Dec
08

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The bite on bluefin tuna just won’t go away. While it’s not for toads like earlier this year, the action is steady on 20 to 45-pound class fish and two-fish limits are easy on 1 1/2-day boats running out of San Diego landings. For an update on the action, check with 976-tuna.com.

2. It’s time to hurl big swimbaits for stripers. A big trout plant at Diamond Valley Lake this week and that should make the action surge. The plant was made on Tuesday, and the bigger stripers were already moving into the boat launch area to feast. For an update on this action, call the Diamond Valley Lake marina at 951-926-7201 or Castaic Lake marina at 661-775-6232.

3. Hesperia Lake is getting its first trout plant of the season this week — a stock of 1,000-pound of Mt. Lassen rainbow. Most of these fish will be one-pounders or a little better, but some trophy fish are in this first release. For an update on this bite, check with the lake staff at 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

Dec
08

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing across Southern California urban lakes getting private plants. DFW fish continue to be a no-show. Top picks for this week are Hesperia Lake (first plant of the season) Dixon Lake (6,000 pounds of plants last week for its big weekend tournament), Santa Ana River Lakes, Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster (plants two weeks in a row), and all the San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, Prado, and Mojave Narrows) which get plants weekly now. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is as good as Dixon and Santee Lake and Jennings are decent bets.

BLACK BASS: The action is finally slowing at many waters, but it is still darn good other places with the fish still up chasing baitfish most mornings. Top bets continue to be Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, Lower Otay, and Diamond Valley, but all have slowed from last week. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally fair to good most places this past week. Top spots continue to be Castaic, Pyramid, Diamond Valley, and Skinner are the best bets. Silverwood hase been fair. Diamond Valley cranked out an 10-plus this past week and it received another trout plant this week. Not as much surface action, but still a lot of fish on deeper swimbaits, trolled flies, umbrella rigs, jigging spoons, and — of course ñ the usual array of baits, especially lug and blood worms.. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, and more keeper fish are starting to show, including a 16-pounder this week. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good. Both are cranking out some fish over 10 pounds, but most two to six pounds. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are pretty much slow across the board now. Murray produced a few bigger fish this week, and a few big redear continue to show from Havasu in deep water on nightcrawlers, but few other reports.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been pretty fair across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, Lower Otay, Pyramid, and Isabella. The lower Colorado River has also slowed way down as water levels drop, but there is very light fishing pressure.

Dec
08

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Dec. 3-9):

FRESNO: Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Dec. 10-16):

INYO: Owens River (below Tinnemaha, and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

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

The following waters were planted last week (Nov. 26-Dec. 2):

INYO: Owens River (below Tinnemaha, Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/. This page is frequently updated after this news report is published so current week, next week’s, and even previous week’s plant information may change.

Dec
08

CENTRAL COAST

The bass bite is fair at all four lakes and slowing as the weather and water cools. At Santa Margarita, the bass have slowed way down but the crappie continue to show on jigs and the bluegill/redear on red worms. Lopez Lake has a fair bluegill and a few bass and crappie are still showing. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action remains fair to good with some quality spots in the catch. Best action on plastics and small swimbaits. The better bite has been in 12-plus feet of water. No reports from San Antonio.

Dec
08

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to be fair with some improvement this week. The bite has been around much of the lake from French Gulch and into the South Fork arm. Clams and shrimp have been the best baits, but a variety of cut baits are working. The cats are mostly two to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite slowed, but a few fish are still showing on plastics. No reports on other species. 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: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been fair after sections two and four were planted with DFW trout two weeks ago, but none since and none on the list for this week. Crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. The lower Kern has a slow trout bite, and a few more smallmouths and largemouths are showing on small plastics and jerkbaits in the quieter pools. Most are small. Also still the odd catfish showing up. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair to good, mostly on sardines and blood worms, but finally more fishing are showing on Gitzit-type baits and Rat-L-Traps. More and more keeper fish showing as the water cools and weeds disappear. Terry Ybarra Jr., Bakersfield, landed a 16-pound striper on a sardine this past week. Catfish are slow, but a few are showing on cut baits, especially sardines, and dip baits. 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: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. The bite has been slow with an occasional fish on PowerBait and Mice Tails. Other bites have also slowed way down as the water cools.

HART PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down since. Still an occasional fish on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits. The carp bite is slow to fair on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down.

TRUXTUN LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season was two weeks ago, and the bite is slow now. Still an occasional trout showing on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has slowed to nearly nothing, and only an occasional catfish or carp being reported now.

MING LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago, but the bite has slowed to nearly nothing since. An occasional fish still being caught on PowerBait. Even the carp bite has slowed with a few showing on paste baits. Other species very slow.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and the odd trout is still being caught on floating dough baits or Mice Tails, or nightcrawlers in garlic oil.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: County trout plant Wednesday this week, and the bite has been good since. The bite has remained fair since the derby three weeks ago with the plants that went in then, and the bigger fish that didn’t show up in the derby started being caught last week, including a number of fish over five pounds. Eric Rivera, Bakersfield, had several trout to about 10 pounds. The best action has been on garlic and chunky cheese Power Baits on Mice Tails. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. This was plant No. 2. Other species have slowed way down with the cool weather. 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 bass bite has slowed a little with the cooler weather, but the bite is still pretty fair. The water level continues to drop and the pressure remains high on weekends. Mostly smaller fish are showing on reaction baits and plastics, with the bite moving slower and deeper. There bluegill bite has finally slowed way down, with only a few hand-sized fish showing now on wax worms and meal worms. Still a decent carp bite on dip baits, especially Powder Bait or Wussy Bait, with some quality carp in this action. 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 tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Dec
08

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing came to an end Nov. 15. Only the year-around waters with special regulations remain open. 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: In the Bridgeport region, the East and West Walker rivers remain open year-around to catch-and-release fishing. The East Walker has been good with flows steady at around 50 cfs, and the trout showing on small nymphs with a few on streamers. In the Mammoth region, Hot Creek and the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing remain open, and the fishing has been slow to fair in the Owens, but fair to good at Hot Creek, where there has been a good caddis hatch most mornings and evenings. In the Bishop region, the lower Owens River, including the gorge below Crowley Lake, remains open to year-around fishing, but the flows remain high below the gorge with flows over 400 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir. Very difficult fishing.

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

MAMMOTH AREA: 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.

Dec
08

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow with no recent reports of any fish caught. While the days have been warm, the nights are still cool and keeping water temperatures below where tilapia feed actively. 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).

Dec
08

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.

TOP NEWS: The fishing pressure remains relatively light and water levels are very low, especially in the lower river. Fair action for most species. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty decent most mornings in the south ends of both lakes with a lot of fish from five to seven pounds, and there are a lot of small stripers (under three pounds) showing in the main river from Davis Dam to Topoc Gorge. Some bigger fish are starting to show. Jeff Meusch, Reno, landed a 9.54-pound striper in the Bullhead-stretch of the river. There are pretty good bites for largemouth and smallmouth all along the river, but Topoc Marsh and the lower river backwaters are the top spots with a lot of bass both places to four pounds. Few bluegill and redear reports, but a few nice fish continue to come into tackle shops each week, most taken in deeper water on small jigs tipped with bait. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow to fair in the main river. The channel catfish bite is also pretty fair in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. The trout plants are weekly in the Bullhead-Laughlin stretch of the river, and the bite has been good at the three stocking locations — the Rotary Park Area, the Community Park, and Davis Camp. The 1,700-fish are alternated between each spot each week. The best action has been on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and PowerBait. But a lot are showing on small spinner, jigs, and little spoons. The fish are all around a pound. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good and a few stripers to 10 pounds reported.

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.

Dec
08

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: The 39th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby was this past weekend. It was won by Tanner Holt, Escondido, with a 7.68-pound trout, just edging girlfriend Katelyn Woods, Escondido, who had a 7.66-pound rainbow. Dixon plants from Calaveras Trout Farms were made on Nov. 15 (4,500 pounds), Nov. 22 (1,500 pounds), Nov. 29 (4,000 pounds) and Dec. 1 (2,000 pounds), and the next plant of 1,500 pounds is slated for Dec. 13.

Lake Jennings received 1,500 pounds of trout two weeks ago, and 2,500 pounds three weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds, the weeks of Dec. 18, Jan. 1, Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Jan. 29 and Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lakes trout season kicked off with the first plant of the season last week. There will also be plants Dec. 13 and 28, Jan. 10, 24, and 31, Feb. 21, Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18. The Youth Fish Derby is set for Feb. 3.

Santee Lakes trout season kicked off three weeks ago with a plant of 2,500 pounds of rainbows, and there was a 1,000-pound plant last week. Additional 1,000-pound plants are also slated for Dec. 13, Dec. 29, Jan. 13, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, and Mar. 7.

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get 1,200 pounds of Jess Ranch trout Dec. 19. Future plants from Jess Ranch or Wright’s Rainbows are Dec. 28, Jan. 9, Jan. 25, Feb. 6, Feb. 15, Mar. 13, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. Duck hunting season starts this week, restricting anglers to the north shoreline from the dam to the handicap dock all day on Wednesdays and until 10 a.m. on Sundays.

At Wohlford, the lake/park is currently closed on weekdays, but it will reopen to fishing seven days a week beginning Dec. 9 following its first trout plant.

At the San Diego City Lakes, Hodges, Barrett and Sutherland are closed for the season. El Capitan’s boat rental is closed for the season. ëCap and San Vicente are on their winter schedules. DFW trout plants went into Chollas Park Lake and Cuyamaca Lake two weeks ago, but no plants have been made or are scheduled.

FISHING UPDATE: Trout season has kicked into gear, and there is good fishing at most waters now. Dixon Lake has been particularly good (but crowded) and Lake Cuyamaca is very good. Lots of limits posted at both waters. Jennings. Santee Lakes has been fair with their next plants coming next week. Poway has also been pretty fair after a plant last week and another plant next week.

The bass action is finally starting to ebb a little as the nights and water temperatures cool. Lower Otay has been the bass hotspot in the region with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics and still some reaction bait fish. El Capitan, San Vicente have also been pretty fair bass. Lots of small fish at all the lakes right now.

The bluegill and redear action has slowed way down, with just a few fish caught at Murray, Otay, and San Vicente.

The catfish are getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At El Capitan, 19 anglers reported 69 bass and 12 blue catfish. At Miramar, 17 anglers reported 28 bass to four pounds and three channel cats to 8.5 pounds. At San Vicente, 79 anglers checked had 139 bass to 5.2 pounds.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Daniel Ortega, San Diego, landed three bluegill to 1.5 pounds off the fishng pier on red worms, while Roger Clemens, San Diego, had a two-pound redear off the pier on meal worms.

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.

Dec
08

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: No report available. 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: There continues to be a fair to good bass bite on drop-shot plastics in 15 to 40 feet of water. Fish to seven pounds reported this week. Sheila Silva, Wood Ranch, landed a four-pound bass this past week. Other species are slow and there have been no DFW trout plants yet this season. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. 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: While the surface bite has slowed way down, the striper action has remains good for anglers trolling umbrella rigs, throwing Fluke-type baits, trout-like swimbaits, or spooning. Most of the action is 40 to 70 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been very good on drop-shot plastics or small swimbaits and jerkbaits in 15 to 40 feet of water. The numbers are good, but the size is mostly under four pounds. Ryan McBride, Valencia, landed 12 bass to 3.5 pounds on cranks and Roboworms in the Fish Arm. Brian Sheppard, Valencia, had five bass to three pounds, also on Roboworms in the Fish Arm. The bluegill and catfish bites are both slow. Trout slow with no plants since Thanksgiving week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Continued fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in 12 to 30 feet of water on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets. 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 good this week fish reported on Flukes and other small swimbaits or jerkbaits that resemble shad or rainbow trout when the fish are up top chasing bait. The stripers are also showing on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. The catfish bite has also been fair to good with some nice stringers of fish being caught on chicken liver or anchovies. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed way down, but a few are showing on dropshot or split-shot plastics in 15 to 35 feet. Bluegill and redear are slow. DFW trout plant five weeks ago, but none since and none on the DFW schedule. 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.

Dec
08

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few reports. 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.

Dec
08

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good trout action continues, and Lightning Trout were planted this past week. Most trout around a pound, but some bigger fish to eight pounds reported. The lake is closed on Thursday’s for trout planting. 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: Trout season is in full swing. Most recent plant was two weeks ago, but a 1,000-pound plant is slated for this week. There are also 1,000-pound plants scheduled for the weeks of Dec. 11, and 25, Jan. 8, 15, and 22, Feb. 5 and 19, and Mar. 5. There are no fishing fees this season, 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/.

Dec
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: There was a 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows Tuesday this week. This is the second plant of the season after a plant three weeks ago. The trout action has been best on PowerBait, MiceTails, and small trout jigs. Fish to six pounds reported. The angler who catches the heaviest trout in December will free annual pass. The striped bass bite continues to improve for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting trout-like swimbaits now that trout have been planted. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. Mark Knoop, Hemet, landed a 10.74-pound striper last week fishing a plastic worm. The largemouth bite is fair. The largemouth bass are best on drop-shot plastics in deeper water ñ 15-feet and deeper. The bluegill and catfish bites are slow. 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 bass and bluegill action slowed down and there have been few reports this past week. The largemouth have been best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 12 to 25 feet of water, while the bluegill and a few redear are showing off the marina docks, the tire reef, and the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. No catfish, carp, or striper reports this week, and there is no word on when trout plants will start from DFW. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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.) The recreation area remains 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 at Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: A trout plant went in Wednesday this week and there was a plant two weeks ago. The trout bite was slow up until the plant with decent action at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait and MiceTails. This was the third plant of the season. The striper bite has been fair to good at the dam and inlet or rocky areasw along the north shore. Live shad is the candy bait if you can get it, but small swimbaits or topwater baits working during boils. Most of the time the bite is on cut mackerel and chicken liver. Justin Kitlin, Hemet, had a seven-pound striper on anchovies at the inlet, while Oz Ortiz, Hemet, landed a 6.9-pounder on shad. The catfish and bluegill bites are very slow, but there continues to be a fair largemouth bite on plastics and nightcrawlers along the north shore. Thomas Lankly, Oceanside, had a six-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing 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.

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

Dec
08

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite has been fair to good since the plant last Thursday. The best bite has been on Berkley salmon eggs (two on the same hook) in red or crËme or the pink and white Mice Tails, both fished with about an 18-inch leader and floated up off the bottom. Fish to five and six pounds in the last plant. Anglers are reminded that brown trout are part of these county plants, so don’t be surprised. Still fair to good carp action on paste or cut baits. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): The trout bite has been slow with no recent plants. County plants are monthly here. The water level is very low and there are a lot of weeds around the shorelines in the shallows. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The fishing season is currently closed. Fishing season reopens Feb. 3, and the lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of rainbow trout this coming fishing season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The striper bite is still good, but most of the action has shifted to cut baits with no boils in the past week. These have mostly been four to seven pound fish. The bluegill and catfish bites are spotty. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The bite has been fair to good for stripers and still decent for catfish. The best action has been off the 138 at 72nd Avenue East and the aqueduct. Some bigger stripers (over six pounds) in this stretch. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Dec
08

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County trout plants started the last week of November. Plants will be 780 pounds per week. There was also a DFW trout plant two weeks ago. The 2017 Trout Derby will be held this Saturday, Dec. 9. Entry fee is $20 per angler. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County trout plants started the last week of November. Plants will be 780 pounds per week. There will be a Junior Fishing Workshop Jan. 6 for kids seven to 15. Cost is $10 and registration must be done at least five days in advance. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County trout plants started the last week of November. Plants will be 780 pounds per week. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County trout plants started the last week of November. Plants will be 780 pounds per week. There was also a DFW trout plant two weeks ago. This season’s Trout Derby for Kids will be Dec. 16. Entry fee is $5 per child. The adult Trout Derby will be Jan. 13. Entry fee is $20 per person. Information: 909-887-7540.