South Lake Fish Report

South Lake - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Jared Smith
(760) 873-4177


Another week of wild weather didn't prevent anglers from knocking 'em dead at the lake. Following a DFG stocking on Friday, the bite at South Lake stayed hot this week for both trollers and bait dunkers. The hot bait was crawlers fished under a bobber with a 6ft leader or fished off the bottom using a pink or orange Gulp egg to float it. Thomas Bouyants and Kastmasters were the best lures for trolling. Plastics continue to be the best bet by the inlets. The dam, rock slide and Boiler Cove were the places to be this week for boaters. Shore anglers did best by the boat launch or on the far side of the dam.

The Bishop Creek Canyon Summer Classic Derby is in full swing and two of the prize tags have been caught so far. All the tags still remain in South Lake. That still leaves most of the prizes up for grabs, including the big money tags, so derby participants still have a great chance of catching a winning fish.

Water Conditions:

With the rain, hail and snow we've received in the last week, the level at South Lake is still coming up fast. Unfortunately the launch ramp is still high and dry so it will be a while before private boaters can get out on the lake. The good news is that the back of the lake is now safe for the rental fleet. South Lake staffers built the dock on Saturday so at least two Pontoons will be in the water by next weekend.

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Parchers Resort Reports
for Sunday, May 31st, 2009

South Lake: South Lake Fish Report
Bishop Creek: South Fork Bishop Creek Fish Report