Oct
24

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The San Diego ocean bite for yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, dorado, and bluefin tuna stays the top pick for at least one more week. This bite could last to Thanksgiving, but most anglers have already given up on the action (or the freezing is already full of fish), and trips are thinning out and loads light. Yet, the action is still incredible with limit-style or near-limit style fishing continuing. Haven’t gone yet. Do it! Check the landing counts on 976-TUNA.com and decide where you want to go on the latest info.

2. The striper bite at Castaic Lake really surpassed the good action at the other two waters (Skinner and Pyramid) each of the past two weeks. While Skinner continues to put out a bigger stripers (to 15 pounds this week), the sheer volume of fish at Castaic and the fact that much of it is topwater keeps this reservoir in the No. 2 pick again this week. For an update on the bite, call Castaic at 661-775-6232.

3. Sucker for excellent fly-fishing? 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 several weeks with a lot of real quality cutthroat and rainbow trout showing along with the odd big brown trout. You only have until Nov. 15 to cash in on this action where most anglers are fishing midge patterns under indicators. For an update on this bite, check with The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517 or Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250.

Oct
24

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in Southern California remains a fair bite at Big Bear Lake, but in the Sierra Nevada, the fall fishing is good in a lot of places. Top bet for fly anglers is Crowley Lake, which has been excellent. The top bets for bait and lure anglers include very good fishing at Twin Lakes Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Bridgeport Reservoir, and Convict Lake (which cranked out its biggest trout of the season this past week). Throughout the region browns and brookies are stacking up in creek mouths in all the lakes. Trout stocking season will start in Southern California this week, with most of the San Bernardino County parks getting fish for Friday openers. Irvine Lake’s trout opener is Oct. 31 and it will be getting a huge load of brown trout this opener. Most other lakes will kick off their trout seasons in November.

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. The have been good topwater and/or crankbait bites at Cachuma (on smallmouth), Casitas, Castaic, Piru, Puddingstone, Lake Perris, Lower Otay, and El Capitan. 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 (Skinner had a 15-pounder this past week). Lake Silverwood also has a pretty good bite on smaller fish, but with weekly trout plants, it also kicked out a 15-pounder. The California aqueduct near Taft has been 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, especially after the recent trout plants in the Bullhead City area. Lake Havasu has also been pretty good with some up chasing baitfish early in the day.

PANFISH: Lake Perris is probably the best bet for both bluegill and redear, 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 cooler evenings. Very light fishing pressure, however, and few reports. 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 Santa Ana River Lakes and Irvine Lake, but those seasons are winding down.

Oct
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 (Oct. 19-25)

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake, Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Rock Creek Lake.

MONO: Convict Lake, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes Bridgeport(Upper and Lower), Virginia Lake (upper and lower).
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (Oct. 26-Nov. 1)

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

Oct
24

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The trout action has been good with DFW plants each of the past three weeks and another slated for next week. The best bite has been in the Sawpit area on PowerBait or small jigs. Stripers remain pretty good off the dock, in Miller Canyon, the Chemise area and at the dam, and some bigger fish are coming in for the trout. Anchovies and lug worms are getting the most fish, and swimbaits the bigger fish. Top striper reported was a 15-pounder landed by Alex Gutierrez, Victorville, on a swimbait in Miller. Jeffrey Riewe and Andrew Karzel, both Barstow, had 10 stripers to 1-8 fishing off the dock with lug worms. Catfish remain fair to good in Cleghorn, off the docks, and in Miller on cut baits. The largemouth bass bite is fair to good with a lot of fish chasing baitfish. Vincent Arroyo, Hesperia, landed a 4-7 largemouth on a nightcrawler. A few bluegill are showing. 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 were DFW plants this week and two weeks ago. Trout are showing over much of the lake from top to bottom. Trollers working Needlefish or similar baits are getting trout using from one to three colors of leadcore. Shore anglers getting a few fish on lures or floating baits fished in six to 18 feet of water. 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, and there is a spotty bite on crappie and bass. 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 four weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: No recent DFW plants.

Oct
24

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish bite has remained good with catfish plants last Thursday and another slated for this week. Top fish was a 10-pound cat landed by Tom Gillum, Apple Valley, on shrimp. Tommy Eckles, Rancho Cucamonga, landed a 7-8, while I.V. Quincy, Victorville, landed a 6-8 cat. L.J. Louise, 5, Hesperia, landed a three-pound cat on a nightcrawler. No trout stocking information yet. 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 fair 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 Friday 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
24

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Trout season is set to begin Friday 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 Friday 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 Friday 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
24

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. The striper bite remains tough but at least a few fish to four pounds have been reported in the past week on both cut bait and trolled white flies. 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 at the dam, the marina, and off the island in 20 to 40 feet of water. The west side of the lake has been best, and the best bite has been on crickets, small nightcrawlers, and red worms. The largemouth bite has been good along the west and north sides of the lake in the mornings and evening on drop-shot plastics with a few fish still showing on jerkbaits and topwater lures. Joe Ferguson, Moreno Valley, had a pair of bass with the best a four-pounder. Other species very slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam began Wednesday this week. 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 continued good the past week with a lot of fishing showing a ramps No. 1 and N. 2, Catfish Alley, and the backs of all the coves. The action has been best on chicken liver, mackerel, other cut baits, and nightcrawlers. Top catfish reported was a
16-pounder landed by Les Tourtilloite, Temecula, on chicken liver at the buoy line. 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, but some quality fish were reported this week. The best was a 15-pounder landed by Joseph Alavardo, Riverside, on a Rapala at mid-lake. Bluegill and redear are slow, and no other reports. No word on trout plants yet. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.

ELSINORE: The catfish bite continues good on shrimp, mackerel, skipjack, bonito, or fresh shad. Most are from two to eight pounds, but some bigger fish topping 10 pounds have been reported. The carp bite remains 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: No report. While stocking information for trout season is not yet available, the lake will only be open Friday through Sunday this season due to low water levels and plants will only begin once water temperatures drop. 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 slow to fair and no word on when trout plants will begin. A few of the $50 tagged cats remain. Top fish reported this past week was a 2-5 channel landed by Gary Harrison, Redlands, on mackerel from the middle lake. Bass are fair with only a few showing on topwater and plastics. Bass are catch-and-release only. Bluegill action fair on small fish. 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
24

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. Fair to good action on small bass, and fair 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
24

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Again, no report. While opening date for trout season has still not been set yet, the SARL staff announced last week that the lakes complex will be closed the day of trout stocks (Thursday) this year to give the fish a chance to acclimate and spread around the lake so they are not all concentrated at the trout plant location. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Trout season opens here Oct. 31 and in addition to the 10,000 pounds of Calaveras rainbows, the lake will also get its largest single plant of brown trout ever — 10,000 pounds of the red-spotted browns. The lake will be closed from Oct. 27 until the Oct. 31 opener. Until then the catfish bite is very good with most of the action in 20 to 30 feet of water at mid-lake, along the west shore, and on Santiago Flats. Favored baits included mackerel, shrimp, bonito, and fresh skipjack. Bass have also been good with a lot of two to four pound fishing on reaction baits. There also continues to be a fair to good bluegill bite in Sierra Cove and other spots with good cover on the lake. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Trout season is tentatively set to kick off Nov. 19. There will be weekly 2,000-pound plants from that week through the trout season, and there will be a bonus plant of 3,000 pounds the week before Thanksgiving. 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
24

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The smallmouth bite has been fair to good for anglers fishing main lake points with rip baits and cranks. Largemouth have been slower. Some bass anglers have been dipping live shad in Johnson and Cachuma bays and doing very well on the live bait. The catfish bite has been slow to fair but still a decent bet. Most of the fish reported were under three pounds and came from Cachuma and Johnson bays on fly-lined chucks of mackerel or nightcrawlers in eight to 15 feet of water. 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: The action is pretty much a carbon copy of last week. The 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 striper action remains good with periods of excellent topwater activity, which has been intermittent throughout the day. Boils have been popping up at the end of the Ski Arm, but some activity also off C-Point, the SS Ski, Dry Gulch, at the dam buoy line, and Utopia Cove. Most are close to shore or in the backs of coves where the baitfish get pushed up. The bait bite for stripers has been tougher, but still fair. Chun Woo Lee, Long Beach, had six stripers to three pounds on cranks at Hawk’s Nest. The largemouth bass are often mixed right in with the stripers, and there is a lot of crankbait and topwater action on the largemouth, too, but they are more dispersed. Steve Banks, Los Angeles, landed two bass to three pounds on his custom crank baits. The catfish bite has been consistent with a steady parade of fish to 10 pounds or a little better on anchovies and mackerel. 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 good with a lot of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up to eight pounds reported in the past week. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms, but there has also been some fish on spoons and rip baits during boils. 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
24

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: Closed for the season. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: There were 52 anglers checked by county staff this past week and they reported just 41 bass. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: There were 69 anglers checked by county staff this past week and they reported 266 bass. 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: There were 90 anglers checked by county staff this past week and they reported 372 bass to 5.84 pounds and 36 bluegill to 1.8 pounds. 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: There were four anglers checked by county staff this past week and they reported six bass to three pounds. 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: No county or marina reports. 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 17 anglers who had 43 bass and 13 bluegill. 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: Closed for the season. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: The lake is now closed on weekdays, but it will remain open for weekends throughout the fall. Catfish are fair on cut mackerel or chicken liver. The bass bite has been improving with the best action in the mornings and evenings. Few other reports. Trout plants set to start in December. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com

DOANE POND: No recent DFW plants.

DIXON LAKE: Trout season will kick off Wednesday, Oct. 29 with a 1,500 pound plant of rainbows. The 36th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby will take place Nov. 8-11. Fishing hours will be from 6 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each of the derby days. Prizes will be awarded with a grand prize for overall largest trout and division prizes for Senior, Adult and Youth for largest trout in each of those categories. Two additional prizes will be for the two daily largest trout. A prize will go out to the smallest trout caught at the derby and the first 15 tagged trout turned in will also receive a prize. All anglers must purchase a daily lake fishing permit and must be presented when weighing in a trout at the weigh station. There will be 4,500 pounds of trout stocked before the derby. Until then the catfish action has been fair on cut baits, and the bass remain pretty decent with some flurries of topwater or crankbait action. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: The catfish bite has been fair on cut baits. Bass fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits with some good reaction bait action early and late in the day. Small bluegill are good in most shallow shoreline areas with some bigger bluegill in 12 to 20 feet of water. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Very light fishing pressure. The best action has been for redear and bluegill in Half Moon Cove and off the Fishing Float for anglers fishing red worms, meal worms, and small nightcrawlers. The bass bite continues to be fair throughout the day with pretty good action in the evenings on plastics and reaction baits. The first trout stocking will take place the week of November 10th and will include the largest stocking ever to start a season, 4,000 pounds of Sierra Bows and Nebraska Tailwalkers, with fish from two to 12 pounds. Trout season will officially kick off on Saturday, Nov. 15, and the lake will be closed Friday before the opener for the plants. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: There has been a fair to good catfish bite this past week with the best action on mackerel, bonito, and nightcrawlers, especially along the shoreline near the dam. Some fish topping five pounds. Bass remain fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some topwater early and late. A few bluegill showing, but crappie are slow. Carp are pretty decent for the few anglers targeting the carp with dough baits. Trout plants tentatively slated to start in December. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Good action on smaller crappie, but no other reports. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

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

Oct
24

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. 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 trout action has been very good from Davis Camp and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, and around Rotary Park. There were 20,000 rainbows planted over three weeks in late September and early October, and many anglers have been reporting limits since. Dennis Baldwin, Bullhead City, had 10 rainbows to about 12 inches Mice Tails in the Rotary Park Area. Mack Wilson, 8, also Bullhead, had four rainbow on nightcrawlers. While most anglers are focusing on trout, the striper bite remains fair on anchovies or other cut baits. Most are small, under a pound, but some to seven pounds have been reported in the past week. Other species have been slow. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of fish up chasing bait. Dayton Grant, Bullhead City, had a limit of largemouth to two pounds and a 3.74-pound catfish. 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. 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 in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on plastcis or nightcrawlers with some reaction bait fish morning and evening. 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.

Oct
24

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow with little or no fishing pressure. 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
24

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season will close Nov. 15 in this region. 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 (20 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. Ten to 20 fish days with browns to 20 inches have been reported. 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 tough 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. Lots of anglers are getting browns, rainbows, and cutthroats in a single day. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Some movement of rainbows and browns up the river out of Crowley. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the trout action has been good with quite a few quality fish in the catch. The biggest trout of the season was landed when Craig Miszklevitz, Lancaster, caught an eight-pound rainbow on a Sierra Slammer Swimbait off the north shore. Robby Shott, Wildomar, had a pair of rainbows at 4-6 and three pounds fishing nightcrawlers at the inlet. Rainbows at 4-5 were landed by Joe Bellantoni, Ontario, on a white jig, while the other was caught by Michael Caudillo, Quartz Hill, on rainbow garlic PowerBait. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair action on rainbow trout in most of the lakes with a lot of brookies being caught in the stream mouths and inlets. 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 on flies, 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 slow to fair with light fishing pressure over the weekend. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain fair to good with a few limits reported. Most campgrounds in upper drainage now closed. 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. While the bite has improved, it is still just fair overall. 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
24

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Not much change and continued light fishing pressure. 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 some of the prepared baits. Top spots have been Red’s Marina, Paradise Cove, or French Gulch. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish. The crappie action has muddled along in the trees in the North Fork in 16 to 20 feet of water on small minnows and crappie jigs. Other species slow. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait. Lake level at about nine percent of capacity, but launch ramps in South Fork and near the dam remain open, but a four-wheel drive is the best option for getting boats in and out. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Locals report a DFW trout stock last week on upper Kern (not on DFW plant list) and the bite has improved, especially with salmon eggs or small spinners for the planters. Still light fishing pressure. Fly anglers continue to have fair action 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 there has been a pretty good catfish bite, mostly on nightcrawlers, and the smallmouth action is finally starting to improve. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Good action on stripers, and while most of the fish are still under keeper size, the bite has gotten better with the cooler evenings. Most of the fish are still showing on blood worms, lug worms, sardine, Gitzit-like baits and cranks. The catfish bite also remains fair on garlic shrimp, shad, chicken liver, and mackerel. Quite a few fish topping five pounds. 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: Almost no fishing pressure this past week. The bluegill action is fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is also 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: The crappie bite continues here with fish still being report on small minnows. Light fishing pressure, but some of the fish are decent-sized. There has been a pretty fair bite on bass in the evenings on live minnows, spinnerbaits, and Brush Hawgs. The carp action has been fair 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. The lake is only at about four percent of 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/fishing/index.html.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are holding on the ledges or rock piles and providing fair action on cranks and drop-shot plastics. The shad are starting to ball up throughout the lake 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 bluegill, while dough balls are best for the carp in the shallows. A few crappie showing on exposed structure throughout the lake. Catfish are fair to 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.