Jan
29

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The winter yellowtail bite for the San Diego-based boats running south to the Colonet region on 1 1/2-day trips has been excellent. This is either a continuation of last year’s never-ending ocean season or the beginning of this year’s season. Either way, the fishing has just been too good to overlook. Most trips are getting limits or near-limits or yellowtail and rockfish. For information on these trips. Check with either H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383, or Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627.

2. Silverwood Lake will stay in the top picks for it’s excellent trout action thanks to DFW trout plants 17 weeks in a row. Lots of limits and a fair number of nice trout topping two pounds. While the best bite is around the marina/launch ramp and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons, the fish are spreading around the lake and can be caught just about anywhere now. Check with the marina for an update on this bite at 760-389-2299 or the Silverwood Country store at 760-389-2423.

3. For skilled crappie jig fishermen, the Casitas Lake crappie bite has been taking off over the past couple of weeks. The action is far from wide open, but a lake record crappie at 3.81 pounds was caught this past week and most of the fish are from one to three pounds. The fish are mostly in six to 15 feet of water on structure and small jigs are the ticket. For an update on this action, call the marina at 805-649-2043.

Jan
29

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Winter trout season is in full swing in Southern California with most lakes stocking weekly or alternating weeks. Top bets with weekly plants include Santa Ana River Lake, Laguna Niguel, Dixon Lake, Irvine Lake, Lake Poway, Corona Lake, Lake Jennings, and Lake Silverwood (17 weeks in a row of DFW fish). All of the San Bernardino County parks — Glen Helen, Prado, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Mojave Narrows — are getting weekly 1,000-pound plants. Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains has been good with fish to six pounds in the past week. There is also an excellent bite on the upper Owens River above Crowley Lake in the Sierra for fly anglers.

BLACK BASS: The bass are mostly in a winter pattern with fish in deeper water now. Top bets, about in order of action, are El Capitan, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Piru, and Lower Otay. On the Colorado River, the bites have slowed dramatically and there is very little fishing pressure, but there is some smallmouth action in the lower river, especially around rip-rap.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been fair. The top bites have been at Skinner, Silverwood, and Pyramid, but the bites slowed even more at Castaic. Diamond Valley is still fair at best, but looked like it was improving this week with some good catches of fish to eight pounds. The California aqueduct near Taft remains a very good striper bet with a lot of fish to six pounds on cranks and rip baits. On the Colorado River, almost all the bites have gone in the tank, but a few more fish were reported from the Bullhead stretch of the river this week.

PANFISH: Finally some life showing on the panfish front. The biggest news is the crappie bite on quality fish at Casitas Lake (including a near-four-pound lake record). There is also a fledgling bite on crappie at Silverwood. Lake Skinner has been cranking out a few big bluegill to 1-8 each of thepast two weeks, and there are still a few crappie showing at Lower Otay and El Capitan in what could be the beginning of a winter (or very early spring) bite.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River remains in the tank, but the channel catfish bite in the Palo Verde lagoon has continued fair with almost no pressure. Blue and channel catfish continue to show very sporadically in most in SoCal reservoirs. The Lake Isabella winter catfish bite that broke open a month ago has slowed to just fair. Few other catfish reports in the past week.

Jan
29

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Mt. Lassen rainbows were planted Tuesday last week (2,000 pounds) and the DFW also planted three weeks ago. The trout bite has been pretty good on small jigs, Roostertails, and PowerBait. Some fish to six pounds reported. The striper bite slow to fair with four to six-pound fish showing on cut baits, trout-patterned swim baits, trolled flies off the west dam. Rob Shannon, El Cajon, had five stripers trolling white flies and his best fish was eight pounds. The largemouth bass bite is tough, but the best action has been on plastics in 20 to 50 feet of water, but some fish are still showing near the surface early in the day chasing baitfish. Swimbaits are best for those fish. Around the islands and the inside of coves have been the top spots. The catfish and panfish bites are slow with light pressure on both species. Boats inspected and tagged ìquagga freeî at Diamond Valley are also allowed on Perris and Silverwood. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The DFW trout plant three weeks ago, but the action has been fair for the past couple of weeks, especially in the launch ramp cove and in the marina on red worms and Power Bait. A few trout are showing along the whole west side of the lake from Sail Cove to parking lots 11 and 12. The largemouth bass are slow to fair light pressures. Most of the fish are in 30 feet or more and showing on plastics or swimbaits fished deep. Joe Martinez, Norco, had four bass to two pounds on nightcrawlers in the marina. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in deep water along the west side of the lake in 50 feet or so of water, mostly on small jigs, but this bite is very tough. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. During the process, the entire dam and Bernasconi Beach side of the lake, including the Bernasconi Beach parking area, will be closed to public access. (The closure includes the bicycle trail on the east side of the lake.) However, the recreation area will remain open, including access for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The west side of the lake will remain open. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The striped bass and largemouth bass have both been pretty fair this past week. The stripers are stacked up at the dam-inlet area and showing on cut baits, live shad, and topwater or jerk baits when the fish are up chasing bait. The largemouth bass are best all along the north shore and most of the points. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Skip Waldo, Murrieta, caught a five-pound largemouth on a pastic worm off the point adjacent to Ramp No. 2. The big news remains the budding bluegill bite at Ramp No. 1 and along the south shoreline. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, but a few fish also on jigs. The big fish was 1-8 caught by Bo Smith, Orange County, on a nightcrawler off the north shore. Catfish are slow, but David Preston, San Bernardino, landed a 7-8 cat on cut bait in the east end. Still no word when DFW and county trout plants will resume here, but it’s rumored to be soon. 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, light fishing pressure. Slow fair bite on catfish for anglers using shrimp, mackerel, or fresh shad. 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: Fair to good trout action with weekly plants. The biggest trout of the urban trout season was caught here this past week when Doan Royaty, Lake Elsinore, landed a 21-pound rainbow. Most fish about a pound, however. While other species are mostly slow, Vicktor Anaya, Riverside, landed a 19-pound catfish on shrimp. The lake is open Friday through Tuesday and no boats or float tubes are being allowed until the water level comes up, including rental boats. There is also no 24-hour fishing yet this season. Information: 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

RANCHO JURUPA: DFW trout plant last week. Information: 951-684-7032.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: The next trout plant will be Feb. 3. While the bite has been slow, Eddie Radke, Beaumont, landed a 2-5 rainbow on a nightcrawler-PowerBait combo. Tagged trout worth up to $25 each were part of the last plant (and not all have been landed) and the next plant. Also slow action on other species. Information: 909-795-0171.

LITTLE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: 530-526-7937.

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

JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: No report. No state fishing license required. Information: 951-679-6562.

Jan
29

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 (Jan. 25-31):

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Lake Miramar, Lake Murray.

KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Cuddy Creek Pond, Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Park Lake, Truxtun Lake.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
NEXT WEEK’S TENTATIVE TROUT PLANTS (Feb. 1-7):

KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake.

Jan
29

CENTRAL COAST LAKES

SAN ANTONIO: A few stripers and black bass (both smallies and largemouth) are showing. The stripers have been best around the island on swimbaits or jigging spoons around balls of bait. A few largemouth are showing on plastics fished on structure in 20 to 40 feet of water, and the odd smallmouth is still coming in on a deep-running crankbait. Bright colors and noisy or vibrating baits are working best. Catfish may be the best bait for anglers fishing cut baits in 15 to 60 feet of water. Few reports on panfish. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes, or inflatables can get on the water. When the ramps reopen, anglers launching boats need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: Call the main office at 805-472-2313. The marina number is 805-472-2818 (currently closed).

NACIMIENTO: The best bite has been on spotted bass with plastics, jigs, or nightcrawlers the best bets. The bass are mostly in 12 to 30 feet of water. Some fish on jigging spoons or swimbaits. Most of the bass are under two pounds. Some white bass on Roostertails and Kastmasters but this bite has slowed down to nearly nothing. Other species very slow. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: marina at 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com. Anglers here need to be aware of health precautions when eating fish from this lake. For more information, go to this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/nacimiento.html.

SANTA MARGARITA: Catfish are fair and quite a few bluegill have been reported in the past week. The bass are also slow to fair. The catfish have been best on nightcrawlers, red worms, and cut baits. Bob Holder, Santa Margarita, landed a five-pound channel, just one of 15 cats he caught and released. The bass are tough but a few more fish are showing on nightcrawlers off Mackey Point and in White Oak. Most of the bass are two to three pounds and suspended in 20 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill and redear are best on nightcrawlers or red worms in 15 to 25 feet of water. The new marina and marina store is open. There are two pontoon boats and six aluminum boats for rental initially. The launch ramp remains open, but only to four-drive vehicles and dropping water levels could change that any time. Hand-launchable boats, kayaks, canoes, or float tubes can still use the lake. Information: Marina at 805-438-1522, park ranger office at 805-788-2397.

LOPEZ: Overall slow fishing with light pressure. A few catfish are showing the in coves on sardines, mackerel, and other cut baits. A few bluegill and redear are showing around rocky structure on meal worms, red worms, and wax worms in 15 feet or more of water. The bass bite is mostly a deep-water affair now with plastics, jigs, nightcrawlers fished in 15 to 40 feet the best bet. Quagga mussel inspections are required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: 805-489-1006.

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

Jan
29

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair. The cats are best on the large live minnows, with far fewer fish this past week on clams or the marshmallow-meal worm combo. The cats are mostly in the 2-8 to four-pound range. A few crappie are also starting to show on small live minnows, but this bite is still pretty tough. Trout remain slow. Bass, bluegill and carp are all slow. Boat launching Boats available near Red’s Marina, but four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. No docks or marinas are available. The 26th annual Lake Isabella Fishing Derby will be March 28-30, and a payout of $18,500 is guaranteed for the longest trout. Payouts will be from longest ($5,000) down to the 10the longest ($500). Entry is $30 per individual or $65 per family. Call (760) 379-5236 or e-mail office@kernrivervalley.com. Online registration is available at www.kernrivervalley.com/#!online-registration/c1d5e. This is the second year in a row with no tagged fish worth $10,000 or more. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The bite has been fair on the upper river for wild rainbows and planted trout, and all sections of the upper and lower river were planted last week by the DFW. Plants in all sections are also slated to go in next week. The hatchery fish are best on salmon eggs or crickets, especially in the bigger holes and runs. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Good striped bass action continued this past, but the largemouth and catfish bites tanked. The stripers have been best on crankbaits like Pointers or Rat-L-Traps, and the bait bite is good with blood worms, sardines, or live large minnows. Other species slow. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK: No reports this week.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been good after the plants for a day or two, then just slows way down. Nightcrawlers and cheese PowerBait have been the top baits. Bluegill, bass and carp are slow. The Firefighters Trout Derby will be March 7. Entry fee is $20 per person, which included a pancake breakfast, and limited to 800 anglers (there were 1,100 last year). There will be 25 tagged trout worth up to $1,500. Tickets available at Bob’s Bait and other locations in Bakersfield.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good, mostly the first day or two after the plant. Best bite has been on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers, both in the garlic flavors. Cheese PowerBait has also been good. Slow other species.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants this week, last week and three weeks ago. This week’s plant was very small. Fair to good action for a day or two after the plants with the best bite on cheese PowerBait or garlic nightcrawlers. Very slow other species.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Best bite right after the plant on nightcrawlers with garlic oil, cheese or green glitter PowerBait. Other species are very slow right now.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Few reports and light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plants last week and two weeks ago. The bite was fair to good into the weekend, but has slowed. Best bite on chunky cheese PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic. Most of the rainbows have been from one to two pounds. Other species are slow. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Slow trout action. No DFW trout plants for over a month.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair on deep-diving cranks and jigging spoons on structure off the exposed islands. Most fish suspended. Catfish are slow and no panfish reported. While there hasn’t been a trout plant in over two months, a few rainbows have been reported by anglers fishing PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, or small spinners. The launch ramp is still available on the Rocky Hill side, but launching is difficult. The lake has come up to about six 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: Bass are slow to fair with the fish holding in deep water. The water has been rising steadily, keeping most of the bass suspended. Drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics has been the top technique for fish on structure, but jigged spoons in 40 feet or more have been good on suspended fish. Most fish are under three pounds. Crappie are fair, better than the bass, in a winter bite with the fish on submerged structure. Small minnows or tiny jigs are good. Only one trout plant this season, action slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

Jan
29

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. No West Walker reports. 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 fair with a lot of eight to 14-inch browns, mostly on nymphs fished in deeper pools under indicators. The Owens has been fair to good on big rainbows moving up out of Crowley Lake. The fish have been stacking up in the Hot Fingers stretch of river. Lots of 16 to 22-inch rainbows, cuttbows, and cutthroats in the mix for fly anglers. The best bite is on small nymphs and egg patterns fished in the deep pools and runs. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: 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 to good at the upper end of the lake for jig and fly anglers. Pleasant Valley was also planted by the DFW two and four weeks ago. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers. DFW plants in the Owens below Bishop last week and this week. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010, Culver’s 760-872-8361, Brock’s 760-872-3581.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Only the lower Owens River and Diaz Lake remain open to fishing. DFW trout plant in Diaz Lake last week.

Jan
29

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: During the warm days over the past week, there have been a handful of smaller tilapia caught by diligent anglers fishing off the state park jetty. 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) will be closed for dredging starting next week. The water has dropped so much that launching was nearly impossible except for small boats. 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: First DFW trout plant of the season last week. Information: 760-564-4712.

Jan
29

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. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: There has been slow to 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 are slow 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 reaction baits or jigging spoons early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striper bite has improved over the past week with a fair bite on cut baits (mostly anchovies) and swim baits. George Terro, Bullhead City, had stripers at 5.34 and 1.62 pounds near the Avi Bridge on swimbaits. Trout are slow with only a few showing along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, the community park, and around Rotary Park, but the numbers continue to dwindle. There are also a fair number of catfish showing for anglers. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been slow to fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing a few fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is slow, but a few fish are showing on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. Channel cats are fair 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 slow to fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin. Of the few stripers showing, however, some are better quality. Most of the bite is in deeper water on cut baits or spoons. The smallmouth action is slow to fair on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. Only an occasional largemouth. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear are slow.

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, but there have been a few more channel cats in the bite this past week. After being drained for three weeks, the main canals in the valley are now filled back up with water. The largemouth bass bite has been slow 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: Very little fishing pressure. The channel catfish bite had been fair, but everything else is very slow. The channels have been hitting on just about any cut bait. There are a lot of fish from three to four pounds in the mix. There are also a few smallmouth bass showing in the main river on crawdads or crawdad-colored jigs, plastics, and cranks — but the slower presentations are working best now. Largemouth bass have been very slow. 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 on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are slow. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been slow to fair in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with slower presentations preferred. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead is very slow. Bluegill are also slow.

Jan
29

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 126 anglers checked this past week and they reported landing 299 bass to 6.05 pounds, eight crappie, and one 41.35-pound blue catfish caught by E.J. Brett, San Diego, while fishing a plastic worm for bass. 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 92 anglers checked this past week and they reported 272 bass to 7-8 and 12 crappie to 1-13. Otay is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: There were five anglers checked and they reported eight bass to 2.35 pounds over the past week. 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: There were 27 anglers checked this past week and they reported three crappie and one bass. DFW trout plant this week. 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 this past week and they reported 56 bass and two bluegill. DFW trout plant this week. 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 plant this week should perk up the slow action since the last plant Jan. 14. There were a few fish landed, including a 7.4-pounder caught by L.C. Chou, Escondido, on PowerBait off the Senior Shoreline. The best action has been in Boat Dock Cove and parts of the Senior Shoreline on green PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut mackerel or chicken liver. Bass are spotty. For information contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346 or go to the website at www.wohlfordlake.com

DOANE POND: No recent DFW plants.

DIXON LAKE: The trout bite has been slow to fair, but a plant is slated for this week and should perk the bite. The best action has been off Pier 1, Whisker Bay, and Jack Creek Cove, and Trout Cove is starting to turn on. Small white or green jigs, inflated nightcrawlers, Power Worms, Mice Tails, and PowerBait have all been getting the fish. Mostly slow for other species. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Next plant will be Feb. 4. The trout action has been slow since the last plant two weeks ago. Most trout are being caught trolling the middle part of the lake with some for shore anglers in Half Moon Bay. A few catfish continue to show along the log boom. The 20th Annual Youth Fishing Derby will be Feb. 7. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Trout action is fair and improving with each plant. The next plant is this week. Fish are starting to show in better numbers for shore anglers and the mid-lake troll bite remains good. PowerBait for the deep rainbows or small jigs are for the cruisers. Top rainbow reported a 10-4 rainbow caught by James Ruby, Lemon Grove, on a mini jig off Sentry Point, while a 6-12 was landed by Kathy Gary, Carson, on a trolled Rapala off Half Moon Cove. A few bass continue to show on plastics and jigs in deeper water, but no swimbait fish this past week. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Slow trout action with no plant in four weeks, but there is a slow to fair bass bite on deeply-fished jigs and plastics. Slow other species. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: No report. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

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

Jan
29

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Catfish have provided the best action this past week, and the bite improved over the previous week. The best action has been on mackerel or nightcrawlers in the bays. The fish are running from one to five pounds. Bass have been tough with lots of baitfish for the fish. The few reported were on drop-shot plastics around structure. Trout are slow, but some are showing in 30 to 50 feet at the mouth of Johnson Bay and along the dam buoy line. No plants scheduled this season. The carp bowfishing was better this past week with the fish showing along the rocky banks mid-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 crappie bite has been pretty fair for the past two weeks. This is a skill bite and patient, finesse jig anglers are getting the most fish, but the good news is that most of the fish are from one to three pounds and showing in six to 15 feet of water around structure. Eric Elshere, Ojai, landed a new lake record crappie at 3.81 pounds fishing a small jig. The bass have been spotty with fish as shallow as 10 feet and other down to 35 feet. The bass are showing on reaction baits when they are up on shad, but jigs and plastics when they are deep. No reports of catfish, redear, or bluegill this past week. Still no word yet on when trout plants will resume. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Bite is usually good at the launch for two or three days after the plant. Largemouth bass are the best bet right now with plastics or nightcrawlers fished in 20 to 40 feet of water the best bet. The catfish action has been fair on cut baits or mackerel in deeper water at the backs of the canyons. The striper bite has been tough with only a few fish showing in frozen anchovies or sardines in deep water. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Little pressure. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair on fish from 1-8 to five pounds or better. The bite is best on plastic worms or nightcrawlers fishing in 15 to 20 feet of water, especially along the east shoreline near the wall. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been slow to fair with most of the action in deeper water. The smaller fish are running from one to two pounds and showing on cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms fished in 20 feet or more of water. There have also been some fish on jigging spoons. The largemouth bass are fair to good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction bait fish when they are up chasing bait. Chris Buckley, Palmdale, had two bass to 2-8 on plastics around the marina. DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. Best action around the launch ramp where the plants go in. There is fair catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: Slow to fair largemouth bass bite with most of the action in deeper water on plastics. The bluegill and redear bites are slow. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

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

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake. Go to this like for more information: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/magicjohnsonlake.html.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

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

RESEDA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

Jan
29

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good trout action with a steady stream of big fish and some big Lightning Trout after last week’s plants. Top trout was a 16-3 landed by Grant Yamashita, Diamond Bar, on a pink Smokin’ Jig at the Bubble Hole. Al Rotta, Lomita, landed a 14-8 Lightning Trout and two days later added a 15-pound rainbow. Kory Allen, Anaheim, had an 11-11 Lightning Trout. The lake complex is closed every Thursday (the day of the weekly plants) to give the fish a chance to acclimate and spread around the lake. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Slow to fair action over the past week. Brown trout have been best on spoons or nightcrawlers, while the rainbows are showing on small trout plastics (Mice Tails have been especially good) and floating baits. Best action has been on baits fished near the bottom, or brightly-colored trolled lures. Top trout was a 4-9 brown trout caught by Scott Nakata, Garden Grove. Next plant Feb. 11. There will be 12,000 pounds planted total between Feb. 11 and April 17 (10 weeks). A few catfish are showing and the largemouth bass bite is pretty fair. Paul Campbell, Orange, landed a 9-6 largemouth on a jig off the west shore. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: The fishing remains very good after a 2,500-pound plant this week and plants each of the last several weeks. Inflated nightcrawlers, jigs, Mouse Tails, and PowerBait have all been producing fish, especially when garlic scent is added. The fly-fishing bite also improved with clearing water. Best bite has been on midges. Big trout of the week was a 9-12 caught by Raymond Blakeslee, Lomita on a Thomas Buoyant. David Van Der Giessen, Buena Park, landed an 8-15, while John Arrolbido, Anaheim, had an 8-5. Mike Gagne, Northridge, topped off his five-fish limit with an 8-1. 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.

Jan
29

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No trout plants on the schedule this week or next week. 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 in this tough bite. No reports of other species. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680 or http://www.lakehemet.org/fishing_conditions.php.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: Fulmor Lake has not been planted in over a month and there have been no plants yet this season at Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Jan
29

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The trout action remains very good thanks to DFW trout plants again this week and each of the past 16 weeks. Some of the plants have had nicer quality trout. The best bite has been in Cleghorn, Miller, Chemise, and the Sawpit area on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, small Rapalas, Kastmasters, or small jigs. The fish are also still showing in the stream mouths where water is coming into the lake. Thomas Duran, Rancho Cucamonga, had a limit of five rainbows with the big fish a 2-8. All were caught on Kastmasters in Cleghorn. Stripers remain fair off the marina docks, at the dam, Rocking Chair, and in Chemise with lugworms, anchovies, sardines, or swimbaits. Jeff McIntyre, Apple Valley, landed two stripers, including one at five pounds, fishing swimbaits in Chemise. There continues to be a fair winter crappie bite has been best on small jigs tipped with meal worms in deep water around the marina and in adjacent coves. A few catfish are showing on shrimp, squid, or chicken liver in Cleghorn. Other species are very slow. 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 action is fair, but the quality of those being landed has been good, with a lot of three to six pound rainbows showing up. The top action has geen on garlic or salmon egg-flavored PowerBaits or nightcrawlers. Top spots have been Juniper Point, Windy Point, and some shoreline stretches near the solar observatory. Brian O’Connell, Big Bear, landed a pair of two-pound, 17-inch rainbows off Windy Point on PowerBait. Other species are very slow, although the first catfish of the new year was landed this past week. For more fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222.

GREGORY LAKE: The trout bite has been fair with light fishing pressure. Fly anglers are finding some pretty fair surface action mornings and evenings. The most recent trout plant was Jan. 9 from Jess Ranch. This plant had three orange-tagged trout planted worth cash from $100 to $500 (depending on the type of fishing pass you have). Anglers must pre-register and pay the daily fishing/parking fee. There are three $50,000 tagged trout events planned for this year. Each event will have 12 tagged trout, and the first event is April 11. Small boat (electric motors only), canoe, kayak, and float tube launching is allowed, but all craft must be launched at the marina ramp and checked for quagga mussels. 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.

Jan
29

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: No report. County trout are planted each Thursday. DFW trout also added trout last week. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County trout are planted each Thursday. DFW trout also went in two weeks ago. The annual trout derby will be held March 7. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

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

GLEN HELEN: There are weekly 1,000-pound county plants on Thursdays. Each plant has a few trophy fish. DFW trout also planted three weeks ago. The next derby in the San Bernardino derby series will be here Feb. 7. Information: 909-887-7540.

MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: 909-982-4246.

SECCOMBE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: 909-384-5233.