May
26

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Staying the top pick, the Salton Sea tilapia bite is still wide open and the quality of fish has improved in recent days with more fish in the 1 1/2-pound range this week. The afternoon bite was better than the morning bite this past week, but afternoon anglers were reporting full ice chests full of fish. Most of the reports continue to come from the State Park headquarters jetty. As always, the best bite has been on small pieces of nightcrawler. For an update on the action call the Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059

2. The trout action at Big Bear Lake is staying in the top picks this week. Trophy fish to six pounds or better from the May Trout Classic two weeks ago continue to show and limits of pan-sized rainbows continue to be very common. For an update on this bite, check with Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

3. The largemouth bass bite at Diamond Valley Lake is in the top picks this week. With the launch ramp reopening last week, local anglers are again able to fish this popular lake. It hasn’t been disappointing. While kept pretty quiet, the bass are good to excellent with a lot of fish to six pounds reported by anglers tossing plastics, shad-like baits of all kinds, and even nightcrawlers. As a side note, the bluegill and redear bites are also both very good. For an update on the action, call the marina at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle in Hemet at 951-658-7410.

May
26

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada is the best bet for trout. Anywhere and everywhere in the region is producing fish, but the top bets include Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, and Bridgeport Reservoir, which cranked out browns to seven pounds and rainbows to 6-8 this week. In Southern California, the top bet is Big Bear Lake for holdover rainbows to seven pounds after the May Trout Classic. Lots of limits reported for both shore and troll anglers. Silverwood Lake is producing a lot of rainbows and the DFW is planted last week and again this week. Cachuma Lake has slowed with a few quality fish at the dam. Jess Ranch Lakes in the high desert has been pretty good. Cuyamaca may be the best bet in San Diego County with heavy plants this season that continue into June.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is already looking more like summer with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish and the topwater and reaction bait bites are really starting to take off. But there are a lot of fish still showing on plastics and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Top bets (in no real particular order) are Diamond Valley, Skinner, Perris, Casitas, Castaic, Piru, Cachuma, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Sutherland, Hodges, and Dixon. Silverwood is getting better by the day. On the Colorado River, the lower river is pretty much wide open but winds have hampered the fishing, which is true of a lot of waters again this past week. The bites are also now breaking wide open in Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave, and everything in between. Smallmouth also turning on in the lower river. Barrett Lake in San Diego County is a sleeper top pick.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally slow to fair everywhere except Skinner this past week. Skinner is a fair bet at the dam and inlet areas on cut baits and reaction baits. The topwater and near-surface bite has come on Castaic with fish to nearly nine pounds reported for the second week in a row. Still fair bites on smaller fish at Pyramid and Silverwood. Darn few reports on stripers from Diamond Valley again, even with the launch ramp open again. The California aqueduct is still good, and it is producing more legal fish again. On the Colorado River, the stripers action broke open in Lake Mohave with excellent action on fish to eight pounds, and a lot from five to seven pounds. Havasu is also turning on with the fish up chasing shad.

PANFISH: Big news remains the hot tilapia action at the Salton Sea. This bite broke wide open over a month ago and continues hot except for brief lulls caused by wind or cooler mornings. The quality of the fish is improving with more in the 1 1/2-pound range. The bluegill or redear are starting to turn on just about everywhere, but the top bets are Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley. Meanwhile, the crappie bites have all pretty much died down everywhere.

CATFISH: Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish. The California Aqueduct has been as good or better than Isabella, with a lot of fish six to seven pounds over the past several weeks. Dip baits and sardines are the hot bet on the aqueduct. Santa Ana River Lakes is now stocking catfish weekly, and Hesperia Lake has started its weekly catfish plants. Both are pretty good. The flathead catfish bite is very good on the lower Colorado River from Blythe to Yuma. A 62-pound flathead was reported last week.

May
26

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (May 22-28):

VENTURA: Reyes Creek.

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Crystal Lake, Jackson Lake, Pyramid Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor.

SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake, Big Bear Lake, Green Valley Lake, Gregory Lake, Jenks Lake, Lytle Creek (Middle and North forks), Miller Canyon Creek (above Silverwood Lake), Santa Ana River, South Fork Santa Ana River, Silverwood Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Doane Pond.

INYO: Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnehama Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, 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, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Twin Lakes (Bridgeport, Upper and Lower), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

KERN: Cuddy Creek Pond, Kern River (sections 1 through 5).

TULARE: Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Freeman Creek, Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (lower), Stoney Creek, Tule River (Middle Fork, North Fork [Middle Fork No. 1], South Fork [Middle Forks No. 2 and No. 3]).

FRESNO: Big Meadows Creek, Bone Creek, Dry Meadown Creek, Freeman Creek, Kern River (section 5 and 6) Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (main fork, lower), Stoney Creek, Tule River (Middle Fork, North Fork [Middle Fork No. 1], and South Forks [Middle Fork No. 2 and No. 3].

MONTEREY: Nacimiento River (Upper).

Tentative plants for next week (May 29-June4):

INYO: Georges Creek, Tuttle Creek.

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

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

May
26

CENTRAL COAST

Hot Bites: Santa Margarita Lake has been fair to good for bass with most fish post spawn and up chasing baitfish. Even some topwater with fish to seven pounds reported. Redear, bluegill, and catfish also improving, and Bob Holder, Santa Margarita, landed a 17-pound blue cat on a fly-lined nightcrawler. Lopez is also fair to good for bass, with crappie fair, and more and more bluegill and redear showing. Nacimiento has had a few crappie reports and fair bass action.

May
26

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action has been good to excellent near the dam. Most of the fish are quality trout up to three pounds and showing on Thomas Buoyants and salmon peach PowerBait. There also continues to be a fair catfish bite on garlic shrimp and dip baits, with fish up into the six pound class pretty common. Other species are very slow. The water level is rocketing up and the bass, crappie, and bluegill bites are all slow. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The Kern River has been fair to good for trout with weekly plants in sections 4 through 6, and all sections are getting trout this week. The number of fish planted is still down from previous years, but the quality appears to be up. Best bite on the planted trout has been spinners with higher water flows this week. The bite is tougher on bait like crickets and salmon eggs. For fly anglers, the bite is fair to good, especially in the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge for wild fish with a major crane fly hatch lasting all day and an afternoon blue-wing olive hatch with some surface trout activity. The lower river is still low and the bite is slow on species other than planted trout. A few bass and catfish are starting to show as water temperatures rise. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Very good striped bass action and increasing numbers of fish over the minimum keeper size. The flow is good and the best action has been on blood and lug worms, sardines, Gitzits, and bucktail jigs. Continued fair to good catfish action but the number of big fish has dropped off. Still lots of two to five pounds. The best action has been on chicken liver and dip baits. Only the odd largemouth showing on swimbaits, plastics, and live minnows. One largemouth over 10 pounds reported. All sections of the aqueduct are again open to fishing and the flow is good right now. 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: Overall tough fishing with only the odd bass showing.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass action has been slow to fair over the past week with only a few bass showing on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is finally starting but still not hot.

HART PARK LAKE: Fair to good bass action on Senkos, brush hawgs, plastics, small jigs, minnows or nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is also starting with a few more fish on wax worms and meal worms, but the bite keeps going up and down with the weather. A few catfish have been reported.

TRUXTUN LAKE: A slow to fair bass bite on plastic worms, live minnows, or Senko-type baits. Few other reports, with only the odd bluegill or carp reported.

MING LAKE: A few bluegill are showing here in a fair bite, and this bite has been improving with each warm day. Best bite on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. Fair bass action on Brush Hawgs, Senkos, live minnows, and plastic worms.

BRITE LAKE: There is a good crappie bite on half- to three-quarter pounders and an occasional bigger fish. Most are showing on small minnows. Also some bass showing.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a fair catfish bite with most anglers fishing dip baits. The bluegill bite is getting better daily, at least on the warm days. Best action on meal worms or wax worms. Only the occasional bass reported. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Few reports, but the bass are fair, and a few bluegill have been caught on warmer days.

SUCCESS LAKE: Water level is coming up with the lake about half full, and the bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. A few panfish starting to show, along with the odd catfish. Slow other species. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with a lot of fish showing on drop-shot plastics, and some on reaction baits and nightcrawlers. Most fish in less than 15 feet of water. Bluegill just starting to show. Other species still very slow. Launch ramp open, lake near full. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

May
26

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open now through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Tioga and Sonora passes both opened last week. Crowds remain light and the fishing has been slow to fair except in areas with DFW trout plants. Major trout plants throughout the region slated for this week (see trout plants). Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been fair overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir was the spot for bigger fish this week with a 7-8 brown and a 6-13 rainbow caught. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been fair with a flurry of good action after the trout plants. Trumble Lake and Little Virginia Lake are both mostly ice-free now and producing a lot of nice rainbows and brookies on nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, and one of the many small trout jigs on the market. Big Virginia still has ice, but it is going fast and the bite is good in the open water. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. Some fish in the Bishop Creek drainage lakes, the Rock Creek drainage, and Lundy Lake, but not hot action. The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 200 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen.

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: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Good action in waters planted weekly or every two weeks by the DFW. See trout plant list.

May
26

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia action has continued to be excellent. The mornings have been breezy and cool much of the past week which has slowed the morning bite, but the afternoon action has been wide open. With warmer weather forecast for the weekend, the bite is likely to switch back to a morning or all-day affair. The best news is that the fish are bigger than they were at the beginning of this bite a month ago. Most of the tilapia are in the 12-inch class or bigger now, instead of eight to nine-inchers. Most reports are coming from the state park headquarters jetty and the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty, and the bite has been almost exclusively on small nightcrawler pieces with some fish on red worms. The water level is still so low that launching is 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. 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).

May
26

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 hot bite has been for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. Fishing backwaters in the Bullhead City area, local anglers Tony Smith, Chris Duncan, and Nichols Dennis had redear at 2.88 pounds, 2.48 pounds, and a largemouth bass at 4.04 pounds, respectively. All three were using nightcrawlers. The striper action is starting to outpace the black bass action from Havasu and north. The action has been fair to good in the river between the Mohave and Havasu, especially from Davis Dam to the Avi Bridge, with most of the action on cut baits around the Laughlin Casinos. Also a pretty good striper bite in Lake Mohave, with the best action still from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Rodney Stewart, Bullhead City, had eight stripers fishing from shore in the powerline area on Mohave. The stringer weighed just under 50 pounds and most were from five to seven pounds. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with the topwater bite starting, especially in the lower river backwaters, warmer coves on Havasu, and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, with the best action for flatheads in the lower river. A 62-pound flathead was reported recently from the Blythe region, but a lot of eight to 15-pounders are being caught. The best bite has been on live bluegill and goldfish during the dark moon phase. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river. One angler at Walter’s Camp landed three ice chests full of carp with a total weight of 250-plus pounds. His best fish were all in the 15-pound class.

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 Wednesday through Sunday.

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

May
26

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Still no news on when San Vicente Reservoir is expected to reopen. It was supposed to open this spring, but spring is almost past. All the construction and infrastructure work is done, and the lake is full. It appears the wait is on the City of San Diego to simply open the gates. Cuyamaca is still getting trout plants twice a month with double plant slated for this week (private and DFW rainbows). It probably has the best trout action in the county. At Dixon, catfish plants begin in July. Wohlford will also have catfish plants beginning in July. Jennings will start its catfish stocking season May 27, with its first plant that week. DFW trout plants this week at Cuyamaca and Doane Pond. Most of the action has been for bass with a few catfish and bluegill starting to show.

The bass bite remains strong across the region. Top bets include Wohlford, Lower Otay, and El Capitan. But Barrett is the top spot. This past week, there were 223 anglers at Barrett and they reported 980 bass and 100 bluegill — down from last week, but still very good.

There has been a good carp bite at Lake Morena for anglers fishing dough baits.

Top bass: There was a 13.3-pounder reported at Lower Otay, and Austin Stallings, 13, Ramona, had a 3.5-pound largemouth on a crankbait from Sutherland.

BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml, Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

May
26

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Windy much of week. The bass have been showing in good numbers on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons. Trout numbers are down again from the previous couple of weeks, but trollers and bait anglers fishing near the dam with small, shad-like baits or drifting inflated nightcrawlers had fish to eight pounds in a slow to fair bite. The crappie bite slowed to nothing over the past week. The catfish bite has fair to good with a few limits reported on on garlic-soaked cut baits and nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay and other coves. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-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 Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. The bass fishing has been good with shad showing on the surface all over the lake and the bass up chasing them. Live shad, shad-like cranks, jerkbaits or spinnerbaits, and small plastics worms all working. Top bass reported was an 8-8 caught by Mike Kushner, North Hollywood, to top off his five fish limit, all on live shad. Randy Westbury, Ojai, had three bass to seven pounds on topwater, while Trevor Cox, Los Angeles, also had three bass to six pounds, but his were on nightcrawlers. The live shad are also producing a few crappie, including an occasional big fish over two pounds, but fewer of the big crappie are being landed. While they are getting very little pressure, a few trout trollers working deep water near the dam are reporting fish to three pounds. Carp are still fair to good, but slowed from the past couple of weeks. Most are blaming the weekend full moon. The bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Fish to nine pounds reported. A few stripers are showing on sardines. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish mostly out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: DFG trout plant slated for this week with the most recent plant three weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. More fish on the top this week with warming weather. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is winding down, and no plants are slated for Los Angeles or Orange county parks for the fourth week in a row, and none are currently slated for next week. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

May
26

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: 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: Fulmor Lake planted with DFW trout this week and four weeks ago. Strawberry Creek planted four weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

May
26

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Catfish and tilapia plants weekly. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is now closed and will be for at least the immediate future.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. There are no fishing fees this season, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240 or go to ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/.

May
26

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The boat launch reopened last week. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The bluegill and redear bites have both taken off with a lot of fish in the one-pound range. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and crickets have all been good baits, and some fish are showing on micro jigs. The east dam has been the hot spot. The trout action is slowing down with the last plant in early April. Stripers are slow, but the best bite has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The largemouth bass are still good. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water. Alex Canup, Riverside, landed a 4.5-pounder on a Robo Worm at the water tower, while John Wright, Moreno Valley, had a 2.6-pouner on a plastic worm in Power Cove. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the island, marina area, dam, and east end, and the bite is fair to good and improving, but mostly on wax worms and red worms. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove and the east end. Cats best on shrimp at dusk. Carp good on dough baits mornings and afternoons. The launch ramp remains open. 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.) The recreation area remains 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: Largemouth, stripers, and bluegill are all fair to good, with the bluegill perhaps the best bet over the past week. The √ęgills are moving through the spawn and showing in pretty good numbers on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. The Ramp 1 area across from the marina has been a hot spot. Roman Vasquez, Oceanside, had three bluegill with a 1.1-pounder his best fish, all caught on live crickets. The stripers are best near the dam and main lake points on shad, chicken liver, and anchovies. Jake Smythe Jr., Murrieta, landed a 10.2-pound striper on shad at the inlet, while David Reed, also Murrieta, had a 9.9-pounder on chicken liver, also at the inlet. The largemouth bite is best on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds, but some bigger. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Just 4 Kids Fishing Derby will be 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is for kids 15 and under and they must bring their own fishing gear. The event will be held out of La Laguna Resort and Boat Launch. Call the Lake Community Center for information or to register at 951-245-0442, No fishing report. For 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.

May
26

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: No report. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: Catfish to five pounds have been reported this week between the points at Parking Lot No. 5 and Basin No. 2 Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: No report. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No report. Information: 909-887-7540.

May
26

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Catfish plant last Thursday and this Thursday. Catfish action has been fair to good and the top action has been on shrimp or the M&M (marshmallow-meal worm) combo. Top catfish reported was a nine-pounder caught by Shawn Merenda, Adelanto, on the M&M (marshmallow-meal worm) combo. Mike Turner, Victorville, landed an 8 1/2-pounder, while Cynthia Knapp, Altadena, had an eight-pounder. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Fair trout action with best action still before 10 a.m. Most of the rainbows at two pounds. Best bite has been on PowerBait (especially salmon peach, rainbow and spring green), jigs, lures and nightcrawlers. The catfish bite has also been pretty good for the few anglers fishing nightcrawlers and shrimp. Bass have been good on Senkos and nightcrawlers. Catfish are also turning on with cats to five pounds showing in a fair bite on nightcrawlers and cut baits. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. For lake information: 760-245-2226.