Convict Lake Fish Report

Convict Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Convict Lake Staff

I'm sad to report that today is the last day of the fishing season for Mono County. Some good news is that there are some waters open year round.I Hot Creek, sections of the Upper Owens, Hot Creek and the East Walker are open year round. There are special regulations, so make sure you know the exact locations of the open water and regulations before heading out. I enjoy heading down to Bishop during the winter to defrost and fish the wild trout area of the Lower Owens. I have had some great luck on the lower O. If you would rather fish a lake then Pleasant Valley Reservoir is your winter destination. It is north of Bishop before you head up the grade. Same as Mono County, I would check on regulations for all the water in Inyo County before you wet your line. Here is a great link for water flows: Real time data for the Owens River & tributaries

This year fall derby Ambush at the Lake will also be ending today. We had a great turn out and I would like to thank everyone who joined the derby for a chance of $6000 in resort prizes. As of Saturday morning we had 90 qualifying fish checked in at the general store. We will be giving away 60 prizes in a raffle involving angler that checked-in a qualifying 14" or better fish. I'll have the results posted on the website and I'll be snail mailing the winners by the end of the month. Mark your calendars for next year's derbies. Below in this email is the 2015 Derby Schedule.

It's been fun writing up the weekly fishing report this year and I'm looking forward to starting up again next April. Enjoy the winter and remember we are open all year at Convict Lake Resort. Check out our great winter lodging special. There is still a lot going on in the winter; fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snowmobiling or just sitting by a fire enjoying the peace & quiet as the snow slowly builds up on the window sill.

Catch of the Week: Jerry Emilo from Pearblossom, CA who stayed with us this past week, had himself a great week of fishing with his sons. Jerry caught a fat 5 pound 3 ounce Rainbow which was the "Catch of the Week". He was using a nightcrawler and he was fishing the North Shore. The Emilo Family landed a number of lunkers during their stay. Chris Emilo's largest fish was a 4 pound 13 ounce Rainbow and Jerry Emilo Jr hooked a 3 pound 15 ounce Rainbow. Congratulations to the Emilo Crew on an impressive week of fishing!

Stocking Outlook 2015: The county is scheduled to stock trophy trout the week prior to the 2015 Opening Day Weekend. The resort is planning on 5-6 trophy trout stocking next year similar to what we did this season. DFG was pretty consistent with their stocking of the lake and creek this year. I'm expecting the same next year.

Tactics/Bait: 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).

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


Charles Porter
Convict Lake Resort
2000 Convict Lake Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-934-3800 or 800-992-2260

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