Mar
09

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The Channel Islands rockfish bite is simply wide open for the boats running out of the Oxnard to Santa Barbara landings. The season reopened March 1, and the bite has been excellent since with anglers on everything from half-day to overnight boats getting 10-fish limits. The longer trips hit spots further offshore and get better quality fish and more variety, adding a few more whitefish and lingcod to the bag. Bottom line: You will return home with a full sack of great-eating fillets. For an update on this action, check with Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard at 805-985-8511, Hook’s Landing, also in Oxnard, at 805-382-6233, Sea Landing in Santa Barbara at 805-963-3564, or Harbor Village Sportfishing in Ventura at 805-658-1060.

2. Bass bites are breaking wide open across the region as the fish flood into the warming shallows for the coming spawn. While there are a number of waters producing a lot of fish right now, Casitas Lake might be one of the best bets with many anglers getting 10-plus fish per day and bass to six pounds have been reported in recent days. For an update on this bite call the marina at 805-649-2043.

3. The sleeper pick of the week is the budding crappie bite at Lake Isabella. There were a number of reports in recent days of full limits of crappie landed. That’s 25 fish per angler. While the fish are still mostly out in deeper water and mostly unreachable for shore anglers, crappie fanatics will take note of this bite. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

Mar
09

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been fair to good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets include Dixon and Jennings in San Diego County, with Poway, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford also pretty fair. In San Bernardino County, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake remain the best bets. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is improving daily with the warm weather and many waters have good pre-spawn bite ongoing. Lots of fish up in the shallows poking around and thinking of the spawn. There continues to be a major movement of fish out of deep water into less than 15 feet of water. Top bets are Lower Otay, Perris, San Vicente Reservoir, Casitas, Castaic, Wohlford, Diamond Valley, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites are just fair with more movement by the day. Kaweah Lake in the western Sierra produced a 17.2-pound bass this past week.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally slow to fair most places this past week. Diamond Valley is probably the best bet, but Skinner, Pyramid, and Silverwood all could see better action with warmer weather. Fish at all these lakes are showing on drifted baits, trolled flies, or big swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the weather, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reported again.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. A few crappie are still showing at Lower Otay and Casitas, and a few bluegill were landed at Perris and Diamond Valley.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bite has been at Lake Skinner, and that has been pretty tough. The lower Colorado River is improving daily with the warm weather, but mostly for channels, still no reports on flatheads.

Mar
09

TROUT PLANTS

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

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Castaic Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahyn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Yorba Linda Regional Park Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Cahuilla Park Lake, Diamond Valley Reservoir, Perris Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Yucaipa Park Lake.

IMPERIAL: Sunbeam Lake, Weist Lake.

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Tuttle Creek.

KERN: Ming Lake, River Walk Lake.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Pine Flat Reservoir, Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (March 12-18):

LOS ANGELES: Hansen Dam Lake, Legg Lakes, Santa Fe Reservoir.

ORANGE: Centennial Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, Tri-City Park Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor, Little Lake (Hemet), Rancho Jurupa Park Pond, Skinner Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Silverwood Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lindo Lake, Morena Reservoir.

INYO: Diaz Lake, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha).

TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters were planted last week (Feb. 26-March 4):

ORANGE: Centennial Lake, Mike Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, Tri-City Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Little Lake (Hemet), Skinner Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Seccombe Park Lake, Silverwood Lake, Yucaipa Park Lake.

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Tuttle Creek.

TULARE: Murry Park Pond.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Mar
09

CENTRAL COAST

Hot Bites: Very light fishing pressure at all the lakes on the Central Coast and few reports. Margarita is full and spilling. Lopez is at 58 percent of capacity and rising daily. San Antonio is now 50 percent of capacity (up two percent from last week), while Nacimiento remains at 86 percent (down from 90 percent two weeks ago). San Antonio may reopen soon.

Mar
09

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Finally better weather and it looks like the bites are starting to take off. The biggest news has been the multiple reports of crappie limits (25) in recent days. The fish have been showing on both small minnows and jigs. There have also been some largemouth reports and the catfish bite has come back on. The bass have been best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits, while the cats are best on shad, cut mackerel, and jumbo meal worms. The lake level has dropped in recent days, but it is still at 54 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was 1,500 cfs at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,100 cfs Tuesday. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: In spite of weather, there has been very light fishing pressures. The lower Kern is unfishable through the canyon with flows over 4,000 cfs below Isabella. The upper river is more fishable with flows in the 1,500 cfs range at Kernville this week. Only a few wild and holdover fish being caught in the upper river. A few bass are being caught right in Bakersfield where the river is running through town. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has cleared quite a bit and the striper bite has improved with good action this past week, but mostly on smaller fish under the minimum size. They are showing on blood worms and sardine, but more fish are also being caught on Gitzit-style baits in pumpkin color, Rat-L-Traps, and other jerkbaits. A few catfish reported, mostly on cut baits and Sonny’s Dip Bait. 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 are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Derby’s two weekend’s in a row and plants for both derby’s has made for good weekend fishing again here. But heavy fishing pressure just about fished out the lake. A few trout are still showing on Mice Tails and PowerBait. DFW trout plant scheduled for this week. Also some bass starting to show with the warmer weather. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics or nightcrawlers. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Warm weather has brought up more bass, with the best bite on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant went in Monday this week and the plant was a sizeable one. The bite has been good since on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and Mice Tails. The bass bite has also improved with the warmer weather with quite a few fish being landed on
plastics, Senkos, and live minnows. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, but no panfish reports yet.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The most recent plant was three weeks ago and a few rainbows are still being caught, mostly on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The final plant of the season will be this week or next week. The crappie bite is fair on small minnows. Also a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics and this bite is improving fast with the warm weather. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving with the warmer weather and some fish are starting to move up in a movement of pre-spawn fish. Best bite has been in 12 to 18 feet of water with plastics and deep-diving cranks getting fish. The lake is currently 58 percent, down from 60 percent last week. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: There was a 17.2-pound largemouth bass caught and released this past week by Gary Wasson of Kingsburg on an umbrella rig filled with four-inch swimbaits. The bass bite has been improving with the warmer weather with a lot of fish pushing shallow in preparation for the spawn. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 50 percent of capacity this week, down three percent from last week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Mar
09

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season is closed, but many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. The early trout opener was this past Saturday, March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The early trout season opener was good with great weather and planted fish at most locations, including Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, the Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek. This week’s plants include Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek. Anglers should check the regulations for open waters for this event and restrictions.

In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to see its flows increased. Last week the flows jumped from 350 to nearly around 600 cfs. These are tough fishing flows, but some trout are still showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom (lots of lead). The East Walker flows flow has been a very consistent 330 cfs over the past week, but the fishing is still pretty tough with the best bite on nymphs bounced along the bottom or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. Light pressure. The West Walker flows have around 170 cfs this week. Zero fishing pressure. The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River, but access is still problematic and anglers should check with one of the fly shops for news. The bite remains fair for the big 16 to 22 inch-fish that have run up out of Crowley Lake.

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: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek all planted this week.

Mar
09

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still slow tilapia fishing in spite of the warmer weather, but this bite could break open any day. Anglers should call 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).

Mar
09

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: Warmer temperatures since the last storm have really started to perk the fishing, especially along the lower river below Blythe. While few catfish are showing yet, there has been an improvement in the smallmouth bass fishing in the main river on crawdad-like jigs and crankbaits fishing slowly and the bite on largemouth bass in the backwaters is breaking wide open. The major reservoirs are all also started to have much better largemouth and smallmouth action with the fish starting to come out of the winter doldrums. In Havasu, the smallmouth are improving on rocky structure with some even up chasing bait with stripers, and the largemouth have been fair on plastics. The striper bite is improving by the day, but most fish are still in deeper water on schools of baitfish. In Mohave, both the largemouth and striped bass are improving, with the best action near the dam and at the power lines. The largemouth and smallmouth have been best on jigs and plastics in both Havasu and Mohave, while the stripers are best on cut baits with a few starting to show on trolled lures. Fish to 12 pounds have been reported in Mohave this past week. Trout were planted again this past week in the river at Davis Camp and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Catfish are improving, especially in backwaters, ditches, and canals all along the river, but mostly for channels. Few flatheads begin reported yet. A reminder, Cibola Lake reopens to fishing March 15.

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.

Mar
09

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Poway received trout last week and will get fish again next week. Dixon Lake received a 1,500-pound plant this week and should get an equal amount next week. Jennings was planted with 1,700 pounds last week. Wohlford was on the docket to get 1,500 pounds this wekk. Cuyamaca is scheduled to get a 1,200-pound plant this week.

DFW trout plants for two weeks ago included Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir. No plants this week, but Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir are on the list for next week.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass fishing is breaking wide open with the warm weather as the fish move shallow for the coming spawn. There has been a major movement of fish on most the county’s lakes. Lower Otay has been particularly good, but San Vicente and Jennings are also really turning on. Even with the uptick in bass fishing, trout remain a good bet with many lakes getting weekly stocks or plants alternating weeks. Top bets for trout are Dixon and Jennings, but Poway and Wohlford are good bets. Cuyamaca is fair. The panfish bites are mostly off, but a few bluegill and crappie continue to show from Otay.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff surveyed 16 anglers at El Capitan this past week and they landed 34 bass. At Miramar, 16 anglers checked had 46 bass to 14.8 pounds. At Lower Otay, 80 anglers reported 310 bass to five pounds and 19 crappie. At Sutherland, 34 anglers had three bass.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Miramar, Joe Ahrens, Mira Mesa, caught and released a 14.8-pound largemouth bass. At San Vicente, Matt Green, El Cajon, caught and released eight bass to 5-8 on Senkos, with the big one in the Kimball Arm. At Jennings, Dave Wolsast, Santee, and Jim Rogers, Clairemont, had a 21-pound, 10-trout stringer with the top rainbow a three-pounder.

BARRETT: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Closed until spring. 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: Closed until spring. 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.

Mar
09

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: While the weather has improved, the lake still has a lot of floating debris, off-color water, and only generally slow to fair fishing. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are the best bet. Anglers fishing plastics and small reaction baits are getting fish from two to three pounds. The trout bite is slow to fair, with a few fish showing on trolled Rapalas or similar lures, and the nightcrawler-suspended-under-a-bobber rig is also still producing rainbows. Also a few catfish being landed. Bluegill, crappie, and carp all remain slow, with only a few cats reported on cut mackerel and sardines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. Cachuma is 45 percent of capacity, down one percent from last week. The level was seven percent before this storm season. 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 breaking open with most fish moving up into less than 15 feet of water in a major movement of fish going into the spawn. Bass to six pounds have been reported in the past week, and 10-plus fish days have not been uncommon. The bite is good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits. The trout action is slow with no plant for over a month, and none on the DFW schedule. There continue to be a few reports on crappie to nearly two pounds. No recent bluegill, redear, carp, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. Casitas Lake level is 42 percent of capacity and the level is up 12.6 vertical feet since Jan. 1. The Santa Ana boat launch opened Wednesday last week. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are starting to move up for the spawn and there is a pretty fair pre-spawn bite right now on plastics in 10 to 25 feet of water with some fish already shallower. The stripers are fair on jigging spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 70 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. There is also a pretty good bait bite on cut baits and lugworms in the same depths. DFW trout plants slated for this week, and plants went in three weeks ago. No other reports. The lake is currently 91 percent of capacity, down from last week’s 93 percent level. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: There continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics. While most fish remain in deeper water on structure and some are still suspended or chasing shad in mid-water, there has been a movement of fish inshore and up into less than 15 feet of water. Best bite has been on plastics and most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but a couple of six-pound class fish were reported this week. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: With better weather conditions, a few more stripers are showing on trolled flies and swim baits, with most of the fish running fromn 1-8 to four pounds. For bait anglers, bloodworms and sardines are best. Largemouth bass are fair and showing signs of improving. Most are being caught on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. A DFW trout plant is slated for this week, and the last plant was three weeks ago. Slow trout action before the plant, with only a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is still at 92 percent of capacity. 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.

Mar
09

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. 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 received DFW trout plant three weeks ago. No plants in Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Mar
09

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The trout bite has been good and more and more trophy trout are starting to show. The season’s first plant of Lightning Trout will be Thursday, March 16. Trout plants are weekly, and trophy fish are part of each plant. 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: Trout plant this week and the final plant of the season will the week of March 20. These are all 1,000-pound plants. 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/.

Mar
09

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite is good and improving. Most bass are up in less than 15 feet of water. The pre-spawn movement of fish is accelerating with the most recent warm days. Most are smaller fish to three pounds, with a few bigger fish still in deeper water. The bluegill bite is also improving, although those fish are still in deeper water off the dams, with the ladders the best spots. Trout were very good after the big plant two weeks ago, but rainbow to five pounds continue to be landed in dwindling numbers. The marina area has continued to be the top spot. The striper bite also continues to improve with the best action on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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: The warm weather this week has really turned on the bass and panfish bites here this week. The largemouth are mostly showing in less than 10 feet of water in the east of the lake and off Lots 11 and 12 for both shore, float tube, and boat anglers, with plastic worms fished drop-shot or Texas-rigged styles. Also some action on shallow running cranks. Robert Lewis, San Diego, had a 4.2-pound bass on a shallow-running crank. William Robinson, Moreno Valley, had three bass to 3.2 pounds on off the east side of the island on plastics. The best bluegill bite has also moved off lots 11 and 12 in a little deeper water than the bass with most in 10 to 20 feet of water and showing on red worms or meal worms, fished by themselves or on the tip of a jig. John Walters, Banning, had three bluegill to 1.1 pound. Trout are slow, but a DFW plant this week should perk this action. The most recent previous plant was four weeks ago. The best action for rainbows has been in Sail Cove and Lots 11 and 12. Most are showing on PowerBait, Power Mice, or small jigs and trout plastics.
No other reports. 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: County trout plants this week, two and four weeks ago and DFW trout went in last week and three weeks ago. Overall, the trout bite has been pretty fair with the best action at Launch Ramp No. 2 and adjacent coves and shoreline areas. Best bite has been on salmon or rainbow PowerBait inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent, small tube jigs, and trout Power Worms. Greg Cook, Elsinore, had five trout with a total stringer weight of 4.1 pounds fishing nightcrawlers near Ramp No. 2. The striper bite is also fair to good at the inlet, mid-lake, and Ramp 2 areas. Swimbaits and cut baits are both getting fish, but jigging spoons and even some topwater baits have produced. Robert Patterson, Chino Hills, had a pair of stripers totaling 6.6 pounds fishing shad at the buoy line.The catfish action has slow with only a few fish showing in the east end, at the buoy line, inlet, and mid-lake. Most are being caught on cut baits with garlic shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel the best bets. The largemouth bass bite has been fair and picking up rapidly with the warm weather, especially along the south shoreline areas on jigs, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Many fish are starting to move up. The bluegill bite also started to improve, but most of the fish remain in deeper water with the buoy line area the best bet. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No fishing information. Lake level is up with runoff. 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 full thanks to recent rains and runoff, but 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.

Mar
09

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County trout plants are weekly, and DFW trout went in last week. There will also be a youth derby March 18. For more derby information, call 909-387-2461. Guasti 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 trout plants are weekly, and DFW trout are slated for this week. They also were planted two and four weeks ago. The annual adult trout derby will be March 11. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County trout plants are weekly, and DFW rainbows were also planted last week and three weeks ago. Information: 909-887-7540.

Mar
09

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Weekly 1,000-pound plants of Mt. Lassen rainbows. Most are one to two pounds, but some from three to eight pounds or bigger in each stock. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Good trout action in both lakes with the best bite on PowerBait in salmon peach, lemon twist, and garlic, nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs. The trout are running around two pounds. Other bites have been slow. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No fishing report. County trout plants are weekly, and DFW rainbows went in last week and three weeks ago. For lake information: 760-245-2226.