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Mar
02

Coruption every hunter and fisherman need to listen to if you use the outdoors.

Democratic lawmakers may attempt to oust California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards as early as next week following outrage over his legal killing of a mountain lion on a recent Idaho hunting trip.
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Mar
02

Mar
02

TROUT: Trout action is good throughout Southern California with action at all of the stocked waters good to excellent with a lot of limits of nice fish, along with the chance at a trophy fish. Top bets are western Riverside Countyís Corona Lake, the Orange County trio of Laguna Niguel Park Lake, Irvine Lake, and Santa Ana River Lakes and both the High Desert waters of Hesperia Lake and Jess Ranch. In San Diego County, Poway, Jennings Cuyamaca, Morena, Dixon, and Wohlford are all pretty good bets. Other top bets include all the San Bernardino County Park Lakes. Check the water-by-water reports for details, but the bites are good just about everywhere trout are planted now. The sleeper pick remains the Colorado River from Laughlin to Big Bend where this seasonís plants and holdover fish to six pounds are showing in good numbers. Another good bet is the fly action in the Eastern Sierraís year around waters ñ especially the Upper Owens on fish up to five or six pounds and the East Walker River.

BLACK BASS: The spawn is starting. This should be the first big weekend of good to excellent fishing with bass on beds at lots of waters throughout the region. Itís sight fishing time. Even on lakes were the fish are not on beds yet, they are up poking through the shallows and the warm weather through the weekend will make this bite pop. This is especially true in lower-elevation waters like Lower Otay, Perris, Diamond Valley, Casitas, and the whole lower Colorado River. Cachuma and Santa Margarita have also been improving. For anglers who want a big bass, check the DFG trout plants and hit those places planted this week with your big swimbaits.

STRIPED BASS: The top pick is easily the California aqueduct near Taft, which broke wide open this past week with a great volume of fish and a decent number of quality fish. The striper bite has been fair at Diamond Valley this past week mostly on big swimbaits. Elsewhere, the striper bites all are very spotty right now. There are still fish showing at all the usual places — Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood — but there are two types of action. There are some bigger fish up chasing trout in the top 20 feet of the water column or in water from 40 to 80 feet hanging on structure or under balls of bait. Itís usually bigger fish on the trout and smaller, school-size fish in deep water where they are showing on cut baits. Keep an eye on the trout plants and fish within the first two or three days after a plant. On the Colorado River, there has been a flurry of quality fish to 25 pounds or better at Willow Beach, and this may be the second-best bite going right now. Havasu is very slow in the main body of the lake and toward the dam and the fish are still focused on shad in a fair bite.

PANFISH: The Salton Sea tilapia bite was producing 15 to 50 fish catches per angler this past weekend, but the cold Monday and Tuesday slowed the action some, but it has been warming again since with the bite steadily improving. Itís the top pick for the weekend. Other panfish bites worth noting is a fair bite on redear and bluegill at Lake Perris and a budding crappie bite at Lake Henshaw. There have also been an increasing number of crappie being caught at Lake Hodges that bears investigating.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River seems to be tuning up early this year with several more fish from 10 to 30 pounds reported from Blythe south again this past week. The channel cats are also on a pretty good bite. Outside of the river, most of the action has been very spotty, but there were some huge blue cats taken at Lower Otay this past week, including on fish over 25 pounds.

Mar
02

1. With warm weather returning, this weekend and into early next week is likely to be the first hot largemouth bass fishing weekend of the season as the fish flood into the shallows to start the spawn. While you can pick a lot of places to top this bite ñ from Santa Margarita Lake on the Central Coast to Lower Otay Reservoir on the San Diego border ñ the top pick remains the lower Colorado River from Lake Havasu south into the river backwaters all the way to Yuma. The action should be excellent for both largemouth and smallmouth bass in shallow. For an update on this lower river action check with Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277 for Havasu updates, B&B Bait in Blythe at 760-921-2248, or Walterís Camp in the Palo Verde region at 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

2. The Salton Sea is easily the No. 2 pick. While the weather chilled the bite early in the week, the tilapia action was pretty much wide open late last week and the warm weather late this week and through the weekend should open this action up again. Most anglers fish at the jetty at the State Park headquarters or from the free fishing jetty at the refurbished Salton Sea Yacht Club. The bite is pretty much exclusively on nightcrawler pieces and the fish are most half to 1 1/4-pounds. For fishing updates, call the Salton Sea Visitor Center at 760-393-3810 or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052.

3. The striper bite broke wide open in the California aqueduct at Taft this past week. While a lot of the fish are under the legal size limit, the action has been so good that getting a limit of legal fish has been pretty easy. The best bite has been on blood worms, but lure anglers tossing Lucky Craft LV 500s or similar baits were also scoring. For an update on the action, call Bobís Bait in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

Mar
02

TROUT PLANTS
Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be restocked with catchable-size rainbow trout from the Department of Fish and Game hatcheries this week. For updates in Southern California and the Eastern Sierra Nevada, you can call the DFG recording at 562-594-7268, or for updates in the Western Sierra, you can call 559-243-4005, x183. For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFG’s web site at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/FishPlanting/index.asp.

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Cuddy Creek Pond, El Dorado Park Lakes, Elizabeth Lake, Jackson Lake, Legg Lake, Peck Road Park Lake, Puddingstone Reservoir, Santa Fe Flood Control Basin.

ORANGE: Centennial Regional Park Lake, Mile Square Regional Park Lake, Tri-city Park Lake, Yorba Regional Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, El Capitan Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park Lake, El Prado Regional Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Regional Park Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Little Lake.

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

IMPERIAL: Sunbeam Lake, Wiest Lake.

KERN: Lake Woollomes.

Mar
02

SILVERWOOD: The trout bite has been good around much of the lake with the main channel and Miller Canyon the hot spots for holdover fish and the marina, Cleghorn, and mouth of Miller for the fresh planters put in the by DFG last Friday (Feb. 24). Best action on floating baits, small spinners, trout jigs, and trout plastics. Some of the better fish are pushing two pounds. David Hoch, Wrightwood, had a two-pound rainbow on a Roostertail, while 1-8 fish were caught by Steve Strong, Laurel Canyon, and a 1-8 topped off an eight-fish catch made by Larry and Bernadette Martin, Beaumont. Dennis Garrahan, Crestline, had a limit of five on Thomas Bouyants. The crappie bite has continued pretty fair off the marina docks on small jigs. Sherman Johnson, San Bernardino, landed five crappie to a pound off the docks. There has continued to be a fair bite on stripers with the best action on trout-like swimbaits or trolling small white flies, with some on cut baits. The dam area is best. The largemouth action is picking up, but most of the fish are still deep and showing on jigs and plastics off the points or around the marina.Manthony Dominquez, Hesperia, had a 2-8 largemouth in Miller Canyon. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. The park is closed on Wednesday and Thursday each week now through March (walk-in fishing still allowed). Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a petition at the Silverwood Country Store to get the lake opened back up those two days. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

Mar
02

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout bite has been fair to good this past week with the top spots still the extreme ends of the lake — Stanfield Cutoff and the dam. Cold weather on Monday and Tuesday put a lot of sheet ice on the lake, but it should be gone by the warm weekend. The best bite is in 12 to 25 feet of water with floating baits, mostly Power Bait and Gulp!, on a three-foot leader. Top flavors/colors have been garlic chartreuse, rainbow salmon egg, and chunky cheese garlic. Light fishing pressure. All the marinas are closed until spring. For fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

Mar
02

JENKS LAKE REGION: Parking area closed, but anglers walking in have found pretty fair action on holdover trout, especially on small tube jigs. There was a light ice-cover at mid-week, but it should be gone by weekend. No DFG plants in over a month. No recent plants in the Santa Ana River or the South Fork. Jenks Lake: 909-747-5098. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

Mar
02

HESPERIA LAKE: Trout plants are weekly and the action has been very good with a lot of quality fish from eight to 12 pounds and some bigger, but most anglers are getting nice stringers of fish averaging about 1 1/2 pounds. Quite a few sturgeon continue to show from the 2,000-pound plant three weeks ago. These were all 15-pound class fish and up. They have mostly been showing on Power Bait, a bonus fish for the trout anglers. The catfish bite is slow. Lake hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the night session from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $15 per angler. No state fishing license is required here. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

Mar
02

JESS RANCH: Trout action was good this past week with anglers using PowerBait in spring green, rainbow, salmon peach and garlic, nightcrawlers dipped in garlic, and the usual array of small trout lures and jigs to catch fish. Hot spots included the eastern and western shores of lake 3 as well as the northern and southwestern shore of lake 2. Catfish up to five pounds were caught on shrimp and mackerel from the western and eastern shore of lake 2. Top rainbow this week was a 6-3 caught by Maurice Dupleasis, West Covina, on rainbow PowerBait. John Marston, Fontana, had a 4-1, while Larry Pete, Hesperia, landed a 3-5. The lake complex is open every Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is stocked with trout each week on Friday from its own hatchery. Lake information: 760-240-1107 or www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

Mar
02

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. County trout plants are weekly, and there were DFG plants this week and two weeks ago. The fourth event in the San Bernardino County Park trout derby series will be held here March 10. Horseshoe Lake is still closed due to flood damage. Pelican Lake is remains open. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Mar
02

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Good action on the planted rainbows with many of the fish in the two to three-pound. County fish are planted each week and the DFG also planted trout this week and two weeks ago. Most trout are being reported on floating dough baits in rainbow and chartreuse with garlic. Inflated nightcrawlers with garlic are also a good bet and some fish are showing on the small trout jigs and plastics. Information: 909-481-4205.

Mar
02

PRADO: The trout fishing was good this past week with the best bite on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, small trout worms, and small trout jigs. County trout plants are each week and the DFG planted this week and two weeks ago. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

Mar
02

YUCAIPA: Overall, the trout action has been good with county trout plants each week and DFG trout were planted three weeks ago. The best action has been on the small trout jigs and trout plastics, but the usual array of floating dough baits is also taking a lot of fish. Lake information: 909-790-3127.

Mar
02

GLEN HELEN: Good trout action this past week. The county plants are weekly, and there were DFG trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Power Baits, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs and plastics have all be scoring fish. The last event in the San Bernardino County Park trout derby series will be held here April 14. Information: 909-887-7540.