Feb
15

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing across Southern California urban lakes getting private plants. Top picks for this week are Lake Palmdale (a members-only lake in Palmdale) and Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster (stocked this week) in the High Desert. In San Diego county, Dixon Lake, Wohlford, and Jennings are the top bets. Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County is always a good bet. The San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado) are getting weekly plants and have been fair to good. Silverwood was planted with brown trout again this past Friday. A sleeper pick, better than many local urban waters, is the trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City. Limits of one-pound class fish have been pretty common. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is perhaps the best bet in the southern half of the state for catch-and-release fishing as the big rainbows run up out of Crowley. Big Bear Lake also has a pretty darn good winter bite for bank anglers again this week.

BLACK BASS: The action is perking up as we move toward spawning season. Many fish are already moving up into the shallows thinking of the spawn. The best bites remain on drop-shot plastics during the middle part of most days. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Diamond Valley. On the Colorado River, the bites are starting to pick back after a weather cool down this week. Top bet is the lower river backwaters with the low water forcing the fish out of the tules. Havasu and Mohave are also improving. Smallmouth have been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has remained about the same with slow to fair bites most places. The best bites overall are Skinner and Castaic, with Skinner an especially hot bet if you can dip live shad. Pyramid, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley are all slower. Best bets are still swimbaits, trolled flies, umbrella rigs, jigging spoons, and — of course ñ the usual array of baits, especially lug and blood worms. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on lug worms and Gitzits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with fish up and chasing shad many days and showing on rip and jerk baits, but most are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge, but some to 10-plus pounds. This stretch of the river is getting weekly trout plants and the big stripers are taking advantage of the feed.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are slow across the board now. Crappie bites worth noting are at Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, which has been pretty fair. A few fish have also been reported from Casitas, Silverwood, and Cachuma. There is also a good bite at Lopez Lake on the Central Coast with some limits (25 fish) reported.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites are slow across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, El Capitan, San Vicente, the California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself. The lower Colorado River has a few channels being reported, but there is very light fishing pressure. No flatheads reported.

Feb
15

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Feb. 11-17):

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5), Lake Isabella, River Walk Park.

TULARE: Kern River (section 5).

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Pine Flat Reservoir.

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Feb. 18-24):

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

KERN: Hart Park Lake, Kern River (section 2), Ming Lake, Truxton Lake.

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Mooney Grove Park Lake.

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

The following waters were planted last week (Feb. 4-10):

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake.

INYO: Diaz Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha, Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

KERN: Hart Park Lake, Kern River (sections 1 and 2), Ming Lake, Truxtun Lake.

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Mooney Grove Park Pond.

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

Feb
15

CENTRAL COAST

At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action has stayed fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits with a lot of two to three-pound fish. This is probably the best action on the Central Coast right now, and some of the spots have been real quality fish. At Santa Margarita, the bass are starting to perk, but it is the crappie action near the marina that has been the best bet. Lopez Lake has a very good crappie and bluegill bite ongoing with a lot of limits reported in the past week. Also fair bass action. No reports from San Antonio.

Feb
15

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: There is a fair trout bite at the auxiliary dam after a plant this week, and the best action has been on PowerBait and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been fair thanks to DFW plants last week, and more fish are slated to go in next week. For fly anglers, the upper river has been fair with a stonefly hatch, but the water temperatures are still pretty cool in the mid-40s. There were trout plants in the lower river this week, and the bite has been fair on salmon eggs with rainbows to three pounds reported. Water temperatures are higher below the dam, and there is a mid-afternoon mayfly hatch for fly anglers to note. The lower Kern is slow for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair with light fishing pressure. The stripers are very chunky fish, but most are just below the 18-inch mimimum keeper size. The best bite has been on Gitzits for lure anglers, and blood or lug worms for bait fishermen. Catfish remain very slow. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. The trout bite had slowed way down until this plant and has been pretty fair since. Best action on hatchery pellet PowerBait, Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow. The Firefighters Derby will be Saturday March 10 this year, and it is limited to the first 800 anglers who sign up. Entry fee is $20 and the lowest-numbered tagged trout will win the $1,000 top prize. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW plant last week, and the bite has been fair since on Mice Tails, garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is slow on dough baits, but improving on Wussy Bait. The warm weather has a few bass showing on plastics and nightcrawlers, but no bluegill yet.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout plant last week and continued fair action on Sierra Slammer jigs, PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic. Other species have been slow, except for a few bass which are starting to show as water temperatures come up with the warm weather.

MING LAKE: Trout plant this week by the DFW and the bite was pretty good through the weekend. It has just been fair since with the best bite on PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. The bass bite has picked up with pretty fair action on drop-shot plastics or nightcrawlers with the fish moving around in the warming water after the weekend cool down.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago, and the trout action has slowed way down. An occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. Fewer crappie reports this past week, but some are still showing on small jigs. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has been fair with some fish showing on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait and Sierra Slammer jigs. No word on if a plant was going in this week or early next week. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. A few bass are starting to nose around the shallows and the weather warms up the shallows. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is pretty slow with only a few smaller fish showing on plastics in deeper water. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow, but there was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Feb
15

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing came to an end Nov. 15. Only the year-around waters with special regulations remain open. For information on the regulations, anglers should check the Department of Fish and Wildlife website’s regulations pages. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP FISHING NEWS: In the Bridgeport region, the East and West Walker rivers remain open year-around to catch-and-release fishing. The East Walker has been pretty decent with flows at a very low 29 cfs Wednesday this week, and the bite has been fair with three to 10 fish days pretty common with a better mix of rainbows and browns in recent days. Small nymphs or streamers are still getting the most fish, and the trout are running from 12 to 16 inches on the norm with some bigger fish up into the mid-20-inch range. The West Walker has been tough, but a few fish are showing, both browns and rainbows. In the Mammoth region, Hot Creek and the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing remain open, and the winter bite on big rainbows (moving up out of Crowley) is still good, but it has been a little tougher over the past week. The fish are still mostly in the Hot Fingers stretch of the river and rainbows to 24-inches have been reported. Hot Creek is fair with caddis and midge hatches most days but tough fishing. In the Bishop region, the lower Owens River, including the gorge below Crowley Lake, remains open to year-around fishing, and the flows came back up to 100-plus cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir, which is a very good fishing flow. The action has improved on small nymphs and midges.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

Feb
15

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still very slow with no recent reports of any fish caught. Water temps are still too low for any tilapia action. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is 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. 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).

Feb
15

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

TOP NEWS: The fishing pressure remains relatively light and water levels are very low, especially in the lower river. Slow to fair action for most species, and the cool weather didn’t help this week. The best bite is still for the rainbow trout in the Bullhead City stretch of the river thanks to weekly trout plants. The bite has been good at the two stocking locations — the Community Park and Davis Camp. Rotary Park will not be getting trout plants for a couple of months, but it and the casino stretch are producing quite a few fish. The 1,700-fish plants are alternated between each spot each week. Most of the fish are running a pound or better and PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and small spinners are all getting the rainbows. In this same stretch of river a few stripers are showing, and most are one to three pounds and being caught on anchovies. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good and a few stripers to 10 pounds reported. The next best bite has been for largemouths in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The water levels are so low, the fish are out of the shoreline tules and staging in the main channels along weed beds, and there has been a good bite on spinnerbaits or small swimbaits. Lots of two to three pound largemouth with some topping six pounds at Walter’s Camp. In Havasu and Mohave, the bite on stripers is pretty decent most mornings in the south ends of both lakes with a lot of fish from five to seven pounds. Some are even showing on or near the top up chasing gizzard shad. There are a lot of small stripers (under three pounds) showing in the main river from Davis Dam to Topoc Gorge. Bluegill have been very tough lately all along the river, and very few redear are showing in Havasu. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow in the main river. The channel catfish bite is also slow in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs and backwaters.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

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

Feb
15

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout this week and last week, and there will be additional 1,500-pound plants Feb. 21, March 7, 21, and 28. There will be a 4,000-pound plant April 18, and the final plant of the season will be 500 pounds on April 20.

Lake Jennings was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows last week. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds the weeks of Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lake was planted two weeks ago, and it will receive additional trout plants Feb. 21, Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18. There are free trout fishing seminars March 11 and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.

At Lake Wohlford, there was a 1,500-pound plants this week, along with plants the same size last week and three weeks ago.

Santee Lakes was planted with 1,000-pounds of trout last week, and an aditional 1,000-pound plant is scheduled for March 10.

Lake Cuyamaca received a 1,500-pound plant last week, and it was slated to get more fish this week, Mar. 13, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went in two weeks ago.

At the San Diego City Lakes, Hodges, Barrett and Sutherland are closed for the season. El Capitan’s boat rental is closed for the season. ëCap and San Vicente are on their winter schedules.

DFW trout plants went in two weeks at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray.

FISHING UPDATE: The trout bite has been fair to good at most of the lakes getting regular stocks now. The bite is best the two to three days after the plants, but all the lakes have had enough plants that there is a pretty good stockpile of fish that keeps the bite pretty fair. The usual array of floating dough baits, Mice Tails, and small trout jigs are the best bets. Dixon Lake was been particularly good, but Wohlford and Cuyamaca have also been good. Poway, Jennings, and Santee Lakes have been fair to good.

The bass bite has really started to perk up at most of the low-elevation waters across the county. Lots of fish are already nosing up into shallower, sun-warmed water in very early pre-spawn movements of fish. There also continues to be fair to good action with big swimbaits on bigger fish up chasing trout. Overall, most of the action is on drop-shot plastics or live bait (where legal), especially shiners. Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Murray have all been fair with the Otay bite really starting to take off.

The bluegill and redear action has slowed way down with almost no reports over the past week, but the crappie action is really starting to take off at Lower Otay and a few fish are showing at Murray.

The catfish are getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. Not available this week.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Lower Otay, a local tournament was won by Ronnie Kampmueller and Ryan Cauldren with a five-fish 23.05-pound catch, and the big fish was a 5.85-pounder.

BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

SANTEE LAKES: Lake information: 619-596-3141 or www.santeelakes.com.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Feb
15

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: No reports on crappie since last week, so maybe that bite isn’t taking off. Overall the bite has been mostly slow. A few trout continue to show for anglers drifting garlic nightcrawlers or trolling in Sweetwater Bay, Clark’s Cove, and the main part of Cachuma Bay. Also a few bass showing on plastics and small spinnerbaits with the fish moving up a little shallower with the warmer weather. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: There has been a fair bass bite on plastics and nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water. Anglers dipping live shad have been able to get a few nice crappie to two pounds, especially near the green dock. The dates for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are Saturday, Feb. 17, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms or spoons and ice jigs in 20-feet plus of water. The largemouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in 20 to 45 feet of water on small plastics and jigging spoons. Calvin Coping, Temple City, and three largemouths to three pounds on drop-shot plastics. Bradly Smith, Garden Grove, had four stripers and largemouths and his best was a three-pound striper. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in last week. Few reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on swim baits. Still some fair trout action from the DFW plants two weeks ago. Some of the rainbows are pushing two pounds. The best bite has been adjacent to the launch ramp on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small jigs or spoons. The largemouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water, and a few smallmouth are also showing in this bite. Ray Rojas, Valencia, have five bass to three pounds. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver or mackerel. Nacho Lopez, Somis, had a seven-pound cat to top off his three-fish stringer, all on mackerel. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). 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 Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Feb
15

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in this week, and this bite is taking off again, especially in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working with fish to six pounds reported so far. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Several big bass reported in the past week, including a 10.44-pounder landed by Kristofer Sands, Hemet. Several other fish from five to eight-plus pounds reported. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. David Nye, Los Angeles, had an 8-8 bass this past week. Trout slow. Bluegill and redear are mostly slow with only a few bluegill showing off the marina docks, at the tire reef, and off the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising, and it is expected to be at the new full pool level by summer. 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 striper bite has stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, but the bite on frozen sardines is nearly as good. Top spots have been at the inlet and the shoreline areas adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Tommi Smyer, San Jacinto, had a 6.8-pound striper on sardine. The largemouth action lulled with the cooler weather, but has begun to pick up again, with many fish moving up shallower. Plastics still the best bet. The trout bite has been slow, but a plant Wednesday this week could help. Matt Glandin, Temecula, had two trout at three and four pounds fish chartreuse, garlic PowerBait at Ramp No. 1. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: Due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few reports. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

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

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good trout action continues. Most trout around a pound, but some bigger fish to eight pounds reported. The lake is closed on Thursday’s for trout planting. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is closed and will be for at least the immediate future.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Trout season is ongoing. There was a plant two weeks ago, and there are 1,000-pound plants scheduled for this week, Feb 19, and Mar. 5. There are no fishing fees this season, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240 or go to ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/.

Feb
15

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: The trout action has been fair to good, especially the day or two following county plants. There has also been a fair catfish bite with some nice cats reported this past week. The best fish was a five-pounder landed by Emanuel Antonio, Guatemala, on shrimp. Calvin Butler, Rancho Cucamonga, caught a four-pound catfish on mackerel. County trout plants are 780 pounds per week. DFW trout plant went in three weeks ago. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County trout plants are weekly with 780 pounds per stocking. DFW trout went in three weeks ago. The next adult trout derby in the series at the San Bernardino County Parks will be here Feb. 24. There is a $12 entry fee. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: The trout bite has been fair this past week. The kid’s derby this past weekend had over 100 participants, and the big fish landed was a 5.5-pounder. County trout plants are 780 pounds per week and split between two of the lakes. There is work ongoing at the middle lake, so plants will be at the upper and lower lakes for the next few plants. A DFW plant went in three weeks ago. There will be a Kid’s Trout Fishing Derby this Saturday (Feb. 10) for children 7 to 15. Entry fee is $5 per child. Advance registration required. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: The trout bite has been fair to good, especially right after the weekly county plant. County plants are 780 pounds per week, and a DFW plant went in four weeks ago. Both the big and small lakes have been producing fish. Information: 909-887-7540.

Feb
15

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The lake was stocked Wednesday this week and the bite had been very hit and miss before this plant. The action should pick up by the weekend as the newly-planted fish get acclimated. The best trout action has been on PowerBait in garlic rainbow or nymph. While most are one to two pounds, some bigger fish continue to show. County plants are 1,500 pounds each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds, and plants are twice a month. The carp bite is slow with little pressure. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Continued very slow fishing with no recent trout plants. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The trout action slowed from the blazing pace of last week, but the action is still pretty good early and late in the day. A pair of nine-pound rainbows were reported this past week, one landed by Brandon Gillette and the other by Ricardo Meza, both Antelope Valley residents. The best bite has been off the fishing docks on green pumpkin PowerBait or for trollers fishing in deeper water (16-feet or more) with Rapala Frenzy lures. The lake is also slated to get another 6,000 pounds of rainbows this week. There are also a few largemouth bass and crappie showing around the shoreline tules. There was 22,000 pounds of trout planted before the opener two weeks ago, including 500 pounds of Lightning Trout, and there will one more 6,000-pound trout plant later this month. In March and April, there will be weekly 3,000-pound plants, with a total of 70,000 pound scheduled to be planted this season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: There is still a fair catfish bite ongoing at the outlet for anglers fishing big, baseball-sized chunks of mackerel. Channel cats to eight pounds have been reported this week. No stripers reported again in the past week, and only an occasional largemouth bass on plastics for the bank-walkers. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): Overall, slow action at the aqueduct this week with light fishing pressure. A few fish showing from the west side of the Antelope Valley on chicken liver and mussels with most of the cats from three to six pounds. A bite from the east end of the valley was reported last week where the 138 crosses the aqueduct near Crystalaire, but no updates on that bite this week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Feb
15

HIGH DESERT WATERS VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: Weekly trout plants are 1,000 pounds per week and coming from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms this season. Most of the fish are in the one to two-pound range. Most are showing on PowerBait off the north shore, but small trout jigs are as good. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite was slow to fair on both lakes this past week. Action best on PowerBait in rainbow, hatchery pellet and salmon peach, nightcrawlers, and small trout lures and jigs. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 and the eastern logged shore and grassy point of lake 3. No bass, bluegill, or catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite has been fair with some anglers reporting two to four trout, but few limits. There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week, and most of the trout are between one and 2 1/2-pounds. Emilio Norma, Hesperia, had four trout to 2-8 on garlic Power Eggs. No recent DFW plants. The annual Trout Derby will be Saturday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per person plus $10 vehicle entry. Over $1,000 in cash and prizes awarded to top 25 weighing Trout. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Feb
15

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The big news is that the Department of Water Resources have closed the face of the dam to all fishing. The area is now fenced off. Vandalism and dam safety are the reasons given for the closure. The second big news is another 2,000-pound plant of brown trout last Friday (not on the DFW plant list). The fish are showing in decent numbers (along with other holdover trout) in both Cleghorn and Miller canyons with the browns best on small lures and the rainbows best on floating dough baits. Kevin Conn, Hesperia, had four browns to 1-8 on gold and red spoons. The striper bite has been fair in Cleghorn, off the docks, and out near the dam. Most are under three pounds and being caught on nightcrawlers or anchovies. A few crappie have been reported on jigs from the main channel, including a 1-8 caught by Matt Hill, Crestline, on a Lucky Craft lure. Catfish and largemouth both slow. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout bite has remained pretty fair with some nice quality holdover rainbows up to five-plus pounds in the catch, in spite of snow flurries early this week. The top areas are along the north shore from Windy Point to the dam, and from Lagonita Point to Fisher Road on the south shoreline. There has also been very consistent action at Juniper Point. The best bite has been on PowerBait in garlic, corn, and salmon egg flavors fished on the bottom with on 12 to 24-inch leader on a slip-sinker rig and light line. The water clarity is excellent, so the light line helps. No reports of other species. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: The lake was planted with 2,000 pounds of rainbows Jan. 26. No reports. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The boat rentals and the restrooms are closed. Last trout plant was Oct. 11. No reports on news on opening day yet. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake has not been planted in over a month, and the parking lot is still closed. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana also have not been planted recently. For information, call the Mill Creek Visitor Center Tuesday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) at 909-382-2882 or the San Bernardino National Forest main office line at 909-382-2600.

Feb
01

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. They call it the Mardi Gras of fishing in the Antelope Valley, and that is the opening at Lake Palmdale, a membership-only fishing lake. The line is already forming for Saturday’s opener. The lake has already stocked with three loads of trout, including Lightning Trout (500 pounds), with a total of 22,000 pounds stocked so far. The lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of trout total this fishing season. For membership or fishing information, call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

2. The Lake Skinner striper bite is staying in the top spot because its striper bite has remained solid with fish to 20 pounds reported in the past week. The best bite has continued to be on live shad, but some nice fish are also showing on frozen sardines. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at 951-926-8515.

3. The upper Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada stays in the top spots because of the good action on big rainbows running up out of Crowley Lake into the warmer water in the Owens in the Hot Fingers stretch. There has been a little lull during the full moon, but this is still a good bet for catch-and-release action on trout from two to four pounds. For an update on this bite, check with The Troutfitter in Mammoth at 760-934-2517, Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop in Bishop at 760-873-0010.