Apr
20

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. “Striper Mania” at the California Aqueduct near Taft stays the top pick. The stripers are excellent and many anglers are still reporting 25-fish-plus days. While most are under the 18-inch minimum size, the two-fish limits is pretty easy to get and a 35-pounder was caught here this week. The best bite is on cut sardines, but fish are also showing on blood worms, lug worms, Gitzits, Senkos, and just about everything else. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657. Also check out “Poor Man Aqueduct Fishing” on Facebook.

2. The 22nd Annual Cachuma Lake Fishing Derby will be this coming Saturday and Sunday, and the lake received a 2,000-pound plant for this event. Registration is $40 per angler, and cash prizes of $599 and $300 will be awarded for the biggest and second biggest catch for trout, bass, crappie, and catfish. The two largest carp will win $100 and $50. For more information, call the derby hotline at 805-696-8381 or go to www.troutderby.org. For fishing information, call the marina at 805-688-4040.

3. The bluefin tuna bite out of San Diego stays in the top picks. The bite surged on Monday and Tuesday this week with a number of boats posting two-fish limits for all anglers on board. These are mostly 20 to 40-pound class fish, but fish to 200 pounds have been caught the past could of weeks. There have also been a lot of small yellowtail to seven pounds and bonito in this bite. The skippers are running to offshore kelp paddies or hitting bird schools or just metering fish. The three-quarter day, overnight, and 1 1/2-day boats out of San Diego and Oceanside landings are fishing this bite. For information, check with Fisherman’s Landing at 619-221-8500, H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383, Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627, or Helgren’s Sportfishing at 760-722-2133. A reminder: You will need a passport for these trips.

Apr
20

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is still in full swing at the urban lakes, although many are getting their last plants of the season this week. The best bets? They would have to include Big Bear Lake, Jess Ranch, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake (four plants in the last two weeks) in San Bernardino County. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. In San Diego County, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford all are fair to good bets. Lake Isabella is also a pretty good bet in Kern County.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass in the shallows for the spawn. The sight fishing is good most places now. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the lower river bogged down with a flush of cool water from upstream, but it is coming back on, and the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave. Go now. The spawn is starting to wind down.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is wide open with excellent action on frozen sardines, and a 35-pounder was caught this week. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, but Silverwood cranked out a couple of big fish at 26 and 17 pounds. Skinner, Pyramid, Castaic, and Diamond Valley are the next best bets, in about that order. All are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave both really turned on this week with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds. Topoc Marsh has been wide open on stripers to three pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, with some good reports this week from Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are breaking open for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to perk up, and the whole Colorado River is worth watching. No hot crappie bites yet.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bite has been at Lake Skinner, and that has been pretty tough. The lower Colorado River is improving daily with the warm weather, but mostly for channels. The first more reports of bigger flatheads came in three weeks ago, but the action was slowed by a slug of cool water releases. It was improving again this week.

Apr
20

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (April 16-22):

SANTA BARBARA: Cachuma Lake.

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Rancho Simi Park Lake, Reyes Creek.

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

RIVERSIDE: Perris Lake, Rancho Jurupa Park Pond.

SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake, Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Green Valley Lake, Gregory Lake, Miller Canyon Creek (at Silverwood Lake), Silverwood Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Lake Murray.

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Tuttle Creek.
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (April 23-29):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake, Green Valley Lake, Gregory Lake, Jenks Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Bishop Creek, lower (not open to fishing until April 29), Diaz Lake, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha).

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower lakes near Bridgeport), Virginia Creek, West Walker River (section 3). None of these wasters are open to fishing until April 29.

KERN: Kern River (sections 1-5).

TULARE: Bone Creek, Kern River (section 5-6), Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (upper), Tule River Middle Fork, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 3). Except for the Kern River, none of these waters are open to fishing until April 29.
The following waters were planted last week (April 9-15):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake.

LOS ANGELES: Hansen Dam Lake, Legg Lakes, Santa Fe Reservoir.

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor, Rancho Jurupa Park Pond, Skinner Lake, Strawberry Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Glen Helen Park Lake, Gregory Lake, Jenks Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lindo lake, Morena Reservoir.

INYO: Lower Bishop Creek (not open to fishing until April 29), Diaz Lake, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha).

MONO: Crowley Lake (not open to fishing until April 29).

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Apr
20

CENTRAL COAST

Hot Bites: Still relatively light fishing pressure at all the lakes on the Central Coast, but the bass bite is fair to good with most fish in the spawn or just past it. Margarita is full and still spilling, and the bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, but a lot of the bass are in a post spawn funk. Still decent crappie and bluegill bites. Lopez is at 61.7 percent of capacity and rising daily and the bass bite is good here, too, with panfish action improving by the day. San Antonio is 56 percent of capacity and the south shore reopened for weekends-only this past Friday. The South Shore park and ramps will open May 19, with a full reopening, including the north shore ramps tentatively set for June 9. No fishing report information. Nacimiento is at 90 percent capacity and the spotted bass action is excellent with the fish in full-spawn mode.

Apr
20

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed pretty fair since the derby last weekend. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, with the cemetery area the best bet. There are also a few crappie showing, especially in the South Fork on live minnows, but the water temperatures are still too cool for this bite to break open. A few catfish are starting to show, but this bite is just fair with meal worms, minnows, and shad the best baits. Also a few bass showing on plastics around structure with the fish in less than 15 feet of water. The lake level is still around 44 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was up to 3,400 cfs Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,200 cfs. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Trout were planted in all six sections of the Kern two weeks ago, and all sections are scheduled to get fish again next week. The bite has been slow to fair with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 4,200 cfs. The upper river flows are up to 3,400 cfs at Kernville. A few bass are being caught right in Bakersfield where the river is running through town. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: It remains striper mania. The striper bite is excellent for both numbers and size. A 35-pound striper was caught on Wednesday this week. Many anglers continue to report 25 to 100 fish days, but most are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is pretty easy. The bite has been almost all on sardines, blood and lug worms, Flukes, Gitzits, and Rat-L-Traps. In fact, the only thing not working has been anchovies. Also more catfish reported in the past week, mostly in the Highway 166 stretch, and they have been landed on both mackerel and sardines. Also a few largemouth starting to show on tube jigs. 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.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Quite a few bass are showing with most in shallow for the spawn. Also some bluegill starting to be caught. Trout slow. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. A few more carp and bluegill are showing in fair action. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are mostly in the shallows for the spawn. Fair to good action. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill being caught in a fair bite, with the bluegill best on wax worms. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The bass bite has been good with fish to six pounds reported in the past week. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, and the bluegill bite is fair now. Trout are slow.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The final trout plant of season went in four weeks ago, and the bite has really slowed way down with most of the rainbows caught out by now. A few crappie on small minnows. There are quite a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics. Bluegill also starting to show but this bite is tough. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: There have been a few crappie reported in the past week on small minnows and small jigs. Other species slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with a lot of fish still on beds. Best bite has been in four to 12 feet of water with plastics. The lake is currently 69 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the spawn or just past. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 29 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Apr
20

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season will open April 29, and many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. The early trout opener was March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Early trout season is in progress on some Inyo Valley waters. Anglers should check the regulations for open waters for this event and restrictions. Most open waters getting trout plants alternating weeks.

In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to have very high flows of over 700 cfs for the past several weeks. These are tough fishing flows. Very few trout showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom with lots of lead. The East Walker flows finally dropped to 350 cfs after nearly two weeks of flows over 480 cfs. Fishing is still tough, but this flow is a little better. Light pressure and only the odd trout reported on nymphs or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. The West Walker flows have been from just under 500 cfs to over 900 cfs the past week. The flow Wednesday afternoon was 750 cfs. Light fishing pressure, but a few browns and rainbows coming from quieter water in the bigger pools.

The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows from 16 to 22 inches or more up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River. Access remains pretty good. Anglers should still call one of the shops in the region for the latest information.

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: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently. 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: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Apr
20

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite is still very slow in spite of the continued warm weather. The nights are still cool, keeping the water temperatures down, so the bite hasn’t broken open yet. As soon as this bite takes off, the news will be posted here and on the Outdoor News Service Facebook page. Anglers can also 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).

Apr
20

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: Warmer temperatures have continued to improve the action all along the Colorado River. The action in Havasu and Mohave the bites have really taken off, especially for stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, but the fishing pressure is still pretty light. The lower river always goes off first, but a cool snap and a surge in the flows dropped the water temperatures from 76 to 67 degrees two weeks ago, and the action still hasn’t recovered. In Mohave, both the smallmouth and largemouth bass have moved shallow and are on beds and the stripes are showing in all the coves and points near the dam and fish are starting to move upriver. A few bigger fish are already being caught at Willow Beach. In Havasu, all of the coves have largemouth and the smallmouth are on the rocky points, both in shallow water for the spawn. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both starting very good for largemouths, stripers, and panfish. The stripers are also getting good all along the upper river with some good catches reported in Havasu and the Bullhead City stretch of the river. Mike Ramsey and Ronald Belton, both Bullhead City, teamed up to landed a 7.54-pound striper. Topoc Marsh remains wide open for smaller stripers, mostly on cut anchovies. Trout planted early this year are still showing in decent numbers in the river at Davis Camp and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Caid Ambrose, Long Beach, had a limit of rainbows. Catfish are improving, especially in backwaters, ditches, and canals all along the river, and the flatheads are starting to show again in the lower river as water temperatures start to climb back up in area backwaters and ditches.

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.

Apr
20

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake’s last plant of the season was Wednesday this week, a 4,500-pound plant. It also received 4,500 poundstwo weeks ago. Dixon was be closed to all fishing beginning Tuesday this week and it will reopen 6 a.m. Saturday (April 22) for the 20th Annual Kiwanis Trout Derby. Jennings received 1,500 pounds of trout this week, and a 1,700-pound plant two weeks ago. Poway will get its final plant of the year this week, a double plant of 2,800 pounds, and it received 1,500 pounds two weeks ago. Wohlford also gets its final trout plant this week and it was also planted two weeks ago. Both plants were 1,500 pounds. Cuyamaca got a 1,200-pound plant last week, and another 1,200 pounds will go in April 25. There will be two stocks in May and two more in June.

DFW trout will be planted in Lake Murray this week, and there plants last week in Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass fishing is generally fair to good but the post-spawn blues are starting to set in on some waters. Lower Otay and San Vicente remain good, but Murray, Wohlford, and Jennings are also pretty good. Trout also remain a good bet but trout season is winding down. Top bets for trout are Cuyamaca, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, and Wohlford. Cuyamaca is fair. The panfish bites are just starting to turn on. Very good panfish action at San Vicente and Murray with the fish moving shallow for the spawn.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Hodges, 103 anglers reported just 10 bass and two channel catfish. At Miramar, 23 anglers reported 39 bass. At Lower Otay, 60 anglers reported 195 bass, 202 bluegill, and 14 crappie. At San Vicente, 24 anglers reported 113 bass and six bluegill. At Sutherland, 12 anglers reported eight bass, four bluegill, and one carp. No other reports.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Jennings, Aidan McFarlane, San Diego, had a 10-14 bass on a jerk bait in Cloister Cove. At Murray, Clint Renton, San Diego, had six bluegill to two pounds on wax worms in Del Cerro Bay, and Mike Strong, San Diego, landed a 7.2-pound bass on a shiner.

BARRETT: Closed until spring. 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: Closed until spring. 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.

Apr
20

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 22nd Annual Cachuma Lake Fishing Derby will be this coming Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23). Registration is $40 per anglers (ages 4-15 is just $10), and cash prizes of $599 and $300 will be awarded for the biggest and second biggest catch for trout, bass, crappie, and catfish. The two largest carp will win $100 and $50. There will also be tagged trout with the two highest numbered tag awarded $599 and $300. For more information, call the derby hotline at 805-696-8381 or go to www.troutderby.org. A 2,000-pound trout plant went in this week, and the trout are still showing from the previous two plants in the dam and Cachuma Bay areas, especially on trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been fair to good with the fish still in the shallows for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics, jigs, and small reaction baits with a lot of two- to three-pounders showing. Catfish are fair to good, mostly on cut mackerel in the coves. The crappie bite perked this week with a few crappie to two pounds reported. Bluegill, and carp bites are fair with a lot of carp up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Cachuma is 48 percent of capacity. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass action is wide open with fish all over the shallows on beds for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 10 feet of water. Ten to 20 fish days are common. The bite is good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits. Fish to eight pounds again reported this past week. The trout action was slow, but a DFW trout plant went in last week and more are slated for this week and next week. Some redear are starting to show in four to 15 feet of water. No recent crappie reports, but a few catfish are starting to show on cut baits. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many 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. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are both good with the fish up in the shallows for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 15 feet of water, with plastics, jerkbaits, and Flukes all good bets. The stripers are fair and improving on cutbaits, blood or lug worms, jigging spoons, and ice jigs in 30 to 60 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. DFW trout plant four weeks ago and some trout are showing in the backs of coves all around the lake. The bluegill are also picking up with some fish in less than 10 feet of water on meal worms and wax worms. The lake is currently 92 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: There continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics with a major movement of fish up into shallower water for the spawn. Most are in less than 15 feet of water. Best bite has been on plastics and most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but a couple of six-pound class fish were reported again this week. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow but a few bluegill are starting to show in 12 to 18 feet of water on small jigs tipped with bait. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 15 feet of water for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are 1-8 to four pounds. A DFW trout plant went in this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago. Fair trout action, with a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are finally started to perk with a fair bite in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Water level is at 93 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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 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.

Apr
20

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

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

LAKE FULMOR AREA: Fulmor Lake had a DFW trout plants last week and four weeks. Strawberry Creek is also planted with trout last week. Information: 951-659-2117.

Apr
20

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The trout bite has been fair to good. Trout plants are weekly, and trophy fish are part of each plant. 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: Final 1,000-pound trout plant of the season was three weeks ago. 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/.

Apr
20

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The final trout plant of the season, 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows, went in this week. There was also a plant five weeks ago. The action has been good since the plant Tuesday, and the marina area has been the top spot. The largemouth bass bite is very good with spawning fish still mostly shallow. Most of the fish are up in less than 15 feet of water and many are in two to three feet of water. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish are showing now. The bluegill bite is also improving with the fish moving into less than 15 feet of water and showing on wax worms, meal worms, and crickets. The dam ladders are the top spots. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 largemouth bass bite is good with the fish mostly in shallow water as the spawn tails off. The best bite is on small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. While the bass are showing around the lake, the east end and around the island have been the best spots. The bluegill and redear bites are just starting with most of the fish in four to 20 feet of water and moving shallower. Most are taking small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. Trout are fair on the north side of the lake and a DFW plant is slated for this week and there was a plant two weeks ago. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics. No other reports. Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and on schedule 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: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with fish in the shallows for the spawn. The fish are showing all around the lake on plastics and jigs in less than eight feet of water. Also some quality fish being landed. A 9.9-pounder was caught by Timothy Knolls, Pico Rivera, on a nightcrawler off the north shore. Brady Santiago, Rialo, landed an 8.9-pounder, also on a nightcrawler, across from the marina. Final county trout plant of the season was four weeks ago, but DFW fish went in last week and two weeks ago. The bite is slow to fair in the Ramp 2 area on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The bluegill bite also started to improve with fair to good action as the fish move up shallower for the spawn. The buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. There was a 23-pounder reported but the angler left without leaving a name. Patt Michaelson, Temecula, landed a 10.2-pound cat on a piece of chicken liver at the inlet. Lake Skinner is currently 72 percent of capacity. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No reports. Lake level is up with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is full thanks to recent rains and runoff, but 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.

Apr
20

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Last trout plant of the season was March 30. Catfish plants not scheduled yet. A few trout continue to be caught with most one to two pounds. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was fair to good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait in salmon peach, spring green and lemon twist, nightcrawlers, or small trout lures. Most of the fish reported have been around two pounds. Hot spots included the north and western shore of Lake 2 as well as the eastern and western shore of Lake 3. Bass are still in a spawn mode with fair action along the west shore of Lake 3 and north and western shores of Lake 2. Other bites have been slow. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: County trout plants are weekly, and DFW rainbows went in last week and four weeks ago. For lake information, call 760-245-2226.

Apr
20

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County trout plants are weekly, and DFW trout went in this week and two weeks ago. Guasti information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No plants this season. Lake maintenance is ongoing. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County trout plants are weekly, and DFW trout went in two weeks ago. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County trout plants are weekly, and DFW rainbows were also planted this week and last week. Information: 909-887-7540.