Fishing Report for September 9, 2014

This week the fishing was without doubt above average at the lake. A dozen or more 3 pound plus fish were caught throughout the week. The weather was beautiful and the fishing was great. The guys down at the marina give me some excellent info on the conditions. First, the deeper water is cooler off the outlet/marina side of the lake compared to the inlet. There is about a 4 degree difference. Second, the large fish seem to be holding at a depth of around 60 feet off the shelves. If you are trolling the shelf off the Jetty and Hangman’s Tree be prepared for a grab once you make the turn and your lures drops. This is with about 6-7 colors (60-70 feet of lead core line).  

Catch of the Week:  Jay Clements from Anaheim, CA hooked a 4 pound toad which resulted in the “catch of the week”. Jay was using Gulp Powerbait and he was fishing the South Shore. Congratulations Jay on a great catch!     

Jay Clements


Other notable catches this week:  Tony Phan from Richmond, CA with a fat 3 pound 12 ounce rainbow. Tony was using rainbow Powerbait and he was fishing the North Shore.

Tony Phan

  • John Patino from Pico Rivera, CA landed a beautiful 3 pound 5 ounce rainbow. John was using garlic Powerbait and was fishing along the South Shore.
  • Dave Cavalli from Santa Barbara, CA caught a 3 pound and 2 ounce rainbow. He was using  a worms and was fishing at Shale Beach. 
  • The Ramirez Family from Mission Viejo, CA with a three nice rainbows (3 pounds, 2 pounds 8 ounces & 2 pounds 4 ounces). They was using garlic Powerbait and were fishing at the South Shore.
  • The Ramirez Family

  • Dawn Flanagan from Laguna Hills, CA with a stout 3 pound 6 ounce rainbow. Dawn was using a garlic Powerbait and she was fishing the South Shore. 

Dawn Flanagan

Tactics/Bait: Last week was sunny with no real cloud cover. Brighter lures were working the best last week. Roostertails and Tasmanian Devils were doing well at the lake. The top colors for the Tasmanian Devils were Black Thunder, Red/Gold and Bloody Frog.

Looking for more information on color selection. This article was not written with the Eastern Sierra solely in mind but there is definitely some good info that applies to the area. Check out this article: Exploding The Myths With Some Truths About Lure Color, by Greg Vinall.

A lot of different colors of Powerbait were working especially anything with garlic.The most successful Powerbait colors were yellow, green and rainbow.  Don’t forget about the old reliable inflated nightcrawler. The side of the lake near the Outlet seem to be fishing very well this week. The South Shore was the hot spot. Other locations fishing well were Inlet, Hangman’s Tree, Jetty, South and North Shore. .

Here is a list of other baits/lures that can be productive: Sierra Slammers, Tasmanian Devil, Green or brown Marvel Fly Lures, Trout Teasers, Panther Martin, NeedleFish, Rooster Tails, and Bite-on Fury Shad or Lip Ripperz Hatchery Dust on Powerbait.

Here is a list of recommended flies: Dry Flies: Adams, Female Adams, Cutter’s Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Black/Red Ants, Sierra Bright Dot, Royal Coachman and Hoppers.

Streamers: Wooly Bugger (black, brown, olive, or green), Mutuka (black, brown, olive, or green), Hornberg, and Muddler Minnows.
Wet Flies(Nymphs): Prince Nymph, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear, Zebra Midge (red and black), Copper John (red and copper) and San Juan Worm (brown or red).

Other Resources: View our Convict Lake Fishing Map and Fishing Rig Suggestion brochures. Both brochures are available in the General Store.

Derby News: NOW RUNNING!! Our fall derby series Ambush at the Lake started on September 1st and will run until November 15th. Come join us for a chance to win $6,000 in Resort Prizes! Also mark your calendars for the Morrison’s Bonus Cash Weekend on Oct. 31 – Nov. 2. $2000 in cash prizes.   

WeatherHighs are going to be in the low 70’s and the lows in the mid 40’s. The forecast is for mostly sunny throughout the beginning of next week. Here is the National Weather Service link that is usually quite accurate:   7-Day Forecast Convict Lake.

Sunrise – Sunset: Sunrise this week 6:30am – 6:35am and Sunset 7:19pm – 7:10pm.

Stocking: We have scheduled to plant 400 pounds of trophy trout at the lake on September 16th.


About Convict Lake Resort

Convict Lake Resort, gateway to the Eastern Sierra, is a unique family friendly destination nestled in the aspens of Convict Canyon, below the towering peaks of Mt. Morrison and adjacent to a 170 acre crystal clear lake. The resort is rich in history and is located 10 minutes from the town center of Mammoth Lakes, CA. Convict Lake Resort provides the perfect setting for a fishing trip, romantic getaway, wedding or reception, family vacation, any special occasion, or base camp for your favorite Eastern Sierra adventure. The resort has 28 cozy cabins and 3 luxury lodges that will accommodate from 2 to 34 people. Convict Lake is one of the most popular fishing "holes" in the Eastern Sierra. The pristine lake is 168 acres and situated in a bowl at 7,850 feet that was developed by a moraine dam created from retreating glaciers and ringed with towering mountain peaks.  The lake is stocked weekly by the Department of Fish & Game.  The resort also provides supplemental stocking of Alper's rainbow trout throughout the season. Convict Lake Resort has a marina with boat rentals and launching facilities, fishing poles for rent and licenses at our general store. Join the fun of a spring and fall fishing derby and stay updated with weekly fishing reports. The Restaurant at Convict Lake is a magical destination for all seasons with a casually elegant atmosphere, a menu featuring eclectic continental cuisine, award winning wine list and martini bar. Evening dining is available year round, catering on and off-premise, gourmet pizza in The Lounge starting fishing opener weekend, lunch and Sunday brunch under the aspens from mid-June to Labor Day Weekend. Convict Lake is a majestic place to hold a mountain wedding, outdoor ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner during any season. Some of our weddings have been featured on Style Me Pretty-Ultimate Wedding Blog and
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