1. The top pick is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The yellowfin tuna bite off the Southern California coast has been spectacular and will likely remain the top pick well into October based on the volume of fish off the coast and well down the Baja coast. Limit-style action on yellowfin tuna has been a fact on nearly every boat out of San Diego, including the three-quarter day boats this week. Even the full-day (not even overnight trips) from the Oceanside, Dana Point, and Orange County landings are getting in on this action. Here are the contact numbers for the San Diego and Oceanside landings where the bite is the best: H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383, Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627 or Helgren’s Sportfishing at 760-722-2133.
2. The striped bass bite in the Laughlin-Bullhead stretch of the Colorado River just keeps getting better and better with more and more real quality fish. While most anglers are drifting anchovies and getting nice numbers of one-pound class stripers, there were also fish at just a snick under 30 pounds and 18 pounds caught this past week (also on anchovies). Imagine what a good striper angler hurling big swimbaits or topwater could do. For an update on the bite, check with Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
3. While August is normally a slow month for trout at Big Bear Lake, the bite has been excellent this year — especially for anglers trolling with Needlefish or Rapalas. The fish are in the top 12 to 14 feet of water and the better holdover fish are running up to four pounds. Not a bad bet for the holiday weekend. For an update on the action, check with Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222.
TROUT: Good action throughout the Sierra. Hot spots include (from North to South), Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake, Convict Lake, Lake Crowley, Lake Sabrina, and Bishop Creek. In Southern California, Green Valley Lake is getting planted with brown and rainbow trout this year, and the bite remains fair to good. Big Bear Lake has been consistently very good with rainbows to four pounds, especially for trollers.
BLACK BASS: The largemouth bass remain in their summer pattern with the fish going deep during the day and then coming up mornings and evenings to chase baitfish. The topwater and reaction bait bites are fair to good most everywhere, but overall the action is pretty mediocre. Not much change in the top bets with El Capitan, Sutherland, and Lower Otay tops in the San Diego region, and Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley best further north. Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas all also decent bets. The Central Coast waters of Santa Margarita and Lopez are also good. On the Colorado River, the smallmouth bass bite had been good in the entire lower river, especially around rip-rap. Smallmouth are decent at Big Bear Lake and the lower Kern River. Not a lot of big fish anywhere, but good action on fish to four pounds.
STRIPED BASS: The striper action is fair to good on at most SoCal reservoirs with these fish live (with the glaring exception of Diamond Valley continuing this week), and there are brief flurries of very good action. Castaic’s topwater bite has been the big news and most fun, but Skinner may still be the better on fish topping four pounds. Silverwood and Pyramid are still pretty good for sheer volume of small fish and the occasional bigger fish. Diamond Valley has been off with the worst fishing on the lot. The California aqueduct near Taft has been fair, but most of the fish are sub-keeper sized. On the Colorado River, the Bullhead City-Laughlin stretch cranked out a 30-pound class fish this week and the bite on one-pounds is very good.
PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are well into the summer mode with just slow to fair action most of the time, but flashes of good action early and late in the day or when you find a school of willing fish. Lake Perris is probably the best bet now, but Lake Skinner and Diamond Valley Lake are still producing a few fish in tough bites. There has been some spotty action in Casitas. Quality crappie bites are mostly dead, but the Isabella bite came back on again this week in the North Fork Arm on live minnows.
CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River remains fair to good, but no reports of monster fish this past week because of very light fishing pressure. Lake Isabella in Kern County is one of the better bets for channel cats in the region. Elsinore, Skinner, Cachuma, Silverwood and Diamond Valley, are all good bets locally for wild fish, in about that order. The best stocked-fish bites are Irvine Lake, Corona Lake, and Santa Ana River Lakes. All of the San Bernardino County Parks are stocking catfish every week and are proving pretty fair action.
Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be or have been restocked with catchable-size rainbow trout or channel catfish by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Plants are listed for the current week and the coming week. Each list is updated with changes each week. For the most recent updates in Southern California and the Eastern Sierra Nevada, you can call the DFW recording at 855-887-1275, or for updates in the Western Sierra, you can call 559-243-4005, x183. For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking web site at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/, which is the same data used here.
THIS WEEK’S TROUT PLANTS (August 24-30):
SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River, South Fork Santa Ana River.
INYO: Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Owens River (section 2), Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.
MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker Lake, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Owens River (Section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (upper Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (upper and lower at Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).
FRESNO: Courtwright Reservoir, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Ward Lake, Wishon Reservoir.
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (August 31-September 6):
INYO: Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2).
MONO: Owens River (section 3).
SAN ANTONIO: The striped bass bite has been fair with the best bite on swim baits in the mornings and evenings. The largemouth bass have been fair to good with the fish on top early and late and then in 15 to 40 feet of water on plastics. Smallmouth are also pretty decent with a crankbait bite early in the mornings and then plastics and jigs fished deeper later in the day. Top areas for the smallies have been the points adjacent to Half Moon Bay and the wooded shoreline opposite the marina. The catfish bite is good on cut baits and prepared baits. Most are starting to move out of the shallows and back into deeper water. Few reports on panfish. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes, or inflatables can get on the water. When the ramps reopen, anglers launching boats need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: Call the main office at 805-472-2313. The marina number is 805-472-2818 (currently closed).
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good action on smaller one to three-pound spotted bass. The fish are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day, but the best action has been on plastics, small spoons, and spinnerbaits. The white bass have been boiling in the mouths of the coves, especially La Tables, but the best action has been for trollers working leadcore in 15 to 20 feet of water with small spoons or Roostertails. A few crappie are showing. No reports on catfish or bluegill. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: marina at 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass action has been fair to good and the grass beds are up. Pretty decent topwater action on frogs the past week. While most of the bass are two to three pounds, there have been fish to six pounds. Crappie have been fair with some quality fish showing on yellow or lemon jigs around the marina and off Mackey Point. Catfish have been fair to good in the bays and coves, mostly on nightcrawlers or cut mackerel. The bite is still mostly in less than 20 feet of water. Some quality reader are showing, but the bite is pretty tough, with the best bite on nightcrawlers in 15 to 25 feet of water. The boat ramp is still open, but only for four-wheel drive vehicles. The marina store is still closed. Information: Contact the park ranger office at 805-788-2397.
LOPEZ: The topwater bass bite is fair to good with a lot of fish on frogs and other topwater baits early and late in the day. Some fish outside the dawn-dusk period on plastics or deep cranks on the outside of the weeds. The bluegill, redear, and crappie are fair to good. The bluegill and redear best on red worms while the crappie are best on small jigs tipped with a meal worm or Crappie Nibble. A few catfish continue to show on cut baits in deeper water. Quagga mussel inspections are required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: 805-489-1006.
For more in-depth weekly fishing reports for Central Coast waters, both fresh and saltwater, go to http://www.sanluisobispo.com/outdoors/index.html.
CARP DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long carp derby started August 1 and continues through the end of the month. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest carp weighed in during August will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. There are currently 64 anglers signed up so the pot is at $164. The current leader is still Sem Mat, Bakersfield, with a 12.10 carp. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide some of the best action in the region. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers and Secret 7 catfish bait. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish and stringers of 15 to 25 fish have been common. There has also been a surprising crappie bite on nice fish to a pound or a little better for anglers fishing live minnows and jigs up in the North Fork arm right at the base of the flooded trees. Other species slow except for a few bass early in the morning and a few bluegill. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait.
Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
KERN RIVER: Flows have been 175 cfs going into Isabella and 175 coming out — very low. The upper river has been slow for bait and lure anglers, with no plants in over a month. The fly anglers are doing fair on wild fish, with the action progressively better the further upstream you go. Water temperatures in the Kernville area are high in the afternoons. Some decent evening caddis hatches. In the lower river flows are very low, but the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been pretty good on nightcrawlers, plastics and Roostertails. The catfish bite has also been pretty good in the bigger pools on garlic shrimp or nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action has remained pretty good on garlic shrimp, shad, chicken liver, and mackerel. Quite a few fish topping five pounds. The striper bite is fair, but mostly small fish are showing on cranks, blood worms, lug worms, and sardines. Carp also fair. Other species have been slow. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com
MILL CREEK PARK: Most of the action has been for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait. There are also still a few catfish showing on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are good on most of the small baits, especially on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, or red worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits. A few bass continue to show early on plastics or topwater.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is also very good on Powder Bait. A rare bass is still showing early and late.
TRUXTUN LAKE: There has been a pretty fair bite on bass in the evenings on live minnows and Brush Hawgs the last week. The carp action has been good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. The bluegill are also good on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, and most are in less than 10 feet of water.
MING LAKE: Good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are very good on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite is tough, but a few are showing on plastics and nightcrawlers early and late in the day
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Few reports of other species.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish and bluegill bites are both pretty good. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad, or nightcrawlers at night, but most are on the small side. Bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The carp bite is fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough baits. The bass action is tough with only a few on topwater, plastics and nightcrawlers early in the day. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. The ëgills are best on meal or wax worms. Carp are best on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. A fair number of carp and catfish. Bass spotty. Other species still slow. Information: 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty on nightcrawlers, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good. The bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and small jigs, while the carp are best on dough baits. Information: 559-597-2526.
GENERAL UPDATE: For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call 760-876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call 760-873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call 760-924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call 760-647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call 760-932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or www.bishopvisitor.com, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker has been tough with 42 cfs flows this week and the best fishing has been below the first bridge and on the Nevada side. The best fly action has been on dead-drifted crayfish patterns, San Juan Worms, Chubby Chernobyl, Rainbow Warrior or the Silver Streak. Bridgeport Reservoir continues to drop and the fishing has been tough. Best action has been bait for the trout, but the rollers are getting a few fish. Also a fair bite on perch. The Twin Lakes have been fair, with most of the fish pan-sized. Trollers are doing the best, but fly and bait anglers are also getting a few fish. The West Walker has been good, especially with dry flies, and lure anglers are getting some fish in the evenings on spinners. Virginia Lake remains one of the best spots in the region with a very good bite and limits of fish to four pounds showing on flies, bait, and lures. Kirman is getting little pressure but the bite has been pretty good for fly anglers on damsels and small streamers. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Not much change here with fair to good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop with mornings and evenings the best time to fish. June Lake continues to produce a lot of one to three pound trout. Dan McReynolds, Bakersfield, caught a 3-8 rainbow on garlic-flavored yellow PowerBait. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches, with a few browns showing from Silver and Grant. The usual PowerBaits, Pinched Crawlers, and small lures are getting fish at all four waters, and there is a pretty good fly-bubble bite in the evenings. Desert Spring hatchery was slated to plant three to five-pound rainbows and the DFW is planting weekly. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been good to excellent for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays around weed beds. Quite a few fish from two to four pounds. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, fishing has been best at the inlet and along the south shore. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair to good action early and late in the day. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls and along the outside edges of weed beds all over the lakes, while the upper lakes are all best morning and evening, especially with the fly-bubble combo, small spinners, or floating baits. Rock Creek Lake has been fair to good. Rock Creek is good with a lot of smaller browns. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was fair to good this past week during the full moon, but a little off from the previous week. North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina all improved this past week, especially Sabrina which produced a lot of limits with fish to two pounds. The inlets were the hot spots at Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II also remain the top spots to get a limit of trout. In the valley, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is slow to fair for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the mornings, then tougher until dusk. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers, but conditions are tough. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010, Culver’s 760-872-8361, Brock’s 760-872-3581.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week.
SALTON SEA: Still very slow with little or no fishing pressure. The tilapia bite has been poor and there continues to be a horrible fly problem. Kayak rentals are available at the state park headquarters. Boat launch fee is $3 and the park entrance fee is $5, both with a self-registration. The state park launch is available 24-hours a day and is currently the only boat launch on the sea. The camp store is open Friday through Sunday and has bait and basic fishing gear. Volunteers are needed to work in the visitor center and camp store. They get free camping and hookups. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).
ALAMO RIVER: No reports.
COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: No reports.
ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.
FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.
WEIST LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-352-3308.
SUNBEAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
LAKE CAHUILLA: No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-564-4712.
ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.
LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught on cut baits. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, anchovies, sardines or shrimp. Fish are mostly in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.
WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good near the dam on nightcrawlers. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Good to excellent striped bass action throughout this part of the Colorado River. While most are around a pound and showing on anchovies, there have been a good number of quality fish showing in this bite. Also some fish on bigger topwater baits and cranks. Best this week, and for some time, was a 29.4-pounder caught by Kenny Crawford, Bullhead City, from the upper Big Bend area on an anchovy. John Rivera, Bullhead, caught a 17.9-pound striper in the Avi Casino stretch. The stripers are showing from Laughlin all the way down to Needles. Also some catfish show, also on cut baits. Shelly Meston, Bullhead, landed a 10-pound channel cat in old Bullhead. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good for cats. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair to good in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.
PARKER STRIP: Catfish are fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads are still pretty fair.
BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River, but there continues to be light pressure. The water has mostly cleared up from the recent rains, and the flathead action is fair with live bluegill and goldfish the top baits. The canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but the few anglers fishing are finding pretty good catfish action for both flathead to 20 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits and some topwater early and late. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.
YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.
BARRETT: No county report. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: No county report. Marina staff report good catfish action in the shallow coves, fair to good bluegill action off the fishing platform, and fair bass action with fish to eight pounds reported in the past week. Carp are very good for the few anglers targeting the carp. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: No county report. Marina staff reports the bass action has been fair to good. Plastics have been good mornings and late afternoons, and there is a good topwater bite early and late. Catfish and bluegill have also been fair to good. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: No county report. Marina staff report the bluegill bite is very good with a lot of pan-sized fish on nightcrawlers, wax worms, meal worms, and crickets. There is also a fair to good bass bite on shiners and nightcrawlers, and a good early morning surface bite. The catfish bite on most cut baits. Water level is rising. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: No county report. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for catch-and-release fishing (only artificial lures with single, barbless hooks), sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed, but anglers can still walk in. Lake information: 619-465-3474 (recording) or 619-397-5212 (concession) or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
MURRAY: No county report. Marina staff reports that bass have been fair to good with a lot of topwater and jerk bait action early and late as the fish chase shad. Plastics also a good bet. DeAnn Mik, La Mesa, had four bass totaling 24.8 pounds, including fish at 11.2 and 8.5 pounds fishing near the pier with shiners. Catfish are showing in the deep water off the points opposite the marina, mostly on cut baits. The bluegill bite is pretty good. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is 619-466-4847.
MIRAMAR: No county report. Marina staff report good bass action on drop-shot and Texas-rigged plastics and some topwater early and late. The catfish are fair go good around the docks and opposite the marina on cut baits. Bluegill are good, and some nice fish are showing. Jack McLaughlin, 5, Del Mar, had a stringer of 15 bluegill to 3/4-pound off the fishing pier on red worms. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. New boat rental and concession information: 858-527-1722.
SUTHERLAND: No county report. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: The lake will close on weekdays after Labor Day, as it does every year, and remain open for weekends only throughout the fall. Catfish are fair to good on cut mackerel or chicken liver. The final plant of the season went in two weeks ago. Only a few bass showing on reaction baits early and late in the day when they are up chasing shad. Still the odd crappie being caught on a live shiner. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com
DOANE POND: No recent DFW plants.
DIXON LAKE: Catfish action has been good, especially during the night fishing sessions. Bass remain fair with some flurries of good topwater action early and late. Bluegill action is warming up with some up smaller sized fish off the piers near the weedy, covered areas of the lake. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.
POWAY: The catfish bite has been good, especially at night, on mackerel, chicken liver, and specialty catfish baits. Catfish plants this week and three weeks ago. Night fishing is only allowed Friday and Saturday nights until September 5th. Fishing is open until 11:30 p.m., and boats can stay out until 11 p.m. Bass fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits with some good reaction bait action early and late in the day. Small bluegill are good in most shallow shoreline areas with some bigger ëgills in 12 to 20 feet of water. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.
JENNINGS: Catfish action has been fair with plants this week and two weeks ago. The best action has been at the Bird Trees and most coves on mackerel, chicken liver or dough bait. The redear bite is also fair to good in the morning on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms. Bass are fair at best with a little topwater early in the day and then a few fish on plastics. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.
MORENA: The bass bite has been fair to good this past week mostly on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some topwater early and late. Catfish have been fair to good on cut baits, especially shrimp and mackerel, with some nice stringers of five to 15 fish reported. Most in the two-pound class. A few bluegill showing, but crappie are slow. Carp are pretty decent for the few anglers targeting the carp with dough baits. No trout reported. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: Trout action continues fair to good, but the fish are getting tough by the day with the warm weather. Catfish are pretty fair and a few bigger fish have been reported. The small crappie are showing in good numbers again. Last DFW trout plant was three weeks ago. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: No reports. Information: 760-782-3501.
CACHUMA: Catfish continue to be the top bet here with other bites slow to fair. The catfish action has been on cut baits and dough baits in most of the bays and coves, with the action very shallow. Some of the fish are topping six pounds and some limits or near-limits reported. The largemouth and smallmouth bass started showing on the surface this past week with a pretty good topwater bite early and late in the day with some action on plastics afterward. Crappie are very slow with only the odd fish showing on small jigs by the cistern island. The trout bite has also been very, very slow, with little pressure. Carp are excellent for bowfishermen, especially in the east end, Johnson and Cachuma bays in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: There bass bite remains fair to good with the fish in deeper water most of the day and showing on plastics and jibs fishing in 20 to 40 feet of water, but the topwater action at first and last light has also been good on frogs, buzz baits, and poppers. Also some spinnerbait and jerk bait fish in the mornings when schools of shad are near-surface. No big fish reported, but pretty good numbers of 1-8 to three-pound fish and some to five pounds. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in 12 to 30 feet, mostly on nightcrawler pieces fished on the bottom. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com
CASTAIC: The striper bite remains good and the topwater activity remains very good with boils throughout the day all around the lake. Hot spots have been Necktie Canyon and Dry Gulch. Flukes, Spooks and Kastmasters have been the top lures for the boils. Andrew Knotts, Valencia, had an eight-pound striper fishing a topwater Sammy in Dry Gulch. There has also been a good topwater or jerkbait bite for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the early mornings and then a fair bite late in the afternoons and into the evening on plastics and nightcrawler. John Sprott, Valencia, landed a four-pound largemouth on a Senko off C Point. The catfish are fair to good in 12 to 40 feet of water in most of the coves. Bluegill are slow to fair in eight to 20 feet of water on small nightcrawlers, crickets, or wax worms. Most are 1/4-pounders. The west ramp remains closed. The water will continue to fall this summer and the boat capacity has been reduced from 500 to 300 boats per day. Other species slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in 12 to 30 feet of water, but there is some topwater action early and late in the day. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports on cut baits. The bluegill action is fair and only if you can find a school of fish, but the fish are mostly hand-sized. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201, or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: The striper bite remains fair to good with a lot of small fish from one to three pounds. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and bloodworms. Fair catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits with fish to six pounds reported this past week. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but there has also been some early topwater action. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Slow to fair bass action on plastics and topwater baits early and late in the day. Tough mid-day bite with the heat. The bluegill are showing in pretty good numbers with some fish pushing a half-pound. Redear and crappie still spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW plants. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW plants.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
ELIZABETH LAKE: Lake is currently dry. No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 213-261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW plants.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.
SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good catfish action. The fifth qualifying tournament for the 2014 Slay Fest Championship will be 5 p.m. August 23. The lakes are being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
IRVINE LAKE: The catfish bite is good with the smaller fish in less than 20 feet of water and the bigger fish deeper. Cut mackerel and shrimp are the best baits. Best fish reported was a 13-12 caught by Stewart Smothers, Los Angeles, on mackerel off the flats, while Nyla Smothers, also Los Angeles, landed an 11-9 channel. Jack Lander, Orange, caught an 11-5 blue catfish on Bite-On off the flats. Bass are getting little pressure, but the bite is good on small lures that replicate the big numbers of juvenile shad and crappie in the lake. Also some bluegill. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. Information: 949-362-9227 or www.lagunaniguellake.com.
ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. The facility will remain closed until Santa Ana River Lakes closes for routine maintenance. Information: 714-996-3508 or www.fishinglakes.com.
LAKE HEMET: No recent DFW trout plants and slow trout action. A few fish continue to show for anglers at the dam and along the USFS shore access area, with early morning the best time to fish. PowerBait or small jigs have been the best bet. Pretty good action on small bass, and fair to good action on small bluegill. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680 or http://www.lakehemet.org/fishing_conditions.php.
LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.
DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some flurries of good topwater action early and late in the day. Most of the fish are two to four pounds and showing in 25 to 35 feet of water on drop-shot plastics in purple, brown, or pink. Senkos and Creature Baits are also good bets. The striper bite has been very tough this past week with only a few fish showing on bluegill-like swimbaits on top or trolled flies. Catfish are fair to good but getting little fishing pressure. Cut baits off the mail lake points and mouths of the bays and coves have been the best bet. Most are quality fish from four to six pounds with some bigger. The bluegill and redear action is fair with the bite best on smaller fish on crickets, wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawlers. A few one-pound class fish. Boats inspected and tagged ìquagga freeî at Diamond Valley are also allowed on Perris and Silverwood. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: The largemouth bass action was good this past week with fish showing all over the lake, mostly chasing shad that are running along the shorelines. The topwater bite has been good in the mornings, and plastics and reaction baits the best in the evenings. The mid-day bite is pretty tough, however, with the fish sounding down into 20 to 30 feet of water. Quincy Doe, Perris, had a 3-8 bass on a topwater in the marina. The bluegill and redear action remains fair in the east end, around the marina docks, and at the tire reef. The best bite has been on red worms, meal worms, nightcrawlers, and crickets, but the weed beds are getting thick and hampering fishing. A few catfish have been reported around the tire reef on mackerel and fresh bonito, but the crappie and trout have been no-shows this past week. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: The striper bite is fair to good on two to five pound class fish, but few bigger fish this past week. The best action has been at the inlet where the water has been flowing. Llug worms, sardines, mackerel, shad, and chicken liver are the top baits. The catfish bite is good with quite a few fish topping five pounds. Best action on shrimp, chicken liver, mackerel, and sardines fished in Catfish Alley around rocks and tules. James Harris, Lake Elsinore, had a nine-pound cat on cut mackerel. There will be a catfish plant this Friday. Bluegill and redear are slow, but an occasional quality fish continues to pop. The largemouth bite also remains fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action. Carp are very good on dough baits, and most are in less than 10 feet of water. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: The catfish bite remains very good with most fish running from two to eight pounds. Cut baits working the best. The carp bite is fair to good on dough baits or corn. The bite on bass, crappie, and bluegill, is slow and there have been no wiper reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA: Good catfish action with a lot of quality limits showing for anglers fishing mackerel, shrimp, and chicken liver. Corona is being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
RANCHO JURUPA: No recent plants. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish plant slated for Friday this week in time for the holiday weekend. The catfish action has slowed way down before the plant, but Juan Flores, Mira Loma, had two cats to 3-8 on garlic worms. The bass remain fair and are catch-and-release only. Lots of two-pound class fish on topwater, reaction baits, and plastic worms early and late in the day. Bluegill fair to good, but most small. Information: 909-795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: No recent plants. Information: 530-526-7937.
REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: 951-654-7906 or www.reflectionlakerv.com.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Catfish action has been good. Anchovies have been the top bait, but the mackerel and nightcrawlers are also good. The lake is now open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Friday through Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.
CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish plants are each Thursday. Information: 909-481-4205.
PRADO: County catfish plants are each Thursday. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.
YUCAIPA: County catfish plants are each Thursday. Information: 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: County catfish plants are each Thursday. Information: 909-887-7540.
MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: 909-982-4246.
SECCOMBE LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 909-384-5233.