Oct
09

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Yellowtail all along the Southern California coastline and at the offshore islands remain the top pick for anglers this week. While the yellowfin tuna bite out of San Diego is still an awesome option, the yellowtail are better and more accessible to anglers from San Diego to Santa Barbara. The fish are showing on half-day boats, three-quarter day boats, and full day trips, and catches of from two to five per angler have not been uncommon. The average fish (except at Catalina, which has runts) has been from 12 to 20 pounds or better. Where to go? Check the landing counts on 976-TUNA.com and decide on the latest info.

2. The number two spot is yet again a toss-up between the three hot striped bass bites at Castaic, Pyramid, and Skinner. All three continue to produce good numbers of two to four-pound fish and all can produce a bigger fish. Most anglers are drifting, anchovies, lug worms, sardines pieces, or chicken liver. Bigger fish from six to 10 pounds are mostly showing on surface or near-surface swim baits or jerk baits. For an update on these bites, call Skinner at 951-926-8515, Castaic at 661-775-6232, or Pyramid at 661-295-7155.

3. The trout action at Crowley Lake continues to be one of the top picks. Fly-anglers fishing the late season have found excellent action over the past week with a lot of real quality cutthroat and rainbow trout showing along with the odd big brown trout. The fish are stacked up on the outside edges of the weed beds cruising. Most anglers are fishing midge patterns under indicators, but the damsel and perch minnow fly bite is also pretty good. For an update on this action, check with The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517 or Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250.

Oct
09

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in Southern California remain just fair bites at Big Bear Lake, and Lake Gregory, but in the Sierra Nevada, the fall fishing is starting to turn on. While the overall bite is fair, there is really good fishing in Twin Lakes Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Lake Crowley for fly anglers, and brown and brook trout are moving into the spawn and stacking up in creek mouths in all the lakes. Trout stocking season will start in Southern California this month, with most of the San Bernardino County parks getting fish Oct. 24. Irvine Lake’s trout opener is Oct. 31 and it will be getting a huge load of brown trout this opener.

BLACK BASS: Light fishing pressure on bass throughout the region and the largemouth bass remain in their late summer/fall pattern with the fish going deep during the day and then coming up mornings and evenings to chase baitfish. Overall the action is pretty mediocre, but the best of the crop have been Lake Perris and Casitas — both with pretty good action and some quality fish topping five pounds. Other decent bets include El Capitan and Lower Otay in the San Diego region, Skinner and Diamond Valley further north, along with Cachuma, Piru, and Pyramid. The Central Coast waters of Santa Margarita and Lopez are also fair to good. On the Colorado River, the smallmouth bass bite had been good in the entire lower river, especially around rip-rap, but no one is fishing this bite.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action is fair to good on at most SoCal reservoirs with the exception Diamond Valley, which remains strangely quiet. Castaic’s topwater bite has been the big news and most fun, but Skinner and Pyramid are still pretty good for sheer volume of small fish and the occasional bigger fish. Lake Silverwood also has a pretty good bite on smaller fish. Diamond Valley has been off with the worst fishing on the lot for weeks. The California aqueduct near Taft has been fair to good, but most of the fish are sub-keeper sized. On the Colorado River, the Bullhead City-Laughlin stretch remains one of the best bites in the region, but getting little pressure. Most fish one to two-pounds but bigger fish are always possible. Lake Havasu has also been pretty good with some up chasing baitfish early in the day.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites have slowed down across much of the region the past two weeks. Lake Perris is probably the best bet now, but Diamond Valley Lake is still producing quite a few fish. There has been some spotty action in Casitas. Quality crappie bites are mostly dead, but the Isabella bite just won’t die with some fish still showing in the North Fork Arm on live minnows.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River remains fair and has been improving with the (finally!) cooler evenings. There was a 35-pound flathead reported this past week in a river backwater. There is a wide array of good fall bites that include Skinner, Diamond Valley, Elsinore, Cachuma, Isabella, Jennings, Casitas, Piru, and Pyramid. The best stocked-fish bites are Irvine Lake, Corona Lake, and Santa Ana River Lakes, but those seasons are soon to wind down.

Oct
09

TROUT PLANTS

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be or have been restocked with catchable-size rainbow trout or channel catfish by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Plants are listed for the current week and the coming week. Each list is updated with changes each week. For the most recent updates in Southern California and the Eastern Sierra Nevada, you can call the DFW recording at 855-887-1275, or for updates in the Western Sierra, you can call 559-243-4005, x183. For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking web site at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/, which is the same data used here.

THIS WEEK’S TROUT PLANTS (Oct. 5-11):

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake.

INYO: Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (Oct. 12-18):

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

MONO: Crowley Lake.

Oct
09

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The trout action was good last week after the DFW plant the week before. The best bite was in the Sawpit area on PowerBait or small jigs. Meng Kue, Santa ana, had five trout to 4-8 on Smokin’ Jigs in Sawpit. The next DFW plant is slated for next week. Stripers remain pretty good off the dock, in Miller Canyon, the Chemise area and at the dam. Anchovies and lug worms are getting the most fish. Jack Kelley, Victorville, had a pair of stripers, including one at seven pounds caught on a lug worm in Miller Canyon. Catfish remain fair to good in Cleghorn on cut baits. Jim Martin, Phelan, landed a four-pound cat on mackerel. No reports of bluegill or crappie this week. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Fair tout action with water temperatures starting to cool, and there was a DFW plant this week. Trout are showing over much of the lake from top to bottom. The key to getting a limit for trollers has been to keep switching up the lures being trolled behind one to three colors of leadcore. The Big Bear Municipal Water District is planning to increase the number of trout reared in the lake cages. Bass fishing remains slow to fair with the bass are holding in deeper water and coming up for buzz and crankbaits early and late in the day and drop-shotted baits after the surface action. Panfish and catfish slow. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: Trout have been slow to fair, and there is a spotty bite on crappie and bass. There are three new fish-rearing, and fish-holding pens at the boathouse. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No recent reports. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago at Jenks Lake. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were also planted with DFW trout two and four weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: No recent DFW plants.

Oct
09

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish bite has been good with 1,000-pound plants Oct. 2 and another slated for Thursday this week. The average size is around two to three pounds with some bigger. Best action has been on shrimp, nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm (M&M) combo, chicken liver, and cut mackerel, and adding garlic scent has been a good bet. Big fish this past week was a seven-pounder landed by Michael Clarkson, Apple Valley, on a garlic nightcrawler. Scott Kearns, Riverside, landed a 6-8, while Dale Scholtz, Big Bear, had a five-pounder. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Warm temperatures continue to keep the trout bite very slow. The few fish being landed are coming in before 9 a.m. on PowerBait in salmon peach, spring green and garlic, nightcrawlers, or small jigs. The bass bite has been fair to good with some topwater fish early, and the catfish bite is pretty decent on mackerel, nightcrawlers, or shrimp. Bluegill remain good on small jigs and meal worms with some to a pound reported. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: Trout season is set to begin Oct. 24 with weekly plants of trout by the county. Plants will be 1,000 pounds per week with an initial plant of 2,000 pounds. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Oct
09

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Trout season is set to begin Oct. 24 with weekly plants of trout by the county. Plants will be 1,000 pounds per week with an initial plant of 2,000 pounds. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: Trout season is set to begin Oct. 24 with weekly plants of trout by the county. Plants will be 1,000 pounds per week with an initial plant of 2,000 pounds. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: Trout season is set to begin Oct. 24 with weekly plants of trout by the county. Plants will be 1,000 pounds per week with an initial plant of 2,000 pounds. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: Trout season is set to begin Oct. 31 with weekly plants of trout by the county. Plants will be 1,000 pounds per week with an initial plant of 3,000 pounds. Information: 909-887-7540.

MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: 909-982-4246.

SECCOMBE LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 909-384-5233.

Oct
09

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass action has been fair with some flurries of good topwater lures or reaction baits action early in the morning when schools of bass are chasing baitfish. Baits imitating small bluegill have been hot. The fish are in 30 to 35 feet of water later in the day and showing on plastics. Catfish remain good but getting light pressure. Stink baits, cut baits, and nightcrawlers fishing at the dams and deep in the coves have been good. Quality cats topping six pounds showing most weekends. The bluegill and redear bites are still fair with the dams, Restroom No. 2 and the rock quarry the top spots. Most fish under a pound, but some bigger. Edgar Sanchez, Hemet, landed a 1-8 redear on a nightcrawler from shore. The striper bite remains tough with no fish reported in the past week. Boats inspected and tagged ìquagga freeî at Diamond Valley are also allowed on Perris and Silverwood. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bites have come back on in the marina and off the island this past week. While most are under a pound, a few bigger fish are showing. Red worms, crickets, and meal worms are the top baits. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, had 14 redear to 1-4 on red worms in the marina, while Thelma Jones, Los Angeles, landed eight redear to a half-pound on crickets, also in the marina. The largemouth bite has been good along the west side of the lake in the mornings and evening on drop-shot plastics with a few fish still showing on jerkbaits and topwater lures. Nate Dray, Riverside, had a pair of bass to 2-4 on plastics in the Bernasconi Beach area. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam will begin Oct. 15. During the process, the entire dam and Bernasconi Beach side of the lake, including the Bernasconi Beach parking area, will be closed to public access. (The closure includes the bicycle trail on the east side of the lake.) However, the recreation area will remain open, including access for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The west side of the lake will remain open. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The catfish bite has been good the past week with a lot of fishing showing a ramps No. 1 and N. 2, Catfish Aley, and the backs of all the coves. The action has been best on chicken liver, mackerel and other cut baits, and nightcrawlers. Mark Herin, Temecula, landed a 10-pound catfish on a nightcrawler at Ramp No. 2, while Sadie McGee, Menifee, had an eight-pounder on anchovies from a cove. The striped bass are also fair to good with early morning boils at the dam and then the fish go deeper in the dam and inlet areas and are showing on cut baits and shad. Most of the fish are two to four pounds. Bluegill and redear are slow, but Dennis Hurley, Temecula, landed a 1.5-pound bass on a meal worm in the marina. Carp are good on dough baits, and most are in less than 10 feet of water. But they are getting little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.

ELSINORE: The catfish bite continues to sizzle here with a lot of fish being landed from two to eight pounds. Cut baits and fresh or frozen shad working the best. The carp bite is fair on dough baits or corn. The bite on bass, crappie, and bluegill, is slow and there have been no wiper reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The catfish bite has remained good on pan-sized fish with an occasional bigger fish. Corona is being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

RANCHO JURUPA: No recent plants. Information: 951-684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The catfish bite is just fair with most of the fish from 1-8 to 2-8 showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. There were also a number of tagged with worth up to $50 each in the last plant and several have not been caught yet. The bass action also remains fair and are catch-and-release only. Still a few two-pound class fish on topwater, reaction baits, and plastic worms early and late in the day. Bluegill fair to good, but most small. Information: 909-795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: No recent plants. Information: 530-526-7937.

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

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Catfish action has been good. Anchovies have been the top bait, but the mackerel and nightcrawlers are also good. The lake is now open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Friday through Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.

Oct
09

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent DFW trout plants and slow trout action. A few fish continue to show for anglers at the dam and along the USFS shore access area, with early morning the best time to fish. PowerBait or small jigs have been the best bet. Pretty good action on small bass, and fair to good action on small bluegill. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680 or http://www.lakehemet.org/fishing_conditions.php.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Oct
09

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Good catfish action and some real quality fish have been showing in the past week. The lakes are being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Good catfish action continues from mid-lake and the flats on mackerel, shrimp, bonito and skipjack. Some fish as shallow as five feet but most are 30 feet or deeper. Richardo Zepeda, Santa Ana, landed and released a 34-pound blue cat fishing bonito. Terry Lairson, Huntington Beach, had a 10-8 channel on mackerel. The largemouth action has been good on everything from plastics and jigs in 20 feet to surface lures and frogs. Hotspots included Rocky Point, Red Clay Cliffs, and the back of the flats. Top bass reported was a 5-1 landed by Mike Rollins, Tustin, on a crank off Rocky Point. There has also been a pretty good bluegill and redear bite with some fish to a pound or better showing on meal worms and waxworms near submerged brush. Matt Northrup, Orange, landed a 1-7 bluegill on a mealworm off the west shore. The west shore launch ramp is currently in operation. During October, the lake will be closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays until the Trout Opener on October 31, when the lake will reopen seven days a week. Trout season will kick off Thursday, Oct. 30, with a special VIP fishing day, followed by the general trout opener the next day. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. Information: 949-362-9227 or www.lagunaniguellake.com.

ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. The facility will remain closed until Santa Ana River Lakes closes for routine maintenance. Information: 714-996-3508 or www.fishinglakes.com.

Oct
09

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The catfish action slowed to just fair this past week, but fish are still showing from Cachuma Bay on fly-lined chucks of mackerel. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are up chasing the shad, but this bite also slowed to just fair. Cranks and small spinnerbaits are getting the most fish, but nightcrawlers and plastics have also been productive. The main lake points are the top spots. Crappie, bluegill, and trout all very slow. The carp bowfishing improved this past week with large fish showing along the bank between Clark Canyon and Johnson’s Bay in the late afternoon. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: There bass bite remains fair with the fish in deeper water most of the day and showing on plastics and jigs fishing in 12 to 20 feet of water, but the topwater action at first and last light has also been decent on frogs, buzz baits, and poppers. Also some spinnerbait and jerk bait fish in the mornings when schools of shad are near-surface and the bass are keying on them. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in 12 to 20 feet, mostly on nightcrawler pieces fished on the bottom. 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 drop about a foot a day, but all the bites have held up. The striper action remains good and the topwater activity has been intermittent throughout the day. Boils have been popping up at C-Point, the SS Ski, and at the dam, and there has been good action in those areas along with the buoy line and Utopia Cove. John Petrov, Venice, had six stripers fishing Spooks or sardine with fish to eight pounds. Nikki Median, Santa Clarita, landed four stripers to four pounds on sardines. There largemouth and catfish bites are also pretty good, with the cats best in the Fish Arm on sardine and mackerel. The bass are showing around much of the lake on plastics and crankbaits. Phi Lam, Long Beach, had a seven-pound catfish on mackerel fishing from shore. Bluegill and redear are slow with no fishing pressure. The west ramp remains closed. The water will continue to fall this fall and the boat capacity has been reduced from 500 to 300 boats per day. Other species slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in 12 to 30 feet of water, but there is some topwater action early and late in the day. The average fish is from one to two pounds. Also a pretty decent catfish bite on cut baits in most of the coves and off the main lake points. The bluegill action is slow to fair on hand-sized panfish. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: The striper bite remains fair to good with a lot of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up to nine pounds reported in the past week. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and bloodworms. Fair catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but there has also been some early topwater action. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: The largemouth bass bite has been pretty fair in the mornings and evening with some fish showing on plastics and topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are improving with the cooler evenings and most of the action has been in six to 20 feet of water. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW plants. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW plants.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

ELIZABETH LAKE: Lake is currently dry. No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW plants.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

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

Oct
09

CENTRAL COAST LAKES

SAN ANTONIO: Light fishing pressure and little change here this week. The striped bass bite has been fair to good on swim baits in the mornings and evenings, especially around the island and along the dam. The largemouth bass have been fair with the fish on top early and late and then in 15 to 40 feet of water on plastics. Smallmouth are also pretty decent with a crankbait bite early in the mornings and then plastics and jigs fished deeper later in the day. Top areas for the smallies have been the points adjacent to Half Moon Bay and the wooded shoreline opposite the marina. The catfish bite is good on cut baits and prepared baits. Most are starting to move out of the shallows and back into deeper water. Few reports on panfish. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes, or inflatables can get on the water. When the ramps reopen, anglers launching boats need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: Call the main office at 805-472-2313. The marina number is 805-472-2818 (currently closed).

NACIMIENTO: The white bass have been boiling in the mouth of coves in the mornings and evenings and thee have been some very good catches made on Roostertails and Kastmasters. Most are about a pound. Spotted bass have been fair on plastics and jigs during the day with some crankbait and topwater fish early and late. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: marina at 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com.

SANTA MARGARITA: The bass action has been fair to good. Pretty decent topwater action on frogs. While most of the bass are two to three pounds, there have been fish to six pounds. Catfish have been fair to good in the bays and coves, mostly on nightcrawlers or cut mackerel. The bite is still mostly in less than 20 feet of water. Some quality reader are showing, but the bite is pretty tough, with the best bite on nightcrawlers in 15 to 25 feet of water. Decent action on small bluegill and crappie in the White Oak area. Only hand-launchable boats now. The marina store is still closed. Information: Contact the park ranger office at 805-788-2397.

LOPEZ: There is a fair to good topwater bass bite in the mornings and evenings before the fish drop back down into deeper water. Some fish to six pounds reported. Catfish action is fair in deeper water with anchovies or sardines. Bluegill fair to good around the docks on small baits. Quagga mussel inspections are required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: 805-489-1006.

For more in-depth weekly fishing reports for Central Coast waters, both fresh and saltwater, go to the San Luis Obispo Tribune fishing report at http://www.sanluisobispo.com/outdoors/index.html or the Fresno Bee fishing report http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

Oct
09

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers and Secret 7 catfish bait. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish. The crappie action has continued in the trees in the North Fork in 16 to 20 feet of water on small minnows and crappie jigs. Other species slow except for a few bass early in the morning and a few bluegill. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The upper river has been slow for bait and lure anglers, with no plants in over a month. The fly anglers are doing fair on wild fish, with the action progressively better the further upstream you go. Some decent evening caddis hatches. In the lower river flows are very low, but the smallmouth bass have been pretty good on nightcrawlers, plastics and Roostertails. Just fair action on catfish and largemouth in the lower river. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action has remains fair and the striper bite is good, but the stripers are mostly undersize. The cats are best on garlic shrimp, shad, chicken liver, and mackerel. Quite a few fish topping five pounds. The striper bite is fair to good, but mostly small fish are showing on cranks, Flukes, Gitzits, blood worms, lug worms, and sardines. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

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

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are good on most of the small baits, especially on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, or red worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits. A few bass continue to show early on plastics or topwater, mostly frogs fishing on weeds.

HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is also very good on Powder Bait. The bass bite is improving with some fish on frogs fished on the weed matts or spinnerbaits on the edges of the weeds.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Still a few crappie showing on small minnows. There has been a pretty fair bite on bass in the evenings on live minnows, spinnerbaits, and Brush Hawgs. Also some fish showing on frogs fished on the moss. The carp action has been good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. The bluegill are also fair on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, and most are in less than 10 feet of water.

MING LAKE: Fair to good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are fair on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite has been improving with more and more fishing on frong imitations and spinnerbaits.

BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Few reports of other species.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The date for the 2014 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby has been set for Nov. 15. Overall light fishing pressure. The largemouth bass bite has improved with some fish showing on frogs fished on weed mats or spinnerbaits. The catfish and bluegill bites remain fair. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad, or nightcrawlers at night, but most are on the small side. Bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The carp bite is fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough baits. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Fair bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. The ëgills are best on meal or wax worms. Carp are best on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving with pretty good action on topwater lures or crankbaits as the bass start chasing the schooled up shad in early mornings or evenings. Best action around the exposed islands. Fair catfish action in the evenings with crawdads, chicken livers or anchovies. The launch ramp is still available on the Rocky Hill side, but falling water levels have made launching difficult. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

KAWEAH LAKE: Water level very low but boat launching conditions still decent. The bass are holding on the ledges or rock piles and providing fair action. The shad are starting to ball up despite water temperatures of more than 80 degrees and the bass are chasing the baitfish. Bluegill and carp are both fair to good with jumbo red worms or wax worms best for the ëgills, while dough balls are best for the carp in the shallows. A few crappie showing on exposed structure throughout the lake. Catfish are good with chicken livers, sardines, anchovies or dip baits, particularly in the evenings. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

Oct
09

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call 760-876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call 760-873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call 760-924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call 760-647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call 760-932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or www.bishopvisitor.com, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker has been fair to good even with low flows (23 cfs) again this week. The water temperatures have cooled and the action if decent from the dam all the way to the Nevada border and below. Bridgeport Reservoir continues to drop and the fishing has been improving, especially at the dam for bait and lure anglers. The Twin Lakes have been good, with most of the fish pan-sized. Trollers are doing the best, but fly and bait anglers are also getting fish. The West Walker has been fair, especially with dry flies, and lure anglers are getting some fish in the evenings on spinners. Virginia Lake remains one of the best spots in the region with a very good bite and limits of fish to four pounds showing on flies, bait, and lures for shore and tube anglers. Kirman has been tougher for brookies which are moving into the spawn, but still fair. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing has been fair to good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop with mornings and evenings the best time to fish. June Lake continues to produce a lot of one to three pound trout. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches, with a few browns showing from Silver and Grant. Silver continue to produce five or six fish per week topping three pounds. The usual PowerBaits, Pinched Crawlers, and small lures are getting fish at all four waters. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been good for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays around weed beds. Quite a few fish from two to four pounds. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the trees are turning color and the trout action has been good. The lake was also stocked with 400 pounds of trophy rainbows last week. Kathy Crose, Simi Valley, had the week’s best fish at 5-4 on PowerBait. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair action in most of the lakes and the brookies are starting to mass at the stream mouths and move upstream to spawn. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls and along the outside edges of weed beds all over the lakes, while the upper lakes are all best morning and evening, especially with the fly-bubble combo, small spinners, or floating baits. Rock Creek Lake has been fair to good. Rock Creek is good with a lot of smaller browns. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was slow to fair this past week. North Lake is slow with light pressure. South Lake fair. Sabrina improved this past week but with light fishing pressure over the weekend when there was a dusting of snow. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain fair to good with a few limits reported. In the valley, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is slow to fair for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the mornings, then tougher until dusk. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers, but conditions are tough. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010, Culver’s 760-872-8361, Brock’s 760-872-3581.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are slow to fair with light pressure. Weekly plants have ended for the season.

Oct
09

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow with little or no fishing pressure. The tilapia bite has been poor and there continues to be a fly problem. Kayak rentals are available at the state park headquarters. Boat launch fee is $3 and the park entrance fee is $5, both with a self-registration. The state park launch is available 24-hours a day and is currently the only boat launch on the sea. The camp store is open Friday through Sunday and has bait and basic fishing gear. Volunteers are needed to work in the visitor center and camp store. They get free camping and hookups. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

ALAMO RIVER: No reports.

COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: No reports.

ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.

FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.

WEIST LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-352-3308.

SUNBEAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

LAKE CAHUILLA: No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-564-4712.

Oct
09

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught on cut baits. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, anchovies, sardines or shrimp. Fish are mostly in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. While there were trout plants this past week in the Bullhead area where 20,000 fish will go in by next week, none went in here and none were slated to be planted here. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good near the dam on nightcrawlers. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The big news is that 20,000 rainbow trout will be planted in this stretch of the Colorado River. The first plants went in last Wednesday and will continue through next week split between Rotary Park and Davis Camp. There was a plant on Saturday at Davis Camp for a special ìWelcome Back the Troutî event that drew over 300 anglers. There were two plants this week and the final plants will be next week when the remaining fish in the 20,000 trout allotment will go in. The trout action has turned on with the plants and many anglers are reporting limits of eight to 12-inch rainbows. The best bite has been in the plant areas on Jakes lures and Panther Martins, but nightcrawlers and PowerBait are also good bets. The striper bite remains fair during the evenings in the casino area, Big Bend, and old community park areas. Cut baits are still the best bet. Also some catfish showing in this bite. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good for cats. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits but the crankbait bite is improving. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. Top spots have been Site 6 and Windsor Beach areas. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk.

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

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, and the catfish bite has been fair and improving as things start to cool off all along the lower Colorado River. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The canals are still pretty tough. Mike Sevier, San Diego, landed a 35-pound flathead on a goldfish from a river backwater this past week. The channel catfish bite is fair on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are still bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, and the few anglers fishing are finding slow to fair catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are pretty good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits and some topwater early and late. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.