Convict Lake's 2013 Season has ended, here is a wrap up

Convict Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Convict Lake Staff

The 2013 fishing season has ended and I want to thank everyone who made it a great year. I'm grateful to all the folks who came into the store to take photos of their fish and report to us what was working. I had a great time writing up the weekly report and look forward to doing the same next year. For those die hard anglers, remember there are some waters in Mono/Inyo County open year round. (Hot Creek, East Walker, Sections of the Upper and Lower Owens, Pleasant Valley Reservoir). Make sure to check the regulations because they all have restrictions during the winter.

As for Convict Lake the month of November brought good fishing results. This last week a number of nice fish were caught. I believe there are still many larger fish from the last few stockings that will be hold overs in till next year. I expect to see some lunkers being pulled out of the lake during the 2014 opener. Only a handful of cabins are left for the 2014 Opening Day Weekend. If you are planning on coming up, you better give us a call to book your cabin before they are gone. (760) 934-3800 Ext. 1

Corresponding with the end of the fishing season was the end of our fall derby, Ambush at the Lake Fishing Derby. We had 91 anglers became eligible for the raffle by catching a fish that was 14" or bigger. Of those 91 anglers, 60 prizes will be randomly raffled off. The raffle comprises of $6,000 in Resort Prizes. The results of the raffle will be posted by the end of next week and the winners will receive notices by mail before the end of the year.

Notable Catches This Week: Robbie Bucher, pictured above from Azusa, CA with a lunker from Convict Lake. Robbie was using Pepperjack Cheese and was posted up on the South Shore when he landed a stout 5 pound rainbow.

Kevin Hanley from Sacramento, CA & John Young from Ventura, CA Photo #1 both landed quality fish. Kevin's fish was 2 pound 6 ounce and John's was 2 pound 14 ounce. Both were using a Rainbow Powerbait and they were fishing along the South Shore.

Steven Ramirez of Azusa, CA with an excellent catch. Steven landed a 4 pound 1 ounce rainbow using Pepperjack Cheese. He was fishing at the Inlet/South Shore.

Nick Snyder of Palmdale, CA hooked a 5 pound and 2 ounce rainbow. Nick was using a jig and was fishing at the South Shore.

To see more fish photos visit our 2013 Fishing Gallery.

Tactics/Bait: Jigs and Eastern Sierra standard lures like red/gold Thomas Buoyants and Kastmasters were hooking fish this week. The most successful Powerbait colors were Rainbow and salmon peach. Any color with garlic worked well. Old fashioned pepper jack cheese landed a few big fish this week. The South Shore was the hottest spot this week. Other locations to try are the Inlet, Outlet, Windy Point, North Shore, Jetty, West Shore, Creek, Handicap Pier, and Hangman's Tree.

Here is a list of other baits/lures that can be productive: Tasmanian Devil, Green or brown Marvel Fly Lures, Trout Teasers, Panther Martin, NeedleFish, Rooster Tails, and Bite-on Fury Shad on Powerbait.

Here is a list of recommended flies:

Dry Flies:
Adams, Female Adams, Cutter's Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Black/Red Ants, Sierra Bright Dot, Royal Coachman and Hoppers.

Streamers: Wooly Bugger (black, brown, olive, or green), Mutuka (black, brown, olive, or green), Hornberg, and Muddler Minnows.

Wet Flies(Nymphs):
Prince Nymph, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear, Zebra Midge (red and black), Copper John (red and copper) and San Juan Worm (brown or red).

Other Resources: View our Convict Lake Fishing Map and Fishing Rig Suggestion brochures. Both brochures are available in the General Store.

Derby News: 2014 Round-up at the Lake Fishing Derby will start Sunday, April 27th for a chance to win $6,000 in Resort Prizes! Also mark your calendars for the 2014 Hangman's Cash Bonus Weekend on June 6-8. $2000 in cash prizes.

Thank you for your continued interest in Convict Lake. For more information please contact us or visit our website.

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