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Archive for March 10th, 2012

Mar
10

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: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Park Lake, Cerritos Park Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, La Mirada Lake, lake in Hollenbeck Park, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Pyramid Lake.
ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Central Park Lake, Laguna Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Chollas Reservoir, El Capitan Lake, Lindo Lake, Lower Otay Lake, Morena Reservoir, Murray Reservoir.

SAN BERNARDINO: Glen Helen Regional Park Lake, Seccombe Park Lake, Silverwood Lake, Yucaipa Regional Park Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Cahuilla Lake, Fulmor Lake, Little Lake, Perris Reservoir, Rancho Jurupa Park Lake, Strawberry Creek.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River below the Pine Flat Reservoir, Pine Flat Lake, San Joaquin River below the Friant Dam, Woodward Park Lake.

KERN: Isabella Lake, Kern River from Powerhouse No. 3 to Riverside Park, Kernville.

MERCED: Merced River from McSwain Dam To Merced Falls.

STANISLAUS: Modesto Reservoir, Woodward Reservoir.

TULARE: Kern River from Brush Creek to Fairview Dam, Kern River from Fairview Dam to Falling Waters Lodge.

TUOLUMNE: Tulloch Reservoir.

Mar
10

1. Easy pick this week: The Fred Hall Show. This is the Westís granddaddy of sports shows and it is ongoing through Sunday at the
Long Beach Convention Center. It has everything fishing. Admission to the Hall Show is $15 for adults, $14 for military and seniors, and kids are free. For more information, go to www.fredhall.com or call 805-389-3339.

2. The lower Colorado River is staying the in the top picks for its excellent bass action. From Lake Havasu to points south, the bass spawn is pretty much is full swing and the action very good. 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 area at 760-921-2248, or Walterís Camp in the Palo Verde region at 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

3. The Salton Sea is staying in the top picks because another warm weekend is forecast, and the tilapia action keeps getting better with each warm day (and slowed a little on each windy or cool day). This should be a full ice-chest kind of weekend. 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.

Mar
10

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. 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. With the full moon on Thursday this week, more and more waters will have bass flooding into the shallows for the spawn ñ especially if we get a string of warm days. 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 two weeks ago and has been great since with a great volume of fish and a decent number of quality fish. The striper bite has been slow to 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 the bite is mostly tough. 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 cool and windy weather keeps slowing the action. With warm weather forecast, itís again the top pick for the weekend. Other panfish bites worth noting is a fair bite on redear and bluegill at Lake Perris. Crappie bites worth noting are the budding bites at Henshaw, Nacimiento, and Hodges.

CATFISH: A new lake record blue cat at 56.8 pounds was caught at Diamond Valley this past Friday. 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 again a huge, 20-plus pound cat landed at Lower Otay this past week.

Mar
10

SILVERWOOD: The good trout bite has continued to be the best bet here this past week with quite a few nice stringers of fish showing in both Miller and Cleghorn canyons and through the main channel. There were DFG plants this week and two weeks ago, and the bite slows between stocks as the fish spread around the lake. The best bite has been on floating baits, small spinners, trout jigs, and trout plastics. Some holdover fishing topping two pounds are showing. The crappie bite off the marina docks is also fair to good with some nice catches still being made on small jigs. The fish are averaging about 3/4-pound each with some a little bigger. Ray McAllister, Colton, had 10 crappie on yellow and white jigs and his best fish was right at a pound. The striper bite is still spotty but a few fish reported this week at the dam on Kastmasters or other shad-like lures. No many bait fish reported. Juan Yanni, Summit Valley, landed a six-pound striper on anchovies at the dam on Tuesday. John Riggs, Victorville, landed a pair of two-pound class stripers at the dam on Saturday. 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. No reports on catfish or bluegill this week. 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
10

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout bite has continued good. The best action has still been at the extreme ends of the lake — Stanfield Cutoff and the dam. The best bite is in 12 to 25 feet of water with floating baits, mostly Power Bait and Gulp!, fished on a three-foot leader. Top flavors/colors have been garlic chartreuse, rainbow salmon egg, and chunky cheese garlic. All the marinas are still closed. For fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.

Mar
10

HESPERIA LAKE: Trout plants are weekly and the action has been very good with a lot of quality fish from three to five pounds and an occasional bigger fish. 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 last month. These were all 15-pound class fish and up. They have mostly been showing on anchovies. 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
10

JESS RANCH: The trout bite has remained very good on PowerBait, nightcrawlers dipped in garlic oil, along with small trout lures and jigs. Top trout was a 7-6 landed by David Christian, Victorville, on garlic Power Bait. Angelo Incardona, Alhambra, landed a 6-10 trout, while Aiden Meadows, 5, Victorville, had a 6-4 trout. A 5-7 trout was caught by Arthur Rodriguez, Hesperia, while Jerry Barnes, Redlands, had trout at 4-2 and 3-10. 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 5 pounds were caught on shrimp and mackerel from the western and eastern shore of lake 2. 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
10

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

Mar
10

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 last week and three 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
10

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 last week and three weeks ago. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

Mar
10

YUCAIPA: Overall, the trout action has been good with county trout plants each week and DFG trout were planted this week and four 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
10

GLEN HELEN: Good trout action this past week. The county plants are weekly, and there were DFG trout plants this week and two 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.

Mar
10

RANCHO JURUPA: Slow to fair trout action this past week after a DFG and county plants two weeks ago. Next county plant set for this Friday, and DFG fish also went in this week, which should perk the bite. The best action has been on PowerBait and PowerMice. Other species are mostly slow, but an occasional catfish, carp, or bluegill is being landed. Information: 951-684-7032.

Mar
10

FISHERMANíS RETREAT: Fair to good trout action and a plant is slated for this week. Plants are every two weeks the rest of the season with derbies the Saturday following the plant. Warmwater species are also starting to show in better numbers as the water temps climb. Paul and Pat Porter along with Ken Green, all Fontana, had limits of rainbows to 4-8 on PowerBait. Max Andrade, Rialto, landed a three-pound rainbow and an 18-pound carp, both on rainbow PowerBait. Brian Orozco and Fabian Sanchez, San Bernardino, were fishing a PowerBait-half nightcrawler combo to land a four-pound catfish. Information: 909-795-0171.

Mar
10

EVANS LAKE: Slow fishing with just a few bass on small reaction baits, but the fish are starting to cruise the shoreline. Panfish, catfish, and carp all very slow. Trout will not be planted in the lake this year because of fears the plants could somehow harm endangered Santa Ana River suckers below the small lake.