Convict Lake Fishing Report

Convict Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Convict Lake Staff

The bite has picked up again after a few slower weeks of fishing. Several lunkers were landed at the lake with the biggest being 9 pounds. The weather is still on the warmer side and I believe most the bigger fish are still holding in deeper water. Soon it will be prime time for trophy trout season. The Ambush at the Lake Fishing Derby starts in a week on September 7th and runs until November 15th.

Since Salmon Eggs were one of the hot baits this week, I thought I'd give a quick summary of the four types of Balls of Fire eggs we carry from Pautzke Bait Co. The Green Label is Pautzke's original and is probably the most common to anglers. The size of the eggs may very slightly in each jar. The Premium or "Red Label" is very similar to the Green Label but they are larger eggs and are uniform in size. There are no fragments in the jar. Due to the fact the Premium egg is larger than our Green Label egg you'll only need to put one on the Salmon Egg hook, instead of two in most cases with the Green Label. The last two types we carry at the general store are the Gold and Silver Label. The Gold Label is a combination of the Premium egg but with glitter. The Silver Label is a combination of Green Label egg but with glitter. The glitter will help with added flash to attract and deceive larger trout. We sell all four of these Pautzke's Balls of Fire eggs at the Convict Lake General Store.

Catch of the Week: Todd Moseanko from Hesperia, CA with a monster 9 pound Rainbow. He was using Garlic Powerbait. Great catch Todd!

Other notable catches this week:

Bill Kearns from Pomona, CA landed a fat 8 pound 8 ounce Rainbow while fishing along the South Shore.

Adam Eld from Mariposa, CA landed a stout 6 pound 15 ounce Rainbow while fishing at the Inlet. Adam was using an Nightcrawler.

Melissa Gonterman from Huntington Beach, CA landed a plumb 6 pound 6 ounce Rainbow using Salmon Eggs. Melissa and her son Jude were fishing at the Inlet.

Jude and Finn Gonterman had a great week fishing at the Inlet. They landed several nice Rainbows using Salmon Eggs and Garlic Powerbait. The fish ranged is size from 2 to 3 pounds.

Tactics/Bait: Salmon Eggs were the hot ticket this week both at the lake and the creek. Also at the lake, fish with Inflated Nightcrawlers and spoon lures like a Thomas Buoyants. The top Bouyant color was red/gold. For trolling try Bikini Pearl, Rainbow or Red Dot Frog Needlefish. The most productive Powerbait color this week was rainbow. A few of the bigger fish caught this week were with garlic Powerbait. The top spot on the lake this week was the Inlet. Try the usual locations: Jetty area, North Shore, South Shore, the Outlet and Hangman's Tree.

Here is a list of other baits/lures that can be productive:

Sierra Slammers, Tasmanian Devil, Green or brown Marvel Flies , Trout Teasers, Panther Martin, NeedleFish, Rooster Tails, and Bite-On Fury Shad on Powerbait.

I would suggest using some type of added attractant. Pro-Cure, Bite-On, Lip Ripperz and Berkley all make excellent attractants, which are sold at the general store.

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).

Sunrise - Sunset: Sunrise this week 6:23am - 6:28m and Sunset 7:31pm - 7:22pm.

Stocking: DFW is scheduled to stock the creek and lake the week of August 30th. We are scheduled to stock 400 pounds of trophy trout on September 3rd.

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