Sep
18

Castaic Striper Boils

Sep
18

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The unending, incredible yellowfin tuna bite off the Southern California coast remains the top pick. Sportboats from San Diego up into Los Angeles county, and all stops in between, are getting from seven to 10 yellowfin tuna per rod, along with a nice mix of yellowtail, dorado, and skipjack. Even a few bluefin in the mix. And this is not just on the overnight and longer trips, even the three-quarter and full-day boats are getting in on the tuna bite. If you haven’t gone on one of these trips yet, don’t miss out. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

2. The striped bass bite in the Laughlin-Bullhead stretch of the Colorado River remains in the No. 2 spot because of the very good striped bass action and the shot at a quality fish is very high. Most anglers are drifting anchovies and getting nice numbers of one- to three-pound class stripers, and while there is a chance at a fish in the 20-plus pound range. The reality is that few anglers are fishing this bite and even fewer are targeting bigger fish with larger swimbaits or surface plugs. For an update on the bite, check with Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

3. The catfish action across Southern California has quietly become really hot at most waters throughout the region. The reality is that Skinner, Diamond Valley Lake, Elsinore, Cachuma, or Isabella could get final pick of the week. So you pick. They are all equally good and all are producing fish averaging three to five pounds with bigger fish from all each week. Shrimp or fresh skipjack have been top baits, but just about any cut bait will get fish.

Sep
18

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Good action throughout the Sierra. Hot spots include (from North to South), Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake (the June Loop was closed due to fire at mid-week, so check on this spot before you go), Convict Lake, Lake Crowley, and Bishop Creek. In Southern California, Green Valley Lake is getting planted with brown and rainbow trout this year, but it has slowed way down. Big Bear Lake has also slowed with just fair action at best, mostly for trollers.

BLACK BASS: Not a lot of change here. The largemouth bass remain in their late summer pattern with the fish going deep during the day and then coming up mornings and evenings to chase baitfish. The topwater and reaction bait bites are fair to good most everywhere, but overall the action is pretty mediocre. Not much change in the top bets with El Capitan and Lower Otay tops in the San Diego region, and Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley best further north. Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas all also decent bets. The Central Coast waters of Santa Margarita and Lopez are also good. On the Colorado River, the smallmouth bass bite had been good in the entire lower river, especially around rip-rap, but no one is fishing this bite.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action is fair to good on at most SoCal reservoirs with the exception Diamond Valley, which remains strangely quiet. Castaic’s topwater bite has been the big news and most fun, but Silverwood and Pyramid are still pretty good for sheer volume of small fish and the occasional bigger fish. Lake Skinner surged back on after a quiet week with a pretty good bite at the dam and inlet. Diamond Valley has been off with the worst fishing on the lot for weeks. The California aqueduct near Taft has been slow to fair, but most of the fish are sub-keeper sized. On the Colorado River, the Bullhead City-Laughlin stretch remains one of the hottest bites in the region, but getting little pressure. Most fish one to two-pounds but bigger fish are always possible.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are still in the summer mode with just slow to fair action most of the time, but flashes of good action early and late in the day or when you find a school of willing fish. Lake Perris is probably the best bet now, but Diamond Valley Lake is still producing quite a few fish. There has been some spotty action in Casitas. Quality crappie bites are mostly dead, but the Isabella bite just won’t die with some fish still showing in the North Fork Arm on live minnows.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River remains fair, but no reports of monster fish this past week because of very light fishing pressure. Top bets in a wide array of good bites include Skinner, Diamond Valley, Elsinore, Cachuma, Isabella, Jennings, Casitas, Piru, and Pyramid. The best stocked-fish bites are Irvine Lake, Corona Lake, and Santa Ana River Lakes. All of the San Bernardino County Parks are finished up their stocking season with the final plants two weeks ago.

Sep
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 (Sept. 14-20):

INYO: Rock Creek Lake.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mammie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Robinson Creek, Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake).

FRESNO: King River (below Pine Flat Dam).
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (Sept. 21-27):

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

INYO: Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

Sep
18

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The catfish and stripers have both been good this past week. The stripers are showing on lug worms, anchovies, and a few on swimbaits, around the docks, in Miller Canyon, the main channel, and at the dam. While most are small (under three pounds), there have been a few bigger fish caught. The catfish are best on shrimp, mackerel and anchovies off the dock and in Miller and Cleghorn canyons. Julian Delgado, Hesperia, had a seven-pound catfish on a lug worm off the dock. The largemouth action has been fair and getting better on nightcrawlers, Senkos, and plastics. Tom Bazonck, Hesperia, landed a 6-10 bass on a Senko in Outhouse Cove. The bluegill bite improved again this past week with a fair bite in Outhouse Cove, at the dam, and off the dock. Bart Springfield, Norco, had eight bluegill to a pound fishing jigs and meal worms in Outhouse Cove. Few trout or crappie reports. 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 Big Bear Municipal Water District is planning to increase the number of trout reared in the lake cages, and the lake will get a big plant of rainbows, including trophy fish, for the TroutfesT coming up in two weekends. Overall, trout action has still be fair with water temperatures starting to cool and the trout are showing over much of the lake from top to bottom. The key to getting a limit for trollers has been to keep switching up the lures being trolled behind one to three colors of leadcore. DFW trout plant last week and another is slated for next week. Bass fishing remains slow to fair with the bass are holding in deeper water and coming up for buzz and crankbaits early and late in the day and drop-shotted baits after the surface action. Panfish and catfish slow. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: The trout have been slow with only a few showing, but a few catfish and small crappie are being caught. There is a $4 per day fishing access fee for the whole lake. The Crestline Chamber of Commerce is having trout derbies the second Saturday of each month with a $1,000 tagged fish the top prize. That prize rolls over and a portion added to the next derby if the tagged fish isn’t caught. Derby entry fee is $20 per person and includes the $4 lake fishing fee. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No recent reports. The trout bite had been fair. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for an Aug. 30 drawing for a $100 Bass Pro gift card. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: DFW trout plants last week and next week ago at Jenks Lake. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were planted with DFW trout last week and are slated to get fish next week. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: No recent DFW plants.

Sep
18

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish bite has been good with 1,000-pound plants Sept. 11 and another slated for Thursday this week. The average size is around two to three pounds with some bigger. Best action has been on garlic shrimp, nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm (M&M) combo, chicken liver, and cut mackerel. James Tiesheimer, Apple Valley, landed an eight-pound cat on shrimp, while Dave Bodo, Lancaster, caught a 7-8 cat mackerel. Tiffany Lucas, Victorville, landed a five-pounder, and the top stringer was a total of three fish weighing in at 15 pounds caught by Scott Gillum, Apple Valley. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout action remains slow with very few showing early in the morning. The bass action is pretty good on plastics and topwater early in the day, while the catfish and bluegill bites are pretty good. The catfish are best on cut baits, while the ëgills are showing on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, or small jigs tipped with bait. Trout plants are each week. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Sep
18

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. 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.

Sep
18

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The catfish bite has been very good but getting light fishing pressure. The best action has been at both dams, around the islands, and in most of the coves. Stink baits, cut mackerel, sardines, or anchovies are the best baits, but nightcrawlers are also working. The largemouth bass bite is slow to fair with mostly fish under three pounds showing from 30 to 40 feet of water on plastics with some action closer to the surface early and late on Senkos and bluegill-like cranks. Striper remain surprisingly slow with few reports. The redear and bluegill bites are fair to good with a lot of fish reported on nightcrawlers and small jigs tipped with mearl worms. The dams, rock quarry, and near Restroom No. 2 are the best spots. Boats inspected and tagged ìquagga freeî at Diamond Valley are also 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 action has been good this past week in the heat with fish showing all over the lake, mostly chasing shad that are running along the shorelines. Plastics, minnow-like cranks or swimbaits, and curly-tail grubs have all been getting fish. Sail Cove and Launch Ramp Cove have been top spots. Andy Morris, Yucaipa, landed an eight-pound bass in Sail Cove swimbait. Peyton Freeman, Murrieta, landed a four-pound bass on a nightcrawler near the launch ramp. The bluegill bite has been good in 20 to 40 feet of water along the west side of the lake on meal worms and crickets fishing on small jigs. Ryan Merritt, Riverside, had a 2.4-pound bluegill from Sail Cove on a meal worm. Redear are tougher, and no crappie, trout, or catfish reported this past 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: The catfish bite is good with quite a few fish topping five pounds, and the striper action surged back on this past week, including a few better quality fish. The catfish have been best on shrimp, chicken liver, mackerel, and sardines fished in Catfish Alley, most coves, and near Ramp No. 2. Mario Ruiz, Ontario, had a 19-pound cat on sardines off the south shore. The stripers have been best at the inlet and dam area, also on cut baits. Phil Zayasomroth, Murrieta, had a 13-pound striper at the inlet on chicken liver, while Christopher Miller, Chula Vista, landed an 11-pound striper on mackerel, also at the inlet. The largemouth bite also remains fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits, and there has been some topwater action. Bluegill and redear are slow, but carp are very good on dough baits, and most are in less than 10 feet of water. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.

ELSINORE: The catfish bite remains good with most fish running from two to eight pounds. Cut baits and fresh or frozen shad working the best. The carp bite is fair to good on dough baits or corn. The bite on bass, crappie, and bluegill, is slow and there have been no wiper reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: Fair to good catfish action reported on shrimp, mackerel, or other cut baits. Russ Par, Canyon Lake, had five cats totaling 13 pounds and his big fish was a seven pounder, all on shrimp near the boat dock. Rouse Hawkin, Lakewood, landed cats at 5-11 and three pounds on mackerel from a boat. Corona is being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The catfish bite is just fair with most of the fish from 1-8 to 2-8 showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Jason Meadows, Yucaipa, had a 6-1 catfish on mackerel from the upper lake. There were also a number of tagged with worth up to $50 each in the plant and most recent plant and several have not been caught yet. The bass action also remains fair and are catch-and-release only. Lots of two-pound class fish on topwater, reaction baits, and plastic worms early and late in the day. Bluegill fair to good, but most small. 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: Catfish action has been good. Anchovies have been the top bait, but the mackerel and nightcrawlers are also good. The lake is now open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Friday through Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.

Sep
18

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent DFW trout plants and slow trout action. A few fish continue to show for anglers at the dam and along the USFS shore access area, with early morning the best time to fish. PowerBait or small jigs have been the best bet. Pretty good action on small bass, and fair to good action on small bluegill. 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: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Sep
18

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Overall good catfish action with a few quality fish showing. Eric Fennell, Compton, caught 10 catfish totaling 52-8, and his largest catfish was 7-8, all on mackerel. The lakes are being planted twice a week with both catfish and tilapia. There is also night fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The catfish bite has remained good and the fish are moving shallower with a lot of fish showing in two to six feet of water, and the bite has been good from noon into the evening. Best action has been in Boat Dock Cove, off the west shore, mid-lake, and off Santiago Flats. Productive baits included mackerel, shrimp, bonito, and skipjack, with strong scents like Berkley Catfish Dip helping. Good numbers of largemouth bass are showing off Rocky Point and the Red Clay Cliffs. Bass anglers did best on dropshot-rigged plastics and hard baits. The bite on large bluegill and redear sunfish heated up considerably, with lots of plump panfish over a pound hitting on meal worms and waxworms. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. Information: 949-362-9227 or www.lagunaniguellake.com.

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

Sep
18

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Catfish continue to be the top bet here with other bites slow to fair. The catfish action has been on cut baits and dough baits in most of the bays and coves in less than 10 feet of water. Some of the fish are topping six pounds and some limits or near-limits reported. The smallmouth bass have gone on a tear chasing the shad. Cranks and small spinnerbaits are getting a lot of fish. The largemouth, while fair, are not as good as the smallies. A few crappie are showing from under docks and floating platforms around the lake, but they are tough. Bluegill spotty and trout slow. The carp have also slowed way down with only a few showing for bow-fishermen at midday. 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: There bass bite remains fair to good with the fish in deeper water most of the day and showing on plastics and jigs fishing in 20 to 40 feet of water, but the topwater action at first and last light has also been good on frogs, buzz baits, and poppers. Also some spinnerbait and jerk bait fish in the mornings when schools of shad are near-surface. No big fish reported, but pretty good numbers of 1-8 to three-pound fish and some to five pounds. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in 12 to 30 feet, mostly on nightcrawler pieces fished on the bottom. 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 remains good and the topwater activity remains very good with boils throughout the day all around the lake, but the best action has been in the mornings. Hot spots have been the dam area, Kong Island, The Cliffs, Dry Gulch, and Firebreak. Flukes, Spooks, Kastmasters and cranks have been the top lures for the boils. Jocob Hedberg, Sylmar, had 10 stripers totaling 40 pounds topped by a five-pounder fishing a Lucky Craft at the Jet Ski Buoys, while Huong Hua, Long Beach, had 10 for 34 pounds total, and his best was a seven-pounder, all on Super Spook Juniors off Kong Island. There has also been a fair topwater or jerkbait bite for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the early mornings and then a fair bite late in the afternoons and into the evening on plastics and nightcrawlers. Sarah Crawford, Agua Dulce, had four largemouth to five pounds fishing crankbaits at Hawk’s Nest. The catfish are fair to good in 12 to 40 feet of water in most of the coves and off Kong Island. Bluegill are fair in eight to 20 feet of water on small nightcrawlers, meal worms, crickets, or wax worms. Most are 1/4-pounders. Armen Yasheslaf, Los Angeles, had three bluegill to a pounds on meal worms. The west ramp remains closed. The water will continue to fall this summer and the boat capacity has been reduced from 500 to 300 boats per day. Other species slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in 12 to 30 feet of water, but there is some topwater action early and late in the day. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports on cut baits. The bluegill action is slow to fair on hand-sized panfish. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201, or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: The striper bite remains fair to good with a lot of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up to five or six pounds. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and bloodworms. Fair catfish action 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, lug worms, and cut baits with fish to six pounds reported this past week. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but there has also been some early topwater action. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish. 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: Slow to fair bass action on plastics and topwater baits early and late in the day. Tough mid-day bite with the heat. The bluegill are showing in pretty good numbers with some fish pushing a half-pound. Redear and crappie still spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW plants. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW plants.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

ELIZABETH LAKE: Lake is currently dry. No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW plants.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.

Sep
18

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: There were 41 anglers who landed 656 bass this past week. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: No county report. Marina staff report good catfish action in the shallow coves, while bluegill have slowed. Bass fair with a lot of crankbait and plastics fish. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: County staff checked 166 anglers who reported 270 bass to 11.21 pounds. 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: County staff checked 85 anglers who reported 243 bass to 7.8 pounds, 36 bluegill, and three channel catfish. Marina staff report the heat has slowed most of the bites, except for fair action on smaller bass and a decent bite on bluegill to nearly a pound. 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: County staff checked three anglers who reported five bass. 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: No county or marina reports. 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: County staff checked 20 anglers who reported 33 bass and 10 bluegill. 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: County staff checked 31 anglers who reported 15 bass, eight bluegill to a pound, four carp to nearly nine pounds, and four channel catfish. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: The lake is now closed on weekdays, but it will remain open for weekends throughout the fall. Catfish are fair to good on cut mackerel or chicken liver. The bass bite has been improving with the best action in the mornings and evenings. Kevin Gallego, San Marcos, landed a 9-10 bass on a bladed swim jig, while Omar Martinez, Valley Center, had a 6-9 on a Senko. Few other reports. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com

DOANE POND: No recent DFW plants.

DIXON LAKE: Catfish action has been fair to good on cut baits. Bass remain fair with some flurries of good topwater action early and late. Bluegill action is warming up with some up smaller sized fish off the piers near the weedy, covered areas of the lake. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: The catfish bite has been fair on cut baits. Bass fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits with some good reaction bait action early and late in the day. Small bluegill are good in most shallow shoreline areas with some bigger ëgills in 12 to 20 feet of water. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Good catfish action with the morning, evening and night bites the best. Night fishing season has been extended through September this year. Lanterns required after dark. The redear and bluegill continue to bite with some 25-fish limits caught over the weekend. The bass bite continues to be fair to good with boils in the early morning. The lake level lake will drop off and on until October. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: The bass bite has been fair this past week mostly on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some topwater early and late. Storm Gardner, Potrero, landed a 3-14 bass fishing near the boat dock. Catfish have been good on cut baits, especially shrimp and mackerel, with some nice stringers of five to 15 fish reported near the dam. Most in the two-pound class. Ken Locke, Campo, had catfish at 11 and 10 pounds on bonito, while Dave MacGregor, Oceanside, landed a 7-2 on mackerel. A few bluegill showing, but crappie are slow. Carp are pretty decent for the few anglers targeting the carp with dough baits. No trout reported. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Trout action continues fair, but the fish are getting tougher by the day with the warm weather and lack of plants. Catfish are pretty fair and a few bigger fish have been reported. The small crappie are showing in good numbers again. No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

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

Sep
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 on cut baits. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, anchovies, sardines or shrimp. Fish are mostly 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. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good near the dam on nightcrawlers. Stripers are fair 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. Scott Buckley, Bullhead, caught a 15.8-pound striper near the dam on anchovies. 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: Fair to good catfish and striped bass action in this stretch of the river, from the dam all the way down to Needles. The top baits for both have been anchovies. Richard Hayes, Bullhead City, landed a 10.62-pound catfish in the Community Park area on anchovies. Rex Price, Bullhead, landed a 2.38-pound striper in the same stretch of river on the same bait. Most of the stripers are one to three pounds, but some bigger fish are showing on Pencil Poppers. After a political battle to keep plants going into this part of the Colorado River, the first trout plant of the fall is slated for Oct. 4 at Davis Camp. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good for cats. 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits but the crankbait bite is improving. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair to good in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk.

PARKER STRIP: Catfish are fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads are still pretty fair.

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite has been fair all along the lower Colorado River. Monsoon rains again have muddied up the water in some areas, but it’s been clearing pretty quickly. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but the few anglers fishing are finding pretty good catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits and some topwater early and late. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Sep
18

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow with little or no fishing pressure. The tilapia bite has been poor and there continues to be a horrible fly problem. 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.

Sep
18

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: 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 East Walker has been tough with low flows again this week and the best fishing has been below the first bridge and on the Nevada side. Bridgeport Reservoir continues to drop and the fishing has been improving, especially at the dam for bait and lure anglers. Also a fair bite on perch. The Twin Lakes have been fair, with most of the fish pan-sized. Trollers are doing the best, but fly and bait anglers are also getting a few fish. The West Walker has been good, especially with dry flies, and lure anglers are getting some fish in the evenings on spinners. Virginia Lake remains one of the best spots in the region with a very good bite and limits of fish to four pounds showing on flies, bait, and lures. Kirman is getting little pressure but the bite has been pretty good for fly anglers on damsels and small streamers, mostly on brookies to 18 inches (and that is a four-pound fish). Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: A fire on June Mountain closed the loop to angler access early in the week. Anglers should call ahead to check on current closures and conditions. The fish has been fair to good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop with mornings and evenings the best time to fish. June Lake continues to produce a lot of one to three pound trout. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches, with a few browns showing from Silver and Grant. Silver continue to produce five or six fish per day topping three pounds and Desert Springs hatchery put in more trophy fish. The usual PowerBaits, Pinched Crawlers, and small lures are getting fish at all four waters, and there is a pretty good fly-bubble bite in the evenings. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been good for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays around weed beds. Quite a few fish from two to four pounds. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the trees are turning color and the trout action has been good. The lake will also be stocked with trophy trout Sept. 26. Top fish this week was a Alex Perez, Crowley Lake, with a 3-15 rainbow caught on a Mice Tail off the south shoreline. Rich Baker, Independence, had a stringer with trout at 3-10, 3-3, and 2-6 on Gulp! Pinched Crawlers, also off the south shore. Mark Cota, Rancho Cucamonga, landed a 3-4 rainbow on Velveeta at the Hangman’s Tree. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair action in most of the lakes and the brookies are starting to mass at the stream mouths. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls and along the outside edges of weed beds all over the lakes, while the upper lakes are all best morning and evening, especially with the fly-bubble combo, small spinners, or floating baits. Rock Creek Lake has been fair to good. Rock Creek is good with a lot of smaller browns. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was slow to fair this past week. North Lake is slow with light pressure. South Lake fair. Sabrina also slowed this past week, but still quite a few fish showing, especially for trollers working mid-lake. The inlets slowed. At Sabrina, the bite took off again, especially at the inlets, but trollers are also scoring again with the cooler fall weather. Paul Stanwyck, Bridge City, LA, had a three-pound trout while trolling a nightcrawler behind five colors of leadcore. Andrew MacArthur, Torrance, caught a three-pounder using a rainbow Rapala. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain fair to good with a few limits reported. In the valley, Pleasant Valley Reservoir is slow to fair for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the mornings, then tougher until dusk. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers, but conditions are tough. 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: All of the trout streams in this region are fair with light pressure. Weekly plants have ended for the season.