Fishing was excellent again this week at Convict Lake.  With the warmer weather, the trout are going deeper. Anglers are getting better results by fishing around first light and again around dusk. Trout are most active when the sunlight is weakest.  Inflated night crawlers and garlic power bait are still doing the job.  If you aren’t getting a bite, try mixing up colors, patterns and sizes of different lures.

Good News:  We stocked the lake this week with 600 lbs.  of big ones from Desert Springs Trout Farm

The weather this coming week will be a bit cooler than last week. Most days will be sunny with highs in the low 80’s. Night time lows will be in the high 40’s.  Thunderstorms don’t look to be a problem this coming week.

Big catches this week include:

  • Logan and his dad, Stephen, caught a 3 ½ lbs. beauty with green garlic power bait on South Shore.
  • Cynthia and Matt brought in a 2 ¼ lbs. rainbow on power bait and salmon eggs.
  • Braydon, 11 years old from Ojai, did a masterful job catching a nice one on salmon eggs on the North Shore.
  • Dan and his dad from Austin, Texas caught some lunkers on South Shore with night crawlers. These weighed 2 ¾ lbs. and 3 ½ lbs.
  • Gerald from Lake Forest, CA had a great day by bringing in a 4 lbs. and 3 ½ lbs. trout with night crawlers on South Shore.

The Hayashi/Deming Annual Fishing Trip was a big success.  They caught some beauties.

Come see us, the trout are just waiting to make your day!


Even though we had some thunderstorms this past week, the fishing was steady. South Shore was very active this week with a wide variety of baits. Garlic power baits, garlic pinched crawlers, inflated night crawlers, and the Red and Gold Thomas Buoyant lures have been the tickets for the big ones. Trolling the Inlet and the Jetty areas with a Tasmanian Devil lure proved to be productive.

Garlic scent is the way to go!

We would like to encourage all of you to please send us pictures of your Convict catches.  We know many of you prefer to “catch and release” and don’t want to bring in a fish to the store.  You can send your pics to and we will make you famous!  Please include your name, hometown, location on the lake and the bait you were using.

  • Brett from Fontana caught a 6 ¾ lbs. whopper on power bait.
  • Kyle, 8 years old from Reno, caught his first fish on South Shore using a night crawler. He chose to put his fish back into the water.  Way to go Kyle!

The weather this week is looking to be sunny with no rain in the forecast. However, there is a high pressure that is coming towards the end of the week bringing in very hot weather to the Sierra.  The temps will range from the high 80’s to lows in the mid 50’s.  This will feel very hot for our area.  If you are coming up, remember to bring up sunscreen.

There are fire restrictions for all of Inyo and Mono Counties.  Campfires and cooking fires are ONLY allowed in designated campgrounds in the cleared campfire circles.  NO fires are permitted for dispersed camping. A campfire is considered extinguished when the ashes are cool enough to put your hand in them.   Please be fire safe!

We look forward to seeing you and we are here to make your vacation special.



JUNE 30, 2021

The hot weather, full moon, and the afternoon thunderstorms made fishing a bit tricky this week. Despite all of this, many people caught their limits. Going down deep  (7 or 8 colors if trolling)  and using garlic power bait and inflated night crawlers worked best.

Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked the lake this week and we also put in 500 pounds of lunkers from Desert Springs Trout Farm in Oregon. There should be big catches coming out for the holiday weekend.

We are excited to let you know we have added a 2020 16ft Avalon Pontoon to our rental fleet. Call us to reserve it.


No fishing license is required for that day.  For those who want to try out fishing, or want to take the kids fishing, this is the perfect day to do it.  We have many rod and reel combos in the store to purchase and the staff will help you get all the tackle you need to make it a fun day on the lake.

Some of the big catches this week were:

  • Nicholas from Rancho Cucamonga caught the biggest beauty at 7 ¾ lbs. at the Inlet on an inflated night crawler. What a catch!
  • George from Ladera Ranch caught a big 4 lbs. rainbow on South Shore on power bait.
  • Ken and Ross from Palmdale pulled in a rainbow weighing 3 ¼ lbs. by the Old Hangman’s Tree on the North Shore.
  • The Faught family had another successful camping & fishing trip. Parker enjoyed his first fishing trip with grandpa.

The weather is looking more favorable this coming week.  There is less than 20% chance of precipitation and they are calling for mostly sunny days with highs around 79 degrees and lows around 50 degrees.  This is a welcome relief from all the scorching temperatures around the state.

Please come on up and celebrate the 4th of July with us!










The action on the lake this week has been strong. The big ones have been hitting on inflated night crawlers, garlic pinched crawlers and as always, garlic power bait.  The weather has been quite warm, so they have gone down deeper.  All areas of the lake were productive from the shore and from the boats.

Hot Creek Fish Hatchery is scheduled to stock the lake this week.  The problem that they were having has been resolved, and they are now able to stock the lakes and creeks in our area.  This is great news for all our anglers.

Notable catches this week are:

  • Elisabeth brought in a 2 ½ lbs. beauty on garlic power bait at the Inlet.
  • Justin from Woodland Hills got a 3.75 lbs. lunker on Zeke’s Garlic on North Shore.
  • Franco used a Rapala on South Shore to catch a 2 ½ lbs. rainbow.
  • Ray from Fontana used a Gulp Worm to bring in a 3 ½ pounder on South Shore
  • Jan-Erik from Thousand Oaks used power bait at the Inlet to catch a 4.25 lbs. rainbow.

The weather this coming week looks to be mostly sunny with temps ranging from the mid 80’s to lows at night in the low 50’s at night.

Come on up and throw your line in the water!

2021 Round Up at the Lake Derby Winners

Here are the results for 2021 Round Up at the Lake Derby. Congratulations to everyone! 


June 16, 2021

Anglers were out there catching some real big ones this week. The warmer weather is making the fish go down deeper, but fishing all around the lake was successful.  Power bait with garlic in various colors seemed to be best this week. Thomas Buoyant lures and the new Gorditos Custom Baits, which are now available in the store, were also very productive.

The Round-Up Derby ended on Sunday evening and the results will be posted tomorrow.  We are pleased to say that everyone who caught a 14 inch or bigger fish has won a prize!  Thank you to all who participated in the derby.  It is always a fun way to start off the season.

  • The biggest catches this week were for Anthony and Miguel who each caught some whoppers over 4 lbs. each using the new Gorditos Custom Baits.
  • Sarah from Hemet got her 1 ¼ lbs. beauty on yellow/green power bait on South Shore.
  • Tyler got a big 3 lbs. on garlic power bait
  • Jay caught a 2 ½ lbs. on garlic power bait.
  • Brandon from So. Pasadena used rainbow power bait on North Shore and caught a 2 ¾ lbs. lunker.
  • John and Holly both caught ones that qualified them for the Round Up Derby.
  • Chris and Chris both had a fine day out on the lake.
  • Joshua used a Thomas Buoyant to bring a 4 lbs. lunker.


Remember to come into the store for all your fishing licenses, rods, baits, tackle and snacks before heading down to the lake. We are open daily at 6:00 AM for those who want to get the early morning bite.

Fish Report 6/9/21



JUNE 2, 2021


We have had beautiful weather this week and the bite has been great.  We stocked the lake with 700 pounds of lunkers for the Memorial Day weekend and for the Hangman’s Tagged Fish Derby.  Unfortunately, no tagged fish were caught, but quite a few anglers qualified with a 14 inch or larger trout for the random drawing for prizes valued at $6000 as part of The Round-Up at the Lake Derby which will end on June 13th.

The Inlet and South Shore were the hottest areas on the lake.  Once again, inflated night crawlers, garlic power bait in yellow and rainbow were bringing in some big ones.  Gulp pinched crawlers were also quite effective.

Ted from Pasadena caught a whopper 5.75 lbs. on yellow power bait on South Shore.

Bert from Bakersfield had a 2 ½ lbs. beauty caught on rainbow power bait at the Inlet.

Daniel from Upland caught a 5.25 lbs. lunker on a garlic pinched crawler at the Inlet.

Aaron from La Crescenta tried a different tactic and used a nymph fly and it proved to be a success.  He pulled in a 4 ¾ lbs. and a 2 ½ lbs. at the Inlet.

The Boys Catching a Buzz is just a big reminder to please carry out all of your trash.  Let’s all keep our lake area as pristine clean as possible. It is too gorgeous to leave your litter behind!

The store is open everyday at 6:00 AM. You can get your fishing license, bait and coffee before heading down to the lake.  The marina crew has boats ready to take out at 6:00 AM too.  Boat reservations are definitely recommended.

The Aspen Grill opens at 7:00 AM daily for our famous gigantic breakfast burritos and other tasty breakfast and lunch choices.

We look forward to seeing you this summer and making 2021 memories.



MAY 26, 2021

Anglers who were brave enough to take on SNOW and strong winds early in the week were bringing in their limits on night crawlers and Berkley garlic power bait. The weather was wonderful later in the week and lunkers were pulled out with mini jigs and salmon peach and yellow power bait. The action was all around the lake especially North Shore and South Shore.

  • Tamara from Fresno, CA caught the biggest whopper an 8.1 lbs. beauty on a mini jig on South Shore.
  • Joseph from Cyprus, CA caught 4 ½ lbs. nice one on a night crawler on North Shore.
  • R. from San Gabriel, CA had a fine catch of a 3 lbs. on power bait on North Shore
  • Khachig from Duarte, CA caught a 1 ¼ lbs. rainbow.

Both J.R. & Khachig are in the Round-Up Derby and they are now qualified to be in the final drawing.

  • Janet from Las Vegas used a night crawler to a bring in a 3 pounder on North Shore.
  • The Llamas Family came up from San Fernando, CA and caught enough for a big fish fry for dinner using salmon peach power bait on South Shore.
  • Olivia, Jason, Steve and family had some fun and had a great stringer of fish.

The lake was stocked twice last week and we will be stocking it again twice this week with big ones from Oregon. The Hangman’s Bonus Derby Weekend is this coming weekend. We will stock 10 tagged fish with a value of $2000. There will be (1) $1000 tag, (1) $500 tag, (2) $100 tags, and (6) $50 tags. You must be entered into the Round-Up at the Lake Derby to be eligible to redeem the tags.  The tagged fish must be presented to Convict Lake Store the day it is caught and the tag must be intact.  To enter the derby the fee is $16 and you can sign up in the store.  The Round-Up Derby will continue until June 13, 2021. Catch one 14-inch fish and you will be qualified to enter into the drawing of $6000 in prizes.

For those who are eager to get out there really early in the morning, the store will have new hours starting on Friday, May 29th.  We will be open daily at 6:00 AM. Closing times will remain the same, Monday through Saturday 8:00 PM and on Sunday 7:00 PM.




MAY 19, 2021

As typical in the spring, in the Eastern Sierra, Mother Nature rolled in thunderstorms and crazy winds this week. The wind is blowing as I type this!

Despite all of this, the fishing has been quite fine at the lake.  Both the creek and the lake have been stocked!

The Resort will be stocking the lake with TAGGED fish for our Hangman’s Cash Prize Derby over Memorial Day Weekend. Be sure to sign up in our General Store!

The bite has been successful on inflated night crawlers, garlic power bait in assorted colors and Mouse Tails.  The old stand-by, the red and gold Thomas Buoyant, also was a good bet to use.  Both North Shore and South Shore seemed to be the hot areas.

We had some big catches by our smallest anglers. It is always exciting to see the little one pull in their first trout.

  • Nick Incardona caught a 6 lbs. beauty on a brown Mouse Tail with a red head on North Shore.
  • David Newman from Long Beach caught his 3.5 pounder on a night crawler by the handicap ramp.
  • Sylvia Diaz from Three Rivers pulled in a 3 ½ lbs. using a night crawler with garlic oil over on North Shore.
  • Dave Cavelli from Santa Barbara had a big catch of a 3.0 lbs. also using a night crawler on North Shore.
  • John and Terry had the biggest lunker of the week with an 8 ¾ lbs. and a 2 ¾ lbs. with a night crawler on North Shore. Way to go!
  • Mark, Courtney, and 4 month old, Sloane, from Riverside pulled in a stringer with 3 ¼ lbs. and  3 ½ lbs. on South Shore.
  • Easton who is only 5 years old from Hemet was able to bring in a 2 ¾ lbs. big one using a night crawler on South Shore.
  • Mason from McKinney, Tx. reeled in a 3 ¼ lbs

Come on up and see us and throw your line in the lake!