A bit of wind, a dip in temps, shorter days, a spot of color here and there, a lack of children during the week â€“ could it mean that fall is just around the corner? But first, we have the last holiday weekend of summer, Labor Day and the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair.
Fishing this week was on and off. Saw some nice stringers leaving the lake and some not so nice stringers. Anglers not catching fish can come on into the store and get some advice.
Fishing the Inlets with nightcrawlers, PowerBait or jigs (like the Sierra Slammers) is working well. Trolling leadcore around five colors with lures or trolling the rockpiles and channels with lures or nightcrawlers or shore fishing with PowerBait or nightcrawlers are bringing in decent stringers.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife helped things along with a stocking on Wednesday.
Some of the good catches this week included Luc Coronel with a nice 2.25-pounder using PowerBait; Jim Maddux and Chris Bennett used mice tails and crickets (pick those up in Bishop at Culverâ€™s Sporting Goods, Macâ€™s Sporting Goods or Reaganâ€™s Sporting Goods before heading up the hill) to fill their stringers.
â€“ Courtesy Lake Sabrina Boat Landing
Convict Lake Resort
Convict Lakeâ€™s fall derby is less than a week away. The Ambush at the Lake Derby starts Sept. 1 and runs through the end of the 2014 season, Nov. 15. The resort is giving away $6,000 in resort prizes; fish 14-inches or longer are eligible to win.
Convict Lake Resort stocked 400 lbs. of trophy trout on Tuesday.
Catch of the week goes to Ramiro Castillo from Orange County. Castillo brought in a nice 3-lb., 13-oz. rainbow from the South Shore using salmon peach PowerBait with garlic.
Other notable catches included Bill Kearns from Claremont and Curt Tweten from Rosita. They brought in a six-fish stringer caught on the South Shore with PowerBait and nightcrawlers. The two largest weighed in at 3-lbs., 12 oz. and 2-lbs, 9 oz. Sue Martinez from Big Bear City hooked a 3-lb., 5-oz rainbow using a nightcrawler on the Inlet. Dru Bryan from Sun City was using a gold spinner when he landed a 3-lb., 3-oz. rainbow. He wouldnâ€™t tell anyone where he caught it. Jim Gallagher from Chandler, Ariz. caught a 3-lb., 7-oz rainbow using a flatfish lure at the Inlet. Matthew Hays from Longview, Tex. caught a heavy stringer at the Outlet with a Marvel fly.
Tactics/Bait: Some of the lures working last week were spinners and Marvel Flies. Gold and red were the hot colors on the lures. For trolling, needlefish, Tasmanian Devils or Marvel Fly lures were working well. The most successful PowerBait colors were salmon and green. Any PowerBait with garlic is always a wise choice. Using a garlic dip can also increase the number and size on the fish caught. The South Shore and Inlet were the hot spots again.
Sunrise and sunset this week: 6:18-6:23 a.m. and 7:39-7:31 p.m.
â€“ Courtesy Convict Lake Resort