Some Trophy Sized Trout Taken Out of South Lake This Week, Led By this 10 lb. 2 oz. Beauty

South Lake - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Jared Smith
(760) 873-4177

Ladies & Gentleman, this week was the best week for big-fish at South Lake since 2006. Nearly everyone out there was catching fish and the big boys were coming out in numbers. I think there was only one day this week that anyone reported a moderate to slow bite, every other day this week was wide open for the vast majority of anglers.This week alone we had a few 6 lbers, an 8 lb 10 oz monster, a 9 lber and a whopping 10 lb 2 oz 'bow out of the lake, not even counting all the fish in the 3 to 5lb range. That's right folks, a double digit out of South Lake, truly an amazing week of fishing out there.

Mini-jig anglers are flat out crushing it out there with catch & release counts upwards of 50 fish per boat for the guys that really know what they're doing. All of the big fish except the 8 lb 10 oz fish, including the 10 lb 2 oz fish came out on mini-jigs. Even novice anglers fishing the plastics are getting easy limits if they can find their groove. dark colors are working best such as the grasshopper atomic tubes, pumpkinseed atomic tubes and firecracker trout traps are all producing good numbers of fish. If you can get ahold of the now discontinued Rainbow Sparkle atomic tubes or teasers you're really in for a treat...I wish I could find some more.

The lake is now about 10ft from spill and all three inlets are holding good numbers of fish with the occasional bruiser coming out. The Gilbert Glacier inlet and the Long Lake inlet are producing best but the fish are steadily stracking up at Treasure as well.

The Rock Slide area is holding TONS of fish right now. We had two guide trips out there this week with a lot of success on mini-jigs and both Orange or Pink powerworms fished with a 3/0 split shot about 18" above the hook. Big fish are cruising over there too but the trick is weeding through the stockers to get to the Alpers...a very good problem to have I might add.

The area by the dam continues to be steady on high numbers of stockers with the occasional trophy being caught. Mini-jigs or Powerbait seem to be the most productive.

The trolling has finally picked up with folks hitting decent numbers of rainbows and a few browns hauling Needlefish or Rapalas at 25 to 30ft. Folks pulling big flashers like Dave Davis' with a crawler right on top are doing very well too on rainbows. The DFG fish are really quality this year with many pushing a pound or more.

The public launch is open for boats of all sizes. We would like to remind folks that there is designated trailer parking in the lower lot - all trailers much be disconnected though so there is parking for everyone.

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