Sep
08

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

The trophy bluefin tuna bite is still the top pick. Anglers have not seen the volume of quality tuna this close to the California coast in any living angler’s memory. The fish have mostly been from 70 to 90 pounds this past week for the overnight and 1 1/2-day boats. Bigger fish are caught daily and private boaters are seeing fish topping 200 pounds. Most boats are getting around a bluefin per rod (and losing from two to four six times that number), but some have had full limits of two-per-angler. Check with 976-Tuna.com for an update on this action and information on San Diego landings running these trips.

2. The cooler weather has been trigging striped bass bites throughout Southern California over the past week with more surface action and overall better action. Pyramid Lake has been particularly good with the topwater action lasting much of the day and the fish running from two to five pounds. For an update on this bite, check with the staff manning the entrance booth at 661-295-7155.

3. Crowley Lake stays in the top picks because, if anything, the bite just keeps getting better and better for fly anglers fishing midge and perch minnow imitations. Many 20 to 40 fish days have been reported this past week and there are enough fish over 24-inches to make a trophy fish are real possibility. For an update on this action, call The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517 or Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250.

Sep
08

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is just fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake (for fly anglers), the West Walker River, Virginia Lakes, Silver and Grant lakes in the June Loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, the top bets are Green Valley Lake (stocked heavily last week) and Big Bear Lake, while Cuyamaca in San Diego County continues to produce a few fish.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish early in the day and again in the evening now. This means the topwater action good a lot of places. Top bets are Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. And of course, Barrett in San Diego County is very good. On the Colorado River, the lower river is good for smallmouth, and the bite is fair to good on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair to good everywhere this past week, with generally improving action. The best action has been at Pyramid, but Skinner, Castaic, and Silverwood have also improved and are pretty decent now. Most anglers are fishing to boiling fish at all four waters. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been good, but the fish are mostly in deeper water. Ditto for Lake Havasu, which has been fair to good, with some topwater early, but most fish in deeper water on trolled or drifted baits.

PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair just about everywhere, but there have been some better bites this week at Perris, Murray, and Lower Otay. Diamond Valley, Skinner are also pretty decent, along with Dixon and Jennings in San Diego County. On the Central Coast, Lopez and Santa Margarita both have good bluegill/redear and crappie bites.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are fair most places. Skinner and Pyramid are top bets, but not getting much pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish. Santa Ana River Lakes has been very good with weekly plants. By far the best bite has been for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River, but the pressure has been relatively light.

Sep
08

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Sept. 4-10):

INYO: Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Sept. 11-17):

INYO: Bishop Creek (Intake II, Lower), Lake Sabrina, Owens River (Section 2, below Tinnemaha), Rock Creek Lake, South Lake.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (Bridgeport, Upper and Lower), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

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/.

Sep
08

CENTRAL COAST

Hot Bites: Santa Margarita Lake has been fair for all species with the best action early and late in the day. Bass best on topwater, spinnerbaits, or shad-like cranks, while the crappie are showing around stick-ups on the main lake points for anglers fishing tiny jigs tipped with crappie nibbles. Bluegill and redear best on red worms on most shallow points, while the cats are steady on cut mackerel. Lopez Lake has been good for bluegill and redear with the best bite on wax worms and meal worms, also quite a few crappie showing. Also fair to good action for bass. Nacimiento has had a fair bass and bluegill bite and a few crappie reports. Lake San Antonio reopened Aug. 5 and will be open weekends-only (Friday through Sunday) through this Sunday, Sept. 11. The striper bite has been fair to good with a lot of 10-pound class fish and there is also a decent crappie bite. For information, call the Monterey County Parks at 831-755-4895.

Sep
08

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The lake is not closed. Some of coves slowly drying back up have blue-green algae warnings, but the entire lake is not closed. There continues to be a fair catfish bite on with the best bite on super meal worms and clams. Most cats up into the six pound-class, occasionally a bigger fish. Other species have been slow with very little fishing pressure with the heat. Flows were just under 70 cfs going in and 230 going out this week. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The Kern River has been slow to fair for trout. No plants for over a month, and no more plants are on the schedule. Best bite on the holdover planted trout has been crickets and salmon eggs, but this action is pretty slow. For fly anglers, the bite is fair to good, especially in the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge for wild fish. Lots of different surface action and hatches now. Flows are about 70 cfs coming into Isabella and around 230 cfs below the dam. In the lower river the bass and catfish bites are both fair with the bass on spinners while the cats are best on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Little change here. The aqueduct is very mossy which makes fishing tough, but the bite for catfish remains pretty fair for the diligent anglers working through the problems. Most are two to five pounders. The best action has been on sardines, chicken liver, and dip baits. The striper bite is mostly slow with only a few fish on blood worms. Other species are very slow. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish greater than 12 inches. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Very slow overall fishing with only an occasional bluegill being caught. Also a few bass and carp.

HART PARK LAKE: Fair bluegill action with the best bite on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and red worms. Carp fair to good on dough baits and Powder Bait. Slow to fair bass action on Senkos, brush hawgs, plastics, small jigs, minnows or nightcrawlers early in the morning. Only the odd catfish reported.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow fishing and light fishing pressures. Only a few bluegill reported. Other species even slower.

MING LAKE: The bluegill action is fair. Most fish are showing on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. A few carp showing on dough baits. Also a very slow bass bite on live minnows, plastic worms, and swim baits early in the day.

BRITE LAKE: A few bluegill and small crappie, otherwise a very slow bite.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is fair on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms. There is also a slow bite on small catfish with most anglers fishing dip baits. Other species very slow with only the odd bass and a few carp being caught. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports. Some bluegill on the usual baits. Other species very slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been slow to fair on plastics and reaction baits, but with very little pressure. Bluegill good in some coves, and the odd catfish has been reported. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair with some fish on drop-shot plastics and some on topwater and reaction baits. Most action early in the morning. Fair bluegill action, but most fish smaller. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Sep
08

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Plants for most of the roadside waters were cut way back this week, but Mono County waters will get fish again next week. The plants will be less frequent now. The top action: The West Walker River is good for both fly and spin anglers. Crowley Lake has continued to produce a lot of rainbows and cutthroats from 20 to 24-inches and some smaller brown trout for fly anglers fishing midges and tiny perch fry imitations. Grant Lake right where Rush Creek dumps in and Silver Lake have been fair to good. The East Walker River’s flows have been around 100 feet per second this week, which is a pretty good flow. The bite is finally improving with cooler days and evenings. Browns are starting to move. The Virginia Lakes are good. Lundy Lake is fair, and the backcountry above the lake is good for day-hike and back-pack anglers. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair, but the backcountry is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are having good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots for roadside anglers include Sabrina, which is full and producing a lot of rainbows for trollers and anglers fishing the creek inlets, and North Lake. Mosquitos are a problem throughout the region.

Top Fish: At Lower Twin Lake near Bridgeport, Traci Kieva landed a 3-11 rainbow trout trolling seven colors of leadcore and a Jake’s Domino in gold with red spots. Dan Foote landed a 3-8 brown trolling a Rapala, also from Lower Twin.

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

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

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

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

Sep
08

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: No change. Very, very slow fishing. Few anglers are braving the heat or the flies right now. The few anglers fishing nightcrawler pieces haven’t reported any fish in recent days at either the state park headquarters jetty or the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. Wind, excessive heat, and green tides can really impact this summer bite and anglers should always call 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).

Sep
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: Fishing is generally fair to good all along the Colorado River, and the heat is finally moderating (at least at night). The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is fair to good. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but the fish remain in deeper water for most of the day. Morning has been the best time to fish. In the river between Mohave and Havasu, there has been pretty good action on two-pound stripers with some up to five, especially just below Davis Dam above the casinos on the Nevada side. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad of top in the morning. Most fish showing from deeper water on bait or tolled lures in 20 to 50 feet of water. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. This bite is fair to good with most of the fish showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits, but also white tube baits. A reminder that Cibola Lake closed Sept. 1. The flathead bite remains good but with relatively light fishing. Still a lot of fish from 12 to 25 pounds being landed on goldfish and live bluegill. The channel catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 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.

Sep
08

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: San Vicente Reservoir will reopen to the public Sept. 22. Reservations have been issued through Ticketmaster for the first week. Call Ticketmaters or the city lakes for information on reservations. Jennings final 2,000-pound catfish plant of the season went in last week. There will be a Kid’s Fishing Derby Sept. 24. It is open to kid up to 15 and trout will be planted prior to the event.

FISHING UPDATE: In most of the lakes in this region, the bass and bluegill bites are still the best bets, while catfish have been fair. Top bets for bass include Barrett, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Jennings, and El Capitan. There is generally pretty fair topwater action early in the day and then the fish move deeper and show on live shiners (where legal), nightcrawlers, or plastics. For bluegill and/or redear, Poway, Dixon, Jennings, and Lower Otay have fair to good bluegill bites, mostly on smaller fish right now, with red worms, crickets, meal worms, and nightcrawler pieces the best baits. There has been a good carp bite at Lake Morena for anglers fishing dough baits. At Cuyamaca, trout fishing is very spotty.

FISH COUNTS: Not available this week.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lake Jennings, Manuel Cardozo, with help from his son Alan, both Lakeside, landed a 46.3-pound catfish on mackerel from the shore in Half Moon Cove. At Wohlford, Tim Sitola, Oceanside, caught and released a 9.35-pound bass drop-shotting a six-inch plastic worm west of the senior shoreline. At Murray, Michael Stilson, Illinois, landed 20 bluegill and redear up to three pounds on red worms in Del Cerro Bay, while David Connery, San Diego, had five catfish to 13 pounds in Cast Cove on mackerel and shrimp.

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/.

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.

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.

Sep
08

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The lake level has continued to drop, exposing more structure and creating many shallow areas. The best action has been for catfish, either near the dam or in the east end of the lake. Cut baits are best. The bass are fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits, with some topwater. The trout were no shows this past week with no reports again. Crappie, bluegill, and redear are all very slow. The carp bite is fair on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are fair in the mornings. 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 largemouth bass bite has been fair, with topwater, reaction baits and plastics all getting the fish, especially early and late in the day. Most one to three pounds, some to five pounds. Terry DuHamel, with sons Gavin (9) and C.J. (13), all Camarillo, caught and released 16 bass to 3-8. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces around the grass beds. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. J.J. Blanchard, Oakview, caught a 12.5-pound carp while fishing off a small paddle boat. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The water level continues to come up and is approaching full pool. There has been pretty good striper boils some days, but it has been about a 50-50 shot and seeing them most mornings this past week. Most of the fish are from four to six pounds now with some bigger fish to 12 pounds. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet in the boils. Top spots have been the buoy line and Necktie Canyon. Some fish on sardines and lug worms after the morning topwater ends around 10 a.m. The largemouth bass action is fair to good on topwater early and then plastics in 15 to 25 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and no reports of catfish or panfish this past week. Prior to this week, a few catfish had been showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water, and the bluegill bite had been pretty good around structure in most coves on wax worms and meal worms. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The bluegill bite is fair on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 12 to 30 feet of water. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. Topwater action most mornings. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on topwater lures on fish from two to five pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. The surface bite has been off and on all day this past week. A few fish on cut baits, slow-trolled lures and flies, or umbrella rigs. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Mid-day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. 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 the web site at campone.com.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Sep
08

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants. Very slow fishing. 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 trout plants in Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The catfish action has been good. There are catfish and tilapia plants each week. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. 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/.

Sep
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the largemouth bass bite has been just fair over the past week. Most of the action remains on small fish tight to shoreline structure on plastic worms, but some bigger fish in 20 to 35 feet of water. The bluegill bite is still fair to good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. The channel catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the channels. A few flatheads on swimbaits at the dams. Jerry Tidwell, Riverside, had a 7.86-pound flathead on a nightcrawler near an island. Stripers are finally improving a little, but the bite is in deep water and still tough for bait anglers or deep trollers. 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 stayed pretty good for anglers fishing at the dam, along the south shoreline, or between the tire reef and island. Most of the fish are in 20 feet of water and hitting crickets, wax worms, or meal worms. Still some quality bluegill in the bite. Juan Carlos, Riverside, had 14 bluegill to 1-8 fishing crickets on the marina docks. The largemouth bass are pretty good early mornings and evenings on plastic worms and live bait. The outlet tower has been a top spot, but the whole south shoreline has been good, too. The catfish have been fair to good all along the north shoreline on cut mackerel or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Noel Chavez, Perris, had two catfish and his top fish was a 13-1, both on mackerel. 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.) 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: The catfish and striper bites are the best bets, with both improving as the days shorten and evening cool. The stripers are best at the inlet with boiling fish in the morning. The action moves to the south side and mid-lake for the evening boil. Fewer bait fish this week. The catfish are showing around much of the lake, but the dam, inlet, Ramp No. 2 are the top spots. Action is best on cut baits with lots of quality fish. Leonard Schultz, Ontario, had four cats to 11 pounds on mackerel. The bluegill bite is still fair to good on smaller fish along the south shoreline and near Ramp 2, but few bigger fish. While crickets, wax worms, meal worms, and red worms have been the best baits, Jason Steele, Anza, had seven bluegill to 1-2 on chicken liver. The largemouth bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater early and then on plastics later, but not a lot of fishing pressure on the largemouth. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

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

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Sep
08

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: No report. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Slight improvement in the trout bite with the cooler evenings this week, but still mostly slow. The action is still before 9 a.m. Top baits have been PowerBait (in salmon peach, lemon twist, and orange), small jigs, and small lures. The catfish bite has been fair for the few anglers fishing nightcrawlers and shrimp with fish to eight pounds reported. Bass have been slow to fair on Senkos and nightcrawlers with fish to four pounds. A few bluegill have been caught. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Sep
08

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The striper bite has been fair to good but most of the fish are small. The bite has been best at the dam, the main lake points, and around the marina, mostly on sardines or lugworms. Andy and Daniel Bartz, both Lake Arrowhead, had 20 stripers to two pounds fishing nightcrawlers off the docks. Sherry Newman, Phelan, had a five-pound striper and a 10-pound catfish on sardines off the dock. The catfish bite has been fair on the same baits being used for stripers. There have been very few trout and largemouth bass reports. Art Melendez and Maggie Reyes, both Hesperia, had several bass topped off by a four-pounder fishing nightcrawlers and cranks. The bluegill bite has been slow with few reports. 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: Trout action has been best for slow trollers (drift speed) in six to 14 feet of water with nightcrawlers and micro flashers or drift fishing with a slip bobber. The best area has been from Papoose Bay, to the mooring buoys, to the SS Relief. For bank anglers the north shore, especially near the dam, is the best area and the slip-bobber rig and nightcrawlers is the best bet. Some fish early in the morning on small jigs or trout lures. Some bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, are being caught in 12 to 20 feet of water on drop-shot Senkos in pumpkin or black flake. Bass to four pounds reported. Most one to two pounds. Panfish are mostly slow, with only a few showing on bobber-suspended meal worms. Catfish also spotty. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite came back on this past weekend after a 1,500-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows. A lot of four-pound class fish reported. Best was a 4-12 landed by James Monacheo, Temecula, on PowerBait, and his stringer of five weighed 12 pounds. Keanon Alderson, Green Valley Lake, had a 4-8, while Brian Jacobson, Mira Loma, landed a 4-7. Most of the trout reported have been on PowerBait, small jigs with scent fished slowly, or inflated nightcrawlers. Anglers get a raffle ticket or a Bass Pro gift card each time they bring in 15 to 25 crappie. Fishing fees are $15 per adult, $10 for kids. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plants in Jenks Lake two weeks ago, and the Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River were planted last week.

Sep
01

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The big bluefin tuna remain in a strong bite off San Diego, and the overnight to three-day boats are posting very good scores, especially considering the quality of the fish (running from 60 to 200 pounds with most over 100). Most boats are getting around a bluefin per rod, but some have had full limits of two-per-angler. Check with 976-Tuna.com for an update on this action and information on San Diego landings running these trips.

2. Crowley Lake in the Eastern Sierra is again staying in the top picks. The early fall bite is starting to explode during the new moon and better weather. The has been a big hatch of perch minnows and the midges continues to hatch. The trout are eating them both. The quality of the fish gets better each week, with big rainbows, cutthroats, and brown trout the norm, with fly anglers are getting a lot of 20 to 24-inch fish. For an update on the bite, call The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517 or Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250.

3. Lake Perris stays in the No. 3 spot with its good bluegill bite (even through Lower Otay and Murray could give it a run for its money). These are mostly half-pounders, but there continue to be a lot of fish in the one-pound and bigger class and the fish are stacked up along the dam and off the island in 12 to 30 feet of water. The best action is on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits For an update on this bite check with the marina at 951-657-2179 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle in Hemet at 951-658-7410.