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Title: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 27, 2015, 08:09:17 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon



Well, the “Bishop Creek Canyon” fishing trip got the most votes with a whopping “9” (:lol2:) ) votes with 15 members voting.  Thanks to all who voted.  If you’re in to catching wild fish in beautiful back-country scenery, this trip report is for you.



Bishop Creek Canyon

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 27, 2015, 08:23:42 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon



Bishop Creek Canyon comprises of three main forks that contain more than 100 lakes, dozens of streams, untold number of flower filled meadows and all with amazing scenery.  Most of the lakes are above or near timberline, cupped in granite basins with sheer cliffs and snowcapped peaks.  It would take all summer long to see everything they have to offer in this part of the Eastern Sierra.   I had but three days!



South Fork Bishop Creek
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The reason I was up here was I was dropping off some friends at the Bishop Pass Trailhead at South Lake for their backpacking trip.  They were going to hike a section of the John Muir Trail for a week.  We stayed a night in Bishop to acclimate for the higher elevations. 



For breakfast the next morning, we went where the locals go for a home cooked meal.  The Eastern Sierra best kept secret is of course “Jack Waffle Shop”.  Lots of food, great service and a pretty waitress served us.  As a fisherman, I loved the large trophy fish lining the walls.  Highly recommend!



Jack’s
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After a full breakfast, we drove up 168 to the Bishop Pass Trailhead at South Lake.  What a busy trailhead!  Must be over a 100 parking spaces here and most were already taken.  We found a parking spot and the guys got ready for their trip.  I got my daypack on as I was going with them as far as Bishop Pass before saying goodbye and turning around back to the trailhead.



Well by the time we were walking along Long Lake, I started feeling bad and developing a headache.  Altitude sickness is what they call it.  Was hoping the night in Bishop would help, but probably not high enough elevation to do me any good.  Said goodbye to my friends, who were feeling fine and took off back down the trail.  Anybody who had altitude sickness knows how it can make you very sick and weak very quickly.



Long Lake
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By time I hiked down to the Bishop Pass Trailhead, I was feeling better but still had a headache.  On my drive down I stopped off at the South Lake dam where Parchers boat dock is to check out the level of South Lake.  It’s really low! 



South Lake
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Met a couple of Parchers employees at the boat dock shack and they mentioned they had vacancy’s at Parchers if I needed to rest up for a few days.  Wasn’t planning on it but stayed at Parchers for the next 3 nights at one of their historic cabins that originally was a part of Paradise Lodge on lower Rock Creek.  How cool is that! 



Parchers

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Original Paradise Lodge Cabin
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After settling in at my cabin and resting a bit, I went over to the store and met Jared Smith (also known as Smitty) for fishing suggestions. I noticed when I asked that question all his employees rolled their eyes up, because Jared is a self-proclaimed fishing addict who loves to talk about anything to do with fishing.  Anyway, got some great suggestions and made my plans for the next three days. 



Parchers Store
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Employees at Parchers were a great bunch of mostly collage age kids who really love the outdoors.  The young lady’s working here probably could out hike and out fish most guys I know!  Where were girls like this when I was growing up?  Having said that, I took their suggestions and made my plans for the next three days.  I decided on: 

Chocolate Lakes for my first day
Treasure Lakes for some golden trout fishing for day 2
Fun hike on a pipeline to Green Creek Basin on my last full day



Next up I head-up to the “Chocolate Lakes”.            :hiking2:     :fishing3:

 To be continued………………………………………………………………………

Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Sierraslam on January 27, 2015, 10:02:32 AM
I know of Jared at Parchers from his posting on another board. I hear he does a great job up there. Acomlished fisherman as well. I actually saw him at Toms Place Sunday. I'll have to stay there sometime.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: bj on January 27, 2015, 11:36:42 AM
Jared used to post on this Board once in a while. He's the one that got me into mini jigs which I use a lot at RCL and the Cottonwoods. Now bring on the Chocolate trout. Very tasty as I recall.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 27, 2015, 02:54:52 PM
I know of Jared at Parchers from his posting on another board. I hear he does a great job up there. Acomlished fisherman as well. I actually saw him at Toms Place Sunday. I'll have to stay there sometime.


I first met him years ago at a sportsman show that he was representing Parchers.  He even gave a talk of the fishing at Bishop Creek Canyon I recall.  Anyway, he is best guy for fishing advice.  He took the guesswork out of where to fish for me.  Just wish I had more time to check out the other lakes he recommended.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 27, 2015, 02:56:01 PM
Jared used to post on this Board once in a while. He's the one that got me into mini jigs which I use a lot at RCL and the Cottonwoods. Now bring on the Chocolate trout. Very tasty as I recall.


He was pushing mini-jigs to me too, but using my flies was off the charts this trip.  There was no reason to change, but may give it a try next year.  I'm going back!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 27, 2015, 02:59:32 PM
Thanks Trev Dog for the recommendation on "Jacks" in Bishop.  Can't beleave I drove through Bishop all these years and missed out on a great breakfast stop.  Thanks again! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Gary C. on January 27, 2015, 03:40:03 PM
I can't believe this was your first time for Jack's. I'm looking forward to hearing about the walk along the pipe. I've always wondered what it's like.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: fishpole on January 27, 2015, 04:31:57 PM
Good report and beautiful pics wshawkins. thanks for the info  :chestbump:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Trev Dog on January 27, 2015, 05:49:15 PM
wshawkins, cant believe you remembered that tip, as it was a long time ago. For anyone that hasn't tried Jacks the pancakes and waffles are great, the biscuts and gravy are the absolute best, and the chili is really good too. Sitting at the counter with the locals is the best way to eat there. Great start to another wshawkins adventure  :clap:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 27, 2015, 10:24:55 PM
I can't believe this was your first time for Jack's. I'm looking forward to hearing about the walk along the pipe. I've always wondered what it's like.


What can I say; Jack’s was never on my radar until Trev Dog suggested it.  I always went to Tom’s Place for breakfast, which I think is pretty good too!  Yeah, the hike on the pipeline is a classic and a lot of fun.  I think most people would like this hike.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 27, 2015, 10:25:39 PM
Good report and beautiful pics wshawkins. thanks for the info  :chestbump:


Thanks Fishpole.  I think the best pictures are yet to be showed.  Some beautiful country out there. 
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 27, 2015, 10:27:07 PM
wshawkins, cant believe you remembered that tip, as it was a long time ago. For anyone that hasn't tried Jacks the pancakes and waffles are great, the biscuts and gravy are the absolute best, and the chili is really good too. Sitting at the counter with the locals is the best way to eat there. Great start to another wshawkins adventure  :clap:


Trev Dog, I don’t forget a good suggestion on where to eat!   ;D   I’ll have give the chili a try next time.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 28, 2015, 08:26:51 AM
Bishop Pass Trail to Chocolate Lakes



The Bishop Pass Trailhead at South Lake is the jumping off point for dozens of hikes in the canyon.  One of the most scenic areas in the Sierra, is not only an access point to reach the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, but also an area boasting more than a dozen side trails leading to spectacular views and destinations for day hikers and backpackers alike visiting the canyon.


 
To get to the Chocolate Lakes, catch the Bishop Pass Trail as it leaves the lower end of the South Lake parking lot.  This is a busy trailhead, so get there early, especially on a weekends so you can get a parking spot.  The trail drops down into the open and follows above the shoreline of South Lake.  There are some nice views of the Sierra Crest and South Lake during this stretch.  Unfortunately, South Lake is drained due to our ongoing drought.



Sierra Crest
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South Lake
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The trail then moves into a draw before making a sharp turn back toward the lake.  At this point, the trail enters the John Muir Wilderness. There is a long straight stretch of trail through the forest before coming to the Treasure Lakes Trail Junction.



John Muir Wilderness
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 28, 2015, 08:31:18 AM
At the junction, I take the trail to the left marked Bishop Pass.  The path slowly drops as it moves southeast.  I continue to follow the trail as it makes some gentle switchbacks.  The trail marker for Marie Louise Lakes Trail is near here.  The trail steepens here as it makes a sharp turn that soon provide a view down on Hurd Lake.



Hurd Lake
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The trail then moves straight across a rocky outcropping before making many steeper switchbacks.  Look for the trail marker to Chocolate Lake.  The trail is to your left.  The first lake you come to is Bull Lake, which is only a few hundred yards away.   Bull Lake is probably one of the most photogenic bodies of water in Bishop Canyon with Chocolate Peak behind it. 



Trail Sign to Chocolate Lakes
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Bull Lake with Chocolate Peak
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Move up the trail on the north side of the lake and try your luck fishing.  Fishing was good at Bull Lake for up to 10” Brookies and Rainbows.  I caught equal numbers of Brookies to Rainbows here.  I had a fish on the line on my first 12 casts here, just crazy good fishing! 




Brookie from Bull Lake

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Rainbow from Bull Lake

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 28, 2015, 08:34:49 AM
When I was done, I moved up the trail and followed the trail as it extends along the creek above Bull Lake.  The trail crosses the creek and climbs steeply up the draw to the 1st Chocolate Lake.  This section of the trail is rather poor from Bull Lake, but it doesn’t last too long. 



Looking back at Bull Lake
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Once I reached the Lower Chocolate Lake, fishing was good for small Brookies to 8”.  Lower Chocolate Lake is the smallest lake of the Chocolate Lakes but they get progressively larger as you gain elevation.  The trail beyond Lower Chocolate Lake becomes more of a use trail, but was still easy to follow.



Lower Chocolate Lake
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Brookie from Lower Chocolate Lake
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 28, 2015, 08:38:39 AM
Looking back at Lower Chocolate Lake
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Middle Chocolate Lake is just a short distance away; you will need to cross a stream in a marshy area below a small waterfall.  Middle Chocolate Lake is my favorite lake in this chain to stop for lunch or set up my camp site if I’m backpacking.  Beautiful Tree Line Lake with great views plus very good fishing can be had here.  There are small to medium brook trout in Middle Chocolate Lake to about 10”.



Middle Chocolate Lake
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Brookie from Middle Chocolate Lake
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Middle Chocolate Lake
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 28, 2015, 08:41:56 AM
Upper Chocolate Lake requires a steep climb up a very little use trail to reach it shores.  At 11,100 feet, it’s the highest lake of the chain.  You’re also right next to the jagged Inconsolable Range’s highest point, Cloudripper.  If you’re lucky, you may see rock climbers going for the peaks during your visit.



Upper Chocolate Lake
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Inconsolable Range
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Brookie from Upper Chocolate Lake

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It was a 3.2 miles hike in to Upper Chocolate Lake.  Fishing was good for brook trout up to 11”, the largest I caught on this chain of lakes.  My best fishing was also here at Upper Chocolate Lake at the outlet.  This was my turn-around point for the trailhead.




#3 Chocolate Lake at the outlet
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 28, 2015, 08:45:58 AM
For hikers with more gas in their tanks, you can cross-country hike to Chocolate Peak, 11,682 foot crest for amazing 360 degree views.  No technical skills needed, just the will to get to the top.



View from Chocolate Peak
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Another option is to take the loop around to Ruwau Lake and continue hiking down to Bishop Pass Trail where it meets up at Long Lake.  Ruwau Lake had some large rainbows in its waters last time I fished there.  Long Lake has rainbows, brooks and brown trout.  I mostly catch rainbows in Long Lake.  The loop option will add another 1 mile to your total day’s total.



Ruwau Lake
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Well it was a great day.  Great hiking country with some wonderful views plus great fishing.  How great you ask, say about 70-80 fish this fine day.   This would be a great hike to take older kids or teenagers for some easy fishing.



Bishop Creek Canyon
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View looking down from Upper Chocolate Lake
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Next up I head-up to “Treasure Lakes” for some Golden trout fishing!         


To be continued…………………………………..



Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: SN on January 28, 2015, 11:33:05 AM
thank you for a great report and pictures wshawkins

okay so Terry and I have to do Jacks on one of our one day trips.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Gary C. on January 28, 2015, 12:08:43 PM
Nice pictures and another great report. As for Jack's I highly recommend the chicken fried steak and eggs.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 28, 2015, 02:01:04 PM
thank you for a great report and pictures wshawkins

okay so Terry and I have to do Jacks on one of our one day trips.


Thanks ab-sn.  Jack’s for breakfast is worth the stop! 

When I was heading home south on the 395 recently, I was craving pizza but could not remember what pizza place you recommended or its location on your crazy one day trips?  Anybody remember?
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 28, 2015, 02:02:22 PM
Nice pictures and another great report. As for Jack's I highly recommend the chicken fried steak and eggs.


Yeah Gary, that’s what I had for breakfast, was really good.  One of my buddies had the biscuits and gravy and the other two had pancakes with eggs and bacon on the side.  Once the food came to the table, it got real quiet for the next 20-30 minutes. ;D
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Gary C. on January 28, 2015, 04:18:09 PM

Yeah Gary, that’s what I had for breakfast, was really good.  One of my buddies had the biscuits and gravy and the other two had pancakes with eggs and bacon on the side.  Once the food came to the table, it got real quiet for the next 20-30 minutes. ;D

I'm sure that no one left there hungry that's for sure. They serve breakfast all day and it's a good thing because the rest of their food is OK but breakfast is the main reason to stop.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: fishpole on January 28, 2015, 05:47:42 PM
Sounds like the place to go.  :bowdown:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Obi96 on January 28, 2015, 06:58:20 PM
Another great report wshawkins, keep em coming.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Trev Dog on January 28, 2015, 07:08:50 PM
WOW! a long time ago when I mentioned Jack's in a post all I heard about was Tom's Place. Yea Toms Place is very convenient if you are allready up in the canyon, but if its after 6:30 am and you are going thru Bishop and you are a breakfast person it's the best start to your trip. Being a veteran I am a S--t on a shingle guy , that's what you had for breakfast in the mess hall. Chicken Fried steak with gravy on it, Hashbrown potatoes with two eggs over medium dumped on the hashbrowns, and Biscuts and gravy on the side instead of toast. Put some hot sauce on the eggs and hashbrowns mix them up, make sure your coffee cup is full and your water, and come up for air every once in a while!
It's a lot of great food, and the place is so warm with all the old artifacts of the area, the mounted fish on the walls and the friendly local employees that work there. Check it out, and you will be hooked. Thank's Bill for finally putting Jack's on the map and and the positive comments from everyone that's enjoyed this special place. Time now for getting into some more of wshawkins great adventures!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 29, 2015, 06:56:42 AM
Another great report wshawkins, keep em coming.


Thanks Obi96.  Next one coming soon…………………..
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 29, 2015, 06:57:53 AM
WOW! a long time ago when I mentioned Jack's in a post all I heard about was Tom's Place. Yea Toms Place is very convenient if you are allready up in the canyon, but if its after 6:30 am and you are going thru Bishop and you are a breakfast person it's the best start to your trip. Being a veteran I am a S--t on a shingle guy , that's what you had for breakfast in the mess hall. Chicken Fried steak with gravy on it, Hashbrown potatoes with two eggs over medium dumped on the hashbrowns, and Biscuts and gravy on the side instead of toast. Put some hot sauce on the eggs and hashbrowns mix them up, make sure your coffee cup is full and your water, and come up for air every once in a while!
It's a lot of great food, and the place is so warm with all the old artifacts of the area, the mounted fish on the walls and the friendly local employees that work there. Check it out, and you will be hooked. Thank's Bill for finally putting Jack's on the map and and the positive comments from everyone that's enjoyed this special place. Time now for getting into some more of wshawkins great adventures!



Jack’s does serve some large breakfasts.  Lots of food.  But this was the last real meal for a week for these guys so it’s all good. 
The Chocolate lakes were a fun fishing day but next up I get a bit more serious and start chasing Goldens and Golden Hybrids.  Stay tuned:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 30, 2015, 08:35:37 AM
Bishop Pass Trail to Treasure Lakes



For Treasure Lakes, take the Bishop Pass Trail as it leaves the lower end of the South Lake parking lot.   At 0.8 miles, you come to the Treasure Lakes Trail Junction.  At this junction, take the trail to the right marked Treasure Lakes.  The path moves parallel to the South Lake Shoreline.  The bad news is you will lose some elevation as the path winds down around the back of the lake, which means you will hit those same up and down sections on your way back.  But it’s worth the effort.  You will shortly regain your lost ground as the trail moves over several creeks crossings.  There is some beautiful stretches of slow moving creek to be found in this area holding rainbow-golden hybrid trout and occasional pure goldens.




Bishop Pass Trailhead

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Looking down at South Lake in the early morning I can see the lake come alive with hundreds of fish feeding on top.  It’s quite a sight to see!




South lake

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Treasure Lakes Sign

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Creek Crossing
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 30, 2015, 08:43:08 AM
As the trail crosses above the creek it will climb out of the woods into open ground.  The views back towards South Lake do get better as you gain altitude.  It’s really pretty when South Lake is full, but still not too bad today.  There is some serious climbing here before reaching the lowest Treasure Lakes.



Trail
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Beautiful Hike
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3201_edited-1_zpsgfiszeup_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3201_edited-1_zpsgfiszeup_1.jpg.html)



2nd Creek Crossing
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Creek Views
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3rd Creek Crossing
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Steps
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Glacier Scarring
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_GS_3206_edited-1_zpstybdaqwe_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_GS_3206_edited-1_zpstybdaqwe_1.jpg.html)



Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 30, 2015, 08:48:02 AM
Anybody who fishes South Lake where the inlets come in at knows that it’s the best place to fish for Rainbows and Browns.  There’s actually four inlets to choose from, so plenty of good choices.



The fourth Stream Crossing
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Views of South Lake
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Kind of a bitter sweet trip for me, as I used to backpack up to the Upper Treasure Lakes (#5 was a favorite) when it held all you can catch (and eat) fat goldens before they killed them off for the frogs.  Treasure Lakes has seven lakes total before DFG eliminated the top five lakes of all golden trout.  With all of the brookies lakes around, why kill off the only golden lakes in the South Lake Pass area?  And to add insult to injury, they accidentally dumped rainbow fingerlings in the first two lakes soon after killing off the upper lakes that forever changed the species there.   >:(



The Treasure Lakes nest in a small granite alpine basin in the South Fork Canyon beneath a cluster of 13,000 foot peaks.  Spectacular scenery to say the least!  The first two lakes have the coveted golden trout (Hybrid).  These lakes are indeed treasures.  These lakes were named by the Parchers, early Bishop Creek Innkeepers, for the golden trout planted in them by their son.
 


First Look at #1 Treasure lakes
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 30, 2015, 08:52:54 AM
After the 3.0 mile hike to Treasure Lakes, it was time to test the waters.  #1 Treasure Lake has the larger Goldens so I mostly concentrated my time and efforts when I visit these lakes.  First cast at the outlet of #1 lake caught my first fish.  Actually, my first three casts bring in the trout!  When you start your day like this, you know it’s going to be a good day!  Fishing bead-head nymphs as a dropper under terrestrials did the trick today!




#1 Treasure lakes

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1st cast, first trout out of #1 Treasure Lakes

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#2 Treasure lakes
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/LK_3218_edited-1_zpsnxn9peoe_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/LK_3218_edited-1_zpsnxn9peoe_1.jpg.html)



#2 Treasure lakes
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3217_edited-1_zpspbdzq5uo_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3217_edited-1_zpspbdzq5uo_1.jpg.html)



Golden out of #2 Treasure Lakes

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3230_edited-1_zpseionpuxn_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3230_edited-1_zpseionpuxn_1.jpg.html)




Between #1 & #2 Treasure Lakes

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#1 Treasure Lakes

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3224_edited-1_zpsnfik4dui_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3224_edited-1_zpsnfik4dui_1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 30, 2015, 08:57:49 AM
Fishing was good today for the hybrid trout in both #1 and #2 Treasure Lakes.  Not crazy good like at Chocolate Lakes, but good action for the time spent fishing here.  C&R over 20+ Golden hybrid trout’s at these lakes plus another six smaller ones at the creek crossings back down the trail. 



#1 Treasure lakes
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3226_edited-1_zpsfybojofx_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3226_edited-1_zpsfybojofx_1.jpg.html)



Hybrid Golden Trout from #1
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3232_edited-1_zpshrzw5xo4_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3232_edited-1_zpshrzw5xo4_1.jpg.html)



Hybrid Golden
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3250_edited-1_zps3c6jtsxx_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3250_edited-1_zps3c6jtsxx_1.jpg.html)



Pretty Hybrid Golden
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3247_edited-1_zpsfvbsepss_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3247_edited-1_zpsfvbsepss_1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 30, 2015, 09:02:42 AM
It was one after another.  I’ve been to these lakes over a dozen times over the years and never had this kind of success!  Amazing day of fishing!



#1 Treasure lakes
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3240_edited-1_zpscs9ays5x_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3240_edited-1_zpscs9ays5x_1.jpg.html)




Another Golden

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3245_edited-1_zpsmdoanehb_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3245_edited-1_zpsmdoanehb_1.jpg.html)




#1 Treasure lakes

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3214_edited-1_zpsfi31tgsl_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3214_edited-1_zpsfi31tgsl_1.jpg.html)




#1 Treasure lakes

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3241_edited-1_zpsquulcqiy_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3241_edited-1_zpsquulcqiy_1.jpg.html)



Golden Hybrid
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3249_edited-1_zpsszvvhnwu_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3249_edited-1_zpsszvvhnwu_1.jpg.html)



Golden
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3234_edited-1_zps5aqqccxp_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3234_edited-1_zps5aqqccxp_1.jpg.html)



Largest Hybrid Golden Caught
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3251_edited-1_zps9owra3ub_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3251_edited-1_zps9owra3ub_1.jpg.html)



#1 at Outlet
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3252_edited-1_zpstyqno8an_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3252_edited-1_zpstyqno8an_1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 30, 2015, 09:08:14 AM
Don’t forget to try the outlet creek down the trail for some fun creek fishing.  The best looking Goldens came out of these creeks.  Try near the down logs, they usually hide near there.  Good little fighters too!



Outlet Creek
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Outlet Creek
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3256_edited-1_zpsniylqctg_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3256_edited-1_zpsniylqctg_1.jpg.html)




Outlet Creek

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3260_edited-1_zpsqnhnpijh_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3260_edited-1_zpsqnhnpijh_1.jpg.html)



Outlet Creek
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3257_edited-1_zpsfuycy9xi_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3257_edited-1_zpsfuycy9xi_1.jpg.html)



Small Hybrid Golden
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3243_edited-1_zps0bylsmbi_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3243_edited-1_zps0bylsmbi_1.jpg.html)




Small Golden

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3227_edited-1_zpsn9swlmzq_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3227_edited-1_zpsn9swlmzq_1.jpg.html)




Trail out
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3262_edited-1_zpsh3xqjt6c_1.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Treasure%20Lakes/TL_3262_edited-1_zpsh3xqjt6c_1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 30, 2015, 09:12:09 AM
If you have the energy or the will for more hiking, extend your hike by crossing the creek between #1 and #2 lake and follow a faint use trial that follows the outflow from the upper Treasure lakes.  It’s about a 500 foot climb to a rockbound Treasure Lakes #3, 4 and 5.  This is where you encounter true Eastern Sierra high country timberline scenery. 



Upper Treasure Lakes
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For the cross-country enthusiasts (like me), from the upper Treasure Lakes you can travel over the saddle of Hurd Peak down to Margaret Lake (Brooks), then to Spearhead lake (Brooks & Browns) and hook-up with the Bishop Pass Trail at Long Lake (Brooks, Browns & Rainbows).  Experienced cross-country folks with a topo map should only attempt this strenuous loop trip back to South Lake.



Views South
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Views  North

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Next up I head up the “Green Creek Basin” and take a hike on the “pipeline” to fish the lakes up there for which Bishop Creek is famous for.  This was my favorite hike and the most fun I had fishing in some time.







To be continued……………………………………………..



Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: bj on January 30, 2015, 11:37:00 AM
Great  report. I've always been tempted to take the turn off to these lakes but the hike back didn't look friendly on the topo map. For some reason I don't like uphill on the way out. Back to Jack's Waffle Shop. I used to stop there with my grandparents in the late 40's after a gas stop at Tony's big 76 station at West Line St. Time flies!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 30, 2015, 12:42:37 PM
Yeah, most folks don't like the uphill climb on the way out, me included.  But on the positive side, I was the only fisherman at the lakes that day, only visitor I seen was a local walking their dog.   :doglick:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on January 31, 2015, 07:27:07 AM
Back to Jack's Waffle Shop. I used to stop there with my grandparents in the late 40's after a gas stop at Tony's big 76 station at West Line St. Time flies!


Had no ideal that Jack's went back to the 40's.  Looks and feels like the 70's perhaps.  Now when I walk into Tom's place near Rock Creek it looks and just feels old! ;D
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 07:08:26 AM
This was my final day of fishing at Bishop Creek Canyon and was another great day of fishing.  Weather was near perfect, except for some high winds that came up later but didn’t seem to hurt the fishing.  I took up my ultra-light fishing pole with 2 lb. line and the fish today were pushing near the breaking point.  Beautiful full bodied Kamloops Rainbows on this trip, couldn’t end it any better than this!


Next up, my trip up to Green lake.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 07:11:54 AM
Green Creek Basin to Green Lake on the Pipeline




The Green Creek Basin offers some worthwhile hikes to some gorgeous destinations. This area is especially known for bountiful wildflowers and wild rainbow trout, and is a favorite to visit and revisit for both locals and canyon visitors alike.  The 3.0 mile hike to Green Lake sees few hikers and even fewer fishermen.  It’s probably overlooked because of the nearby trail to Bishop Pass and the many lakes it encompasses. 



Green Lake Hike via Pipeline
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Pipeline
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Ever hiked following a pipeline into a lovely hanging valley with great fishing?  Not likely right!  There really isn’t a trailhead for Green Lake.  There are no signs nor is it obvious.  One trail starts at Parchers Resort (near #20 Cabin).  The trail up from the Parchers Resort is steep and a little rough, but is shorter than the pipeline route.  The pipeline route is the easiest because it starts at a higher elevation and due to a gradual grade for the first mile.  The most direct route is to park at La Hupp picnic area and just cross-country until you intersect the Green Lake trail.  But for this hike, I recommend taking Green Lake Hike via the pipeline. 



Pipeline
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This hike starts in the upper end of the main parking lot at South Lake.  Walk around the locked green gate and hike down the trail about 100 yards, looking to the right to spot the pipeline. Walk to the pipeline, climb aboard and start following it up the canyon wall.



Pipeline
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 07:15:14 AM
The pipeline is easy to walk on most of the way.  There are some stretches that require walking on the pipeline itself, but it is not scary and requires only minimum balance skills. 



Caution:  The pipe can be really hot in summer and can burn your dog’s feet and may not be a good way to go for them.  Don’t walk on the pipe if it’s wet or you hear thunder in the distance.  Not a good ideal for small children or anybody with balance issues. 



History Moment:
  “The old abandoned pipe once carried water down to South Lake where steam-powered equipment was needed to build the dam, where in 1908/09; the Nevada-California Power Company constructed South Lake Dam.  Southern California Edison now manages the dam and the power plants further down the canyon.  After the dam completion, the captured creek water flowed into South Lake for many years until locals started complaining to get Green Creek restored again.”



Building of South Lake Dam 1908

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The old pipe heads gradually uphill and in one mile merges with the steep trail from Parchers Resort.  There is an excellent view of Parchers Resort at this point where the trail meets the old pipeline. 



Pipeline Ends and Merges with Trail from Parchers Resort
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 07:18:32 AM
Strangely, one mile into your hike you come up to the only Green Lake Trail Sign I seen?



Green Lake Trail Sign
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Parchers Resort from the Trail
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Continue on this trail as it zig-zags up the steep mountainside.  At the top after a lot of elevation gain, the trail levels out a bit and continue up the valley. 



Trail
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Moving on up the trail there is evidence of past avalanches that devastated the forest.  Avalanches have an incredible force and speed that can destroy everything in its path and can carry downed trees and large rocks for great distances.




Destruction from an Avalanche

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 07:20:30 AM
Bluff lake is near this area.  Can’t see it from the trail but is real close and near a wet meadow.  Fished it for a few minutes and C&R rainbows from up to 10”.  Very aggressive rainbows trout in this lake!


Bluff Lake
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History Moment:
  “Green Lake Basin was a sacred place for the ancestors of the Paiute people.  Evidence of the habitation goes back 7,000 to 9,000 years ago and indicates that this area was of prime importance for food gathering.  They came up during summer to escape the heat of the Owens Valley as the men hunted deer and mountain sheep while the women and children gathered and prepared food.  There are remains of an Indian camp here with signs of their use still evident.  Small shelters were erected that resemble a modern day dome tents of today.  Rocks that were piled around the base of the huts still remain today.  If you should find them, please respect their cultural significance by leaving them in place as you found them.  The lush meadows along the creeks provided many varieties of food resources for these people.  Everything they needed to survive was there, and they returned year after year handing down the knowledge to the next generations. 


Cowboys, trappers and sheepherders also made good use of the extensive lush meadows in this area and had trails that went into Coyote Flats for more grazing as summer advanced.  Miners also were up here and later came on the packers who started bringing in deer hunters around the 1920’s from the resort at Halliday’s Rainbow Camp (now Parchers Camp).”
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 07:23:00 AM
Moving up the valley I encountered several more wet meadows as the trail enters a lush area below Brown Lake.  At 1.5 miles I reach Brown Lake, which is amply named.  Brown Lake is the halfway mark to Green Lake.  Brown Lake is not fed from Green Creek as it depends on snow melt to feed the lake.  The lake level is down due to the current draught, but still fishable.  No activity on top but was able to C&R a few rainbows to about 12”.  Again the rainbow trout were great fighters.  But my goal was Green Lake, so up the trail I go.



Trail before Brown Lake
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Brown Lake
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Brown Lake

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Continuing on to Green Lake, I cut through a large wet meadow and then climb up switchbacks though a large rocky ridge where I get good views of the South Fork Bishop Canyon near the outlet of Green Lake.



Looking back at Brown Lake

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 07:27:03 AM
Finally at 3.0 miles, I arrived at Green Lake, elevation 11,054 feet.  Green lake really does have green looking water when viewed from above.  There is a trail that is visible on the far side of the lake that will take you to Coyote Flats and other destinations. 



Green Lake
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There are some nice campsites at Green Lake if your backpacking or you can try your angling skill on the large Rainbow trout that inhabit this lake.  Fishing was on my agenda!  Feisty large Kamloops, prized by fly fishermen for its fighting qualities, resides in these waters (Kamloops is a strain of the Rainbow Trout).



Turned out to be a real windy day, with big gusts and swirling winds changing direction every few minutes.  There was no getting out of the wind today.  But there are large trout in this lake, and because of the high winds, I went with a large fly and a couple of split shots to keep it down and help toss it out far enough.  That did the trick!



Fish On!

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Wild Rainbow Trout
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Wild Rainbow Trout

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Wild Rainbow Trout

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 07:29:09 AM
Turned out to be a real good quality fishing day, with Kamloops to 18”.    Lost count on how many I caught that day, that’s how great a day I had.  And the bigger they were, the higher they jumped out of the water fighting to shake off the fly.  One Kamloop Rainbow trout jumped and flipped 7-8 times out of the water as I was bringing it in. Just incredible!



Wild Rainbow Trout
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Wild Rainbow Trout
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Wild Rainbow Trout

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 07:32:32 AM
What a great 3 day trip this turned out to be.  Wished I could have stayed longer.  There is so much more I wanted to see, fish and hike.  Well, there always next year!



Trail Out
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Trail
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Boulder Field
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Views
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Pipeline Home

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: bj on February 02, 2015, 08:32:45 AM
Wow, what a hike. Great looking fish. I looked at a Green Lake several years ago but it looked steep and I wasn't sure about the fishing. Should have gone then as now balance becomes more of an issue for old Geezers.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 09:21:23 AM
If you have balance issues, the pipeline is not the way to go.  The regular trail is very steep and makes this a difficult hike plus adds on more mileage as it zigs and zags up the mountain.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Gary C. on February 02, 2015, 10:21:54 AM
Those are some very nice fish. I didn't realize there was that much elevation gain to get up there. Thanks for the pics and report.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Trev Dog on February 02, 2015, 10:54:33 AM
As usual you just keep knocking it out of the park! Great looking fish!   :clap:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 11:35:34 AM
Those are some very nice fish. I didn't realize there was that much elevation gain to get up there. Thanks for the pics and report.


Yes, quite a bit of elevation gain, with most of it in the first 1 ½ miles.  Then the final ½ mile you have another 400-550 ft. gain.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 11:36:10 AM
As usual you just keep knocking it out of the park! Great looking fish!   :clap:


Even by my standards this was a fantastic fishing trip, with this last leg to Green Lake being my favorite.  Check out the large fins on the wild Rainbows, you’ll never see that on stocked fish!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: bj on February 02, 2015, 11:50:42 AM
If you have balance issues, the pipeline is not the way to go.  The regular trail is very steep and makes this a difficult hike plus adds on more mileage as it zigs and zags up the mountain.

Do you know what the pipe diameter is?
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 12:09:33 PM
Diameter of the pipe is 24”.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Sierraslam on February 02, 2015, 02:12:25 PM
A friend of a friend did a 4wd trip into Coyote Flats. He caught big, full finned, wild Rainbows that fit the description of the fish your pictures. He would not tell the name of the lakes though. Any chance Green Lake is where he was, or are are there other lakes in the Coyote Flats area. (I do like Jacks, used to be the big breakfast spot before going into Pine Creek for a week. but i a Alabama Hills Cafe guy now.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 02, 2015, 03:24:48 PM
A friend of a friend did a 4wd trip into Coyote Flats. He caught big, full finned, wild Rainbows that fit the description of the fish your pictures. He would not tell the name of the lakes though. Any chance Green Lake is where he was, or are are there other lakes in the Coyote Flats area. (I do like Jacks, used to be the big breakfast spot before going into Pine Creek for a week. but i a Alabama Hills Cafe guy now.


It’s possible, but it’s really rough out there.  If he has a Polaris or Ranger all-terrain vehicle, they can go almost anywhere.  If he said he drove to the lake, I’m thinking its most likely Funnel Lake and nearby Rocky Bottom Lake, which both have nice size rainbows.  Last mile or two to funnel Lake is a real bumpy ride.

Baker Creek and Baker Lake is also nearby and both have nice rainbows.  You can drive to Baker Creek but it’s about a mile hike to Baker Lake (easy).

Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Sierraslam on February 03, 2015, 08:18:57 AM
I think you're right. Funnel Lake looks more likely looking at google earth.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 03, 2015, 10:22:15 AM
Most of the Coyote Flats road is near 10,000 feet with one route climbing over 11,000.  Visit to the remote Schober Mine is interesting but the final approach to Schober Mine is very steep and narrow but relatively smooth.  You will need to cross Coyote Creek several times.  You can camp on the edge of John Muir Wilderness and hike to secluded lakes just inside the wilderness boundary in Coyote Flats.  Enjoy great views of the Palisade Group and South Lake towards Bishop Pass at the plateau.  Good fishing at several lakes of the region.  Much of the route is somewhat easy although narrow and steep in places.  4-wheel drive recommended with skid plates are recommended for the last rocky mile nearing the hiking trail to Baker Lake into John Muir Wilderness and to Funnel Lake.  On the secondary roads, high clearance 4-wheel vehicles only.

Best to go with a group, because if you get stuck in one of the wet meadows, well good luck! ;D
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: TEX on February 03, 2015, 02:14:34 PM
Coyote is a great place. A local's place for the most part. I found out about it through a friend I worked with at the Van Nuys airport in the late 70's. We burnt a clutch in his 2wd Toyota p/u getting there. Never found a lake. I left the topo map back in my car somewhere on the switchbacks as the Pinto was out of power b/c of the altitude and to get past the switchbacks. We did turn around when we saw South Lake waaay down below. Went back into Bishop; got a fresh disk and replaced it somewhere along the Owens that night.
I've been to Rocky Bottom, Funnel and Thunder & Lighting prob 8x since the 80's that's where my ashes w/b spread by airplane. I have 2 people that will do it; just as a backup. It's that special to me. Yes good rainbows in R.B. and Funnel. Not many though. My son caught his 1st there.  Brookies in T&L abundant.  T&L you have to hike a short ways from the head of Baker Creek. 4wd is a must, not technical but some is a steep sandy slog; and some rocky/slow between the air field and Funnel as Hawk said. There used to be an airport and a hangar with a wood stove there put in place by the army to practice high altitude rescues some years ago, but they have tore/raked it all up... I haven't been there since 2008. Mid October; had a snow storm. 16* :cold: when we left and got out of there.  My friend Mark drove, I navigated in silence as he was focused to get us out the 20 miles back to town and it was getting dark and drifting. I'd just barked which direction as we came up to the forks... There is an abundence of camping at Funnel and along Baker Creek. All outside the wilderness.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 03, 2015, 04:54:13 PM
Tex, I see that Coyote has great importance and meaning to you.  You can still see where the airport was as you go by it on the way to Funnel Lake.  Nothing is left.  My favorite areas up there are Baker Lake for the variety of fish and it’s just beautiful there.  Second would be end of the road at Baker Creek, which makes a nice camp spot. There is fish in the Creek but there tiny.

Thunder & Lightening is a gorgeous rock bound lake, but why does such a high elevation lake have Brookies in it.  Should be goldens.  By the way, Thunder and Lightning Lake got its name from a packer named Halliday who got caught in a storm while planting fish in the lake during the 1920s.  Makes sense to see! :rain:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 04, 2015, 07:13:42 AM
For those who won’t or can’t hike, there are plenty of places you can drive too and drop a line in in Bishop Creek Canyon.  One of the better places I can think of is Intake 2, a fishing hot spot for many years. 




Intake 2

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Intake 2

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: TEX on February 04, 2015, 07:37:04 AM
Hawk, Could have been goldens. It was probably 1985 the last time I was there, sadly no iphone= pictures. Fishing was off the chain for about 3 hrs for me and my buddy just as a full moon appeared over the ridge, purely magical. Just remembered that the leading edge of their fins were white, definitely not a rainbow! Don't recall what the sides were like. I was excited that it was a different species. Content to be catching and placing them back.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 05, 2015, 07:12:39 AM
Another great drive-to lake is Sabrina lake.  Some large trout has come out of this lake!


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 06, 2015, 07:23:32 AM
Lake Sabrina Boat Landing.  After a day of fishing & hiking, this is one of my favorite places in the Sierra to relax and have your favorite drink as you watch the view from the patio.  They make their own pie, but my favorite is their homemade ice cream!  Yum!



Lake Sabrina Dam
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Cafe Patio
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Corey Baer on February 06, 2015, 01:17:31 PM
Sabrina 2012

Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Corey Baer on February 06, 2015, 01:18:15 PM
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 07, 2015, 09:10:55 AM
The lake levels look even lower then did it for 2014!  Hope we get some heavy snow this winter!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 09, 2015, 06:51:38 AM
Sabrina Basin Trailhead, gateway for many back-country lakes such as Blue, Emerald, Dingleberry, Donkey lakes plus many more beautiful lakes to enjoy.



Sabrina Basin Trailhead
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 09, 2015, 06:54:06 AM
Middle Fork of Bishop Creek near one of the weir flow control gates.  Plenty of fish seen here!


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 09, 2015, 06:55:40 AM
Another one of the Middle Fork of Bishop Creek


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Corey Baer on February 09, 2015, 07:52:44 AM
When Erik and I went in 2012 they only water at Sabrina was all the way at the back of the lake. We actually walked back there in the lake bed it was really strange.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 10, 2015, 06:47:48 AM
Another great drive-to destination in the Bishop Creek Canyon is North lake.  Good fishing here with many trails nearby.


North lake at the outlet
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 10, 2015, 06:49:55 AM
Another picture of North Lake.  North lake makes a good lake for fly fishing!


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 10, 2015, 06:52:09 AM
Creek out of North lake which is part of the North Fork of Bishop Creek, where the headwaters are way up at Piute Pass/Piute Lake.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 11, 2015, 07:04:07 AM
Piute Pass Trail & Lamarck Lakes Trailheads.  The parking for these trailheads is strangely about ½ mile down the road unless you’re camping at North lake Campground?


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 11, 2015, 07:06:29 AM
One trailhead takes you to the Lamarck Lakes and perhaps to Wonder Lakes, while the other takes you to Loch Leven & Piute Lake, plus if your backpacking, to the great Humphreys Basin for some great Golden Trout fishing.  A third trail takes you to Grass Lake, a nice easy hike that’s great for families.




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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 12, 2015, 06:32:19 AM
In Bishop Creek off of Hwy 168 is this display of a 54" redwood pipeline first used in 1908.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 12, 2015, 06:33:12 AM
54" Redwood Pipeline

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 12, 2015, 06:34:05 AM
One more look


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Corey Baer on February 12, 2015, 07:37:16 AM
My husband and I did the hike to the treasure lakes a couple of years ago. It was a Beautiful hike but I gotta say by the time we got to the lakes I thought I was going to die .It was the first time elevation ever got to me during a hike. I actually got vertigo on the 4th crossing and had to crawl across the bridge not to mention the headache from hell and then there is going back UP HILL ! I would do it again though ,next time I am going slower and stopping for breaks along the way, something we did not do the 1st time.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 12, 2015, 12:08:44 PM
Corey Baer, you really had it bad!  Worst hike to get elevation sickness with uphill climb out.  I agree that it’s a beautiful hike, highly recommend.


Worst one for me was maybe about ten years ago at one of my secret fishing spots, at about 10,000 feet elevation and only ½ mile from my truck.  Hit me bad, where I had trouble even standing.  Had my dog with me (Dylan) and had him pull me to my vehicle.  I must of looked like a drunk man walking his dog if anybody seen me!  I trained him to pull for his exercise and to pull my girls in their wagon and skate boards if you know what I mean.  He’s a big strong 85 lb. Golden Retriever and loves pulling anybody along.  Anyway he was my hero that day and for dinner he got a steak and a large meaty bone for desert!



Dylan, my little man
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 12, 2015, 12:15:09 PM
Update on Gracie.  She's doing great!  I don't think I've met a more loving dog such as this.  Such a excellent temperament.  I have taken her on a few local trails and is a great little hiker, just gets a little excited when somebody walks by.  Just a little more training needed.  Was about 8 lbs underweight when we got her and put maybe 5 lbs back on her.  She's looking great is suck a happy pup.


Gracie in our backyard ready for her training session!  Lets go Dad!
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 13, 2015, 06:53:02 AM
In Bishop Creek on Hwy 168 is a plaque of the Cardinal Gold Mine, probable the best know mine in the area.  You can see the mine from the road or you can hike to it to see it closer.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 13, 2015, 06:54:06 AM
Looking at the Cardinal Mine from Hwy 168


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 13, 2015, 06:57:12 AM
Next to the mine is the Cardinal Village Resort, which is nestled in an aspen grove at the edge of the tiny community of Aspendell. The Village was built at the turn of the century to serve the gold mine. After the mine closed the Cardinal Village began serving fishermen and their families. its really beautiful in fall here!


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 13, 2015, 06:59:21 AM
The Cardinal Gold Mine was worked on a large scale during the early 1900s and again from 1933 to 1938. It has an estimated total production of more than $1 million.  The mine shut down for good in 1938.


Cardinal Gold Mine 1938
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 13, 2015, 07:00:07 AM
Another photo of the Cardinal Gold Mine from 1938


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Corey Baer on February 13, 2015, 07:14:29 AM
We hiked up to the mine as well , so cool!  There is a really Beautiful waterfall up there. I remember Cardinal Village store ,its a great old store and there was this kid working there maybe 13 .I was so impressed with him he did it all ,worked the register ,was telling people where to go to hike all I could think was what a great place to grow up .
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 14, 2015, 07:38:10 AM
The short hike up to the mine is worth seeing.  Quite a bit of the ruins remain.  All the original buildings from the mining times have been converted into cabins and a store now known as the Cardinal Village Resort.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 14, 2015, 07:39:08 AM
Mine Adit


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 14, 2015, 07:42:32 AM
Looking down one of the mine shafts.  The deposits have been developed to a depth of 600 feet in this mine.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 14, 2015, 07:44:09 AM
As Corey Baer said, there is a beautiful waterfall nearby.  Local told me it’s called Goldmine falls.  Sounds good to me!  It can be quite spectacular during the spring thaw.  This was taken in the middle of August and still looking decent.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 16, 2015, 06:48:59 AM
Photos of Bishop Creek Canyon


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 16, 2015, 06:49:59 AM
Feeder Creek into Bishop Creek


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 17, 2015, 07:27:57 AM
Another Trailhead close to Parchers is the Tyee Lakes Trailhead.  Did not have time to take this trail this time but have been up there a few times.  The trail takes you up to Table Mountain as you hike by 5 back-country lakes, 4 in which have trout, with some pretty well sized.  I’ll report later this summer on this hike (and fish) when I return to this area.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 17, 2015, 07:29:45 AM
The bridge over Bishop Creek to Tyee Trail



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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: bj on February 17, 2015, 08:35:10 AM
Caught a rainbow out of the upper Tyee that was almost black.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Packer on February 17, 2015, 08:38:36 AM
BJ, That's one of those government planted stealth rainbow trout. Hope you threw it back....just saying.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: bj on February 17, 2015, 11:18:34 AM
Yeah it went back in.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 18, 2015, 07:21:38 AM
Lot of elevation of this hike, like about 2,000 feet if you’re going to #5 Tyee Lake.  The small pond visible down canyon is called Mud Lake.  This photo is from a few years ago.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 18, 2015, 07:23:46 AM
Many old abandoned mines in this area if you know where to look.  This one id near the Tyee Trailhead.



Mine Adit
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 18, 2015, 07:24:41 AM
Mine Adit
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 19, 2015, 06:56:33 AM
More photos of the mine.  Lot of quartz rock around so must have been a gold/silver mine.


(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/DSC03168_zpsvcsuqmia.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/DSC03168_zpsvcsuqmia.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 19, 2015, 06:58:04 AM
Inside one of the mine shafts.  Goes quite a ways into the mountain!


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 19, 2015, 07:00:00 AM
Whats left of a building, cabin?  Counted 3-4 building sites and a large dump site.


(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/DSC03184_zpsfglhik3f.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/DSC03184_zpsfglhik3f.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 20, 2015, 06:07:59 AM
Door to the mine


(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/DSC03188_zpsicqr3gdi.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/DSC03188_zpsicqr3gdi.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 20, 2015, 06:09:01 AM
How I found the mine in the first place, old road!



(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/DSC03187_zpsgzpormbp.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/DSC03187_zpsgzpormbp.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 20, 2015, 06:10:51 AM
Looking down at the road from the mine entrance.  You need to be part mountain goat to get up here! ;D


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 21, 2015, 07:03:17 AM
Next to Parchers is Rainbow Pack Outfit.  I would walk down there every morning before they took off with my coffee and say hi to the stock.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 21, 2015, 07:04:27 AM
Off they go to resupply some backpackers in the backcountry.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: vhbcinc on February 21, 2015, 07:43:18 PM
It amazes me that the mine work was done using the limited equipment that they had.

Thanks for the images and the history.

Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: John Harper on February 22, 2015, 07:35:44 AM
Like in "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"  they must have just followed a faint trail of gold/silver all the way up the hill to where they mined.  Thanks so much for sharing so much of this beautiful area with us!

John
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: P A C on February 22, 2015, 07:50:28 PM
Ditto to the two previous replies! 

You find (and share with us) some truly incredible gems of  ES history.  No pun intended.

Q -  so did the pack stock reply to your greetings each morning?  :-) 

Please keep posting your experiences.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 23, 2015, 06:58:30 AM
Even though I seen countless mines from the late 1800’s to the turn of the century, it still amazes me the effort and labor the miners put in to search for the elusive metal.  Always been a trill to me to discover an old mine, especially for the first time.  One missed step from this cliff mine location and you would have been toast!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 23, 2015, 07:00:44 AM

Q -  so did the pack stock reply to your greetings each morning?  :-) 

Please keep posting your experiences.


PAC, funny you mentioned that.  They would line up every morning to be caressed and scratched on the head.  Very friendly bunch.


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 24, 2015, 07:04:11 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon


(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Hawkins%20Album/JMC_7_2013/BishopPassSpearheadandLongLake_edited-1_zps5b52b0a0.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Hawkins%20Album/JMC_7_2013/BishopPassSpearheadandLongLake_edited-1_zps5b52b0a0.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 24, 2015, 07:05:57 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon near the pass


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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 25, 2015, 06:54:28 AM
Last photo for this thread.  Saved the best for last I beleave.  Thanks all who voted and I think it was a good choice too!  Thanks again! :clap: :clap: :clap:




Bishop Creek Canyon
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: TEX on February 25, 2015, 07:15:49 AM
Hawk. No, thank YOU very much
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: saudust on February 26, 2015, 05:35:57 AM
Ditto what TEX said.  I'm downloading pictures as fast as you put them up.  I may never see for myself all the magnificence, but I have something to spur me on to get there.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 26, 2015, 08:41:35 AM
I booked a week for this summer at Parchers, so maybe a part 2 coming soon if I do any good.  Hope to fish some new waters that I did not get a chance to last time.  Can't imagine being any better than last summer, but I'll try! :fishing3:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: bj on February 26, 2015, 10:52:44 AM
Cool stuff.... thanks!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Mcgee Dude on February 27, 2015, 08:24:47 AM
Man I Love your reports! Even though I don't post all the time, I'm always here reading them, so thank you!!

I'd love to find some old mines to do some scratching around in. I find myself prospecting just as much as I fish now a days, It's good fun!!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: charlie on February 27, 2015, 03:21:55 PM
As usual , thanks!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on February 28, 2015, 07:14:54 AM
Appreciate the comments everyone!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on September 23, 2016, 02:13:18 PM
Bumped this Topic up to see if there is any interest in a Part 2 Bishop Creek Canyon trip report as I went again last August and stayed again in Parchers Resort.  Went again to some of the best fishing lakes from last time but hit a few new lakes and streams recommended by Parchers.  Real quality fishing in Bishop Canyon with backcountry Trout up to 19”, all in hike-to backcountry lakes reachable on a day hike.  Also found a new mine in Bishop Canyon backcountry to visit and explore and the old trail that used to be part of the Bishop Pass Trail many years ago.

Going again this fall for a few days hoping to hit some beautiful fall colors.   If there no interest in Bishop Creek I’ll bury this adventure in my archives, so no worries.  But I’m having a blast up there!  Happy fishing and exploring everyone!!! 



Here is one of my favorite fishing lakes and with some of the largest Kamloop Rainbow Trout I’ve ever seen in a back-country lake.  Can you name this jaw dropping beautiful backcountry lake?




Bishop Creek Canyon Backcountry Lake

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: papow on September 23, 2016, 05:13:20 PM
I love all of your pictures and reports, they are so informative and make me realize that I should have forced myself to take advantage of the beauty of the eastern  sierra quite a few years ago. I vote for more inspiration from Bishop Canyon, but any and all pics and reports are completely read by me. Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences with us. :clap:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: P A C on September 23, 2016, 10:08:36 PM
Ditto.
More Please.
Can't get enough.
I am confident that many, many others feel the same yet not be able to post a response in a timely manner.
Please continue to share your wealth of knowledge, experiences and photos - not only of Bishop Creek/Canyon trip but any others that you feel you have the time to expend to post.

Thank you from all of us!
 :clap:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: RockToad on September 24, 2016, 07:28:56 AM
Ditto again!  Even though I will never fish there, I love seeing it's beauty.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Trev Dog on September 24, 2016, 08:43:26 AM
Ditto!!
Your pictures and reports are off the Chart. I look forward to reading about your adventures and seeing the fabulous pictures that you post on this forum!
How is Gracie doing and did she get up into the backcountry with you this year?
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Packer on September 24, 2016, 10:18:02 PM
Mount Darwin would be a good hint.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Still Mostly Spinning on September 26, 2016, 04:07:20 PM
Jack's is a great breakfast place, and I never passed it by until I tried the breakfast burrito at Mahogany Smoked Meats.  I could eat one every day.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Packer on September 26, 2016, 05:02:10 PM
Can I let ya know somewhere around 12am....(Midnight?)
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on September 27, 2016, 10:49:04 AM
Ditto!!
How is Gracie doing and did she get up into the backcountry with you this year?



I took Gracie out a couple of times this year.  Took her up in mid-February with one of our stops at the Snow Park (Rock Creek) and put her in her booties and we hiked up the road some.  First time in the snow and she had a blast!  This summer went to the Tioga Pass area and hiked to many lakes and vistas.  She is a great trail dog.



Gracie eating snow at the Snow Park (Rock Creek)  ;D

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on September 27, 2016, 10:51:30 AM
Went to a well-known drive-to lake that was frozen over in winter (Can you guess?).  She was playing catch with my daughter who’s out of the picture on the right throwing snowballs to her (she just ate them or tried too) ;D.  She can be a handful but she is all love.




Gracie at a frozen lake

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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on September 27, 2016, 10:54:25 AM
Can I let ya know somewhere around 12am....(Midnight?)


It does look very similar to Midnight, but Midnight has only Brookies in it and is in the wrong drainage.  I favorite in that drainage is the Hungry Packer!!!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on September 27, 2016, 10:57:28 AM
Mount Darwin would be a good hint.


Mount Darwin is in view of this lake but still some distance away.  There is a trail that skirts this mystery lake that is the shortcut into Evolution Basin and the John Muir Trail.  Very strenuous trail with lots of elevation gain, scree and cross country travel.  The pictured lake is near 11,000 ft. and the peaks seen are well over 13,000 ft.  Mount Darwin nearby sits at 13,831 ft. and is impossible to miss!


The Trail from the mystery lake to JMT
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Packer on September 27, 2016, 11:34:51 AM
Only went that way once. The trail picture gave it away for me. If no one else chimes in, I will later.

Ever do the other shortcut into Evolution? The Black notch above Echo lake. That one will make your huevos tingle for sure.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on September 28, 2016, 06:57:00 AM
Never have taken that shortcut.  I fished Echo Lake couple of times and recall catching nice sized Rainbows.  Took off from Moonlight Lake as there is an off-and-on use trails up to Echo Lake.  From there looking at the Black Notch looks like a class 3 climb. :hiking2:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 19, 2017, 06:10:39 PM
Just back from Mammoth Mountain and the snow is crazy high!  What an epic season for snow lovers.  Also visited Rock Creek which the road was open to the snow-park.  Get your Snow-Park permits as they will ticket you.  I cross-country skied past Rock Creek Lake to Mosquito Flats on a nice groomed trail.  It was the first time I’ve seen the Creek completely frozen over!  It was so beautiful!  It’s going to be awhile before anyone can fish the backcountry this season.  Can’t wait for this season to start and it should be beautiful with the snow on the mountains.

Back on topic, will be posting the latest on Bishop Creek Canyon (Part 2) soon.  Late as usual but should be well worth it as it was a great fishing trip.  It’s all backcountry fishing and some of the hikes were difficult but landed some nice large trout out of these pristine waters.  Got some nice photos to share and hope everyone enjoys them.  Hope to get everyone excited for the upcoming season!


Bishop Creek Canyon Part 2 coming soon………………………………………………….



Bishop Creek Canyon
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Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 21, 2017, 07:00:46 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7709_edited-1_zpscsxerqza.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7709_edited-1_zpscsxerqza.jpg.html)



Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2



As I mentioned last summer, I’d be coming back to Bishop Creek Canyon again the next summer.  Last time I only was able to spend 3 days there, but this time I had a whole week to discover the best fishing to be had in the Bishop Creek back-country.

Fishing was pretty good most places and at times outstanding.  Last time I went for numbers, this year I went for quality and size.  I still missed some great fishing holes that will have again to wait for this summer’s trip.  I will report back to this Board later for Bishop Creek Canyon (Part 3?) if any here are still interested.

Smitty of Parchers Resort was quite busy this time around working fixing/doing maintenance though-out the Resort, so didn’t get to talk to him much on any fishing tips, but did run into the co-owners of the resort (Judy & Steve Smith).  Did get the scoop on several good fishing lakes, but the best part of our conversation was of a hand drawled map made from an employee of Parchers from the 1920’s!  What surprised me was it had a different trail going up to Bishop Pass!  The old road/trail went first to a mine, then up to the pass.  Well I found this old trail that has not been used over 50-70 + years and found what’s left of the mine.  I love these discoveries!


Parchers Resort

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5069_edited-1_zpskpwhctvs.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5069_edited-1_zpskpwhctvs.jpg.html)

Anyway, the following lakes and streams were highly recommended by the Smiths for the best fishing and size in Bishop Creek Canyon backcountry:



To be continued……………………………………………………………………………….
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 21, 2017, 07:03:19 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2

I started my trip like last time with a stop in Bishop at “Jack Waffle Shop” for a delicious and filling breakfast.  Once filled up, drove up 168 towards South Lake to Parchers Resort.  Got there early but they were kind enough to let me check-in.  From there I headed up to the Bishop Pass Trailhead.  I was feeling pretty good so I took a hike up the trail that same day. 


Parchers Resort
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Next up I head to “Long Lake”.
 To be continued………………………………………………………………………
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 21, 2017, 07:07:03 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2

The trek up to Long Lake is absolutely beautiful.  The Sierra landscape in this region is just amazing.  This is a well-travelled trail and I was far from alone but most were backpackers heading for Bishop Pass and beyond.  This is the most popular backcountry lake in Bishop Pass Canyon according to the Smiths.  The 2.5 miles of hiking to Long Lake only took me about 1 hour, but your time can very.

Long Lake
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Long Lake
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Long Lake is an absolutely incredible High Sierra paradise.  It has a small island on its northern end, great views of Mount Goode and Hurd Peak, and excellent fishing opportunities with three species in this high Sierra Lake.  And fishing is what I came for!

Brookies
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Rainbows
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Even though this is the most popular lake in the Bishop Pass area, the fishing pressure is never much as far as I seen.  I catch equal numbers of Brookies to Rainbows, with a Brown or two most outings.  Dry flies work best for Brookies and Rainbow trout and lures and streamers in deep water for Browns at Long Lake.

Long Lake Brown
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Next up is Ruwau Lake
To be continued………………………………………..
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 22, 2017, 06:34:46 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2


Ruwau Trailhead
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Ruwau Lake is a 6 miles roundtrip with a 1250 Vertical Ft.  The trailhead to Ruwau Lake is about 2/3 past Long Lake on your left on the Bishop Pass Trail.  There are some excellent panorama views of Long Lake from this trail.  I have only caught Brookies out of Ruwau Lake during the last three years visiting Bishop Creek Canyon.  CDFW shows Rainbows should be in there too but had not seen any in some years.


Panorama Views of Long Lake
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What’s nice about the fishing at Ruwau Lake is the Brookies are larger than normal (up to 12”) and not normally stunted as you find in many Brookie Lakes.  If you’re looking for a fish dinner for later, this is the lake I would chose to keep a few for later.



Ruwau Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5421_edited-1_zpsdn7y9u6h.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5421_edited-1_zpsdn7y9u6h.jpg.html)


Ruwau Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7764_edited-1_zpsk96swxyb.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7764_edited-1_zpsk96swxyb.jpg.html)


Ruwau Lake

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7767_edited-1_zps0wmc11fl.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7767_edited-1_zps0wmc11fl.jpg.html)


Fishing is excellent here and plentiful with double figures almost guaranteed.  I caught fish just about everywhere at this lake, but if you’re having problems try near the island or near the outlet for best results.  Dry flies or trout jigs works good here.


Brookie
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7756_edited-1_zpsy94soj2l.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7756_edited-1_zpsy94soj2l.jpg.html)


Brookie

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/DSC07749_zps0dtdjcf0.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/DSC07749_zps0dtdjcf0.jpg.html)


Brookie

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/DSC08437_zpsqndio48g.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/DSC08437_zpsqndio48g.jpg.html)




Next up is Treasure Lakes
To be continued………………………………………………………………….
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: P A C on March 22, 2017, 08:57:38 AM
Hello WSH!

Thank you for the latest TR in your vast library.   :clap:

I, and very likely along with many others, have been waiting with much anticipation.

As always, the prose is captivating and the photos are incredible.  The last image of the Brookie in Fall Spawning colors is spectacular and a classic representation of that seasonal transition. 

Looking forward to more chapters on this one as well as additional new TRs as your schedule permits.  Please keep them coming!

All the best, P A C
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 22, 2017, 12:59:41 PM
Thanks PAC!  That last Brookie was my biggest and most colorful of the day.  Good fighter too.  And it did make it back into the lake…. :fishing3:
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 23, 2017, 06:47:55 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2


Treasure Lakes Turnoff

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5188_edited-1_zpserwcvzxk.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5188_edited-1_zpserwcvzxk.jpg.html)


The Smiths love these lakes.  They love the history of how The Parchers son planted the first Golden Trout in these lakes way back in the 1920’s.  Locals with dogs seem to really like this hike too.  If you want to catch a Sierra Slam, this is where I would start.  I recommend giving yourself a day or two to acclimate before hiking into Treasure Lakes.  The 5.7 mile (Roundtrip) hike is an up and down hike that tough on fresh legs.  The Treasure Lakes were an easy bet for a few Golden hybrids on this chilly morning.


#1 Treasure Lakes

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5207_edited-1_zpsp7olswdu.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5207_edited-1_zpsp7olswdu.jpg.html)


#1 Treasure Lakes
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5218_edited-1_zpskgtgdteo.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5218_edited-1_zpskgtgdteo.jpg.html)


Weather was great with a light breeze.  Views of the lakes when you first come up to them are just beautiful.  Fishing was even better using a tan EC Caddis.  The Golden Hybrids were plentiful in Lakes #1 & 2 up to about 10”.  The Golden Hybrids tend to be larger in Lake 1, so that’s where I fished mostly.


#2 Treasure Lake

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5209_edited-1_zpshmt3wd7h.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5209_edited-1_zpshmt3wd7h.jpg.html)


Golden Hybrid #2 Treasure Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5212_edited-1_zpsttj9jhbz.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5212_edited-1_zpsttj9jhbz.jpg.html)


Golden Hybrid #1 Treasure Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5222_edited-1_zpsdhx0kuov.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5222_edited-1_zpsdhx0kuov.jpg.html)


Golden Hybrid #1 Treasure Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5220_edited-1_zps3rk5m3z9.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5220_edited-1_zps3rk5m3z9.jpg.html)


If you are ambitious and want to climb to the 3rd, 4th and 5th Treasure Lakes, follow the trail that runs between 1st and 2nd Treasure Lakes until it fizzles out in the back of the lakes.  Hike up the draw that the creek runs in.  Follow the creek uphill until it can no longer be easily followed and then head over to the right.  There are no fish in these lakes but it is the most scenic up there of all the Treasure Lakes.





Next up I hike up to Green Lake
To be continued……………………………………………………………..
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 24, 2017, 06:50:19 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2


Green Lake



Trail Sign to Green Lake

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7800_edited-1_zpsyvkso2of.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7800_edited-1_zpsyvkso2of.jpg.html)


I recommend taking Green Lake hike via the Pipeline.  It’s about 5 mile roundtrip hike over the pipeline route to Green Lake.  It’s easier to hike the pipeline route unless you have balance problems, if so you should take the regular trail.  This hike starts in the upper end of the main parking lot at South Lake.  Enter the trail at the gate and hike down the trail about 100 yards, looking to the right to spot the pipeline.  Walk to the pipeline, climb aboard and start following it up the canyon wall.


Pipeline
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7805_edited-1_zpsoikzjxuk.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7805_edited-1_zpsoikzjxuk.jpg.html)


Pipeline

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7803_edited-1_zpsv96moc0g.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7803_edited-1_zpsv96moc0g.jpg.html)


After about 1 mile, the pipeline ends and joins the trail to Green Lake.  Nice canyon views from the trail at this point.  You pass Bluff Lake at 1.3 miles (Rainbows to 10”) and Brown Lake at 2 miles (Rainbows to 12”) before you arrives at Green Lake at 2.5 miles.


Bluff Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5238_edited-1_zpsognmocrp.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5238_edited-1_zpsognmocrp.jpg.html)


Brown Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5246-1_edited-1_zpswnmfdawk.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5246-1_edited-1_zpswnmfdawk.jpg.html)


Looking back to Brown Lake

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/DSC07819_zps1fdnfccz.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/DSC07819_zps1fdnfccz.jpg.html)




Green Lake to continue………………………………………………
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 24, 2017, 06:53:34 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2


Green Lake


Highly recommended by the Smiths (and me!), Green Lake is a fishermen dream.  Rainbows up to 18” with some fish well over 2 lbs.  Trout jigs and flies worked well for me.  When the wind picked up later a large streamer with a split shot or two to get it down about 15-20 feet did the trick.  These are great fighting Rainbows as they will jump several times out of the water as you try to bring them in.  Don’t miss this gem!


Green Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7822_edited-1_zpsmw5nl0bw.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/7822_edited-1_zpsmw5nl0bw.jpg.html)


Green Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5252-1_edited-1_zpskegedgut.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5252-1_edited-1_zpskegedgut.jpg.html)


Rainbow
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5256-1_edited-1_zpsbrscvttu.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5256-1_edited-1_zpsbrscvttu.jpg.html)


Rainbow

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5254-1_edited-2_zpsd5db9dv0.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Bishoop%20Creek%20Canyon%20P2/5254-1_edited-2_zpsd5db9dv0.jpg.html)



Next up is Margaret Lake

To be continued…………………………………………………………………
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 25, 2017, 06:45:55 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2

Margaret Lake


The first time I discovered Margaret Lake was when I hiked to Treasure Lakes 3, 4 and 5 and hiked cross-country over the saddle to get over to the Bishop Pass Trail.  The Smiths recommend this lake because it has some fat Brookies in it.  It’s a small lake so they don’t get much over 12”, but you won’t find any stunted here.


Spearhead Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/BCC5373_edited-1_zpsvplmci5u.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/BCC5373_edited-1_zpsvplmci5u.jpg.html)


Pond before Margaret Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/5375_edited-1_zpsfnl5yuij.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/5375_edited-1_zpsfnl5yuij.jpg.html)


There is no maintained trail to Margaret Lake.  To get to Margaret Lake, take the Bishop Pass Trail to Spearhead Lake and cross the creek between Long Lake and Spearhead Lake.  Just keep in mind on a draught year its easy crossing, this year maybe not possible until late season.  From Spearhead lake, head due east up the notch hiking cross-country for about a mile until you reach the lake basin.  This hike is about an 8 mile roundtrip hike.  Good ideal to have a topo map of the area with you for this hike.


Margaret Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/5379_edited-1_zpsudiivya5.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/5379_edited-1_zpsudiivya5.jpg.html)


Margaret Lake Brookies love dry Flies!  The fish hang out where the lake drops off about 20 feet out, so this makes an excellent fly fishing lake.


Brookie
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/DSC05381_zps8ogubnuy.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/DSC05381_zps8ogubnuy.jpg.html)


Brookie

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/5385_edited-1_zpsdxgp2enp.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Margaret%20Lake/5385_edited-1_zpsdxgp2enp.jpg.html)



Next up is Tyee Lakes

To be continued…………………………………………………………
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 27, 2017, 06:59:11 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2


Tyee Lakes


Tyee Lakes Trailhead
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5294_edited-1_zpsxulqazbr.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5294_edited-1_zpsxulqazbr.jpg.html)


Tyee Lakes boost 6 lakes with a steep 2000 vertical feet climb to Lake #5.  So yes, this is a tough hike, and very steep!  This trail is far less traveled than the other trailheads in the canyon that takes you to pristine backcountry lakes.  This trail also goes all the way through to Lake Sabrina if you choose.


If you’re wondering why some of the photos are hazy, it was due to large fire out of control in Yosemite.  The amount of smoke depended on what way the wind was blowing and the Tyee hike was one of the worst days from this trip.


Wooden Bridge over South Fork of Bishop Creek
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5295_edited-1_zpsiztfohq8.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5295_edited-1_zpsiztfohq8.jpg.html)


Tyee Lake Trail

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5300_edited-1_zpslalnwf2z.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5300_edited-1_zpslalnwf2z.jpg.html)


Tyee lakes trail is a series of switchbacks that weaves through the forest.  The first lake at 1.4 miles is a welcome sight with ample small Brook trout to wet your line if you choose to do so.


#1 Tyee Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5305_edited-1_zpsjpee9fod.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5305_edited-1_zpsjpee9fod.jpg.html)


2nd Tyee Lake is about another ½ mile up a steep trail.  2nd Tyee Lake is a shallow grassy lake full of small Brookies.


2nd Tyee Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5311_edited-1_zpswwhtxxz0.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5311_edited-1_zpswwhtxxz0.jpg.html)


3rd Tyee Lake is on your left from the trail tucked in under the mountain a short distance away.


3rd Tyee Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5356_edited-1_zps43rksftd.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5356_edited-1_zps43rksftd.jpg.html)




Tyee Lakes to be continued………………………………………………………………………………..
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 27, 2017, 07:06:48 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2


Tyee Lakes



Another steep set of switchbacks brings you to 4th Tyee Lake.  Spectacular views and great fishing can be had here.  I found equal numbers of Brookies and Rainbows at #4 Tyee Lake.


4th Tyee Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5315_edited-1_zpss9nfdkhb.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5315_edited-1_zpss9nfdkhb.jpg.html)


#4 Tyee Lake Brookie
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5352_edited-1_zpsoi1usxoh.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5352_edited-1_zpsoi1usxoh.jpg.html)


#4 Tyee Lake Rainbow
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5350_edited-1_zpsif1etll8.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5350_edited-1_zpsif1etll8.jpg.html)


To get to the 5th Tyee Lake, hike around south side of #4 Tyee Lake as it ascends through the rocky landscape.  It’s a short but steep hike to up to 5th Tyee Lake.  This is a great fishing lake and very scenic. 


5th Tyee Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/DSC05319_zpswfy3hgnl.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/DSC05319_zpswfy3hgnl.jpg.html)


5th Tyee Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5341_edited-1_zpsqhjvauwh.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5341_edited-1_zpsqhjvauwh.jpg.html)


This was my target lake for this hike and highly recommended by the Smiths.  Rainbows up to 16” if you can make it up to this lake.  I was exhausted but happy as I landed and released about 25-30 Rainbows during my short stay here.  Again dry flies were highly successful with these aggressive acrobatic Rainbows.


Rainbows
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5328_edited-1_zps57bm2xxk.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5328_edited-1_zps57bm2xxk.jpg.html)


Rainbows
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5331_edited-1_zps5naysmqs.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5331_edited-1_zps5naysmqs.jpg.html)


Rainbows
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By the way, there is a 6th Tyee Lake but I did not fish it on this trip.  There is no trail to it.  To find it, follow northeast shore of 5th Tyee Lake until you come to the inlet. You need to scramble up the rocks following the creek and you will find 6th Tyee Lake.  6th Tyee Lake has Rainbows in the 10-12” range.  Great views from Table Mountain from here.



Like I mentioned before, this is a loop trail that can go all the way to Lake Sabrina, passing the two George Lakes on the way.  If you take it, turn right at the junction at Lake Sabrina.  It will be another 1.2 miles to the Lake Sabrina Trailhead from the junction. 




Next up is Lamarck Lakes

To be continued………………………………………………………………….
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: bj on March 27, 2017, 02:59:03 PM
Great report. My one trip to Tyee 5 several years ago, I caught a rainbow that was almost black. Seems someone posted a comment about it but can't remember for sure.
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 28, 2017, 06:44:51 AM
There were some interesting looking Rainbows out of Tyee #5.  Supposedly their diet dictates their color in this high country lake, so what they eat makes a big difference.  That being said, check some more of my catches that same day:



Dark colored Rainbow Trout
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5324_1edited-1_zpshh1fjfcv.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5324_1edited-1_zpshh1fjfcv.jpg.html)


This Rainbow Trout looked almost like a Brown Trout but wrong colored dots
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5334_edited-1_zps4yrhogov.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5334_edited-1_zps4yrhogov.jpg.html)


Par marks on this Rainbow Trout which is similar to a Golden Trout
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5336_edited-1_zpselcw5ejh.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5336_edited-1_zpselcw5ejh.jpg.html)


Normal Looking Kamloop Rainbow Trout other than being a fatty!
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5328_edited-1_zps57bm2xxk.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Tyee%20Lakes/5328_edited-1_zps57bm2xxk.jpg.html)






Next up is Lamarck Lakes

To be continued………………………………………………………………….
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 29, 2017, 07:02:35 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2

Lamarck Lakes



To get to the Lamarck Lake Trailhead, head to North Lake and park in the North Lake-Piute Pass Trailhead parking lot.  Start your hike here by walking back down the road you came in on until it reaches the road to the campground. Turn to the right and walk into the campground.  The trail begins to the right of the restrooms.


Trailhead Sign
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Trailhead

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Much of the foot traffic along the trail is to Lower Lamarck Lake, Wonder Lakes and most likely to the summit of Lamarck Col, a shortcut to Darwin bench and Evolution Valley.

Lamarck Lakes Trail passes by the Grass Lake trail junction during many of the rocky switchbacks on this hike.  You have to watch carefully as the trail junctions are easy to miss.


Grass Lake Junction
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Grass Lake

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7902_edited-1_zpsp2hnwwet.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7902_edited-1_zpsp2hnwwet.jpg.html)


You soon reach Lower Lamarck Lake, a beautiful lake in a gorgeous backcountry setting.  Lower Lamarck Lake holds only small Brook Trout.


Lower Lamarck Lake
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Brook Trout
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7947_edited-1_zpslpydkhq9.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7947_edited-1_zpslpydkhq9.jpg.html)


Small Brook Trout
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7945_edited-1_zpso5kw09bv.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7945_edited-1_zpso5kw09bv.jpg.html)


Looking Back at Lower Lamarck Lake

(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7939_1edited-1_zpsnyclaqnx.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7939_1edited-1_zpsnyclaqnx.jpg.html)


The trail crosses the outlet of Lower Lamarck Lake as I make my way up the trail to Upper Lamarck Lake.  I follow the inlet as it cascades along the stream to a trail junction.  Signage is poor here so go right for Upper Lamarck Lake or left for Lamarck Col. (I go right).  Follow the narrow trail as it winds its way to Upper Lamarck Lake.




Lamarck Lakes to continue…………………………………………………
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: wshawkins on March 29, 2017, 07:09:37 AM
Bishop Creek Canyon - Part 2

Lamarck Lakes



Outlet Creek
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7936_edited-1_zpskpw689cg.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7936_edited-1_zpskpw689cg.jpg.html)


Upper Lamarck Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7934_edited-1_zpsvbpozaxt.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7934_edited-1_zpsvbpozaxt.jpg.html)


Upper Lamarck Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7910_edited-1_zps3hlu2ipb.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7910_edited-1_zps3hlu2ipb.jpg.html)


The first views of this lake are breathtaking.  The trail end here at the lakes outlet.  Upper Lamarck Lake is a good sized backcountry lake at 40 acres.  The lake is crystal clear and deep blue in color and holds a mix of Brookies and Rainbow Trout.  The trout tend to grow larger as well in this lake.


Brooke Trout
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/DSC07914_zpsupbkkxls.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/DSC07914_zpsupbkkxls.jpg.html)


Brooke Trout
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7918_edited-1_zps6fudbfr3.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7918_edited-1_zps6fudbfr3.jpg.html)


Rainbow Trout
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7928_edited-1_zpsr54lxy2t.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7928_edited-1_zpsr54lxy2t.jpg.html)


Rainbow Trout


(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/DSC07921_zpsxmtmmf7v.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/DSC07921_zpsxmtmmf7v.jpg.html)

Fishing was very good here with catches in the double figures and very nice sized.  Fishing was best with wet flies and sight casting from large boulders as it was windy.  The wind picked up some more and Wooly Bugger with a trailing nymph worked out great.  Also going deep was very effective.

Upper Lamarck Lake is a backcountry gem!  Caught some my largest trout’s out of Upper Lamarck Lake during this trip.  But it’s a tough climb.  Like working out on a stair stepper, this hike never gave you a break!  And it was cold with the wind blowing but that’s typical here. 


Pond
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Passing by a Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7948_edited-1_zpsjakpg7df.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7948_edited-1_zpsjakpg7df.jpg.html)


North Lake
(http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy115/wshawkins/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7953_edited-1_zps2rafxrdh.jpg) (http://s783.photobucket.com/user/wshawkins/media/Trip%20Reports/Bishop%20Creek%20Canyon/Lamarck%20Lakes/7953_edited-1_zps2rafxrdh.jpg.html)



Next time up to Bishop Creek Canyon I’m heading to Piute Pass for the special Brown Trout at Loch Leven Lake and Rainbows at Piute Lake.  I’m always in a hurry to get to Humphreys Basin so have not spent much time at these two lakes.  There are also some nice Rainbow lakes out of the Lake Sabrina Trailhead that I’ll leave nameless for now.

That’s all I have from this trip.  Hope you enjoyed my backcountry adventure into some great fishing lakes in Bishop Creek Canyon. :fishing3:



Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: saudust on April 01, 2017, 04:17:51 AM
Enjoyed it as always, wshawkins!  Your coverage of the lakes, trails and fish pics are inspiring and much appreciated.  Sets my mind to wandering for sure.  Thank you!
Title: Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
Post by: Corey Baer on April 05, 2017, 07:22:53 AM
My husband and I hiked to Grass lake last summer , its a really Beautiful hike  :hiking2:  We didn't stay long ... I have never seen such large swarms of Mosquitos  :o They chased us out . I can't even imagine what they will be like this year . The few people we saw fishing had full netting on .