Jun
23

MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. A Beat the Heat Pick. Big Bear Lake has been very good for rainbow trout this past week, and it has been much cooler up in the San Bernardino Mountains than the scalding temperatures in the desert and valleys. A lot of the trout are bigger holdovers and plants from a recent tournament. In fact, big trout this past week was over 15 pounds. Both trollers and shore anglers are getting into these fish. For an update on the bite, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

2. The Lake Mohave striped bass bite on the Colorado River remains in the top picks, in spite of 110-degree temperatures in recent days. There continue to be a lot of fish up into the 12-pound class showing for shore and boat anglers fishing cut baits and shad-like swimbaits from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. For an update on this action, check with Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245 or Riviera Marina in Bullhead City at 928-763-8550.

3. The Castaic Lake striper bite has been consistently good for the anglers who know how to drift bait or troll. Guide Bob Caffey been hammering them with his clients. While a lot of the fish are 12 to 14-inchers, until water flow into the lake spiked in recent days, there was a lot of six to 10-pound or bigger stripers in this bite, too. For an update on the action, call the marina at 661-775-6232 or contact Caffey at www.troutonly.net.

Jun
23

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is just fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, and Bridgeport Reservoir. In Southern California, the top bet is Big Bear Lake for holdover rainbows from six to 15 pounds and lots of pan-sized fish for both shore and troll anglers. Silverwood Lake is producing a fair number rainbows to four pounds, but the heat slowed this action a little. Cuyamaca is the best bet in San Diego County with heavy plants this season that continue through this week.

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

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. The hot bite has been at Castaic for bait and troll fish with some to 12 pounds last week, most 12-inches this week. Lead core tolling with flies at Silverwood slowed to fair, while Skinner’s cut bait bite at the dam and inlet areas is still decent. Pyramid is also producing some fish on the troll and some topwater fish. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been wide open with very good action on fish to eight pounds or better. Lake Havasu is nearly as good.

PANFISH: The tilapia bite at the Salton Sea was hammered early this week with 124 degree temperatures, and where this bite goes in the heat is a big question. Anglers should call ahead. The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair to good just about everywhere, but the top bets are Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley. In San Diego County, Poway and Murray have the best bluegill bites. Meanwhile, the crappie bites have all pretty much died down everywhere.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are starting to really heat up with the weather. Skinner, Pyramid, and Diamond Valley Lake are top spots, but this bite isn’t getting much angler pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish on dip baits and clams. Santa Ana River Lakes and Hesperia Lake are now stocking catfish weekly. In San Diego County, Wohlford, Poway, and Jennings are stocked catfish or will begin by the end of next week. By far the best bite has been for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River. Over 50 fish topping 20 pounds were reported just from the Palo Verde-Walter’s Camp region since Memorial Day weekend. At least two over 50 pounds have been landed.

Jun
23

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (June 19-25):

VENTURA: Reyes Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Santa Ana River, South Fork Santa Ana River.

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

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

KERN: Cuddy Creek Pond, Kern River (sections 1 through 5).

TULARE: Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Freeman Creek, Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (lower).

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Courtwright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Tamarack Creek, Ward Lake.
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (June 26-July 2):

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

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

KERN: Kern River (sections 1 through 5).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Big Meadows Creek, Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (lower), Stony Creek.

FRESNO: Bearskin Creek, Dinkey Creek, Hume Lake, Tenmile Creek (Upper).
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Jun
23

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The heat slowed the striper and trout bites this past week, but the catfish bite has stayed fair to good with the best bite off the dam and in most of the deeper coves and bays on chicken liver, sardines, lug worms, and nightcrawlers with fish running from three to eight pounds. The striper bite is still fair for anglers trolling white flies or cut baits like sardines, blood worms, or lug worms, in the bigger coves and main lake points. Alex Hernandez, Long Beach, had a pair of stripers and his best was eight pounds, both caught on sardines. The trout bite remains fair on small trout plastics, small jigs, or PowerBait in Cleghorn and Miller canyons, through the main channel, and even at the dam. The fish are just in deeper water, and trolling will probably replace shore fishing for the rainbows in the coming weeks. Marcus Blake, Pomona, had a limit of rainbows to two pounds trolling a small fly on lead core line. The bluegill and largemouth bass bites have all been pretty fair as the lake warms. Bass are still schooling and chasing bait in less than 15 feet of water and drop-shot plastics are best. William Cramsey, Apple Valley, had four bass to three pounds, all on nightcrawlers in Miller Canyon. Bluegill have moved shallow and are mostly showing in less than 10 feet of water. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: There has been a steady parade of big trout planted for the Western Oudoor News tournament two weeks ago (with very few caught during the event). The biggest fish was a 15 1/2-pounder landed by Christopher Vournas, 15, Huntington Beach, while fishing with Mike and Trish Marzell of Luck Bear Charters. Collin Crilly, 11, Temecula, landed a 15-6 rainbow, while Donald Junger, Las Vegas, landed a 12-10 rainbow. Both of these trout were caught while fishing with Curt Dills of Fish Big Bear Charter Service. Shoreline trout anglers are seeing good action from Old Grays Landing to the dam. Garlic-flavored PowerBait fished on the bottom with a Carolina Rig and a two to three-foot fluorocarbon leader of not more than four-pound test is best. Trollers are continuing their circuits around Trout Alley and the mouths of Boulder and Metcalf bays. A slow troll at .5 to 1.5 mph and depths of 12 to 22 feet (three to five colors on leadcore) is the most consistent way of putting fish on the boat. Top lures are Needlefish and Thomas Bouyants in copper/red and color patterns. But Rapalas in Blue/Silver and Gold/Black are also doing well. DFW trout plant slated for this week. Bass are fair on plastics in around rock structure near the dam and in Boulder and Metcalf bays. Some panfish are also finally starting to show around the docks in shallower water, most on wax worms or small jigs. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

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

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite has been fair to good with a few five-fish limits and some nice quality fish in the mix. Mot recent plant was 800 pounds of Jess Ranch rainbows on June 16. The best action has been along the south side of the lake on PowerBait (chartreuse), but some on nightcrawlers, small trout jigs, and trout spoons. Top fish reported this past week was a 7-2 rainbow landed by Kerwyn Thomas, Green Valley, while Ryan Yamaguchi, Diamond Bar, landed a 5-10. Frank Gray, La Verne, landed a 5-5. The crappie bite is very good, but the fish are small. Anglers get a raffle ticket or a Bass Pro gift card each time they bring in 15 to 25 crappie. Fishing fees are $15 per adult, $10 for kids. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plant four weeks ago. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River are slated to get trout this week and they were both planted three weeks ago.

Jun
23

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish bite has been good with catfish plants last Thursday and again this week. The weekly plants contain 1,000 pounds of fish. Lots of quality double-digit fish over the past couple of week. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

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

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

Jun
23

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The water level continues rising steadily, and the bass bite has been fair to good, Most of the action on Senko, Ikas, and plastics in watermellow-pumpkin colors with gold flake. The key has been fishing in those rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The grass is at least a foot long so drop-shot anglers should use at least 12 to 15-inch leaders now. There is a lot of empty water, but the bass seem to be schooling and once you find fish the action can be hot. Most of the largemouth are two to four pounds with some up to seven. Striped bass remain very tough with only a very few fish to three pounds reported in recent weeks. The bluegill bite is very good with the best action on the staircases on the east dam for anglers fishing meal worms and crickets. Some of the bigger bluegill are also showing on tiny ice jigs in 25 to 35 feet of water. A few stripers are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. Few reports of other species. The boat launch has reopened. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bites remain good. Top areas have been around the island, marina area, dam, and east end. Most of the fish are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits. The largemouth bass are fair. The action is best on plastic worms or Senkos and Brush Hawgs fished in six to 20 feet of water, especially on the west side of the island and all around the lake on the outside edge of the weed lines. Also a lot more surface action this week for anglers fishing smaller topwater in the mornings. Paytten Niburger, Murrieta, landed a 5-6 bass on a crankbait in the marina. A few catfish and carp, but little fishing pressure on those species. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. During the process, the entire dam and Bernasconi Beach side of the lake, including the Bernasconi Beach parking area, will be closed to public access. (The closure includes the bicycle trail on the east side of the lake.) The recreation area remains open, including access for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The west side of the lake will remain open. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The bluegill bite is wide open along most shorelines with structure, but the Boat Launch Two area and adjacent coves seem to be holding the most fish. They are showing on crickets, wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and lug worm pieces in four to 12 feet of water. Most are hand-size to nearly a pound, but some bigger specimens in the two-pound class have been reported this past week. The catfish bite has been very good taking off over the last two weeks and getting better with each hot day. The best action has been at Launch No. 2 and along the south shore, but some are also showing at the dam. Chicken liver, nigthcralwer, and mackerel are the best bets. Also a plant slated for this week. Stripers and largemouth are both fair. For the stripers, the bite is best in deep water at the inlet on chicken liver and anchovies, while the largemouths are best on plastics, especially in the east end and most coves. Carp good on dough baits, but very little pressure. Trout are slow with no recent plants in over a month. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

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

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

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant three four ago. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: Fulmor Lake planted with DFW trout four weeks ago. No recent plants in Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Weekly plants of catfish and tilapia. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

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

Jun
23

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

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

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

CASTAIC: The striper bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad, but there is still a decent deeper water bite in Elizabeth Canyon and the Elderberry area on cut baits, mostly sardines, in 40 to 50 feet of water. Lots of water coming into the lake this past week, which seemed to slow the bite on bigger stripers. Most in the 12 to 14-inch range. The largemouth bass is fair to good. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

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

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

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

Jun
23

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Still no news on when San Vicente Reservoir is expected to reopen. It was supposed to open this spring, but spring has come and gone. Cuyamaca is getting its final Jess Ranch trout plant Tuesday this week. Catfish plants went in last Friday (June 17) in Wohlford with another plant set for July 1. Wohlford will have its annual Catfish Derby July 6 from 6 a.m. to midnight. Lake Poway’s first catfish plant of the season will be July 1 and night fishing on Friday and Saturday nights will begin that weekend. Jennings’ will get a trout plant this week. most recent plant was two weeks ago. No information on Dixon fishing or plants.

FISHING UPDATE: In most of the lakes in this region, the bass bite has been the best bet. Top bets for bass include Barrett, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Jennings, and El Capitan. But Barrett remains a top pick. Most waters are also seeing much better bluegill and redear action. Poway and Murray have a particularly good bluegill bites on small fish right now. Even waters not getting catfish plants yet have been fair on catfish. Cuyamaca easily has the best trout action in the county with its final plant of the season this week. There has been a good carp bite at Lake Morena for anglers fishing dough baits.

FISH COUNTS: This past week, there were 106 anglers at Barrett and they reported 1,410 bass. At Hodges, 78 anglers reported 121 bass, 14 carp, 13 catfish, six crappie, and four bluegill. At Miramar, 34 anglers reported 84 bass to 4.2 pounds and 12 bluegill to a pound. At Murray, 74 anglers reported 25 bass to 6.85 pounds. At Sutherland, there were 32 anglers who reported 51 bass to three pounds, 11 crappie, nine bluegill, and one carp.

TOP CATCHES: Karen Leland, Newport Beach, had 15 bluegill fishing red worms at Lake Murray, and while most were small, the big one was a 1 3/4-pounder.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Jun
23

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Fishing is generally very good all along the Colorado River. There is still a good bite for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is very good, especially in Mojave, where there is a very good volumne of fish in the four to eight-pound class and fish to 12 pounds common. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but that is also where most of the fishing pressure is concentrated. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad. There is topwater action early in the mornings. Gerry Ward, Bullhead City, had an 8.78-pound striper fishing an anchovy from shore in the Power Lines stretch of Mohave. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings and evening now with the heat, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. This bite is wide open with most of the fish showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits, but also white tube baits. Since Memorial Day weekend, at least 50 flathead catfish topping 20 pounds have been caught in the Palo Verde-Walter’s Camp region, most on live bluegill. The channel catfish bite is
also fair to good throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller live baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported. A final note: It’s mosquito season. The bugs are out in full force, and repellant is highly recommended, especially on the lower river which has more backwaters.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
23

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The heat has really hammered the tilapia bite. The action was fair to good through the middle of last week (most anglers reporting 20 to 40 fish catches, which is down from the 60 to 100 fish catches of earlier this season), slowed dramatically by Saturday (only a handful of fish reported), and then completely died by Sunday. The action had not come back on by mid-week this week. Before this heat spell, most of the tilapia showing were in the 10 to 12-inch range, and all were being caught on nightcrawler pieces. Temperatures peaked at 124 degrees Sunday, and they are expected to rise to 114 or so by the weekend again this week. On top of the heat and slow fishing, the flies are horrible again. There was also reportedly a fish die-off on the west side of the sea, but no dead fish have been reported on the east side over the past week. This report is from the state park headquarters jetty and the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. 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).

Jun
23

EASTERN SIERRA

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

TOP NEWS: Fishing has been fair to good throughout the roadside waters in the region, especially in the DFW trout plant areas. DFW trout plants have ramped up since Memorial Day weekend and most roadside waters are getting weekly stocks. Silver Lake is slated to get Desert Springs trout this week. Top action has been at Crowley Lake which has continued to produce a lot of limits of rainbows and cutthroats, with cutts to five pounds and a lot of two-pound class fish. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have been slow overall, but Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with some good action early and late in the day on fish to five or six pounds. The East Walker River’s flows have stayed up at over 250 feet per second, making fishing tough, but some quality fish mostly for nymph fishermen. The Virginia Lakes are good, with Big Virginia producing some nice brookies as well as rainbows. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been slow to fair with a flurries of good action after the trout plants. Lundy Lake is fair, while the beaver ponds above the lake are starting to produced good numbers of fish. The backcountry is also opening up. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good. The Rock Creek drainage is fair at best, but the backcountry is good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is good at the Dingleberry Inlet and — believe it or not — approaching full pool. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years, but fishing is still tough. Boats could go back in by July 4 weekend. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late.

Noteable Catches: Randy Keihm, Torrance, landed a 6-4 rainbow from Convict Lake with a Gulp! worm at the inlet.

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

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

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

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

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

Jun
23

WESTERN SIERRA

STRIPER DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long striper derby is ongoing through June. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest striper weighed in during June will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. So far 143 have signed up (so pot is $243), and the leader is Randy Hudnall, Bakersfield, 6-3 striper from the aqueduct on a sardine. For more information or to register, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action has been fair to good near the dam, with a lot of quality holdover trout up to three pounds or better showing on Thomas Buoyants and salmon peach PowerBait. Trolling has been the best bet. There also continues to be a fair to good catfish bite on clams and dip baits, with fish up into the six pound class pretty common. The crappie bite has been very slow with only a few sporadic reports of a few fish up in the trees. Some bluegill and bass reported, but mostly slow action. The water level is still coming up. Flows have been 8 cfs coming in and 750 cfs going out this week. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

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

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Fair action on stripers, but moss is making the fishing tougher as the weather warms. Best action has been on blood and lug worms, sardines, Gitzits, Rat-L-Traps, and bucktail jigs, and most anglers are fishing at night or early and late. Not much on topwater. Randy Hudnall, Bakersfield, landed a 6-3 striper on a sardine. Continued fair to good catfish action but the number of big fish has dropped off. Still lots of two to five pounders. The best action has been on sardines, chicken liver, and dip baits. Only the odd largemouth showing on swimbaits, plastics, and live minnows. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish greater than 12 inches. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Very slow.

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

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

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

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

BRITE LAKE: There is a slow to fair crappie bite on half-pounders and an occasional bigger fish, but it has continued to slow each week for several weeks now. Most crappie are showing on small minnows and jigs. Also an occasional catfish, but other species very slow.

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

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

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

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

Jun
23

CENTRAL COAST

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

Jun
17

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. There are topwater largemouth bass bites opening up all over Southern California, but the action has Casitas Lake has been perhaps the best pick in the region and a pair of pigs at seven and nine pounds were reported in the past week. Overcast has kept the topwater action alive long this past week. For an update on this action, check with the the boat rental at 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

2. Monster bluefin tuna stay in the picks. Think of fish from 80 to 150 pounds or bigger. They are showing in good numbers off the San Diego coast. The bite is not wide open, and a large percentage of these big fish that are hooked are never landed, but three-quarter day to two-day boats out of San Diego targeting the big bluefin continue to fill because of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You will want at least one rod with 80-pound or heavier line, and trips into Mexican waters require a passport. For an update on this bite, go to www.976-Tuna.com.

3. The Lake Mohave striped bass bite on the Colorado River remains in the top picks. There continue to be a lot of fish up into the 12-pound class showing for shore and boat anglers fishing cut baits and shad-like swimbaits from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. For an update on this action, check with Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245 or
Riviera Marina in Bullhead City at 928-763-8550.

Jun
17

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is just fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, and Bridgeport Reservoir. In Southern California, the top bet is Big Bear Lake for holdover rainbows to six pounds. Lots of limits reported for both shore and troll anglers. Silverwood Lake is producing a lot of rainbows to four pounds, even through it has been three weeks since a plant. Cuyamaca may be the best bet in San Diego County with heavy plants this season that continue through June.

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

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. Bright spots have been the lead core tolling bite with flies at Silverwood, Skinner’s cut bait bite at the dam and inlet areas, the troll and topwater bite at Castaic and Pyramid, and — of course — the excellent bite for bait and swim bait anglers on the Colorado River’s Lake Mohave. The Mohave bite has been producing a lot of six to eight-pound class fish and many to 12.

PANFISH: Big news remains the hot tilapia action at the Salton Sea. While it lulled this past weekend with windy, cooler weather, the heat is forecast to be back and this bite should surge back on. These temperatures could also kill this action with a green tide, so anglers should call ahead. Lot of fish in the 1 1/2-pound range. The bluegill or redear are starting to turn on just about everywhere, but the top bets are Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley. Meanwhile, the crappie bites have all pretty much died down everywhere.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are starting to really heat up with the weather. Skinner, Pyramid, and Diamond Valley Lake are top spots, but this bite isn’t getting much angler pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish on dip baits. Santa Ana River Lakes and Hesperia Lake are now stocking catfish weekly, and Jennings started its catfish planting season three weeks ago. The flathead catfish bite is very good on the lower Colorado River from Blythe to Yuma, and the channel catfish are starting to show in good numbers throughout the Colorado River.