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.