Apr
18

1. No changes in the picks this week. Lake Isabella’s crappie bite is still the best bet if you can dodge the wind. Early mornings are best and 25-fish limits are common for anglers fishing small minnows from shore or boat. The South Fork arm of the lake is best, but anglers are reminded again of two things. First, the lake is so low, boat launching is tough without four-wheel drive rigs. Second, the DFW is writing citations for ìpartyî fishing. Everyone in the group needs his or her own stringer or fish basket and only their fish go in that basket. For an update on this hot bite, check with Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

2. The Salton Sea tilapia bite remains red hot and catches of 20 to 100 tilapia have been common this past week. Most are one to three pounds and the action is all on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Like with Isabella, the winds in the afternoons are whacking this bite. The bulk of the fishing pressure is at the state park headquarter jetty. Also remember that flies are a nightmare so bring bug spray. To check on the action, call the state park’s Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (Friday through Sunday) or Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059.

3. The ocean rockfish bite is even better than last week, if that is possible. Counts have averaged from four to six fish per angler on half-day boats, and near-limits or limits most days on three-quarter or full-day trips. But the best bet of the lot is an overnight trip to San Clemente Island. These trips are looking for yellowtail, white seabass, and calico bass (which are really taking off), then the fall-back plan is to get limits of quality rockfish, including lots of red snapper and bocaccio, a few lings, and then padding the sacks with nice sheephead and whitefish. Check with an Orange County or Los Angeles landing about one of these trips.

Apr
18

TROUT PLANTS

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

THIS WEEK’S TROUT PLANTS (April 13-19):

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Peck Road Park Lake, Puddingstone Lake, Santa Fe Reservoir.

VENTURA: Reyes Creek.

ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Centennial Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Laguna Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, Tri-City Park Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Fulmor Lake, Hemet Lake, Lake Perris, Strawberry Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Gregory Lake, Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Bishop Creek (Intake II), Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Tuttle Creek.

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

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Stoney Creek, Success Reservoir.

FRESNO: Hume Lake, Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Shaver Lake, Tenmile Creek (upper).
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (April 20-26):

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

SAN BERNARDINO: Lytle Creek (Middle and North Forks), Prado Park Lake, Santa Ana River, South Fork of Santa Ana River.

SAN DIEGO: Doane Pond.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower, Middle Fork, South Fork), Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

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

KERN: Alder Creek, Cedar Creek, Kern River (sections 1 through 5).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Bone Creek, Deer Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Freeman Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kaweah Reservoir, Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Murry Park Pond, Nobe Young Creek, 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 and No. 3), White River.

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Tamarack Creek, Wishon Reservoir.

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Lopez Lake, Nacimiento River (upper).

Apr
18

SAN ANTONIO: The black bass are still in the spawn and in from four to 20 feet of water along most shorelines with structure. No reports on other species. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes, or inflatables can get on the water. When the ramps reopen, anglers launching boats need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: Call the main office at 805-472-2313. The marina number is 805-472-2818 (currently closed).

NACIMIENTO: Very good black bass action continues good with smallmouth, spotted bass, and largemouth all pretty much in a spawn mode and biting good on plastics, especiall in the area from Las Tables to the dam. The white bass have been fair to good for anglers casting or trolling small lures in the narrows, Oak Shores Cove, and Las Tables, with the fish staging for their spawning run into the mouth of the river. The crappie are also pretty good on small spinners and jigs in less than 10 feet. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: marina at 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com.

SANTA MARGARITA: The bass bite has remains good with a lot of fish still shallow and showing on beds in five to eight feet of water or less. Plastics, nightcrawlers, and jigs have been the top baits, but some fish are showing on reaction baits and topwater now. Catfish and panfish are very slow, although a few more bluegill are starting to be caught. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry boats or they are likely to be denied access. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday, but the marina will be permanently closing April 18. Information: 805-438-1522.

LOPEZ: The bass bite is very good with still in the spawn. The best action has been on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill, redear, and crappie are also all just starting to show with the bluegill and redear best on red worms while the crappie are best on small jigs tipped with a meal worm or Crappie Nibble. A few catfish continue to show on cut baits in deeper water, but that is still slow. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: 805-489-1006.

Apr
18

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Crappie Mania is still in full swing, but wind has been a problem in recent days. The bite is still very good with shore and boat anglers in the South Fork Arm getting 25-fish limits of slabs from one pound to 2-8 pretty. The best action is still on small minnows, but a few fish are also showing on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Crappie anglers are reminded the limit is 25 per licensed angler. Anglers may not help another angler fill his limit, and each angler must have his own stringer or fish basket. The catfish bite has also been pretty good, but the largemouth bass action has been surprisingly tough. A few bluegill are starting to show. In spite of heavy plants, the trout fishing was tough this past weekend. The big annual trout derby reflected that fact, with lighter turnout than most years and much slower fishing. The highest value tag reported was worth $500, and the $1,000 winner for the longest fish was Thomas Amaro, Oxnard, with an 18 1/8th-inch rainbow. In total, there were $2,750 in prizes awarded during the three-day event. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair this past week for bait and lure anglers, but the fly anglers are seeing some pretty good afternoon action on wild fish. DFW plants in sections 4 through 6 this week, and next week all sections will be planted for the trout season opener. The best bite has been on salmon eggs and mice tails for bait and lure anglers and small nymphs and emergers for fly anglers. In the lower river, Democrat Dam has been good with a few limits reported. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The hot striper action just won’t slow down, and while most of the fish are under the 18-inch minimum size, the bite has been very good. Sardines, blood worms, or lug worms are the best baits with the odd bigger fish. Other species have been slow. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com

MILL CREEK PARK: Overall slow fishing, but the carp bite is starting to turn on a little on dough baits.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite is good with a lot of fish in the shallows on beds. They are whacking Senkos and Brush Hawgs or similar baits. More and more bluegill showing each week, and the carp bite is really starting to kick into gear on dough baits. Trout action is very slow with only the odd fish showing on PowerBait or Mice Tails.

HART PARK LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Most smaller fish under two pounds showing on Brush Hawgs and Senkos. The bluegill action is pretty good now on wax worms and meal worms. The crappie bite has slowed, but the carp action is pretty good on Powder Bait. Trout pretty much over for season.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The crappie bite slowed this past week, but the bass remain pretty good in the shallows on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Brush Hawgs. The carp and bluegill are also fair to good. The carp are best on dough baits and the bluegill best on meal and wax worms. Trout season is pretty much over for the year.

MING LAKE: The bass, bluegill and carp are all pretty good, but the crappie bite has slowed from last week. The carp bite has been good on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The largemouth bass bite is best on plastics and nightcrawlers with the fish shallow for the spawn. The bluegill are also moving shallow preparing to spawn and this bite is good on wax and meal worms. Trout season is pretty much over for the year.

BRITE LAKE: The trout bite is slow with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. PowerBait with garlic, Mice Tails, and small jigs with scent have been the best bets. The largemouth bass bite is also starting to get pretty good as the fish move shallow, and the bluegill action is starting.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass action is very good on a variety of plastic baits and nightcrawlers, but Brush Hawgs and Senkos have been top bets. The crappie action slowed again this week, but a few continues to show on live minnows. The catfish action remains pretty fair on shad and nightcrawlers. The bluegill action is also starting to take off as they move shallow for the spawn. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Catfish action has been fair to good and the water level, while low, is still good for fishing. The bass are pretty fair in the shallows, and more and more bluegill are being caught. Carp are fair and improving with each warm day.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is pretty good week with the fish up shallow for the spawn. Other species still slow. DFW trout plant this week. Information: 559-781-2078.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good as the fish stack in the shallows for the spawn. Plastics and nightcrawlers the best bet. DFW trout plant this week. Information: 559-597-2526.

Apr
18

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opener April 26. For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call 760-876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call 760-873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call 760-924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call 760-647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call 760-932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or www.bishopvisitor.com, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: The flows in the East Walker have been about 40 cfs again this past week and the action has been very good with the best action on streamers, but also some dry fly stuff, especially on the Nevada side of the border. The West Walker (open to catch and release fishing only until trout season opens) has been tough with flows low and clear water conditions. Best action in deeper pools. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River remain open to catch-and-release fishing. The Owens River remains good with a lot of quality rainbows from two to four pounds being caught in the river by fly anglers. Even some hatches. Hot Creek has been fair with caddis and midge activity and some mayfly hatches in the mornings on nice days. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010, Culver’s 760-872-8361, Brock’s 760-872-3581.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: The lower, lower Owens is getting very little fishing pressure. No reports.

Apr
18

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite remains excellent with the action only lulled during high winds. Catches of 25 to 200 tilapia remain the norm with the majority from one to two pounds. The action is still exclusively on red worms or nightcrawler pieces, and all the reports are from the state park jetty area. Flies are already a problem, so bring insect repellant. Kayak rentals are available at the state park headquarters. Boat launch fee is $3 and the park entrance fee is $5, both with a self-registration. The state park launch is available 24-hours a day and is currently the only boat launch on the sea. The camp store is open Friday through Sunday and has bait and basic fishing gear. Volunteers are needed to work in the visitor center and camp store. They get free camping and hookups. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

ALAMO RIVER: No reports.

COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: No reports.

ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.

FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.

WEIST LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-352-3308.

SUNBEAM LAKE No recent DFW plants.

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

Apr
18

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which are into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The best action in this stretch of the river is still the spotty bite for stripers. The fish being reported are generally pretty good quality. Kelly Taylor, Bullhead City, landed a pair of stripers at the Avi Bridge and they weighed in at 6.42 and 7.30 pounds, both taken on anchovies. In the old community park area of Bullhead, John Morrison, Bullhead City, caught an 11.22-pounder, also on anchovies. Some panfish and largemouth bass action in backwaters and quietier spots along the river. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish during the spawn in the warmer backwater. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are on the backside of the spawn in some areas with some fish still on beds. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fair, with the fish following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are starting to come up for their spawn and showing in six to 20 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. But overall the bite is tough with the high flows.

BLYTHE: High flows have made the bite tough. The bass bite is OK but not what it should be this time of year, and the catfish bites are simply slow. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: There has been a tremendous volume of water moving down the river over the past month, and it has made the fishing really tough. These flows will continue through May. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads. The few flatheads being caught are running from eight to 12 pounds and showing on live bluegill, while the bass are running from one to five pounds and have been best on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is getting better with lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been fair, mostly on small cranks, but there is little pressure on the smallies. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: Very high water. The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is improving with more and more flatheads and channels showing in the bite. The bluegill bite is also fair now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Improved panfish action, too. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: High flows. Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

Apr
18

BARRETT: The lake is closed until later this spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: The county staff checked 89 anglers who reported 85 bass, three crappie, and one carp this past week. The crappie have been best in the narrows or at the dam on live shiners, but the catch numbers dropped off this past week, according to the marina staff. However, Gary Smith, Compton, had 12 crappie to two pounds. The best bass was a 13-pounder landed by Ray Gonzales, Escondido, on a shiner. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: The county staff checked 55 anglers who reported 169 bass and two channel catfish. Excellent bass action with the fish mostly shallow on beds. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: The county staff checked 153 anglers this past week who reported 346 bass, five crappie to 1.4 pounds, and two bluegill to two pounds. David Burns, Chula Vista, had a 10-10 largemouth on a swimbait. DFW trout were planted three weeks ago. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: The county staff checked seven anglers who reported 20 bass to 3-10 this past week. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for catch-and-release fishing (only artificial lures with single, barbless hooks), sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed, but anglers can still walk in. Lake information: 619-465-3474 (recording) or 619-397-5212 (concession) or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

MURRAY: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago, but almost no reports this week. The best bite has been for bluegill off the fishing pier, but a bass and crappie were also reported. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: The county staff checked 23 anglers who reported 61 bass to six pounds and nine rainbow trout over the past week. Bass action remains very good, and the trout bite is slowing down. The most recent DFW plant was four weeks ago. Moe’s Hole has been the hotspot for the rainbows. The bass are in the shallows for the spawn with most of the fish in the one to three pounds range — with a few bigger fish. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. New boat rental and concession information: 858-527-1722.

SUTHERLAND: The county staff checked 73 anglers who reported 116 bass to seven pounds, 12 bluegill, five channel catfish and one carp. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Good trout action after a plant last week. The final plant of the season will be April 23. Top fish reported was a 4.65-pouder rainbow landed by Blaine Avalle, Valley Center, on PowerBait. The bass bite has been good with the fish still in shallow water for the spawn. Mike Sanchez, Downey, landed a 6.5-pound bass at the west buoys. The crappie bite is fair to good in the early morning on small shiners or small jigs. Rudy Renteria, San Marcos, landed a 2.4-pound crappie off the Senior Shoreline. A few catfish are also starting to show. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com

DOANE POND: First DFW plant of the spring went in last week.

DIXON LAKE: Fair to good trout action after last week’s plant. The best bite is from three to four days after the stock before the action slows. The top spots have been Trout Cove and Jack Creek Cove, but bigger fish are coming from Whisker Bay. Jake Guma, Escondido, landed a 6-2 from Trout Cove on a white mini jig. The bass are fair to good with the movement of fish shallow for the spawn. Lots of smaller males are along the shorelines now and whacking drop-shot plastics, but few of the bigger females. Final trout plant of the season is a 3,000-pound plant on April 23 for the annual Kiwanis’ Trout Derby April 26-27. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Trout action has been fair after the plant this week and two weeks ago. The best bite on rainbow PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and Power Worms fished drop-shot style on light line. Hidden Bay and Half Moon Bay have been the hot spots and fish to six pounds reported. Bass fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits in the shallows. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: The trout bite has been fair to good in deeper water, and quality fish continue to show. Top fish this week was an 8-4 landed by Autumn Allen, La Mesa, on PowerBait. Larry Fite, El Cajon, had trout at 5-4 and five pounds on a jointed Rapala. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Trout action has been fair to good with a few nice fish in the mix. The bass remain good with a lot of smaller fish showing as the fish move shallow for the spawn. Other species are slow. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: No report. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

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

Apr
18

CACHUMA: The trout action was excellent for the derby this past weekend, and it took a seven-pound rainbow to win the event. The best bite for trollers in the west end of the lake, while the shore anglers are having their best luck off E Point and both sides of the buoy line in the marina. Crappie remain just fair in the east end of the lake on mini jigs tipped with a meal worm or Crappie Nibble. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is steadily improving as more and more fish move shallow for the spawn. Best action on reaction baits, jigs, and plastics. Catfish are also improving and starting to move into the bays for the spawn. Carp are excellent for bowfishermen, especially in Johnson and Cachuma bays. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass look to be on the backside of the spawn, but the action is still very good with a lot of fish in 20 feet of water or less on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The shad even started showing on top and a few anglers were able to dip net some of the candy bait and posted some good scores. While most of the bass are still two to three pounds, some better quality fish are starting to show. Don Arney, Oxnard, and Randy Westbury, Ojai, each had five bass from four to six pounds tossing topwater baits on Wednesday. Crystal Davis, Camarillo, also landed five bass to five pounds on nightcrawlers. Both the bluegill and redear are starting to show in better numbers, mostly on nightcrawlers, as they start to move shallower for their spawn. No other reports. 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: Stripers are good with the best action on lug worms, sardines, and blood worms in 60 to 100 feet of water in the Ski Arm, off Kong Island, and Necktie Canyon. Most are small, but a few fish from four to six pounds show. Kreig Hayes, Valencia, had five stripers to four pounds on sardines off Kong Island. DFW trout plant last week resulted in fair shore action into the weekend, slow since. Largemouth bass have been good in five to 25 feet during the spawn. Quite a few smallmouths are also showing in this bass bite. Plastics have been the best bet. Peter Ramirez, Sylmar, had a four-pound largemouth on a Senko off Sharon’s Rest. Other species are very slow, but the catfish are improving a little around Hawk’s Nest. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: No much change with a light number of reports. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish shallow. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports, and a few deep-water crappie anglers have landed a few slabs to two pounds from 12 to 20 feet of water on small jigs. Other species have been slow. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201, or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: DFW trout plant last week. Fair to good action around the launch ramp. The striper bite is good with a lof of small fish from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits, and bloodworms. Fair catfish bite in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has improved, and the best bite is on plastics and nightcrawlers. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish, and the bulk of the fish are shallow now. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: Overall, there has been pretty good bass action and the bluegill are starting to show in a little better numbers. Redear and crappie still spotty. DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago, and the trout have been very spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

ELIZABETH LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Information: 213-847-1726.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Information: 818-448-7317.

Apr
18

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good trout and catfish action, and big trout continue to show each week. Top rainbow this week was a 12-8 landed by Craig Joachim, Anaheim, to top off his five-fish, 23-8 stringer, all on PowerBait Hatchery Pellets at Johnny’s Corner. Cesar Albir, Orange, landed an 11-4 rainbow, while Joaquin Vizcarra, Bellflower, had an 11-pounder. Anglers fishing for catfish had good action and saw some quality fish. Andres Arrendondo, Moreno Valley, had three blues totaling 12-8 and his best was an eight-pounder, all on mackerel. Trout are planted each Thursday and blue catfish are now being planted each Wednesday. Night fishing Friday and Saturday evenings nearest the full moon each month. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The water level continued to come up with the water pouring into Sierra Cove through the weekend. This water is very clear so anglers are having to scale down leader size and increase leader lengths to get the trout. The bite overall is very good, especially in Sierra Cove. Top rainbow was a 15-5 steelhead was landed by Wil Wright, Anaheim, on garlic PowerBait in Sierra Cove. Kyle Crisanti, Fullerton, landed an 11-9 rainbow, while Devon Vega, Huntington Beach, had a 10-pounder. The Sierra in the City Tournament will be April 19 and one tagged trout will be valued at $10,000. There also continues to be a good bass bite with most fish shallow now. A few more catfish, crappie, and bluegill are also starting to show. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Last trout stocking was on March 12. There continues to be a slow trout bite for anglers fishing deeper water from float tubes. The bass bite remains pretty good in shallow water, and the crappie and bluegill are fair. Information: 949-362-9227 or www.lagunaniguellake.com.

ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. The facility will remain closed until Santa Ana River Lakes closes again for routine maintenance. Information: 714-996-3508 or www.fishinglakes.com.

Apr
18

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite has been very consistent for fish from two to five pounds. The best action has been in 15 to 30 feet of water on plastics, swim baits, and cranks. There are also still some fish up shallow, but the algae bloom seemed to move most fish out of the shallows. Stripers are just fair overall, but some nice fish are showing during boils on shad. Most of the stripers are running four to six pounds. The final Mt. Lassen trout plant of the season went in last week. Overall, the rainbow action has been fair on floating baits, small trout plastics, and trout jigs. Kyle Warren, Murrieta, landed a six-pound trout fly-fishing with a white streamer from the bank. A few bluegill and redear are also starting to be caught with some to nearly two pounds reported. A few catfish also starting to show. Boats inspected and tagged ìquagga freeî at Diamond Valley will also be allowed on Perris and Silverwood. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The largemouth bass are stacked up in the shallows with the spawn winding down. Lots of one to four-pound fish in less than 10 feet of water on beds and some quality fish are also showing. Plastic worms and swimbaits have been the most productive. Top bass reported was an 8-5 landed by Steve Modzelewski, Moreno Valley, on a topwater Zara Spook fished from shore at Lots 11 and 12. Jeff Hunter, Menifee, landed a 7-3 bass and 11 other fish, all released and all on Senkos and plastic worms. The panfish bite, with crappie, redear and bluegill all showing, has been good on small jigs and red worms or nightcrawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water in the marina, off the island, and in the east end. Lots of one-pound class fish. A few trout continue to show off lots 11 and 12 and lots 8 and 9, mostly on small spoons and spinners but a few on floating baits in deeper water. The DFW was also adding fish this week. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: Overall very good action with the stripers showing in good numbers in the inlet area on shad, white jigs, lug worms, and sardines. The largemouth bass are good in the shallows with a lot of males still guarding beds and the females starting to feed with even some top water. Water clear to sight fishing is still an option. Chris Hawks, Winchester, landed an eight-pound bass fishing for stripers at the inlet with anchovies. The bluegill and redear bites are also pretty good in deeper water as the fish start moving up for their spawn. Catfish really came on this week with a number of quality fish reported. Best fish were channels at 18 and 20 pounds caught by Bryan Porter, Temecula, on mackerel at Ramp No. 2. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.

ELSINORE: The crappie bite is fair. Most of the fish are showing on small jigs. Most anglers are working hard to get three to five crappie, which are averaging from one to two pounds. A few catfish reported and that bite has been picking up. The fish are in deeper water on nightcrawlers and Mack Bites. The carp bite is slow but a few smaller fish are showing on dough bait. Zero reports on bluegill, largemouth, and wipers. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The catfish action has been good and a few trout continue to show. Marquez Webb, Corona, landed an eight-pound catfish on a nightcrawler, while Armondo Buttavio, Corona, had 10 cats for 24-8. Justin Beitler and Adrian Contreras, both Riverside, had 10 catfish for 30 pounds. Trout are planted each Thursday and blue catfish are being planted each Wednesday. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

RANCHO JURUPA: No recent plants. Information: 951-684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Catfish were planted last month and remain fair. Tagged cats with up to $50 remain in the lake. Ricky Pereida, Redlands, landed a four-pound cat on a hot dog from the upper lake. The bass bite is excellent with the fish in the shallows for the spawn. All bass are catch and release during the spawn. Information: 909-795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: No recent plants. Information: 530-526-7937.

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

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Good trout action with monthly plants. The bite is best on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with scent added. The lake is open Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair to good action for anglers at the dam and along the USFS shore access area. PowerBait or small jigs have been the best bet. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680 or http://www.lakehemet.org/fishing_conditions.php.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: Second DFW trout plant of the season slated for Fulmor Lake this week, and nearby Strawberry Creek is also scheduled to get planted. Information: 951-659-2117.

Apr
18

SILVERWOOD: The best action has been on smaller striped bass, with the best bite off the marina docks, the mouth of Miller Canyon, and at the dam on lug worms, sardines, and anchovies. Most of the fish are from one to two pounds. David Turner, Hesperia, fishing from a boat with his family and friends, landed 62 stripers to three pounds on lug worms and sardine. Mario Mejia, Ontario, landed a two-pound striper in Miller Canyon on a swimbait. DFW trout plant is slated for this week, but the trout bite has been spotty around the marina and up into Miller and Cleghorn canyons. The crappie bite is just fair with most of the fish showing off the dock. The largemouth bass are starting to show in better numbers. While most are small and showing on plastics in six to 20 feet, a few bigger fish are being caught on swimbaits. James Mason, Victorville, landed three bass on nightcrawlers in Outhouse and his best fish was a five-pound, all released. 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: The trout bite has remained very good on one to 1 1/2-pound rainbows with a few bigger. Trolling has been excellent from the Observatory to Logonita Point and from the Rock Wall to the Zebra Room. Most anglers are using two to four colors of leadcore with a copper chicken wing-colored Needlefish, a red and gold Thomas Bouyant, Dick Nite spoons in the same colors, or a small Rapala. The shore action is very good at the dam and at the red house, but the whole north shore has been pretty productive. Rich and Matt Chavez, both Orange County, had limits of rainbows to two pounds trolling with guide Curt Dills. The warm days have also brought up a lot of bass, both smallmouths and largemouths. They have been best on on small plastics. The marinas and public boat launches are all open as of April 1, and the Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic will be held May 17-18 (info by calling 909-585-4007). For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: The trout action has been fair to good. DFW trout plant this week. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No plants are scheduled until later this year. The lake facilities will reopen the third Friday in May. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is www.gvlfishing.com.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: No reports from Jenks Lake, but it should be opening soon. Check with USFS. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were planted with trout by the DFW last week and are slated to get fish again next week. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: First DFW trout plants of the season last week in both the Middle and North Forks. Plants are slated again for next week.

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Trout action has started to slow after the final plant of the season two weeks ago, but a few fish continue to be caught, including some trophy fish. Tops this past week was a nine-pounder landed by Shane Person, Apple Valley, while Luis Garcia, Victorville, had an eight-pounder. Catfish plants are now weekly and the bite is getting better each week. Top catfish reported was a six-pounder landed by Bill Sturgis, Devore, on the marshmallow-meal worm combo. Carlos Fuentes, Ontario, landed a five-pound cat. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH: The trout action has been fair to good with the best bite mid-morning until noon. The usual colors/flavors (salmon peach, orange and garlic) of PowerBait, nightcrawlers, small jigs and lures all produced trout this week. A few bass are also being caught and some bluegill are starting to stir now. Catfish improving. Trout plants are each week. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: Final county trout plant was two weeks ago and there have been no DFW plants for over a month. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

INLAND VALEY LAKES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Final county trout plant was two weeks ago and the most recent DFW plant was four weeks ago. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: Last county trout plant was two weeks ago, but DFW plants went in last week with another slated for next week. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: No report. Final county trout plant was two weeks ago and the last DFW plant was three weeks ago. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No more trout plants this season. Last county plant was two weeks ago and final DFW plant was four weeks ago. Information: 909-887-7540.

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

SECCOMBE LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 909-384-5233.

Apr
18

TROUT: Big Bear Lake is the hot spot for holdover trout with limit-style fishing. There is good action at all the private waters still getting big weekly plants. Those include Santa Ana River Lakes, Corona Lake, and Irvine Lake. In the High Desert, Jess Ranch and Hesperia Lake are pretty good, but Hesperia received its last plant last week. All five San Bernardino County Park Lakes — Mojave Narrows, Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado ñ are slowing. DFW plants are over for the season in the Inland Empire urban waters and at Los Angeles park lakes. In San Diego County, almost all the lakes are seeing their trout seasons wind down with only one or two plants left on the schedules. Jennings continues to be a top spot with trophy fish even though it received its last plant the last week of March.

BLACK BASS: Across Southern California, the largemouth bass are well into the spawn throughout the region. Some waters are full-on spawn (maybe even almost done), while others are just beginning. There are lots of males on beds with some bigger females up with them. Most of the San Diego region waters are very good. Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley are also very good bets. Puddingstone, Casitas, and the Central Coast of Santa Margarita and Lopez are also very good. On the Colorado River, the bass bite is good in the lower river backwaters, Havasu, and up into Lake Mojave but flows are very high making fishing tough. Smallmouth are also starting to perk in the main river all along the Colorado.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action is fair with flurries of good action most places. The aqueduct at Taft is the top pick for volume, but most of the inland valley waters are better for quality. Lake Skinner is turning back on after month-long lull. Water is coming in at the inlet. Silverwood and Pyramid are all pretty decent on cut baits for smaller fish in good numbers and bigger troutñlike swimbaits for the odd bigger fish. Diamond Valley has been spotty with most of its fish coming on swimbaits hurled into boils. Havasu and the Willow Beach stretch of the Colorado River are both getting very little pressure but the bite is improving.

PANFISH: Isabella, Elsinore, Cachuma, and Lake Perris have decent crappie bites. Isabella is wide open with 25-fish limits common on minnows, while the other are a little tougher. The redear and/or bluegill bites have also improved. Top bets are Lake Perris and Lake Skinner. Skinner cranked out a lake record 3.69-pounder. The Salton Sea tilapia bite is also wide open at the state park jetty when the wind isn’t blowing. Hundred fish days are possible when the weather is good.

CATFISH: The best bite in the region is probably Corona Lake thanks to weekly stocks for two months and almost no fishing pressure. Other bites have been pretty spotty with only a few fish showing at Lake Skinner in Riverside County. Santa Ana River Lakes is getting planted each week but almost no one is fishing for cats. Lake Isabella in Kern County is also pretty good. The Colorado River may be the best bet. While flows are very high in the lower river, the channel catfish action has been very good, but with fewer reports on flatheads.

Apr
11

1. Lake Isabella’s crappie bite has broken wide open. The locals call it crappie mania and it has broken out big time with 25-fish limits common for anglers fishing small minnows from shore or boat. The South Fork arm of the lake is best, but anglers need to know two things. First, the lake is so low, boat launching is tough without four-wheel drive rigs. Second, the DFW is writing citations for ìpartyî fishing. Everyone in the group needs his or her own stringer or fish basket and only their fish go in that basket. For an update on this hot bite, check with Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

2. The Salton Sea tilapia bite is red hot and catches of 20 to 100 tilapia have been common this past week. Most are one to three pounds and the action is all on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The bulk of the fishing pressure is at the state park headquarter jetty. Wind can hamper the bite and the flies are a nightmare so bring bug spray. To check on the action, call the state park’s Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (Friday through Sunday) or Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059.

3. The ocean rockfish bite stays in the top picks this week. Counts have averaged from four to six fish per angler on half-day boats, and limits most days on three-quarter or full-day trips. But the best bet of the lot is an overnight trip to San Clemente Island. These trips are looking for yellowtail, white seabass, and calico bass a little, then the fall-back plan is to get limits of quality rockfish, including lots of red snapper and bocaccio, a few lings, and then padding the sacks with nice sheephead and whitefish. Check with an Orange County or Los Angeles landing about one of these trips.

Apr
11

TROUT: Big Bear Lake is the hot spot for holdover trout with limit-style fishing. There is good action at all the private waters still getting big weekly plants. Those include Santa Ana River Lakes, Corona Lake, and Irvine Lake. In the High Desert, Jess Ranch and Hesperia Lake are pretty good, but Hesperia received its last plant last week. All five San Bernardino County Park Lakes — Mojave Narrows, Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado ñ are slowing. DFW plants are over for the season in the Inland Empire urban waters and at Los Angeles park lakes. In San Diego County, almost all the lakes are seeing their trout seasons wind down with only one or two plants left on the schedules. Jennings continues to be a top spot with trophy fish even though it received its last plant the last week of March.

BLACK BASS: Across Southern California, the largemouth bass are well into the spawn throughout the region. Some waters are full-on spawn (maybe even almost done), while others are just beginning. There are lots of males on beds with some bigger females up with them. Most of the San Diego region waters are very good. Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley are also very good bets. Puddingstone, Casitas, and the Central Coast of Santa Margarita and Lopez are also very good. On the Colorado River, the bass bite is good in the lower river backwaters, Havasu, and up into Lake Mojave but flows are very high making fishing tough. Smallmouth are also starting to perk in the main river all along the Colorado.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action is fair with flurries of good action most places. The aqueduct at Taft is the top pick for volume, but most of the inland valley waters are better for quality. Lake Skinner is turning back on after month-long lull. Water is coming in at the inlet. Silverwood and Pyramid are all pretty decent on cut baits for smaller fish in good numbers and bigger troutñlike swimbaits for the odd bigger fish. Diamond Valley has been spotty with most of its fish coming on swimbaits hurled into boils. Havasu and the Willow Beach stretch of the Colorado River are both getting very little pressure but the bite is improving.

PANFISH: Isabella, Elsinore, Cachuma, and Lake Perris have decent crappie bites. Isabella is wide open with 25-fish limits common on minnows, while the other are a little tougher. The redear and/or bluegill bites have also improved. Top bets are Lake Perris and Lake Skinner. Skinner cranked out a lake record 3.69-pounder. The Salton Sea tilapia bite is also wide open at the state park jetty when the wind isn’t blowing. Hundred fish days are possible when the weather is good.

CATFISH: The best bite in the region is probably Corona Lake thanks to weekly stocks for two months and almost no fishing pressure. Other bites have been pretty spotty with only a few fish showing at Lake Skinner in Riverside County. Santa Ana River Lakes is getting planted each week but almost no one is fishing for cats. Lake Isabella in Kern County is also pretty good. The Colorado River may be the best bet. While flows are very high in the lower river, the channel catfish action has been very good, but with fewer reports on flatheads.