The Trout bite at South Lake has slowed but fish up to 5 lbs. have been caught

South Lake - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Jared Smith
(760) 873-4177

Unbelievably beautiful fall weather was the name of the game this week as temps were well above normal and winds were light. The bite actually slowed a tad after the harsh weather of last week and a full moon but there were plenty of full stringers around and some really nice quality Alpers to 5 lbs coming out.

Trolling remains slow, something that has been the case for well over six weeks now but still, a few folks are out there each day giving it a shot. Rainbow or Brown Trout pattern CD 5 Rapalas or Red/Gold Thomas Bouyants are fooling a few fish here and there.

For whatever reason the bite at the inlets and at the rock slide slowed this week despite there being plenty of fish in those areas. The dam area, especially the corners, has been a great spot for good numbers of stocker 'bows. The cove just north of the Long Lake inlet and the adjacent small rock slide saw a high concentration of fish that were actually biting. Krisdina Karady from Corona, CA topped this week's leader board with a fat 5 lb. Rainbow caught at this cove on a pearl mini-jig.

Salmon Peach or Rainbow Garlic Powerbait have been the most dependable for bait dunkers while the Red/Gold Thomas Bouyant continues to dominate for the lure tossers. Mini-jigs in pearl, pink, and cricket were working as well, especially fished 6ft under a bobber with a little piece of 'crawler or a mealworm on the jig.

The lake level remains very high for this time of year and is only a few ft down from full capacity so access is exceptional for both shore and boat anglers.

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