Apr
21

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The trout action at Cachuma Lake has been very good after plants for the 21st Annual Fishing Derby. There were both big county and DFW trout plants last week. The action has been best for trollers working the main lake points, but the area around the marina is hot right after the plants for both shore and boat anglers. If the trout don’t cooperate, the crappie, bass, and catfish bite has all turned on in the past week. For an update on the action, call the marina at Information: 805-688-4040.

2. The catfish and striped bass bite in the California Aqueduct near Taft and the Highway 166 stretches has been good to excellent this past week. But it is the catfish action that has been particularly good for quality fish from 10 to 25 pounds. Clay Rutledge at Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield said it was the best fishing for big cats he’s ever seen in the aqueduct. Try to find sardines for bait, if you can find it, but dip baits — especially Sonny’s Dip Bait — have also been good. For an update on the action, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

3. Yet again the flathead catfish bite on the lower Colorado River stays in the top picks. The action is good from Lake Havasu south and fish in the 20-pound class are being caught daily. The best action is in the stretch from Blythe to Yuma, with both the main river, the backwaters, and irrigation drain ditches all producing fish. For an update, check with Walter’s Camp at 760-854-3322 or Martinez Lake Resort at 928-783-9589.

Apr
21

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets are Cachuma Lake for big planted rainbows, Big Bear Lake for holdover rainbows to three pounds with a lot of limits reported for both shore and troll anglers, and Silverwood Lake after a DFW plant this week. Jess Ranch Lakes, both in the high desert, have also been pretty good. Cuyamaca may be the best bet in San Diego County with heavy plants this season.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is pretty much wide open with the fish in full-spawn mode most places. Lots of sight fishing taking place for fish up on beds. Top bets are Skinner, Diamond Valley, Perris, Casitas, Castaic, Piru, Cachuma, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Sutherland, Hodges, and Dixon. Silverwood is getting better by the day. On the Colorado River, the lower river is pretty much wide open but winds have hampered the fishing. The bites are also now breaking wide open in Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave, and everything in between, too, but those winds…. Smallmouth also turning on in the lower river.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally slow to fair everywhere except Skinner this past week. Skinner is a good bet at the dam and inlet areas on cut baits and reaction baits. Cut baits or blood worms are producing a fair number of fish to six pounds at Castaic, with smaller fish showing on the same baits at Pyramid and Silverwood. Darn few reports on stripers from Diamond Valley. The California aqueduct is flowing again and the striper bite has been very good but mostly on sub-legal fish, but enough keepers to make it worth the trip. On the Colorado River, the stripers are fair in Lake Mohave and Havasu with fish moving into the main basins of both lakes chasing shad. An occasional big fish continues to show from the river near Bullhead City-Laughlin.

PANFISH: Wind hampered most bites throughout the region, but there has been pretty good crappie action at Lake Cachuma and Santa Margarita Lake. In San Diego County, most of the crappie bites have slowed, and Isabella is producing some nice two-pound class fish for slow-trollers. The bluegill or redear are starting to turn on just about everywhere, but the top bets are Skinner, Perris, Casitas, and Diamond Valley (which had a near-four-pound redear this past week). They could all break wide open any time.

CATFISH: Lake Isabella continues to have a good bite on catfish. The action is on jumbo meal worms or live minnows, but nice stringers continue to show. Santa Ana River Lakes is now stocking catfish weekly, and Hesperia Lake has started its weekly catfish plants. The flathead catfish bite is very good on the lower Colorado River from Blythe to Yuma with fish to 20-plus pounds reported again this past week.

Apr
21

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (April 17-23):

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Castaic Lake, Echo Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Pyramid Lake, Reseda Park Lake.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor, Rancho Jurupa Park Pond, Strawberry Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Green Valley Lake, Gregory Lake, Jenks Lake, Lytle Creek (Middle and North forks), Miller Canyon Creek (above Lake Silverwood), Santa Ana River, South Fork Santa Ana River, Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Bishop Creek (Lower) [this is a pre-trout opener plant, water not open until April 30], Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha, Section 2), Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Crowley Lake [a pre-trout opener plant].

KERN: Kern River (sections 1-5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5-6), [next plants are pre-opener plants, waters not open until April 30:] Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Peppermint Creek (upper), Stoney Creek, Tule River (Middle Fork, North Fork [Middle Fork No. 1], South Fork [Middle Forks No. 2 and No. 3]).

FRESNO: Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Shaver Lake, Tenmile Creek (Upper).

Tentative plants for next week (April 24-30):

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake.

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

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Bridgeport, Upper and Lower), Virginia Creek, West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

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

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Courtwright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Hume Lake, Rancheria Creek, Tamarack Creek, Wishon Reservoir.

TULARE: Bone Creek, Deer Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Freeman Creek, Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (lower), White River.

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Apr
21

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: Trout fishing slowed down since the big plant two weeks ago with the fish scattering, but another DFW plant is set for this week. The fish are showing around the marina and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons. Small spinners, jigs, and PowerBait best bets. The striper bite has been good, especially on lug worms drifted at the dam, in Miller Canyon, and fished around the marina. Marcus Hamilton, Pomona, had seven stripers to six pounds fishing lug worms in Miller Canyon. Most are two to three-pounders, and sardines and blood worms are also good baits. The largemouth bass are fair to good with most fish moving shallow for the spawn. Swinbaits and plastics the best bets. Don Rogers, West Covina, had a three-pound largemouth on a wacky-ricked worm off the marina docks. Catfish fair, with a few on cut baits off the dock. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout trolling is good with limits of nice fish to three pounds common on Needlefish in Trout Alley between Gilner Point, the Rock Wall, and the Zebra Room. Further west the bite is good from the buoy line to Gray’s Landing. Shore anglers are getting limits along the north shore from the dam and at the old Gray’s Landing area. Most of the rainbows are showing on PowerBait in yellow or green with garlic. A few bass starting to show, but other species are very slow. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No fishing report. DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: DFW tentatively set to plant the lake this week. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

JENKS LAKE REGION: First DFW plant of the season slated for this week at Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River.

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Fair to good trout action. Final trout plant of the season last week. Catfish plants begin this Thursday. Best trout reported this past week included a 14-8 landed by Gary Southern, Hesperia, on Black Minnows. Nick Cast, Hesperia, landed an 8-0 on rainbow PowerBait. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite has been pretty good, especially before 10 a.m. The best action has been on PowerBait (especially salmon peach, garlic, spring green, and rainbow), jigs, small trout lures, and inflated nightcrawlers. Most are two pounders, but Seth Maloney, Apple Valley, had a pair of 8-0 rainbows on Rat-L-Traps while fishing for bass. A few bass are showing. Slow other species. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: Last county trout plant of season last week. No recent DFW plants. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Apr
21

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Last county trout plant of season last week. DFW trout plant also last week. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No report. Last county trout plant of season last week. DFW trout plant 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. Last county trout plant of season last week. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Last county plants of season next week. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No report. Last county trout plant of season last week. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: 909-887-7540.

Apr
21

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been very good with a lot of bass shallow for the spawn in the shoreline areas. Plastics, shad-like swimbaits, and nightcrawlers are the best bets. The trout action has been fair to good after both Lassen and DFW plants two and four weeks ago. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or Mice Tails top baits. K.C. Luniga, Hemet, had a 12.34-pound rainbow on a Roboworm near the east dam. Still light fishing pressure on the stripers, but a few fish are showing on swimbaits. The best striper action has been at the two dams from rental boats, but the fish are also showing from the shoreline fishing areas. A few big bluegill and redear are starting to show, most taken on nightcrawlers by bass anglers. Noah Guerrero, Hemet, landed a 3.99-pound redear on a nightcrawler near the east dam. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: Big news is the 36-pound striper caught by Ian Cube, Buena Park, on a Lunker Plunker this past week after the DFW trout plant last Friday. The largemouth bass are up into the shoreline areas for the spawn. The north shore, around the marina and launch ramp, and at the dam are the top areas. Plastic worms, Brush Hawgs, and nightcrawlers are the top bets. Mostly small males are showing right now, but a few bigger fish. Greg Barrbia, Perris, had five bass to four pounds fishing a Baby Brush Hawg. The bluegill and redear are also starting to make beds around the islands, marina area, dam, and east end. Top action on meal worms, red worms, and cricket-tipped jigs first thing in the morning, tougher the rest of the day. Jerry Tidwell, Riverside, had a 1-0 bluegill on a red worm at the island. Trout slow, but a DFW plant went in last week. A few catfish and carp from Sail Cove. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. 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.) The recreation area remains 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 bite has been very good with the fish up tight in the shallows, many still on beds. Lots of small males in the bite, but some bigger fish. The best action has been on white jigs, small plastics, or nightcrawlers. Chad White, Orange, landed an eight-pound bass on a nightcrawler. The striper bite has been fair to good at the inlet and dam area this week with a lot of fish to three pounds showing on cut baits, shad, swimbaits, and topwater. Some fish topping six pounds. Tim Michaelson, landed a 10-pound striper on chicken liver. The bluegill bite has been fair to good in eight to 10 feet of water in the Launch Ramp No. 1 area and across from the marina. Red worms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, and small jigs tipped with bait have all been getting fish. A few catfish are finally starting to show, mostly on cut baits off inside the main points and at the dam. Doug Golec, Temecula, landed an 11-2 cat on mackerel at the inlet. Trout are slow. Most recent DFW plant was two weeks ago. 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: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant this week. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: Fulmor Lake and Strawberry Creek slated to get DFW trout this week. Information: 951-659-2117.

Apr
21

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Catfish plants weekly now. Trout season winding down. Top cat was a 23-pounder landed by Rick Kizzee, Los Angeles. He also had a 10-7 cat using chicken livers fishing in the Catfish Lake. Morris Suliff, Garden Grove, caught five cats totaling 33-8 in the big fish. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. 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/.

Apr
21

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The trout plants for the 21st Annual Fishing Derby produced very good trout action for both shore anglers fishing in the marina region and trollers working Johnson Bay, the dam area, and the points. The crappie bite came back on with fair to good action around stumps in the east end of the lake on jigs tipped with meal worms. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits tight in the shallows and on beds. The catfish bite also turned on with a pair of eight pounders and a 10 pounder reported during the derby. Garlic-soaked cut baits in Cachuma Bay were the best bets. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Other species have been very slow. 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 are still up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) for the spawn. The action has been up and down with the wind this past week, but still generally fair to good with a lot of fish around three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers and shad-like baits, but few bigger fish to six pounds. A few crappie also showed up this week on small jigs, and the bluegill and redear bites are picking up since the weekend. Trout have been slow, even after the DFW plant last week. The best action has been for trollers. 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: Windy much of the past week. The striper bite has improved with fair to good action on frozen sardines and shad-patterned reaction baits. Most of the stripers are under four pounds and showing near the dam and off the main lake points. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair to good, with a lot of fish in shallow water (less than 15 feet) already in the spawn. Best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some fish on crankbaits early and late in the day, especially the smallmouth. John Petrov, Marina del Rey, landed a 12-4 bass. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair trout action around the launch ramp. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 20 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites, with quite a few fish in shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite has been inconsistent, but some continue to show on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles, most are nice three-quarter pounders. Catfish are slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Windy much of the past week, but DFG trout plants went in this week and two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Plants scheduled for Los Angeles County Parks this week: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Echo Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Reseda Park Lake. In Orange County, only Trabuco Creek was slated to get fish. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Apr
21

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: The biggest news is that San Vicente Reservoir is expected to reopen later this spring after major dam and facility work. More as details are available. Lake Dixon will have its annual Kiwanis Derby this weekend with a major trout plant just before the event. Cuyamaca has been a hot bet with good trout action. The rainbow action continues to be fair at Jennings, but its last plant of the season was a couple of weeks ago. Wohlford and Dixon are generally getting 1,500-pound plants alternating weeks, with each receiving a plant this week. Poway received 1,500 pounds of Tailwalkers last week. DFW trout went in last week at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Jennings, Lake Mirimar, Lake Murray, Lake Wohlford, Lindo Lake, and Morena Reservoir this week.

Other than trout bites, there is a generally good bass bite throughout the region as the fish move up into the shallows for the spawn. Lots of small male bass in the catch.

Top trout this past week: At Wohlford, Antonio Ramirez, Escondido, had a 12.9-pound trout on a nightcrawler-PowerBait combo. At Cuyamaca, Mike Eggars, Ramona, had a 7-8 rainbow this past week. He’s landed five other fish over 10 pounds so far this month.

Top bass this past week: At Lake Wohlford, Tim Sitola, Oceanside, had a 9.65-pound bass.

BARRETT: Closed. 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/.

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.

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.

Apr
21

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: Windy conditions all along the river this past week. The largemouth bass bite is still very good. The best action has been in the lower river (below Havasu) backwaters and margins of the main river as the fish move into the spawn. Anglers have been reporting 20 to 30 fish days. The bite is best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction baits for the largemouths. Topoc Marsh has also been good. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have also been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. Cibola Lake has stayed just fair with a lot of bass on beds. Water level is so high that most of the fish are back in the tules and inaccessible. Havasu and Mohave bites have also really turned on and the action is very good. Second best has been the striper action in the river between the Mohave and Havasu, especially from Davis Dam to the Avi Bridge. Albert Chapman and Paul Preston, Bullhead City, teamed up to landed a 26.10-pound striper from shore on anchovies in the Big Bend area. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite has spread through most of the main part of the lake and fish are showing from the dam to London Bridge. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. The flathead catfish bite is finally starting to take off in the lower river, backwaters, and irrigation ditches. The bite has been pretty hot on live bluegill, goldfish, or tilapia. Lots of 20-pound class fish being reported.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

Apr
21

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Winds have kept the tilapia bite very slow. No fish reported the past two weekends in a row. Air temperatures have been in the mid-90s this past week, which should have kicked the bite into gear but winds are forecast through the weekend again. Anglers should call ahead for an update. 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).

Apr
21

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season will reopen April 30. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: The few anglers fishing the upper Owens above Crowley continue to see a few big rainbows and the numbers have increased over the past week and the action has been fair to good on fish to four pounds or better. No cutthroats in the river yet. The East Walker River flows have been up and down the past week, hampering fishing, but overall the bite has been fair with most anglers reporting four to six fish per day with most fish from 14 to 16 inches and some bigger. The best bite has been on nymphs (mostly midge larva imitations in size 16 to 20) and streamers. Still no dry fly action, even with some decent hatches of yellow stones and midges. The Miracle Mile stretch is OK, but the best bite is below the bridge all the way into Nevada with the Rosaschi stretch producing some bigger browns. The West Walker River is still slow to fair with light pressure. Hot Creek continues to have some spotty midge and baetis hatches but winds have hampered the fishing. The lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley flows are still up scattering the fish and the bite still hasn’t stabilized yet. Best action still on small nymphs or streamers.

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

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

BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Early trout season opener was March 5 on small streams from Lone Pine to Independence. The following waters are slated to be planted by the DFW this week: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinemaha, Section 2), Tuttle Creek.

Apr
21

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Winds have hampered fishing this week, but there is still a pretty good catfish bite on super meal worms, minnows, and frozen shad. Most are in the three to six-pound range. The crappie bite is fair, but all the action has been for slow-trollers fishing Shad Raps, Flicker Shad, or Needlefish. No shoreline bite at all. Very few fish on minnows. But the crappie showing are all in the two-pound class. The trout action is slow to fair with a few of the planted fish showing. Bass still tough. Water level is rising with the level at 14 percent versus eight percent the same time last year. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: All sections of the Kern River (1 through 6) are slated to be planted with rainbows this week, and sections 4-6 were planted last week. Good action. Best bite on the planted trout has been on crickets and salmon eggs. The action has continued to be fair to good for fly anglers on the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge for wild fish with some mid-morning hatches on warm days. The lower river is very low and the bite is very slow on species other than trout. Flows are around 800 cfs going into Isabella and 300 cfs coming out. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: All sections of the aqueduct are again open to fishing and the flow is good right now. The bite has been very good on catfish and stripers with the best bite on sardines, which have been difficult to find in bait stores. Catfish have also been good on dip baits. Lots of quality catfish from 10 to 25 pounds over the past week, especially in the Highway 166-Old River area of the aqueduct. Most of the stripers are under the minimum keeper size, some are over, and a few fish are showing on Gitzits if you can’t get sardines. Still a few largemouths are on swimbaits, plastics, and live minnows. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish greater than 12 inches. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Fair bass action with the fish in a spawn mode.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass action has been fair on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers, and the bluegill bite is just starting to improve on wax worms or meal worms.

HART PARK LAKE: Good bass action with the spawn in full swing and lots of fish showing on Senkos, brush hawgs, plastics, small jigs, minnows or nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is also starting with a few fish on wax worms and meal worms. A few catfish have been reported.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish showing on plastic worms, live minnows, or Senko-type baits. Some crappie are also showing on small minnows. Bluegill and carp just starting, but still tough.

MING LAKE: Fair to good bass action with the best bite on Brush Hawgs, Senkos, live minnows, and plastic worms. A few bluegill are just starting to show on meal worms, wax worms, or small micro jigs.

BRITE LAKE: No reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is just beginning with a few fish on meal worms. The occasional bass and catfish has been reported. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Few reports, but the bass are pretty good, and a few bluegill are starting to be caught.

SUCCESS LAKE: Water level is coming up, and the bass bite has been fair with a lot of fish up shallow for the spawn. Most of the action on plastics and reaction baits. A few panfish starting to show, along with the odd catfish. Slow other species. 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/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish in the spawn and showing on plastics, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Most fish in less than 12 feet of water, with a lot of fish up on beds. Bluegill just starting to show. Other species still very slow, but a few panfish are finally starting to show. 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/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

Apr
21

CENTRAL COAST

Hot Bites: Santa Margarita Lake has been very good for bass, most up on beds, and fair to good for crappie. Lopez is also good for bass, with crappie fair, and more and more bluegill and redear showing. For ocean anglers, the surf perch bite just won’t go away and it remains pretty good at Pismo Beach and off Oceano. Lots of perch in the two to three pound range on blood worms and lug worms, but surf has been high and conditions very windy.

Apr
15

The 10LB Club – Castaic Lake