Fishing is excellent in the Owens Valley and in the nearby mountain streams and reservoirs. A good place to begin is the Owens River. One particular location we like to fish and relax at is a stretch of the Owens River found at the end of East Lye street. This street can be found in downtown Bishop. Take it from downtown and drive about 2 or 3 miles east until just before the small bridge that crosses the Owens River. On the right hand side there will be a dirt road (right before the bridge) that runs along the side of the Owens River. Off of this road are several smaller dirt roads that lead short distances to the fishing areas on the actual river.
The water in the Owens River is very fast moving, so beware if you have small children around.
There are many “hot spots” for fishing in the Bishop area. One magical place which is a real treat for fisherman and non fishermen alike is Lake Sabrina. Rarely do you find a place of such beauty. Located at 9,100 feet its an alpine lake surrounded by aspen covered slopes – a granite island sits in the lake framed by the other end of the lake and the high sierra peaks. You can hike around this lake and if you have some time and want to do some high country backpacking and camping you can hike up to a plethora of other less populated lakes all the way up to 12,000 feet.
Often the stream below Lake Sabrina is site to numerous fisherman.
It is easy to reach Lake Sabrina – you take West Line Road (Highway 168) West from downtown Bishop and drive about 22 miles until the highway ends and becomes a narrow paved road which ends at the parking lot at Lake Sabrina. There is a free boat launch, a cafe and a small store which rents boats (motorized and non motorized).
Blake Jones Trout Derby – More information about this event including pre-registration info can be found on the following website: www.bishopvisitor.com/fcr/blake.php3. This event is usually held in mid March.
More fishing information about areas near Bishop: www.easternsierrafishing.com