South Lake Fishing Report

South Lake - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

Father and son duo David (left) and Mark (right) Berning from Encinitas, CA with a pair of trophies from South Lake Bishop 8/28/2020. David’s rainbow weighed 5lbs 11oz and Marks was 4lbs 7oz. Nice job boys!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Parchers Resort

by Parchers Resort Gang
(760) 873-4177

The lake level is down a couple feet but is still pretty close to full making for good fishing conditions. The nights have been cooler down in the mid 40’s and highs this past week peaked in the mid 70’s which seems to have improved the bite. It likely didn’t hurt that we received another load of Idaho Rainbows this week with more fish from both Oregon and Idaho on the way shortly. Rumors of DFW possibly dropping some fish are also making the rounds but we’ll have to wait and see.
Big fish of the week was a solid 5lb 11oz Rainbow caught by David Berning of Encinitas, CA on a Red/Gold Thomas Buoyant. Not far behind was his dad Mark Berning with a 4lb 7oz Rainbow caught on the same lure. Several other lunkers in the 3 to 5lb class were also caught this past week.
The launch ramp is open most days for private boaters but parking can be an issue and they have periodically closed the ramp to do paving work. There is no schedule or any way of knowing so its just a blind gamble if you try to launch.
Hot Spots: Dam, Rock Slide, Inlets.
Hot Lures: Thomas Buoyants, Minijigs, Kastmasters
Best Flies: Grasshoppers, Midges, Bead-Head Nymphs, Blank ants.
Best Baits: Berkley Micetails, Nightcrawlers, Garlic PB, Gulp Pinched Crawlers.
Trolling: Worms, needlefish, Thomas Buoyants between 5 - 10 colors.

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