Convict Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Autumn is the perfect time to paddle Convict Lake, with brilliant fall colors and excellent kayaking, canoeing, fishing and camping opportunities. Convict Lake itself is about one mile long by a half mile wide and lies at an7,600 feet.elevation
The lake is situated amidst the beautiful scenery of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The lake is bordered by mountain peaks with a few stands of aspen and pine trees along the rocky shoreline. Convict Lake is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful lake's to photograph in the eastern Sierra, with rugged peaks surrounding clear, cold waters.
If you are looking for a destination with hordes of rainbows and a few brown, and brook trout, Convict Lake is the place to go for a kayak angler. Kayak fishing opportunities are excellent for rainbowand brown trout in late spring and early fall, but you can also get some nice catches in the summer. This is a productive early season lake for some quality rainbows and locals prefer either the early part of spring or late fall for big browns.
Fishing season starts the last Saturday in April to October 31st. Fishing derbies are held throughout the season at Convict Lake. The lake is primarily used by fishermen, fishing from along the embankment. Call prior to see if there is a fishing derby on the day you plan to visit here which are held throughout the season at Convict Lake. Or perhaps you would like to try your luck at catching a monster trout from your kayak.
Open: The lake is open daily from late April to October 31st an hour before sunrise to sunset for kayaking. The boat speed limit is 10 m.p.h.
Fees: There is a fee to camp, but no day use or launch fee.
Lake Facilities: The large day use parking area only had a handful of cars, but there were an abundance of people milling about the lake, most of them fishing. There are restrooms, a boat launch, swimming, windsurfing, fishing, hiking and bicycling trails and power boating. Power boats are limited to electric motors on the lake (six horsepower or less).