lake Tahoe.  It is the best book out on the topic.  We will have a display copy available for guests to mull over.


              Our website is [www.bishopvisitor.com%20]www.bishopvisitor.com if you need additional information about the area.


If you need anything else, let us know.


Joe – Guest Host


Fishing etiquette is once again becoming a bit of a problem at the Lake and we don’t like problems. If you come upon someone fishing, please don’t fish right next to them – take a bit of hike farther down and don’t cast over into their spot. Same at the Inlet, there are so many areas to fish on this Lake go find another ‘soon to be’ favorite spot.


People, sure would be nice if y’all would pick up your trash when you leave. It’s really not that hard. Just sayin! If you need something to put it in, come into the store and we’ll give you a bag.


If you’re in town having a drink or two on a Friday or Saturday – please don’t drive – take Dial-A-Ride – Call 760-873-7173 or 761-872-1901 x22 for a bus. Nite-Rider will be operating Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 2:30am and on Sunday from 6pm to 12am. The price each way is $4.25 and kids, teens & Seniors are $3.60. Please no drinking and driving!!!


And the hiking conditions:

If you’re hiking stay safe out there. CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST FROM HERE ON OUT AND BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING!!! Remember to leave a note about your destination and approximate return time and a clothing description. And please hike with a buddy!


Things to do when you’re not at the Lake:

October 12th - 14th

Enjoy over 800 miles of varied, technical loop terrain with unmatchable scenery during the fall ride hosted by Ventura County Motorcycle Club! This 12th annual event include opening chili dinner, Saturday night BBQ, and endless, varying terrain to explore and ride!


2nd Annual Harvest Celebration

October 13th, 9am-3pm

Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center

 This The Harvest Celebration highlights both locally grown and traditional indigenous foods through cooking demonstrations and tastings.  There will be a potluck lunch, native craft fair and cooking competitions with prizes. Bishop Paiute Tribe's Food Sovereignty Program hosts this event as well as Thursday Community Markets from 5-8pm throughout October.  For more information, contact Gaylene Kinzy (760)784-4782 or email at gaylene.kinzy@bishoppaiute.org.



Important stuff that just stays in the report for a bit:


PRIVATE BOATERS:  Please don’t overload your boats – it causes us great distress!!! USE YOUR NOGGIN!


Spoke to the local Department of Fish and WildLife Game Warden regarding fisherpeople needing to have their own stringers and up to five fish per stringer. His response is – “It is highly recommended, but not required, but everyone better be present if I’m checking”.


If you catch a big fish or a limit just to have your picture taken for the webpage and then try and give your fish away – we won’t post your picture, but then again we may post it as ‘WASTER OF A PERFECTLY GOOD FISH TO EAT’! Crimp down your barbs, take a picture on the boat and release it for another day.


When using the bug juice or hand sanitizer or sunscreen or lotion or cologne or perfume, try not to get it on your hands – you’ll transfer it to your bait and the fish just don’t like any of that foo-foo stuff. Wash your hands in the stream or Lake to get it off, and then use some fish attractant on your hands.


Make sure you wear some kind of sun protection – the sun and reflection off the water will do a number on your skin and eyeballs!


Juanita, Rick, Patti, Dwayne, Jamin, and Bob