Jun
14

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands moves to the top pick this week with a big flood of 8 to 12 pound fish flooding up to the islands and showing in a good bite that has been getting better by the day this week. The fish are being targeting on three-quarter and full-day boats out of San Diego. Mid-week, light load trips have seen five-fish limits on these fish. For an update, check with 976-TUNA.com.

2. Quail Lake has busted wide open and is kind of a local secret. The bite has been good for bluegill, largemouth, stripers, and catfish this past week. In the top picks last week, the word got out and the fishing pressure jumped, but the action is still very good. The bluegill and bass are best along the south shoreline tules, while the stripers and catfish have been best at the aqueduct outlet and along the north shore to the inlet. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

3. The Pyramid Lake striper bite stays in the top picks. Still lost of 10-fish limits of stripers around two pounds with some to five pounds this past week. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also some catfish showing in this bite. For an update on this action, check with the Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

Jun
14

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top pick is Big Bear Lake for trollers and shore anglers, although Green Valley Lake has also been pretty good. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City remains good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are post spawn now. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is kicking into high gear. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open over a month ago and stays hot. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Pyramid, and nearly as good at Castaic and Skinner this week. Pyramid may be best for numbers, but Castaic is still kicking out an occasional bigger fish. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is still slow. Best bite everywhere has been on cutbaits, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish and moss is becoming a real problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bite continues at Isabella, but not in near the volume and size of this off-and-on bite. Lake Success has slowed, as have most other places. The bluegill and redear bites pretty much wide open across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, Castaic, and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty much wide open, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 20-plus pounds reported each week now. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. Quail Lake has been very good with a lot of nice fish to 10 or 12 pounds.

Jun
14

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The stripers are fair to good with most pan-sized fish around 1 1/2- to two pounds, but some are bigger. They are showing on cut baits, lug worms, and an occasional fish on a swimbait. Stripers have been best off the dam and through the main channel. Some are showing from Twin Cove and around the marina. Most of the fish have been in 30 to 40 feet of water. There has been a fair crappie bite on fish to just over a pound, mostly off the dam on small jigs tipped with meal worms. Wayne Filkosky, Victorville, had a one-pounder off the dock. The bluegill have been fair to good with a lot of small fish around the marina and in most coves on meal worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. A few half-pound fish. The largemouth bass are slow to fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics. Few trout reports. Slow to fair catfish action on cut baits, and only a few carp showing. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout action was very good for the Fishing for 50K Tournament this past weekend, but on $10,000 tagged trout were caught, but a $100 tag was caught by Steve Jenson. Big fish winners: In the men’s adult division first place went to Paul Gonzalez with a 5.22 pounder, second place to Randy Rimmer with a 4.2, and there was a tie for third with a pair of 4.08-pound trout caught by Steven Reno and Dave Reno. Top fish in the women’s division was a 4.05-pounder landed by
Dawn Welch, while the top youth boy was a 3.74-pounder caught by
Dylan Terella. Top youth girls were a pair of 2.72-pounders caught by Bailey Turner and Michele Beltran. The best trout action has been in the west end of the lake (west of Eagle Point and the Solor Observatory). The early-morning bite has been the best bet. There have been a lot of fish from two to four pounds for both shore and troll anglers. Top trolling routes have been from the west ramp to the SS Relief just 150 to 200 feet offshore, and the same distance offshore on the south side of the lake between Metcalf and Papoose bays. Small spoons or Rapalas on one to two-and-a-half colors of leadcore has been the ticket. Shore anglers are doing best in the same areas fishing PowerBait or Gulp! baits on three-foot leaders of two- to four-pound test. The early morning spoon bite is also good with fly-line nightcrawlers. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been pretty good, especially the mouths of Boulder and Papoose Bays. Shallow diving crank baits, plastics, and jigs are all getting some good fish. The bite on small bullhead is just starting, but the bluegill bite is still off. For information on fishing or the tournament, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There were Jess Ranch trout plants last week and thee weeks ago (also a DFW plant that week), and the bite has been pretty good since. Phil Bolt and Armando Becerra, both from San Bernardino, were using green Powerbait and worms early in the day for a pair of rainbows in the three to four-pound range. Still the best action on small jigs and flies, but more the inflated nightcrawler and PowerBait bite has improved. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. No fishing reports, but the first DFW trout plant is went in last week and another is slated for this week. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were planted two weeks ago. For information, call the Mill Creek Visitor Center Tuesday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) at 909-382-2882 or the San Bernardino National Forest main office line at 909-382-2600.

Jun
14

HIGH DESERT WATERS VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish action has been pretty good, with weekly plants on going. The last was stocked with 1,000 pounds last Thursday and another 1,000 pounds is slated for this week. Most of the fish run from 1-8 to 2-0, but some up to eight pounds are in each stocking. The top spots have been The Finger and Sandy Point, and various cut baits or the marshmallow-meal worm combo are producing the most fish. Adding one of the catfish dips or scents to the bait is a good idea. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The warm temperatures have shut down the trout action after 10 a.m., but the morning bite has remained good in both lakes for anglers using PowerBait (especially fluorescent orange, garlic, and spring green), nightcrawlers, or the usual array of small trout jigs and lures. Some even got limits. Best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2, and the eastern logged shore and western shore near the drain of lake 3. The bass bite is also pretty good on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house. The best action has been on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted nightcrawlers with fish to five pounds reported. A few bluegill, but still no catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The catfish bite has been fair to good after weekly plants, and there continues to be a good bite on hand-sized bluegill near any shoreline cover. County catfish plants are weekly, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Jun
14

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The panfish and carp bites remain very good. Most of the carp are smaller, around a pound, but they are showing in good numbers especially at the front of the lake where people feed the ducks. The best bite on both the carp and bluegill has been on red worms fished under a bobber to the bait is close to the bottom. The ‘gills and related warmouth can also be caught on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, or nightcrawler pieces, too. The catfish bite is slow to fair on cut baits, and a few bigger carp are showing on dough baits, especially on Magic Bait in shad or mulberry flavors. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Good action on tiny bluegill, but otherwise very slow fishing. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The catfish bite has stayed good here with fish to 10 pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines flylined in deeper water around the docks and along the tules. There is also good bluegill and redear action. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in very good numbers, while the redear have been up to 2-8. There is also a good bite on bass. Both the bass and panfish are showing on fly-line nightcrawlers fished near the reeds. The carp bite is also good on dough baits. There will be a catfish derby July 14 for the biggest three-fish stringer. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The bite is pretty much wide open with very good action on catfish, and a good bite on stripers, bluegill, and largemouth bass. The stripers have been best on ghost shrimp fished drop-shot style, and there have been reports of boiling fish at the back end of the lake. The bass and bluegill are best around the reeds or other structure, mostly on nightcrawlers. There also continues to be a fair to good bite on quality catfish at the outlet right by the parking area on baseball-sized chunks of mackerel fly-lined along the bottom in the moving water. Fish to 10-plus pounds reported again this week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish bite has improved with the warm weather throughout this stretch of the aqueducts. The best bite has been from 6 to 10 p.m. in the evening on mussels and chicken liver. There is a lot of floating vegetation, but the bite still good. Top spots on the east side of the valley are 72nd and 120th, while the best spots on the west side of the valley are still
110th, 195th, and 280th West. A few stripers are showing on cut baits or for anglers walking planer boards with shad-like lures. Some bluegill are also starting to show in the sand traps. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Jun
14

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: No report. Weekly county catfish plants, and tere is no fishing on the day of the plant (Thursday). Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No report. Weekly county catfish plants each week. There is no fishing on the day of the plant (Thursday). Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: No report. Weekly county catfish plants each week. There is no fishing on the day of the plant (Thursday). For park and fishing information, call: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No report. Weekly county catfish plants each week. There is no fishing on the day of the plant (Thursday). Information: 909-887-7540.

Jun
14

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also pretty good. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites are also pretty decent, especially the panfish. The panfish action has been along most shorelines with structure but out in six to 18 feet of water. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few on big swimbaits or trolled flies early in the day. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. 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 bluegill bite has been good to excellent. The fish are showing from four to 35 feet of water, with the bigger fish in deeper water. Top spots have been all the shorelines with flooded brush (the entire east end these days) or rip-rap at the dam and marina areas. The backside of the island has also been very good. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. Christopher Esqueda, Eastvale, had a 2.7-pound bluegill on a meal worm fished under a bobber in lots 11 and 12. The largemouth bass bite has been fair and improving around much of the lake, with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers. Jared Way, Chino, had a 10-pound bass in Sail Cove on a plastic. Also a few crappie, catfish, and carp reports. Dylan Bartel, Highland, landed a 14.5-pound carp. The lake level continues to come up. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The heat has really kicked the catfish action into gear with a lot of two to five-pound fish caught on cutbaits, mostly chicken liver or anchovies. Ronni Long, Murrieta, caught a six-pound catfish at Ramp No. 2 on anchovies, while Christopher Smith, Murrieta, landed a 5.8 pound cat in Catfish Alley on anchovies. The striper action has been best at the inlet, dam, and mid-lake points, with the fish mostly in deeper water except early in the morning. Chicken liver, anchovies, and other cut baits have been best, but some on shad-like cranks and swimbaits early. James Swimmer, Temecula, had a four-pound striper on chicken liver at the inlet. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina and the fish are mostly 10 feet down or deeper. The bulk of the fish are small right now. The largemouth bass bite been just fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now, and the best bite has been early mornings. There was a 400-pound catfish plant last week and the next plant is set for June 4. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing and derby information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: Due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jun
14

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant this week. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Jun
14

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fishing information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is closed and will be for at least the immediate future.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: There is no fishing fees, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240 or go to ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/.

Jun
14

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair. The bass are showing best in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. A few trout are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 15 to 30 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacked up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-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: The bass bite is still fair to good — very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie to two-plus pounds have been landed, mostly on the live shad. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. Attention bowfishermen, the carp still shallow in a post spawn mode, and showing pretty well for anglers and bowfishermen. Richard Lopez, Oxnard, landed a 10-pound carp on three-pound test line. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are June 16 and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The stripers and largemouth bass have both been a little less consistent this past week, but both are still pretty fair. A lot of largemouth and smallmouth have been showing from Dry Gulch, Cutler Cove, and Henrickson Cove in 10 to 20 feet of water on plastics and nightcrawlers. The stripers are best in 60 to 100 feet of water along the west walls, at the buoy line, or in Necktie Canyon. The bite has been bets on sardines. Chun Woo Lee, Long Beach, had a 20-pound, seven-fish stringer of stripers and the best fish was five pounds. All were caught on sardines in Necktie Canyon. Randy Hudnall, Bakersfield, landed a 4-3 striper. The bluegill bite has continued good on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. A few crappie were reported in the Fish Arm in 30 feet of water. Ron Vickrey, Los Angeles, had five crappie, each around a pounds. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Most of the fish showing on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving but crappie remain slow. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has remained very good, and the bite ñ across the board ñ just gets better with each warm day. Stripers have been best on sardines, lug worms, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on nightcrawlers for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth and the rip-rap in front of the boat shop. Most of the fish are one to three pounds with an occasional bigger fish to five or six pounds. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. The largemoth bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jun
14

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Chollas Lake will play host to a youth fishing derby on Saturday, June 9th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., designed to give urban kids a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood. The lake will be stocked with catfish for the derby. Everything for the kids is free. Anglers age 16 or older can fish after 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation www.danskids.org.

Lake Cuyamaca was planted with both private and DFW trout three weeks ago and it scheduled to get more fish Jun. 15.

Santee Lakes has had catfish plants since April 7. There was a plant last week, and the next 1,000-pound plants will be June 15, 29, July 6, 13, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 21, 29, and a final plant Oct. 6 (3,500 pounds).

Lake Jennings catfish plants began in May, and there was a 1,000-pound last week. There will also be plants the weeks of June 18, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 390, August 13, and August 27.

At Poway, catfish season doesn’t begin until the end of July. No word yet on Dixon Lake catfish season.

Wohlford Lake was planted with 750 pounds of catfish May 25, and the next plant is set for June 15.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass bite has been fair to good across the board with the warm weather with some decent topwater action early and late in the day. There are a lot of small bass showing at all the lakes, but there is still a pretty good bite on bigger fish in deeper water on small plastics and reaction baits. Lower Otay, San Vicente, and El Capitan are the top bets with very good action, but Sutherland and Hodges are nearly as good. Barrett, while decent, is surprisingly slow compared to its normal blazing pace.

The bluegill and redear action is good most places, especially at Lower Otay and San Vicente, but El Capitan, Hodges, and Sutherland are also pretty good. The crappie action has really dropped off with very few fish reported at any of the lakes over the past week except for El Capitan and Lower Otay.

The trout bite had slowed way down except at Cuyamaca, which received both state and private fish two weeks ago and will get fish again next week.

The catfish are still getting very light pressure, but there is a pretty good bite at Santee Lakes, and most of the other lakes planting fish.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. None available.

NOTABLE CATCHES: None this week.

BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

SANTEE LAKES: Lake information: 619-596-3141 or www.santeelakes.com.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Jun
14

COLORADO RIVER

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.

DERBY INFORMATION: The Colorado River Best of the West Fishing Derby will be held June 23-24. Pre-registration on line is $15 per day and $25 on-site the each day of the event. Check-in and final weigh-ins at Riviera Marina. Prizes are given for the biggest catfish and stripers weighed in. Daily entry also qualifies you for daily raffles, and additional raffle ticket may be purchased. For more information, go to www.bullheadcity.com.

TOP NEWS: The action all along the river is pretty good. Four major bites to note: First, there is still a good largemouth and smallmouth bass bite in Lake Havasu on reaction baits and plastics. But bass have been good all along the river in the backwaters and all the reservoirs. The lower river around Palo Verde has also been pretty good for smallmouth. Second, the flathead catfish action on the lower river below Blythe remains good to excellent, especially in the Palo Verde to Yuma stretch of river but with light fishing pressures. Third, the big redear action is very good at Havasu and throughout Topoc Gorge. A lot of toads from 1-8 to 2-8 have been reported in six to 18 feet of water. Fourth, the striped bass bite has been very good in the river between Davis Dam and Lake Havasu, but mostly on small fish from one to two pounds. The bites in Mohave and Havasu are improving with better quality fish on bait and topwater. Fifth, there continues to be a good trout bite in the Bullhead City stretch of the river. Weekly plants at the two stocking locations — the Community Park and Davis Camp. The 1,700-fish plants are alternated between each spot each week. Most of the fish are running a pound or better and PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and small spinners are all getting the rainbows. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good. The striper action is also improving all along the river, especially in Havasu and the river between Havasu and Davis Dam (lots of fish under five pounds). The striper bite is also fair in Lake Mohave. Catfish are also starting to show in better numbers from Havasu upstream, mostly channel cats.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
14

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still pretty slow tilapia fishing, and the few fish being caught have been very small. This is in spite of the really hot weather of the past week. The action should kick into gear if it is going to happen this year. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. 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).

Jun
14

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The weather has been excellent in the Sierra the past week, except some usual winds for this time of year. For information on the regulations, anglers should check the Department of Fish and Wildlife website’s regulations pages. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Overall, the trout fishing remains fair to good throughout the region with the DFW planting many roadside waters each week, and holdover and wild fish showing in decent numbers. That means a steady succession of both limits and a few quality fish.

In the Bridgeport region, the East Walker River has been very good even with flows a little up. Lots of browns and rainbows up to 20 inches or better being caught on nymphs and streamers, both rainbows and browns. There have been reports of 30-plus fish days on all stretches and the Rosaschi stretch in Nevada. Bridgeport Reservoir remains perhaps the hotspot in the whole Eastern Sierra for both shore and boat anglers with a lot of quality rainbows (to six pounds) and a few browns (to seven pounds), and limits are common for the diligent. Both Twin Lakes, upper and lower, were slow to fair with winds, but still some flurries of decent action, and some fish to six pounds.

In the June Lake region, the bite has continued fair to good at all the lakes. Silver Lake has been producing fish to five pounds and a lot of two to three pounders. Grant continues to produce a few nice brown trout to 20 inches.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake continues to be a hot spot with good action for bait, troll, and fly anglers. Wind has been an issue, especially in the afternoon. The fish have spread out and a little harder to find this week. Top trout in the FATIT Tournment was an eight-pound brown trout caught by Tommy Leonetti. Hot Creek has been good with midge and bluewing olive hatches midday. The upper Owens remains pretty good with a lot of spawners out of Crowley still in the river. Convict Lake has been fair to good, and quite a few quality trout continue to show. Another trophy trout plant went in last week.

In the Bishop region, the whole Bishop Creek drainage has been fair to good. Bishop Creek and Sabrina continue to be the best, but North Lake is also good. Inlet II has been very good thanks to regular DFW plants. The lower Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir are fair.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Fishing Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Fishing Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

Jun
14

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite has been fair, but most of the fish are small again. The best bite has been on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The South Fork has continues to be the best, but the fish are showing around a lot of flooded structure. A few bigger fish are still off shore a little and better for boat and float tube anglers than shore anglers. The catfish bite has also continued good on shad and the super meal worms, both better when scent is added. Fish to six pounds pretty common. The trout bite has continued to be fair and fish from two to five pounds at the auxiliary dam area for shore anglers, and trollers fishing Needlefish with lead core in the same area are also getting fish. Bass fair, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Still fair bluegill action. For carp anglers, this bite has been less consistent, but still pretty good on dough baits with fish to eight pounds. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: Trout plants throughout the upper river last week (sections 4, 5, and 6) have kept this action pretty good and flows are up but fishable. The best bite has been on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are having good luck on wild fish. The lower river flows jumped, making the river almost unfishable. A few bass and catfish being caught by the adventerous. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been fair, but mostly on smaller, undersize fish. Moss is become problematic now, too, especially in the Taft stretch, and the mid-day bite is dead with the heat. Morning and evening are the times to fish. The Grapevine to 166 stretch continues to fish pretty well, too. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits, with very few fish on artificial lures. A 7-1 striper was landed by Michael Valdez, Bakersfield. Catfish are improving with fair to good action on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. A few largemouth are starting to show now. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Flows are still up and the bite has been slow to fair for catfish on nightcrawlers and green nightcrawlers. A few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill remain the best bet with pretty good action on wax worms and meal worms. Slow other species with only an occasional bass being caught on plastics and Senkos. Also some carp on dough baits. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The bass are pretty good, and the bluegill and carp are nearly as good. The bass have been best on plastics and small swimbaits or other reaction baits. The carp are best on Powder Bait, Wussy Bait, or other dough baits, and the bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass bite has been fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, or live minnows, but the bluegill bite is better with a lot of fish showing on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits and a few catfish have been reported this past week.

MING LAKE: The carp, bass, and bluegill have been fair. Crappie slowed. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair to good on plastics, Senko-type baits, and minnows.

BRITE LAKE: Mostly bluegill and small bass action right now, and the bite on those two is very good. Small jigs on light line or small baits under a bobber fished close to shore are getting the fish. Crappie very slow, and ditto for trout.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a fair bite on smaller catfish, but few bigger fish. Most are showing on cut baits. The bluegill bite is pretty very good on red worms, meal worms, and wax worms along most shoreline. There also continue to be a few crappie caught on small live minnows or jigs. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The good bass action has continued, but the crappie bite has been spotty as the fish start to back out of the shallows. The crappie are showing on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass are post-spawn and mostly in 20 to 35 feet of water except early and late in the day. Bluegill is fair to good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. Also a few catfish starting to show. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair to good with the fish all post-spawn now and mostly in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. The bluegill bite is good, and a few catfish are starting to show and a few crappie continue to be caught. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.