South Lake Fish Report

South Lake - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Jared Smith
(760) 873-4177

Huge Alpers Plant Courtesy of Southern California Edison Makes for Heavy South Lake Stringers!!!!!

South Lake staffers were caught off guard last Wednesday when not one, but two Alpers stocking trucks arrived at the marina with a total of 1,875lbs of Alpers trout in the 1lb to 3lb range. That is the single largest stocking of Alpers trout in South Lake in years. Southern California Edison, as part of their agreement with the US Forest Service, footed the bill for the stocking - THANKS GUYS! Since then, fishing has been excellent on stockers and Alpers with a lots of very heavy stringers. Folks are catching fish on all the usual stuff but fly-lined nightcrawlers, Chunky Cheese Gulp, brown mini-jigs and pink Gulp! egg clusters are working best. With the lake level as high as it is and the inlets to the lake raging with the summer weather, the fish have really started stacking up at the mouth of each inlet. The rock slide and dam are also holding fish but getting a lot less fishing pressure than the back of the lake.

Water Conditions

South Lake continues to come up and the lake is now only about 10ft from full. Boats of any size can now safely launch at the lake. Be advised that there is limited trailer parking at the lake.

Other Notes

Some big fish to 4lbs 10oz coming out of Weir Pond this week. Chunky Cheese Gulp and Salmon Eggs were best baits. The creek flows on the South Fork are still on the moderate side at present but flows on the Middle Fork below Sabrina are extremely high!

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