Photo Credit: Gerritt and Harley Wallace from San Diego, CA with a 3 lb 13oz, 3 lb 9oz & 4 lb 8oz. Rainbow Trout

Fishing at Convict Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA

Convict Lake fishing is arguably some of the best in the West and one of the most popular fishing “holes” in the Eastern Sierra, boasting a fantastic stock of Rainbow and German Brown trout. The pristine lake is 168 acres and ringed with towering mountain peaks. Situated in a bowl at 7,580 feet, Convict Lake was developed by a moraine dam created from retreating glaciers.

Access at Convict Lake is easy and there are several options; hike the lovely trail that surrounds the lake, rent a boat from our marina, or launch your own boat.

Fishing season starts annually on the last Saturday of April, one hour before sunrise and ends on November 15, one hour after sunset.

We are a California Department of Fish & Wildlife fishing license outlet and the lake is stocked weekly by the Department of Fish & Wildlife. Convict Lake Resort also provides supplemental stocking of Rainbow Trout throughout the season.

Our resort offers a full tackle shop, rod/reel combos for sale, photos of anglers with their fish, licenses (available at our general store), spring and fall fishing derbies and a weekly fishing report. 

Year round fishing...there are 3 areas of water that you can fish year round that are near Convict Lake: Hot Creek just across the highway, Lower Owens River including Pleasant Valley Dam in Bishop about 25 minutes south mainly temperate in the winter about 60 degrees and the East Walker River from Bridgeport Dam to Nevada state line about 45 minutes North.  We have included regulations for these waters on our fishing regulations page.


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Photo Credit: Stacey McIntosh from Toluca Lake, CA with a 7lb 10oz Rainbow Trout