Fishing Hot Spots
The north fork of the Bishop Creek road
leads to an alpine wonderland ... a splendid setting with magnificent fishing and photo opportunities, food
services and accommodations. The north fork of the Bishop Creek Canyon is particularly beautiful in the fall, with
its aspen-lined slopes ablaze with gold, orange and red hues of autumn.
The highest lake to which you can drive, North
Lake feels like the back-country. While the lake is the smallest of the three in Bishop Creek Canyon, it doesn't
fall short of natural beauty or great trout fishing.
At 10,000 feet, South Lake not only presents a breathtaking scene, it’s also loaded with trout. The road to
the lake is lined with pine, aspen and cottonwood and meanders along beautiful Bishop Creek. There are
campgrounds, boat rentals, food service and lodging accommodations available. South Lake is also popular with
hikers, backpackers and horsepackers, with the trailhead for Bishop Pass leading to hundreds of high-mountain lakes
in the John Muir wilderness.
This is trout country ... cold, clear creeks dancing down mountain canyons and gem-like alpine lakes are home to
fighting rainbows, brown, brook and golden trout. Cast a fly or lure, bait a hook and get ready for some of the
finest fishing in the West.
The Bishop area is renowned for its trout fishery. Whether it's the challenge of the catch-and-release
wild trout section of the Owens River or lazily casting your line into a sparkling lake, the chance of catching a
big one is always there. The Owens River is open year round for fishing from Pleasant Valley Reservoir
BIG PINE CANYON & PALISADE GLACIERS
spectacular scenery and unique features, Big Pine Canyon is a favorite of campers, hikers, climbers, fisherman and
sightseers alike. This glacier carved canyon is narrow and dramatic and boasts hiking trails, high peaks and
numerous lakes and streams.
First Lake, Second Lake and Third Lake in Big Pine Canyon are fed directly by the world's southern most
glacier. These ice age remnants, the largest of which is known as the Palisade Glacier, span more than two miles
and hundreds of feet thick. The runoff, known as glacial powder, carried down from the grinding and melting
glacier, causes the water in the lakes to take on a milky turquoise color.
Half a mile above Third Lake is a trail that will lead you to Palisade Glacier. After switch backs through
grassy benches, a trip through Sam Mack Meadow and a little boulder hopping through an obscure part of the trail,
you can wander along the lower portion of the rolling glacier.
You can hook up on South Fork Trail that climbs beneath the jagged peaks of the Palisade Crest and
provides access to the Middle Palisade Glacier. This trail houses a few remaining Limber Pines and shows the steep
slopes below Willow Lake.
Fishing enthusiasts will find Rainbow trout in most of the lakes with the higher lakes containing Golden
trout. The shallow streams along the trails, abundant with Brown trout, give way to some of the best fly fishing in
The few lakes in the South Fork of Big Pine Canyon contain both Brook and Golden trout. Lake Brainard and
Eleanor are favorites of those seeking to catch the prized Golden.
The North Fork Trail carries access to Big Pine Lakes and Palisade Crest. Palisade Crest is some 14,000
feet and is a favorite for Alpine climbing in California. You'll find trails that zig-zag through trails of sage,
manzanita and Jeffery pine before reaching the 2nd falls and following the creek to its headwaters. Hikers will
find a cabin built by movie actor Lon Chaney and walk through a forest of lodgepole pine.
To access the Big Pine Canyon recreation area from Highway 395, turn west on Crocker Street in Big Pine
and follow nine miles up canyon to the road's end. Trailhead, day use and overnight parking are clearly