1. To sort of get you and keep you in the mood for excellent rockfish action once the California season reopens on March 1, San Diego rockfish bite is still in the top pick as these boats run into Mexican waters 1 1/2-day trips on the weekend. The bite has been spectacular, which is what you can expect once our season reopenes, too. The rockfish have been averaging from five to seven pounds with lings to nearly 25 pounds on these jaunts into Mexico. There is limit-style fishing on many of these trips targeting the rockfish off Colonet. If you want to go, check with one of the landings to see what trips are running. Call Fisherman’s Landing at 619-221-8500, H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Landing at 619-224-3383, or Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627.
2. The striped bass bite in the California aqueduct near Taft has been excellent for three weeks now, with 15 to 20 fish days pretty common. There are still a lot of dinks in the catch, but there are more and more quality fish showing. There were several fish from eight to 10 pounds reported this past week. Anglers are mostly fly-lining either sardines chunks or lug worms, but anchovies and blood worms are also working pretty well. For an update on this bite, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
3. This is a real sleeper pick for you trout guys, but Prado Regional Park is getting both county and DFW fish this week and there third derby in the San Bernardino County Park five-derby circuit is Saturday. The county usually makes sure that are even larger than average trout planted for these events. The bite has been getting better and better here as the sizeable lake gets trout each week. There are over $1,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs and entry fee is only $20 (in addition to the parking fee). And unique to this county park lake, small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. For more information, call the park at 909-597-4260.