Jul
30

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The ocean bite stays in the top spot even with a slight lull in the action this past week. And ìlullî is a word you’d use only when compared to how incredible it has been. Pelagic species like yellowtail, bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, and dorado are still showing in increasing numbers all along the coast. The simple question is how good this season can get. It has been incredible so far. Check the landing counts on 976-TUNA for updates on this action.

2. The Lake Silverwood striped bite has been good this past week with a lot of nice stringers of fish to two or three pounds showing for anglers fishing off the docks, the main channel points, and at the dam. The best bite has been on fly-lined pieces of anchovy or lug worm. Thee are also a lot of catfish to eight pounds or better showing in this bite. For an update on this bite check with the marina at 760-389-2299 or the Silverwood Country store at 760-389-2423.

3. The very good largemouth bass bite in the lower Kern River behind Hart Park and Ming Lakes is staying in the top picks. The water level is very low at about 200 cfs, and most anglers are wade fishing and tossing plastics or small reaction baits into the pools and pockets and getting fish to four pounds. A fair number of smallmouth are also showing in this bite. For an update on this action, call Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

Jul
30

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 been the Virginia Lakes near Bridgeport, Grant Lake in the June Lake Loop, and Lake Crowley. The East Walker River remains fair, but the water level is low, and it’s just tough not to spook fish. Convict Lake and Bridgeport Reservoir is also pretty good for deep-water trollers and finesse anglers. In Southern California, the bites improved at both Big Bear Lake and Green Valley Lake, and some fish continue to show for Lake Cachuma deep-water trollers.

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. The stormy weather seemed to turn on bites all over the region with the top bets El Capitan, Lower Otay, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Perris, Piru, Pyramid, Diamond Valley Lake, and Silverwood, not in any particular order. All of these places are pretty good for short periods each day, especially in the mornings. Cachuma has been pretty good for smallmouth bass. On the Colorado River, the smallmouth and largemouth bites have also been fair from Lake Havasu south into the lower river backwaters and up in Lake Mohave. Mosquitos and heat remain problems on the river.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action improved across most of Southern California’s reservoris this past week. Silverwood is still be the best bet, but mostly for small fish. Pyramid and Castaic have also both been pretty good and both have bigger fish. Diamond Valley also produced a few fish. 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.

PANFISH: The tilapia bite at the Salton Sea stayed pretty dead this past week. Meanwhile, 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 Skinner had fair action on bluegill, and Diamond Valley Lake is getting squat for pressure, but it continues to produce a lot of bluegill and redear. Perris and Casitas are also pretty decent bets for bluegill. Crappie bites are simply dead, but a few fish were reported at Cachuma this past week.

CATFISH: The flathead bite on the Colorado River in generally fair 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. 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 eight to 12 pounds or even bigger. 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.

Jul
30

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery this week (July 5-11).

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Fulmor Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, North Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, 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, Molybdenite Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver 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/.

Jul
30

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: Fair to good action for both catfish and stripers again over the past week. The stripers have been best on fly-lined anchovies and lug worms off points in the main channel, at the dam, in Miller Canyon, and off the docks. Most are smaller fish under three pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. The catfish are showing on sardine and anchovies in most of the coves around the lake with the best bite early and late in the day. Taylor and Cody Sprankle, Apple Valley, landed 13 stripers and two catfish fishing anchovies off the docks. Top fish was a 7-7 catfish. Howard Yu and John Lin, both Arcadia, had 19 stripers to two pounds and four catfish to eight pounds fishing sardines at the dam. 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: The water is a little off-color from runoff and an algae bloom, and the best bite has been on slow-trolled nightcrawlers fished behind flasher rigs. The most action has been behind three to five colors of leadcore along the south shoreline from Gilner Point to the Zebra Room. Shoreline anglers saw action from the North Shore from the dam to Windy Point, but weeds are becoming a problem. Most anglers are using garlic PowerBait on a Carolina rig with a four to five foot leader or a slip-bobber rig set from eight to 16 feet deep with a nightcrawler. Bobbi Volk, Big Bear, caught a 5-4 rainbow. A few bluegill, crappie, and small catfish are hitting on ëcrawlers and meal worms in the bays and coves in and around docks at the East Launch Ramp. The bass bite has been best on drop-shot plastics, especially on the rip-rap at the dam in 12 to 20 feet of water. Catfish are also surprisingly slow, but some bullhead are showing in the evenings. 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 two weeks ago. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There was a 1,000-pound plant of Jess Ranch rainbows last week and another plant is slated for this week. The best bite was close to shore over the weekend with slowly-fished jigs and nightcrawlers the best bets, but also some on garlic PowerBaits. Top fish was a 6-1 rainbow landed by Dave Schneider, Green Valley Lake, on a SuperDuper off Norma’s Point. The bass are starting to hit pretty good and the crappie bite is 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.

Jul
30

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Good catfish action with 1,000-pound plants last Thursday and this Thursday. The best action has been on shrimp, mackerel, the marshmallow-meal worm combo, or garlic nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are in the two to three-pound range, but bigger fish are in each plant. Top catfish this past week were fish at 10 and 12 pounds caught by Eddie and Betty Ayala, Hesperia, fishing mackerel off the Sandy Point. Kenny Kilgore, Hesperia, landed a nine-pounder, while Tommy Mobley, Victorville, landed an eight-pounder. Rodney Russell, Riveside, had a seven-pound catfish. Doug Cope, Palmdale, had a limit of five cats that weighed 27 pounds. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout action was slow to fair with anglers using Power Bait (especially salmon peach, rainbow and orange), jigs, lures and nightcrawlers. Hot spots included the western and eastern shores of lake 3 as well as the western and northern shores of lake 2. Anglers are reporting fair to good bass action on Senkos with fish to five pounds. The catfish action is spotty, but some fish showing on mackerel and shrimp. 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 slated for this week. DFW trout plant also scheduled for this week. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Jul
30

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: The catfish bite has been fair to good with the best action on Fridays. Availino Bernardo, Chino, had four cats to 3-8 on the marshmallow-shimp combo, while Armel David, Eastvale, landed a 3-8. Anthony Williams, La Puente, had three catfish to three pounds. 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: The catfish action has been fair to good with fish into the three-pound class coming from all three lakes. There is also a decent bite on small bluegill. The best bite for both has been on nightcrawlers or meal worms. 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.

Jul
30

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Very light fishing pressure, but the action has been pretty good for the few shore and rental boat anglers fishing for largemouth bass and panfish. The bulk of the bass action has been on reaction baits early and late in the day on the points and off the dams. Baby bass, bluegill, and shad-patterned cranks, swimbaits, and topwater have been getting the most fish. The bluegill have been best on crickets, wax worms, or meal worms fished with a light weight to get them on the bottom in six to 25 feet of water. Almost no one is fishing stripers, but the occasional angler trolling white flies at the dams is still getting a few fish from four to six pounds or smaller fish on cut baits. Kevin Deemer, Hemet, landed a 6.83-pound striper. The catfish bite is also neglected, with the best bite on nightcrawlers or cut baits in more of the shoreline fishing area. 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 bite is fair to good around the island, the launch area, and in the marina area on crickets, red worms, meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs. Most of the fish are in six to 18 feet of water with some fish up to a pound or better. Only a few redear showing in this bite. The largemouth bite is also fair along the south side of the lake, around the island, and in the launch cove with the fish right in the weeds and showing best on spinnerbaits and topwater. Most of the fish are three-pounders or smaller. The odd catfish continues to show in decent numbers in Power Cove and 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 the bluegill and bass remain fair. The cats have been best at Ramp 2, Catfish Alley, and all along the south shoreline on chicken liver, shrimp, and other cut baits. Christopher Smuts, Laguna Niguel, had three catfish to 11-4 on chicken liver, while Anna Gonzalez, San Diego, had two cats to 10-2 on mackerel. The stripers improved a little this week, especially at the inlet or buoy line on anchovies or sardines fished early and late in the day. Rick Bryant, Murrieta, had two stripers o 9-1 fishing jerk baits at the inlet. The bluegill bite has been best in along the north shore on red worms, crickets, or wax worms fished in 12 to 20 feet of water and on or near the bottom. The largemouth bass have been showing on plastics and topwater on the outside edges of the weeds beds. Peter Ryan, Vista, had a five-pound largemouth off the south shore on a plastic worm. Carp are very good, but they get little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: 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. 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.

Jul
30

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No report. DFW trout plant this week. 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 this week at Lake Fulmor. Information: 951-659-2117.

Jul
30

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Private boats, kayaks, canoes, and float tubes my no longer be launched here. Christian Gavaldon, Orange, caught and released a 23-2 carp on a boilie at the Crappie Hideaway. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

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

Jul
30

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Catfish are very good with some good stringers showing on mackerel or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are running about a pound. The boat action was best in Cachuma and Santa Cruz bays, while the bite for shore anglers was best in Drake Cove and the Mohawk area. Cut mackerel or chicken livers and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. The smallmouth bass action is good early and late in the day on reaction baits and topwater with a decent worm bite in deeper water. Top spots have been E Point, the mouth of Clark’s and drifting the bank from Cachuma Bay Point to Bobcat Canyon. Only a few largemouth showing in this bite. A few trout continue to show for trollers working the dam area on Kastmasters and some on PowerBait. Improved crappie and bluegill reports this past week, mostly from the mouth of Drake Cove with both showing on small jigs tipped with meal worms, and a few crappie on slow-trolled Kastmasters. 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 is fair to good with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing 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 good for anglers fishing half or a third of a nightcrawler fly-lined or fished with a small weight to get them on the bottom. Some to a pound or better, and some bigger redear are showing in this bite. The crappie, catfish, and trout bites have finally pretty much shut down. 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. Nightfishing until 11 p.m. will be held July 30-Aug. 1. 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 very good striper action has continued this week. The best action this past week has been at the Ski Arm buoy line on topwater baits and small Kastmasters. Fish are also still showing on fresh sardines, anchovies, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water. Most of the stripers are smaller two to three-pound fish. The largemouth bass are fair to good with the fish boiling on small shad off and on throughout the day this past week, but most are still showing on small plastics, reaction baits, and topwater. 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: Fair to good largemouth bass action continues. 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. Topwater action most mornings early. Some catfish 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 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. 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.

Jul
30

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 continue to be best in the upper end of Lake Havasu and up through Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam. The catfish bite has also really turned on throughout the lower river system, especially for channels, but also more flatheads showing. Top striper spots have been the sandbar at the upper end of Havasu with clusters of fish all the way to Bullhead and then more concentrated numbers from there to the dam. While most of the stripers are one to three pounds, the bulk of the spawning fish are four to eight pounds with a few bigger fish each week. The catfish are showing in the backwaters along with the deeper pools and runs throughout the river, and they are being caught in all the lakes’ coves. Ernie Calma, Bullhead City, had channel cats at 16.28 and 7.52 pounds, while his son Kayden landed a 7.58-pounder. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave. The bass and bluegill are fair in this lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Overall it is hot, mosquito-plagued, fishing on the lower river.

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.

Jul
30

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia fishing has stayed slow again this past week with very few fish caught off the state park jetty or the old yacht club jetty. Anglers are reminded that the daytime temperatures have been in the 100s, and there is also a terrible fly problem. Insect repellant is highly recommended. 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).

Jul
30

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, but deep-water trollers are getting fish during the day, too, on the bigger lakes. Mosquitos are also 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), but a lot of fish are coming out of the high elevation waters and hike-in lakes and creeks. East Walker River flows are low (34 cfs) and fishing tough. Bridgeport Reservoir and Convict Lake have been pretty good for anglers fishing very deep water 40 to 60 feet or more, but tough for others. Top catches this week: At Convict Lake, Larry Singh, Indio, had an 8-1 rainbow on a nightcrawler at the inlet. Larry Friebel, Los Angeles, landed a 7-10 from Convict. Grant Lake cranked out a 7-2 rainbow at the narrows on a Kastmaster for Danny Barrett, Victorville. The top fish at the Virginia Lakes this past week were a pair of rainbows at 6-6, one from the litte lake caught by Mark Willardson, Encino, and the other landed by Riley Fantasia, San Diego, from the big lake. At Lake Sabrina, Tim Padilla, San Diego, landed a 5-8 rainbow, one of the Desert Spring Trout Farm trophies planted a couple of weeks ago.

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.

Jul
30

WESTERN SIERRA

STRIPER DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long catfish derby is ongoing through July. 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 204 signed up ($304 pot) and the current leader is still David Kiel, Bakersfield, with a 15-pounder. For more information or to register, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been good to excellent in the South Fork arm of the lake with a lot of fish from two to six pounds with a couple of double digit fish reported in the past week. The best bait has been super meal worms (the 2 1/2- to three-inch supers) fished in conjunction with marshmallows or clams. Also some fish showing on anchovies or sardines. There was a general upturn in the fishing here this past week and a smattering of trout, bass, bluegill, and even crappie were reported. The trout were best at the dam on deeply-fished baits and lures, while the bass are showing around any piece of structure. The few crappie being caught on showing on small jigs and shiners fished around trees or other structure from float tubes or small boats. The largemouth have been best early in the morning on topwater or reaction baits. Bluegill are fair to good 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 (200 cfs), but the bite on largemouth bass has been very 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 to good in the bigger pools, mostly on clams. Slow to fair trout action in the upper river with no recent trout plants and none slated. A few holdover hatchery rainbows are showing on salmon eggs and crickets, while the wild trout are showing in decent numbers for fly anglers, especially in the upper river from the Johnsondale Bridge upstream. Rains colored up the upper river and made the bite even tougher over the weekend and into this week. 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 on blood worms, lug worms, sardines, super meal worms, and mackerel. Best bite at night. The bluegill are fair with some flurries of good action early and late in the day on crickets, wax worms, or meal worms. The few stripers showing have been landed on lug and blood worms. Largemouth slow. 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 good on wax worms and meal worms. A few bass on Senkos, plastics, and nightcrawlers in the evenings.

HART PARK LAKE: Lake level is still full. The carp and bass bites have been fair to good. Bass are best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, live minnows, and Senko-type baits. The carp are best on dough baits or corn. The bluegill bite is good on meal worms and wax worms. Crappie are slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair to good action on largemouth bass on live minnows, Senkos, and Brush Hawgs, especially at night, while 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.

MING LAKE: Water level still good. The bass action is fair on reaction baits, nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The carp bite has been good on Powder Bait and other dough bait mixtures. The bluegill bite has come on strong with the heat and the bite is good on meal worms and wax worms. Crappie remain slow. Water levels will start dropping here as the water is drawn down for other uses (keeping the golf course and soccer fields green and keeping water in Hart Park Lake).

BRITE LAKE: Few crappie reports, but the bluegill bite has been fair with a few bigger fish to a pound still showing. Best action on wax worms or meal worms. The bass action has been slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and small jigs.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Busy on weekends, with pretty good action on bluegill but just fair catfish action. The bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, and red worms. Some anglers using the new super meal worms are getting bigger bluegill. Catfish have been best on super meal worms (the three-inchers) and cut mackerel, sardines, or anchovies. Carp have been good on Powder Bait, and a 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 bass and bluegill bites are fair, but there have been few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good 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 few bluegill are showing on wax worms or crickets, and the odd catfish has been reported. Lake levels continue to fall and the lake is only 9 percent capacity.
fish. 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: 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 22 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/fishing/index.html.

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16

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The ocean remains the top pick. If you haven’t gone, you should. It is pelagic soup out there with bluefin tuna to 180 pounds, yellowfin tuna to 60 pounds, and dorado showing as close as two miles offshore. The yellowtail bite remains unprecedented offshore, near-shore, and around the local islands, the yellows are mostly 20 to 30 pounds. This is simply the best ocean fishing season this century and the best in a very long time. Check the landing counts on 976-TUNA for updates on this action.

2. The striped bass bite at Silverwood Lake is staying in the top picks this week. There haven’t been as many big stringers this week, but the fish pressure dropped off since the July 4th weekend. Most are from one to three pounds, but fish to eight pounds or better are showing each week. Most are showing on fly-lined sardines or lug worms fished early and late at the dam or around the marina. For an update on this bite, check with the marina at 760-389-2299 or the Silverwood Country store at 760-389-2423.

3. The bluegill bite at Lake Skinner stayed hot this past week and again wins a pick. There has been a lot of nice catches of fish from hand-sized up to a pound or more showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. The bulk of the action has been in six to 15 feet of water on baits fished on light line and small weight to put the bait right on the bottom. Slip-bobber rigs are also getting fish. For an update on this bite call the marina at 951-926-8515.