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Jun
08

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Crowley Lake stays the top pick this week. It is simply wide open on rainbows and cutthroats to five pounds and some brown trout in that same size range. There have been a number of reports of 30-fish days again this past week. The bite has been almost exclusively on midge fly patterns fished under a strike indicator, but the perch fry are starting to hatch. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.

2. The trout bite at Big Bear Lake has been good thanks to big-fish plants for a pair of recent derbies. Most of those fish are just starting to show. There have been fish to eight pounds reported again over the past week. 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 barracuda bite broke open this early week for boats fishing out of landings along the Orange and Los Angeles counties coastline. The fish are mostly logs, running from six to 10 pounds and it’s like the good-ol’-days with the bite all on surface iron. For an update on the fishing and which landings to contact for a trip, check for the latest information on 976-Tuna.com.

Jun
08

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been fair to good this past week at most waters in the region not overly impacted by the high runoff. The best bets are Crowley Lake, which has simply been wide open for fly-anglers fishing midge patterns below strike indicators. There is also a very good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, and Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport and Lake Sabrina are good. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is a good bet with a chance at a quality trout planted recently for a pair of big derbies. Fish to eight pounds reported again this past week. Silverwood Lake slowed, but still pretty fair for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair to good. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is fair with plants most weeks.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Barrett Lake, 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 good on frozen sardines and blood worms, but not wide open like it had been for the past month. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair, but Diamond Valley has bee slow. The best action in all three has been to fish cut baits or lug worms, or shad-like topwater and swimbaits. 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 good all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lake Havasu and Topoc Gorge, Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are also pretty good for bluegill. The whole Colorado River is getting pretty good. Few reports on hot crappie bites, but anglers might want to keep an eye on Cachuma and Isabella, both of which are producing a few fish in relatively inconsistent bites.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been improving across the region with the warmer weather. Ssome decent catches beginning at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. Cachuma also is turning on. There was a brute 67-pound blue caught at Lake Hodges this past week. 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.

Jun
08

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (June 4-10):

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor. Strawberry Creek.

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

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

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Convict Creek, 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, Bridgeport), Virginia Creek.

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5), Lake Isabella.

TULARE: Big Meadows Creek, Kern River (section 5), Stoney Creek.

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Tenmile Creek (upper).

 

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (June 11-17):

VENTURE: Casitas Lake, Reyes Creek.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite 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, West Walker River (section 3).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake, Peppermint Creek (upper), Stoney Creek, Tule River Middle Fork, 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: Dinkey Creek, Hume Lake, Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, Tenmile Creek (Upper).

 

The following waters were planted last week (May 28-June3):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Reyes Creek.

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

INYO: Bishop Creek (lower), Lone Pine Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Crowley Lake.

KERN RIVER: Lake Isabella.

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kaweah Reservoir.

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Courtwright Reservoir, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Tamarack Creek.

 

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Jun
08

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The catfish bite is really taking off with some good fish showing on cut baits, especially in Cleghorn and Sawpit. Paul Richmond, Alberta, Canada, had a 13-pound catfish on sardines in Cleghorn. Josh Simord, Pinon Hills, had a 12-pound catfish on cut sardnes in Sawpit. The stripers are still fair to good for anglers fishing cut baits or trolling flies or swimbaits. Most less than three pounds. The largemouth bite is fair on plastics and swimbaits, with some on topwater now. Trout action is fair with diligent anglers getting limits. William Cramsey, Apple Valley, landed five rainbows to 1-8 on nightcrawlers in Miller Canyon. No panfish reports. 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: 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 has stayed good with big fish to eight pounds reported thanks to recent plants for derbies. Also a DFW plant this week. The bite has been best 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 largemouth bass bite has been fair on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and small reaction baits. The smallmouth are also pretty fair, mostly on reaction baits. The carp bowfishing season is in full swing, with a lot of big carp moving into the shallows and sunning. The 14th Annual Carp Round Up at Big Bear Lake will be June 17-18. This is a bowfishing event sponsored by the Big Bear Municipal Water District. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: There was a 5,000-pound plant of Jess Ranch trout two weeks ago for the weekend derby. The bite has been very good on small jigs and PowerBait, especially at the baseball field shoreline. No recent DFW trout plants. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout action has been hampered by winds that last few days, but overall the action is pretty fair with the best bite on corn-flavored PowerBait. 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. 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 www.gvlfishing.com.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW rainbows this week, last week, and three weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted this week, last week, and three weeks ago, but the most recent plant on the South Fork of the Santa Ana was five 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.

Jun
08

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: No report. Most recent reported catfish plant was two weeks ago. Overall, the bite has been slow to fair with shrimp fished at the drain the best bet. Most of the fish planted are from just over a pound to 2-8. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was slow on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially salmon peach, spring green and cheese), nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs or lures. Most trout are near or over two pounds. 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 4 pounds. The bluegill bite is pretty fair. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: County catfish season is ongoing and plants are weekly. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Jun
08

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish season is ongoing and plants are weekly. 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 is ongoing and plants are weekly. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: County catfish season is ongoing and plants are weekly. Information: 909-887-7540.

Jun
08

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The best action has been on bluegill and redear with a lot of anglers reporting 25-fish limits with some at a pound or better. Wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits getting the panfish, and the top spots have been the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. The largemouth bass action has been fair to good on Senkos, small jigs, and dropshot plastics. Most are in 10 to 30 feet of water with some topwater and near-surface action early and late in the day. The striper bite has been slow with only a few fish caught on swimbaits or trolled flies, and none bigger than six pounds. The catfish bite also slowed this week, but still fair action on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. 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 www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bites are 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. The east of the island has been the hot spot. 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. 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 catfish bite remained good over the past week with lots of nice fish reported. Tops were fish at 9.9 and 8.4 pounds landed by Raymond Dominguez and Ray Jr., both Fallbrok, fishing anchovies near the dam. Bobby Mylanta, Murrieta, had a 7.6-pound catfish. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Stripers are also pretty fair with some better fish starting to show on shad-like cranks, topwater baits, and cut baits like anchovies and chicken liver. The inlet and mid-lake points have been the best spots. The largemouth bite is fair to 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. The bluegill bite remains slow to fair except for small fish, which are showing in pretty good numbers at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Wax worms and meal worms have been top baits. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. 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 www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is full, but due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

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.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Catfish action is good. Catfish plants are weekly. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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 ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/.

Jun
08

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Tough conditions continue with winds and temperature changes, but the catfish and crappie bites have been pretty fair. Top spot for both has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while small jigs are best for the crappie. Trout are slow but a few are showing near the dam on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float in Clark’s Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been slow to fair, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. 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 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 bass action is still very good, with the fishing showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and live shad, if you can dip them. Quite a few quality bass from four to seven pounds reported again. Local anglers Larry Elshere and Doug Hansen won Saturday’s night bass tournament. Elshire also had the event’s big bass at 9.36 pounds. A few bigger crappie are also showing on the live shad and some of these slabs run up to three pounds. 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 is a DFW plant last Friday and another plant is scheduled to go in 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 open to all anglers are June 10, July 8, and Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held June 3, June 17, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and Sept. 16. Call Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 on the night tournament schedule and entry information. 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 www.casitasboatrentals.com.

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. Mike Luna, Bakersfield, landed a 6-1 striper. Those same 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. The bluegill bite is good with a lot of nice catches of fish up to a pound or better on red worms, nightcrawler pieces, meal worms, and wax worms. Most are in the coves around structure. Trout are slow, even after the DFW plant last week and three weeks ago. Catfish slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Fair to good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and warming water has more fish moving back down into deeper water. Still a lot of fish in less than 20 feet of water showing on plastics and reaction baits, at least early and late in the day. Surface baits are working now, too. 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. 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 www.camplakepiru.com) 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 morning and evening, some deeper during the day. 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 one to three pounds now with some bigger. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). 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 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 (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Only Lake Cuyamaca is still being stocked with private trout, and its slated to get fish this week. It is also on the list for DFW trout, along with Doane Pond and Morena Reservoir.

FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, the bluegill and redear action is good to excellent at most lakes. Lower Otay Reservoir has been a hotspot with anglers posting 25-fish limits this past week. Many are topping a pound. Also good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, and Jennings. Barrett remains perhaps the top bet for bass, but Morena, Lower Otay, El Capitan, and San Vicente also remain pretty good on bass, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Many fish are being reported on topwater now. Trout season is winding down, but there continues to be some good action at Cuyamaca and Morena (both received DFW trout plants this week). Jennings is also pretty fair. Most of the bites are in deeper water as the surface temperatures warm up. Catfish season is starting to kick off and Lake Jennings kicked off its Friday and Saturday night fishing this past weekend. The catfish stocking schedule is on the Jennings’ website (www.lakejennings.org), with fish slated to go in this week.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs, but it was not available this week.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: Top fish of the week was a 67-pound blue catfish landed by Song Sakhoeun, Escondido at Lake Hodges. Also at Hodges, Shawn Hicks, Esconcico, landed a 4.55-pound bass. At Lower Otay, John Taylor, El Cajon, landed an 18.24-pound channel catfish on a nightcrawler from Bushlow Cove. At El Capitan, Tim Means, Santee, landed five catfish with his stirnger topped with a 6.34-pounder, all on nightcrawlers. At Murray, Brian Potts, La Vesa, landed a three-pound redear on a nightcrawler in Padre Bay. At Wohlford Lake, a 5.65-pound trout was caught by Mike Kutz, Riverside, on a nightcrawler in Oakdale Cove, while Fausto Sanchez, Escondido, landed a 4.45-pounder.

BARRETT: Closed. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

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

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Jun
08

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.

TOP NEWS: In Havasu and Mohave, the bites have really taken off, especially for stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth bass. 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 but in much lower numbers. Top spots are 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 www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
08

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite has remained good with a slight lulls during windy days. Most anglers are still getting from 15 to 25 fish stringers (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 on 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).

Jun
08

EASTERN SIERRA

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: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best bites are listed by region. In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir is still the hot spot with excellent for boat anglers either trolling or bait fishing. Shore fishing is tough except for brief flurry of action early and late in the day. Some quality fish to six pounds this past week. The Twin Lake above Bridgeport also have improved with rainbows to 4 1/2 pounds this week, mostly still-fishing with Mice Tails and PowerBait. Virginia Lake are approaching ice-free status, but some anglers were still fishing through the ice at Big Virginia this past week. Care advised, but the bite is pretty good at the inlets and outlets from shore. The East and West Walker rivers have been slow because of very high flows.

In the June Lake region, all of the Loop lakes are overflowing with runoff water and Rush Creek is very high — and the runoff is just beginning. All waters are getting weekly DFW trout plants and private plants are going in regularly, too. The bite is good in June and Gull for bait anglers and trollers. Silver Lake is so full, shore access is mostly flooded making the best bite for boat, tube, and kayak anglers. Grant Lake is also full and water is going over the spillway.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake is the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midges — and the perch fry are emerging, too. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with some to six or seven reported again the past week. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, Bishop Creek drainage has runoff starting to thunder off the mountain. Sabrina Lake remains low but it is fishing very good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake still had ice and all the creeks are running very high. The backcountry trails are all still mostly snow-covered. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net 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.

Jun
08

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed fair to good on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. DFW trout plants this week and last week. The catfish are also pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce, but the usual cut and paste baits also work. A few crappie continue to show up in the South Fork, mostly on live minnows, but one pair of anglers reported eight or nine fish each to 1-8 on small jigs from shore. Bass are slow. The lake level is around 61 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was at 7,100 cfs going in with an outflow of 5,400 cfs. Reports are that the snowpack is holding 2 1/2ñtimes the capacity of Isabella, and outflows may ramp up to 7,500 cfs at times this year. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The trout plants slated again for this week in sections 4 and 5. The bite has been slow 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 7,100 cfs at Kernville on Wednesday. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains good, with lots of small stripers. The heat has even more moss starting to grow making fishing more difficult. 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 still off. Also more catfish reported again in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. This bite is fair to good now. 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 www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

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 carp bite is good on dough baits and fair to good bass action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms. 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: The bluegill bite has been good with a lot of nice stringers showing on wax worms or other small baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good with most fish showing on frozen shad. Still a very few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

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 97 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

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 rocketing up with runoff and it is 82 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jun
08

CENTRAL COAST

The bass bite is fair to good with the topwater action starting already on all four lakes. 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 are open and the north shore ramps tentatively set for this Friday. 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.