Mar
19

1. The Lake Isabella crappie bite moves into the top spot. It is ìcrappie maniaî at this reservoir. The bite was wide open over the weekend with some anglers reporting limits and a lot of fish in the two-pound class or more. The best bite has been on small minnows fishing around flooded trees of the South Fork Arm. For an update on this incredible bite, check with the guys at Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

2. The largemouth bass action has broken wide open all over the region with the spawning fish stacked up in the shallows of most of the lakes and reservoirs in the region. Which was is the best of the lot? Well, that’s a tough pick. Water levels are down in all of the waters in this region, but Lake Skinner has consistently been producing a lot of nice largemouth from three to five pounds and a few bigger fish. So that’s the pick — but you could go a lot of places and not miss much. For an update on the Skinner bite, call the marina at 951-926-8515.

3. This bite is just too good to leave out of the top pick. If you are a fly-fishermen, the big spawners running up out of Crowley Lake into the Owens River is still one of the best and most interesting bites in the region. These are big, wild rainbows running up out of the lake like steelhead and they are mostly from 16 to 20 inches long with some even bigger. They are a blast on small nymphs and egg patterns fished in the deep pools and runs. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

Mar
19

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Winter trout season is still in full swing in Southern California with most lakes stocking weekly or alternating weeks. Top bets with weekly plants include Santa Ana River Lake (with fish to 18 pounds this week), Laguna Niguel (with lots of limits and fish to 10 pounds), Dixon Lake, Irvine Lake, Lake Poway, Lake Jennings, and Lake Silverwood (24 weeks in a row of DFW fish — no, it didn’t end last week like reported here initially. The stocking list was wrong.). Lake Skinner also jumped into the top bets for trout after five plants since Feb. 17. All of the San Bernardino County parks — Glen Helen, Prado, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Mojave Narrows — are getting weekly 1,000-pound plants. There is also an excellent bite on the upper Owens River ìsteelheadî above Crowley Lake in the Sierra for fly anglers. Corona Lake was closed due to low water.

BLACK BASS: The bass are heavily into the spawn with fish moving into the shallows and fanning out nests in most waters across Southern California. Top bets, about in order of action, are Skinner, El Capitan, Skinner, Castaic, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Piru, Perris, Pyramid, and Lower Otay. On the Colorado River, the bites have also started to come around, especially from Lake Havasu south, but there is still such light fishing pressure it’s hard to tell.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been fair and improving. Skinner, Silverwood, Pyramid, Skinner, and Diamond Valley all have improved over the past week, although no monster fish were reported this week. Pyramid has been producing the most double digit fish after DFW plants (and one was slated for next week). On the Colorado River, almost all the bites have gone or remain slow to fair (but improving). A few more fish were reported from the Bullhead stretch of the river again this week and the Havasu fish are showing signs of life.

PANFISH: The biggest news here is the huge crappie coming out of Lake Isabella. The bites at Casitas Lake and Elsinore were hard to gauge with less fishing pressure this past week, but both continued to produce at least a few fish on small jigs. There have also been crappie bites at Lower Otay, El Capitan, and Hodges, that bear watching, but none were hot this past week. Isabella also has a surprising bluegill bite with some real slabs over a pound. Diamond Valley Lake is getting little panfish pressure, but there continue to be some toad redear topping two pounds caught. Perris and Casitas also showed off a few one-pound plus bluegill.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River remains in the tank, but the channel catfish bite in the Palo Verde lagoon has continued fair with almost no pressure. Blue and channel catfish continue to show very sporadically in most in SoCal reservoirs. The best bite may be at Lake Isabella, but no one is fishing for the cats with the incredible crappie bite there.

Mar
19

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 (March 15-21):

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake.

ORANGE: Centennial Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Trabuco Creek.

RIVERSIDE: Diamond Valley Reservoir, Rancho Jurupa Park Pond, Skinner Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Glen Helen Park Lake, Silverwood Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake.

IMPERIAL: Sunbeam Lake.

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Topaz Lake.

KERN: Hart Park Lake, Kern River (section 1-3), Lake Isabella, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (March 22-28):

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Crystal Lake, Hansen Dam Lake, La Mirada Lake, Pyramid Lake, Reseda Park Lake, Santa Fe Reservoir.

VENTURA: Reyes Creek.

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor, Little Lake (Hemet), Perris Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Silverwood Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Chollas Park Lake, Lake Miramar, Lake Murray, Lindo Lake.

INYO: Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Cat Fish Lake, Cuddy Creek Pond, Kern River (sections 4 and 5), Ming Lake.

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5 and 6).

FRESNO: Woodward Park Lake (Fresno City), Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

Mar
19

CENTRAL COAST LAKES

SAN ANTONIO: A few stripers and black bass (both smallies and largemouth) are showing. The stripers have been best around the island on swimbaits or jigging spoons around balls of bait. The bass have started flooding the shallows for the spawn with most of the fish up in four to 12 feet of water. The fish are whacking reaction baits or plastics. Catfish fair to good on cut baits in 15 to 60 feet of water. The bluegill are also starting to really turn on with the bite best on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. 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: Very good spotted bass action with the fish moving into the shallows for the spawn. Plastics, jigs, or nightcrawlers are all getting the fish. The largemouth and smallmouth are also showing in this bite, but the spots are dominant. Some white bass on Roostertails and Kastmasters with the fish moving up into the Nacimiento Arm of the lake for the spawn. 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 warm weather broke open all the bites over the past week. The bass are flooding into the shallows for the spawn and some good quality fish are showing. There have been both spotted bass and largemouth bass in the catch. Bob Holder, Atascadero, landed an 8-3 largemouth along with a 5-5 spotted bass. Ken Hemer, Santa Margarita, also had an 8-3 largemouth on a swim jig. The catfish bite is turning on with cut baits getting the most fish. Amber Holder, Atascadero, had an 18-5 channel cat on mackerel. The crappie bite remains good on structure all around the lake with slabs to three pounds reported on small jigs or the jig and Crappie Nibble combo. Also some redear starting to show with the crappie, especially off the fishing docks. 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 is breaking wide open with the fishing moving into the shallows for the spawn. Lots of fish on plastics and nightcrawlers, and reaction baits are nearly as good. There are still a few 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.

For more in-depth weekly fishing reports for Central Coast waters, both fresh and saltwater, go to the San Luis Obispo Tribune fishing report at http://www.sanluisobispo.com/outdoors/index.html or the Fresno Bee fishing report http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

Mar
19

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: It was crappie mania over the weekend with excellent fishing for crappie to two pounds and better, especially in the South Fork Arm of the lake around flooded trees. The best action has been on small minnows but crappie tube jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles are a close second best. The bite lulled a little early in the week as temperatures cooled slightly, but with heat returned, this bite should stay wide open. There is also a fair bite on bluegill to a pound or better, and the catfish bite remains fair to good, especially at Engineer’s Point. The largemouth are also being neglected but a few are being caught, as they start to move shallow, too. Trout mostly slow, but a DFW plant is scheduled for this week and there will be plants for the upcoming 26th annual Lake Isabella Fishing Derby, which will be March 28-30. This event has a payout of $18,500 is guaranteed for the 10 longest trout. Payouts will be from longest ($5,000) down to the 10the longest ($500). Entry is $30 per individual or $65 per family. Call (760) 379-5236 or e-mail office@kernrivervalley.com. Online registration is available at www.kernrivervalley.com/#!online-registration/c1d5e. This is the second year in a row with no tagged fish worth $10,000 or more. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Light fishing pressure, but the trout bite has been fair on the upper river for wild rainbows and planted trout, sections 4-6 were planted last week by the DFW, while sections 1-3 are on the list for this week. The hatchery fish are best on salmon eggs or crickets, especially in the bigger holes and runs. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: There continues to be pretty good action on both largemouth bass and striped bass here. The catfish are also starting to show in better numbers, but the bluegill bite slowed. The largemouth bass bite is best on smaller minnows, nightcrawlers, Senkos, plastics, or Alabama rigs. The largemouth are mostly showing around the pillars at bridge crossings. The best action on stripers has been on Lucky Craft or Duo Realis jerk baits, large minnows, blood or lug worms, and sardines. The bluegill have been best on wax worms and showing around structure. The catfish have been best on cut baits. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit if 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: The warm weather has turned on the bluegill action with a lot of fish showing in wax worms and meal worms. The bass are also showing in better number on Senkos, plastics, and nightcrawlers. While trout have been slow, a DFW trout plant is on the list for this week.

HART PARK LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair to good over the past week with some nice fish to nearly two pounds reported on small minnows. The bluegill and bass bites are also really starting to take off with the warm weather. Bass are best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, live minnows, and Senko-type baits. The bluegill are best on wax worms. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been slow with only a very few smaller fish showing right after the plants. Best bite has been on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The crappie bite has continued fair with the continued warm weather. The bite has been best on small minnows. Largemouth bass and bluegill are also starting to take off, with especially good action on the bluegill. Bass are best on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and live minnows, while the bluegill have been best on wax worms or meal worms. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The plants remain very small and fishing has been slow.

MING LAKE: The crappie bite broke open here over the past week with some good fish into the two-pound class on live minnows. The bass action is also fair to good on reaction baits, nightcrawlers, or live minnows. The bluegill bite also turned on with the best action on wax worms. The carp bite has been good on Powder Bait and other dough bait mixtures. DFW trout plants next week and two weeks ago. Plants have been small since the first of the year due to budget cuts, and the fishing has been slow. Best bite right after the plant.

BRITE LAKE: DFW reports trout plants next week and two weeks ago. The stocked trout action has been slow. The bass action has been fair to good with a lot of fish moving into the shallows for the spawn. Plastics and small jigs have been good. Also more and more bluegill showing.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass action has been fair to good at Lake Webb for anglers fishing Senkos, Brush Hawgs, live minnows, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers as the fish flood the shallows for the spawn. The bluegill have also turned on with a good bite on wax worms, meal worms, and red worms. The trout bite is slow to dead with no plants for two weeks. A rare rainbow is still being caught on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bass and bluegill bites are fair to good, but there have been few reports. Trout dead with no DFW trout plants for over a month.

SUCCESS LAKE: Wide open bass fishing with the fish showing on just about everything from nightcrawlers and plastics to spinnerbaits and cranks. Lots of limits of 1-8 to three-pound fish with an occasional bigger fish. A few trout showing on small lures or floating baits. Catfish are slow, but more and more bluegill and redear being caught. 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: Water levels coming to come up with the lake now at 26 percent capacity. Largemouth bass are breaking wide open with very good action in the shallows as the fish move up tight for the spawn. Local tournaments have produced bass to five pounds. Crappie are fair to good with the best bite 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. 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.

Mar
19

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The ìearlyî opener on roadside streams in the lower Owens Valley was last Saturday (consult regulations). The general trout season will open April 25. 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 fishing improved slighly with the warmer weather this week. The water levels are still low and the bite is still pretty tough. The best fishing is below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Still some nice browns to 22 inches, but a three or four fish day has been good. No West Walker reports. The East and West Walker are the only waters open in the region now, and they both have special regulations. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Only Hot Creek and the upper Owens River are open to fishing in this area, and both have special regulations. Hot Creek remains fair with a lot of eight to 14-inch browns, mostly on nymphs fished in deeper pools under indicators. The Owens has been very good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish have been stacking up in the Hot Fingers stretch of river. Lots of 16 to 22-inch rainbows, cuttbows, and cutthroats in the mix for fly anglers. 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: Fair to good action in the Owens River on wild browns and holdover rainbows. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. Pleasant Valley was also planted by the DFW last week and each of the previous three weeks. It is on the list again for next week. DFW plants in the Owens below Bishop last week and next week. 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: The early trout opener kicked off early March and there has been fair to good fishing on most of the Owens Valley streams open (check regulations). There were DFW trout plants in Diaz Lake, Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, and Tuttle Creek this week.

Mar
19

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very light fishing pressure, so there have been very few reports from the past week. The heat and rising water temperatures should have the tilapia showing in better numbers. Kayak rentals are available at the state park headquarters. The park entrance fee is $5 with self-registration. Dredging at the state park launch ramp was stopped before completion because of bird nesting season, so the ramp may be closed this year (the only ramp currently on the sea). 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: DFW trout plant this week.

LAKE CAHUILLA: DFW trout plant four weeks ago. Information: 760-564-4712.

Mar
19

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 starting to move up in a pre-spawn movement of fish.

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 improved in the past week with a lot of fish moving into the shallows for the spawn. Some fish are already fanning out nests. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on reaction baits or jigging spoons early in the day. 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 stripers are fair to good in the Big Bend stretch, but the fish are very small (under a pound) and showing on anchovies. The bite is generally fair to good all the way down to the Avi Bridge. Lynn Hall, Laughlin, landed an 11.54-pound striper on an anchovy in the Big Bend area, while Jimi Carter, Bullhead City, caught a six-pound striper near Circle Beach. Both anglers were using anchovies. There is also a decent catfish bite in this same area and upstream to the dam. Also some bass showing in the backwaters and quite areas with the spawn beginning. Panfish showing, especially in the bays and backwaters, but still just fair. 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. This bite has been getting better with each warm day and the fish are moving heavily into the spawn. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas, with these fish also in a spawn mode. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. 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 fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to other parts of the lake. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are moving into the spawn with more and more fish in the shallows on beds. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear have started to improved, too. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. J.J. Atchley, Blythe, landed a 6-11 bass in the river, while James Tingle, Chula Vista, had a 4-9, his personal best. Jeff Deis, San Bernardino, caught and released a couple of bass over five and several more over three pounds. 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 spawn is starting for the bass. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with very good action in the lagoon and other backwaters. The fish are up on beds for the spawn. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and smallmouth bass are starting to really turn on in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. 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 with the fish moving shallow. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, but the flathead bite is very slow. The bluegill bite is also slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet. Flathead catfish are fair live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are slow. 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 with the fish in the shallows for the spawn. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

Mar
19

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: Closed for the season. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: There were 103 anglers this past week and they reported landing 124 bass, 26 crappie, and six channel catfish. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: The bass bite has been very good with a few crappie and catfish being landed. Scott Wingo, San Diego, won San Diego Hookers two-day tournament of champions with a two-day total of 26.4 pounds of bass for 10 fish. His big fish was a 4.3-pounder. 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 109 anglers this past week and they reported 356 bass to four pounds and 23 crappie to 1.87 pounds. 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 three anglers checked who reported three bass to 2.13 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: The bass action has been good. Hunter Glasper, San Diego, had bass at eight and four pounds on shiners, while Andrew Radcliff, San Diego, landed five bass topped by a five-pounder, all on crawdads. Chelsea, Benton, San Diego, caught four bass to four pounds on Senkos wacky rigged. DFW trout plant next week and three weeks ago. 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 17 anglers checked who reported 47 bass and five rainbow trout. DFW trout plants next week and three weeks ago. 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 53 anglers checked and they reported 21 bass to 4.2 pounds, eight crappie to two pounds, four carp, and four bluegill to a pound. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: The trout bite has been fair to good, but the warm weather has moved the fish toward the deeper water in the west end of the lake. Oakvale Cove and Point west of the Senior Shoreline have been the top spots. Kevin Pahl, Carlsbad, landed an 8-9 rainbow on an inflated nightcrawler in Boat Dock Cove. Plants were last Wednesday and the next is slated for Mach 25. The bass action is also good with the fish in full-spawn mode. Lots of fish on beds, and plastics have been a top bet. A few crappie and bluegill are showing. 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: The bass are moving shallow for the spawn and the bite has been fair to good, with most fish showing on plastic worms. The trout bite has also continued good with a lot of limits of fish averaging 1-8 to two pounds following last week’s plant. Next plant will be March 25. Les and John Crine, Escondido, had 10 trout for a total weight of 19.5 pounds fishing nightcrawlers at the buoy line. Top spots were Pier No. 1 and the Jack Creek area. Nightcrawlers, mini jigs, and gold and silver spinners have been the best baits. Fair catfish action, and some panfish are starting to show. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: The bass bite has really taken off as the fish move tight for the spawn. Lots of three to five-pound fish showing along the eastern shore, and the best in the past week was an 11-pounder. The trout action also remains good, and a plant was slated for Wednesday this week. Top rainbow reported was a nine-pound Tailwalker caught by Nik Ounsy, San diego, on a Rat-L-Trap. Anglers are reminded that bass are all catch-and-release March 1 through May 31. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: The trout bite slowed down this past week due to record temperatures. The warm weather drove the trout to deeper water. A 1,000-pound plant of Lightning Trout is slated for this week. The best action has been Cactus Patch, Half Moon Cove, and Sentry Point with the fish showing in 20 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers, PowerBait, Power Worms, and small trout jigs. The bass bite is also good with the fish flooding into the shallows and making beds near shallow cover. The best bite has been on drop-shotted plastics and small jigs. A few redear are also showing. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: The trout bite was just fair this past week. Top spots have been between the boat docks and Geezer Cove. Bass are improving with fair to good action for anglers fishing plastics, swimbaits, or jigs. The fish are moving into the spawn. A couple in the five-pound class this past week. Catfish, bluegill, and crappie mostly slow. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago, and Mt. Lassen trout went in two weeks ago, and Jess Ranch trout were planted last week. Overall, just fair trout action. Other species are slow, too. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

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

Mar
19

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass bite has remained good to excellent with both smallmouth and largemouth bass showing for anglers fishing the rock walls with plastics, spinnerbaits, and shad-like cranks. The best action has been early morning with a lot of 1-8 to 2-8 class fish. The spawn is moving into full swing. Billy Kane, Palmdale, had a limit of mixed smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing an oxblood Roboworm on a Texas rig. Catfish have remained good with a number of limits of fish to nine pounds this week. Mackerel, nightcrawlers, and dough baits fished in Johnson Bay, Santa Cruz Bay, Drake Cove, and Harvey’s have been the best bet. Few reports on crappie this week, but some fish continue to show in 10 to 15 feet of water off Santa Cruz Point and the island by the pump station. Trout plants were approved two weeks ago, but there is no word on when or if plants will go in this season or be delayed until next winter. There was a holdover two-pound rainbow landed by a kayak angler this past weekend. The carp bowfishing was better again this past week with the fish showing along the rocky banks mid-day. Carp to 12 pounds reported. 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 crappie bite has continued fair with some flurries of good action. The fish being landed are still mostly quality slabs. The action has all been on bright-colored jigs off the deep-water fishing pier, with white, white and red, and chartreuse jigs the best bet. Bass remain good in six feet to 35 feet. Lots of two-pound class fish on plastics, jigs, cranks, jerkbaits, and nightcrawlers with lots of fish up in the shallows for the spawn. The bluegill bite is also fair off the fishing dock on nightcrawlers with some fish to a pound or better. No redear reports. Catfish slow with no pressure. Trout plants were approved on Feb. 25, but no dates have been set on when — or if — plants will resume this winter or be delayed until next fall-winter. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. 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: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Next plant scheduled for next week. The trout bite has been fair around the launch on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and floating baits. The trout bite slows quickly after the plant as the fish disperse and get caught. Largemouth bass remain the best bet right now with good action in most of the coves as the fish move shallow for the spawn. Some fish still off in deeper water, but the spawn is definitely ongoing. Plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits are best. The stripers are slow fair in the marina, at the old SS, and the upper end of the Ski Arm in 30 to 50 feet of water on lug worms, cut baits, Kastmasters, and umbrella rigs. The catfish action has been slow on cut baits or mackerel in deeper water at the backs of the canyons. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good this past week. A lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs. Many of the fish are moving up into less than 15 feet of water and fanning out beds. Some real quality fish to five pounds have been landed. 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: Some bigger stripers have been showing on trout-like swimbaits right after the DFW trout plants. DFW trout plant last week and the next plant is set for next week. There is also a fair bite on smaller fish in deeper water, with most running one to two pounds and showing on cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms. The largemouth bass are fair to good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction bait fish when they are up chasing bait. Lots of bass moving shallow for the spawn and most of the action is now in less than 12 feet of water. 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 in shallow for the spawn. Plastics have been best, but some on reaction baits. The bluegill and redear bites are also starting to improve, but the bite is still just fair. 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: DFW trout plants next week along with going in two and four weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and four weeks ago.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plants next week along with going in two and four weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants next week and four weeks ago.

LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plant this week and four weeks ago.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago.

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: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago.

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: DFW trout plant next week.

Mar
19

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: Slow trout action. The lake also was bluestoned recently which made a tough bite tougher. Few trout reported along the USFS shore access area. DFW trout plant is slated for next week. No reports of other species. 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 is scheduled to get DFW trout next week. No plants yet this season at Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Mar
19

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Last Thursday’s plant was Lightning Trout, trophy Lightnings, and super-sized rainbows. The biggest fish reported since that plant was an 18-pounder landed by Jim Sharkey, Anaheim, on rainbow garlic PowerBait from the big lake at the boat dock. David Parez, Placentia, landed a 13-8 Lightning Trout on PowerBait from Chris’ Pond. Guillermo Valenzuela, Montclair, landed a 9-14 rainbow to win the Okuma Tournament and the $720 prize. The lake complex is closed every Thursday (the day of the weekly plants) to give the fish a chance to acclimate and spread around the lake. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The bite has been good for just about everything this past week. The bass are stacking up in the shallows for the spawn and showing on plastics, and there has been a lot of two to four-pound fish. Many bass anglers are reporting 20 fish days. The trout action has also been very good since last week’s big plant, which included a lot of nice fish. Tops was a 15-7 Tailwalker landed by Larry Zimmerman, Chino, on a Flickershad. Brenden Smith, Anaheim, had a 10-10 Tailwalker, while Tsuki Tsukiyama, Garden Grove, landed a 10-6 brown. Trout are best for shore anglers fishing Sierra Cove while trollers are fishing mid-lake. Catfish and bluegill are also pretty decent for anglers targeting these species. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Good trout action continues with a plant last week and another 2,000 pounds was slated for Wednesday this week. Lots of limits are being reported in less than four hours of fishing. There are cruising schools of fish in front of the concession, at the bubble hole, and on the flats. Power Bait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers dipped in garlic scent are best for bait anglers, while fly anglers fishing black and red zebra midges or blood midges eight inches off the bottom are also scoring. 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.

Mar
19

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Mt. Lassen rainbows went in Tuesday this week and the DFW plant went in Wednesday. The trout action has been good from the shore on PowerBait, mini jigs, and Roostertail. Quite a few fish from three to five pounds. The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with the fish flooding into the shallows and showing in five to 15 feet of water. The bite is best on plastics, Senkos, and swimbaits along all the shorelines and off the islands. The striper bite slowed down this week, but a few fish from five to six pounds are showing on trout-like swim baits, cut baits, and spoons. Most of the fish are showing off the west dam or shoreline fishing areas right after the trout plants. There continue to be some toad redear being caught with the fish running from one to three pounds, most on nightcrawlers, from shore. Richard Holmes, Beaumont, landed a 2.91-pound redear using a nightcrawler off the shore. The launch ramp will close April 15 due to low water levels. Rental boats will remain available through the marina. 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 bass bite has been good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Lots of small fish are up fanning out beds. Green and purple plastics have been the best. The water level is so low there is little shoreline structure. Ninna Copper, Banning, had a 4-14 bass on a worm in Sail Cove. The bluegill and redear bites are improving with the warm weather, especially in the marina. Nightcrawlers and red worms have been the best baits. There was a DFW trout plant two weeks ago and another plant is slated for next week. The trout bite has been slow to fair. The rainbows are working the whole west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12. While catfish and striped bass are slow, there were a couple of good fish reported this past week. A 17-pound striper was landed by Yuong Kiet Le Ngo, Highland, on a Zoom Fluke at the dam. There was also a 27-14 catfish landed. Water level has stabilized at around 1,544 feet, which will allow the last remaining 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 largemouth bass bite is very good with fish all over the shallows well into the spawn. Plastics have been the best bet, but swim baits and small reaction baits are also getting fish. Joe Salem, Winchester, had a 5-5 bass on a nightcrawler off the south shore. Trout fishing has been fair with some trophy fish from the county plants. There was a county plant last week and the last of the season is set for March 23. The DFW will plant trout this week. The best bite has been at Ramp No. 2 on PowerBait, Mice Tails, trout jigs, and small spoons and spinners. Trevor Williams, Banning, had a 6-8 trout on a custom jig. The striper action is fair with early morning boils at the inlet and dam area, and then another flurry of action in the afternoon-evening. The stripers are showing on swimbaits or cut mackerel or chicken liver. The bluegill action is fair and improving with the best bite on the points by the Shaven Rock. Best bite has been on wax worms and meal worms fished alone or on small jigs. A few catfish are also showing, but they are getting little pressure. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: The crappie bite has remained spotty over the past week with some flurries of decent action. Most of the fish are in the half- to three-quarter pound range, but some bigger fish are being landed. The north end of the lake has been the hot spot, with the fish showing at Elsinore West Marina and LaLaguna Resort. There is also a fair bite on largemouth, which are moving shallow for the spawn. Catfish fair to good for anglers fishing shrimp, mackerel, or fresh shad. 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. It was closed after Sunday’s fishing. There will be several ìspecial eventsî for the public during this closure. Information on these events will be on the website (www.fishinglakes.com).

RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. County plants are twice a month. Information: 951-684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The first catfish plant of the season will go in March 26. A few catfish are already being landed. The last trout plant was a month ago, and that bite is very slow. Emma Empey, Calimesa, landed a 3-3 rainbow fishing a nighcrawler in the member’s lake. The bass action is very good with the fish all over the shallows for the spawn. Bass are all catch-and-release. Also the odd catfish being landed, and some bluegill are beginning to show. Information: 909-795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plant next week and two weeks ago. 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.

Mar
19

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County trout are planted each Thursday. DFW trout were also planted thre weeks ago. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County trout are planted each Thursday, and the most recent DFW plant went in LAST WEEK. The largemouth bass bite is also starting to take off with quite a few fish showing along the shoreline in shallow water for the spawn. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County trout plants are on Thursday each week, and DFW fish were added two weeks ago. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: There are weekly 1,000-pound county plants on Thursdays. DFW trout went in this week and two weeks ago. 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: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: 909-384-5233.

Mar
19

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Good trout action with 1,000-pound plants last Tuesday and this Tuesday. Each plant includes some bigger fish. Top trout reported this past week include a 14-pounder caught by Gary Southern, Hesperia, on PowerBait from Finger Cove. David Proventure, Pinion Hills, landed a 13-pound rainbow, whiel Ryan Tongston, Apple Valley, caught an 11-pounder. John Gaylord, Hesperia, had a 7-8 rainbow. PowerBait, small trout jigs, and garlic nightcrawlers have been the best baits. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: There has been fair to good trout action in both lakes. PowerBait in rainbow, garlic, and salmon peach or nightcrawlers have been the best baits, with small jigs, spinners, and trout spoons the best lures. Quite a few limits this past week and some bigger trout are showing. The catfish bite is also starting and some good bass are being reported. The bluegill bite is also starting to improve. Robert de la Torre, La Puente, landed a 7.9-pound rainbow on a yellow tube jig, while Ed Correla, Apple Valley, had a six-pound albino catfish. Sal Garcia, Hesperia, had a 7.8-pound rainbow and a 4.3-pound bass. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: There are weekly plants of trout by the county on Thursday, and the DFW added trout four weeks ago. The trout bite has been fair to good on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, Kastmasters, and small jigs. The annual trout derby will be April 11, and there will be a kid’s derby April 18. For lake information: 760-245-2226.