THE AMBUSH AT THE LAKE 2021 DERBY

THE AMBUSH AT THE LAKE 2021 DERBY

THE DERBY HAS COME TO AN END!

 

We want to thank all of you who joined in the fun. We want to congratulate all of you who brought in a fish. We hope those who were not as fortunate still enjoyed being out on the beautiful Convict Lake.  All proceeds from the derby go to stocking the lake with those big rainbows from Oregon.

A list of the winners for all of you who caught a 14 inch or larger fish is listed below.  All prizes can be redeemed in the general store with the next 2 years.

 

 

Ambush winners 2021

 

FISH RESPORT 11/17/21

The fishing season has come to a close and we want to thank all of you for coming and seeing us, and throwing your line in the lake and creek.  We already have great plans to make next year a great experience for you.

The last week had wonderful fall weather for those who ventured out to the lake. Many of the end-of-the-season anglers scored some big ones.

Night crawlers, garlic power bait and the Red and Gold Thomas Buoyant were still the favorites.

Big catches this week include:

  • Jaime and Luis from La Verne had a fine day catching 3 beauties weighing 4 ¼ lbs., 3 ½ lbs., and 3 ¼ lbs. using night crawlers on South Shore.
  • Carl and Jeremy pulled in 2 whoppers weighing 5 ¾ lbs., and 4 ¾ lbs. on South Shore using salmon power bait and night crawlers.
  • Josh from Loma Linda and his two little helpers used a Thomas Buoyant to snag a 5 ¼ lbs. rainbow on South Shore.
  • Carl from Montana was using a night crawler by the handicap assessable pier and caught a 5 lbs. monster.
  • Charles from Fullerton used salmon peach power bait on North Shore and caught a 3 ¾ lbs. beauty.

Remember, just because our lake is closed, there are many options nearby for winter fishing.  So, come on up and see us.  Our cabins, store, and restaurant are open year-round.

 

Until next April 30, 2022

Fish On,

Convict Lake Resort

 

FISH REPORT NOV. 11 2021

Other resorts and lakes have closed for the season, but we are open and going strong.  We are here for all you end-of-the-season trout fishing enthusiasts.

In honor of Veterans Day, we want to thank all of you who have served our country. We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do.  You are the best of the best!

Fish are definitely coming up from the deeper water. South Shore around the picnic area has been a hot spot, as well as, North Shore around the old Hangman’s Tree.

Night crawlers, pinched crawlers, garlic power bait in various colors continue to be the baits pulling in the big ones.

Big catches this week include:

  • Chelsie from Grass Valley pulled in a 4 ¾ lbs., 21 ½ inch lunker using garlic cheese and corn power bait on South Shore.

 

  • Eric from Victorville used salmon eggs on South Shore to snag a 2 ¼ lbs. rainbow on South Shore.

 

  • James from Alpine was at the Inlet and caught a nice 1 lbs. trout on garlic power bait.

 

  • Ron from Santa Clarita brought in a 2 ½ lbs. rainbow using orange power eggs on South Shore by the picnic area.

 

  • Sue from Big Bear had a fantastic day by catching 3 beauties weighing 5 lbs. 5 lbs., and 5 ½ lbs. on power bait.  WOW!

 

  • Greg pulled in a whopper at 4 ¾ lbs. on a night crawler on South Shore.

 

  • John and Mark from San Diego had a total of 18 lbs. of rainbows. They were definitely excited about their 4 ½ lbs., 5 lbs., and 3 ¾ lbs. lunkers caught on garlic power bait on North Shore.

We have 5 more days to catch the big trout this season and to be in the Ambush at the Lake Derby.

 

Here is a bit of Resort News for you.

With the time change we have new store hours. The store is open Sunday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Friday and Saturday hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The Aspen Grill is closed for the winter.  Luis and his famous breakfast burritos will be back for the new 2022 trout season.

The marina is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Book your reservations to get the pontoon of your choice.  Call the office or book online. 760-934-3800 ext. 1

The Restaurant at Convict Lake will be closing for dinner after November 15th and will reopen on Wed. Nov. 24th the day before Thanksgiving.

It will be open for a special Thanksgiving dinner.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for THANKSGIVING DAY.  MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY BECAUSE IT SELLS OUT FAST!

The restaurant will close again after Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 29th and reopen on Dec. 16th and remain open for the rest of the year.

With just a few more days for this fishing season we welcome all of you to come up and throw your line out in the water.  The trout are definitely hungry and looking for a tasty treat.

FISH REPORT NOV. 2, 2021

The big news this week is that we stocked the lake with many big ones weighing  5 to 8 pounds.  The Ambush at the Lake Derby and Morrison’s Bonus Weekend with the special tagged fish brought in many anglers.  Big trout were caught, but unfortunately, none of the tagged fish were snagged.

The late season anglers are pulling in some nice ones all around the lake from the shoreline and from boats. A variety of baits and lures have been working, including Gulp Pinched Crawlers, inflated night crawlers, the Rainbow Trout Rapala, green garlic power bait, and our old favorite, the Red and Gold Thomas Buoyant.

The big catch of the week was caught by Fred from Forest Hill, CA.  He pulled in a whopper weighing 8 lbs. and 26 inches.  He was on a boat off shore of the picnic area on South Shore using a pinched crawler.  WOW!!

  • Jeff from Santee brought in a rainbow weighing 2 ½ lbs. with a pinched crawler at the Outlet.
  • Robert from Orange County used a night crawler at the Inlet and hooked a 3 pounder.
  • Don from Altadena reeled in a huge rainbow weighing 5 ¼ lbs. using a Rainbow Trout Rapala right by the jetty.
  • Tommy from Mammoth Lakes caught two 3 pound beauties while fly fishing on the lake. He released these rainbows back into the water.
  • The Henderson Family from West Lake Village had some wonderful catches. Erica snagged a 1 ½ lbs. rainbow on green garlic power bait. Cody used the green garlic power bait to catch a one pounder. They both brought in a few more rainbows caught at the Inlet.  That’s what we call, having a great time at Convict.
  • Josh sent in a pic on Instagram of his 3 ¼ lbs. beauty.

With the end of trout season rapidly approaching, now is the time to come on up to Convict and catch those whoppers before it is too late. The campground closed on October 31st, but our cabins are open and are warm and cozy on the colder mornings and nights.  The marina is open daily for those wanting to go out on one of our pontoon boats

The Ambush at the Lake Derby goes until Nov. 15th .  You still have time to get into the drawing worth $6000 in prizes by catching just one 14 inch or larger trout.  We have a few Ambush at the Lake t-shirts in the store. We only have size small, medium and large. These can be ordered online or by calling the store.

The fish are biting and we have all that you need to make a great last of the season trip.

FISH REPORT 10/22/202

Our apologies for the late posting. We’ve been busy!

We got snow on Monday the 18th and the conditions for the anglers were pretty wild, however, the fish didn’t seem to mind and they were biting. The colder temperatures are bringing the trout up from the deeper waters.

Many 3 and 4 pound rainbows were being reeled in all week.  Garlic power bait in green, rainbow, and yellow colors were big hits.  Inflated night crawlers and pink power worms did well with some anglers.  Trolling at higher depths using a Thomas Buoyant brought in some big rainbows.

Big catches this week include:

  • Robert from Buena Park caught two beauties weighing 2 ½ lbs. and 3 ½ lbs. using night crawlers on North Shore.
  • Jimmy from Camarillo reeled in a whopper weighing 4 ¾ lbs. at the Inlet.
  • Jay from Santa Clarita used a Thomas Buoyant along North Shore and caught a 3 ½ lbs. rainbow.
  • Chad from Lone Pine used a mini jig on North Shore to catch a 3 pounder.
  • Steve, Les, and Ron from Mira Loma had a productive day on the lake reeling in a 3 ½ lbs., 2 ½ lbs., and a 3 ¾ lbs. lunkers on South Shore and North Shore.
  • Nick and Nina from Temecula used green garlic power bait and hooked a 4 ½ lbs. , 21 inch rainbow on South Shore.
  • A family from San Dimas had a fine vacation at the lake catching some big ol’ trout. Garret caught a 4 ½ lbs., Kyle caught a 4 ½ lbs., Mark got a 3 ¾ lbs. and Jake brought in the biggest at 5.1 lbs. They all used a pink power worms in the jetty area.
  • Sherri and Robert from Temecula also had a fine time out on the lake. Sherri caught a 4 ½ lbs. rainbow using orange power bait on North Shore.  Robert caught a 4 ¾ lbs., 21 inch beauty using green garlic power bait on North Shore.
  • Josh sent us a picture of his great 3 lbs. catch out on the lake using a slammer.
  • Lyn and Lonnie from Graeagle, CA brought in two big rainbows each weighing 3 ¼ lbs. by trolling a Red and Gold Thomas Buoyant.

A big storm made its way through over the weekend and into Monday the 25th. We are expecting more cooler temperatures this week.  The marina will remain open until the end of the season on Nov. 15th when the weather conditions permit safe boating.

The campground will close on October 31st.  The resort – the cabins, store and restaurant are open all year.

We have plenty of warm jackets, sweatshirts, gloves, beanies, and socks in the store.  We also have a fine selection of wine and beers.  Come on in the store and get warmed up!

 

FISH REPORT 10/15/2021

It has been quite the weather week here at Convict.  We started the week with wind and snow and crashing waves out on the lake. The weather has settled down and the fishing has been great.

The cooler temperatures have moved the fish into shallower water and closer to shore.  The late season trout fishing is going strong.  We have had many 3-to-5-pound fish being caught on inflated night crawlers, garlic power bait in green, yellow and rainbow colors, and also pinched crawlers.  Pink and white Mice Tails, Red and Gold Thomas Buoyants, and the Bloody Ripper Tasmanian Devil have brought in some big catches.

Amazing catches this week include:

  • JJ had a great time on the lake with two big catches. He got a 3 ¼ lbs. & a 3 ¾ lbs. trout using garlic power bait on South Shore.
  • Bobby from Temecula brought in a 4 lbs. beauty on a night crawler on South Shore.
  • Alex from Orange reeled in a 3 ¾ lbs. rainbow on a night crawler on South Shore.
  • David from Arkansas can go home and tell his friends about the 3 ¾ lbs. trout he caught on salmon peach power bait on South Shore.
  • Peggy from Albuquerque, New Mexico caught a 19 ½ inch, 3 ½ lbs. lunker on green garlic power bait on South Shore.
  • Shane from Palmdale also caught a 3 ½ lbs. rainbow on garlic power bait on South Shore.
  • Jim from Santa Maria had the big catch for the week with a beefy 6 ¼ lbs. using Gulp Pinched Crawlers at the Outlet.
  • Khan from Anaheim used garlic power bait and caught a 3 ½ lbs. trout on South Shore.
  • Robert from San Diego reeled in a 4 lbs. rainbow using a white body – pink head Mice Tail on North Shore.
  • Mike from Camarillo used white power bait on South Shore to catch a 3 ¾ lbs. beauty.
  • An angler, “Raider Fan” sent us a picture of his 5 lbs. catch that he brought in using 2 lbs. test. That was quite the catch!

The weather this coming week should be ideal for the prime fall fishing season.  Daytime temps will range from the low 60’s with sunny to mostly sunny skies.  Nighttime lows will be in the 20’s.  Better bring your warm PJ’s!

We hope you will come on up and the see the fall colors before they are gone.  The marina is open daily for your boating enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FISH REPORT OCTOBER 7, 2021

Fall has arrived!  The aspen trees are turning their beautiful gold colors and more importantly, the trout are coming up from the deeper water.

Fishing has been very productive this week.  The trophy size rainbows that we planted a week ago are hungry and looking for a tasty treat.  The bite has been good all around the lake from both the shore and out on a boat.

As we say almost every week, green garlic, rainbow, and yellow power bait have been the biggest hits.  Inflated night crawlers and pinched crawlers have also been successful.

Trolling a “Bloody Ripper” Tasmanian Devil and the Red and Gold Thomas Buoyant at approximately 25 feet have brought in a few beauties.

Some notable catches include:

  • Craig and Margarita from Phelan brought in a 2 ¾ lbs. rainbow on green power bait.
  • George from Mira Loma used cheese power bait to reel in a 4 ¼ lbs. lunker.
  • Brothers Ethan and Aiden caught a 4 ¼ lbs. whopper. Picture sent in by Rick’s Sports Center.
  • Noah and Nikolas used power bait on South Shore and hooked a 2 ¾ lbs. rainbow.
  • Jason and Greg were on South Shore and caught 3 lbs. and 3 ½ lbs. beauties on green and orange mice tails.
  • David from Long Beach used a night crawler by the handicap accessible dock and was trolling a Thomas Buoyant on South Shore to catch 3 ½ lbs. and 2 ¾ lbs. lunkers.

Last week we mentioned our friend Steve who caught a little beauty.  We aren’t sure what happened, but his picture did not get on the report.  So, we are trying again this week.  So sorry Steve!

The weather has definitely turned chilly.  Day time temps are predicted to range from 62 degrees to 38 degrees.  The low temps will range in the mid to low 20’s.  There are a couple of days with a slight chance of snow showers.

We have plenty of warm jackets, sweatshirts, beanies, gloves, and hand and toe warmers in the store. You can also grab a cup of hot coffee or cocoa to help warm you up.

Come on and see us – it is a great time of the year to experience Convict Lake.

 

FISH REPORT 9/30/21

Windy weather made for a few rough days this week. Despite the wind, the lake produced some good limits.  In the fall, the trout begin coming up from the deeper water.  Many 3 ½ to 4 pounders were caught on inflated night crawlers, green garlic power bait, salmon peach power bait, rainbow power bait and pinched crawlers.  Trolling around 25 to 30 feet using a Tasmanian Devil or a Red and Gold Thomas Buoyant worked well.

We stocked the lake on Tuesday with 400 pounds of trophy size trout. At least 75 of the fish are ranging between 5 ½ lbs. and 6 lbs. and are just waiting for you to get out on the lake.

We have many great catches to share with you this week.

  • Dave from Santa Barbara caught two beauties that were 4 ½ lbs. and 4 ¼ lbs. on South Shore and the Inlet with power bait.
  • Nathan, Mike and Gage from Canyon Country each caught 3 pound whoppers with yellow power bait on South Shore.
  • McKensie from San Diego caught two 3 pounders on South Shore and the jetty area using salmon peach power bait.
  • Rick from Redlands also used salmon peach power bait to bring in a 3 lbs. rainbow on South Shore.
  • Graham from Orange caught two lunkers using the salmon peach power bait on South Shore. One was 3 lbs. and the other was 4 ¾ lbs.
  • Bilal from Huntington Beach brought in a big beefy 5 lbs. trout on a night crawler on South Shore.
  • Darren from Jamul, CA, used a Thomas Buoyant on North Shore to reel in a 3 ¾ lbs. rainbow.
  • Jamal from Huntington Beach used chunky cheese power bait dipped in garlic to catch a 3 ½ lbs. trout on South Shore.
  • Eneb from Temecula caught a 3 ¼ lbs. nice one on a night crawler at the Inlet.
  • John from Pine Mountain Club was trolling a Tasmanian Devil and hooked a 3 lbs. rainbow.
  • Steve, a long-time friend of the resort, from El Dorado Hills was happy to bring in a nice one using green glitter power bait on South Shore.
  • Gage sent a picture of his 3 ½ lbs. catch. Thanks

Don’t forget you still have time to sign up for the fall derby.  The Ambush at the Lake Derby will continue through Nov. 15th.  Just catch one fourteen inch fish and you are in the drawing of $6000 worth of prizes.  With the monster fish that are out in the lake, it is easy to qualify.

There is a touch of fall in the air and the aspen trees are just starting to get a little color.  Now is a wonderful time to come and see us.

 

 

FISH REPORT 9/23/21

HOORAY! WE ARE OPEN AND THE FISHING IS GREAT!

After being closed for 2 weeks due to the closure of the Inyo National Forest, the lake is now **OPEN** and the trout are hungry!

The weather has definitely gotten cooler so the fish are coming up from the deeper water.  The trout seem to like the cooler weather with many trophy size rainbows being caught this week.

The best bait has remained the same with the green garlic power bait, rainbow power bait, and inflated night crawlers.  We had a big 4 pounder brought in on a Kastmaster.

Notable catches this week include:

  • Carol from Torrance caught the biggest beauty weighing in at 5 ¼ lbs. on a night crawler. Wow, what a catch!
  • Dan and Kim from Tehachapi brought in a big one using a Kastmaster.
  • Jim from Taft used green garlic power bait and caught a 2 ¾ lbs. trout that also qualified him for the drawing of the Ambush Derby.
  • JW sent us pics of his big catch. Thanks for sharing.
  • Scott from Temple City scored a 4 ¼ lbs. rainbow on the light green garlic power bait on South Shore.
  • 87 year old, Lurline and her son from Los Angeles had quite the stringer with a 5 lbs., 4 lbs., and two 3 lbs. This will be a fishing trip they will remember.

We will be stocking the lake again this coming week with the big trophy trout from Desert Spring Trout Farm in Oregon.

Just a reminder, the Ambush at the Lake Derby is still going on through Nov. 15th. Sign up in the store.  The “Ambush” t-shirts are available in the store and online.

The Aspen Grill hours have changed.  It is now open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM for breakfast and lunch.

The store hours have also changed:

  • Monday – Thursday  8 AM to 6 PM.
  • Friday 8 AM to 7 PM
  • Saturday 7 AM to 7 PM
  • Sunday 7 AM to 6 PM

The restaurant is open nightly for dinner with the lounge opening at 5 PM and serving dinner at 5:30 PM.  Reservations are required for the dining room. Pizza is being served in the lounge

Cabins are available and it is the perfect time to come see the aspen trees turn their magnificent colors.

PLEASE COME ON US AND SEE US – WE HAVE MISSED YOU.

FISH REPORT AUGUST 26, 2021

Many sizeable trout have come out of the lake this week.  The best hint for all of you anglers is to go out early or late and go down deep and slow.

The fish seem to be interested in inflated night crawlers, Pinched Crawlers, garlic power bait, and Mice Tails.  Those who prefer to use lures, try the Red and Gold Thomas Buoyant and Kastmasters.

The weather next week is supposed to be sunny with high temps in the low 80’s and lows at night in the low 40’s.  Sounds like fine days to be out on the lake.

Ambush at the Lake Derby starts on Friday, August 27th  and will continue for the remainder of the fishing season. Register in the store. The $16 fee includes an annual pin and a 14 inch ruler.  Catch one 14 inch fish and be in the drawing of over $6000 in prizes. Ambush T-shirts are on sale in the store and online.

Notable catches this week include:

  • April from Monterey Park used green garlic power bait to bring in a 3 ½ lbs. trout on South Shore.
  • Anthony and his grandpa, George, from San Diego brought in some beauties using 2 lb. test. They did a great job!
  • Jim from Hacienda Heights scored big with 4 trophy size rainbows. It was his lucky day!
  • Howard, 86 years old, from Reno used rainbow power bait to reel in a 3 lbs. lunker at the Inlet on a boat.
  • Kayleigh from Carlsbad caught a 3 pounder on green garlic power bait.
  • Roger, Steve and Don (not pictured) from Oakley caught a combined stringer of 6 ½ lbs.

What a week!

The store hours have changed to Sunday through Thursday 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Friday and Saturday 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

The Marina hours are now 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM