Jul
20

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. This is not getting redundant at all is it? But the Crowley Lake trout bite stays the top pick. The action has stayed wide open on rainbows and cutthroats to five pounds and some brown trout in that same size range. Most are 16 to 20 inches, and there continue to be reports of 20 to 30-fish days. The bite has been almost exclusively on midge fly patterns fished under a strike indicator, but the perch fry are thick now and small fry patterns under indicators or stripping small streamers around weed beds is also becoming effective. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.

2. The twilight boat sand bass bite took off in the past few days off the Orange and Los Angeles counties’ coastline this week with five-fish limits of keeper-sized bass posted a couple of times. Right now, only a couple of boats are making these runs, The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker and the Enterprise out of Pierpoint Landing. For an update on the action, check with Davey’s in Newport Beach at 949-673-1434 or Pierpoint in Long Beach at 562-983-9300. You can also get the latest fish counts at www.976Tuna.com.

3. The bluegill and bass bites at Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County have been good to excellent over the past week. Largemouth to six pounds have been reported and one anglers reported catching and releasing over 30 bass on jerk baits. The county fish counts showed that 74 anglers reported 369 bass and 330 bluegill. Quit a few of the ëgills have been bigger than a pound. For an update on this action, call the rental boat and concession office at 619-397-5212.

Jul
20

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been fair to good this past week at most waters in the region not overly impacted by the high runoff. The best bet is Crowley Lake, which has simply been wide open for fly-anglers fishing midge patterns below strike indicators. There is also a very good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, and Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport and Lake Sabrina are good. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is a top bet. Silverwood is still pretty fair for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is still good as the water level finally starts to drop, but no more plants are going in here this summer.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is fair to good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Barrett Lake, Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been good in the lower Colorado River.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair to good on frozen sardines and blood worms, but the heat has knocked fishing pressure way off. Most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action, but Diamond Valley remains slow. The best action in all four has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds and the surface bite is really starting to take off in both waters.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Perris, Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River. Skinner is fair, along with Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast. Not much in the way of crappie right now, except for a lot of small crappie showing at Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains and Brite Lake in the Tehachapi area.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been improving across the region with the warmer weather. Some decent catches at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are pretty good — but it has been 100-plus degrees on the river again over the past week.

Jul
20

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (July 16-22):

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

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle, and South forks), Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, South Lake, Toboose Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Creek, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Lundy lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower lakes near Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Big Meadow Creek, Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Stoney Creek.

FRESNO: Hume Lake, Huntington lake, Shaver Lake, Tenmile Creek (upper).

 

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (July 23-29):

SAN BERNARDINO: Lytle Creek (Middle and North forks).

INYO: Bishop Creek (lower), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake, South Lake.

MONO: 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, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower, Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (Upper and Lower), West Walker River (section 3).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4, 5, 6).

TULARE: Kern River (section 6), Peppermint Creek (upper), Tule River Middle Fork, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 3).

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Courtright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Tamarack Creek, Ward Lake.

The following waters were planted last week (July 9-15):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Reyes Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Lytle Creek (Middle and North forks).

INYO: Bishop Creek (lower), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Rock Creek Lake, South Lake.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Creek, Crowley 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, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower lakes near Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (section 3).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Peppermint Creek (upper and lower), Tule River Middle Fork, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 3).

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Dinkey Creek, Mono Creek, Portal Porebay, Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Tamarack Creek, Ward Lake, Wishon Reservoir.

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

Jul
20

CENTRAL COAST

Heat has hammered down the fishing pressure across the region, but the bass bite is fair to good with the topwater action pretty good at all four lakes. Santa Margarita is full, and the bass have been fair on plastics and reaction baits, especially topwater, but the bluegill and crappie bites are fair to good on Crappie Nibbles and jigs or worms. Lopez has a good bass bite, with panfish action also fair to good on small baits. All San Antonio parks and ramps are open. Few fishing reports information. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is good, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits early and late in the day.

Jul
20

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish are fair to good with most of the action in the South Fork arm of the lake. Frozen shad, clams, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. Fish to six pounds or better in this action. The trout action was has stayed fair. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam, auxiliary dam, and French Gulch. A few crappie or two continue to show up in the South Fork for anglers who work hard fishing jigs and live minnows, but the bite is far from good. Bass are 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 trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 last again this week week and should go in again next week. The bite has been fair on salmon eggs and crickets above the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon, but it has gone down to 3,000 cfs. All of the upper creeks are fishable now, and Peppermint Creek has been particularly good. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Heat has kept fishing pressure down in recent days, but the striper bite remains fair to good, with lots of small stripers under the keeper size. More moss each week making fishing more difficult. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is still off. Fair to good action on catfish with both mackerel and sardines producing. Will Reynolds, Bakersfield, landed a 12-pound catfish this past week, while Dan Germaine, Bakersfield, had a 5-8 and Randy Green, Bakersfield, landed a 5-2. No largemouth reports. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair to good bluegill bite on meal worms, red worms, and nigthcrawler pieces. Wax worms haven’t been available. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty good bluegill bite on meal worms and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite is good on dough baits and fair to good bass action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. If you can find wax worms they have been the best baits. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is good on meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: The bite on small crappie remained fair on small jigs, but there are no reports of other bites.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite has been good with a lot of nice stringers showing on meal worms and red worms. The catfish bite is also fair to good with most fish showing on frozen shad. Jeff Prickett, Bakersfield, landed an 11-14 cat on shad. A few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with the fish showing on plastics and reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass and crappie bites are fair go good. The crappie are running up to two pounds on small jigs and small minnows. The bass are showing on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jul
20

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

RUNOFF NEWS: Most rivers on the east side of the Sierra Nevada are finally starting to see the runoff subside, at least in some areas. Creeks and rivers are still at very high levels, with many overflowing banks. The East Walker River has been flowing at just over 1,200 cfs this week, but that is down from over 1,500 fps all last week. Even with this flow the lake could go over the spillway this year. The West Walker River is still very high and muddy. At Sabrina Lake, where the LADWP has been releasing water all spring, all three spillway pipes are open and the lake is still coming up a foot a day.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra, but runoff is still pouring off the mountains but starting to moderate some places. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir and Lower Twin Lake are the hot spots with both seeing pretty good action for both boat anglers trolling or shore and boat bait fishing. Again, both spots have produced some quality rainbows to six pounds over the past week. The Virginia Lakes is really turning on, and they were planted with trophy rainbows to seven pounds this week.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty good this week, in spite of high flows in Rush Creek and the smaller streams. Silver Lake has been particularly good with limits and fish to five pounds report. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. A 4-8 brown was reported from Silver this past weekend. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working five to six colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deeper as nine colors in June. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas have been best. The fly-bubble rig is also been working early and late when the trout are on top, especially at the walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout with fish to four pounds reported each week and a 6-8 rainbow was caught this week. The Rush Creek channel at the upper end of the lake has been the best spot. Rush Creek is a torrent, but still fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers.

In the Mammoth region, the broken-record report continues: Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midge and small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with bigger. Many anglers reporting Crowley ìSlams,î landing a brown, rainbow, and cutthroat on the same day, and 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat anglers. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds or a little better. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, the Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been good. Some bigger fish are still showing up on anglers’ stringers. Sabrina Lake level dropped this week with more water released, but the action at the inlets is still excellent for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. All the creeks are still running very high but it appears peak runoff has passed. The backcountry trails are opening up fast with heat, but some places are still snow-choked. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Convict Lake, Maximus Garcia, Los Alamitos, landed a 4-15 rainbows at the south shore inlet on a pink and white Mice Tail. At Grant Lake, Brad Horton, Orange, landed a 6-9 rainbow on a Thomas Buoyant. At Little Virginia Lake, three trout over four pounds landed. Mike Inge, Fontana, had a 4-2 on a Mice Tail. Ronnie Haigh, Murrieta, landed a 4-3 on PowerBait, and the big one of the past week was a 4-5 caught by
Jenny Williamson, Dayton, NBev., on a Mice Tail.

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: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

Jul
20

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The heat has remained and there has been little fishing pressure and the bite is still slow with only a few small tilapia to 10 inches reported. The bite is still all on nightcrawler pieces, and the main jetty at the state park is the only place with any pressure. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. 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).

Jul
20

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: Heat has continued to put a major damper on the fishing activity all along the river again this week. Most of the activity has been water play. Temperatures have been over 100-plus or more all along the river again this week. Anglers braving the heat have found pretty good action across the board. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is breaking wide open, and there are pretty good bite for largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish, too. All three species of bass are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the black bass action in less than 20 feet of water early and late in the day, but there has been some movement deeper with the heat. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are still pretty good. All the lakes and backwaters are now producing a lot of fish. Quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge have been the rule with fish to three pounds. Bluegill are also good in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Water, Cibola, and Martinez Lake areas. Lots of ëgills to three-quarter pound. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river is also very consistent with a lot of 15 to 20-pound flatheads, but just little fishing pressure and very few fish reported this past week. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good to excellent, especially in the river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs and backwaters. Bullfrog season opened July 1, but the water levels are so high in the lower river that gigging has been a little tough, with most of the bullfrogs deep in the tules.

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.

Jul
20

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: A 2,000-pound catfish plants went in at Lake Jennings this week. Dixon and Wohlford slated to get fish this week after the first plants of the season two weeks ago. Poway was planted with 2,600 pounds of catfish two weeks ago, and there will be plants of 1,300 pounds this week and the weeks of Aug. 4, and Aug. 18.

FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, the bluegill and redear action is good at most lakes. Lower Otay and Hodges have been hotspots and some fish continue to weigh more than a pound. Also pretty good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, El Capitan, and Jennings. Barrett remains perhaps the top bet for bass, volume wise, but Lower Otay has been excellent with fish to six pounds reported. One angler reported catching and releasing 32 bass on flukes at Otay this past week. Morena, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Hodges also remain pretty good on bass, with topwater action most mornings and evenings, but still mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Trout season is pretty much over except at Cuyamaca, which has been OK. Catfish season is in full swing at most waters with some good catches being reported at all the lakes, and there was a rumor of a 90-pound blue at San Vicente this past week. Maybe? Maybe not. It’s produced them that size in the past.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At El Capitan, 49 anglers reported 102 bass. At Lake Hodges, 76 angles checked had 26 bass, 25 bluegill, and 18 channel catfish. At Miramar, 43 anglers had 60 bass to 7.53 pounds, 14 bluegill to a pound, and two channel cats to five pounds. At Lower Otay, 74 anglers reported 369 bass to 6.3 pounds and 330 bluegill to 1.2 pounds.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray, Glenn Person, San Diego, landed a 5.75-pound bass on a crawdad west of the dock. Robbie Cornell and Cole McComber, both San Diego, had four bass to four pounds on purple plastic worms. Young Aurelius Powell, San Diego, landed a 2.5-pound bluegill from Del Cerro Bay on a red worm.

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/.

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. 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.

Jul
20

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bite on catfish and bass has been fair with flurries of good action, and a few crappie also showing. The trout are very slow, but a few are still being caught by deep trollers fishing near the dam. Top spot for the bass and catfish has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while plastics and reaction baits are best for the bass. Crappie are best on small jigs on the yellow-green end of the spectrum, mostly in Cachuma Bay. Lots of carp remain up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. 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 bass action is still fair to good, with the fish showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. Not many crappie, but the redear and bluegill bites are fair to good but getting light fishing pressure. Some to a pound in the past week, mostly on nightcrawler pieces. The trout action has been slow to fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. DFW trout plants went in last week and three weeks ago. The catfish bite is starting to turn on with the fish moving shallow morning and evening. Carolos Apodaca, Port Hueneme, landed a 12-pound channel on a nightcrawler from shore. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The final moonlight fishing night of summer will be Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and Sept. 16. Call Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 on the night tournament schedule and entry information. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The bluegill bite remains very good in both the upper and lower lakes, but the weed beds are getting thick making the fishing more difficult. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound and meal worms are the top bait, but red worms, nightcrawler pieces, crickets, and wax worms also good. All the bass are fair to good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad morning and evening. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and there are surface boils most mornings. Also a few on blood worms in 40 to 70 feet of water. For the black bass, good action on reaction baits early and late, but some bigger fish showing on jigs in deeper water. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until winter. No Catfish reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and dropping water levels has moved the fish into deeper water. There has been a topwater bite during a narrow window early in the day. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are pretty good with a lot of fish up chasing baitfish morning and evening, and them moving deeper during the day. The best bite has been on topwater baits early and then reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on topwater early and then trolled flies and swim baits later. Bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Trout slow with no recent DFW plants. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). 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 Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jul
20

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Catfish action is good. Catfish plants are weekly. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is 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/.

Jul
20

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: Most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago. No reports. 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 and Strawberry Creek were both planted with DFW trout three weeks ago. None since and none scheduled as of now. Information: 951-659-2117.

 

Jul
20

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both the bluegill and largemouth bites are good here. The bass are steady with good action on topwater baits early in the morning, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. A lot of anglers reporting 10- to 25-fish stringers of bluegill and/or redear with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, and the top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. 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: Both the panfish and largemouth bites continue to be fair to good, especially early and late in the day. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with a lot of fish topping four pounds but most 1-8 to 2-8. The outside edges of weed beds have been the top spots. Sheila Rutherford, Nuevo, had a 4-3 bass off the marina docks. The bluegill and redear bites are good, with the best action still east of the island, along the dam, lots 11 and 12, and off the marina docks. Lots of weed beds to deal with, but the bite is good early and late in the day. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. John Baker, Menfee, had seven bluegill and his top fish was a 1-6, all on wax worms off the marina docks. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Also a few catfish reports this week on the north shore on cut baits and nightcrawlers. Matthews Trempe, Perris, had a 15-pounder on a nightcrawler. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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: The catfish bite has been good, while the largemouth and striper bites remains pretty fair. The catfish bite has been best on cut baits at Ramp No. 2, along the south shore, and in Catfish Alley. Annette Salas, Pico Rivera, had a 10.1-pound catfish on mackerel at Ramp No. 2. Christopher Smith, Laguna Niguel, landed a 9.4-pound catfish on chicken liver, also near Ramp No. 2. The stripers remain fair to good with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet and buoy line. Ricky Sanchez, Murrieta, had a 9.1-pound striper on a jerk bait at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some topwater early on frogs or other surface baits. The bluegill bite is mostly on smaller fish around reeds and other cover, and it has been fair at best. Wax worms and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: Due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

 

Jul
20

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: No report available. Catfish plants are going in each week, usually on Thursdays. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was slow on both lakes thanks to the heat. A few fish are showing on PowerBait in salmon peach, chartreuse, and rainbow, nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs and plastics. The bass bite has been slow, but the bluegill action is fair and a few catfish are starting to show. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: County catfish season is ongoing and plants are weekly. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Jul
20

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish season is ongoing and plants are weekly. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No plants this season. Lake maintenance is ongoing. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County catfish season is ongoing and plants are weekly. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County catfish season is ongoing and plants are weekly. Information: 909-887-7540.