Dec
01

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The Dixon Lake 38th Annual Trout Derby will be this weekend, Dec. 2-4. The lake will be planted with 6,000 pounds of trout this week before the derby, and it has already been stocked with 1,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers this past Tuesday, and 4,500 pounds two weeks ago. There will also be a lot of trophy fish planted for this weekend’s derby. Yes, it will be crowded, but the fishing is always good. The lake is closed to fishing until 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2. For more information, call the lake at 760-839-4680 or go to www.dixonlake.com.

2. For the second weeks in a row, there has been a very good carp bite at Lake Perris with fish to 20-plus pounds reported. This is a specialist’s game with most of the bigger fish showing on homemade dough baits along the south side of the lake, but especially in the Sail Cove area, around the marina docks, and at Lots 11 and 12. For an update and tips on fishing this bite, check with the marina staff at 951-657-2179.

3. For the second week in a row winds have hampered the bluefin tuna bite and the water temperatures have continued to decline, but the presence of squid has kept the giant bluefin tuna on the Tanner Bank. And anglers continue to get them, mostly at dawn, dusk, and at night. There continue to be 60 to 120-pound giants. The 1 1/2-day boats are able to get in on the night action in this unbelievable winter bite. For an update on this bite, check with www.976-tuna.com.

Dec
01

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada’s general trout season is over, but the East Walker remains open to catch-and-release angling and it is a pretty fair bet for fly anglers who want to catch a big fish (18-inches plus). In Southern California, the top bets for planted fish are Dixon Lake, Santa Ana River Lakes (huge plants for Thanksgiving weekend), Jess Ranch, and Jennings are the other top picks for planted trout this week. The DFW planted a number of Orange County water this week, and the Los Angeles County waters are on the list for next week.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with some fish up chasing shad and other baitfish at least part of the day, but that action is waning rapidly. Most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics or nightcrawlers. Top bet remains San Vicente Reservoir, with other decent bets Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair to good for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), and the bite is fair on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. Recent trout plants at Silverwood (three plants so far this season), along with Pyramid (plant this week), and Castaic (plants two and four weeks ago) have brought up a few bigger stripers. There continues to be decent topwater flurries at Pyramid and Castaic, but they are fewer and further between this week. The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been fair. Diamond Valley Lake continues to be very spotty, with just a few school-sized fish showing on trolled flies but more big fish are showing on trout-like swimbait after DVL’s first trout plant two weeks ago. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly in deeper water. Lake Havasu 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 but slowing many places. The better exceptions this week have been at Perris and Murray. Dixon and Jennings also remain decent bets. A few crappie have been reported at Cachuma.

CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Also fair channel catfish bites on the Colorado River, and the bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but the Colorado is getting almost no pressure.

Dec
01

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Nov. 27-Dec. 3):

ORANGE: Centennial Park Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, Tri-City Park Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Little Lake (Hemet), Skinner Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray, Morena Reservoir.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Dec. 4-10):

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

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

Dec
01

CENTRAL COAST

Hot Bites: Very light fishing pressure at all the lakes on the Central Coast and few reports. The few anglers fishing Santa Margarita Lake report fair action for bass, but other species have slowed way down. At Lopez Lake, the bite has been slowing for bluegill and redear with the best action on wax worms and meal worms. Also fair action for bass. Nacimiento has had a slow to fair bass and bluegill bite and a few crappie reports.

Dec
01

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: There is still a slow to fair catfish bite on minnows, dip baits, and large meal worms. Most are two to three pounds, but some bigger. Few other reports and light fishing pressures. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The first DFW plant of the season went in last week in Section 4 (Kernville region). The Kern River has been fair for wild and holdover fish above Kernville in the bigger pools for bait anglers (crickets and salmon eggs) or flies. Flows remain about 80 cfs coming into Isabella and from 120 to 180 cfs below the dam. In the lower river the bass and catfish bites are slow to fair with the bass on plastic worms and nightcrawlers, while the cats are best on clams or nightcrawlers, and all the action is in the bigger pools. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: There continues to be a fair bite on small stripers with a few over the minimum keeper size. Most are showing on blood or lug worms, mackerel, and sardines. Some bigger stripers to 10 pounds reported. The largemouth bass bite slowed back down with the cooler weather and low flows, but a few fish from 12 to 16 inches are still being caught, mostly on Senkos. The catfish also have stayed fair on sardines, mackerel, chicken liver and dip baits. 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. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: The catfish bite is slow to fair with some fish showing on nightcrawlers. Other species still very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: A surprise DFW trout plant went in last week and there was also a plant three weeks ago. The bite has slowed since the holiday weekend, with only a few trout showing on chunky cheese PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. Other than trout, only an occasional bass or bluegill being caught.

HART PARK LAKE: The bass bite is still fair on nightcrawlers, plastic worms or minnows. The bluegill bite has slowed with the cooler weather and other species are very slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair bass action, most have been on nightcrawlers and minnows, but a few on plastics. Only a few bluegill reported. Other species slow.

MING LAKE: There was a surprise DFW plant last week and the first plant of the season was three weeks ago. The bite has been slow to fair since the weekend. The best action has been on bait, either PowerBait or nightcrawlers with the garlic flavors preferred. Other than trout, other species have slowed way down.

BRITE LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season went in last week, and the bite was pretty good heading into the holiday weekend, but has slowed since. No reports on other species.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has slowed down this week after a fair bite into and through the weekend. There were a pair of 2,000-pound plants ñ one before the derby (Nov. 19) and another the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The best action has been on PowerBait fished on line no heavier than four-pound test. Garlic and chunky cheese were the most popular flavors and most anglers are also dousing the bait with garlic scent. Other species are very slow. 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 in deep water. Other species very slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are small. Bluegill fair 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 is still fair on drop-shot plastics and a few fish on cranks and topwater. Other species have slowed. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Dec
01

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season is closed, but many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: While most waters are closed, anglers focusing on the lower Owens River from Bishop to Lone Pine and Pleasant Valley Reservoir are seeing fair to good action. The year-around catch-and-release waters — the East and West Walker Rivers, the upper Owens River (above Crowley), and Hot Creek all continue to have just fair action for fly anglers. The East Walker is the best bet with a few quality fish to 20 inches or better on small nymphs. Most of the region above 5,000 feet had snow over the past week.

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: No recent trout plants.

Dec
01

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing and very light fishing pressure. Only an occasional report of a small tilapia reported at the state park headquarters jetty or the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. All fish showing on nightcrawler pieces. 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).

Dec
01

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 pressure remains light, but there is generally fair to good striper and black bass action all along the Colorado River, while the panfish and catfish bites have slowed with the cooler weather. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is the best bet. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, with the fish moving out to the mouths of coves and main body of the lake. Almost no topwater lately, but trolled lures or cut baits, mostly anchovies, are best in deeper water. The fish are mostly three to eight pounds. In Havasu, the bite is mostly in the main body of the lake north of London Bridge, but more fish are showing south now. Trolled lures is the best method, but some fish on bait, and a few remnant surface boils some mornings. In the river between the two lakes, the striper action is picking up, especially on jerk baits and swimbaits, but most of the fish are showing on drifted anchovies fished near the bottom. Lots of really small fish in this stretch of the river running from one to two pounds, but some bigger fish. The trout action is also fair with the most recent trout plant three weeks ago in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas. Another is due soon. Small spinners and drifted nightcrawlers are getting the most fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good as the water and weather cools and the swimbait bite is the hot ticket in the main river and backwaters. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. The flathead bite is slow to fair with very light fishing pressure and few fish reported in the past couple of weeks. Most flatheads are showing on live goldfish or bluegill. The channel catfish bite is also fair throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits.

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
01

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Trout plants have begun or will be beginning soon at most waters in the region. Dixon’s 38th Annual Trout Derby will be this weekend, Dec. 2-4. The lake will be planted with 6,000 pounds of trout this week before the derby. The lake was also planted with 1,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers this past Tuesday, and 4,500 pounds two weeks ago. There were a number of trophy fish planted for this weekend’s derby. The lake is closed to fishing until 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2. In addition to state fish this week, Lake Cuyamaca received 1,200 pounds of Jess Ranch trout last week. The next plant of Jess Ranch rainbows will be Dec. 20. Poway will also begin its trout season Dec. 1 with a 3,000-pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers. There will also be 1,500 pound plants Dec. 14 and 28, with trophies in the plant on the 28th. Wohlford’s first plant of the season will be a 6,000-pound stock on Dec. 10. Jennings was slated to receive 1,500 pounds of trout from Wright’s Rainbows this week, and 10 percent of each plant consists of trophy fish. Lake Morena received its first private stock Nov. 18. This week DFW plants are slated for Cuyamaca, Murray, and Morena. Last week, state trout were planted at Chollas Park Lake, Lindo Lake.

FISHING UPDATE: Trout action is beginning to sizzle all over the county with trout plants finally starting. Top bets this week are Dixon, Jennings, and Cuyamaca, in about that order. The bass action has been fair at most waters. San Vicente remains probably the best bet for bass with most of the fish showing from 10 to 35 feet of water on shiners, plastics, and jigs. The panfish bites are really slowing down, but a few bluegill are still showing at Jennings and Murray and a few crappie from Lower Otay. Jennings and Murray have continued to have a fair catfish bites. Jennings is best on cut baits or nightcrawlers in Half Moon and Sentry coves, while Murray is best in the afternoons off the fishing pier.

FISH COUNTS: Not available.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lake Murray, Jason Contreras, San Diego, landed an eight-pound largemouth in Padre Bay on a swimbait. Alicia Hamilton, San Diego, had 25 bluegill and redear (a limit), all caught on red worms in San Carlos and the top fish was a two-pounder.

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.

Dec
01

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 4,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows that went in three weeks ago continues to provide pretty good action for anglers drifting nightcrawlers or trolling a variety of lures. The rainbows are averaging from a pound to two pounds. The crappie bite has continued to improve off E Point and most are running from one pound up to 2-8, nice slabs. They are showing on slow-trolled lures or small jigs. The catfish also are fair to good for anglers fishing cut mackerel or sardines in most of the coves. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite remains fair on the rock walls, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. 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: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair on reaction baits and plastics. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. 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: There have been DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. The trout bite had been slow with a few on PowerBait and small trout jigs and lures. The plant also brought up a few bigger stripers and they are showing on the trout-like swim baits. Most of the stripers are 1-8 to three pounds and showing in the Fish Arm, but boils are getting fewer. Still good action on shad pattern reaction baits in the mornings. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is fair with most of the action on plastics in 20 to 40 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure. There has been fair 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 six pounds reported, but most in the one- to two-pound range. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 15 to 40 feet of water. 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. 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: There were DFW trout plants this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago, and there is a fair bite on the trout on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. Overall, the stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action on fish mostly from 1-8 to three pounds, with a few bigger. Topwater, jerk baits, and trolled flies are all getting fish. Trout-like swimbaits are the best way to get a bigger striper. There is a fair catfish bite on the cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with most of the action on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are slowing way down, but a few on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in 12 to 40 feet of water. Very little fishing pressure. 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 the web site at campone.com.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season kicked off three weeks ago, and this week there are plants at whole list of Los Orange county park lakes and next week’s plants will mostly be in Los Angeles county. See trout plants in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Dec
01

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Good trout action after big plant last week, including super trout from Mt. Lassen. Lots of nice stringers this past 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: First trout stocking of the season was a 2,000-pound plant postponed until last week. There will be a 1,000-pound plant this week and the weeks of Dec. 5 and Dec. 26. 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
01

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. The bite perked a little but remains slow to fair. 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 received DFW trout last week and three weeks ago. No plants in Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Dec
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The lake was planted with 3,500-pound of Mt. Lassen rainbows two weeks ago, and the bite in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the marina has been slow to fair on one to two-pound trout. The largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good, with mostly two to three-pound fish in the bite. The best action is on plastics fished drop-shot style or Carolina-rigged in less than 20 feet of water around flooded structure. A few bigger fish are mostly in 30 to 40 feet of water. The water level continues to come up. The striped bass action has been fair with a decent number of smaller fish showing on trolled flies or cast cranks and swimbaits. Few catfish or bluegill reports. 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 carp bite continues to get a lot of attention here with some big fish showing on homemade dough baits. The bite has been good all along the north shore from Sail Cove to the launch ramps. Sheldon Lewis, Moreno Valley, had 27 carp over two days with his best at 13-8, all on homemade dough bait. Andy Chow, Diamond Bar, landed a 20-7 carp on corn bait off the marina docks. The largemouth bass also remain fair on plastic worms. Senkos, and lipless cranks along the weed lines all around the lake. The dam and outlets have been the hots spots and while most fish are three pounds or under, there have been some better fish reported. Tops this week was a 6-2 landed by Earl Johnson, Menifee, near the dam on a lipless crank. It was the best of three fish he landed. The bluegill and redear bites are also still fair. Bluegill anglers are seeing the best action off the dam and west of the islands in 15 to 25 feet of water with wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets. The redear are starting to show off the marina docks. Few reports on other species with no DFW trout plants yet this season. 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: First 600-pound county trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago and the next 600-pound stock was slated to go in Wednesday this week. No DFW plants yet. Overall, the trout bite remains slow with only a few reported from the east end. Most of the action on other species has slowed down, but the trout plant should cause some bigger stripers to come up. The catfish action has also been fair at the buoy line, inlet, Ramp No. 2, and Catfish Alley on chicken liver and mackerel. The largemouth bass bite slowed down, but some fish are still showing along the south shorelines on reaction baits and plastics. Lots of two-pound class fish. The bluegill bite has been slow to fair with a few still showing along the south side of the lake or at the inlet. Best action has been on crickets, meal worms, red worms, and small jigs. 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.

Dec
01

HIGH DESERT LAKES

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

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout action has been fair to good on PowerBait in spring green, garlic, and rainbow, inflated nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs and lures. Most of the fish are in the two-pound class. There is also a fair catfish bite on nightcrawlers or shrimp. The bass bite is slow to fair on fish to four pounds reported on Senkos and nightcrawlers. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

Dec
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SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The trout action remains fair to good plants last Wednesday, and two and four weeks ago. The best action has been in around the marina and up into Cleghorn and Miller canyons on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait, with some on small jigs. The striper are showing in fair numbers at the dam, the inlet, and up the main channel on swimbaits, while quite a few smaller fish are showing on sardines off the dock. Most of the fish are one to three pounds, but some bigger fish are starting to come in. Tom McDonald, Victorville, landed a six-pound striper on sardines in the main channel. Most of the other bites slowed down with only the odd catfish showing on chicken liver, sardines, and nightcrawlers in deeper water. A few largemouth bass are also showing along most shorelines again with both plastic worms and cranks on rocky ledges and steep drop-offs. 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: Light fishing pressure but fair to good trout action for shore anglers. The best action has been on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers fished on two to four-foot leaders near the dam and at the Juniper Point. Lots of fish in the 1-8 to two-pound class, and some up into the four-pound range. 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: No report. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.
JENKS LAKE REGION: The Santa Ana River, the South Fork of the Santa Ana River, and Jenks Lake have not been planted recently.