Jul
02

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The yellowtail bite all along the coast and at the local islands remains the No. 1 pick, in spite of a big influx of bluefin and yellowfin tuna in local ocean waters this past week. While more smaller yellowtail are moving into the region, the majority are still 20 to 25 pounds and limits have been coming from the Coronado Islands (you need a Passport to fish here now), and most of the overnight boats are seeing scores of at least three fish per angler. Even the half- and three-quarter day boats are getting fish daily. Check the landing counts on 976-TUNA for this action.

2. The striped bass bite has been excellent at Silverwood Lake this past week with a lot of 10 to 30-fish stringers report. Most of the fish are from one to three pounds, but there have been a lot of fish to eight pounds in the past week. Most are showing on fly-lined sardines fished early and late in the dam at the dam or around the marina. For an update on this bite, check with the marina at 760-389-2299 or the Silverwood Country store at 760-389-2423.

3. The East Walker River has had the best trout fishing in the region with an amazing number of quality browns to five pounds. Weather and hatches are both ideal now and the many anglers are reporting 10 to 20 fish days with at least a couple of fish over 20 inches and weighing three pounds or better. Bigger fish are reported daily. For an update on this bite, check with Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport at 760-932-7707.

Jul
02

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada remains very good. While the whole region is pretty good, the hot spots this week have been the East Walker River, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop (actually the whole loop has been pretty good), Crowley Lake, and Convict Lake. In Southern California, the bites got tough this past week, but the best bets are still Green Valley Lake and Big Bear Lake and both of those are just fair.

BLACK BASS: The bass are still in a baitfish-chasing mode in most waters, and the topwater bite has improved just about everywhere. The heat has narrowed the window this action is good to very early and very late in the day. Top bets in this region are El Capitan, Lower Otay, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Perris, Piru, Pyramid, Diamond Valley Lake, and Silverwood. All of these places are pretty good for short periods each day. On the Colorado River, the bites have also been good from Lake Havasu south and up in Lake Mohave.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has really surged on a number of places the past two weeks. Silverwood may be the best bet, but Pyramid and Castaic have also both been pretty good and improving. Topwater bites have been emerging at all three. Skinner also improved in recent days and produced some good catches in recent day. Diamond Valley, while still spotty and getting light pressure because of its launch ramp closure, was much better this week. The California aqueduct near Taft is also good with a lot of four-pound class fish. On the Colorado River, the bites are really starting to take off with the Bullhead-Laughlin stretch the best bet in the region, but the fish are pretty good from the upper end of Havasu all the way to Davis Dam.

PANFISH: The tilapia bite at the Salton Sea surged back on a month ago and has been excellent again this past week, in spite of heat and flies. It is the top panfish bet if you can bear the conditons with fish to two pounds. The redear and bluegill bites are breaking open on the Colorado River, and all the other local panfish bites finally look to be turning on again, with fish starting to show in good numbers at Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, and Puddingstone. Most crappie bites are off, but the action Casitas Lake again produced a few fish to two pounds on live shad.

CATFISH: The flathead bite on the Colorado River in generally fair to good all along the lower river with fish from 20 to 40 pounds showing in decent numbers (considering fishing pressure is still pretty light). Best action is just before the new and full moons. There also continues to be a good channel catfish bite in the California aqueduct near Taft with fish running eight to 12 pounds or even bigger. Lake Skinner and Lake Cachuma both have been very good with fish to 12 pounds, and there were improved bites at Silverwood, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. The Lake Elsinore catfish bite is also still a fair to good bet. For planted fish, Santa Ana River Lakes and Irvine are top bets.

Jul
02

WESTERN SIERRA

STRIPER DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long catfish derby is ongoing through July. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. Entry fee is $1 per angler and all money goes into the winner-take-all pot, that starts with $100 from Bob’s. The biggest striper weighed in during the June striper event was a 10-pounder landed by Jeff Prickett, Bakersfield, caught at the aqueduct on a sardine. The striper pot was $209. For more information or to register, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been good to excellent in the South Fork arm of the lake with a lot of fish from two to six pounds with a couple of double digit fish reported in the past week. The best bait has been super meal worms (not the one-inch jumbos, but the 2 1/2- to three-inch supers), but clams, anchovies, and sardines are also a good bet. The bite bite remains sporadic, but a few catches of eight to 12 quality fish came in again this week. Most are showing on small jigs and shiners fished around trees or other structure from float tubes or small boats. Off French Gulch Marina and at the dam have been the top spots. A few largemouth bass have been reported by anglers fishing topwater very early and then plastics, and this bite has been improving. Bluegill are fair to good on meal worms, wax worms, or red worms. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Fair to good trout action in the upper river with plants last week and again this week in sections 4, 5, and 6. No news on if these will continue weekly. The Kern is not on next week’s plant list. The hatchery rainbows are best on salmon eggs and crickets, while the wild trout are showing in decent numbers for fly anglers, especially in the upper river. About 230 cfs flows in the upper river and coming out of Isabella. The lower river is very low but the bite broke wide open on the largemouth bass with fish to four pounds reported. The bite has been best on small reaction baits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. A few catfish are showing in the bigger pools. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The bite is still good overall with a lot of stripers in the three pound range and catfish to 10 pounds or better. Also still a few largemouth bass being caught. The stripers have been best on lug worms and blood worms. Catfish have been best on sardines and KitKat bait. The largemouth bass bite is good on plastic worms and nightcrawlers. 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: Few reports in the past week.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp are showing in fair to good numbers on dough baits, and the bluegill bite is good on wax worms and meal worms. A few bass on Senkos, plastics, and nightcrawlers in the evenings.

HART PARK LAKE: Water level falling and water from Ming will be used this summer to try to maintain enough water in Hart to keep the fishery alive. The carp and bass bites have been fair to good. Bass are best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, live minnows, and Senko-type baits. The carp are best on dough baits or corn. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on on meal worms and wax worms. Crappie are slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair to good action on largemouth bass on live minnows, Senkos, and Brush Hawgs, while carp and bluegill are both pretty good. The carp are best on dough baits, especially Powder Bait, while the √ęgills are good on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms.

MING LAKE: The bass action is fair on reaction baits, nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The carp bite has been good on Powder Bait and other dough bait mixtures. The bluegill bite has come on strong with the heat and the bite is good on meal worms and wax worms. Crappie remain slow. Water levels will start dropping here as the water is drawn down for other uses (keeping the golf course and soccer fields green and keeping water in Hart Park Lake).

BRITE LAKE: The crappie bite remains fair with some decent scores reported on small minnows or wax worms and meal worms. Most of the fish are small, half-pounders. The bluegill bite has been fair with a few bigger fish to a pound still showing. Best action on wax worms or meal worms. The bass action has been slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and small jigs.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Busy on weekends, with pretty good action on catfish and bluegill. Catfish have been best on super meal worms (the three-inchers) and cut mackerel, sardines, or anchovies, while the bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, and red worms. Juan Barron, Bakersfield, landed catfish at 12, 10 and six pounds, all on anchovies. A few bass are showing Lake Webb on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, live minnows, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bass and bluegill bites are fair, but there have been few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: Fair to good bass fishing on nightcrawlers and plastics to spinnerbaits and cranks. Most are 1-8 to three-pound fish with an occasional bigger fish. The bluegill bite has taken off with good action in most coves on wax worms. Catfish are fair to good on cut baits. 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/fishing/index.html.

KAWEAH LAKE: Largemouth bass are fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. Bluegill are showing in good numbers around any structure with wax worms, meal worms, and red worms the best baits. Crappie are slow to fair around structure in the Horse Creek arm on small minnows of tube jigs with Crappie Nibbles. Catfish are fair to good with the warm weather and the best bite has been on cut baits. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

Jul
02

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Overall, the fish remains fair to good throughout the Eastern Sierra. Top spots continue to be the Virginia Lakes and Crowley Lake. Debbie Thompson, Canyon Country, landed an 8-2 rainbow from big Virginia this past week. But a lot of fish are showing from Twin Lakes near Bridgeport, Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop, and Convict Lake. Tabitha Stewart, Murrieta, had the week’s best trout at Lower Twin, a 6-6 rainbow. Silver Lake cranked out its best trout of the season, an 8-4 rainbow caught by Rudy Godoy, Rialto, on a worm. Brittney LaVahne, Riverside, had a 7-13 rainbow at Convict Lake on a nightcrawler-PowerBait combo.

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: Parcher’s Resort (on Bishop Creek) 760-873-4177, Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Information: 760-876-4444 or go to www.lonepinechamber.org.

Jul
02

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia fishing has continued to be good to excellent, but the heat and flies are about as bad as they can get. Bring lots of bug spray and keep hydrated. Temperatures have been in the 110 degree range most of the week. Most anglers are fishing early in the morning and leaving the lake by 10 a.m. or noon for someplace cooler with fewer flies. The good news is that the bigger fish are showing again with a lot of 1-8 class tilapia filling ice chests. Top spots remain the state park jetty and the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. The bite remains almost exclusively on nightcrawler pieces. The park entrance fee is $5 with self-registration. The water has dropped so much that launching was 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. Volunteers are needed to work in the visitor center. 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).

Jul
02

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 striped bass are starting to spawn and have been moving upriver out of Lake Havasu and moving up all the way to Davis Dam. The fishing has been good from the upper end of Havasu at the sandbar all the way through Topoc Gorge and up to the dam. Lots of four to six-pound fish are showing with bigger fish being caught each week. There is also good action on the resident smaller stripers. The bigger fish are best on reaction baits, while the smaller stripers are best on cut baits. Shawn Reffett, Bullhead City, had stripers at 6.94 and 4.14 pounds on anchovies in the river south of Needles. There is also good redear action throughout Lake Havasu with a lot of two-pound class and bigger redear being caught.

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 Thursday through Monday.

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

Jul
02

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Catfish are very good with some good stringers showing on mackerel or nightcrawlers fished in Cachuma Bay or Clark Canyon. Some fish topping six pounds, but most from two to three pounds. The bass action has been good to excellent with both largemouth and smallmouth showing on reaction baits, jigs, and plastics, especially along the shore in the east end of the lake. Many anglers having 30-plus fish days. Most are one to two pounds. There continues to be a fair number of trout caught by both shore and boat anglers. Shore anglers got fish off E Point and the mouth of Drake Cove on PowerBait, while trollers were working near the dam. No crappie reports, but the bluegill bite has been fair to good in Drake Cove around the stick-ups. 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: Little change. The bass bite remains fair with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. The best bite is early and late in the day. Live shad are still being dipped early in the mornings, but the bass aren’t focusing so much on the shad, while the best crappie action continues to be on the shad. Overall, the crappie are just fair, but most fish are still nice quality 1-8 class fish with a few over two pounds. Trout are very slow, but a few pan-sized fish to 14 inches are showing on nightcrawlers (or occasionally on shad) in 10 to 25 feet of water for shore or boat anglers, and some trollers are working for trout. Catfish are getting little pressure, but when an angler soaks cut baits in six to 20 feet of water, the bite has been good. The bluegill and redear are fair on red worms and nightcrawlers for shoreline anglers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. Lake staff must approve bows. 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: Overall good action. The stripers are showing on cut baits (especially fresh sardines), lug worms, or blood worms with lots of limits of two to four pound fish caught at the buoy line. There are increasing numbers of morning boils, too. The largemouth bass are fair to good on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater. Good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Overall slow to fair action. The largemouth bass bite has been the best bet with fish showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some catfish 10 to 30 feet of water on cut baits, while the bluegill and redear are fair with small fish in most structure areas on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Water level low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: The striped bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there have also been boils most mornings with anglers getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and even some on topwater. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. Bluegill and redear getting little pressure, but the bite on small fish has been pretty decent. 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.

Jul
02

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: Slow to fair trout action. Trollers have had the best luck on small spinners. For shore anglers fishing the Forest Service shoreline, small spinners, trout jigs, and PowerBait have been the best. 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 reports for Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

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

IRVINE LAKE: Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Information: 949-362-9227 or www.lagunaniguellake.com.

Jul
02

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Light fishing pressure with the boat ramp closed, but the bass bite has been fair for anglers fishing plastics in 20 to 30 feet of water off the points and along the dams. Also some good action early in the day on jerk baits. Most of the fish are one to two-pound class, but some fish to five pounds. The striped bass have improved with a fair number of fish showing at the two dams on swimbaits, trolled flies, and shad-colored Flukes. Catfish are getting little pressure, but the few anglers targeting the cats with cut baits and nightcrawlers are getting a decent number of 2-8 to five pound cats. Bluegill and redear are good, but most of the shallow fish are small, under three-quarter pounds, but a few bigger fish are showing from deeper water. Meal worms, wax worms, crickets, are all good baits, but small jigs are also getting fish. Makenna Liess, Redlands, landed a 2.06-pound redear. Rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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 are fair to good around the island on crickets, red worms, meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs. Most of the fish are in 12 to 25 feet of water with some fish up to a pound or better. Chris Hunt, Riverside, had 13 bluegill to a pound. The largemouth bite is fair to good along the south side of the lake on Flukes and nightcrawlers, and some big fish continue to show. Best this week was a nine-pounder caught by Christopher Ryan, Redlands, on a frog in the marina. Other species very slow. The launch ramp will stay open throughout the summer. 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.) However, the recreation area will remain 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 catfish bite has been good to excellent in all of the coves again through the past week. The cats are showing on cut baits (mostly chicken liver and anchovies) and nightcrawlers in five to 15 feet of water. Ralph Watson, Winchester, had a 10-pound catfish on anchovies at Ramp No. 2, while Christopher Smith, Murrieta, landed an 8.8-pound cat in the East Bay, also on anchovies. The striped bass bite improved over the past week with fair action and morning boils at the dam and inlet areas. Swimbaits, ripbaits, and topwater have been the best bets, but some fish also showing on chicken liver in deeper water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good in the mornings on frogs and surface baits early and then plastics, nightcrawlers, with some cranked fish. The bluegill bite slowed with just fair action this past week on meal worms, wax worms, and live crickets. Most are showing on bobber-suspended baits in six to 10 feet of water. Carp good, but getting little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Good catfish action continues for three to 10-pound fish, with an occasional bigger fish. The fish are still showing along the public shore fishing beach (La Laguna), the Elsinore West Marina area, and all over the lake for boat anglers. The best bite has been on frozen shad, sardines, anchovies, or Mack Bites. Slow other species. A few largemouth bass are showing early in the mornings on reaction baits and topwater. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

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

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

Jul
02

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish plants are Thursday each week through Sept. 3. No fishing report. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County catfish plants are Thursday each week through Sept. 3. No fishing report. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: The catfish bite has been just fair in spite of weekly plants of 750 pounds of catfish by the county. The plants are Thursday each week through Sept. 3. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County catfish plants are Thursday each week through Aug. 27. No fishing report. Information: 909-887-7540.

Jul
02

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Good catfish action with 1,000-pound plants last Thursday and this Thursday. The best action has been on shrimp, mackerel, or garlic nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are in the two to three-pound range. Anthony Aruat, Victorville, caught a 9-8 cat on shrimp in Finger Cove. Jenny Francia, Barstow, landed a nine-pounder, while Jesse Montenegro, Barsotw, had a six-pound cat. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout action has been slow to fair with hot weather this past week. The best action has been on PowerBait, especially garlic, fluorescent orange, and salmon peach, or inflated nightcrawlers. Some fish on small jigs or trout spinner or spoons early in the morning. The bass bite has been fair to good early and late in the day on Senkos or plastic worms, with some topwater action. Bass to five pounds have been reported. The catfish action is also improving with some nice fish landed, mostly on mackerel and shrimp. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The catfish action has been fair on nightcrawlers and chicken liver, and a few trout were caught in Horseshoe Lake after the DFW plant last week. County catfish plants are alternating weeks this year through Sept. 3. The most recent plant was Thursday this week (July 2). For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Jul
02

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: Good action for both catfish and stripers this past week. The stripers have been best on fly-lined cut baits with a lot of the fish in the four to six-pound class. Sardines, and blood worms (or lug worms) have been the best baits. The catfish are showing on the same baits in the marina area and at the dam. The best action for both has been early and late in the day or for night anglers. Cody Sprankle and Randall Taylor, both Apple Valley, had four stripers and a catfish and the top striper was an 8-11, all on anchovies. Michael Guzman, Long Beach, had four stripers and catfish on sardines, topped off with an 8-3 striper at the dam. Tyler Abott, Crestline, had a pair of catfish off the docks that weighed 8-8 and 5-8. John Wang and David Fu, both San Diego, caught 15 stripers to three pounds off the dock on anchovies. Dawn, Marty, and Karina Davis, all Garden Grove, landed 30 stripers to two pounds at the dam on sardines, while Tyler and Mark Abbott, Crestline, had 20 stripers to 1-8 on sardines and blood worms off the dock. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in 10 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill bite is also fair to good, mostly on small baits fished under a bobber or fly-lined around structure. Trout slow. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout bite has been slow but stead over the past week. Trollers working Trout Alley along the south shore with two to three colors of leadcore dragging Needlefish, Thomas Bouyants, KastMasters, Rapalas, or flashers and nightcrawlers were getting a few rainbows. The bass bite has been fair on drop-shot plastics or shallow-diving cranks baits. More and more crappie and bluegill are showing in the coves, mostly on meal worms or small crappie jigs fished under a bobber. All the public launch ramps and the five private marinas are open. For more 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: Overall slow fishing this past week but a couple of quality fish were reported by anglers fishing live bait (nightcrawlers or meal worms). Andy Lozano, West Covina, had a 4-12 rainbow. The lake will get a load of Jess Ranch for the holiday weekend. Crappie are starting to show in good numbers. The crappie raffle is back for 2015. Every angler who brings in from 15 to a full limit of 25 crappie will receive a raffle ticket for a Sept. 5 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.

Jun
25

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The yellowtail bite all along the coast and at the local islands remains the No. 1 pick and probably will all summer. The action is simply unprecedented. The fish are averaging 20 to 25 pounds and limits have been coming from the Coronado Islands (you need a Passport to fish here now), and most of the overnight boats are seeing scores of at least three fish per angler. Even the half- and three-quarter day boats are getting fish daily. To top it off, there have been yellowfin and bluefin tuna showing with the yellowtail on the offshore grounds. Not sure the bite could get much better. Check the landing counts on 976-TUNA for this action.

2. Can you tolerate 110 degree heat and pesky flies? Well, the tilapia bite at the Salton Sea is so good, you just might want to put up with the conditions. Anglers are getting 25 to 100 tilapia per day with most in the one to 1 1/2-pound range. It’s as good as it gets. For an update on the action, call the campground store at the state park headquarters (open Friday through Sunday only) at 760-289-9455.

3. The East Walker River has had the best trout fishing in the region with an amazing number of quality browns to five pounds. Weather and hatches are both ideal now and the many anglers are reporting 10 to 20 fish days with at least a couple of fish over 20 inches and weighing three pounds or better. Bigger fish are reported daily. For an update on this bite, check with Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport at 760-932-7707.

Jun
25

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada remains very good. The whole region is pretty good, but the hot spots this week have been the East Walker River, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake and Rush Creek in the June Lake Loop (actually the whole loop has been pretty good), and Convict Lake. In Southern California, the top bets are Green Valley Lake with a double plant last week, Big Bear Lake, and Cachuma Lake, which is still fair to good after plants of 10,000-pounds of rainbows in late April.

BLACK BASS: The bass are still in a baitfish-chasing mode in most waters, and the topwater bite has improved just about everywhere. The heat has pushed the time frame for this activity to early and late in the day, and the window has been getting earlier or later with each warm day. Except in some of the higher elevation lakes, the mid-day bite has been very slow. Top bets, about in order of action, remain El Capitan, Lower Otay, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Piru, Pyramid, Diamond Valley Lake, and Silverwood. All of these places are pretty good. On the Colorado River, the bites have also been very good, especially from Lake Havasu south, but Mohave really turned on this week, too.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been slow to fair this past week at most SoCal waters, but things should finally start turning around with the weather change. Pyramid really came on again this week, while Castaic and Silverwood are both were pretty good. Skinner and Diamond Valley slowed. The California aqueduct near Taft is also very good with a lot of four-pound class fish. On the Colorado River, the bites are really starting to take off with the Bullhead-Laughlin stretch the best bet in the region. There was a 25-pound striper just above Laughlin this week. There are more and more fish showing in Havasu and up through Topoc Gorge.

PANFISH: The tilapia bite at the Salton Sea surged back on a month ago and has been excellent this past, in spite of heat and flies. It is the top panfish bet if you can bear the heat and flies. The redear and bluegill bites are breaking open on the Colorado River, and all the other local panfish bites finally look to be turning on, with fish starting to show in good numbers at Perris, Diamond Valley, Skinner, and Puddingstone. Most crappie bites are off, but the action Casitas Lake again produced a few nice catches of fish to two pounds on live shad.

CATFISH: The flathead bite on the Colorado River in generally fair to good all along the lower river with fish from 20 to 40 pounds showing in decent numbers (considering fishing pressure is still pretty light). Best action is just before the new and full moons. There also continues to be a good channel catfish bite in the California aqueduct near Taft with fish running eight to 12 pounds or even bigger. Lake Skinner’s catfish action remains very good, and there were improved bites at Cachuma, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Silverwood. The Lake Elsinore catfish bite is also still a fair to good bet. For planted fish, Santa Ana River Lakes and Irvine are top bets.

Jun
25

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 (June 21-27):

SAN BERNARDINO: Mojave Narrows Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Doane Pond.

INYO: Bishop Creek (Intake II), Lake Sabrina, Rock Creek Lake.

KERN: Kern River (Section 4 and 5).

INYO: Bishop Creek (Intake II), Lake Sabrina, Rock Creek Lake.

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

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond, Kern River (sections 5-6).

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Ward Lake.
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (June 28-July 4):

VENTURA: Reyes Creek.

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor.

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

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

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

KERN: Kern River (Sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5-6), Peppermint Creek (upper), Tule River North Fork (middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (middle fork No. 2).

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