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Fishing Report

August 13, 2012

Leanna Bush of Temecula with a 4.62-pounder caught using garlic PowerBait. Photo submitted

Convict Lake Resort
Catch of the Week: Sophia and Ronald Santos from Orange County caught a stringer of fish with corn Powerbait and nightcrawlers on the North Shore.
Best Location to Fish: The best locations to fish right now are the Six Colors, South Shore, Inlet, Beach Area, Jetty, Lake, North Shore and Convict Creek.
Other Locations to Try: “Windy Point” (picnic area south shore), The Inlet, Hangman’s Tree, Outlet, Handicap Pier and Convict Creek.
This past week anglers have had most success with: frog needlefish, nightcrawlers, Trout Magnet, Rooster Tail, red and gold Thomas Buoyant, garlic PowerBait, yellow PowerBait, worms, cheese worm, Trout Teaser, salmon eggs and Rainbow Nuggets.
Water Temperature: 58 degrees.
Weather: Weather conditions are expected to continue to stay in the 80s this week with some isolated thunderstorms early in the week and lows in the high 40s.
Tactics/Bait:
Bait: Pinched Crawlers, Gulp Worms, nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, Power Worms, small spinners like mepps and Panther Martins, Chunky Cheese PowerBait, Rapalas, Needlefish, Thomas Buoyant
Lures: Panther Martin, Thomas Buoyant, Phoebe, Little Wolfs, Cripplure
Trolling: Little Cleos, Dave Davis nightcrawler or lead core four-six colors, Rapalas, Rebels, pin minnows
Flies: Marvel Fly, Prince, Hares Ear, Lopper Johns, ant beetles
Convict Creek:
Flies: Strip Streamers
Bait: eggs, nightcrawlers, Power Worms
Stocking: Department of Fish and Game stocked this past week.
Sunrise: 6:08-6:14 a.m.
Sunset: 7:54-8 p.m.
– Courtesy Convict Lake Resort

South Lake
The fishing picked up considerably this week with the majority of both shore anglers and boaters getting into a solid bite all week.
The water level continues to slowly drop but the fish certainly don’t seem to mind. Big fish of the week was a 4.62-lb. ‘bow caught by Leanna Bush of Temecula on garlic PowerBait.
All the normal stuff was working this week so the bait dunkers, lure tossers, trollers and jig/trout worm folks were all happy. Best lures of the week again were the red/gold or blue/silver Thomas Buoyant or rainbow pattern Tasmanian devil, either cast and retrieved or trolled as deep as five colors.
The bait n’ wait folks were doing best with nightcrawlers, fish inflated off the bottom or under a bobber or garlic PowerBait in either rainbow or green. Grasshopper and white were the best color for the trout worm/mini-jig folks.
Due to the dropping water level and several of our rental boats sustaining prop damage, the back of the lake and some of the island channel is now off limits to boaters. Kayakers can still access the area.
The boat launch at South Lake is closed for the season – unless you can carry your boat from the end of the public launch down to the water, it is suggested that private boaters head over to Lake Sabrina.

South Fork Bishop Creek
Steady action all week in the creek with the usual baits (crawlers, eggs, crickets) working best. The creek flows are a bit high in some areas but the majority of the stream is very fishable.
– Courtesy Parchers Resort

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