May
17

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The rockfish action from Oxnard to Morro Bay has just been phenomenal, with limit-style fishing most days on most boat, even the short half-day trips. There have been lots of reds and bocaccio in the rockfish limits, and when you add in the good scores on whitefish, and a smattering of sheephead and lingcod, these have been top notch trips. For an update on this bite, check the daily scores on 976-TUNA.com or call one of the landings in the region.

2. The Pyramid Lake striper bite stays in the top picks this week. Lots of limits of fish around two pounds with some to six or seven pounds, and even the occasional bigger fish. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also a lot of catfish showing in this bite. For an update on this action, check with the Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

3. There were three plants of brown trout this past week at Silverwood Lake, and the action on the browns and rainbows has been very good with a lot of limits reported. The trout have been running up to 1-8 and have been showing on spinners, small spoons, or trout jigs. For an update on this action, check with the marina staff at 760-389-2299.

May
17

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The trout bite has been excellent. The DFW had three bonus plants of brown trout go into Cleghorn Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday last week. The fish have been up to 1 1/2-pounds, and most are showing on spinners, small spoons, or trout jigs. Joshua Schwind, Upland, had three trout to 1-8 on spinners in Cleghorn. Catfish are being caught in Cleghorn mostly on cut baits. Stephanie and Cory Hendricks, Victorville, had two catfish that went 8-6 and 5-3, both on sardines in Cleghorn. Stripers are showing at the dam, adjacent coves, quarry, and off the dock, mostly on lug worms, cut baits, and nightcrawlers. Most are in 30 feet of water. Alexandra Buinett, Riverside, had a four-pound striper off the dock on a nightcrawler. Still pretty decent bluegill action off the dock on small baits. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. Anglers should be aware of health advisories 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 fishing remains good best along the north shore from Windy Point to Old Gray’s Landing for shore anglers using floating dough baits on 18 to 24-inch leaders. Fish to four pounds have been reported this past week. The trolling action has been good near the solar observatory and along Trout Alley. Slow trolling with one to three colors of lead core dragging Thomas Buoyants and Rapalas has been the ticket. Chris Robinson, Big Bear City, had a limit of trout to 3-9, and smallmouth bass to two pounds. A few bass are starting to show on swim baits at Garstin Island, but this is still tough. No catfish or panfish reports, yet. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No reports. Trout Derby coming Memorial Day weekend. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The first trout plant (500 pounds) of the season went two weeks ago, and the bite has remained fair since. The swim beach is tentatively slated to open Memorial Day weekend, depending on weather and water conditions. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. No fishing reports and no DFW trout plants yet. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana also have not been planted recently. For information, call the Mill Creek Visitor Center Tuesday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) at 909-382-2882 or the San Bernardino National Forest main office line at 909-382-2600.

May
17

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top picks are Lake Silverwood, which got three brown trout plants last week along with rainbow plants the week before that. Meanwhile, the urban trout bite is pretty much ended. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are post spawn now. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is kicking into gear. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open four weeks ago and stays hot. Mohave is just starting to pop. Smallmouth have been fair and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Pyramid and Skinner this week, and nearly as good at Castaic. Quail Lake has also breaken open with some good fish to 10-pounds reported. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is still slow to fair, at best. Best action has been on cutbaits at all the local lakes, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is good on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are still deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites continue at Cachuma, Isabella, and Lake Success, but have fizzled other places. The bluegill and redear bites pretty much wide open across the region, with good bites at Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, and Castaic. The redear action at Havasu is breaking wide open, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with several 20-plus fish this past weekend. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. The California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself are improving again.

May
17

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (May 13-19):

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Owens River (sectio0n 2), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Little Walker Lake, Owens River (section 3).

TULARE: Stoney Creek.

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week next week (May 20-26):

SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake, Green Valley Lake, Gregory Lake, Miller Canyon Creek, Mojave Narrows Regional Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Lake Sabraina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, 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 (upper and lower, Bridgeport), Virgin Creek, West Walker River (section 2 and 3).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (section 5 and 6), Stony Creek.

FRESNO: Courtright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

The following waters were planted last week (May 6-12):

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Crowley Lake, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull 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 Lake (Upper and Lower, Bridgeport), Virginia Creek, West Walker River (section 2).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake).

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Hume Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

May
17

HIGH DESERT WATERS VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: No report. Catfish season normally begins the end of April, but no information available. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was slow during the day, but good early and late. The best action has been on PowerBait (especially fluorescent orange, salmon peach and garlic), nightcrawlers and the usual array of small lures. Best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2, and the eastern logged shore and western shore near the drain of lake 3. Anglers report very good bass bite on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near the pump house. Jorge Poveda, Ontario, landed a 7-11 trout on a small jigs off the north shore of Lake 2. Bass are biting on Senkos, swim baits, and drop-shot night crawlers with fish weighing up to 4 pounds. A few bluegill starting to show, but still no catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. No recent DFW plants. Information, call 760-245-2226.

May
17

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite has remained fair since the kid’s derby two weeks ago with a few trout to three pounds reported on small jigs or flies. The best action has been for carp, which continue good on home-made dough baits or the XXX Magic Bait in mulberry. A lot of anglers are also using strawberry jello as a dip for their baits. Most of the carp are running from four to 10 pounds. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Good action on tiny bluegill, but otherwise very slow fishing. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The trout bite has remained pretty good after a surprise plant two weeks ago. Most of the action has been on PowerBait, MiceTails or fly-lined nightcrawlers. The carp bite is also still very good with a lot of quality fish over six pounds. There is a month-long carp derby (no entry fee), and the biggest poundage of carp weighed in this month is worth $150. Second will win $100, and third will be a $25 gift card to Turner’s Outdoorsman. The bass bite has been good on nightcrawlers fished around the docks, and there are still a few crappie showing around the docks early in the morning or late evening. Also a few redear showing. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The striper bite has been good with the warm weather. The best action has been on ghost shrimp at the water outlet with anglers reporting stripers up to 10 pounds. The catfish bite has also come back on with a variety of cut baits, but the best action has been at the outlet near the parking lot on big hunks of mackerel. The bass have been best near the shoreline tules on plastics and nightcrawlers. Also some bluegill on meal worms or wax worms fished under a bobber tight to the structure. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish action has been fair to good again this past week, especially the west side of the valley at 110th, 195th, and 280th West. Best bait has been mackerel. The striper bite is improving, with a few showing on cut baits or for anglers walking planer boards with shad-like lures. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

May
17

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. No recent DFW plants. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. No recent DFW plants. For park and fishing information, call: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. No recent DFW plants. Information: 909-887-7540.

May
17

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines. The bite is best on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites also starting to improve, especially the panfish. The action has been along most shorelines with the fish in spawning mode. Trout are very slow, and the last 3,500-pound trout plant of the season was over a month ago. Stripers also slow, but a few have been reported by trollers. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The largemouth bass bite has continued very good with a lot of fish showing all around the lake in the recently flooded cover is six to 25 feet of water. The backside of the island and the east end are probably the best areas. Plastics, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers are all getting fish. The bluegill and redear have really turned on with very good action and a lot of quality fish showing on red worms, meal worms, and wax worms. Top spots have been the tire reef, the dam, and east end. Darren Favors, San Bernardino, had a mixed stringer of redear, bluegill, and bass, all caught on red worms behind the island. His best fish was a two-pound redear. A few crappie have been reported in the past week from the north side of the lake. Michael Long, Long Beach, had two crappie at 1-8 each on crappie jigs with Crappie Nibbles. Carp are pretty good for the handful of anglers targeting them. The lake level continues to come up. Catfish and trout slow. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The striper action has been pretty good this past week in the mouths of most coves and at Ramp No. 2. Chicken liver, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and shad are the top baits. Brandon Smythe, Temecula, had a 6-5 stripers on a chunk of chicken liver at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now. Ron Muniz, Temecula, landed an eight-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler in Catfish Alley. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina. Other species have been slow with few reports. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report from the 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be this weekend, May 5-6, with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

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

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few reports. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

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

May
17

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fishing information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: There is no fishing fees, 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/.

May
17

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Wind was quite most of the week (except the afternoons), and the crappie, bass, and trout bites all have been fair to good. The crappie bite has been best in Cachuma Bay and most coves with reeds on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between a half-pound and 2.5 pounds. Bass are good on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Fair to good trout action continues since the big derby three weeks ago, and the cooler weather has the trout closer to the surface again. The best bite is still for trollers near the dam or for shore anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacking up in the shallows. 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 bass bite is still fair to good — very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. Fish to six pounds reported. Roxanne Grodin, Santa Barbara, landed a 5-2 bass on live shad. The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. Kevin Del Ermia, Port Hueneme, landed a 12-5 catfish on the live shad. No crappie reports. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The final date for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas is June 2. For information on this events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are June 16 and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The stripers have been good, especially at the buoy line and in Necktie Canyon with cut baits in 40 to 50 feet of water. There is also a good swimbait bait at the dam and the west ramp, with the best action late in the afternoon and evening. Top striper reported was a 20-pounder landed by Jay Poore, Castaic, in the Fish Arm on a swimbait. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass action this week on small swim baits and plastics. Scott Scotto, Castaic, landed a four-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. The bluegill bite broke open with good action on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. Robert Page, Los Angeles, landed 20 bluegill with fish up to 1-8, all on meal worms in the Fish Arm. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Most of the fish showing on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving but crappie remain slow. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been good. The best bite has been on sardines and lug worms for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth for shore anglers, the rip-rap in front of the boat shop, and at the dam. Howard Yu, Arcadia, caught and release 24 stripers to three pounds on sardines, while Akop Khatichian, Palmdale, had 16 fish, also to three pounds, also on sardine. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. The largemoth bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve, but few redear reports. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

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

May
17

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout plants May 22 and Jun. 15, and it was planted three weeks ago. It is also slated to get DFW trout next week.

Santee Lakes has had catfish plants every two weeks since April 7. The next 1,000-pound plants will be Friday, followed by plants May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6, 13, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 21, 29, and a final plant Oct. 6 (3,500 pounds).

Lake Jennings catfish plants will begin the week of Memorial Day weekend with a 2,000-pound plant. The lake will be open until midnight Friday through Sunday that weekend. Lanterns are required for anglers after 8 p.m. At Poway, catfish season doesn’t begin until the end of July. No word yet on Dixon Lake catfish season.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass bite has been fair to good across the board with the warm weather with the topwater action starting now. The bite is still best on small plastics and reaction baits. Lower Otay, San Vicente, and El Capitan are the top bets with very good action, but Sutherland is nearly as good. Murray and Hodges are several notches behind but also pretty decent for anglers targeting the bass.

The bluegill and redear action is kicking into high gear, especially at Lower Otay, but also at San Vicente, El Capitan, and Sutherland. Hodges is also starting to perk. The crappie action has really dropped off with very few fish reported at any of the lakes over the past week.

The trout bite had slowed way down except at Cuyamaca, with no plants in a couple of weeks at most urban lakes.

The catfish are still getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett, 327 anglers reported 732 bass. At El Capitan, 27 anglers checked had 144 bass, 14 bluegill, seven blue catfish, and three crappie. At Miramar, 12 anglers had 19 bass to 3.65 pounds. At San Vicente, 44 anglers landed 153 bass to swix pounds and 40 bluegill. At Sutherland, 41 anglers caught 135 bass and 10 crappie.

NOTABLE CATCHES: None.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

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

SANTEE LAKES: Lake information: 619-596-3141 or www.santeelakes.com.

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.

May
17

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: The action all along the river is pretty good. Four major bites to note: First, there is a good largemouth and smallmouth bass bite in Lake Havasu on reaction baits and plastics. But bass have been good all along the river in the backwaters and all the reservoirs. The lower river around Palo Verde has also been pretty good for smallmouth. Second, the catfish action on the lower river below Blythe remains good to excellent, especially in the Palo Verde to Yuma stretch of river but with light fishing pressures. Top fish reported this past week was a 23-pounder. Third, the big redear action is very good at Havasu and throughout Topoc Gorge. A lot of toads from 1-8 to 2-8 have been reported in six to 18 feet of water. Fourth, there continues to be a good trout bite in the Bullhead City stretch of the river. Weekly plants at the two stocking locations — the Community Park and Davis Camp. The 1,700-fish plants are alternated between each spot each week. Most of the fish are running a pound or better and PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and small spinners are all getting the rainbows. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good. The striper action is also improving all along the river, especially in Havasu and the river between Havasu and Davis Dam (lots of fish under five pounds). However, Susan Brown, Bullhead City, landed a 10-pounder fishing with her husband Ranby in the upper Big Bend area. The striper bite is also fair in Lake Mohave. Catfish are also starting to show in better numbers from Havasu upstream, mostly channel cats.

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.

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still pretty slow tilapia fishing, and the few fish being caught have been very small. The action is due to break open with warming weather. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

May
17

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The weather has been excellent in the Sierra the past week, except some usual winds for this time of year. For information on the regulations, anglers should check the Department of Fish and Wildlife website’s regulations pages. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP FISHING NEWS: Overall, the trout fishing remains fair to good throughout the region with the DFW planting many roadside waters each week, and holdover and wild fish showing in decent numbers. That means a steady succession of both limits and a few quality fish.

In the Bridgeport region, the East Walker River has been very good even with flows a little up. Lots of browns and rainbows up to 20 inches or better being caught on nymphs and streamers, both rainbows and browns. There have been reports of 30-plus fish days on all stretches and the Rosaschi stretch in Nevada. Bridgeport Reservoir remains perhaps the hotspot in the whole Eastern Sierra for both shore and boat anglers with a lot of quality rainbows and a few browns, and limits are common for the diligent. Fish to eight pounds reported this week. Both Twin Lakes, upper and lower, were slow to fair with winds, but still some flurries of decent action, and some fish to six pounds.

In the June Lake region, the bite has continued fair to good at all the lakes. Silver Lake has been producing fish to five pounds and a lot of two to three pounds. Zephyr Wehrsphann, Alpine, landed trout at 3-1 and 2-1 using Berkley Mice Tails.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake continues to be a hot spot with good action for bait, troll, and fly anglers. Wind has been an issue, especially in the afternoon. The fish have spread out and a little harder to find this week. Hot Creek has been good with midge and bluewing olive hatches midday. The upper Owens remains pretty good with a lot of spawners out of Crowley still in the river. Convict Lake has been fair to good, and quite a few quality trout continue to show. Tops this week was a rainbow just over seven pounds.

In the Bishop region, the whole Bishop Creek drainage has been fair to good. Bishop Creek and Sabrina continue to be the best, but North Lake is also good. Inlet II has been very good thanks to regular DFW plants. The lower Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir are fair.

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

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

BISHOP 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.

May
17

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout bite has been very good with a lot of bigger quality fish showing from two to five pounds. The best action has been for trollers dragging Needlefish or bait fisherman work the auxiliary dam and North Fork Arm of the lake. The crappie bite has slowed a little again with the wind and cooler weather early this week pushing the fish back away from the shoreline and out into 20 to 25 feet of water. The bite is still fair to good with Piney Point and Rocky Point the hotspots. The best action has been on small jigs or live minnows fished in this deeper water. The best colors on the jigs have been red and white or red and chartreuse, but other colors are also getting fish. Adding Crappie Nibbles to the jig helps the bite. The catfish bite also has been good, especially on shad and clams in the South Fork Arm of the lake. Still fair to good bluegill action, and a few bass are showing, but not many reports. For carp anglers, this bite is pretty much wide open with the fish flooding the shallows and showing best on dough baits. Lots of carp to eight pounds. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The upper river flows have dropped steadily over the past week from 1,800 to 1,200 cfs, and the trout bite in the upper river has been pretty good with rainbows to three pounds reported. The best bite has been on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are have pretty decent luck on wild fish. The lower river flows have been bumped up into the 1,000 cfs range, and it is fishing pretty well for bass and catfish. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been very good, but the action is almost all little fish below the keeper size. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits, with very few fish on artificial lures. Catfish are improving with fair to good action on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. A few largemouth are starting to show now. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Flows are way up and the bite has been pretty fair for catfish with a few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are the best bet with pretty good action on wax worms and meal worms. A few bass are being caught on plastics and Senkos, and the carp action is pretty good on dough baits. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp, bluegill, and bass bites are all pretty decent, but the crappie have slowed way down. The carp bite is good on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets. A few bass are being caught on on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, or live minnows, but the bluegill bite is better with a lot of fish showing on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits.

MING LAKE: The carp, bass, and bluegill have been good. Crappie slowed. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair on plastics, Senko-type baits, and minnows.

BRITE LAKE: Still a few trout showing after the Calaveras and DFW plants four weeks ago. Most of the planted fish were in the 1-8 to 2-0 range with some bigger. Best action on PowerBait and Power Mice. A few crappie are still being caught, and there are some bluegill and bass showing.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite has been good on red worms and wax worms along most shoreline. The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics off the points and brush. Carp have been fair to good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Crappie slowed, and a few catfish are starting to show. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The good crappie action perked back up after last week’s cold snap, and the good quality fish continue to show on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass action is also good, but the fish are post-spawn and mostly in 20 to 35 feet of water except early and late in the day. Bluegill is fair to good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. Also a few catfish starting to show. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: Crappie slowed way down after the cool weather last week, but a few fish are still showing on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass are fair to good with the fish backing out of the shallows and in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. The bluegill bite is good, and a few catfish are starting to show. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

May
17

CENTRAL COAST

At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is very good. The bite is best on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of fish to four pounds. Also a fair to good bite on white bass, with most one to two pounds. The crappie bite slowed. At Santa Margarita, the bass and panfish bites are fair to good with the bass starting to spawn. Best action on nightcrawlers and plastics, and some on reaction baits. Panfish best on small jigs topped with baits or live bait. Lopez Lake has a fair to good crappie and bluegill bites, and the bass bite is really taking off in shallow water on plastics and reaction baits. Also some reports of good smallmouth action at San Antonio this past week.