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Aug
24

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The San Diego ocean fishing is still the top pick. The boats running south into Mexican waters are getting a nice mix of yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, and dorado. The boats running west have found bigger numbers of bluefin tuna this week, but they are smaller bluefin from 10 to 15 pounds. Check on the latest fish counts at 976-TUNA.com. with great counts of fish, usually limits of yellowtail. Check with www.976Tuna.com for the latest counts.

2. The Lake Skinner catfish bite is staying in the top picks because of the volume of nice catfish being landed, including more fish this week topping 10 pounds. The action has been best on at Ramp No. 2 and all along the south shore coves. Early morning and late evening have been the best times to fish. For an update on the bite, check with the marina staff at 951-926-8515.

3. Refusing to give up a spot in the top picks, Crowley Lake’s incredible trout bite just won’t seem to go away this year for the fly-fishing crowd. While the bite is mostly cutthroats up to 20 inches or better, a lot of anglers are still posting Crowley Lake Slams (a cutthroat, rainbows, and brown trout on the same trip). The bite has been almost exclusively on midge patterns fished under an indicator or stripped perch minnow imitations. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.

Aug
24

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. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has simply been wide open for fly-anglers fishing midge patterns and perch fry patterns. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is slow to fair but improving. Green Valley Lake perked after a plant last week and has been pretty good, and Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is still fair but the fish have moved to deep water.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair to good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but the heat has knocked fishing pressure way off. Most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Lots of small fish at all three, but Castaic saw some bigger fish this week. Diamond Valley is slow. The best action at the other four has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. Fly-trolling is also a good bet. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds and the surface bite is hit and miss. Light fishing pressure with the heat.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair all over the region, but little fishing pressure. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murry, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River. Not much in the way of crappie right now, but a couple of decent catches were reported at Isabella this week.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region with the hot weather. Some decent catches at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. The lower Colorado River is fair for both the channel and flathead catfish but the fishing pressure is very light.

Aug
24

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Aug. 20-26):

SAN BERNARDINO: Lytle Creek (Middle and North Forks).

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, South Fork), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Rock Creek Lake, South Lake.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Upper Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (section 3).

TULARE: Peppermint Creek (Upper), Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2).

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), San Joaquin River (below Friant Dam and South Fork), Ward Lake.

 

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Aug. 27-Sept. 2):

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

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, North Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, South Lake, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Upper Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (section 3).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

FRESNO: Courtright Reservoir, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Ward Lake.

 

The following waters were planted last week (Aug. 13-19):

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

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, North Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, South Lake, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Owens River (section 3), Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Upper Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (section 3).

KERN: Kern River (sections 2 through 5).

TULARE: Deer Creek, Kern River (sections 5 and 6).

FRESNO: Courtright Reservoir, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, San Joaquin River (South Fork).

 

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/. This page is frequently updated after this news report is published so current week, next week’s, and even previous week’s plant information may change.

Aug
24

CENTRAL COAST

The bass bite is fair with the topwater action at all four lakes. At Santa Margarita, the bass have been fair on plastics and reaction baits, especially topwater, but the bluegill and crappie bites are fair to good on Crappie Nibbles and jigs or worms. Lopez has a fair to good bass bite, especially early on topwater baits, with panfish action also fair to good on small baits. All San Antonio parks and ramps are open. Few fishing reports information. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is fair, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits early and late in the day. Fish are mostly in deeper water.

Aug
24

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: There continues to be a fair to good catfish bite with most of the action in the South Fork arm of the lake. Frozen shad, minnows, clams, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. Fish to six pounds or better. There were a couple of good crappie scores this week. Jake Rath, Bakersfield, had 20 crappie to about a pound, along with a couple of bass and small bluegill. Most of the action has been on small minnow or small jigs topped with Crappie Nibbles. Everything else is very slow in the lake. Very few trout reports, and the bass bites is still slow. A few carp and some small bluegill. 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 went into sections 2 through 6 last week, and that includes some in the lower river for the first time in quite a while. They are slated for section 4 and 5 next week. The action is very good in the upper river on trout with the best bite on crickets, salmon eggs, nightcrawlers. Flows are very fishable, finally. The lower Kern is still nearly very high through the canyon. Also DFW plants this week on Peppermint Creek. 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 fair, with lots of small stripers under the keeper size. More moss each week making fishing more difficult. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is still off. Fair to good action on catfish with both mackerel and sardines producing. A few carp are also showing. 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, and a fair carp bite on dough baits.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been fair to good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair to good bluegill bite on meal worms, red worms, and nigthcrawler pieces. Very few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been 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 and crickets. Bass pretty slow with only a few early and late in the day on plastics or reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite is good on dough baits and there is fair to good action on bluegill. Meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ëgills. Bass slow. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bluegill bite is good on meal worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass reported.

BRITE LAKE: No reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: A lot of small catfish are showing on meal worms, along with the occasional bluegill on the same bait. A few crappie are being caught on live minnows. Not much in the way of volume, but the size has been decent. Few reports of other species this past week. 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 early and late and then deeper the rest of the day. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair go good and showing on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. A few bluegill reports, but little else. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Aug
24

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: 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 FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra and there are already hits of fall in the high country as the brookies start to color-up for the spawn. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, and Lower Twin Lake remain the hot spots with all seeing pretty good action. Bridgeport has been off the hook for bait anglers fishing Buckeye Bay with fish to seven pounds report. Lower Twin has had trout to six pounds this week, but it and the Virginia Lakes have been solid producers. Bridgeport got another 4,000-pound plant of bigger fish this week. Flows continue to come down in the East Walker and it is fishing better than it has in over a month, mostly on small nymphs fished near the bottom and streamers.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty well this week. Silver Lake has produced a lot of limits and fish, most pan-sized, but some bigger and the water level is finally coming down. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. The lake was also planted with another 4,000 pounds of one to three-pound Desert Springs Hatchery last Friday. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working five to six colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deep as nine colors in June. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas have been best. The fly-bubble rig is also been working early and late when the trout are on top, especially at the walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout. The Rush Creek channel at the upper end of the lake has been the best spot. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers. Rush Creek is finally coming down and very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures.

In the Mammoth region, the broken-record report continues: Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with exceptional fly action on midge and small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds with bigger. The 20 to 40 fish days have been common for boat- or tube-based fly anglers. The trolling and bait fishing is pretty slow because of weeds and algae bloom, but the fly bite remains exceptional. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds with some bigger fish landed each week. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.

In the Bishop region, the entire Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been good. Some bigger fish are still showing up on anglers’ stringers. Sabrina Lake level dropped just below the spillway this week. The trout action is 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 is still fair at best. All the creeks are still pretty high but finally very fishable. The backcountry trails are all open (although there was a dusting of snow in the high country this week). The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Rush Creek, Terri Hawkes of Irvine caught a 3-3 rainbow below Silver Lake on salmon eggs. At Convict Lake, Jeremy Sonnenburg, Ontario, landed a 4-8 rainbow off the south shore.

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.

Aug
24

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow. Between heat and afternoon winds, the tilapia bite has been non-existent with only a few small tilapia to 10 inches reported. The bite is still all on nightcrawler pieces, and the main jetty at the state park is the only place with any pressure. 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).

Aug
24

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: The break in the heat continued this week, and while still hot, there continue to have been some almost cool mornings. This has really spurring on the fishing, and the anglers out have found pretty good action almost across the board. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty good most mornings, and there are pretty good bite for largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish, too. The black bass, both smallmouths and largemouth, are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the action is in less than 20 feet of water early and late, but the fish are in deeper water during most of the day. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are still pretty good if you locate a school of fish. All the lakes and backwaters the whole length of the river are producing a lot of fish. Quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge have been the rule with fish to three pounds but the bite is just fair. Bluegill are also good in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Water, Cibola, and Martinez Lake areas. Lots of ëgills to three-quarter pound, but there’s almost no fishing pressure. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been tougher, especially in the backwaters. The bite in the main river is still pretty fair on 15 to 20-pound flatheads but there is just very little fishing pressure. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. Less so in backwaters, which are very warm.

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.

Aug
24

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Jennings recived a 1,000 pound plant of catfish last week and will get another plant next week. Dixon and Wohlford also received their last catfish plants of the season three weeks ago. Poway got a 1,300 pound plant last week.

FISHING UPDATE: The bluegill and redear action at Otay, Murray, and Hodges remains fair to good. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger. Also still fair action on bluegill at Barrett, San Vicente, El Capitan, and Jennings. The bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, while fog this past week prolonging the bite at lakes nearer the ocean. Barrett is still fair (but slow for Barrett), and Lower Otay has been good with fish to 11 pounds reported in a surface frog bite. Morena, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Hodges also remain fair to good on bass, with topwater action most mornings and evenings, but still mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Trout season is pretty much over except at Cuyamaca, which has been OK in deeper water on floating baits and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish season is in full swing at most waters with some good catches being reported at all the lakes for anglers targeting the cats.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett Lake, 55 anglers landed 232 bass. At El Capitan, 62 anglers landed 152 bass and 19 bluegill. At Miramar, 21 anglers reported 45 bass to four pounds and five bluegill to a pounds. At Murray, 25 anglers reported eight bluegill. At Lower Otay, 66 anglers reported 377 bass to five pounds and 214 bluegill to a pound. At San Vicente, 29 anglers reported 103 bass to 3 1/2 pounds and two bluegill. At Sutherland, 27 anglers reported 18 bass and three bluegill.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Murray Reservoir, Kevin and Amy St. Claire, San Diego, had a stringer of 40 bluegill and redear that weighed around 50 pounds, and the big one was 2 1/2 pounds. All were caught on redworms. At El Capitan, John Taylor, San Diego, had five bass totaling 22.46 pounds, including on at 8.75 pounds, all on spinnerbaits and Flukes. At Hodges, Max Whitfield, Solana Beach, landed five bass for a 16.85-pound stringer, and his best was a 4.45-pounder, all on shiners.

BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. 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: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. 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.

Aug
24

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Overall light fishing pressure and slow action. The bite on catfish and bass are the best bets, but they both have been fair at best. Only an occasional crappie is being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water near the dam. But there are lots of small bluegill around most shorelines. 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 and catfish bites are both pretty fair. The bass have been best on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits early and late in the day, but they move deep during the day. Eric Juels, 13, Santa Barbara, landed an 18-inch, five-pound class bass. The catfish have been best on nightcrawlers and cut baits in most of the coves and off points. Mike Neuman, Ventura, landed a 12-pound cat on a nightcrawlers, while Don Laubacher, Camarillo, caught a 10-pounder, also on a ëcrawler. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good but getting light fishing pressure. Some to a pound, mostly on nightcrawler pieces. The trout action has been slow with few anglers targeting the rainbows. No recent plants. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held this Saturday, 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striped bass have been boiling this past week and there has been some good quality fish in this bite. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, and spoons are all getting stripers to 10 pounds when they boil, but sardine and blood worms are also working on deeper, metered fish when the fish aren’t up. The largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad morning and evening. Reaction baits are best early and late, but some bigger fish showing on jigs in deeper water. The bluegill bite remains fair to good in both the upper and lower lakes, but the weed beds continue to be troublesome. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound and meal worms are the top bait, but red worms, nightcrawler pieces, crickets, and wax worms also good. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until winter. A few catfish reports on quality fish, but the fish are few and far between. Few anglers targeting the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and dropping water levels has moved the fish into deeper water. There has been a topwater bite during a narrow window early in the day. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in 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 with a lot of fish up chasing baitfish morning and evening, and them moving deeper during the day. The best bite has been on topwater baits early and then reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is fair to good with a lot of fish showing on topwater early and then trolled flies and swim baits later. Bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are also getting fish. 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. Trout slow with no recent DFW plants. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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.

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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/.

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24

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The bass are steady with good action on topwater, cranks, and swimbaits early in the morning, and a lot of fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. The bluegill are running up to a pounds and they have been best on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits, 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 catfish bite is slow to fair with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. Striped bass have been slow, but a few are showing for fly-trollers, but this bite continues to be tough. 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 marina was closed for four days this week due to not having power. The bluegill bite has been the best bet, and the best action has been morning and evening. A few redear, bass, and catfish, but the bluegill are providing the best action. Top spots for the ëgills have been the outside edges of the weed beds, especially off the island, lots 11 and 12, and Sail Cove. Also some fish off the marina docks. Red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits. Scott Johnson, Temecula, landed a half-pound bluegill off the marina dock on redworms. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with most 1-8 to 2-8. Marcus Anderson, Moreno Valley, had a pair of bass to three pounds on Senkos from shore near the launch ramps. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. David Turner, Corona, landed a 10-pounder on a dough bait. 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 has been good and there was a county catfish plant last Friday (Aug. 18). The catfish bite has been best on cut baits along Catfish Alley, at Ramp No. 2, and all along the south shore coves, especially near the tules. A 12-pound catfish was landed by John Mallory, Murrieta, fishing anchovies in Catfish Alley. Santi Cherry, Lake Elsinore, had a stringer of three catfish and the big one was 9.2 pounds. All were caught on cut mackerel in the cove near Ramp No. 2. The largemouth bite has been fair with most of the fish on plastics and some on topwater. Jake Muthu, Riverside, landed a 3 1/2-pound bass on a plastic off the north shore. The stripers remain fair with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet (water has been coming in this week) and buoy line, but most fish are showing in deep water on sardines or chicken liver, but more this week on swimbaits and umbrella rigs. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, with a fair number of smaller fish around reeds and other cover along the north shore. Wax worms, crickets, 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: No report. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: 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: No recent trout plants and few reports. There is a pretty good bite on small bluegill and bullheads. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

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24

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.

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24

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: No report. No plant information available. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was slow on both lakes thanks to the heat. A few fish around two pounds are showing on PowerBait in salmon peach, chartreuse, and rainbow, nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs and plastics. The bass bite has been slow to fair with fish to four pounds report, and the bluegill action is fair and a few catfish are starting to show. 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.

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SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The catfish bite has been very good off the marina docks, at the dam, and in Cleghorn. The best action has been on anchovies, sardines, and glow-nightcrawlers. Lot of two to three-pound fish and some bigger. Lynne McCormick, Lancaster, had an eight-pound catfish on chicken liver from Chemise. Jonathan Dewey, Apple Valley, had a five-pound striper and a couple of 2 1/2-pound stripers on anchovies off the marina docks. Toni Spinarte, Chula Vista, had a three-pound striper to top off her 12-pound stringer of stripers and bluegill. The striper have been good on the same baits and same located as the catfish, but most are under three pounds. The bluegill bite has been pretty good over the past week off the marina rocks and at the dam. Most are hand-sized and showing on meal works or small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. The largemouth bite is improving with cooler evening and showing on small cranks and plastics, especially in Miller Canyon. 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: Surface water temperatures are still in the low 70s, but are finally starting to drop with cooler nights. Overall, the bite remains slow to fair. A few trout are showing for shoreline anglers fishing on the North Shore from Old Gray’s Landing to the Buoy Line (Red House) near the dam. Dough baits and inflated ëcrawlers fished on a three to four foot leader or a slip-bobber rig in deeper water. Boat anglers are either trolling (sloooowly) with flashers and lures of drifting a nightcrawler on a slip-bobber rig mid-lake the buoy line to Gilner Point at depths of 12 to 25 feet. Early morning is best for shore or boat trout fishing. DFW trout were planted last week and three weeks ago. They are also scheduled to go in next week. A few catfish are showing on cutbaits with added scent, and the panfish action is finally starting to show, especially in Papoose Bay, but the bite is still iffy. The bite on bullheads is wide open along all shorelines areas. 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 lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite has been fair to good with a lot of two and three-pound fish, especially for anglers fishing off the point. The best action has been rainbow, peach or corn-flavored PowerBaits or inflated nightcrawlers. There was a a 500-pound trout plant from Jess Ranch last Thursday. Crappie are slow to fair, and a few largemouth bass are still showing. 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. Fees are $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 last week and three weeks ago. They are also slated for next week. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were both planted last week and three weeks ago, and both are scheduled for trout next week. 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.