Nov
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 (Nov. 23-29):

RIVERSIDE: Diamond Valley Reservoir, Lake Perris, Little Lake (Hemet).

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

ORANGE: Centennial Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake.

KERN: Hart Park Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake.
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (Nov. 30-Dec. 6):

KERN: Lake Isabella.

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake.

Nov
28

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season in Southern California is moving into high gear with several lakes’ now stocking weekly with bonus fish going in for the Thanksgiving weekend. Some of these lakes are closed Thanksgiving day, but most are open other weekend day. Top bets with weekly plants include Santa Ana River Lake, Irvine Lake, Laguna Niguel, Corona Lake (after plants last week and this week), and Lake Silverwood (eight weeks in a row of DFW fish). All of the San Bernardino County parks — Glen Helen, Prado, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Mojave Narrows ñ are getting weekly 1,000-pound plants. In San Diego County, Jennings and Dixon started their season two weeks ago and both got fish again for the holiday.

BLACK BASS: The bass are finally shifting into a more winter-like pattern with most action in deeper water now. Some lakes continue to have the fish up on top or near the surface chasing baitfish at least part of the day. Waters with that action continuing include Cachuma, Casitas, Castaic, Puddingstone, Perris, Lower Otay, and El Capitan. The Central Coast waters of Santa Margarita and Lopez are also fair to good. On the Colorado River, the bites have slowed dramatically, but there is still pretty good smallmouth bass action in Havasu and the lower river, especially around rip-rap. Light bass pressure almost everywhere.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action is fair to good on at most SoCal reservoirs. Even Diamond Valley Lake is starting to come back on. The top bites continue to be at Skinner, Silverwood, Castaic, and Pyramid. The California aqueduct near Taft also remains a top pick with a very good action again this past week. On the Colorado River, the Bullhead City-Laughlin stretch remains a decent pick and a couple of nice fish came from Lake Mohave this past week. Lake Havasu has also been fair with some stripers still up chasing baitfish early in the day.

PANFISH: All most all the panfish bites took a major turn for the worse this past week. Only a few fish are still showing at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner, and crappie bites are pretty much dead right now everywhere.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River went in the tank the past couple of week, but the blue and channel catfish action in SoCal reservoirs is still a decent option, especially for patient anglers who want a bigger fish. In spite of very light catfish pressure, there have been quality cats reported from Skinner, El Capitan, and Castaic this past week. Many other waters could be on that list with a few more anglers hurling out chunks of mackerel.

Nov
28

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The tuna and yellowtail bite out of San Diego is staying the top pick even though almost no one is going anymore, and the number of trips has dwindled to nearly nothing. If you go to the west to the Tanner and Cortez banks there is a wonderful mix of yellowfin to 35 pounds and bluefin tuna to 50 pounds and limit-style fishing possible. If you go to the south, it is limit-style yellowtail fishing on quality tails from 20 to 30 pounds. Sad that this epic fishing is outliving angler interest in it. If you still want to get in on this bite, check the landing counts on 976-TUNA.com and decide where you want to go on the latest info.

2. Trout season has moved into full swing, the Santa Ana River Lakes has taken over the top spot with good volume of trout and the biggest rainbows being caught. Most waters have planted extra for the holiday weekend (and many places are closed Thanksgiving day, so it’s best to call ahead or check lake website if you plan to go on the holiday), and SARL will probably lead that parade. In the past week, five-fish stringers weighing 25 pounds were reported again at SARL so it is the place to be this weekend. For an update on the action, call the tackle shop at 714-632-7851.

3. Laguna Niguel Lake also earns a spot in the top picks for is trout fishing. Last week’s opening plant of 2,000 pounds quickly spread out over the flats and this week’s 3,000-pound plant has just added to the bounty. But Laguna Niguel is here because of the excellent float tube fly-fishing that has already developed and will just keep getting better. Fly anglers can have 15 to 20 fish days fishing bead head midges under indicators. This is the perfect pick for guys missing the Sierra already. For an update on this bite, call 949-362-9227.

Nov
27

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The trout action remains very good thanks to DFW trout plants again this week and each of the past seven weeks. The best bite has been in the Sawpit area and Miller Canyon on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, Kastmasters, or small jigs. Ken Pacheco, San Bernardino, had one rainbow at 1-8 fishing a nightcrawler off the point by the marina. Stripers remain pretty good off the dock, in Miller Canyon, the Chemise area and at the dam, and in the main channel on cutbaits and lug worms. Some bigger fish are coming in for the trout. Other bites have slowed way down with only the odd catfish, bluegill, or largemouth showing up right now. Max Miller, Rialto, landed a six-pound catfish on mackerel in Cleghorn. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Fair tout action with water temperatures starting to cool. Shore anglers getting a few fish on lures or floating baits fished in 12 to 22 feet of water. Craig Hasimoto, Marina del Rey, landed a six-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler. Bass fishing remains slow with the bass are holding in deeper water and taking jigs or plastics. Panfish and catfish slow. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

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

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No recent reports. The lake is open to fishing, but there are no facilities open now. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake is closed for the season. No recent plants in the Santa Ana River or the South Fork. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

LYTLE CREEK: No recent DFW plants.

Nov
27

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: No report. The lake is being planted weekly with 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout on Tuesdays. Trout plants began Nov. 11. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite is fair to good and getter better as the water cools. The best bite has been on salmon peach, spring green, and orange PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. The best action has been before 11 a.m. in the morning. No other reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. There are weekly 1,000-pound plants of trout by the county, and the DFW added trout last week. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Nov
27

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: No report. There are weekly 1,000-pound plants of trout by the county, and the first DFW plant of the season went in two weeks ago. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No report. There are weekly 1,000-pound plants of trout by the county, and the first DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: No report. There are be weekly plants of 1,000 pounds of trout by the county, and the first DFW plant of the season went in two weeks ago. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No report. There are weekly 1,000-pound plants of trout by the county, and the first DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago. The annual Glen Helen Kid’s Trout Derby (7-15) will be on Saturday, Dec. 20 with over $1,000 worth of prizes. The derby will be open to kids from seven to 15. The fee is $10 per car, and no fishing fee for the kids. 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: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week. Information: 909-384-5233.

Nov
27

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Both DFW and private plants of trout went in here this week, and the bite was just starting to take off on the rainbows on Wednesday this week with a few big rainbows to eight pounds reported. Most are one- to two-pound class fish. Small jigs and PowerBait have been the best for the trout. The trout plants also brought up a few more stripers and at least two fish in the eight to 10-pound class were reported. Also a few stripers from three to six pounds showing on cut baits and white flies. The largemouth bass bite is best on plastics 30 to 50 feet of water, but some fish are up near-surface early and late in the day working baitfish and swimbaits are working best then. A few catfish still being reported off the dams and inside the coves on cut baits. Fish to 15 pounds reported. 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: Two news items this week. First, there was a 22-10 striped bass caught on a big swimbait near the inlet at the dam by Brian Hawkins, Canyon Lake. Second, the first DFW trout plant of the season was slated to go in this week. Overall, the largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good with a decent number of real quality fish again. Top bass was an 8-2 caught by Jeff Dupree, Moreno Valley, trolling a Rapala, while Zach Morris, Riverside, landed a 7-4 on a plastic worm at the marina docks. Most of the bass are showing on swimbaits, tube baits, plastics with the north shore areas the best. Bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only an occasional fish showing off the marina docks or Bernasconi Beach. Other species very slow. 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 Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The action on stripers, largemouths, and catfish have all been pretty good over the past week. The largemouth bite has been good with the low water level. The fish are showing on plastics and nightcrawlers at Ramp No. 1, along the north shore, and in most reed or tule structure. Kylie Drumond, Murrieta, had a six-pound bass on a nightcrawler off the south shore. The stripers are showing morning and afternoon at the dam and inlet areas, along most rocky shorelines, and all along the north shore on chicken liver, shad, and mackerel or shad-like cranks or swimbaits. Andrew Rodriguez, Lake Elsinore, had a five-pound bass off the north shore on a bluegill-colored crankbait. Catfish are good at both ramps, in most coves, and catfish alley. Chicken liver, mackerel and nightcrawlers have all been good baits. A nine-pound cat was reported by Gabriel Rodriguez, Murrieta, on chicken liver at the dam. Bluegill and redear are slow, but a few real quality fish are showing from deep water on small jigs or jigs tipped with meal worms or wax worms. Big news this week is that the DFW announced it would soon be stocking trout again here after a three-year-plus hiatus, but there is still no word on county trout plants. Water levels are very low and boat anglers are cautioned about obstructions in the shallow coves in the east end of the lake. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.

ELSINORE: Few reports, but there continues to be a slow to fair bite on catfish for anglers using shrimp, mackerel, skipjack, bonito, or fresh shad. Most are from two to eight pounds, but some bigger fish topping 10 pounds have been reported. No other reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: Lake level very low, but the first trout plant of the season went in last Thursday and there was fair to good action over the weekend. Due to low water, the lake is only open Friday through Sunday and no boats or float tubes are being allowed until the water comes up, including rental boats. There will also be no 24-hour fishing. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

RANCHO JURUPA: First DFW trout plant of the season this week. Information: 951-684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The first trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago but the bite has slowed since. Both the trout and catfish are fair at best. Information: 909-795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season this week. Information: 530-526-7937.

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

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Catfish action has been fair to good. Anchovies have been the top bait, but the mackerel and nightcrawlers are also good. The lake is open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Friday through Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No catch and release allowed. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.

Nov
27

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: The first DFW trout plant of the season went in three weeks ago. Overall slow fishing with the best bite at the dam and along the USFS shore access area. PowerBait or small jigs have been the best bet. Fair to good action on small bass, and fair action on small bluegill. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680 or http://www.lakehemet.org/fishing_conditions.php.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Nov
27

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Very good trout action here this past week after trophy trout were planted for the ìofficialî opener. Biggest fish reported was a 10-8 rainbow landed by Carlos Chacon, La Habra, on a drop-shot trout worm at the Bubble Hole. Rosalio Fernandez, Santa Ana, had rainbows at 10-2 and 7-6 on an LGE Worm. Daniel Fernandez, Downey, caught three trout at 9-8, eight and eight pounds for a 25-8 total stringer fishing orange Smokin’ Jigz in Chris Pond. Daneil LeBoeuf, La Habra, had the top stringer of the week with the total weighing in at 31 pounds for his five fish. His best was an 8-8, and all were taken on white Trout Teaser jigs from a float tube near the Bubble Hole. The lake complex is closed every Thursday (the day of the 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: Overall, fair to good trout action with a nice sprinkling of brown trout and rainbows topping four or five pounds. The borwn trout bite is better than it has ever been, according to lake staff. The browns are already keying on the baitfish in the lake and slow-trollers fishing firetiger or shad-colored cranks are doing best on the browns. The best bite for the rainbows is on inflated nightcrawlers or garlic PowerBait in Sierra Cove and Trout Island. Top trout reported was an 8-5 rainbow landed by Mark Bloomberg, Orange, on PowerBait off Trout Island. Alex Garufis, Orange, landed a 6-7 ëbow, while Fernando Diaz, Santa Ana, had a 5-7 rainbow. The top brown reported was a 4-5 landed by Mike Meredith, San Diego, on a Thomas Buoyant trolling mid-lake. Bass also remain fair off Rocky Point and the Red Clay Cliffs on dropshot-rigged plastics. Also still a few catfish and bluegill showing, but most anglers are focusing on the trout now. Trout plants are weekly now through the end of the season. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: There were 2,000 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalker rainbow trout planted for the trout season opener last Wednesday, and the bite was slow for the first day and then picked up through the weekend. Most of the rainbows are holding on the flats on the south side of the lake, and shoreline anglers are scoring better than tube anglers. Rainbow and chartreuse PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers dipped in garlic scent have been the best baits. Float tube fly anglers are getting a fish midging in eight-feet of water (using the Crowley indicator rig). Most of the fish are in the two-pound class, but a few bigger fish are showing up. Top fish weighed in so far this season was an 11-5 caught by Rick Yerger, Dana Point. Another 3,000-pound plant of Tailwalkers went in Tuesday this holiday week. There will be weekly 2,000-pound plants through the trout season. 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.

Nov
27

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The catfish action slowed with the fish moving to deeper water, where they have become harder to find. The few landed were caught on nightcrawlers or mackerel in 20 to 30 feet. The bass have been active, chasing baitfish most morning and evenings on or near the surface. But the bite has been tough unless you can dip some live shad. A few fish are showing on spinnerbaits and cranks, but the shad are the ticket for both largemouth and smallmouth. Crappie, bluegill, and trout all very slow with only a few bluegill showing from under the courtesy docks. It is also unlikely any trout will be planted this year, according to the DFW. The carp bowfishing remains fair in the backs of most coves in the middle of the day. 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 remained fair to good with the best bite in 15 to 40 feet of water and the fish move deeper as the water cools. Top bass reported this past week was a six-pounder landed by Cody Cook, Ventura, fishing a jig. Elliott Chang, Santa Barbara, landed a 5-8 bass on a Texas-rigged plastic worm, while bass at four pounds were reported by Kelly Ripa, Miramonte, and Scotty Lindsverk, Casitas Springs. While there has been light fishing pressure, there are still quite a few catfish showing on cut baits, mostly mackerel, in 12 to 20 feet with fish topping 10 pounds possible. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in 12 to 20 feet, mostly on nightcrawler pieces fished on the bottom. The big news is that the DFW announced this week it will be resuming trout plants at this water in the near future. 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: First DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, and the lake staff expected another this week. The lake was not on the DFW list however. Best to call ahead if you’re looking for trout. News on the trout front: The DFW announced it would be planting the lagoon (afterbay) with trout in the near future. The striped bass and largemouth bass bites both continue pretty fair on everything from cut bait to jerk baits. Both species seem to be stacked up on cliffs or other sheer structure where they can ambush bait. Best areas have been the Fish Arm or the very back of the Ski Arm. Steven Banks, Venice, had three largemouth bass to two pounds on jerk baits. The catfish bite has also been pretty good on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are dropping out of the shallower water and are showing in 20 feet or more. Marko Zefi, Tustin, landed a 13-pound cat on a nightcrawler in the Fish Arm. Other species are pretty slow. The west ramp remains closed. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The dropping water level has forced the shutdown of the boat launch, but rental boats remain available. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in 12 to 30 feet of water, but there is some topwater action early and late in the day. The average fish is from one to two pounds. Also a pretty decent catfish bite on cut baits in most of the coves and off the main lake points. The bluegill action is slow to fair on hand-sized panfish. The DFW is in the process of re-evaluating this lake for future trout plants. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good. Lots of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up are being reported. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms, but there has also been some fish on jigging spoons. The first DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, but the lake is not on the stocking list for this week or next week at the present time. 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. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but there continues to be some topwater action most mornings. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: Still no trout plants yet. Fair largemouth bass bite mornings and evening with some fish showing on plastics and reaction baits. The bluegill and redear bites are slow to fair with most of the action moving into deeper water at the water cools. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

ECHO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

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

HANSEN DAM LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

LEGG LAKES: A free youth fishing event for children five to 15 will be held here from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 6. This activity is designed to give boys and girls who live in urban areas an opportunity to enjoy a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood, with poles, reels, tackle, bait and assistance provided. The event is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation, long with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. A 1,000-pound plant is expected the week of the event. For more information about the event, contact the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation at www.danskids.org or call 562-865-3764. First DFW trout plant of the season last week.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week.

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

Nov
27

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

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

HODGES: Closed for the season. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: There were 67 anglers checked by county staff this past week and those fishermen reported 249 bass, 40 crappie to two pounds, and 10 blue catfish. James Childress and Roland LaVergne, both Los Angeles, had those 10 catfish. Childress’ top fish was a 22.9-pounder, while LaVergne’s best fish was a 7.25-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 82 anglers checked and they reported 129 bass to 3.1 pounds and seven bluegill to a pound. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: No report. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for catch-and-release fishing (only artificial lures with single, barbless hooks), sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed, but anglers can still walk in. Lake information: 619-465-3474 (recording) or 619-397-5212 (concession) or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

MURRAY: No county or marina reports, but the first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week (600 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 17 anglers checked and they reported 27 bass, nine bluegill, and five rainbow trout reported. The first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week (600 pounds). 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: Closed for the season. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Trout plants set to start in December with a 6,000-pound plant just before the Dec. 13 opening day of trout season. The lake is now closed on weekdays, but it will remain open for weekends until trout season starts and then again be open seven days a week. The bass action has been fair on mostly smaller fish, with plastics and nightcrawlers good bets. Catfish are fair on cut mackerel or chicken liver. Few other reports. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com

DOANE POND: No recent DFW plants.

DIXON LAKE: Good trout action since the 4,500-pound plant last week and there have been a good number of quality fish in the catch. Next plant was slated for Tuesday this week. Best action has been on rainbow PowerBait and nightcrawlers, while Thomas Buoyants, Kastmaster, PowerWorms, and jigs have also produced fish. Top trout reported was a nine-pounder landed by Jevon Jeslyn, Escondido, on a silver Kastmaster. Shahab Godarz, Escondido, caught an 8-11, on a gold Kastmaster off the fishing pier. Nick Isabell, Escondido, landed a 7-9 rainbow on a Power Worm. Teddy Barone, Oceanside, caught a 6-8 rainbow off the fishing pier on a mini jig. The catfish bite has been fair to good with some anglers reporting limits of cats this past week. The 36th Annual Trout Derby has been rescheduled for Dec. 5-7. No state fishing license is required here. Lake or derby information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Trout season has been set for December 4 with a 3,000-pound plant of Chaulk Mound Trout Farm’s Nebraska Tailwalkers. Plants will be every other week this season through April next year. The lake is closed Monday and Tuesday, and it will also be closed the Wednesday before the trout season opens. The catfish bite has been fair on cut baits, mostly mackerel or chicken liver. The top spot continues to the log boom off the north shore. Bass slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers fished in deeper water. Bluegill have slowed way down. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Very good trout action continues. The lake was planted with 4,000 pounds of Sierra ëBows and Lightning Trout two weeks ago and another 1,000 pounds of Sierra ëBows went in Tuesday this week and another 1,200 pounds of Tailwalkers will go in next Wednesday. There are also tagged trout in each load that are worth Turner’s Outdoorsman prizes. Top fish reported this past week was a nine-pounder landed by Richard Rose, Santee, that was also a tagged fish worth a rod and reel combo. Tony Noikhie, San Diego, had a 2-4 rainbow with a tag that earned him a $20 Turner’s gift card. Mitchell Fromang, Lakeside, landed a limit of five rainbows averaging two pounds fishing PowerBait in Hermit Cove. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Major bait rule change here. Aquatic live bait — shiners or crawfish — will no longer be allowed. First trout plant of the season has not been set yet, but it will be December. Bass are tough with only a few fish showing on slowly-fished baits in deeper water. Catfish are fair on cut baits with a few decent catches made. Most are under four pounds. Slow other species. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: The trout bite has been fair to good after the Mt. Lassen trout plant last week. Trout of 10-12, 10 even, and 8-8 were reported early this week. DFW rainbows went in this week before Thanksgiving. The best bite has been on Thomas Buoyant spoons in red and gold fished on the troll or on PowerBait or nightcrawlers fished from shore. Few other reports. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

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

Nov
27

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 slow to fair with most fish in deeper water on plastics or jigs.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good near the dam on nightcrawlers. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. Dave ìDocî Baublittz, Bullhead City, had an 18.26-pound striper on a big plug from shore. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Tony Smith and Chris Duncan, Bullhead, had a stringer of catfish to 6.16-pounds at Katherine’s Landing. 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 trout action has slowed to just fair as the trout spread out along the river. They are still showing from Davis Camp and Laughlin Bridge, and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, community park, and around Rotary Park. There were 20,000 rainbows planted over three weeks in late September and early October. The striper bite has improved as the weather is cooling off, and while a lot are under a pound, more and one to three pounds and there are better fish landed each week. The best bite has been on anchovies or other cut baits, but a smaller shad-like swimbaits or the bigger trout-like lures are getting some fish. There are also a lot of catfish showing for anglers fishing bait for the stripers, especially in the Nature Center area. Still some smallmouth reports below the Avi Bridge. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing a few fish, but most are small. Lots of fish up chasing bait. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is slowing down, but a few fish are still showing on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been pretty fair for cats. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fairin the upper part of the lake in the basin where the river comes in or the opposite end of the lake near the power lines. There has been a little morning and evening action as the fish come up chasing baits, but most of the bite is subsurface now. The smallmouth action is fair to good on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. Only an occasional largemouth. Catfish have been fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear have stayedfair with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better.

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

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure and overall slow fishing. Very few flatheads reported in past two weeks and only the odd channel, too. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite slowed way down to nearly nothing. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure and overall slow action. The flathead bite is very slow, while the channel catfish bite is slow to fair in the main river. A few largemouth bass are showing in the backwaters, but that bite is tough. Smallmouth bass are a little better in the main river on crawdad-colored jigs, plastics, and cranks — but the slower presentations are working best now. The bluegill bite also finally tanked with very few reported. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair at best, with the best bite on plastics and live baits in slow presentations. 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 fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Flathead catfish are slow to fair on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits. Bluegill are slow. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been slow to fair in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with slower presentations preferred. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action has slowed way down.

Nov
27

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow with little or no fishing pressure. The few anglers fishing have reported very spotty fishing for very small tilapia. The water level continues to fall. Kayak rentals are available at the state park headquarters. The park entrance fee is $5 with self-registration. The state park launch (the only ramp currently on the sea) is still open, but not recommended because of the low water. The camp store is open Friday through Sunday and has bait and basic fishing gear. Volunteers are needed to work in the visitor center and camp store. They get free camping and hookups. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

ALAMO RIVER: No reports.

COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: No reports.

ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.

FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.

WEIST LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-352-3308.

SUNBEAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

LAKE CAHUILLA: No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-564-4712.

Nov
27

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season is closed and will not reopen until the last Saturday in April, 2015. For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call 760-876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call 760-873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call 760-924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call 760-647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call 760-932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or www.bishopvisitor.com, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker has been tough with the best fishing below the highway bridge and on the Nevada side on midge patterns. Quite a few 18 to 22 inch browns, but two to four fish per day has been a good day. The East and West Walker are the only waters still 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 remain open to fishing with special regulations. Hot Creek remains good with daily hatches of caddis and midges with a lot of eight to 14-inch browns. The Owens is tougher with just slow to fair action, mostly on small nymphs fished in the deep pools and runs. There have been, however, quite a few of the bigger rainbows moving up out of Crowley in the deeper cuts, especially in the Hot Fingers stretch. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the lower Owens River are the only waters that remain open through the winter. The Owens River gorge is getting zero pressure, but the reservoir has been fair at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers. 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: Only the lower Owens River remains open to fishing. No reports.

Nov
27

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure and the bite is very slow for catfish, crappie, and bass. Trout are very slow, but the first plant of the season is slated to go in next week. The few catfish showing have been caught in Red’s Marina, Paradise Cove, or French Gulch in 12 to 25 feet of water. Lake level at about nine percent of capacity, but launch ramps in South Fork and near the dam remain open, but a four-wheel drive is the best option for getting boats in and out. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The bite has been pretty good on the upper river for wild rainbows and planted trout. The most recent plants were last week and three weeks ago. The hatchery fish are best on salmon eggs or crickets for the planters, especially in the bigger holes and runs. Still light fishing pressure. In the lower river, flows are very low. In addition to the trout at the plant locations, there has been a fair catfish bite, mostly on nightcrawlers, and the smallmouth action is finally starting to improve. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been good to excellent with a lot of topwater action on Sammys, Spooks or similar baits. The fish are keying on the shad and other minnows and a lot of fish are right around the 18-inch minimum size. There are also a lot of fat largemouth bass in this bite. There also continues to be a fair to good bite on the catfish on garlic shrimp, and some better quality bluegill are still showing. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK: There has been a fair on channel catfish for anglers fishing nightcrawlers. Also a few smallmouths showing on the same bait. There continues to be a fair bite for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The bite was has been good after the plant. Nightcrawlers and cheese PowerBait have been the top baits. A few bluegill and bass are still showing, along with the odd carp.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good. Best bite has been on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers, both in the garlic flavors. Cheese PowerBait has also been good. Few other reports, but a few bluegill and carp are still showing along with the odd bass.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Pretty good action with the best bite on cheese PowerBait or garlic nightcrawlers. The rising water also turned on the crappie action with fair action on small minnows. Few reports on other species.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and four weeks ago. There has been a fair trout bite on minnows, but also some fish on nightcrawlers with garlic oil or cheese PowerBait. Still fair carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are also fair on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite is fair on frog imitations and spinnerbaits.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. Few reports and light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout fishing has been slow to fair with a few fish showing on PowerBait. The crappie action is better with a fair number of fish showing on small minnows. A few bass continue to show, but the catfish and bluegill bites are mostly slow and only a few carp are showing. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Fair to good trout action after the first DFW trout plant of the season last week.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair with a many fish still up chasing shad, so reaction baits are good. Best action around the exposed islands. Fair catfish action in the evenings with crawdads, chicken livers or anchovies. The launch ramp is still available on the Rocky Hill side, but falling water levels have made launching difficult. The lake is only at about four percent of capacity. 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: The bass action has been fair to good, but most of the fish are small, under a pound. The early and late bite is still the best bet on small swimbaits and cranks. Drop-shot plastics are also getting a lot of fish. Bluegill and carp are both fair. Jumbo red worms or wax worms best for the bluegill, while dough balls are best for the carp in the shallows. A few crappie showing on exposed structure throughout the lake. Catfish are fair to good with chicken livers, sardines, anchovies or dip baits, particularly in the evenings. 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.