Lots of Full Stringers at South Lake

South Lake - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Jared Smith
(760) 873-4177

Even with the holiday crowds in full effect, fishing at South Lake stayed excellent throughout the weekend with lots of happy folks hoisting full stringers, some topped off by an Alper in the 3lb range to boot.

Also causing a stir this week was the lake level finally reaching full capacity and the water is now pouring over the spillway. This is the fullest the lake has been this late in the season since I've been here and it bodes extremely well for the fall fishing in September and October.

The DFG has really done a great job at getting fish in the lake each week which has Rainbows in the 11 to 13" range spread out all over the lake and biting. The dam, rock slide, and all three inlets are holding lots of fish with some of those bigguns running around too. The fish SCE put in last week have been coming out at a steady pace but nothing over 4 lbs. was landed - just lots of fish in the 2 to 3 lb. class this week.

People are scoring great catch counts on a variety of lures and baits but the best remain red/gold Thomas Bouyants, dark or hot pink mini-jigs, Salmon Peach powerbait fished 3ft off the bottom or nightcrawlers fished 4ft under a bobber. Not too many trolling reports but the few that came reported moderate to slow action. Bait and lures fished shallow have definitely been better.

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