May
28

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Didn’t get enough tuna last season. Well, the bite is already taking off this year, and all of the boats out for the Memorial Day weekend reported good to excellent numbers of bluefin tuna in U.S. waters, even though the weather was iffy. Since the weekend, a number of private boats and six-pack charters have got into the 25 to 50-pound bluefin in good numbers, and one fish at 125 pounds was weighed in. The limit is now two (down from 10), but this bite is worth jumping on as we move into the full moon. Check the latest scores on 976-TUNA and jump on a mid-week or weekend boat to get in on this early-season tuna.

2. The catfish bite has really turned on in the past week at Lake Skinner (and a lot of other places). It just took a couple of warm days to break this bite wide open and the cats are showing in all the coves on cutbaits (especially chicken liver and shrimp) and nightcrawlers. Lots of fish from two to six pounds and the lake is capable of producing much bigger fish. For an update on this bite, check with the marina at 951-926-8515.

3. Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains is staying in the top picks because of its good trout fishing. The lake has been getting weekly plants of Jess Ranch trout to five pounds and the fishing pressure has been relatively light because of the weather. It looks like the bad weather had fading and this is still a top bite. For an update, check with the rental shop at 909-867-2009 or go to the website at www.gvlfishing.com.

May
28

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada remains very good with hot spots still Lower Twin Lake at Bridgeport (for trophy browns) and Crowley Lake for both volume and trophies. Both produced trout over five pounds again this past week. But the whole region was pretty good, including the Bridgeport Reservoir (boat anglers), Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop (actually the whole loop has been good), and Convict Lake. In Southern California, the urban winter trout season is pretty much over most places. Top bets are Green Valley Lake, which just “officially” opened its trout season two weeks ago, and Cachuma Lake, which is still fair to good after plants of 10,000-pounds of rainbows last month. Big Bear Lake remains tough but it was improving rapidly at mid-week.

BLACK BASS: The bass are moving into a baitfish-chasing mode in most waters and this week’s warmer weather has intensified that. Top bets, about in order of action, remain Lower Otay, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Piru, Pyramid, El Capitan, 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.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been slow to fair this past week, but things should finally start turning around with the weather change. Top bets are Pyramid, Castaic, Silverwood, Skinner, and Diamond Valley, but all of them were pretty equal this past week. On the Colorado River, the bites are really starting to take off with the Bullhead-Laughlin stretch the best bet in the region, but 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 good again this past week with only minor lulls due to wind. It still looks to be a top bet and the weekend weather is supposed to be good again in the desert. The redear and bluegill bites are breaking open on the Colorado River, but other local panfish bites seemed to go in the tank. The one exception has been the crappie bite at Casitas Lake, which again produced a few nice catches of fish to 2-8 on live shad.

CATFISH: The flathead bite on the Colorado River in generally good all along the lower river with fish from 20 to 40 pounds showing in decent numbers (considering fishing pressure is still pretty light). 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 surged on this past week, 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 is the top bet and its big “Bluezilla” catfish at 78 pounds was caught and released this past week.

May
28

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 (May 24-30):

KERN: Kern River (sections 4-5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5-6).

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Tamarack Creek, Ward Lake.

NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (May 31-June 6):

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).

May
28

CENTRAL COAST LAKES

SAN ANTONIO: The shad are showing on the surface and the stripers and black bass are starting to chase the baitfish. While there aren’t many surface boils yet, a few stripers have been reported on swimbaits and jigging spoons. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair at best on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. The spotted bass are fair to good and the fish are whacking reaction baits or plastics. Catfish fair to good on cut baits in 15 to 60 feet of water. The bluegill and crappie are also starting to turn on with the bite best on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. Weather has keep this bite from breaking wide open. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes, or inflatables can get on the water. When the ramps reopen, anglers launching boats need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: Call the main office at 805-472-2313. The marina number is 805-472-2818.

NACIMIENTO: The shad are massing along the shorelines and in the marina on the surface, and the spotted bass and white bass are up chasing the baitfish in good numbers. The white bass are already boiling and showing on jerk baits and jigging spoons, while the spotties have been best on cranks and swimbaits fished a little deeper. Plastics are good when the fish aren’t boiling. The smallmouth and largemouth are still slow to fair on plastics. A few crappie are also showing on small jigs. Few bluegill reports yet. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: marina at 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com. Anglers here need to be aware of health precautions when eating fish from this lake. For more information, go to this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/nacimiento.html.

SANTA MARGARITA: The hot largemouth bass action came back on this week with the warmer weather. The fish remain keyed in on shad which are stacked up along the shorelines early in the morning. Live shad and reaction baits have been hot for bass to six pounds. The catfish action has continued good with some quality fish continuing to show with fish to 16 pounds this week. Cats are also showing on cut mackerel, chicken liver, or packaged dough baits. The crappie bite is improving with a fair bite around the fishing docks in the Live Oak area. Small jigs tipped with a meal worm or Crappie Nibble have been the best. The bluegill are getting fair to good with some more one-pound plus pounders showing. The marina and marina store is open, but the launch ramp is now completely closed due to low water levels. Hand-launchable boats, kayaks, canoes, or float tubes can still use the lake. Information: Marina at 805-438-1522, park ranger office at 805-788-2397.

LOPEZ: The bass bite remains fair to good with a lot of fish on plastics and nightcrawlers, and reaction baits are nearly as good. There are still catfish showing in the coves on sardines, mackerel, and other cut baits. The bluegill and redear bites are also getting hot with the fish starting to move shallower and showing around rocky structure on meal worms, red worms, and wax worms in 15 feet or more of water. Quagga mussel inspections are required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: 805-489-1006.

May
28

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Windy again much of the past week, but the catfish action has been pretty good on shad and clams. Lots of fish to four pounds with some bigger. There was a little flurry of crappie action on live minnows, but it’s not crappie mania. The trout action was slow this week. Bass and bluegill bites remain slowish with little pressure. 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 with plants last week and again this week in sections 4-6, and those sections are slated to get trout again next week. 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 tough, but some catfish and bass are showing in the big pools. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Not much change here. The catfish bite has been very good with a tremendous number of quality fish to 12 pounds. Mackerel, chicken liver, and Cat Nip bait are the best baits. Stripers also came back on strong over the past week with pretty good action on blood worms and lug worms, and some fish showing on Gitzits and Flukes. Most of the keeper stripers are from four to seven pounds. The largemouth bass bite also came back on with good action on nightcrawlers and plastics with a lot of three to five-pound fish. A few bluegill are starting to show again, but still no more crappie. 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 appears to be starting to take off on wax worms and meal worms. Bass tough on Senkos, plastics, and nightcrawlers.

HART PARK LAKE: 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 remain slow to fair, tougher than they should be for this time of year. Crappie also slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Overall slow to fair fishing with the best action on largemouth bass on live minnows, Senkos, and Brush Hawgs or carp on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Still tough for bluegill with only a few showing on wax worms.

MING LAKE: The bass action is fair to good on reaction baits, nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The carp bite has been good on Powder Bait and other dough bait mixtures. The bluegill and crappie bites are both slow after windy, cool weather again this past week.

BRITE LAKE: The crappie bite has started to slow down, but a few are still showing on wax worms and meal worms. Most of the fish are small, half-pounders. The bluegill bite has also turned on here, but some of the bluegill have been up to a pound or better. The bass action has been slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and small jigs.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Overall, mostly slow action. Catfish have been the best bet with fair action on cut baits. A few bass are showing Lake Webb on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, live minnows, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill remain slow to fair thanks to the weather. Only a few showing on wax worms, meal worms, and red worms. 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, but the weather has made the bite unpredictable. Most are 1-8 to three-pound fish with an occasional bigger fish. Catfish are improving, but the bluegill and redear remain spotty because of weather. 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. Crappie are slow to fair around structure in the Horse Creek arm on small minnows of tube jigs with Crappie Nibbles. Catfish are fair with the warm weather and the best bite has been on cut baits. Weather has made the bites very inconsistent. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

May
28

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: Both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes remain consistly good on pan-sized fish and both have cranked out some bigger rainbows. Lower Twin also continues to put out some nice brown trout. Best this past week was an 8-4 caught by Jerry Sjogren, McMinnville, Ore. Bridgeport Reservoir was tougher for shore anglers, but the bite remained fair to good for boat anglers trolling or fishing bait with rainbows to six pounds reported and a few browns to 2-8. The East Walker remains low at 22 cfs, and the bite is fair at best, but the quality of the fish is excellent with most browns from 17 to 23 inches. Fair action on the West Walker for anglers focusing on the big, deep pools with jigs or small, slow-rolled spinners. Virginia Lakes have been excellent with a lot of fish to three pounds and many anglers are reporting 15 to 20 fish catch-and-release days. Kirman Lake remains slow. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: The fishing has been good throughout the June Lake Loop this past week thanks to both DFW and Desert Springs hatchery plants. These were the first plant since the opener. All the lakes were producing the hatchery rainbows with the Desert Springs fish in the two-pound class. Top fish this week was a 6-14 brown caught from upper Rush Creek near the Power Plant by Michael Smith, Lago Vista, Texas. June, Gull, Silver and Grant all produced some limits of fish, mostly on PowerBait, MiceTails, and inflated nightcrawlers. Fair to good fishing also reported in Lundy Lake, Parker, and Walker lakes, just off the June loop. The road into Yosemite is also open, and most back-country water below 10,000 feet are ice-free and those above are partially or fully open. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Very good fishing throughout this region, but windy much of the past week and snow fell yet again. Crowley Lake has remained a top spot for bait, lure, and fly anglers all seeing good action. There have been rainbows and cutthroats (or crosses) to six pounds and browns to four pounds reported. The Crowley Lake Perch Derby is ongoing through June 29. Entry is $20 and heaviest perch wins $500 and a custom rod. Sign up at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Convict Lake was very good after both DFW and Desert Springs plants this past week. John Flynn, Anaheim, had rainbows at 8-4 and 6-6 on a Thomas Buoyant off the north shore. Dennis Addington, Lomita, caught a 7-3, while Jason Staehnke, San Diego, had a 7-2. All of the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin have been fair on wild and holdover fish. Some limits reported from upper Twin, George, Mary, and Mamie, mostly at creek entrances. Hot Creek and the upper Owens River were both fair. Hot Creek is producing mostly eight to 14-inch browns on nymphs fished through the deeper pools, but some dry fly action on mayfly and caddis hatches. The Owens has stayed fair to good on big rainbows, but the spawn has been winding down. The fish are moving back to Crowley. The best bite is on small nymphs and egg patterns fished in the deep pools and runs. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Trout action remains good in most of the Bishop Creek drainage, and everyplace was stocked with DFW trout this past week. Lake Sabrina was good at the inlets for bait anglers, but trollers had tougher fishing. Alfredo, Danny and Irma Luna, Baldwin Park, all had limits using Red and Gold Thomas Buoyants. Jeff Dorris, San Diego, had a limit of rainbow to 18 inches on Sierra Slammer jigs. North Lake has been good to excellent, especially on small jigs with many anglers reporting 15 to 25-fish catch-and-release days. Bishop Creek has been good on DFW plants with some browns. Weir Pond isn’t getting any pressure and South Lake is very slow. Intake II when from slow to red hot after the DFW plants. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. The lower Owens River has been good. Andy Dorris, San Diego, had three rainbows at 4.65, 3.05, and 1.87 pounds on grasshopper Sierra Slammer jigs. 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 streams in the lower valley remain fair after plants last week (see weekly trout plant list).

May
28

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia fishing has been up and down again over the past week, but there was a pretty good bite over the weekend. Top action has continued to be at the state park jetty and the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. Most tilapia are still half- to three-quarter pounders with no bigger fish for over a week. Anglers can fish in the state park headquarters harbor, but the harbor and outlet are still being dredged one day each week. The bite remains almost exclusively on nightcrawler pieces. Flies are terrible and anglers need to bring plenty of bug spray. 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).

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.

May
28

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 on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been fair. 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 improving with the fish in the spawn now.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are improving with a lot of fish in the Katherine’s area on anchovies. The stripers are in the one to four-pound range. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has been fair from the dam all the way downstream to Needles. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Steven Boblett, Bullhead City, had stripers at 5.58 and 3.28 pounds near Davis Dam. Bob Hilderbrand, Bullhead City, and son John Hildebrand, San Gabriel, had 12 stripers to two pounds in the Avi-stretch of the river on anchovies. Tony Smith and Chris Duncan, both Bullhead City, teamed up to landed a 15.68-pound catfish in the river near the Nature Center. Catfish are fair overall. Some bass are showing in the backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on and moving into the spawn, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are fair to good with the bite really taking off. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. 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: The striped bass bite has been improving with more and more fish taken on or near the surface. The best bite is still in deeper water on spoons and cut baits, but the fish are showing throughout the lake as more and more fish are moving upriver and into the gorge. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair to good with lots of fish on beds. Two-plus pounders common. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish fair on cut baits, and the flatheads catfish action is finally starting to turn on.

BLYTHE: The flathead catfish bite has been fair to good. The best action has been in the main river’s big pools on live bluegill, goldfish, and tilapia. The largemouth bass bite has been good all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is good in the main river on live bluegill. A number of fish to 20 pounds and better reported in the past week, including another one in the 40-pound class. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are also good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Smallies to four pounds reported in recent days. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been on live baits, plastics, and reaction baits. Even some topwater. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. 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, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead are starting to turn on with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported the past two weeks. Bluegill are good.

May
28

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: There were 241 anglers checked this past week and they reported 4,295 bass. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: There were 128 anglers checked this past week and they reported 124 bass to 7-13 and 12 crappie. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: No report. 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: There were 84 anglers checked this past week and they reported 369 bass, 12 bluegill to a pound, and one 12-pound blue cat. 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: There were two anglers checked and they reported three bass to 2.53 pounds. 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 city report. The marina reports slow to fair bass action on live shiners, swimbaits, and plastics, and the redear and bluegill bite is fair to good on worms. Kashan Brown, Los Angeles, had eight bluegill and redear to a pound on wax worms off the fishing pier. Michelle West, San Diego, had a pair of bass to four pounds. 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: There were 21 anglers checked and they reported 43 bass and eight 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: There were 46 anglers checked and they reported 45 bass to 4.3 pounds, 11 crappie to 2.2 pounds, and one carp at 3.55 pounds. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: The bass bite is fair to good with mostly 1-8 to two-pound bass. Crappie improved with fair action this past week on small jigs and small shiners. A few redear and bluegill are showing, and the catfish bite is improving on chicken liver and mackerel. The trout bite has slowed way down with only the odd fish still showing from deeper water along the south shoreline, Oakvale Cove, and west of the Senior Shoreline. For information contact the Ranger Staton at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com

DOANE POND: No recent DFW trout plants.

DIXON LAKE: Catfish are fair on shrimp in Whisker Bay. Bass fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and increasingly on reaction baits. The trout bite has been slow to fair for anglers fishing PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers dressed up with garlic scent. Jack Creek Cove, Whisker Bay, and Pier No. 1 have been the top spots, but the action is best in the deeper water off these spots. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: The bass action has been good with a lot of two-pound class fish on plastics and swimbaits, especially along the eastern shore and the fishing pier. Anglers are reminded that all bass are catch-and-release through May 31. Catfish are pretty fair on cut baits at the log boom and fishing pier. The first catfish stock is set for June 12 with night fishing to start after that. Very slow trout action in the deeper parts of the lake for boat anglers. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Bass are fair to good on plastics fished drop-shot style around any structure. Night fishing season started last week and the first catfish plant of the season went in for the holiday weekend. Fair to good catfish action on cut baits. Trout action remains slow to fair in deep water along the buoy line. Sit-in kayaks are also now allowed on the lake (no inflatables) and they must be at least 10 feet long. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: The bass action has been fair to good with some quality fish reported. The best bite has been on swim baits for bigger fish, but plastics, nightcrawlers, smaller reaction baits, and jigs have all be getting fish. Some catfish showing on cut baits and this bite is improving with the warmer weather, but the bluegill, crappie, and carp bites are all still off. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

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

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

May
28

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Windy much of the past week, but the trout action continued fair to good for anglers trolling near the dam with three rainbows over eight pounds reported. The bass action has been good with both largemouth and smallmouth showing on reaction baits, jigs, and plastics, especially at the mouth of Clark Canyon, the west side of E Point, and in Drake Cove. Most are one to two pounds. The catfish bite has been taking off this week with the warmer weather and some limits were reported on one to two-pound fish in the back of Cachuma Bay, Johnson Bay, and Sweetwater Bay. Mackerel, nightcrawlers, and dough baits have been the best bets. No crappie reports this past week. The bowfishing for carp has been fair with the fish in the shallows on warm mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of one to two pound fish showing on live shad, plastics, reaction baits and even topwater baits early and late in the day. Shawn Moon, Ojai, had a 6-8 bass on a drop-shot plastic. The crappie continue to show in fair numbers, but the bite is almost exclusively on live shad. While a few fish are still over two pounds, most are in the one to 1-8 range. Trout have slowed way down, but a few pan-sized fish to 14 inches are showing on live shad, too. Catfish are really starting to turn on with the fish moving into less than 10 feet of water in most areas. Cut baits and shad have been the best baits. In fact, the shad have been the candy bait for all species in the lake, and Noah Skuletty, Thousand Oaks, was fishing live shad and caught a bass at 3-8, a two-pound crappie, a one-pound trout, and an 8-8 catfish. 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. Lake staff must approve bows. Bow fishermen have been sticking some carp to 20 pounds in the past week. 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 striped bass bite is finally picking up with fair to good action on lug worms and nightcrawlers, especially at the dam. The catfish bite has also improved with good action and a few double digit fish in the past week. Most of the cats are showing on nightcrawlers or mackerel. Largemouth bass remain good on plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits are best. Also a lot of smallmouth showing, especially in rockier areas. The trout bite has been slow around the launch on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and floating baits. There were plants last week and three weeks ago. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs, and a number of fish are running over the four-pound mark. Also quite a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. The bluegill and redear are starting to show in better numbers on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: DFW trout went in last week and three weeks ago. A few trout being landed around the launch ramp, but this bite has slowed way down. Stripers are fair to good, but mostly on small fish in deeper water on cut sardines, anchovies, or lug worms. The occasional bigger fish on a trout-like swimbait is still being caught. The largemouth bass are good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction baits. There is 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. 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.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: Fair to good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are fair, mostly on small baits like wax worms, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org. For information on why there have been no DFW trout plants, go to this link: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/#!Puddingstone-and-Peck-Road-Park-trout-plants-need-to-be-restored/c18sh/54d94dd50cf2d691d1c3960c.

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

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW trout plants.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

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

HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW trout 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 trout plants.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW trout plants.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: Catfish plant three weeks ago for the kid’s derby.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake. Go to this like for more information: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/magicjohnsonlake.html.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Information: 818-448-7317. For information on why there have been no DFW trout plants this year, go to this link: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/#!Puddingstone-and-Peck-Road-Park-trout-plants-need-to-be-restored/c18sh/54d94dd50cf2d691d1c3960c.

RESEDA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

May
28

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Bluezilla was caught and released by Robert Fuller Jr., Los Angeles, on Friday this past week. He battled the fish for 25 minutes after hooking the 78-pound bruiser on shrimp off La Palma Point. He won a float tube for releasing the fish. The catfish bite has been very good on one to two-pound cats and there have been a number of huge cats landed. Larry and Tyler Isaias, both Fullerton, landed and released a 25-pound cat from Chris’ Pond fly-lining shrimp. Mat Hel, La Mirada, had 15 cats for a total of 22-8 on shrimp and mackerel at the Pump House. The fish are showing on a wide variety of cut baits and the marshmallow-meal worm combo soaked with Eagle Claw Gravy in garlic. The lake is stocked with catfish every Friday and there is overnight fishing Friday and Saturday. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The bass bite is the best bet here, but the catfish action has been improving rapidly the past few warm days. (Catfish season will kick off June 5 with a 10,000-pound plant just before.) Also a few trout still being caught in deeper water mid-lake and at the dam. The bass have been best off Rocky Point and at the red clay cliffs, but they are showing all around the lake on plastics and reaction baits. Most are two to three pounds, but Kelli McManus, San Pedro, had a 4-5 on a Senko from Boat Dock Cove. The cats are showing in less than 10 feet of water and some bigger fish are being landed. The best this week was a 24-4 channel cat landed by Sergio Fainzstein, Costa Mesa, off Rocky Point on Bite-On catfish bait. Don Spencer, Orange, had a 22-pound blue cat, also on Bite-On off Rocky Point. Top trout reported was an eight-pound rainbow landed by Adam Berry, Lomita, on a Flickershad at mid-lake, while Mark Kaniewski, Rowland Heights, caught a 7-7 on a Kastmaster off the west shore. A few bluegill and carp are also being caught. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: The bluegill bite is excellent all around the lake on small fish, and some nice crappie are showing. Bass are fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. Trout are very tough with only a few showing in deep water on the flats or at the inlet. 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.

May
28

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: Fair trout action after DFW plants last week and three weeks ago. 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 or http://www.lakehemet.org/fishing_conditions.php.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: Fulmor Lake got DFW trout last week and three weeks ago. Strawberry Creek was last planted with DFW fish four weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

May
28

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Light fishing pressure, but the bass bite has been fair with most of the fish in 20 to 30 feet of water and showing on plastics on the points. The stripers are still fair at best, but there has been a litte more early and late action with the weather change this week with swimbaits a good bet on the shoreline areas and off the dams for rental boat anglers. A few on cut baits, too. Catfish slowed down with light pressure, and only a few bluegill and redear were reported. Trout very slow with most of the fish sounding to deep water. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels. 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 bass bite has been fair to good this past week with the best bite on plastics or nightcrawlers in marina cove, the west side, at the dam, and around Alessandro Island. Most of the fish are three pounds or under, but Hoss Rucker, Grand Terrace, landed an 8-9 bass on a Power Worm in the marina. The shad are up on the surface in the marina and around into Sail Cove morning mornings and the bass are chasing them. Bluegill and redear have finally started improving with the warmer weather with a pretty good bite at the tire reef and increasing numbers in the marina on red worms and meal worms. Trout, catfish, carp are all very slow. The launch ramp to 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 really turned on in the past week with very good action in all of the coves. The cats are showing on cut baits and nightcrawlers in five to 10 feet of water. James Brooks, San Diego, had three catfish to 7-2 on anchovies at ramp No. 2, while Tina Gallo, Temecula, landed a 5-2 cat on chicken liver mid-lake. The striped bass bite has been slow with a few fish showing at the inlet on cut baits or on trolled white flies or umbrella rigs. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some fish on reaction baits. Lots of two-pound class fish. Trout fishing has been very slow with warming water temperatures and no trout plants for over a month, but a the odd fish continues to show up. Bryant Zobelle, Escondido, caught a 4-1 rainbow in Inlet Cove fishing a nightcrawler. The bluegill action is still slow with the best bite off the points on wax worms and meal worms fished alone or on small jigs. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Good catfish action continues for one- to three-pound fish and some bigger fish from five to 10 pounds. 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 or Mack Bites (or other cut baits). There is a fair bite on largemouth, and some bluegill are starting to be caught. Crappie slow. 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 due to low water levels, but there may be several “special events” for the public during this closure. Information on these events will be on the website at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: There was a catfish plant three weeks ago and the bite has been fair to good on shrimp-based baits. The next plant is this Friday. There are tagged fish in each plant, and they are worth a free fishing permit, $25, or $50. Monthly big catfish prize is $25. There is also a monthly drawing for a free fishing permit (anglers just add their name and phone number to the back of permit and drop it off at the general store). Weekend derbies will start in mid-June. Some nice bluegill are being caught, and a few bass are showing for the catch-and-release anglers. Information: 909-795-0171.

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

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

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: No report. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.

May
28

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: No report. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No report. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: No report. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No report. 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 trout plants. Information: 909-384-5233.

May
28

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. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout action has slowed down a little with the warming weather with just fair action over the past week. The best action was on PowerBait in rainbow, garlic, and salmon peach or inflated nightcrawlers, with a few fish also showing on small trout jigs or small spoons. The bass bite, however, has been good with fish to five pounds showing on a variety of plastics, including Senkos. 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: No report. For lake information: 760-245-2226.