Fishing Report for October 18, 2014

For the second week in a row we had a record fish for the 2014 season photographed at the resort. This reports “catch of the week” was the largest fish caught from Convict Lake that was checked in at the general store. Congrats to Craig Miszklevitz with an amazing catch. Lures and jigs landed some nice trophy trout this week. Bait fishing with nightcralwers also remained hot. 

 The Morrison’s Bonus Cash Weekend is only two weeks away. Come join us on the weekend of Oct. 31st – Nov. 2nd for a chance to win $2000 in cash prizes. The one weekend it pays to fish.

Catch of the Week: Craig Miszklevitz from Lancaster, CA hooked a 8 pound lunker which resulted in the “catch of the week” and the “catch of the year”. Criag was using a Sierra Slammer Swimbait and he was fishing the North Shore. Congratulations Craig on an amazing catch!      

Craig Miszklevitz

 Other notable catches this week:  Lonnie Nafzgar from Graeagle, CA with a 3 pound 12 ounce rainbow and a fat 5 pound 12 ounce rainbow. Lonnie was using a Red/Gold Thomas Buoyant and he was trolling the center of the lake. 

Lonnie Nafzgar

To see more fish photos visit our 2014 Fishing Gallery.

  • Joe Bellantoni from Ontario, CA landed a beautiful 4 pound 5 ounce rainbow. Joe was using a white jig and was fishing at an unknown location.
  • Michael Caudillo from Quartz Hill, CA caught a 4 pound and 5 ounce rainbow. He was using a Rainbow Garlic Powerbait and was fishing at the Inlet. 
  • Joann Lijek from Bishop, CA hooked a stout 5 pound 5 ounce rainbow. She was using a nightcrawler while fishing along the South Shore near the Inlet.
  • Joann Lijek


  • Robby Shott from Wildomar, CA with two nice Convict Lake trout. One was a 3 pounder and the other was a 4 pound 6 ounce rainbow. Robby was using a nightcrawler and he was fishing at the Inlet. 

Robby Shott


Tactics/Bait: Kastmasters, Thomas Bouyants and Tasmanian Devils were doing well at the lake. The top colors were Black Thunder (Tasmanian Devils), Red/Gold (Bouyants) and Gold or Silver (Kastmaster). A Sierra Slammer Swimbait landed the largest fish of the season. I’m a big fan of these swimbaits. I’ve done well with the Grasshopper, King Crimson and Blue Skiner colors.

A lot of different colors of Powerbait were working especially anything with garlic.The most successful Powerbait colors were yellow, green and rainbow.  Inflated nightcrawler caught some nice rainbows this week.  The North Shore and inlet were the hot spots. Other locations fishing well were the Inlet, Hangman’s Tree, Jetty and South 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 60’s and the lows in the mid 30’s. The forecast is for mostly sunny throughout the beginning of next week and breezy on Monday.  Here is the National Weather Service link that is usually quite accurate:  7-Day Forecast Convict Lake.

Sunrise – Sunset: Sunrise this week 7:07am – 7:12am and Sunset 6:16pm – 6:08pm.

Stocking: No stocking scheduled this week. The next plant of trophy trout at the lake will be October 30th.


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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