Convict Lake Fish Report

Convict Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Convict Lake Staff

This week the fishing was without doubt above average at the lake. A dozen or more 3 pound plus fish were caught throughout the week. The weather was beautiful and the fishing was great. The guys down at the marina give me some excellent info on the conditions. First, the deeper water is cooler off the outlet/marina side of the lake compared to the inlet. There is about a 4 degree difference. Second, the large fish seem to be holding at a depth of around 60 feet off the shelves. If you are trolling the shelf off the Jetty and Hangman's Tree be prepared for a grab once you make the turn and your lures drops. This is with about 6-7 colors (60-70 feet of lead core line).

Catch of the Week: Jay Clements from Anaheim, CA hooked a 4 pound toad which resulted in the "catch of the week". Jay was using Gulp Powerbait and he was fishing the South Shore. Congratulations Jay on a great catch!

Tactics/Bait: Last week was sunny with no real cloud cover. Brighter lures were working the best last week. Roostertails and Tasmanian Devils were doing well at the lake. The top colors for the Tasmanian Devils were Black Thunder, Red/Gold and Bloody Frog.

Looking for more information on color selection. This article was not written with the Eastern Sierra solely in mind but there is definitely some good info that applies to the area.

Check out this article: Exploding The Myths With Some Truths About Lure Color, by Greg Vinall.

A lot of different colors of Powerbait were working especially anything with garlic.The most successful Powerbait colors were yellow, green and rainbow. Don't forget about the old reliable inflated nightcrawler. The side of the lake near the Outlet seem to be fishing very well this week. The South Shore was the hot spot. Other locations fishing well were Inlet, Hangman's Tree, Jetty, South and North Shore.

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

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