Convict Lake Fishing Report

Convict Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Convict Lake Staff

With Fall at the door step I always like to start a day of fishing using a few specialized tactics. Fall is always a prime time to start using the fly and bubble rig. We have a great selection of colors at the general store of Marvel Flies and traditional streamers. The second tactic I like to use in the Fall is tossing mini jigs. I prefer tying on either a Sierra Slammers or Rip Lipperz. Finally, I like to troll the lake as the leaves change colors. For right now, the fish are still holding around 60 - 80 feet. Besides the normal great trolling lures like Tasmanian Devils, Rapalas and Needlefish, I also like trolling Thomas Buoyants, streamers and mini jigs.

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Catch of the Week:

Frank Quiroz from San Bernardino, CA with a portly 7 pound 8 ounce Rainbow. He was using Garlic Powerbait while fishing the South Shore. Great catch Frank!

Other notable catches this week:

Mike Bonadonna from Santa Fe Springs, CA hooked a solid 6 pound 11 ounce Rainbow while fishing along the North Shore. He was using a Needlefish.

Dan Eskew from Bonita, CA caught a stout 6 pound 9 ounce Rainbow while fishing at the North Shore. Dan was using a fly.

Prisiliano Madrigal from Temecula, CA landed a hefty 6 pound 7 ounce Rainbow using Yellow Powerbait. He was fishing at the South Shore.

Rick Vega from Fountain Valley, CA caught a fat 6 pound 6 ounce Rainbow while trolling a Tasmanian Devil.

Tactics/Bait: Fall is a great time to start tossing small jigs or a Marvel Fly with a bubble. Also working at the lake are inflated Nightcrawlers and spoon lures like a Thomas Buoyant or Kastmaster. The top Buoyant color was red/gold. You can never go wrong with Mice Tails or Power Worms. For trolling tie on a Bikini Pearl, Rainbow or Red Dot Frog Needlefish. Tasmanian Devils were also producing fish while trolling. Folks with lead core line are fishing with 7-9 colors for the best results. The most productive Powerbait color this week was Yellow. Any garlic Powerbait continued to drive the fish crazy. The top spots on the lake were the South and North Shores. Try the usual locations: Jetty area, Inlet, 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).

Weather: We are still dealing with smoke from the Rough Fire on and off. The severity depends a lot on the wind. The forecast is calling for continued sunny skies and clear at night for the beginning of the week. The high temps for the start of next week will be in the low- 70's and the lows in the mid- 40's. Here is the National Weather Service link that is usually quite accurate: 7-Day Forecast Convict Lake.
Sunrise - Sunset: Sunrise this week 6:29am - 6:34m and Sunset 7:21pm - 7:12pm.
Stocking: We stocked 400 pounds of trophy trout on September 3rd.

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