Sep
25

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The yellowfin tuna bite off the Southern California coast has continued to stay hot. This can’t last forever, but the water temperatures remain warm and no winter storms are forecast for at least the next couple of weeks. If you haven’t gone, you should book a trip on one of the San Diego landings and go. It’s a unique opportunity to catch yellowfin tuna, dorado, and skipjack in local waters. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Here are the San Diego Landings contact numbers: Fisherman’s Landing 619-221-8500, H&M Landing 619-222-1144; Seaforth Sportfishing 619-224-3383 and Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627.

2. The striped bass bites are hot at Castaic, Pyramid, and Skinner and since all three are about equal in size and quantity of fish being caught, they all garner a piece of the No. 2 spot this week. Most anglers are drifting, anchovies, lug worms, sardines pieces, or chicken liver and getting nice numbers of one- to three-pound class stripers. Bigger fish from six to 10 pounds are caught each week at all three, and occasionally a bigger fish. For an update on the bite, call Skinner at 951-926-8515,
Castaic at 661-775-6232, or Pyramid at 661-295-7155.

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

Sep
25

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: In Southern California, Lake Gregory is having a $50,000 tagged fish derby this weekend. Entry fee is just $20 and the lake was planted with 2,000 pounds of trout in addition to 11 tagged trout worth cash, including the one $50,000 fish. Big Bear Lake has also slowed with just fair action at best, mostly for trollers. Good action throughout the Sierra. Hot spots include (from North to South), Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake, Convict Lake, Lake Crowley (excellent fly action), and Bishop Creek.

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

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

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

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River remains fair, but no reports of monster fish again this past week because of very light fishing pressure. There is a wide array of good fall bites that include Skinner, Diamond Valley, Elsinore, Cachuma, Isabella, Jennings, Casitas, Piru, and Pyramid. The best stocked-fish bites are Irvine Lake, Corona Lake, and Santa Ana River Lakes.

Sep
25

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.

NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (Sept. 21-27):

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River, South Fork Santa Ana River, Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
THIS WEEK’S TROUT PLANTS (Sept. 28-Oct. 4):

INYO: Rock Creek Lake.

MONO: Convict Lake, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Rush Creek, Silver Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), Virginia Lakes (upper and lower).

Sep
25

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The catfish and stripers have both been good this past week. The stripers are showing on lug worms, anchovies, and a few on swimbaits, around the docks, in Miller Canyon, the main channel, Twin Cove, and at the dam. While most are small (under three pounds), there have been a few bigger fish caught. Tops reported this week was a 7.3-pounder landed by Dave Turner, Lucerne Valley, on a swimbait in Twin Cove. Jeff Riewe, Barstow, had five stripers to two pounds off the docks on anchovies and sardines. The catfish are best on shrimp, mackerel and anchovies off the dock and in Miller and Cleghorn canyons. Kenny Davis, Montclair, had a 9.18-pound cat on chicken liver off the dock. The largemouth action has been fair and getting better on nightcrawlers, Senkos, and plastics. The bluegill bite has almost no pressure so was tough to gauge this week. Also few trout or crappie reports, although the DFW was schedule to plant trout this week. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Overall, trout action has still be fair with water temperatures starting to cool and the trout are showing over much of the lake from top to bottom. The key to getting a limit for trollers has been to keep switching up the lures being trolled behind one to three colors of leadcore. The Big Bear Municipal Water District is planning to increase the number of trout reared in the lake cages, and the lake will get a big plant of rainbows, including trophy fish, for the TroutfesT coming up Sept. 27-28. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. 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: The First $50,000 San Moritz Trout Derby will be held this Saturday. Entry tickets are $20 per angler, which includes the normal $4 per day fishing fee. There will be a 2,000-pound trout plant, including some trophy fish, that will go in just before the event along with 11 tagged trout worth cash. Anglers can sign up in advance on line or the day of the event at the boat house. Prior to this plant the fishing for trout had been slow, but there has been a fair bite on crappie and bass. There are three new fish-rearing, and fish-holding pens at the boathouse. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No recent reports. The trout bite had been fair. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for an Aug. 30 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.

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 this week and two weeks ago. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: No recent DFW plants.

Sep
25

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish bite has been good with 1,000-pound plants Sept. 18 and another slated for Thursday this week. The average size is around two to three pounds with some bigger. Best action has been on garlic shrimp, nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm (M&M) combo, chicken liver, and cut mackerel. Big fish of the week was a seven-pound catfish reported by Stuart Lindsay, Victorville, fishing a nightcrawler doused with Hog Wild. Mike Angerson, Moreno Valley, had a 6-8 cat, while Frank McDonnell, Yucca Valley, landed a five-pounder. Gary Bateman, Fontana, had cats at five and four pounds. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout action remains slow with very few showing early in the morning. The bass action is pretty good on plastics and topwater early in the day, while the catfish and bluegill bites are pretty good. The catfish are best on cut baits, while the ëgills are showing on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, or small jigs tipped with bait. Trout plants are each week. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Sep
25

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. 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.

Sep
25

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The catfish bite has been very good but getting light fishing pressure. The best action has been at both dams, around the islands, and in most of the coves. Stink baits, cut mackerel, sardines, or anchovies are the best baits, but nightcrawlers are also working. The largemouth bass bite is slow to fair with mostly fish under three pounds showing from 20 to 40 feet of water on plastics with some action closer to the surface early and late on Senkos and bluegill-like cranks. Striper remain surprisingly slow with few reports. The redear and bluegill bites are fair with fish reported on nightcrawlers and small jigs tipped with mearl worms. The dams, rock quarry, and near Restroom No. 2 are the best spots. 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: A few smaller stripers and one big 23-pounder were reported here this week, but the angler landing the big fish didn’t leave his name. The fish have been showing by the outlet tower on swimbaits and Alabama rigs. Branden Huskey, Riverside, had two stripers with the biggest at 2-8. The largemouth bass action has continued good with fish showing all over the lake, mostly chasing shad that are running along the shorelines. Plastics, minnow-like cranks or swimbaits, and curly-tail grubs have all been getting fish. Sail Cove and Launch Ramp Cove have been top spots. The top fish reported was a nine-pounder caught by Trevor Beer, Wildomar, on a plastic. The bluegill bite has been good in 20 to 40 feet of water along the west side of the lake on meal worms and crickets fishing on small jigs. Redear are tougher, and no crappie, trout, or catfish reported this past week. 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 striped bass took back off this past week with very good action at the dam and inlet area with boiling fish in the morning and then bait fish (shad, anchovies, sardines, chicken liver) the rest of the day. Most of the fish are two to four pounds, but Joe Landum, Orange, had a 10-pounder on shad at the inlet. The catfish bite is good with quite a few fish topping five pounds on shrimp, chicken liver, mackerel, and sardines fished in Catfish Alley, most coves, and near Ramp No. 2. Pao Moua, Beaumont, had a 14-pound cat on chicken liver at Ramp No. 1, while Penn Miller, Riverside, landed a 12-pound cat, also on chicken liver off the south shore. Catfish plant this Friday. The largemouth bite also remains fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action. Bluegill and redear are slow, but carp are very good on dough baits, and most are in less than 10 feet of water. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.

ELSINORE: The catfish bite remains good with most fish running from two to eight pounds. Cut baits and fresh or frozen shad working the best. The carp bite is fair to good 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: Fair to good catfish action reported on shrimp, mackerel, or other cut baits. Top fish was a 10-8 landed by Victor Anaya, Covina, on mackerel at the dam. Richard Garcia, Riverside, landed five catfish with a total weight of 12 pounds, while Paul Sulz, Riverside, landed three catfish and two tilapia weighing 11 pounds total. Corona is being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Sep
25

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

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

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

Sep
25

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Overall good catfish action with a few quality fish showing. Erasmo Salas, Compton, had the week’s best catfish at 18 pounds caught on mackerel in the Catfish Lake and then released. Tuan Mai, Corona, had a 10-fish stringer that weighed 41-13 fishing from a tube with mackerel. Julio Urrutia, Placentia, landed 10 cats for 28-3. The lakes are being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Good catfish action continues and Aman Hayes, Los Angeles, caught a 22-6 catfish fishing with Ronson Smothers. The best action has been at mid-lake and Santiago Flats, with productive depths ranging from three to 30 feet with mackerel, shrimp, and bonito. Terry Lairson, Huntington Beach, had channel cats at 9-9 and 9-2, while Daniel LeBouf, Villa Park, had a 12-pound blue cat. Bass anglers found good numbers of two to four-pound largemouth on dropshot-rigged baits near Rocky Point and the Red Clay Cliffs, with a few larger fish on swimbaits and Creature baits. Top bass was a 10-7 largemouth caught by Justin Emerson, Orange County, on a plastic crawdad. Plenty of plump bluegill and redear sunfish were caught on mealworms and waxw orms in shallow brushy areas. Trout season will kick off Thursday, Oct. 30, with a special VIP fishing day, followed by the general opener the next day.
Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

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

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

Sep
25

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Little change here with the catfish action continuing to get top billing. The catfish action has been on cut baits and dough baits in most of the bays and coves in less than 10 feet of water. Some of the fish are topping six pounds and some limits or near-limits reported. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are up chasing the shad. Cranks and small spinnerbaits are getting a lot of fish. A few crappie are showing from under docks and floating platforms around the lake, but they are tough. Bluegill spotty and trout slow. The carp have also slowed way down with the fish sounding and not available for bow-fishermen. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: There bass bite remains fair to good 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 good 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. Parker Marquez, Oakview, landed a six-pound bass on a Senko, while Kurt Ebken Jr., Miner’s Oaks, had a 5-8 on a plastic worm. Brock Medlin, Miner’s Oaks, had a five-pound bass on a drop-shot plastics. 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 bite remains good and the topwater activity remains very good with boils throughout the day all around the lake, but the best action has been in the mornings. Flukes, Spooks, Kastmasters and cranks have been the top lures for the boils. John Petrov, Venice, had 10 stripers for a total weight of 48 pounds topped by a seven-pounder while throwing topwater baits near the S.S. Ski. David Spann, Palmdale, landed seven stripers to four pounds on Spooks and Flukes at the buoy line. There has also been a fair topwater or jerkbait bite for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the early mornings and then a fair bite late in the afternoons and into the evening on plastics and nightcrawlers. Jered Wood, Encino, landed an 8-8 largemouth on a Senko at the dam. The catfish are fair to good in 12 to 40 feet of water in most of the coves and off Kong Island. Bluegill are fair in eight to 20 feet of water on small nightcrawlers, meal worms, crickets, or wax worms. Most are 1/4-pounders. The west ramp remains closed. The water will continue to fall this summer 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 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. A few catfish reports on cut baits. The bluegill action is slow to fair on hand-sized panfish. 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 remains fair to good with a lot of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up to five or six pounds. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and bloodworms. Fair catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits with fish to six pounds reported this past week. 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: Slow to fair bass action on plastics and topwater baits early and late in the day. Tough mid-day bite with the heat. The bluegill are showing in pretty good numbers with some fish pushing a half-pound. Redear and crappie still spotty. 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.

Sep
25

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: There were 74 anglers who landed 958 bass this past week. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: County staff checked 53 anglers who reported just 21 bass. Marina staff report fair to good bass action, but slower bluegill action this week. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: County staff checked 145 anglers who reported 381 bass to 5.93 pounds. 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: County staff checked 154 anglers who reported 289 bass to five pounds and 54 bluegill to 1.2 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: County staff checked eight anglers who reported 29 bass to 4.3 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: No county or marina reports. 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: County staff checked 30 anglers who reported 14 bass to 3.5 pounds, foru channel cats to 4.2 pounds, two carp to 4.7 pounds, and one 25-pound blue catfish. 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 to good on cut mackerel or chicken liver. The bass bite has been improving with the best action in the mornings and evenings. Few other reports. 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: Catfish action has been fair to good on cut baits. Bass remain fair with some flurries of good topwater action early and late. Bluegill action is warming up with some up smaller sized fish off the piers near the weedy, covered areas of the lake. While opening day of trout season hasn’t been schedule yet, the first plant of the season is tentatively set for the end of October or early November, and the annual trout derby is tentatively scheduled for Veteran’s Day weekend November 8-11. 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 ëgills in 12 to 20 feet of water. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Good catfish action with the morning, evening and night bites the best. Night fishing season has been extended through September this year, and there will be a plant the last week of September. Lanterns required after dark. The redear and bluegill continue to be good. The bass bite continues to be fair to good with boils in the early morning. The lake level lake will drop off and on until October. Trout season is set to begin Nov. 15. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: The bass bite has been fair this past week mostly on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some topwater early and late. Catfish have been good on cut baits, especially shrimp and mackerel, with some nice stringers of five to 15 fish reported near the dam. Most in the two-pound class. A few bluegill showing, but crappie are slow. Carp are pretty decent for the few anglers targeting the carp with dough baits. No trout reported. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Trout action continues fair, but the fish are getting tougher by the day with the warm weather and lack of plants. Catfish are pretty fair and a few bigger fish have been reported. The small crappie are showing in good numbers again. No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

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

Sep
25

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. 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: Fair to good catfish and striped bass action in this stretch of the river, from the dam all the way down to Needles. The top baits for both have been anchovies. The bite slowed a little this past week but was improving again at mid-week. Justin Smith, Bullhead, landed a 6.58-pound striper on a swimbait. Most of the stripers are one to three pounds, but some bigger fish are showing on Pencil Poppers. Top catfish reported was a 9.2-pounder landed by Daniel Fields, Bullhead, on anchovies. After a political battle to keep plants going into this part of the Colorado River, the first trout plant of the fall is slated for Oct. 4 at Davis Camp, with a special event planned. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

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

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite has been fair all along the lower Colorado River. Monsoon rains again have muddied up the water in some areas, but it’s been clearing pretty quickly. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported. The channel catfish bite is also good 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 bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but the few anglers fishing are finding pretty good catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also 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.

Sep
25

LOWER DESERT WATERS

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

ALAMO RIVER: No reports.

COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: No reports.

ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.

FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.

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

SUNBEAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

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

Sep
25

EASTERN SIERRA

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

BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker has been tough with low flows (25 cfs) again this week and the best fishing has been below the first bridge and on the Nevada side. Bridgeport Reservoir continues to drop and the fishing has been improving, especially at the dam for bait and lure anglers. Also a fair bite on perch. The Twin Lakes have been fair, with most of the fish pan-sized. Trollers are doing the best, but fly and bait anglers are also getting a few fish. The West Walker has been good, 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. Kirman is getting little pressure but the bite has been pretty good for fly anglers on damsels and small streamers near the tules, mostly on brookies to 18 inches (and that is a four-pound fish). Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

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

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been good for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays around weed beds. Quite a few fish from two to four pounds. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the trees are turning color and the trout action has been good. The lake will also be stocked with trophy trout Friday, Sept. 26. William Weed, Torrance, landed a 3-11 rainbow from Convict on garlic PowerBait fishing off the south shore. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair action in most of the lakes and the brookies are starting to mass at the stream mouths. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls and along the outside edges of weed beds all over the lakes, while the upper lakes are all best morning and evening, especially with the fly-bubble combo, small spinners, or floating baits. Rock Creek Lake has been fair to good. Rock Creek is good with a lot of smaller browns. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

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

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

Sep
25

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers and Secret 7 catfish bait. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish and stringers of 15 to 25 fish have been common. There has also been a surprising crappie bite on nice fish to a pound or a little better for anglers fishing live minnows and jigs up in the North Fork arm right at the base of the flooded trees. Other species slow except for a few bass early in the morning and a few bluegill. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

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

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action has remaines pretty good on garlic shrimp, shad, chicken liver, and mackerel. Quite a few fish topping five pounds. Steve Cavazoz, Bakersfield, landed a 17-pounder on chicken liver. The striper bite is fair to good, but mostly small fish are showing on cranks, Flukes, blood worms, lug worms, and sardines. Even a few largemouth showing.Carp fair. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK: Most of the action has been for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait. There are also still a few catfish showing on nightcrawlers.

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.

HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is also very good on Powder Bait. A rare bass is still showing early and late.

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

MING LAKE: Fair to good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are fair on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite is tough, but a few are showing on plastics and nightcrawlers early and late in the day

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. A few crappie continue to show on small minnows, in spite of the low water level. 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. The largemouth bass action is tough with only a few on topwater, plastics and nightcrawlers early in the day. 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 bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. A fair number of carp and catfish. Bass spotty. Other species still slow. Information: 559-781-2078.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty on nightcrawlers, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good. The bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and small jigs, while the carp are best on dough baits. Information: 559-597-2526.