South Lake Fish Report

South Lake - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Jared Smith
(760) 873-4177


For the third week in a row, afternoon thunderstorms were a daily occurrence in the high country. The fish apparently love this weather as the fishing was outstanding all week, especially on the weekend following a large plant by the DFG on Friday. Both shore and boat anglers reported a solid bite on brown mini-jigs, pink trout worms, red & gold Thomas Bouyants, inflated nightcrawlers and Chunky Cheese Gulp. It should be noted that the quality of fish the DFG has been planting so far this season has been excellent and has made for lots of happy anglers. The best spots on the lake continue to be the dam, the rock slide and the west shore. The big fish are playing hard to get but that should change this week after the scheduled Alpers plant. A big load of 4-5lb average trophy trout will be stocked this week so South Lake staffers should be breaking out the camera and scale often in the near future.

Water Conditions

With the rain, hail and snow we're getting, the level at South Lake continues to come up fast. The water is now about 10ft up on the ramp so a few private boaters with small boats have been able to get their boats on the water now that the Forest Service has opened the ramp for the season. The ramp is still a bit treacherous and anyone using the launch does so at their own risk.