Jul
14

JIM MATTHEWS PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Big Bear Lake’s hot trout bite is again staying the top pick. The action has been good. A lot of the trout are bigger holdovers and plants from a recent tournament. Top fish reported this past week was again a six-pounder. Both trollers and shore anglers are getting into these fish. For an update on the bite, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

2. The bluefin tuna action for the San Diego fleet remains good. While the catch rates are not high, the quality is exceptional with most of the bigger fish landed running from 120 to 200 pounds or more. Most of the action is on the 1 1/2-day boats, which give anglers a full day of fishing on the tuna grounds. You will see big tuna, hooking and landing one is the issue. Check with 976-TUNA for updates on the action and landing contacts.

3. The Castaic Lake striper bite has been consistently good for the anglers who know how to drift bait or troll. Guide Bob Caffey continues to hammer them with his clients. While a lot of the fish are 12 to 14-inchers, there are also a lot of six- to seven-pound class fish, too. For an update on the action, call the marina at 661-775-6232 or contact Caffey at www.troutonly.net.

Jul
14

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is just fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake (the fly anglers are just hammering ëem), Lake Sabrina, Convict Lake, and Bridgeport Reservoir. In Southern California, the top bet is Big Bear Lake for holdover rainbows up to six pounds and lots of pan-sized fish for both shore and troll anglers. Silverwood Lake is producing a fair number rainbows to four pounds. Cuyamaca is the best bet in San Diego County but its last plants of the season went in three weeks ago and the heat is finally slowing the bite.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been good throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish early in the day. Topwater action good a lot of places on outside edges of weed beds. But there are a lot of fish showing on plastics and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom in 12 to 20 feet of water. Top bets are Diamond Valley, Casitas, Skinner, Perris (outside edges of weed beds), Castaic, Piru, Cachuma (smallmouth on crawdad-like baits), Puddingstone, Pyramid, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Sutherland, Hodges, and Dixon. And of course, Barrett in San Diego County is good. Silverwood is fair. On the Colorado River, the lower river is pretty much wide open, especially for smallmouth, but the bite is fair to good throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair to good everywhere this past week. The hot bite has been at Castaic for bait and troll fish with some to 12 pounds, but most have been 12 to 14-inchers. Lead core tolling with flies at Silverwood is fair to good, while Skinner’s cut bait bite at the dam and inlet areas is still pretty good. Pyramid is also producing quite a few stripers for bait anglers, trollers, and even topwater. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been good on fish to eight pounds or better, but the fish are finally starting to move deeper. Ditto for lake Lake Havasu.

PANFISH: The tilapia bite at the Salton Sea tanked two weeks ago and hasn’t come back. Anglers should call ahead before going. The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair to good just about everywhere, but the top bets are Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley. In San Diego County, Lower Otay, Poway, and Murray have the best bluegill bites. Meanwhile, the crappie bites have all pretty much died down everywhere.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are good most places. Skinner, Pyramid, and Diamond Valley Lake are top spots, but none of these bites are getting much angler pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish on dip baits and clams. Santa Ana River Lakes and Hesperia Lake are now stocking catfish weekly. In San Diego County, Wohlford, Poway, and Jennings are stocking catfish. By far the best bite has been for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River. There continues to be a parade of 20-pound plus fish being caught.

Jul
14

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (July 10-16):

VENTURA: Reyes Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Santa Ana River, South Fork Santa Ana River.

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

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

KERN: Cuddy Creek Pond, Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5 and 6).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (July 17-23):

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

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

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5 and 6).
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Jul
14

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The trout, striper, and catfish bites have all been good over the past week. The striper bite fair to good with more small fish showing this week. The best bite is on drifted cut baits like sardines, nightcrawlers, blood worms, or lug worms, in the bigger coves and main lake points. Trolling is also a good bet. John and Mark Mitchell, both Victorville, had 19 stripers to three pounds fishing sardines at the dam and in Chemise. The catfish bite has been best early and late in the day at the dam and in most of the deeper coves and bays on chicken liver, sardines, lug worms, and nightcrawlers with fish running from three to eight pounds. The trout bite is good on small trout plastics, small jigs, or PowerBait in Cleghorn and Miller canyons, through the main channel, and even at the dam. The bluegill and largemouth bass bites have all been pretty fair. Bass are still schooling and chasing bait in less than 15 feet of water and drop-shot plastics are best. Bluegill have moved shallow and are mostly showing in less than 10 feet of water. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Good trout action. The best action has been best from first light to 10 a.m. for shore anglers who are now using four-foot leaders and slip bobbers to stay above the weeds on the bottom. Top shoreline spots continue to be along the north shore from Grey’s Landing to the dam. Trollers are working deeper water with the best action in 12 to 20 feet on a very slow troll in Trout Alley on the south shore and between the S.S. Relief east to the west public ramp. Lots of rainbows in the one to two pound range, and fish to six pounds reported this past week. Panfish are starting to show in good numbers around areas of submerged boulders, around docks, in deeper water near the dam, the west end of the lake, and in the coves along the south shoreline. Bass anglers are starting to get a little more action off of spinnerbaits and crankbaits worked in the shallows around submerged structure. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Fair to good action with a lot of limits of pan-sized trout. Best action is early morning. The crappie bite is good, but the fish are small. Anglers get a raffle ticket or a Bass Pro gift card each time they bring in 15 to 25 crappie. Fishing fees are $15 per adult, $10 for kids. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

JENKS LAKE REGION: No recent plants in Jenks Lake, but the Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River were slated to get trout this week and both got fish two weeks ago.

Jul
14

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish bite has been good with catfish plants last Thursday and again this week. The weekly plants contain 1,000 pounds of fish. Lots of quality double-digit fish over the past couple of weeks. The best action has been on shrimp, inflated nightcrawlers, and the M&M (marshmallow-meal worm) combo. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Heat continues to keep the trout bite generally slow with only a few fish showing coming in before 9 a.m. Top baits have been PowerBait (in salmon peach, rainbow, and garlic), jigs, lures and nightcrawlers. The fish showing have all been two-pound class fish. The pay-per-trout angling pond has been good. The catfish bite has also been pretty good for the few anglers fishing nightcrawlers and shrimp with cats to five pounds landed. Bass have been good on Senkos and nightcrawlers, and a few bluegill are also starting to show. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

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

Jul
14

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. Few reports of other species, but the catfish bite is good for anglers targeting the cats. The boat launch has reopened. 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: Jump in water level moved the fish around a bite, but the bite is still generally. The bluegill and redear bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, lots 11 and 12, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are pretty good around the island, off the dam, and at lots 11 and 12. Most of the fish are on the outside edges of the weeds. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially early and late in the day. Still quite a bit of surface action. Jason Jennings, Banning, had a five-pound bass on a crank, while Abel Martinez, Moreno Valley, had a four-pounder on a drop-shot plastic. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. Hector Rodriguez, Riverside, landed an eight-pound catfish at lots 11 and 12 on a nightcrawler. 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: The bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. The dam area is also good. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger ëgills to 1-8 reported. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last three weeks and getting better. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam and inlet. Chicken liver, nightcralwers, and mackerel are the best bets. Catfish plant last Friday. Britney Steels, Oceanside, had a 12.45-pound cafish on chicken liver at Ramp No. 2. Daniel Martinez, Winchester, had six catfish with his stringer topped by an 11.9-pounder. All were caught on anchovies at the inlet and in deep water mid-lake. Stripers also fired back up this past week with good action at the inlet and near the buoy line, especially in the mornings. Topwater and swimbaits best in that early bite, and then a fair to good bait bite after the early flurry. Largemouth fair on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

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

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Jul
14

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: Very slow fishing. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

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

Jul
14

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Good catfish and tilapia action with plants of both each week. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

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

Jul
14

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There continues to be a few trout showing at the dam for trollers working Needlefish-type lures or drifting bait in deep water in the same area. The bass have been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones, and topwater. Fish to five pounds reported. The catfish action is also good with a lot of fish in the backs of coves and along banks muddied up by wave action. Cut baits and dough baits the best bet, and most are three to five pounds. The crappie off and on, but mostly off this past week. Overall pretty tough action on the crappie. The carp bite is good on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good again in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The largemouth bass bite has been good, especially on live shad and topwater lures in the mornings. The topwater action has been pretty decent but the window is short. The shad bite will last longer, but the window to dip-net some bait is a small one early in the morning. There also continue to be a few bass on drop-shot plastics. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. While getting little fishing pressure, a few trout continue to show for anglers targeting them trolling shad-like baits in deep water, especially near the dam. Most of these fish are now topping two pounds. Carp are still fair, but slowed even more from the past couple of weeks. Crappie slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite has been good with more fish moving up to chase baitfish, with boils most mornings now and some fish on top throughout the day. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet, but there is still a decent deeper water bite in Necktie Canyon at the buoy line, Elizabeth Canyon, and the Elderberry area on cut baits, mostly sardines, lug worms, and blood worms, especially first thing in the morning. The largemouth bass is fair to good. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure during the day and chasing baitfish first and last light. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. Water level continues to come up. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The bluegill bite is good on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies. There is also increasing surface action early and late in the day. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jul
14

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Still no news on when San Vicente Reservoir is expected to reopen. There is apparently an issue with the docks that is keeping the lake from opening. Catfish plants at Dixon Lake last week and this week. Jennings received a catfish plant last week and there is a 2,000-pound plants slated for next week. Poway was planted with 1,300 pounds of catfish last Friday.

FISHING UPDATE: In most of the lakes in this region, the bass bite has been the best bet. Top bets for bass include Barrett, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Jennings, and El Capitan. Most waters are also seeing much better bluegill and redear action. Poway, Dixon, and Murray have a particularly good bluegill bites, mostly on smaller fish right now. Even waters not getting catfish plants yet have been fair on catfish. Cuyamaca’s trout bite has finally started to slow down because of the warm weather. There has been a good carp bite at Lake Morena for anglers fishing dough baits.

FISH COUNTS: This past week, there were 46 anglers at Barrett and they reported 700 bass. At El Capitan, 25 anglers checked reported 44 bass. At Hodges, 161 anglers reported 175. At Miramar, 26 anglers reported 53 bass to 3.75 pounds. At Sutherland, there were 46 anglers who reported 37 bass, 12 bluegill, two crappie, two carp, and one channel catfsh.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford, Brian Boyd, Oceanside, landed a 6.8-pound bass on a spinnerbait in Boat Dock Cove. At Murray, Alex Castillo, San Diego, had a limit of 25 bluegill on redworms and his best fish was a 1 1/2-pounder.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Jul
14

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: Fishing is generally good all along the Colorado River. There is still a good bite for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs, but the warm weather is driving the fish deeper. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is good, especially in Mojave, where there is a very good volume of fish in the four to eight-pound class and fish to 12 pounds common. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but the warm weather is moving the fish deeper for most of the day. Morning has been the best time to fish. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad of top for narrow windows early in the morning. Most fish showing from deeper water on bait. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. This bite is wide open with most of the fish showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits, but also white tube baits. The flathead bite remains good with a lot of fish from 12 to 25 pounds being landed on goldfish and live bluegill. The channel catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported. A final note: It’s mosquito season. The bugs are out in full force, and repellant is highly recommended, especially on the lower river which has more backwaters.

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
14

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing. Few anglers are braving the heat or the flies right now. The few anglers fishing nightcrawler pieces haven’t reported any fish in recent days at either the state park headquarters jetty or the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. Wind, excessive heat, and green tides can really impact this summer bite and anglers should always 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).

Jul
14

EASTERN SIERRA

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

TOP NEWS: Fishing has been fair to good throughout the roadside waters in the region, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. DFW trout plants have ramped up since Memorial Day weekend and most roadside waters are getting weekly stocks. The top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of rainbows and cutthroats and a few browns. Lots of 20 to 24-inch class fish for fly anglers fishing midges and tiny perch fry imitations. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow to fair overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day on fish to five or six pounds (most 12-inch class). The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 250 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. Lundy Lake is fair. The backcountry is good for day-hike and back-pack anglers. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair at best, but the backcountry is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up and there is good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is full for the first time since 2011 and has been very good over the past week with a lot of limits and two to four-pound trout. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years, but fishing is still tough. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late. Mosquitos are a problem throughout the region.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

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

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14

WESTERN SIERRA

CATFISH DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long catfish derby is ongoing through July. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest catfish weighed in during July will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. So far 54 anglers have entered (so the pot is $154), and the leader is Jorge Ochoa, Bakersfield, with a 6-8 catfish from the aqueduct. For more information or to register, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action has been fair near the dam, with a a few quality holdover trout up to three pounds showing on Thomas Buoyants and salmon peach PowerBait. Trolling has been the best bet. There also continues to be a fair to good catfish bite on clams and dip baits, with fish up into the six pound class pretty common. The crappie bite has been very slow with only a few sporadic reports of a few fish up in the trees. Some bluegill and bass reported, but mostly slow action. The water level is still coming up. Flows have been around 600 cfs coming in and 750 to 800 cfs going out this week. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The Kern River has been good for trout with weekly plants in sections 4 through 6, and all other sections received trout two weeks ago. The quality of the planted trout has been fair to good with a lot of two to four-pound class rainbows mixed in with the pan-sized fish. Best bite on the planted trout has been spinners, crickets, and salmon eggs. For fly anglers, the bite is fair to good, especially in the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge for wild fish. Lots of different surface action and hatches now. Flows have stayed about 600 cfs coming into Isabella this week and about 750 to 800 cfs going out. In the lower river trout are spotty, but a few bass and catfish are starting to show as water temperatures rise. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Fair action on stripers, but moss is still making the fishing tough. Best action has been on blood and lug worms, sardines, Gitzits, Rat-L-Traps, and bucktail jigs, and most anglers are fishing at night or early and late. Not much on topwater. Continued fair to good catfish action but the number of big fish has dropped off. Still lots of two to five pounders. The best action has been on sardines, chicken liver, and dip baits. Only the odd largemouth showing on swimbaits, plastics, and live minnows. 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: Very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Very slow overall fishing with only an occasional bass or bluegill showing, and those are very small. Also an occasional carp.

HART PARK LAKE: Very good bluegill action with the best bite on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and red worms. Slow to fair bass action on Senkos, brush hawgs, plastics, small jigs, minnows or nightcrawlers. Only the odd catfish reported.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Very slow fishing and light fishing pressures. Only a few small bluegill or bass reported. Other species even slower.

MING LAKE: The bluegill action is good. Most fish are showing on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. Also a slow bass bite on live minnows, plastic worms, and swim baits early and late in the day.

BRITE LAKE: There is a spotty crappie bite on half-pounders and an occasional bigger fish. Most crappie are showing on small minnows and jigs. Also an occasional catfish, but other species very slow.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is fair to good action on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms. There is also a slow to fair bite on small catfish with most anglers fishing dip baits. Other species very slow with only the odd bass. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports. Some bass on cranks, and minnows, catfish on mackerel.

SUCCESS LAKE: Water level continues to come up slowly with the lake about 65 percent capacity, and the bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. A few panfish starting to show, along with the odd catfish. Slow other species. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with a lot of fish showing on drop-shot plastics, and some on reaction baits and nightcrawlers. Most fish in less than 15 feet of water. Few other reports. Launch ramp open, lake near full at about 85 percent capacity. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

Jul
14

CENTRAL COAST

Hot Bites: Santa Margarita Lake has been good for bass with most fish up chasing baitfish early in the day. Even some topwater with fish to seven pounds reported. Redear, bluegill, and catfish also improving, and some redear to two pounds reported off the fishing pier. Lopez Lake has been good for bluegill and redear with the best bite on wax worms and meal worms. Also fair to good action for bass with an occasional crappie. Nacimiento has had a fair bass and bluegill bite and a few crappie reports.