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Time to put out that gone fishin’ sign

June 4, 2012

Matt Ruppell of Bishop caught a 9-lb., 6-oz. rainbow at South Lake using a mini-jig. Photo submitted

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing
What a difference a week can make. Highs at the lake in the mid-70s with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoons sure beats 36 with a wind chill of 16.
The highs in the 70s means the flatlands are in the 90s to the triple digits. You all now know where to come to get cooled off.
Fishing, this week has been good. The inlets are doing the best with nightcrawlers, salmon eggs or jigs (trout traps). Remember we have three inlets: the DingleBerry Inlet (back left corner), the Little George Inlet (back right corner) and the George Inlet (on the left about 2/3 of a mile back). So if someone is in your inlet, try a new one. You may find your style of fishing works even better at the new inlet.
Trolling with Thomas Buoyants (we recommend the Red and Gold), flashers and a nightdrawler or a Woolly Bugger was productive.
Drifting over the shoreline between the two natural lakes was producing some nice limits using nightcrawlers or salmon eggs.
If you’re shore fishing, try and get away from the launch ramp area as this is where a lot of people like to fish. Use PowerBait or salmon eggs.
The lake continues to rise, but very, very slowly as the cold weather of last week put a freeze on the runoff. Not sure how high we’re going to get, but I think we’ll be praying for a few good thunder showers. We had a good start to that on Friday with rain. As I said, earlier temps got back into the upper 70s at the lake with a slight breeze, nice weather, lows are in the high 40s. A bit cooler on Monday, then back up they go.
– Courtesy Lake Sabrina Boat Landing

Convict Lake Resort
Catch of the Week: Uly Kim from Yorba Linda caught a 3-lb., 6-oz. rainbow trout with Gold Zekes on the South Shore. We also had Don Combs from Lake Havasu who caught a total of five fish equaling 6 lbs., 2 oz. on the North Shore by using salmon peach PowerBait. Chase Foreman from Huntington Beach caught a 2-lb., 3-oz. rainbow trout using a nightcrawler.
Best Location to Fish: The best locations to fish right now are the South Shore and the North Shore.
This past week anglers have had the most success with: Gold Zekes, night-crawlers, crickets, Power Worms and salmon eggs.
Other Locations to Try: Windy Point (picnic area south shore), The Inlet, Hangman’s Tree, Outlet, Handicap Pier and Convict Creek.
Derby News: Round-up at the Lake Fishing Derby started Sunday, April 30 for a chance to win $6,000 in Resort prizes. We have 83 registered anglers and 57 fish registered at 14 inches or longer.
Hangman’s Bonus Derby Weekend is also coming up, June 8-10. Twelve tagged fish will be stocked for each bonus derby weekend. Cash prizes: $2,000 in cash prizes for each bonus derby will be associated with the tagged fish and distributed as follows: one, $1,000; one, $500 and 10 $50.
Weather: The weather for this week will continue to be in the mid-70s over the weekend then cooler temperatures are expected for the beginning part of next week with highs in the mid-to-low 60s and lows in the 30s. By the end of the week temperatures will return to the mid-70s with the lows in the 40s.
Tactics/Bait: Bait: pinched crawlers, Gulp Worms, nightcrawlers, PowerEggs, PowerWorms, small spinners like Mepps and Panther Martins. Chunky Cheese PowerBait, troll with Rapalas, Needlefish,Thomas Bouyants.
Lures: Panther Martin, Thomas Buoyants, Phoebe, Little Wolfs, Cripplure
Trolling: Little Cleos, Dave Davis nightcrawler or Lead Core 4-6 colors, Rapalas, Rebels, Pin Minnows
Flies: Marvel Fly, Prince, Hares Ear, Lopper Johns, Ant Beetles
Convict Creek: Flies: Strip Streamers; Bait: Eggs, nightcrawlers and Power Worms.
Stocking: Department of Fish and Game will be stocking this week. Next scheduled stocking is Thursday, June 7, 150 lbs. of rainbow trout.
Sunrise/Sunset: Sunrise this week 5:36-5:39 a.m. and sunset 8:13-8:16 p.m.
– Courtesy Convict Lake Resort

South Lake
Following a busy holiday weekend, the canyon emptied out just in time for the weather to turn to summer conditions and the bite was very akin to what we’d see much later in the month.
Sheer numbers dropped a bit early in the week, however a 1,900-lb. stocking by the DFG picked that up in short order. The big fish continued to chew including another monster weighing in at 9 lbs., 6 oz. caught shortly after last week’s report by local Matt Ruppell from Bishop on a mini-jig. Father-and-son team Keith Marshall and Keith Marshall, Jr. of San Bernardino paired up for 4-lb.,14-oz and 5-lb.-2-oz ‘bows using Chartreuse PowerBait.
For those that aren’t getting the picture over the past several weeks, mini-jigs are accounting for the vast majority of the fish in the 4-lb.-plus range. Make sure to fish 4-lb test line max, fish a loose drag and use a slow retrieve for best results.
Pink, grasshopper and fluorescent orange have been the hot colors. When the fish are short-biting, try a fluorescent orange or pink trout worm trailer or a piece of a nightcrawler to sweeten the deal. Pink or orange trout worms fished on a size 8 owner mosquito hook with a size 7 split shot 18-inches above the hook. Two first-time female anglers Ashleigh and Abbie caught and released fish in the 4-lb.-plus range on Monday fishing with some of the resort crew using the pink PowerWorm method.
Lure tossers are having mixed luck using Thomas Buoyants, Roostertails, Kastmasters and Panther Martins both from shore or from boats. Reports I’m getting are that the fishing is either great on lures or slow on lures – probably due to the fish being schooled up pretty tight.
Bait anglers are doing very well on Rainbow Garlic PowerBait as well as Chartreuse PowerBait both from shore and on the lake. Nightcrawlers under a bobber are also producing around the Rock Slide and over by the dam.
Not a lot of folks trolling out there just yet but the bite certainly did pick up for the few that were. Various colors of Tazmanian Devils and Thomas Buoyants trolled in the top 10 feet of the water column produced a lot of fish for a few lucky anglers on the troll.
The water level at South Lake has dropped a bit following last week’s freeze and whether or not its going to get much higher is still something we’re waiting to see. However, most small boats in the 12- to 14-foot range can use the launch ramp if they are very careful. There are concrete blocks at the end of the ramp and we’ve seen more than one private boater damage their axle launching in these conditions. Boaters are reminded that parking at the lake is at a premium and trailers must be disconnected and put in the trailer parking or they can be cited.

South Fork Bishop Creek
DFG stockers are a plenty in the South Fork this week with most common baits working well. Nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, any fluorescent PowerBait and of course, flies, spinners and the like are all working well. Fly fishers many want to note that the carpenter ant hatch is starting and big black streamers, ant patterns and dries are likely to be very productive over the next few weeks.

Trail Report
Lots of day hikers out and about this week but nobody as of yet has come in with reports from Piute or Bishop Pass. One of our staff was headed up to Paiute yesterday so, hopefully, we’ll have more details on pass conditions next week.
As far as day hikes go, reports from Tyees, Green, Grass, Ruwau, Chocolate Loop and Spearhead have all been very unseasonably good and not much in the way of bugs, yet. Stay tuned, more next week.
– Courtesy Parchers Resort

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