Opening Weekend is 4 Days Away!

Convict Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

Photo taken today, April 23 2019 at 10:00am. The lake is ICE FREE!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Convict Lake Resort

by Convict Lake Staff

We are so excited about the upcoming Opening Day of fishing season 2019 and our 90th year in business.  We want to make sure you have all the information about the “happenings” at the resort.
For you early birds, you can throw your line in the water at 5:05 am.

Please visit our webcam for up to the minute views.

General Store

The store hours will be Friday 6:00 am to 9 pm, Saturday 4:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 7:00 am to 6:30 pm.

We are fully stocked with all your fishing needs, including fishing licenses.  The store is filled to the brim with new clothing.  We have lots of sweatshirts, jackets, beanies and gloves for the chilly weather. Check out our Opening Day T-shirts and 2019 Annual Pins and the 90thAnniversary Pins.

To purchase one online please click the link below!


The lake is thawed and Dave and his crew will have the marina open by 5:00 am on Saturday morning.  All the boats are tuned up and ready to take you out for some great fishing. We have ordered a fleet of new pontoon boats with more coming in every day.  Be sure to come down to the dock and check them out.  They all have BBQs!new pontoon boats with more coming in every day.  Be sure to come down to the dock and check them out.  They all have BBQs.

Aspen Grill and Restaurant

Aspen Grill- Luis is back again making his famous breakfast burritos and tri-tip sandwiches for lunch.  He will open the grill on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6:00 am and serve breakfast until 10:00 am.  Lunch runs from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The grill is the  bright red catering trailer parked in front of the store.

Restaurant at Convict Lake- The restaurant will be open for dinner each night at 5:00 pm for cocktails and 5:30 pm for dinner.  Dinner reservations are required.

Derby and Tagged Fish
Once again we have stocked the lake with 25 tagged fish.  There are 10 tags worth $25 in store credit, 8 tags for $25 cash, 4 tags for $50, 2 tags for $100, and 1 tag for $500.  If you catch a tag fish, bring it into the store.  There is no entry fee for the tag fish. The tags are redeemable on Saturday and Sunday only.

FRED HALL OPENING WEEKEND TROPHY:  Catch the biggest fish on Saturday or Sunday and get your name put on the trophy in the store.  Bring in your largest catch and we will weigh it.  You might become famous!

ROUND-UP at the LAKE DERBY:  Our spring derby starts on Sunday.  Catch any fish 14” or longer and bring it into the store and you will be entered into a drawing for $6000 worth of prizes.  The derby runs from April 28th to June 16th.  The entry fee is $15 and includes the 2019 pin and your very own 14” ruler.  Sign up in the store after you have caught your limit on Saturday. Round-Up at the Lake T-shirts are available to purchase in the store.  They look amazing!


The fish have been waiting all winter for a tasty treat.  Here are a few tips whether you are bait fishing, lure fishing, or trolling. Bait fishing: The number one bait in the Eastern Sierra is nightcrawlers.  Inflating them with an 18” lead is recommended. Another successful tip, try using Green Garlic or Rainbow Power Bait at the inlet with an 18” to 21” lead. Lure fishing: Try using the black 1/16 Rooster Tail on 4 lb. test in Zone 7 on our fishing map, which is the northwest part of the lake. Panther Martins, Kastmasters, and dark colored Marvel Flies will produce good results as well.  Trolling: Start with 4 colors of lead core line (40 yds) with a Tasmanian Devil or Needlefish in bright colors.  Fly Fishing:  For this time of the year, go with Brown or Green Wooley Buggers, or Soft Hackle Nymphs.

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