Aug
27

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The broken record: The incredible ocean bite stays the top pick. The pelagic species continue to stock up all along the coast and in even greater numbers (if that is even possible). Yellowfin tuna and dorado are now king for San Diego to Los Angeles area boats, but yellowtail are still off the coast in unprecedented volume and the big bluefin have come back on the bite as we approach the full moon. Same advice: This kind of fishing only happens once or twice in a lifetime. You need to go. For more information, check the landing counts, live reports, and updates on 976-TUNA.com.

2. Big Bear Lake’s trout action has remained good, especially for trollers working toward the dam with a lot of the nice holdover rainbows into the two-pound range are showing in this bite. Rental boats, guides, and launch ramps are all available here to make this easy. Shore anglers are finally seeing a big concentration of fish in the cooler water near the dam. For an update on this bite or more information, check Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

3. The Diamond Valley Lake largemouth bass bite remains good, and the fishing pressure is minimal thanks to no private boat launching not being allowed due to low water (work is beginning on extending the launch ramp). If you like to fish from a rental boat (and they had bass boats available) or shore, this is your spot. Lots of two to four-pound bass are being caught with the chance of something bigger. They are being caught on everything from plastics to topwater baits. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 and the staff at Last Chance Bait and Tackle can also clue you in on the fishing patterns at 951-658-7410.

Aug
27

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada remains good. While the whole region is pretty good early and late in the day, the hot spots this week have remained the Virginia Lakes near Bridgeport, Grant Lake in the June Lake Loop, and Lake Crowley. Convict Lake, the Twin Lakes at Bridgeport, and Bridgeport Reservoir is also pretty good for deep-water trollers and finesse bait anglers. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake has been very good with the fish stacked up at the dam area, and Green Valley Lake remains pretty good after a plant this week.

BLACK BASS: The bass are still in a baitfish-chasing mode in most waters, and the topwater bite has been fair to good just about everywhere. There are pretty decent bites all over region with the top bets Diamond Valley Lake, Cachuma Lake, El Capitan, Lower Otay, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Perris, Piru, and Pyramid. All of these places are pretty good for short periods each day, especially in the mornings. On the Colorado River, the smallmouth and largemouth bites have also been fair to good from Lake Havasu south into the lower river backwaters and up in Lake Mohave, mostly on topwater and reaction baits fished on or along weed beds. Mosquitos and heat remain problems on the river.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action is fair to good across most of Southern California’s reservoirs. Silverwood is still fair to good for smaller fish, but some to 10 pounds reported. Pyramid and Castaic have also both been pretty good and both have also cranked out a few bigger fish (a near 15-pounder at Castaic this week). Diamond Valley also produced a few fish but is getting almost no pressure. Topwater bites are possible at all these waters, but still are of short duration or scattered (Castaic has been the best for surface action). The California aqueduct near Taft stayed slow. On the Colorado River, the bite is good from the Bullhead-Laughlin stretch down river into the upper end of Lake Havasu, with some fish also showing in the main body of Havasu and in Lake Mohave.

PANFISH: The redear and bluegill bites are good on the Colorado River, and a number of local panfish bites were also fair to good over the past week. Lake Perris had fair to good action on redear, and Diamond Valley Lake is getting squat for pressure, but it continues to produce a lot of bluegill and redear. Casitas is also a decent bet for bluegill. Crappie bites are simply dead with only a few at Cachuma.

CATFISH: The flathead bite on the Colorado River in generally fair to good all along the lower river with fish from 20 to 40 pounds showing occasionally. Fishing pressure is very light. Best action is just before the new and full moons and/or right after thunderstorms add a little color to the river water. Meanwhile, the channel catfish bite has been excellent in the whole river from Bullhead downstream to the Mexican border with a lot of fish from three to eight pounds reported. There also continues to be a good channel catfish bite in the California aqueduct near Taft, with fish running three to eight pounds and better. Lake Isabella, Lake Skinner, Silverwood, and Lake Cachuma all have pretty good bites with fish to 12 pounds, and there were improved bites at Piru, Pyramid, and Castaic. The Lake Elsinore catfish bite is also still a fair to good bet. For planted fish, Santa Ana River Lakes and Irvine are top bets.

Aug
27

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery this week (Aug. 9-15).

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake.

INYO: Bishop Creek (Lower and Intake II), Lake Sabrina, One Pine Creek, Rock Creek Lake.

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

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

Aug
27

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: Fair to good action for both catfish and stripers over the past week, with some good flurries of striper action early and late in the day. The stripers have been best on small pieces of sardines, but some are also showing on blood worms or lug worms. Trollers are also getting fish with umbrella rigs and shad-like swimbaits and lures. The marina docks, the dam, and Miller Canyon have been the best spots. Most of the stripers are from one to three pounds, but some of the catfish are bigger. Mark Abbott, Crestline, had seven stripers and two catfish fishing sardines at the dam. His best fish was a 13-pound catfish. Jack Miller, Hesperia, had a 10-pound catfish on a lug worms off the marina rocks. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, had 10 stripers to two pounds fishing Twin Coves (and he released 25 more). The largemouth bass bite is slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, mostly on small baits fished right along the bottom on light line. Trout slow. 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: Overall pretty decent trout action. Most of the trout are stacked up in the west end of the lake. Trollers are fishing eight to 15 feet of water in the morning slow-trolling live nightcrawlers on a bright wedding ring or behind micro flashers. Shore anglers are getting limits at the Red House near the dam and all along the north shore from Gray Landing west. Most of the action has been on PowerBait in garlic and salmon egg flavors fished four to five feet off the bottom or with a nightcrawler eight to 16 feet below a slip bobber. The topwater bass bite has been spotty with only a few fish showing early. Also some bluegill and crappie showing in the bays or nightcrawler pieces or meal worms, especially in the boulder bay area. Even some catfish and bullhead being landed. All the public launch ramps and the five private marinas are open. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

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

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Most of the fish are staying near the surface in the upper six feet of water. The bite has been good on slowly-fished lures and jigs, but some fish are showing on PowerBait with garlic scent added fish in shallow water (eight feet or less). The crappie bite has been fair to good. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for a Sept. 5 drawing for a $100 Bass Pro gift card. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

Aug
27

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Good catfish action with 1,000-pound plants last Thursday and this Thursday. The best action has been on the marshmallow-meal worm combo, chicken liver, shrimp, and mackerel. Most of the fish are in the two to three-pound range, but bigger fish are in each plant. Big fish this past week was a 10-pound cat landed by Gustavao Ceballos, Victorville, on a nightcrawler. Kenneth Lester, Yucca Valley, had a seven-pound cat on marshmallows and mackerel. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout action was slow to fair with anglers using PowerBait (especially salmon peach, rainbow and orange), jigs, lures and nightcrawlers. Hot spots included the western and eastern shores of lake three as well as the western and northern shores of lake two. Anglers are reporting slow to fair bass action on Senkos with fish to five pounds. Also some bluegill being landed. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: County catfish plants are alternating weeks this year through Sept. 3. The most recent plant was this week. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Aug
27

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish plants are Thursday each week through Sept. 3. No fishing report. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County catfish plants are Thursday each week through Sept. 3. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County catfish plants are Thursday each week through Sept. 3. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County catfish plants are Thursday each week through Aug. 27. Information: 909-887-7540.

Aug
27

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Little change here. The largemouth bass bite has remained good, especially early in the day on reaction baits. Most of the fish are two to four pounds and everything from nightcrawlers and plastic worms to topwater plugs are getting fish. Most of the action is on the inside of coves and off the dams. Stripers are fair with the best bite along the west dam and near the inlet-outlet tower. Driving cut anchovies, trolling white flies, and even some topwater baits are working. Good catfish bite with a lot of fish to six pounds on cut baits, nightcrawlers, and stink baits. Also good bluegill action at the dams on nightcrawlers, red worms, or crickets alone of fish on small jigs. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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 are fair to good. The bluegill have been best on crickets on a mini-Carolina rig in Sail Cove, while the redear are best in the marina, at the island, and tire reef on nightcrawlers and redworms flylined to the fish in 10-feet of water on light gear. Meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs also getting the panfish. The bass bite has been fair to good with the best action along the face of the dam, mostly on Senkos, Creature Baits, and other plastics fished Texas rig or drop-shot style. Also some topwater fish early and late. Most of the bass are three-pounders or smaller. The odd catfish continues to show from Power Cove or Sail Cove on cut baits or dough baits. The launch ramp will stay open throughout the summer. 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.) 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 at Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The catfish action continues very good, while largemouth bass are fair. The bluegill and striper bites slowed way down. The cats have been best on chicken liver, mackerel, shrimp, and garlic shrimp at Ramp No. 2 and in most of the coves in the east end and along the south shoreline. Top fish reported was a 13-pounder landed by Teresa Kelly, Pico Rivera, on a nightcrawler off the south shore. Shawn Surgener, Diamond Bar, had a 9-9 cat, while Lexy Golee, Redlands, landed an 8-5 channel. The largemouth bass are best along the north shore reeds on plastics or nightcrawlers, but some fish on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. Stripers slowed way down with only a few reported at the dam on mackerel or shad. Bluegill have also slowed with the best on red worms, crickets, meal worms, or wax worms fished in 12 to 20 feet of water in the east end coves. Carp are very good, but they get little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Little change here. Good catfish action continues for three to 10-pound fish, with an occasional bigger fish. All the shore fishing areas are pretty decent and boat anglers are doing even better. The best bite has been on frozen shad, shrimp, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, or Mack Bites early and late in the day. Slow other species. A few largemouth bass are showing early in the mornings on reaction baits and topwater, but the bluegill and crappie are quiet. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, 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.

Aug
27

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No report. DFW trout plant 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: No reports from Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. DFW trout plant four weeks ago at Lake Fulmor. Information: 951-659-2117.

Aug
27

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Santiago Palacious, West Covina, had a stringer of 14 catfish totaling 40 pounds. Top cat this past week was a 10-pounder caught by Sean Keenoy, San Pedro. Bite good overall with weekly plants of catfish and tilapia. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Top catfish this past week was a 10-0 channel catfish caught by Phil Nguyen, Westminster. Overall good catfish action and a fair to good bite on largemouth bass and bluegill. Private boats, kayaks, canoes, and float tubes may no longer be launched here. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Information: 949-362-9227 or www.lagunaniguellake.com.

Aug
27

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Catfish are the top bet here with very good action one one-pound class fish and many anglers are reporting four to eight fish per trip. Top spot has been Cachuma Bay, but the fish are showing throughout the lake on garlic-soaked mackerel, chicken liver, or nightcrawlers. Fish to five pounds reported this past week. The smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been good with the best action early and late in the day on small minnow plastics, crankbaits, or nightcrawlers. All shoreline fishing areas have been good, along with the rock walls from Johnson Bay to Clark Canyon. Crappie and bluegill are fair on structure or in the east end. 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: The bass bite remains fair to good with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing with some to four pounds. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. The best bite is early and late in the day. The fish are right up in the grass in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bluegill are pretty good for anglers fishing half to a third of a nightcrawler fly-lined or fished with a small weight to get them on the bottom. Some to two pounds or better, and some bigger redear are showing in this bite. A very few cats showing or being targeted. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. 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. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Good striper action continues and there are still fish boiling on the surface throughout the day. While most of the stripers are under four pounds, the bite on one to three pounds has been very good on rip baits, shad-like cranks, and small shad plastics. The bait bite is fair on sardines, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water, when the fish aren’t showing on top. Bret Packard, Lake Hughes, had a 14.92-pound striper Sunday. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with a very good morning topwater bite. Good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some topwater. Catfish fair in 10 to 30 feet of water on cut baits, while the bluegill and redear are fair with small fish in most structure areas on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Fair to good striped bass action with a lot of stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there have also been boils most mornings with anglers getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and even some on topwater. Trollers also scoring fish on white flies and other shad-like lures. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. Bluegill and redear getting little pressure, but the bite on small fish has been pretty decent. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

Aug
27

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: The striped bass and catfish continue to be the best bets along the whole river. The stripers are fair to good throughout the upper end from Lake Havasu up through Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam. The bite is also good now in the main body of Havasu, especially in the California Bay region. Best action on drifted cut baits in the river and topwater and shad-like baits early and late in the day on the lake. More fish are also starting to show in Lake Mohave, especially on cut baits in the stretch from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. The catfish bite has also really turned on throughout the river system, especially for channels, but also more flatheads in Palo Verde Lagoon and other deep pools and backwaters in the lower part of the river. Gene Tafoya, Bullhead City, had an 11.64-pound channel cat fishing in the community park area in old Bullhead. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave on the edges of the floating weed mats. The bass and bluegill are fair in the lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Havaus and Topoc also have pretty decent panfish bites, especially on redear.

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 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Aug
27

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing. The tilapia bite is pretty much over until the water starts to cool in the fall. There have not been any anglers at the state park jetty in the past week, and the few showing up then did not get many fish and those caught have been dinks. Air temperatures have been up to 115 this past week, and there is still a serious fly problem. The park entrance fee is $5 with self-registration. The water has dropped so much that launching was 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. Volunteers are needed to work in the visitor center. 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).

Aug
27

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Overall, the trout fishing remains fair to good throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best fishing continues to be early and late in the day. The bulk of the fish in the lakes are showing in deeper water outside the dawn-dusk window. Trollers and deep-water bait anglers doing best during the day. Mosquitos are still out in force most places, so bug repellant is recommended. Top fishing spots have been the Virginia Lakes, Grant Lake, and Crowley Lake (for fly anglers since the Aug. 1 regulation change), but a lot of fish are coming out of the high elevation waters and hike-in lakes and creeks. East Walker River flows remain low (28 cfs) but the fishing is good, mostly on smaller fish now. Bridgeport Reservoir, the Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, and Convict Lake have been pretty good for anglers fishing very deep water 40 to 60 feet or more, but tough for others.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Aug
27

WESTERN SIERRA

CARP DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long carp derby is ongoing through August. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. Entry fee is $1 per angler and all money goes into the winner-take-all pot that starts with $100 from Bob’s. There are currently 65 anglers signed up and the leader is Dennis Allsworth, Bakersfield, with a 15-pounder caught out of the aqueduct. For more information or to register, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been good to excellent, mostly in the south fork arm, with the best bite on garlic shrimp and shad, with some fish still showing on the the super meal worms. Most are in the two-pound class with some bigger. No crappie reported this week. Some largemouth early in the morning on topwater or reaction baits, and some bluegill on meal worms, wax worms, or red worms. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The lower river is very low, but the bite on largemouth bass has been fair to good with fish to four pounds, especially in the stretch behind Hart Park and Ming Lakes. The bite has been best on small reaction baits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Also some smallmouth in this bite. The catfish are fair in the bigger pools, mostly on clams. Slow to fair trout action in the upper river. Best fishing has been in the McNally’s to Limestone stretch for bait (mostly salmon eggs and crickets) and lure anglers, while fly anglers are having their best luck in the upper river above the Johnsondale bridge. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The bite is still good for catfish with the best bite is at night or early and late in the day on blood worms, lug worms, sardines, super meal worms, and mackerel. Also a pretty fair largemouth bass bite on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits, but the striper bite is slow. Few bluegill this past week. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish greater than 12 inches. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Few reports in the past week.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp are showing in fair to good numbers on dough baits, and the bluegill bite is fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. An occasional bass on Senkos, plastics, and nightcrawlers in the evenings.

HART PARK LAKE: Lake level is still good. The carp and bluegill are the best bets with pretty decent bites on both. The carp are best on dough baits or corn, while the bluegill bite is good on meal worms and wax worms. Few bass or crappie reported.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Carp and bluegill are both pretty good. The carp are best on dough baits, especially Powder Bait, while the bluegill are good on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. Slow to fair bass action on Senkos or Brush Hawgs.

MING LAKE: Water level still good. The carp bite has been fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough bait mixtures. The bluegill bite has been good on meal worms and wax worms. The bass action is slow to fair on reaction baits or live minnows. Crappie remain slow.

BRITE LAKE: The bluegill bite has been fair to good on wax worms or meal worms. The bass action has been slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and small jigs. No other reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to good action, mostly on very small catfish, but few bigger fish. Those bigger cats have been showing on Sonny’s Catfish Bait, super meal worms, or cut baits. The bluegill bite is fair to good on wax or meal worms. Carp have been fair on Powder Bait, and a very few bass are showing Lake Webb on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, live minnows, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. No crappie reports. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bluegill bite is fair, but bass are mostly slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been fair on plastic worms and lizards or jigs with trailers fished along the bottom. Best action has been early in the morning with some topwater. A fair to good bluegill bluegill bite on wax worms or crickets, and the odd catfish has been reported. Lake levels continue to fall and the lake is only 7 percent capacity. 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/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

KAWEAH LAKE: Bass action has been tough with the water level falling steadily and most of the fish are suspended. There is, however, a decent topwater bite early in the morning, and a few fish are showing on plastic fished on the bottom. A few catfish are showing at night on cut baits and nightcrawlers. Few reports of other species. Lake is now only 14 percent of capacity. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

Aug
13

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. If you don’t know the top pick, you have been cut off from the outdoor world for several months. It is the ocean fish for pelagic species throughout the entire California Bite. The action on bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, and dorado is historic in its volume and quality. Go. Go! Go!!!! We may never see fishing like this again in our lifetimes. (Or we can hope this is a happy coincidence of global warming and this is the new normal. But even if that is true, you should still go.) For more information, check the landing counts, live reports, and updates on 976-TUNA.com.

2. Big Bear Lake’s trout action is a good way to beat the heat this weekend. The action is very good for trollers working the usual spots along Trout Alley (south shoreline). Lots of nice holdover rainbows into the two-pound range are showing in this bite. Rental boats, guides, and launch ramps are all available here to make this easy. For an update on the action or more information, check Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

3. Virginia Lakes’ trout bite is also excellent. If the heat is really bugging you, this jaunt will take you up in elevation and way down in temperature with highs this past week only into the 60s (it will be a little warmer this weekend). Both Big and Little Virginia have been producing limit-style fishing for good anglers, and there have been dozens of trout from four to eight pounds caught the past week. For an update on this bite and more information, call Ken’s Sporting Goods in Brideport at 760-932-7707.