Apr
23

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Trout opener in the Eastern Sierra Nevada is the top pick for this weekend. While things look grim here for later in the year with cuts in trout plants and drought, the opener should be awesome with heavily planted waters, no ice anywhere, and a projected light crowds. Top picks will be the lakes that are already low (concentrating the fish), so that means Bridgeport Reservoir and Crowley Lake are likely to be the hot spots for this weekend. Crowley also had its full allotment of plants last fall, so it won’t be impacted by the trout plant cuts.

2. The California aqueduct near Taft has been producing the best catfish action of anyplace in the region over the past couple of weeks. Not only is the bite better than normal, but the fish are mostly quality cats running from eight to 12 pounds or bigger. The best action has been on garlic chicken liver or mackerel. For an update on this action, check with Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

3. The tilapia bite on the Salton Sea is staying in the top picks. The action was hampered at mid-week by winds that kicked up with this odd front that is moving through this week, but the state park headquarters’ jetty and the nearby yacht club jetty are the top spots. This past weekend catches of 50 to 100 fish per day per angler were common again. These aren’t the bigger fish sometimes caught here, but the are smaller half- to three-quarter pounder are perfect eatin’ size. The bite is all on nightcrawler pieces fished on the bottom. For an update on the fishing, check with the Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday) or the Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059.

Apr
23

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The trout season opener in the Sierra kicks off this weekend and the whole region looks to be good to excellent. The DFW has planted even more places than normal because there are no roadside waters with ice this year, including the Virgina Lakes and Rock Creek Lake. Everything in the Bishop Creek drainage is ice-free too. Top spots? Pick a favorite and go. It will be good. In Southern California, the urban winter trout season is winding down with most places done with trout plants as of this week. Top bets include Cachuma Lake, which was heavily planted last week for its annual derby, and Lake Silverwood, which is still getting DFW trout weekly (this is the 29th week in a row). All of the San Bernardino County parks — Glen Helen, Prado, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Mojave Narrows ñ received final county plants this week and many also had DFW fish. Santa Ana River Lake and Irvine Lake are also still decent bets.

BLACK BASS: The bass are mostly moving out of the spawn and there have been some lulls in the bite. Top bets, about in order of action, are Diamond Valley (launch ramp closed Wednesday this week), El Capitan, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Piru, Pyramid, and Lower Otay. On the Colorado River, the bites have also been very good, especially from Lake Havasu south.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been slow to fair but improving. Skinner, Silverwood, Pyramid, and Diamond Valley all improved but windy conditions have hampered some bites. On the Colorado River, almost all the bites remain slow to fair (but improving), especially in the river above Havasu all the way to Davis Dam.

PANFISH: The big news is the tilapia bite breaking wide open on the Salton Sea. The second biggest news is the redear and bluegill bites look to be breaking open on the Colorado River. Also still fair to good crappie action at Lake Cachuma. Most of the other crappie bites remain in the tank, including Lake Isabella and Elsinore. Casitas Lake has a fair live-shad only bite. Diamond Valley Lake is getting little panfish pressure and continues to produce a few nice redear. Perris also showed off a few nice bluegill and redear this past week.

CATFISH: The California aqueduct near Taft is hands-down the best bet this week with fish running eight to 20 pounds. The Lake Elsinore catfish bite is still a good bet. Cachuma Lake is also a decent bet. For planted fish, Santa Ana River Lakes has been pretty good this past week. The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River remains oddly slow.

Apr
23

TROUT PLANTS

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be or have been restocked with catchable-size rainbow trout or channel catfish by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Plants are listed for the current week and the coming week. Each list is updated with changes each week. For the most recent updates in Southern California and the Eastern Sierra Nevada, you can call the DFW recording at 855-887-1275, or for updates in the Western Sierra, you can call 559-243-4005, x183. For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking web site at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/, which is the same data used here.

THIS WEEK’S TROUT PLANTS (April 19-25):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake.

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

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor, Rancho Jurupa Park Pond, Skinner Lake, Strawberry Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake, Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Green Valley Lake, Lytle Creek (Middle and North forks), Miller Canyon Creek (above Lake Silverwood), Prado Park Lake, Santa Ana River, South Fork Santa Ana River, Silverwood Lake, Yucaipa Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Miramar, Lake Murray, Morena Rservoir, San Vicente Reservoir.

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

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

KERN: Alder Creek, Cedar Creek, Cuddy Creek Pond, Kern River (sections 1-5).

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

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Dinkey Creek, Hume Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Rancheria Creek, Tamarack Creek, Tenmile Creek (Upper).
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (April 26-May 2):

VENTURA: Reyes Creek.

RIVERSIDE: Little Lake (Hemet), Perris Lake.

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

SAN DIEGO: Doane Pond.

KERN: Kern River (sections 4-5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5-6), Peppermint Creek, Murry Park Pond, North Fork Tule River (Middle Fork No. 1), Middle Fork Tule River, South Fork Tule River (Middle Forks No. 2 and No. 3).

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Shaver Lake.

Apr
23

CENTRAL COAST LAKES

SAN ANTONIO: Though Stripers have slowed down they are still being caught in spotty numbers on swimbaits and jigging spoons around balls of bait. The spotted bass are fair to good fish are whacking reaction baits or plastics. Catfish fair to good on cut baits in 15 to 60 feet of water. The bluegill are also starting to really turn on with the bite best on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes, or inflatables can get on the water. When the ramps reopen, anglers launching boats need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: Call the main office at 805-472-2313. The marina number is 805-472-2818.

NACIMIENTO: White bass continue to do well in Snake and Dip Creek coves on Roostertails and Kastmasters. Good spotted bass action with the fish still showing in the shallows on plastics, jigs, or nightcrawlers. The largemouth and smallmouth are also showing in this bite, but the spots are dominant. Gil and Helen Johnson, both Bakersfield, had a nice mixed bag catch. Helen had a 2-9 spot on a Zoom Fat Albert grub, while Gil had 11 white bass to two pounds or so. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: marina at 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com. Anglers here need to be aware of health precautions when eating fish from this lake. For more information, go to this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/nacimiento.html.

SANTA MARGARITA: very good largemouth bass action on shad-like imitations or plastic worms. Most are three to five-pound class fish, but a couple of double digit fish have been reported this past week. The catfish action took off with some quality fish being landed. Jim Tharp, Santa Margarita, had cats at 20-2 and 13 pounds this past week, both on nightcrawlers. The crappie bite is fair on small jigs tipped with a meal worm on Crappie Nibble on rocky structure. The bluegill and redear are spotty with a few showing on nightcrawlers, especially off the fishing docks. The marina and marina store is open, but the launch ramp is now completely closed due to low water levels. Hand-launchable boats, kayaks, canoes, or float tubes can still use the lake. Information: Marina at 805-438-1522, park ranger office at 805-788-2397.

LOPEZ: The bass bite remains fair to good with a lot of fish on plastics and nightcrawlers, and reaction baits are nearly as good. There are still catfish showing in the coves on sardines, mackerel, and other cut baits. The bluegill and redear bites are also getting hot with the fish starting to move shallower and showing around rocky structure on meal worms, red worms, and wax worms in 15 feet or more of water. Quagga mussel inspections are required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: 805-489-1006.

For more in-depth weekly fishing reports for Central Coast waters, both fresh and saltwater, go to the San Luis Obispo Tribune fishing report at http://www.sanluisobispo.com/outdoors/index.html or the Fresno Bee fishing report http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

Apr
23

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Slow overall fishing continues. Wind and wildly changing weather conditions have slowed all the bites to nothing here. Catfish are the best bet with a fair number showing on clams, minnows, and nightcrawlers. Also still a few trout being landed, but the bass and bluegill bites slowed way down. Crappie died. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Fair trout action with plants this week in all six sections of the lower and upper river. All sections were also planted last week and sections 4-6 are slated to get fish again next week. The hatchery rainbows are best on salmon eggs and crickets, while the wild trout are showing in decent numbers for fly anglers, especially in the upper river. Low flows above and below the lake. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The catfish bite has been very good with a tremendous number of quality fish. Lots of eight to 12 pounders are being caught, and enough up into the 20-pound class to make this an exciting bite. The best action has been on garlic chicken liver and mackerel. Adam Zepeda, Bakersfield, had a 13-pounder on a nightcrawlers, and his brother Daniel Zepeda, had cats at eight and 11 pounds, also on ëcrawlers. Steven Cauazos, Bakersfield, landed cats at 11 and 12 pounds on chicken liver. The largemouth bass are also fair to good again on Senkos, drop-shot plastic worms, and minnows. Lots of fish to four pounds. Stripers are slow to fair on blood and lug worms, but far more largemouth and catfish are being landed right now. Some bluegill showing on wax worms. 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 also showing in fair to good numbers on dough baits, and the bass are also showing in a fair bite on Senkos, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill action is slowed with variable weather, but a few on wax worms and meal worms.

HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill and bass bites are fair to good. Bass are best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, live minnows, and Senko-type baits. The bluegill are best on wax worms, but this action has been lulled by the lack of consistent warm weather. Crappie dead.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Largemouth bass and bluegill are fair, but bluegill were slowed this past week. Bass are best on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and live minnows, while the bluegill have been best on wax worms or meal worms. The crappie bite slowed way down with only an occasional fish now. Most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago.

MING LAKE: The bass action is fair to good on reaction baits, nightcrawlers, or live minnows. The bluegill bite also has been pretty good on wax worms. Crappie slow with no fish reported this past week. The carp bite has been good on Powder Bait and other dough bait mixtures. Most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago.

BRITE LAKE: Few reports, but there have been a few crappie showing on small minnows. Most of these are smaller fish, but the bite has continued. The bass action has been fair with the best bite on plastics and small jigs. Also more bluegill showing, but this bite is still fair at best.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Overall, mostly slow action. Bass are fair in Lake Webb on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, live minnows, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill lulled a little with the weather change, but still fair on wax worms, meal worms, and red worms. A handful of crappie were reported this past week, but the bite is still very tough. 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: Fair to good bass fishing on nightcrawlers and plastics to spinnerbaits and cranks. Most are 1-8 to three-pound fish with an occasional bigger fish. Catfish are slow, but more and more bluegill and redear being caught. 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: Largemouth bass are good on plastics and reaction baits. Crappie are slow to fair around structure in the Horse Creek arm on small minnows of tube jigs with Crappie Nibbles. Catfish are fair with the warm weather and the best bite has been on cut baits. 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.

Apr
23

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season will open this Saturday (April 25). 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 fishing again improved slightly, but the water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. The rest of the region opens this Saturday and virtually all of the roadside waters, including the Virginia Lake, are ice free this year. Bridgeport Reservoir is low but should fish well for the opener. Upper and Lower Twin Lakes are ice free. Kirman Lake is open, and many of the other backcountry waters are already ice free and have trail access. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: This region opens to trout fishing this Saturday, and all of the main waters are open and ice-free. This includes, Lundy Lake, all of the June Lake loop (Grant, Silver, Gull, and June lakes), and Parker and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: All the waters in this region open to fishing this Saturday, and all of the waters are open and ice-free, including all of the Mammoth Lakes — Upper and Lower Twin Lakes along with George, Mary, and Mamie lakes. Convict Lake is ice free and even Rock Creek Lake is open. Only Hot Creek and the upper Owens River are open to fishing year-around (and both have special regulations). Hot Creek has been fair with a lot of eight to 14-inch browns, mostly on nymphs fished in deeper pools under indicators. The Owens has stayed fair to good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish are mostly in the Hot Fingers stretch of river. Lots of 16 to 22-inch rainbows, cuttbows, and cutthroats in the mix for fly anglers. The best bite is on small nymphs and egg patterns fished in the deep pools and runs. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage opens for fishing this Saturday and all of the waters are ice free already, including Long Lake (hike-in), North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. 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: The general trout season opens this Saturday and most of the streams in this region will be planted by the DFW (see trout plant list).

Apr
23

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite remains good when the wind isn’t blowing hard (and it has been since the weekend). The size of the fish is still small, but catches of 50 to 100 fish per angler for a day of fishing were common again over the weekend. Most of the fish are half- to three-quarter pounders. Top spots have been the the state park headquarters jetty (and the inside of the marina is now open to fishing, too) and the adjacent Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty in North Shore. No reports from other locations. The bite has been on nightcrawler pieces. Dredging has resumed one day a week at the state park launch ramp and marina. The park entrance fee is $5 with self-registration. Dredging at the state park launch ramp was stopped before completion because of bird nesting season, so the ramp may be closed this year (the only ramp currently on the sea). 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).

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: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

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

Apr
23

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 on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been fair. 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 improving with the fish in the spawn now.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good with most fish in the shallows. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in most of the coves. Matt Pernula, Bullhead City, had a 17.92-pound striper fishing anchovies from a boat. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on reaction baits or jigging spoons early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has continued to improve and the bite is good from the dam all the way downstream to Needles. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Jim Graeff, Bullhead City, landed a 6.22-pounder near the dam. Shaen Prokuda, Bullhead City, had a 6.54-pound striper in the Rotary Park area. Also more and more catfish showing in this bite. Paul Preston, Bullhead City, had an 8.54-pound cat, while fishing buddy Eddie Jones, Bullhead, had a 2.14-pound striper. Both were fishing near Needles. Some bass are showing in the backwaters and quite areas, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past two weeks. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. 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: The striped bass bite has been fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are still deep, so little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are still mostly shallow with some fish still in the spawn. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, had a redear at 3-8 along with three others over two pounds fishing his custom jigs. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Surprisingly slow channel catfish and flathead action. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, but few flatheads reported yet. The smallmouth bass are good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, but the flathead bite is oddly slow. The bluegill bite is finally improving. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good with the fish still mostly shallow. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet, but the reaction and topwater bites are starting to take off already. Flathead catfish are fair live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are slow. 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, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

Apr
23

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: The lake reopens this week. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: No report. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: There were 203 anglers checked this past week and they reported 494 bass to 10.35 pounds, four crappie, and one channel catfish. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: There were 79 anglers checked this past week and they reported 330 bass, three bluegill, and two crappie. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: There were three anglers checked and they reported six bass to four 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: The marina staff reports the bass and panfish bites are good, and a few catfish are starting to show for anglers targeting them. Henry Sphan, San Diego, had a mixed limit of bluegill and redear (25) to 1-8 on mini jigs in San Carlos. Shawna Stark, Jamul, landed two bass to 2-8 on swimbaits. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. 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: There were 21 anglers checked and they reported 43 bass and three bluegill. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. 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: There were 41 anglers checked and they reported 41 bass to 4.2 pounds, 10 bluegill, three crappie to 2.35 pounds, two redear, and two channel catfish. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Plant on Wednesday was the final trout stock of the season. The fish have already starting heading to the cooler, deeper parts of the lake, with fish showing on trolled baits or PowerBait fished on long, light leaders. The bass action has been pretty good on crawdads, plastics, and reaction baits. The crappie bite has been fair early in the morning around much of the lake. Only a few catfish and bluegill are showing. For information contact the Ranger Staton at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com

DOANE POND: DFW trout plants last week and next week.

DIXON LAKE: The trout action has been fair after the plant two weeks ago, and the final plant of the season goes in this week. This is a 4,500-pound stocking. The best action has continued to be off Pier 1, Whisker Bay, and Jack Creek Cove. The 18th Annual Trout Derby will be held this Saturday and Sunday. Permits are $14 Saturday and Sunday for the derby. The bass action has also continued fair to good, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Fair action on catfish, and more bluegill are starting to be caught. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Good trout still fair after the final plant of the season two weeks ago. The best bite has been in the deeper parts of the lake for boat anglers and the occasional limit is still coming in. The bass action has been good with a lot of two-pound class fish. Anglers are reminded that all bass are catch-and-release through May 31. Catfish are pretty fair on cut baits with fish to five pounds reported this week. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: The trout bite slowed to just fair this past week, but the last plant of the season is slated for this week. The best action has been the buoy line and in Half Moon Cove on PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers. Cactus Patch, Hermit Cove, and Eagle Cove have also produced fish. The bass bite is also good on drop-shotted plastics and small jigs. The redear bite is also starting to kick into gear. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: The trout bite has been fair with the best bite from the rental boat dock to the courtesy dock. Jason Blake, Campo, had an 8-8 rainbow top off his three-fish stringer, all on PowerBait. DFW trout plant this week. Bass have been fair to good with some nice largemouth reported. Austin Holmgren, San Diego, landed a 10-pound bass, while Andrew Louder, El Cajon, landed a 7-12 bass. Plastics, reaction baits, and jigs have all been producing the bass. A few catfish showing on cut baits, while the bluegill and crappie remain slow. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: DFW trout plant this week. A double load of Mt. Lassen rainbows went in last week. The trout bite has been good with a lot of limits reported and some some bigger fish. A few catfish are starting to show. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

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

Apr
23

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There was a 6,000-pound trout plant last week for the annual trout derby, which was won by a 9.8-pound rainbow. The bite was very good with a lot of limits on Kastmasters, Rapalas, trout worms and Mice Tails, and PowerBait. Lots of one to three-pound fish. The crappie bite was fair this past week, with no big scores, but the action was still fair to good on jigs tipped with meal worms off Santa Cruz Point and in the flooded tree stumps in the east end of the lake. The bass bite has remained good with both smallmouth and largemouth bass showing for anglers fishing Cachuma Bay Point, Johnson Bay, and Santa Cruz Point with plastics, spinnerbaits, and shad-like cranks. Lots of limits of bass three pounds or under, but some up to five pounds this week. Catfish have remained good with fewer limits but some nice stringer of fish, Mackerel, nightcrawlers, and dough baits fished in any shallow flat or cove. The bowfishing for carp has been excellent with the fish flooding up into the shallows. 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: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. These are first plants in three years. Most of the trout were smaller, half-pound class fish. The bite is best the first day or two after the plant, but most of the fish have moved out of the water shoreline areas into deeper water but anglers fishing deeper water are still getting a few on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, or small spinners and spoons. No trolling reports yet. The bass bite has been fair to good this past week with a lot of fish on live shad and few numbers on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater. Armond Vartanian, Ventura, had an eight-pound bass on a nightcrawlers, while Jay Richmond, Ventura, had bass at 6-0 and 4-8 on shad. Charles Davis, Ventura, had a four-pounder on plastics. The crappie bite has been fair with some flurries of good action, but the bite is almost exclusively on live shad. The fish are running small or large with not much in between. Noah Skultety, Thousand Oaks, had seven crappie totaling 15 pounds on Wednesday and nine big crappie on Monday, all on the live shad. The carp are also showing on the live shad, and Skultety had a 15-pound carp. The bluegill and redear are pretty fair, mostly on red worms and nightcrawlers, for shore line anglers. Catfish remain very slow. 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: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. The trout bite has been fair around the launch on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and floating baits. Largemouth bass remain the best bet right now with very good action on plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits are best. Also a lot of smallmouth showing, especially in rockier areas. Eric Rosland, Castaic, had three bass to 2-8 fishing nightcrawlers under a bobber. The stripers are slow with only a few fish showing on trolled umbrella rigs in 50 to 75 feet of water. The catfish action has been slow to fair on cut baits or mackerel in deeper water at the backs of the canyons. Ryan McBride, Las Vegas, landed a 12-pound carp on a dough ball. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good with a lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs, and a number of fish are running over the four-pound mark. Also quite a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Aiden Green, 14 Bowling Green, Mass., had s six-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler across from the marina. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. The bluegill and redear are starting to show in better numbers on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Some bigger stripers have been showing on trout-like swimbaits right after the DFW trout plants. DFW trout went in this week and two weeks ago. There is also a fair bite on smaller stripers in deeper water, with most running one to two pounds and showing on cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms. Trout are usually best the first two or three days around the marina when the fish are planted. The largemouth bass are good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction baits. There is 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. 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.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: Fair to good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small baits like wax worms, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org. For information on why there have been no DFW trout plants, go to this link: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/#!Puddingstone-and-Peck-Road-Park-trout-plants-need-to-be-restored/c18sh/54d94dd50cf2d691d1c3960c.

SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW trout plants.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW trout 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 trout plants.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW trout plants.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: A youth fishing derby will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (April 25). This activity is designed to give boys and girls who live in urban areas an opportunity to enjoy a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood. The lake will be stocked with catfish for the derby. Everything for the kids is free. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and loner rods and reels, tackle, and bait are available. The Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation puts on six of these events every year throughout Southern California. For more information about the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation you can visit their website at www.danskids.org.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake. Go to this like for more information: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/magicjohnsonlake.html.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Information: 818-448-7317. For information on why there have been no DFW trout plants this year, go to this link: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/#!Puddingstone-and-Peck-Road-Park-trout-plants-need-to-be-restored/c18sh/54d94dd50cf2d691d1c3960c.

RESEDA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

Apr
23

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The catfish bite has really started to take off here thanks to recent plants, and the trout bite has been fair. Santiago Palacios, West Covina, landed 24 catfish totaling 90 pounds using shrimp near the Bubble Hole, while Ray Lekowiz, Long Beach, caught a 15 pound catfish using mackerel fishing at the Boat Dock. Top rainbow was a 12-8 landed by Frank Chavez, South Gate, on chartreuse garlic PowerBait fishing in Chris’ Pond. The lake complex is closed every Thursday (the day of the weekly plants) to give the fish a chance to acclimate and spread around the lake. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Good trout bass action this week. Nebraska Tailwalkers were planted last week and that perked up the action. Top fish reported was a 10-7 landed by Diji Garcia, Orange, on a Thomas Buoyant at mid-lake. Jeff Ford, La Habra, had a 10-pound rainbows, while Frank Carrillo, Santa Ana, landed a 9-10 brown trout. Rob Primm, Artesia, landed an 8-13 rainbow, and Steve Duncan, Lake Elsinore, had an 8-4. Eddy Tillett, Orange, caught a 8-2 rainbow. The bass are showing on plastics and reaction baits in very good numbers. The best fish was an 8-1 caught and released by Kevin Jaimeson, Anaheim, on a Creature Bait. Catfish and bluegill are also pretty decent for anglers targeting these species. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Warming water temperatures have pushed the trout to deeper water at the dam and the bubble holes. Best bite has been early and late in the day, especially for shore anglers, while float tubers are getting fish on the flats. The last trout plant of the season went in March 25. 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.

Apr
23

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: Fair trout action after DFW plants this week and three weeks ago. Small spinners, trout jigs, and PowerBait fished on the Forest Service shoreline have been the best. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680 or http://www.lakehemet.org/fishing_conditions.php.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: Fulmor Lake got DFW trout this week and three weeks ago. Strawberry Creek was to be planted with DFW fish this week. Information: 951-659-2117.

Apr
23

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is still pretty good but the fish are mostly in a post-spawn mode but still shallow in five to 15 feet of water along structure or suspended, mostly on the points. Swim baits, Senkos, plastic worms are all good baits. The striper bite is fair and improving with more fish from three to six pounds this week along west dam and shoreline fishing areas on swimbaits and sardines. Trout have been fair to good after and a Mt. Lassen plant last week and the DFW plant two weeks ago. Best action on Roostertails, Kastmasters, and inflated nightcrawlers. Mike Kelly, Valley Center, landed a 5-15 rainbow on a plastic worm. Panfish remain good with fish to two pounds reported at the dams and shoreline fishing areas on meal worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs. Few catfish reports. The launch ramp official closed Wednesday this week due to low water levels. Rental boats will remain available through the marina. Boats inspected and tagged ìquagga freeî at Diamond Valley are also allowed on Perris and Silverwood. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The bass bite has been fair this past week with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are three pounds or under. Moses Cabral, San Bernardino, landed a three-pound bass at the dam on a nightcrawlers, while Logan Laroche, Lake Elsinore, landed a 2-5 on a Robo Worm off the islands. Bluegill improved this week, especially at the island, tire reef, and along the north shore, but some fish are also showing in the marina. Also some redear showing in this bite. Nightcrawlers and red worms have been the best baits. Talton Gay, Inglewood, had a 1-8 bluegill on a red worm at the dam. There was a DFW trout plant last week. The trout bite has been slow to fair along the west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12 on PowerBait and Roostertails. Catfish slow. Water level has stabilized at around 1,544 feet, which will allow the last remaining launch ramp to 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 largemouth bass bite good with fish still mostly shallow. Plastics have been the best bet, but swim baits and small reaction baits are also getting fish. Chris Reves, Mira Loma, landed a 10-2 bass on a wacky-rigged Senko in the east end, while Ruben Casillas, Murrieta, had a five-pound bass on a plastic worm off the point by Ramp No. 2. Trout fishing has been slowed to fair. The final county plant of the season was four weeks ago, but the DFW added fish this week and two weeks ago. The best bite has been at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait, Mice Tails, trout jigs, and small spoons and spinners. Jennifer Brady, Oceanside, had a 3-8 rainbow on PowerBait off the north shore. The striper action is fair with early morning boils at the inlet and dam area, and then another flurry of action in the afternoon-evening. The stripers are best on swimbaits or cut mackerel or chicken liver. The bluegill action is slow with the best bite off the points on wax worms and meal worms fished alone or on small jigs. A few catfish are also showing, but they are getting little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: The catfish bite remains good on one- to three-pound fish and some bigger fish from five to 10 pounds. The fish have moved up tight to the shoreline and are showing all along the public shore fishing beach (La Laguna), the Elsinore West Marina area, and all over the lake for boat anglers. The best bite has been on frozen shad or Mack Bites (or other cut baits) fished beneath a bobber on a three-foot leader. But the key is to keep the bait only 20 to 30 feet from shore so the bait is on or near the bottom. Fly-lining the same baits is also a good bet. The crappie bite is still tough with only a few fish showing. There is a fair bite on largemouth, mostly in shallow water. 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 due to low water levels, but there will be several ìspecial eventsî for the public during this closure. Information on these events will be on the website at www.fishinglakes.com.

RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. Information: 951-684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Both lakes are slated to be stocked this Friday (April 24) with catfish, and the lakes are open to fishing the day of the plant. There was also a plant four weeks ago. Shrimp-based baits have been the best bet for the cats and the bite has been fair to good. There are tagged fish in each plant and they are worth a free fishing permit, $25, or $50. Monthly big catfish prize is $25. Bass are all catch-and-release and the bite has been fair to good in the middle lake, which is accessible by small boats and float tubes. Some bluegill are being caught. The lake is under new management. Information: 909-795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and a plant is slated for next week. Information: 530-526-7937.

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

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: No report. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.

Apr
23

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County trout are planted each Thursday through April 23. DFW trout were also planted last week and three weeks ago. Overall, the bite has been pretty good with a few limits reported each week and most anglers are getting a fish or two. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County trout are planted each Thursday through April 23, and DFW trout went in this week and two weeks ago. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County trout plants are on Thursday each week through April 23, and DFW fish went in this week and two weeks ago. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: There are weekly 1,000-pound county plants on Thursdays through April 23. DFW trout went in this week and two weeks ago. Information: 909-887-7540.

MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: 909-982-4246.

SECCOMBE LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: 909-384-5233.

Apr
23

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Catfish season kicked off last week with a Thursday plant and another plant is slated for this week. Night fishing is now allowed until 10 p.m. The best bite has been on the marshmallow-meal worm combo and cut baits. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout action was very good this past week in both lakes this week. The best bite has been on PowerBait (especially spring green, garlic and salmon peach), jigs, and nightcrawlers. Bass are moving into the spawn with fish to five pounds reported. Catfish are also starting to turn on for anglers fishing shrimp or mackerel. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite has been good over the past week in both lakes.. There are weekly plants of trout by the county on Thursday through April 23, and the DFW added trout last week and two weeks ago. The bite is best on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and Mice Tails. Top trout reported was a 4-5 rainbow landed by Chris Perez, Victorville, on a jig from Pelican Lake. Richard Moore, Apple Valley, had a three-pounder rainbow at the Horseshoe dam, while Daniel Mathews, Apple Valley, landed a pair of trout to two pounds in Pelican. For lake information: 760-245-2226.