Archive for May, 2017



The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (May 21-27):

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor, Strawberry Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Doane Poind, Morena Reservoir.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower lakes near Bridgeport), Virginia Creek.

KERN: Kern River (section 4 and 5).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake, Kern River (section 5 and 6). Peppermint Creek (upper), Stoney Creek, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 3).

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Dinkey Creek, Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Tamarack Creek, Tenmile Creek (Upper), Ward Lake, Wishon Reservoir.

MONTEREY: El Estero Lake, Nacimiento River (upper).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (May 28-June3):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Reyes Creek.

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

KERN RIVER: Lake Isabella.

TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir.

FRESNO: Courtwright Reservoir, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters were planted last week (May 14-20):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Rancho Simi Park Lake, Reyes Creek.

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

INYO: Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir.

KERN: Kern River (sections 1-3).

TULARE: Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (lower).

FRESNO: Hume Lake, Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Shaver Lake.
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at



1. The tilapia at the Salton Sea stay in the top spot with the bite excellent. Anglers fishing in five-feet or deeper water are getting the bigger fish from 12 to 14-inches long and weighing from 1 1/2 to two pounds. The action is all on nightcrawler pieces at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area headquarter’s jetty. For an update on the bite call the main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

2. A sleeper pick is the trout bite at Big Bear Lake following this past weekend’s Hall Family May Trout Classic. There were bonus plants of big fish for this event and the DFW added more trout this week so the bite is good for both shore and boat anglers. For an update on this bite, check with Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222. They stay on top of where the trout are best and what is working.

3. The striper bite continues good on the California Aqueduct near Taft so it stays a top pick. The bulk of these stripers are under the 18-inch minimum size, but a two-fish limit of keepers has not been hard to come by. The best bite remains on cut sardines, blood worms, or lug worms. But fish are also showing on deep running Gitzits. The warm weather has started the moss growth, but it’s not bad yet. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657. Also check out ìPoor Man Aqueduct Fishingî on Facebook.



TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada has continued to slow since the opener three weekends ago, but there are some good bites at Bridgeport Reservoir, June Lake, and Crowley, which has just gotten better daily since the opener. Not only are limits pretty common, but the quality of fish is very good. In Southern California, Silverwood Lake is still good but it was a little tougher to get a limit this week. Big Bear Lake may be the best bet in Southern California thanks to holdover trout planted for the Hall Family May Trout Classic and a DFW plant this week. Jenks Lake and Cuyamaca are also producing a good number of fish. The urban bite is winding down with most plants over for the season.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass out of the spawn and chasing baitfish. Top bets are Barrett Lake, which opened three weeks ago, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still very good on frozen sardines and blood worms. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Silverwood, Skinner, and Diamond Valley all fair, in about that order. All are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are getting hot all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are also fair to good for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to go crazy, and the whole Colorado River is getting pretty good. Few reports on hot crappie bites, but anglers might want to keep an eye on Cachuma, which reportedly had one limit with fish to two pounds, and Isabella, where one angler reported 11 fish to 1-8 for a hard day of fishing. Casitas has had a couple of nice fish reported each of the past three weeks on on live shad.

CATFISH: Overall, still slow to fair catfish action across Southern California, but this is starting to turn around with some decent catches beginning at Skinner, Elsinore, and Diamond Valley. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are really turning on. Flatheads to 30-plus pounds again reported in the past week.



SILVERWOOD: The trout action has finally started to slow down a little, but many anglers are still getting from two to five-fish limits. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, or small trout plastics fished in Miller and Cleghorn canyons, but fish are showing in lesser numbers all around the lake. Jeremy Godoy, Victorville, had a pair of two-pound rainbows from Twin Cove. The stripers have been fair to good with bigger fish at the dam and smaller fish around the marina. Best bite has been on lug worms, trolled flies, or nightcrawlers. Stephen Coffee, Apple Valley, had a pair of stripers and the bigger one was six pounds. Tyler Potter, Redlands, landed a five-pound striper on a nightcrawler in Twin Cove. There is also a pretty good largemouth bite on plastics and swimbaits, with some on topwater now. A few catfish showing. Anglers should be aware of health advisories 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: 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: Very busy this past weekend for the May Trout Classic, but the trout action was good along the North Shore, between old Gray’s Landing and the buoy line. The best tactic has been to use garlic and salmon egg-flavored PowerBaits on a short Carolina Rig, but trollers are also getting fish along the north shore. The good largemouth bass bite has continued, a little slower this week, but still pretty decent. Most of the action has been on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and small reaction baits. The smallmouth are also pretty good. The carp bowfishing season is in full swing, with a lot of big carp moving into the shallows and sunning. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. No recent DFW trout plants. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite has been pretty good after a Jess Ranch plant (500 pounds) last Thursday. Top fish reported was a 3-10 rainbow. There is good action on crappie and pumpkinseed, with the fish massing in big schools. The crappie have been bigger this year with fish to one pound reported this week. Lake staff is again giving away t-shirts for every trout six pounds or bigger, and there is a crappie raffle at the end of the season for everyone who catches (and keeps) from 15 up to the limit of 25 crappie and checks in at the boat house. The lake is now charging its regular fees of $15 per adult, $10 for kids, seniors, veterans, and active duty military. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW rainbows this week and two weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted this week and two weeks ago, but the most recent plant on the South Fork of the Santa Ana was four weeks ago. For information, call the Mill Creek Visitor Center Tuesday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) at 909-382-2882 or the San Bernardino National Forest main office line at 909-382-2600.



HESPERIA LAKE: Last trout plant of the season was March 30. Catfish plants not scheduled yet. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite has been slow to fair on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially salmon peach, garlic and rainbow), nightcrawlers, and small trout lures. Most of the rainbow are in the two-pound class. Hot spots included the north and western shore of lake 2 as well as the eastern and western shore of lake 3. Anglers reported slow to fair bass action on the western shore of lake 3, and the north and western shore of lake 2 with fish up to four pounds. The bluegill bite is also pretty fair. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to

MOJAVE NARROWS: County catfish season starts this week with the first plant. Information, call 760-245-2226.



CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish season starts this week with the first plant. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No plants this season. Lake maintenance is ongoing. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: County catfish season starts this week with the first plant. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County catfish season starts this week with the first plant. Information: 909-887-7540.



DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is fair to good on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in eight to 25 feet of water with a lot of fish to five or six pounds. The bluegill bite has been good, with most fish in less than 15 feet of water and showing on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or

PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good with most of the fish in 10 to 12 feet of water and showing on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. No limits reported, but some nice stringers of quality fish. Travis Walker, San Jacinto, had seven bluegill and redear to 1.9 pounds on red worms around the island, while Justin Long, Moreno Valley, had six bluegill and redear to 1.6 pounds on nightcrawlers and red worms off the marina docks. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with some fish starting to show on topwater early and late in the day and plastics the rest of the time. Roger Gonzalez, Riverside, had three bass to 4.2 pounds on drop-shot Robo Worms in the southeast end of the lake. Anglers targeting carp are reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. 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.) The recreation area remains 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 first catfish plant of the season was May 12, and the catfish bite has been fair to good. Most anglers are using chicken liver, anchovies, or Gulp! catfish bait in the Ramp No. 2 area. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Greg Rivas, Moreno Valley, landed a 6.3-pound catfish on mackerel off the south shoreline, while Zack Myers, San Diego, had a 4.7-pounder at ramp No. 2 on a nigthcrawler. Stripers are also pretty fair with some better fish starting to show on umbrella rigs, topwater baits, and even nightcrawlers. The east end and the inlet are the top spots. The largemouth bite is also pretty good on dark plastics and nightcrawlers around most of the lake on structure. The topwater and reaction bait bite is also starting to take off with quit a few rat and frog fish this past week. Wendy Zuckerman, San Dimas, landed a 5.2-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler in the east end. The bluegill bite hasn’t really recovered since the bluestone application two weeks ago, but some fish are starting to show again at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Fair to good catfish action. Lake level is up with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to

CORONA: The lake is full thanks to recent rains and runoff, but due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information:

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at


LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. No reports. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: Fulmor Lake and Strawberry Creek were both planted with DFW trout this week and two weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.



SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Catfish action is good. Catfish plants are weekly. Information: 714-632-7851

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is closed and will be for at least the immediate future.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. There are no fishing fees this season, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240 or go to



CACHUMA: The wind continues to plague fishing here. Only a few of anything and a little of everything was reported. The crappie bite is still very spotty with the fish scattered and schools difficult to locate in the east end, but if you find them a limit of slabs to two pounds is possible. Trout are still showing in spotty numbers near the dam on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float. A seven-pound rainbows was landed in Bobcat Canyon on a spinner. The rainbows are moving deeper. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been fair to good this week, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. The catfish bite also slowed down, but lots of carp remain up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at 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 bass action is still very good, with the bite mostly on live shad right now. The bite is just fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, cranks, spinnerbaits, and small swimbaits. Quite a few quality bass from four to seven pounds reported in the past week. A few bigger crappie are also showing on the live shad and slabs to nearly three pounds have been reported again over the past week. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. There were DFW plants last Friday and another is slated for next week. Some redear showing in six to 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights are June 10, July 8, and Aug. 5 this year. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or

CASTAIC: All the bass are good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and the quality has been better over the past week with a lot of fish from four to eight pounds and a 32-pounder was reported late last week. Those baits are also working for the black bass, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. The best largemouth action is in less than 20 feet of water and some fish are tight in the shallows chasing bait. Trout are slow, but another DFW plant went in last week and another is slated for next week. The bluegill are also picking up with some good catches of fish in less than 10 feet of water on meal worms and wax worms. Catfish slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 ( or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Fair to good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass this past week, and the fish remain mostly shallow — less than 20 feet of water — and are showing on plastics and reaction baits. Lot of fish are chasing baitfish now, and some are showing on surface baits. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are perking up with a fair to good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish as they move into full-spawn mode. Best action is four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water and chasing baitfish. The best bite has been on reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are under a pound, but enough two to four pounders to keep things interesting. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are finally started to perk with a fair to good bite in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. DFW trout plants went in last week and plants are slated for next week. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website ( for any updates and future plants.



NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Only Lake Cuyamaca is still being stocked with private trout, and its most recent plant was 1,200 pounds two weeks ago, with DFW fish this week, and another private load next week. DFW trout are also slated for this week in Doane Pond and Morena Reservoir.

FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, the bluegill bites are good throughout the region. Lower Otay Reservoir is still a hotspot with anglers post 25-fish limits for the fourth week in a row. Many topping a pound. Also good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, and Jennings. Bass remain good at Barrett Lake, but the numbers are half of what they were last week. The bass continue to show on just about everything, from topwater to deep jigs and plastics. Morena, Lower Otay, El Capitan, and San Vicente also remain pretty good on bass, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Trout season is winding down, but there continues to be some good action at Cuyamaca and Morena (both getting DFW trout plants this week). Jennings is also pretty fair. Most of the bites are in deeper water as the surface temperatures warm up. Murray produced three giant carp to 30.5 pounds on dough bait.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett, 278 anglers reported 3,841 bass and 410 bluegill. At Miramar, 18 anglers reported 23 bass and six bluegill to a pound. At Lower Otay, 86 anglers checked reported 249 bass to 5.6 pounds, one channel catfish, and 470 bluegill to 1.84 pounds, At San Vicente, 27 anglers reported 96 bass and 57 bluegill. At Sutherland, 20 anglers reported 14 bass, two bluegill, and one carp.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lake Murray, one angler landed three carp at 18, 21, and 30.5 pounds on dough bait.

BARRETT: Closed. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: Information: 619-465-3474 or Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-466-4847 or Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or

SUTHERLAND: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.



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:

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly:

TOP NEWS: In Havasu and Mohave, the bites have really taken off, especially for stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, but the fishing pressure is still pretty light. In Mohave, both the smallmouth and largemouth bass are up chasing baitfish early and late and then on the points and inside the coves on structure the rest of the day. Most of the action in less than 20 feet of water. The stripers are showing in all the coves and points in both Mohave and Havasu with most starting to move up-lake, away from the dams. A few bigger fish are already being caught at Willow Beach. In the Bullhead stretch, a lot of small stripers in the two to three pound range are being caught, but fish to eight pounds are showing in better numbers. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both very good for largemouths, stripers, and panfish. Topoc Marsh remains fair to good for smaller stripers, largemouth, and bluegill, and a few catfish are starting to show. The redear bite in Havaus and Topoc Gorge is very good. Trout planted early this year are still showing in decent numbers in the river at Davis Camp, Big Bend, and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Catfish are improving all along the river and backwaters with the lower river really turning on during the new moon. The flathead bite has also started to take off with some good fish to 30 pounds reported again this past week from Blythe to Yuma.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or



SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite is good to excellent with most anglers getting 15 to 25 fish stringer (or more). The 12 to 14-inch fish are out a little deeper in five-feet of water, but smaller fish are in close to the shorelines. Longer casts into the deeper water are getting the bigger fish. The bite is exclusively nightcrawler pieces, and the hot spot has been the main jetty at the state park. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. 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).



GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opened April 29. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: (Bridgeport region),, and

TOP NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. In the Bridgeport region, the top bet is still Bridgeport Reservoir for boat anglers with the shore bite tougher. Trolling and bait fishing are both producing with a lot of fish to five pounds. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport has slow to fair action on smaller fish. The West Walker is a torrent and slow, and the East Walker is also still pretty tough with high flows — 800 cfs — but a few fish are showing for diligent stream and nymph anglers using a lot of lead. The ice-fishing at Big Virginia is still fair to good, but Little Virginia is slower. The road is open all the way to the lakes now.

In the June Lake region, June Lake continues to be fair to good with some nice cutthroats reported. Grant is also pretty good for close-to-shore trollers, while Silver and Gull are fair at best. Rush Creek slowed.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake has been getting better by the day as lots of fish are dropping back out of the streams after the spawn. Cuttroats to seven pounds have been reported by fly anglers fishing midge patterns under indicators. Bbait anglers fishing PowerBait and PowerMice are also getting a lot of fish. The Upper Owens and smaller Crowley tribs still have a lot of spawners, both rainbows and cutthoats (mostly cutts now), and the fly-fishing bite is pretty good. Convict Lake is fair to good, but the Mammoth Lakes are all slow to fair with the ice going out on everything and clear on most waters now. Rock Creek Lake is also mostly free of ice now.

In the Bishop region, Bishop Creek is running pretty high, but the fishing was very good, especially in the lower river and at Intake II. North Lake and South Lake now have road access and South Lake and Sabrina’s ice is gone. The lower Owens River is a torrent and effectively unfishable.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.



LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed pretty fair on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. There was a 7.7-pounder reported this week. The catfish are pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce. There are very few crappie showing, but those being caught are coming from the South Fork on live minnows. Crappie have been tough but a very few fish to 15-inches are showing. One angler caught 11 for eight hours of hard fishing. Bass are also slow. The lake level is around 56 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was over 8,000 cfs much of Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 5,400 cfs. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Trout were planted in all six sections of the Kern three weeks ago, and sections 4, 5, and 6 are to get trout this week. The bite has been slow to fair with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 5,400 cfs. The upper river flows were up to 8,600 cfs at Kernville on Wednesday. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or ( or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains very good for both numbers and moderate size, but the heat has a little moss starting to grow. Most fish are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is still pretty easy. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is off. No topwater yet. Also more catfish reported in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. No largemouth reports. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair bluegill bite on wax worms. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty good bluegill bite on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are fair with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill being caught in a fair bite, with the bluegill best on wax worms and the carp best on dough baits. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: A few catfish on cut baits, and the odd crappie is showing on small live minnows. The best bite is for bluegill on wax worms, meal worms, or worms. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or


SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with the fish showing on plastics and reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water. The lake is currently 90 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626,

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the two- to three-pound class and showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 58 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.



Hot Bites: Still relatively light fishing pressure at all the lakes on the Central Coast, but the bass bite is fair to good with the topwater action starting already. Margarita is full, and the bass have been fair on plastics and reaction baits. Still decent crappie and bluegill bites. Lopez has a good bass bite, with panfish action also good on small baits. San Antonio’s South Shore park and ramps opened this past weekend and the north shore ramps tentatively set for June 9. No fishing report information. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is good, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits in less than 20 feet of water.