Dec
12

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. OK, at least one more week. The tuna bite on the Cortez and Tanner banks is staying in the top pick. It surged back on after the last big storm with water temperatures staying comfortable for tuna, so it’s staying the top pick for one more week. The yellowfin fishing (along with a smattering of bluefin, quite a few yellowtail, skipjack and bonito) remained excellent this past week on the offshore banks to the west with good counts right through Wednesday this week. But even if the tuna disappear after this storm, the rockfish action has been excellent. Conditions have been ideal until the winds kicked up a little on Tuesday. If you want to go after the storm, check for an update on 976-TUNA.com.

2. Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake is the top trout pick for this week with a 3,000-pound county plant and a DWF plant to boot. This Saturday will be the first of the San Bernardino County Park’s trout derbies, and the county always plants a good number of trophy rainbows for these events. Derby entry fee is $20. Yes, the small park will be crowded, but the fishing should be sizzling. For information on the derby and fishing, check with the park staff at 909-481-4205.

3. Laguna Niguel Lake moves into the top picks with the planted trout really stockpiling in the lake and providing very good action. Good anglers are getting easy limits with a lot of catch-and-release going on with the jig anglers and fly-fishermen. The lake is getting 2,000 pounds of trout per week now. For an update on the bite, call 949-362-9227.

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12

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is here in Southern California with most lakes stocking weekly. Top bets with weekly plants include Santa Ana River Lake, Laguna Niguel, Dixon Lake, Irvine Lake, Lake Poway, Corona Lake, Lake Jennings, and Lake Silverwood (nine weeks in a row of DFW fish). All of the San Bernardino County parks — Glen Helen, Prado, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Mojave Narrows — are getting weekly 1,000-pound plants.

BLACK BASS: The bass are finally shifting into a more winter-like pattern with most action in deeper water now. Some lakes continue to have the fish up on top or near the surface chasing baitfish at least part of the day. Waters with that action continuing include Cachuma, Casitas, Castaic, Puddingstone, Perris, Lower Otay, and El Capitan, but the rain this week may have pushed those fish down. The Central Coast waters of Santa Margarita and Lopez are also fair to good. On the Colorado River, the bites have slowed dramatically, but there is still pretty good smallmouth bass action in Havasu and the lower river, especially around rip-rap. Light bass pressure almost everywhere.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action is fair to good on at most SoCal reservoirs. Even Diamond Valley Lake is still behind its normal self with slow to fair action, even with trout plants going now. The top bites continue to be at Skinner, Silverwood, Castaic, and Pyramid. The California aqueduct near Taft also remains a top pick with a very good action again this past week. On the Colorado River, the Bullhead City-Laughlin stretch remains a decent pick with fish to eight pounds. Lake Havasu has also been fair with some stripers still up chasing baitfish early in the day.

PANFISH: All most all the panfish bites took a major turn for the worse this past week. Only a few fish are still showing at Lake Perris, and crappie bites are pretty much dead right now everywhere.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River went in the tank, but the blue and channel catfish action in SoCal reservoirs is still a decent option, especially for patient anglers who want a bigger fish. Wohlford cranked out a new lake record over 40 pounds, and El Capitan has produced 30-pound class in the past few weeks. Other decent bets include Skinner and Castaic, but there has been very little pressure.

Dec
12

TROUT PLANTS

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 (Dec. 7-13):

LOS ANGELES: Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Lake Fulmor.

SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Silverwood Lake.

KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Hart Park Lake, Lake Isabella, Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (Dec. 14-27):

RIVERSIDE: Diamond Valley Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

KERN: Kern River (sections 2, 4, 5).

TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Kern River (section 5), Success Reservoir.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Woodward Park Lake (Fresno), Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

Dec
12

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The trout action remains very good thanks to DFW trout plants again this week and each of the past nine weeks. The best bite has been in Chemise, the Sawpit area, Cleghorn and Miller Canyon on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, Kastmasters, or small jigs. The fish are also stacking up at the stream mouths where water is coming into the lake. Duane Moua, Moreno Valley, had a five-pound rainbow on a small crank in Miller Canyon, while Kevin Parish, San Bernardino, landed a 3-8 trout. Stripers remain pretty good off the dock, in Miller Canyon, Rocking Chair Point, at the dam, and in the main channel on lug worms or swimbaits for the bigger fish. Other bites have slowed way down with only the odd catfish, bluegill, or largemouth showing up right now. Jeff Thomas, San Bernardino, landed a three-pound cat on shrimp in Cleghorn. Anglers should be aware of health warnings 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: Fair tout action with water temperatures starting to cool. Shore anglers getting a few fish on lures or floating baits fished in 12 to 22 feet of water. There have been a lot of 1-8 to three-pound class rainbows. The while east end and Juniper Point have been the best areas to fish. Bass fishing remains slow with the bass are holding in deeper water and taking jigs or plastics. Panfish and catfish slow. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: Trout plant this week. Each month there are three orange-tagged trout planted worth cash from $100 to $500. Anglers must pre-register and pay the daily fishing/parking fee. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No recent reports. The lake is open to fishing, but there are no facilities open now. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake is closed for the season. No recent plants in the Santa Ana River or the South Fork. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: No recent DFW plants.

Dec
12

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Fair to good trout action with 1,000-pound plants last Thursday and Tuesday this week. Most are two to three pounds, but there are bigger fish in each plant. Top trout this past week were a pair of 12-pounders, one caught by Mike Moceri, Hesperia, and the other landed by Josh Matthews, Apple Valley, both on PowerBait. Keith Weir, Apple Valley, landed an eight-pound rainbow. The best action has been on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs. Trout plants began Nov. 11. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite has been slow to fair over the past week with everything from rain to warm weather. The best bite has been on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, trout jigs, or small trout plastics fished before 10 a.m. No other reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. There are weekly 1,000-pound plants of trout by the county, and the DFW added trout three weeks ago. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

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12

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: The trout bite has been fair to good with weekly county plants on Thursday each week. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, chartreuse PowerBait, and Mice Tails. Top fish reported was an eight-pound carp landed by Morris Velasquez, Ontario, fishing a nightcrawler in the small lake. The first of the San Bernardino County trout derbies will be here this Saturday, and this week’s county plant is 3,000 pounds, including trophy fish, and there was also a DFW plant slated for this week. Derby entry fee is $20. The weekly stocking schedule will change during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with plants going in on Tuesday’s instead of Thursday’s those two weeks. The park will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 24 and closed Christmas Day, but open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: In spite of weekly 1,000-pound trout plants by the county, it is the catfish that are providing the best fishing right now with many anglers reporting stringers of two to four cats. A few trout are showing on PowerBait, but in spite of six weeks of county plants this bite is tough. DFW also planted trout four weeks ago. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: Fair to good trout action with a few limits of trout averaging about a pound reported. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, PowerBait, small trout jigs or trout plastics. Luis Aguirre, Yucaipa, caught an 8-4 rainbow on garlic Power Bait from the top lake, while Ray Perez, Redlands, landed a 6-4 trout, also from the top lake on PowerBait. The top and lower lakes were planted Thursday last week, the 1,000-pound stock split between the two. Plants are on Thursday each week. The stocking schedule will change during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with plants going in on Tuesday’s those two weeks. The park will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 24 and closed Christmas Day, but open regular hours on New Year’s Eve day and New Year’s Day. The most recent DFW plant was four weeks ago. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: Trout fishing has been very good with weekly 1,000-pound plants on Thursdays. Each plant has a few trophy fish, and the best rainbow reported this past week was a 10-5 rainbow landed by Arturo Rodriguez, Los Angeles, on a spinner. Buntary Hour, San Bernardino, landed an 8-5 rainbow on a jig. Both big fish were caught in the small lake. The stocking schedule will change during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with plants going in on Tuesday’s those two weeks. The park will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 24 and closed Christmas Day, but open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Most recent DFW plant was November 26. The annual Glen Helen Kid’s Trout Derby will be on Saturday, Dec. 20 with over $1,000 worth of prizes. The derby will be open to kids from seven to 15. The fee is $10 per car, and no fishing fee for the kids. 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: First DFW trout plant of the season four weeks ago. Information: 909-384-5233.

Dec
12

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both DFW and private plants of trout went in two weeks ago. The action has slowed for the trout. Most are one- to two-pound class fish. Small jigs and PowerBait have been the best for the trout. The striper bite is finally improving with a fair number of four to six-pound fish showing on trolled flies and trout-pattern swimbaits. The largemouth bass bite is best on plastics 20 to 50 feet of water in the afternoon, but some fish are still showing near the surface early in the day chasing baitfish. The catfish and panfish bites have slowed way down with light pressure on both species. 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 DFW trout plants last week and two weeks ago brought up a few big stripers. Chris Ike, Riverside, had a 21-5 striper on a swimbait at the launch ramp, while Joe Ferguson, Moreno Valley, landed a 17-5 striper. The largemouth bass action has been fair to good on cranks and swimbaits and some big fish continue to show. Adam Luoto, 14, Huntington Beach, caught his personal best bass, a 10-12 on a rainbow-colored lipless crankbait, while his dad Don Luoto also caught his best-ever bass, a seven-pounder on the same type of bait. The trout are starting to show in decent numbers on PowerBait and small jigs in the marina, Lots 11 and 12, and Sailboat Cove areas, but this action is still pretty tough. Quite a few redear and bluegill are showing in deep water on jigs and red worms in the marina, at the dam, and off the island. Other species very slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. During the process, the entire dam and Bernasconi Beach side of the lake, including the Bernasconi Beach parking area, will be closed to public access. (The closure includes the bicycle trail on the east side of the lake.) However, the recreation area will remain open, including access for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The west side of the lake will remain open. 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 largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers, especially around Launch Ramp No. 1, along the north shore, and around any tules. Jeff Thomas, Corona, had a six-pound bass on a nightcrawler. The striper bite has been fair at the dam and inlet, mostly on cut baits, but some fish are still showing on topwater and swimbaits. Top striper was a nine-pounder caught by Justin Meadows, Banning, at the inlet on anchovies, while Scot Ortiz, Lake Elsinore, had an 8.5-pounder on shad. Catfish are slow to fair at both ramps, in most coves, and catfish alley. Chicken liver, mackerel and nightcrawlers have all been good baits. Bluegill and redear are slow. The DFW announced it will resume planting rainbow trout beginning in January. No word on county trout plants. Water levels are very low and boat anglers are cautioned about obstructions in the shallow coves in the east end of the lake. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.

ELSINORE: Few reports, but there continues to be a slow to fair bite on catfish for anglers using shrimp, mackerel, or fresh shad. No other reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: Water level is very low, but the trout fishing has been excellent, with Lightning Trout planted last week, and the catfish bite has also been pretty decent for those targeting the cats. Owen and Nathan Delacruz, Lake Elsinore, caught 11 trout totaling 33-8 using worms from shore on the backside of the lake. Juan Vagas, Riverside, caught five Lighting trout totaling 15 pounds his largest was at 6-8. On the catfish side, Jose Martinez, Corona, caught five catfish totaling 19-8 and his largest weighed in at nine pounds. Dennis Maldonado, Los Angeles, caught 10 catfish totaling 25 pounds using mackerel at the dam. Due to low water, the lake is only open Friday through Tuesday and no boats or float tubes are being allowed until the water comes up, including rental boats. There will also be no 24-hour fishing. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

RANCHO JURUPA: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. Information: 951-684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The first trout plant of the season went in four weeks ago but the bite has slowed since. Both the trout and catfish are fair at best, but there are tagged fish of both species worth up to $50 in the lakes. Francino Hernandez, Redlands, landed a 2-3 rainbow on PowerBait from the upper lake. Information: 909-795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season three weeks ago. Information: 530-526-7937.

REFLECTION LAKE: No report. Information: 951-654-7906 or www.reflectionlakerv.com.

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Catfish action has been fair to good. Anchovies have been the top bait, but the mackerel and nightcrawlers are also good. The lake is 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.

Dec
12

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent DFW plants. Overall slow fishing with the best bite at the dam and along the USFS shore access area. PowerBait or small jigs have been the best bet. Slow to fair action on small bass, and the bluegill action is very slow. 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: Fulmor Lake was slated to get DFW trout this week. No plants yet at Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Dec
12

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The trout bite has been very good with a good number of quality fish reported. Top fish this week was a 10-pounder landed by Ben Hinojosa, Corona, on a Mijo Minnow fishing from a float tube at the Bubble Hole. Tian Muyier, Westminster, landed a nine-pound rainbow in Chris’ Pond on a jig, while Nick Cervantes, Placentia, landed an 8-12 on a firetiger-colored Rapala near the Bubble Hole. There were also a lot of Lightning Trout in the bag. The lake complex is closed every Thursday (the day of the weekly plants) to give the fish a chance to acclimate and spread around the lake. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Very good trout action continued here, and there has been a pretty decent catfish bite, especially where water is running into the lake. Rocky Point was a catfish hotspot. The catfish reported have mostly been better quality fish with a 37-pounder by Dahnte Allison, Pacoima, on mackerel off Rocky Point. Jerry Garcia, Los Angeles, landed 15-7 channel, and Chris Hagopian, Redondo Beach, landed 12-8 cat. Most anglers getting cats were drifting their baits under a slip bobber rig. Trout were best from the west shore and mid-lake. Favored baits were garlic PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Trollers stuck with tried and true firetiger-color Rapala Countdown CD5s and pink tiger Shad Rap SR4s. Top trout was a 4-12 rainbow landed by Veronica Anderson, Corona, and a 404 brown caught by Serop Karchiakayn, Burbank. The annual Holiday Trout Derby will be Dec. 13-14. Trout plants are weekly now through the end of the season. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Good to excellent trout action with better anglers getting easy limits. There are some trophy fish in each week’s 2,000 pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers. Big fish this past week was
A 10-pounder landed by James Grady, Santa Ana, with grape nymph PowerBait. Dustin Doi, Mission Viejo, weighed in a 8-10 working an orange Sierra Slammer jig, while Chris Allen, Santa Ana, caught an 9-2 on pink PowerBait. Most trout are holding in front of the concession building around the aeration units and on the flats. Fly fishing with zebra midges has been slow for two weeks now, but the fly anglers are still getting a few fish. 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.

Dec
12

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The catfish action picked back up this past week with a lot of three to five-pound cats showing in Cachuma Bay, Johnson Bay, and Clark Canyon for boat anglers and Drake Cove for shore anglers. Mackerel and nightcrawlers were the top baits. The fish are still showing in less than 15 feet of water. The smallmouth bass action has been fair on spinnerbaits, shad-like jerk baits, and live shad (if you can dip it). David Martinez, Santa Ynez, had six bass, both smallies and largemouth, to three pounds. Crappie, bluegill, and trout all very slow. Bad news: It is also unlikely any trout will be planted this year, according to the DFW. The carp bowfishing remains fair in the backs of most coves in the middle of the day. 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: The bass bite has remained fair to good over the holiday with the best bite in 15 to 40 feet of water. There have been a lot of shad from the surface down to 30 feet, and a lot of fish are showing on shad-like baits and presentations. Also pretty good action on slower presentations right on the bottom. A few catfish showing on cut baits, mostly mackerel, in 12 to 20 feet with fish topping 10 pounds possible. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in 12 to 20 feet, mostly on nightcrawler pieces fished on the bottom. While the DFW announced last week it will be resuming trout plants here, there is no word yet on when those plants will begin. 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: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago, and there has been good action around the marina on jigs, small spinners, and floating baits. The striped bass are just fair with the best bite on swimbaits in recent days. Not a lot of boiling fish in recent days. The largemouth bass bite remains pretty good in the mornings with still a few topwater fish. The bass are up chasing baitfish, so reaction baits are best. J.C. Fox, San Fernando, landed a 4-8 bass to top off his eight-fish catch. Jay Poore, Valencia, caught a four-pound smallmouth. The catfish bite has been fair on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are dropping out of the shallower water and are showing in 20 feet or more. Other species are pretty slow. The west ramp remains closed. 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. Also a pretty decent catfish bite on cut baits in most of the coves and off the main lake points. The bluegill action is slow to fair on hand-sized panfish. The dropping water level has forced the shutdown of the boat launch, but rental boats remain available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good with a decent number of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up are being reported. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms, but there has also been some fish on jigging spoons. The first DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, but the lake is not on the stocking list for this week or next week at the present time. 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. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but there continues to be some topwater action most mornings. 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: Still no trout plants yet. Fair largemouth bass bite mornings and evening with some fish showing on plastics and reaction baits. The bluegill and redear bites are slow to fair with most of the action moving into deeper water at the water cools. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.

BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and four weeks ago.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.

ECHO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and four weeks ago.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plants last week and two weeks ago.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.

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12

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: Closed for the season. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Closed for the season. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: There were 55 anglers checked by county staff this past week and those fishermen reported 141 bass to 3-8 and one blue catfish. 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: There were 58 anglers checked and they reported 100 bass to 4.2 pounds and two bluegill to nearly a pound. 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: There were two anglers checked and they reported five bass to 2.76 pounds. 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 or marina reports, but the first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week (600 pounds). 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: There were 12 anglers checked and they reported 19 bass, eight bluegill, and two rainbow trout. The first DFW trout plant of the season went in three weeks ago. 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: Closed for the season. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Trout season opens Saturday this week with the first plants (6,000 pounds) this week. Plants will be bigger and there will be more trout planted this year. The lake also reopens to weekday fishing starting Monday. The big news is a new lake record catfish landed and then released by Paul Voytko, Vista. The fish weighed 49.3 pounds. Mike Bonds, Voytko’s fishing partner also from Vista, landed a 15.45-pound cat. The duo were fishing with cut mackerel in a rowboat off the south shore rock pile. The bass action has been fair on mostly smaller fish, with plastics and nightcrawlers good bets. Catfish are fair on cut mackerel or chicken liver. 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: Very good trout fishing for the 36th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby. There were 4,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers planted before the event, including some trophy fish. Top baits have been nightcrawlers, rainbow PowerBait, Thomas Buoyant lures, and crappie jigs of varying colors. Most trout were caught in Jack Creek Cove, Whisker Bay, Trout Cove, and on Pier 1. Top fish in the event was an 8.95-pounder caught by Sione Kuliha’apai, Vista. Devin Harrington, Murrieta, landed an 8.19-pounder. No state fishing license is required here. Lake or derby information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Trout season started last week with a 3,000-pound plant of Chaulk Mound Trout Farm’s Nebraska Tailwalkers. Very good action over the weekend and plants will be every other week this season through April next year. The lake is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The catfish bite has been fair on cut baits, mostly mackerel or chicken liver. The top spot continues to the log boom off the north shore. Bass slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers fished in deeper water. Bluegill have slowed way down. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Very good trout action continues. The lake was planted with 1,200 pounds of Tailwalkers this week. There are also tagged trout in each load that are worth Turner’s Outdoorsman prizes. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Major bait rule change here. Aquatic live bait — shiners or crawfish — are no longer be allowed. First trout plant of the season has not been set yet, but it will be this month. Bass are tough with only a few fish showing on slowly-fished baits in deeper water. Catfish are fair on cut baits with a few decent catches made. Most are under four pounds. A few bluegill reported this past week. Slow other species. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: The trout bite has been fair to good after the Mt. Lassen trout plant two weeks ago. The best bite has been on Thomas Buoyant spoons in red and gold fished on the troll or on PowerBait or nightcrawlers fished from shore. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: No reports. Information: 760-782-3501.

Dec
12

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been fair. 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 slow to fair with most fish in deeper water on plastics or jigs.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: There has been fair 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: Fluctuating water levels slowed the fishing even more. The trout action is very spotty with the trout spread out along the river. They are still showing from Davis Camp and Laughlin Bridge, and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, community park, and around Rotary Park. The striper bite has been slow to fair, and while a lot are under a pound, bigger fish show each week. The best bite has been on anchovies or other cut baits, but a smaller shad-like swimbaits or the bigger trout-like lures are getting some fish. Mike Zayac, San Diego, landed stripers at 12.84 and 5.32 pounds this past week on Pencil Poppers. There are also a fair number of catfish showing for anglers fishing bait for the stripers, especially in the Nature Center area. Still some smallmouth reports below the Avi Bridge. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing a few fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is slowing down, but a few fish are still showing on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair, 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 pretty fair for cats. Zachary Davis, Bullhead City, landed a 4.7-pound catfish on nightcrawlers. 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: The striped bass bite has been fair in the upper part of the lake in the basin where the river comes in or the opposite end of the lake near the power lines. There has been a little morning and evening action as the fish come up chasing baits, but most of the bite is subsurface now. The smallmouth action is fair to good on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. Only an occasional largemouth. Catfish have been fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear are slow to fair with fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure and overall slow fishing. Very few flatheads reported in past three weeks and only the odd channel, too. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite slowed way down to nearly nothing. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure and overall slow action. The flathead bite is very slow, while the channel catfish bite is slow to fair in the main river. A few largemouth bass are showing in the backwaters, but that bite is tough. Smallmouth bass are a little better in the main river on crawdad-colored jigs, plastics, and cranks — but the slower presentations are working best now. The bluegill bite also finally tanked with very few reported. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair at best, with the best bite on plastics and live baits in slow presentations. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, but the flathead bite is very slow. The bluegill bite is also slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Flathead catfish are slow to fair on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits. Bluegill are slow. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been slow to fair in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with slower presentations preferred. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action has slowed way down.

Dec
12

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow with little or no fishing pressure. The few anglers fishing have reported very spotty fishing for very small tilapia. The water level continues to fall. Kayak rentals are available at the state park headquarters. The park entrance fee is $5 with self-registration. The state park launch (the only ramp currently on the sea) is still open, but not recommended because of the low water. 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.

Dec
12

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season is closed and will not reopen until the last Saturday in April, 2015. 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 the best fishing below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Quite a few 18 to 22 inch browns, but two to four fish per day has been a good day. The East and West Walker are the only waters still open in the region now, and they both have special regulations. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Only Hot Creek and the upper Owens River remain open to fishing with special regulations. Hot Creek remains good but very weedy with daily hatches of caddis and midges with a lot of eight to 14-inch browns. The Owens is tougher with just slow to fair action, mostly on small nymphs fished in the deep pools and runs. There have been, however, quite a few of the bigger rainbows moving up out of Crowley in the deeper cuts, especially in the Hot Fingers stretch. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the lower Owens River are the only waters that remain open through the winter. The Owens River gorge is getting zero pressure, but the reservoir has been fair at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers. 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: Only the lower Owens River remains open to fishing. No reports.

Dec
12

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Very slow fishing and very light fishing pressure. Only the rare catfish, crappie, and bass has been reported. Trout are also very slow, but the first plant of the season is slated to go in this week. The few catfish showing have been caught in Red’s Marina, Paradise Cove, or French Gulch in 12 to 25 feet of water. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The bite has been pretty good on the upper river for wild rainbows and planted trout. The most recent plants were last week and three weeks ago. The hatchery fish are best on salmon eggs or crickets for the planters, especially in the bigger holes and runs. Still light fishing pressure. In the lower river, flows are very low. In addition to the trout at the plant locations, there has been a fair catfish bite, mostly on nightcrawlers, and the smallmouth action is fair. 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 good to excellent with a lot of topwater action on Sammys, Spooks or similar baits. The fish are keying on the shad and other minnows and a lot of fish are right around the 18-inch minimum size. There are also a lot of fat largemouth bass in this bite, maybe even more largemouth than stripers. There also continues to some better quality bluegill are still showing. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK: There has been a fair on channel catfish for anglers fishing nightcrawlers. Also a few smallmouths showing on the same bait. There continues to be a fair bite for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The bite was has been good after the plant. Nightcrawlers and cheese PowerBait have been the top baits. A few bluegill and bass are still showing, along with the odd carp.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good. Best bite has been on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers, both in the garlic flavors. Cheese PowerBait has also been good. Few other reports, but a few bluegill and carp are still showing along with the odd bass.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Pretty good action with the best bite on cheese PowerBait or garlic nightcrawlers. The rising water also turned on the crappie action with fair action on small minnows. Few reports on other species.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. There has been a fair trout bite on minnows, but also some fish on nightcrawlers with garlic oil or cheese PowerBait. Still fair carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are also fair on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite is fair on frog imitations and spinnerbaits.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Few reports and light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout fishing improved after a plant this Tuesday. Best action has been on PowerBait or nightcrawlers, and both are improved if doused with garlic oil. The crappie action is spotty but a few fish are showing on small minnows. A few bass continue to show, but the catfish and bluegill bites are mostly slow and only a few carp are showing. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Slow trout action after the first DFW trout plant of the season three weeks ago.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair with a many fish still up chasing shad, so reaction baits are good. Best action around the exposed islands. Fair catfish action in the evenings with crawdads, chicken livers or anchovies. The launch ramp is still available on the Rocky Hill side, but falling water levels have made launching difficult. The lake is only at about four percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass action has been fair to good, but most of the fish are small, under a pound. The early and late bite is still the best bet on small swimbaits and cranks. Drop-shot plastics are also getting a lot of fish. Bluegill and carp are both fair. Jumbo red worms or wax worms best for the bluegill, while dough balls are best for the carp in the shallows. A few crappie showing on exposed structure throughout the lake. Catfish are fair to good with chicken livers, sardines, anchovies or dip baits, particularly in the evenings. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.