Apr
24

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be conducting a wildlife checkpoint operation in late April to promote safety, education and compliance with law and regulations.

CDFW law enforcement division will be conducting the inspection on southbound Hwy 395, south of Bishop on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The wildlife checkpoint is being conducted to protect and conserve fish and wildlife, and to encourage safety and sportsmanship by promoting voluntary compliance with laws, rules and regulations through education, preventative patrol and enforcement. All anglers and hunters will be required to stop and submit to an inspection. CDFW officers will also be providing informative literature about the invasive quagga mussel and New Zealand Mudsnail.

Apr
24

ColoR-StripersPerhaps one of the best, least-known bites right now is the striper action in the Bullhead City stretch of the Colorado River. Here are just two nice fish caught in the past week. The top fish is a 26.72-pounder landed by Bob Tyler, Bullhead City, on an anchovy. The bottom fish is a 13.5-pounder caught by Shelly Meston, Bullhead, also on an anchovy. It was her first striper. There aren’t any real dedicated striper anglers targeting these fish with big swimbaits. In fact, most are being caught by shore anglers tossing bait. These big fish are probably vacuuming up the last of the trout planted here, but they sure look healthy. Rusty Braun of Riviera Marina (928-763-8550) says the fish have a lot of crawdads in them. You striper guys should take note.

Apr
24

1. Yes, it might snow all day Friday and into early Saturday morning, but that doesn’t change the fact that the trout season opens this weekend in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and this is the top pick of the weekend. It doesn’t matter how cold it might be. It won’t even matter if the fishing is poor (although it won’t be because of the mild winter). It’s the Eastern Sierra trout season opener, and that’s where you should be. Crowley will be excellent. Bridgeport Reservoir will be excellent. Most places will fish pretty well.

2. The striper bite at Diamond Valley Lake has come on in the past week with excellent action on four to six-pound average fish. These are nice-quality stripers and the best bite has been for anglers trolling the infamous ìwhite fly.î Catches of four to 10 fish per angler have been pretty common and the bite appears to be getting better by the day. Some bigger stripers also continue to show on swimbaits hurling into boils with the fish are up on top chasing shad. For an update on the fishing, contact Last Chance Bait and Tackle in Hemet at 951-658-7410.

3. This might surprise you, but the Lake Elsinore catfish bite has been excellent this past week with some real quality cats to 10 pounds and better. The bite is best on shad (and they are available from William’s Bait, Tackle and Boat Rental now at the main city launch ramp), and catchs of four to eight fish per angler have not been uncommon. Be sure to check with William’s at 951-642-0640 for an update on the bite and where and how to fish the big cats.

Apr
24

TROUT: The general trout season opens this Saturday statewide and the Eastern Sierra trout opener should be very good because of low snowpack, open roads, and ice-free waters most places. Crowley will be the focal point, as usual, and it should be excellent after being ice- free since January. But most other waters in the region will rival Crowley. Locally, Big Bear Lake is the hot spot for holdover trout with limit-style fishing. There is good action at all the private waters still getting big weekly plants. Those include Santa Ana River Lakes, Corona Lake, and Irvine Lake. In the High Desert, Jess Ranch is pretty good (but Hesperia Lake is done planting trout for the season). All five San Bernardino County Park Lakes — Mojave Narrows, Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado ñ all received surprise DFW plants this week, even though county plants ended three weeks ago. In San Diego County, almost all the lakes are seeing their trout seasons wind down with only one or two plants left on the schedules — most going in this week. Jennings continues to be a top spot with trophy fish even though it received its last plant the last week of March.

BLACK BASS: Across Southern California, the largemouth bass are tapering out of the spawn throughout the region. There are still lots of males on beds but most of the spawning is done and the bigger females up feeding again. Some real quality fish have been caught in the past week or two, including a new lake record northern largemouth at Big Bear Lake at 6.35 pounds. Most of the San Diego region waters are very good. Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley are also very good bets. Puddingstone, Casitas, and the Central Coast of Santa Margarita and Lopez are also very good. On the Colorado River, the bass bite is good in the lower river backwaters, Havasu, and up into Lake Mojave but flows are very high making fishing tough. Smallmouth are also starting to perk in the main river all along the Colorado.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action is starting to turn on at most SoCal reservoirs with the linesides. Diamond Valley really kicked into gear this week some very good catches of fish averaging four to six pounds. Skinner is getting better for fish in the same size range, and Silverwood remains pretty good for smaller fish four pounds and under. Pryamid is also good for small fish. Silverwood did however bust out a couple of 15 and 16-pound class fish this week. A sleeper pick is the Colorado River in the Bullhead City region where stirpers from 10 to 26 pounds are being reported every week. But there is almost no fishing pressure in this region and most of the fish are being caught on anchovies by bank anglers. The 26-pounder caught this week was a toad. Havasu is also starting to produce a few more stripers.

PANFISH: All the crappie bite (Isabella, Elsinore, Cachuma, and Lake Perris) died this past week, mostly due to winds and weather conditions. Isabella’s bite should surge back on after the winds subside this weekend. The redear and/or bluegill bites have started to turn on this week with good catches reported at Perris and some hints the action might be taking off at Diamond Valley, Skinner, and Casitas. The Salton Sea tilapia bite is also wide open at the state park jetty when the wind isn’t blowing. The wind has been blowing much of the past week, however.

CATFISH: Lake Elsinore has been a hot spot for the catfish this past week with a lot of fish to 13 pounds report on fresh shad. The best bite stocked-fish bite is still at Corona Lake thanks to weekly stocks for two months and almost no fishing pressure. Other bites have been pretty spotty with only a few fish showing at Lake Skinner in Riverside County. Santa Ana River Lakes is getting planted each week but almost no one is fishing for cats. Lake Isabella in Kern County is also really turning on with good catches. The Colorado River, in spite of high flows, is also turning around with some good flathead action finally starting to come on. Fish to 32 pounds reported this past week.

Apr
24

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 (April 20-26):

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Elizabeth Lake, Lincoln Park Lake, Pyramid Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake, Big Bear Lake, Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Lytle Creek (Middle and North Forks), Miller Canyon Creek (above Lake Silverwood), Mojave Narrows Regional Park Lake, Prado Park Lake, Santa Ana River, South Fork of Santa Ana River, Seccombe Park Lake, Yucaipa Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, El Capitan Lake, Lake Murray.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower, Middle Fork, South Fork), Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), Virginia Creek, Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

KERN: Alder Creek, Cedar Creek, Kern River (sections 1 through 5).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Bone Creek, Deer Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Freeman Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kaweah Reservoir, Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Murry Park Pond, Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (upper and lower), Tule River Middle Fork, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2 and No. 3), White River.

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Tamarack Creek, Wishon Reservoir.

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Lopez Lake, Nacimiento River (upper).
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (April 27-MAY 3):

INYO: Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, North Lake, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir.

Apr
24

SILVERWOOD: Good action on striped bass with the best action at the dam and in Miller Canyon on swimbaits, anchovies, or lug worms. The bigger stripers are coming on the trout-like swimbaits. Alex Gutierrez, Victorville, landed a 16-8 striper on a swimbait and he also had a limit of rainbow trout on orange Power Worms. Jeff Walker, Torrance, landed a 15-pound striper on a swimbait. The trout action has been good in Miller Canyon and around the marina after the DFW plant April 14. Cesar Roderiguez, Rialto, had five trout to two pounds on worms and five stripers to four pounds on swimbaits, all from Miller Canyon. The largemouth bass are starting to show in better numbers. While most are small and showing on plastics in six to 20 feet, a few bigger fish are being caught on swimbaits. No reports on crappie this week. The DFW is planting trout in Miller Canyon Creek just above Silverwood. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Trout fishing was up and down this past week, but the bite has been picking up since the weather has calmed down. The best action has been when a breeze has rippled the water, with most of the fish from one to two pounds. For trollers working four colors of leadcore with a variety of lures in different colors has been the ticket in the trout triangle. Needlefish, Thomas Buoyants, and Dick Nite spoons are still the best. Shore anglers are having their best luck all along the north shore on inflated nightcrawlers and dough baits. The bass action has been steadily improving, and Scott Eberhard, Big Bear City, reported a 6.35-pound lake-record largemouth he caught April 6. The fish breaks the previous 5.9-pound record caught in 2008. The record bass was released. The marinas and public boat launches are all open, and the Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic will be held May 17-18 (info by calling 909-585-4007). For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: The trout action has been fair to good after the DFW trout plant last week. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No plants are scheduled until later this year. The lake facilities will reopen the third Friday in May. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is www.gvlfishing.com.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season this week.

JENKS LAKE REGION: No reports from Jenks Lake, but it should be opening soon. Check with USFS. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were planted with trout by the DFW this week and two weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

Apr
24

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Final county trout plant was three weeks ago and the most recent DFW plant was this week. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: Last county trout plant was three weeks ago, but DFW plants went in this week and two weeks ago. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: Final county trout plant was three weeks ago and the most recent DFW plant went in this week. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: Last county plant was three weeks ago and DFW planted this week. 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: DFW trout plant this week. Information: 909-384-5233.

Apr
24

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish action is getting good with weekly plants, including a 1,000-pound stock this week. Top fish reported was an eight-pound cat landed by Tenny Tunque, West Covina, on the marshmallow-meal worm combo. Sam Currie, Rialto, had a six-pound cat on the same bait, while Landen McCarty, Hesperia, caught a four-pound catfish, his first fish ever, on garlic meal worms. A few trout continue to show even though it’s been three weeks since the last plant. Best was a 7.8-pounder caught by Jeff Davis, San Bernardino, on PowerBait, and Kash Cardenas, 3, Hesperia, landed his first trout ever, a half-pounder on a marshmallow. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite was good this past week with best action before 10 a.m. PowerBait in salmon peach, orange and garlic or nightcrawlers were the best baits, and the usual array of small trout lures also were good. The bass have been good with the fish in the shallows and showing on plastics and reaction baits. Catfish are also starting to turn on with the best bite on mackerel, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Trout plants are each week. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: Final county trout plant was three weeks ago but the DFW added trout this week. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

 

Apr
24

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite has been very consistent for fish from two to five pounds. The best action has been in 15 to 30 feet of water on plastics, swim baits, and cranks. There are also still some fish up shallow, but the algae bloom seemed to move most fish out of the shallows. Stripers action really started to turn on in the past week to 10 days, especially for anglers trolling white flies. But some fish are also showing on boils of shad. Most of the stripers are running four to six pounds. Derek and Daniel Quinonez and Kenny Baldwin, all Riverside, had 18 stripers to six pounds on the white flies, while Kevin Deemer, Hemet, had 10 fish, also to six pounds and also on white flies. The final Mt. Lassen trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, but a fair number of trout continue to show on small trout plastics and trout jigs. A few bluegill and redear are also starting to be caught with some to nearly two pounds reported, and more and more catfish are being reported each week. Boats inspected and tagged ìquagga freeî at Diamond Valley will also be 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 largemouth bass are still showing in the shallows with the spawn winding down. Lots of one to four-pound fish in less than 10 feet of water on beds and some quality fish are also showing. Plastic worms and swimbaits have been the most productive. Ryan Rocha, Moreno Valley, had an 11.4-pound bass on a swimbait off Lots 11 and 12, while Kyle Wegener, Fountain Valley, landed five bass topped off by a 5.2-pounder, all on jerk baits. The bluegill and redear bite broke wide open this week with many anglers reporting 10 to 15 fish catches of fish to a pound or better fishing crickets and redworm (alone or tipping jigs) off the island, in the east end, and off the dam. Most of the action is in 12 to 18 feet of water. A few trout continue to show off lots 11 and 12 and lots 8 and 9, mostly on small spoons and spinners but a few on floating baits in deeper water. The DFW planted trout last week. There were also a few reports of catfish this past week. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, had an 11.4-pound catfish off the east end of the island while fishing for bluegill with a nightcrawler. 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: Overall good action with the stripers showing in good numbers in the inlet area on shad, white jigs, lug worms, and sardines. The largemouth bass are good in the shallows with a lot of males still guarding beds and the females starting to feed with even some top water. Water clear so sight fishing is still an option. The bluegill and redear bites are also pretty good in deeper water as these panfish start moving up for their spawn. Catfish really came on this week with a number of quality fish reported. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.

ELSINORE: The catfish bite has been exceptional with a lot of good fish from six to 10 pounds, and a 13-pounder was the top reported this past week. Shad has been the best bait, but some are showing on cut mackerel and shrimp, too, but not near as many as on the shad. The crappie have been getting little fishing pressure with the fish staging in about eight feet of water and a few being landed by the anglers working for the slabs. The carp bite is slow but a few smaller fish are showing on dough bait. The largemouth bass are starting to take off with some fish to four pounds reported on plastics and reaction baits. There was also a report of a quality wiper (10-plus pounds) taken off the public beach late last week. Few bluegill 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 is good and a few quality trout continue to show in a fair overall bite. The top catfish this past week was a 24-8 landed and released by Jake Corey, Costa Mesa, on a chunk of hot dog at the dam. Jazmin Gallegos, Jeff Chodowski, and Adam Contreras, all Riverside, landed 30 cats with a total weight of 86 pounds. Top trout reported was landed by Adrian Contreras, Mira Loma, at 16 pounds and had also had a 10 pounder, both on B-Line worms. Victor Pardo, Corona, landed a 14-pound rainbow on a Trout King jig from a float tube. Trout are planted each Thursday and blue catfish are being planted each Wednesday. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish were planted last month and have been pretty good this past week. Tagged cats with up to $50 remain in the lake. Daryl Keith, Redlands, landed 10 cats to 3-8 on nightcrawlers in the member’s lake. The bass bite remains very good with the fish in the shallows for the spawn. All bass are catch and release during the spawn. 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: Good trout action with monthly plants. The bite is best on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with scent added. The lake is open Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.

Apr
24

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Fair to good action for anglers at the dam and along the USFS shore access area. PowerBait or small jigs have been the best bet. 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: Fulmor Lake planted last week and three weeks ago. Strawberry Creek also was planted last week. Information: 951-659-2117.

Apr
24

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Some big trout continue to show, but overall the bite is just fair. Top fish reported was a 14-8 landed by Steve Zookzwad, Baldwin Park. He also had an 11-8, both on PowerMice off Levitz’ Corner. Steve Missbrenner, Huntington Beach, landed a 12-8 on a pink and white Mice Tail in Chris’ Pond. The catfish are starting to turn with warm weather. Christian Kieler, Buena Park, landed a 9-12 cat on mackerel at the Bubble Hole. Trout are planted each Thursday and blue catfish are now being planted each Wednesday. Night fishing Friday and Saturday evenings nearest the full moon each month. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Excellent trout action with heavy stocks of big fish for the derbies the past couple of weeks. Sierra Cove shore anglers and boat anglers fishing Sierra Cove, mid-lake, and along the west shoreline are all getting good numbers of fish on bait or the troll. Top fish was a 15-2 rainbow landed by Russell Shoa, Orange, on a spinner off the west shore. Jose Valenzuela, Anaheim, landed a 13-9 steelhead on a Mice Tail from Sierra Cove, while Danny Pinnel, San Pedro, caught a 12-2 steelhead on a Kastmaster on the flats to win the Sierra in the City event this past weekend. Bass action has been good on fish to six pounds, mostly on plastics and reaction bait. There is also a fair crappie bite for anglers drifting small jigs in 15 feet of water. The catfish bite is also starting to kick into gear for anglers soaking mackerel on Santiago Flats. 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 again for routine maintenance. Information: 714-996-3508 or www.fishinglakes.com.

Apr
24

CACHUMA: The trout action remains good. The best bite is for trollers in the west end of the lake, while the shore anglers are having their best luck off E Point and both sides of the buoy line in the marina. Crappie remain just fair in the east end of the lake on mini jigs tipped with a meal worm or Crappie Nibble. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is steadily improving as more and more fish move shallow for the spawn. Best action on reaction baits, jigs, and plastics. Catfish are also improving and starting to move into the bays for the spawn. Carp are excellent for bowfishermen, especially in Johnson and Cachuma bays. 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 are on the backside of the spawn, but the action is still very good with a lot of fish in 20 feet of water or less on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The shad even started showing on top and a few anglers were able to dip net some of the candy bait and posted some good scores. While most of the bass are still two to three pounds, some better quality fish to five and six pounds are starting to show. Both the bluegill and redear are fair to good, mostly on nightcrawlers, as they start to move shallower for their spawn. No other reports. 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: Stripers are good with the best action on lug worms, sardines, and blood worms in 60 to 100 feet of water in the Ski Arm, off Kong Island, and Necktie Canyon. Most are small, but a few fish from four to six pounds show. Norberto Espinozo, Long Beach, had stripers to three pounds on lugh works. Largemouth bass have been good in five to 25 feet during the spawn. Quite a few smallmouths are also showing in this bass bite. Plastics have been the best bet. Mark Hozier, North Hollywood, had a four-pound largemouth on a Roboworm at Utopia, while Mabel Sortizer, Los Angeles, landed a three-pounder on a Senko. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair shore action expected into the weekend. Other species are very slow, but the catfish are improving a little around Hawk’s Nest. 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 shallow. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports, and a few deep-water crappie anglers have landed a few slabs to two pounds from 12 to 20 feet of water on small jigs. Other species have been slow. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201, or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: The striper bite is good with a lot of small fish from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits, and bloodworms. Fair catfish bite 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, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has improved, and the best bite is on plastics and nightcrawlers. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish, and the bulk of the fish are shallow now. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair to good action around the launch ramp. 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: Overall, there has been pretty good bass action and the bluegill are starting to show in a little better numbers. Redear and crappie still spotty. DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago, and the trout have been very spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

ELIZABETH LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and last week.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: There will be a free kid’s fishing derby this Saturday, April 26, for kids ages 5-15. The event is hosted by the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation and The Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation. This event is designed to give boys and girls who live in urban areas an opportunity to enjoy a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood, with rod and reels, tackle, bait and assistance provided. Onsite registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the fishing will go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free prizes will also be awarded following the fishing. Anglers age 16 or older can fish at the end of the event. For more information about the event, call Lincoln Park at 213- 847-1726, and for more information about the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and all of its upcoming free kids fishing events, visit http://www.danskids.org. There were DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago. Information: 818-448-7317.

Apr
24

BARRETT: The lake is closed until later this spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: The county staff checked 69 anglers who reported 41 bass, 10 crp, and two bluegill this past week. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: The county staff checked 68 anglers who reported 258 bass to 12.35 pounds, nine crappie, seven channel catfish, one bluegill, and one rainbow trout. DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: The county staff checked 111 anglers this past week who reported 242 bass to 5.5 pounds, three crappie and two bluegill. DFW trout were planted four weeks ago. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: The county staff checked seven anglers who reported 30 bass to four pounds this past week. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for catch-and-release fishing (only artificial lures with single, barbless hooks), sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed, but anglers can still walk in. Lake information: 619-465-3474 (recording) or 619-397-5212 (concession) or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

MURRAY: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago, but no reports this week. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: The county staff checked 21 anglers who reported 62 bass, six bluegill, and six rainbow trout. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. New boat rental and concession information: 858-527-1722.

SUTHERLAND: The county staff checked 59 anglers who reported 34 bass to 3.95 pounds, 11 carp, including a 15.05-pounder caught by Marcus Green, Ramona, two channel cats and two crappie, including a 2.4-pounder. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: The final plant of the season this week with fair to good action this past week with the last previous plant two weeks ago. The bass bite has been good with the fish still in shallow water for the spawn. The crappie bite is fair to good in the early morning on small shiners or small jigs. A few catfish are also starting to show. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com

DOANE POND: First DFW plant of the spring went in two weeks ago.

DIXON LAKE: Fair to good trout action after last week’s plant. The best bite is from three to four days after the stock before the action slows. The top spots have been Trout Cove and Jack Creek Cove, but bigger fish are coming from Whisker Bay. The bass are fair to good with the movement of fish shallow as the spawn tapers off. Final trout plant of the season was a 3,000-pound plant Wednesday for the annual Kiwanis’ Trout Derby this weekend, April 26-27. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Trout action has been fair after the plant last week and three weeks ago. The best bite on rainbow PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and Power Worms fished drop-shot style on light line. Hidden Bay and Half Moon Bay have been the hot spots and fish to six pounds reported. Bass fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits in the shallows. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: The trout bite has been fair to good in deeper water, and quality fish continue to show. Most of the fish are moving into deep water and slow-trolling or drifting nightcrawlers has been the best bet. Big fish of the week was a 7-12 rainbow caught by Brian Robinson, Lakeside, on a ëcrawler. Lucas Paulsen, El Cajon, had trout at six, 5-8, and 5-4 fishing PowerBait in deep water off the Fishing Float. Darrell Stewart, El Cajon, also landed a six-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler. Few other species reported. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Trout action has been fair to good with a few nice fish in the mix. The bass remain good with a lot of smaller fish showing as the fish move shallow for the spawn. Other species are slow. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: DFW trout plant this week. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: No reports. Information: 760-782-3501.

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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 in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish 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. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which are into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing 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 best action in this stretch of the river is still the bite for stripers. The fish being reported are generally pretty good quality, and most are being caught on anchovies. Few striper anglers hurling the big swimbaits or plugs. Top fish this week was a 26.72-pounder landed by Bob Tyler, Bullhead City, on an anchovy. Shelly Meston, Bullhead, landed a 13.5-pounder, also on an anchovy, her first striper. Some panfish and largemouth bass action in backwaters and quietier spots along the river. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish during the spawn in the warmer backwater. The spawn is starting to wind down in the marsh. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas with the smallies mostly on beds. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show as they move shallow to spawn. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. 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: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are on the backside of the spawn in some areas with some fish still on beds. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fair, with the fish following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are starting to come up for their spawn and showing in six to 20 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. But overall the bite is tough with the high flows.

BLYTHE: Continued high flows have made the bite tough. The bass bite is fair but not what it should be this time of year, and the catfish bites are simply slow. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The flows remain high and this continues to make fishing tough. These flows will continue through May. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush, but the bite is still pretty fair. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads. The few flatheads being caught are running from eight to 12 pounds and one at 32 pounds was reported this past week. Also a few stripers showing for flathead anglers fishing live bluegill or tilapia (which are thick in the lagoon this year). The bass are from one to four pounds and showing on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is good lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been fair, mostly on small cranks, but there is little pressure on the smallies. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: Very high water. The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is improving with more and more flatheads and channels showing in the bite. The bluegill bite is also fair now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Improved panfish action, too. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: High flows. Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

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SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite remains excellent with the action only lulled during high winds. Catches of 25 to 200 tilapia remain the norm with the majority from one to two pounds. The action is still exclusively on red worms or nightcrawler pieces, and all the reports are from the state park jetty area. Flies are already a problem, so bring insect repellant. 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.