It’s a great time of year for fishing and viewing the fall colors. The fishing has stayed hot and I’m sure it will continue as another big fish stocking is scheduled for Tuesday, September 30th. As for the colors they are starting to turn and should be in full effect within a few weeks.
ANOTHER BIG FISH STOCKING ALERT: The Convict Lake Resort will be stocking the lake with 400 pounds of trophy trout on September 30th.
Next week would be a good time to join the derby. It runs from September 1st to the end of the 2014 fishing season, November 15. We will be giving away $6,000 in Resort Prizes! Enter the derby and catch a fish 14 inches or longer to be eligible to win one of sixty resort prizes. Come join the fun!
Catch of the Week: Congratulations to Dwayne Bell from Lancaster, CA with an excellent fish pulled from Convict Lake at Hangman’s Tree. He was using a nightcrawler when he scored this stout 5 pound 1 ounce rainbow. Great job Dwayne!
Other notable catches this week: Peter Sessoyeff from Redwood, CA with a limit stringer. The stringer’s largest fish was a 4 pound 1 ounce rainbow. Peter was using Silver Needlefish and he was trolling near Hangman’s Tree.
To see more fish photos visit our 2014 Fishing Gallery.
- Kim Koreyasu from Torrance, CA hooked a nice fish while fishing at the South Shore. Kim was using a nightcrawler when she landed a 3 pound 10 ounce rainbow.
- Marc Alvarez from Bakerfield, CA landed a 3 pound and 9 ounce rainbow. He was using a Thomas Bouyant and was fishing at the South Shore.
- Mike Malick from Temcula, CA caught a quality 3 pound 13 ounce rainbow. He was using a Roostertail and was fishing at the Inlet.
- Dave and Ryan Cavalli from Santa Barbara, CA with two full stringers. The stringer’s largest fish was a 3 pound 10 ounce rainbow caught by Ryan. The second largest from the stringers was a 2 pound 14 ounce rainbow caught by Dave. They was using nightcrawlers and they were fishing along the North Shore.
Congrats to Margo Orellana for hooking two toads and they were her personal bests. They weighed 3 pounds 2 ounces and 3 pounds 6 ounces. She caught them on a chartruese Power Worm at the Inlet. Mark Zirges with a 3 1/2 pounder which qualified him in the derby raffle. They caught and released about 30 fish in two days, and kept 5 for the barbecue. Great fishing!
Tactics/Bait: The lures of choice this week were Thomas Bouyants, Roostertails and Needlefish. Gold/red and silver were the hot colors on the lures. Mice Tails and Power Worms were also knocking them dead all week. For trolling use a rainbow Rapala, Needlefish,Tasmanian Devils or Marvel Fly Lures. The most successful Powerbait color was Rainbow. Any Powerbait with garlic continued to be deathly. Using a garlic dip can also increase the number and size on the fish you catch. All along the North Shore and Inlet were the hottest spots this week. Other locations fishing well were the South Shore and Hangman Tree location. DFG is scheduled to stock the creek early next week. At the creek give salmon eggs a shot.
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.
Weather: The forecast for the beginning of next week will start with chance of showers and by Monday it is forecasted to be mostly sunny. Temps will be dropping but by Tuesday they will start to warm up again. Highs are going to be in the low-50’s and the lows in the high-30’s. By Tuesday the highs will be back up in the low-60 The weather is away changing day to day in the high country. Make sure to visit the National Weather Service link which is usually accurate: 7-Day Forecast Convict Lake.
Sunrise – Sunset: Sunrise this week 6:48am – 6:53am and Sunset 6:47pm – 6:38pm.
Stocking: The Convict Lake Resort will stock the lake with 400 pounds of trophy trout on September 30th. DGF is scheduled to plant at the lake the week of September 28th.