Archive for August 10th, 2017



1. The offshore yellowtail, dorado, and yellowfin tuna fishing for the San Diego fleet fishing overnight and longer trips is excellent, with many boats reporting limits of yellowtail or yellowfin. The fish aren’t big with most everything under 20 pounds for all three species, but the action is top-notch — late September-like in early August. The best bite is down the Baja Coast from off Ensenada down the coast to about the 60-mile range, and the boats are all pretty much fishing kelp paddies. Check on the latest fish counts at with great counts of fish, usually limits of yellowtail. Check with for the latest counts.

2. The Lake Skinner catfish bite is bouncing into the top picks. There have been a lot of three to six pounds catfish here the past couple of fish, and big fish up into the eight and nine-pound range. 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. Anyone surprised? Crowley Lake’s trout bite stays in the top picks. The action is predominately on cutthroats right now with a lot of 20-inch, four-pound class fish. But the Crowley Lake Slam (a cutthroat, rainbows, and brown trout on the same trip) is still pretty common. The bite has been almost exclusively on midge and perch fry fly patterns fished under a strike indicator. But some fish on stripped streamers now. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.



TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been fair to good this past week at most waters in the region and runoff is finally subsiding and fishing improving. 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, 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 fair at best. Silverwood died for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair, especially after plants. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is still fair but the fish have moved to deep water.

BLACK BASS: Little change with the 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. Diamond Valley is getting little pressure on stripers, but it produced for fly-trollers last week. 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. 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 to good all over the region, but little fishing pressure with the heat. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lake Perris, Lower Otay, 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.

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. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are pretty good — but it has been 100-plus degrees on the river again over the past week — and almost no one is fishing.



The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Aug. 6-12):

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 Cereek, 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), 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).

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Ward Lake, Wishon Reservoir.

TULARE: Peppermint Creek (upper), Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 3).


The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next 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, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Owens River (section 3).

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


The following waters were planted last week (July 30-Aug. 5):

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

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, 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 (section 4 and 5).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Freeman Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (Lower).

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, Shaver Lake.

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at 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.



Heat has continued to put a damper on fishing pressure across the region, but 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 good, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits early and late in the day.



LAKE ISABELLA: There is a pretty 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 in this action. Everything else is very slow in the lake. Very few trout reports, and the crappie and bass bites are still slow. A few carp and some small bluegill. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 in the upper river last week and two weeks ago. The DFW hasn’t been posting the plants on its website until the week after they are made. 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. All of the upper creeks, especially those getting plants once or twice are month are also good, with Peppermint Creek one of the better bets. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or ( or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The heat has continued to keep fishing pressure down in recent days, but 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. 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, 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 few crappie are being caught on live minnow. Not much in the way of volume, but the size has been decent. Also a lot of small catfish showing on meal worms, along with the occasional bluegill on the same bait. Few reports of other species this past week. 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 early and late and then deeper the rest of the day. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626,

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.



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

TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra, as runoff finally subsides. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir and Lower Twin Lake are the hot spots with both seeing pretty good action for both boat anglers trolling or shore and boat bait fishing in the creek channels that are weed free. Again, both spots have produced some quality rainbows to seven pounds over the past week, all fish planted by the Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation. Bridgeport will get another 4,000-pound plant before the end of the month. The Virginia Lakes are both very good, and they were planted with trophy rainbows to seven pounds recently. Flows are finally coming down in the East Walker and it is fishing better than it has in over a month.

In the June Lake region, there was a 400-acre fire on the Parker Bench that closed access to Grant Lake for a couple of days mid-week, but the entire loop is back open. 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 will get 4,000 pounds of one to three-pound Desert Springs Hatchery fish before the end of the month. 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. There were at least 12 rainbows over three pounds reported in the past week, including a 6-2 (see below).

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 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 this week with more water released, but the action at the inlets is still excellent 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 running very high but it appears peak runoff has passed. The backcountry trails are opening up fast with heat, but some places are still snow-choked. The lower Owens River remains a torrent and nearly unfishable.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Rush Creek (below Silver Lake), Howard Fairchild, Newhall, landed a 6-2 rainbow on a Prince Nymph. At Convict Lake, Kay Muranaka, Yorba Linda, landed a 5-13 rainbow at the south shore inlet on a Tasmanian Devil.

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.



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).



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: Heat has continued to put a major damper on the fishing activity all along the river again this week, and there have been thunderstorms making the heat even more oppressive with humidity. It’s the summer doldrums. Temperatures have been over 100-plus or more all along the river again this week. The few anglers braving the heat 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. 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. Dayton Grant, Bullhead City, had a 6.86-pound channel and a 3.46-pound bass out of Topoc Marsh, both on spinnerbaits, while Dennis Baldwin, also Bullhead, had cats at 5.86, 5.10, and 4.32 pounds on chicken liver in the marsh. Less so in backwaters, which are very warm. Bullfrog season opened July 1, but the water levels are so high in the lower river that gigging has been a little tough, with most of the bullfrogs deep in the tules.

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



NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: A 1,000-pound catfish plants went into Lake Jenning last week, with additional 1,000-pound plants slated for the weeks of Aug. 14, and Aug. 28. Dixon and Wohlford also received catfish last week, and it was the last plant of the season for Wohlford. Poway received 1,300 pounds last week and will get another stock the week of Aug. 18.

FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, the bluegill and redear action is also still fair to good at most lakes and probably still holds the top billing. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger. Lower Otay and Hodges have been hotspots and some fish continue to weigh more than a pound. Also pretty good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, El Capitan, and Jennings. Barrett took a nosedive for bass this past week due to heat and water conditions, but Lower Otay has been fair to good with fish to four pounds reported. Morena, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Hodges also remain pretty 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.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett Lake, 61 anglers reported 400 bass. At Hodges, 68 anglers reported 35 bass, 23 bluegill, six channel catfish, and five carp. At Miramar, 20 anglers had 49 bass to four pounds and six bluegill to just over a pound. At Murray, 14 anglers reported five bass. At Lower Otay, 55 anglers reported 464 bass to 3.75 pounds and 358 bluegill to one pound. At San Vicente, 69 anglers reported 86 bass and 70 bluegill. At Sutherland, 35 anglers reported nine bass, 14 bluegill, two crappie, and one carp.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lower Otay, John Talbert, Anaheim, caught five catfish for a total stringer weight of 60.45 pounds and his big fish was a 28.85-pounder. All were landed on mackerel at the dam. At Hodges, Casy Quin, San Diego, landed four bass for a total weight of 12.65 pounds, including one at 6.85 pounds, all on Senkos. At Lake Murray, Kenny Jablecki, San Diego, had a 5.75-pound bass on a black Senko near the dock.

BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: 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: Weekly fish counts: 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.



CACHUMA: Overall light fishing pressure. The bite on catfish and bass has been fair with flurries of good action, but only a few bass and crappie are 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 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 fair to good, with the fish showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits early and late in the day, but they move deep during the day. Don Ehrhardt had a nine-pound bass off the fishing pier, along with a bunch of bluegill with the family. 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. The catfish bite is fair with the fish moving shallow morning and evening. 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. The final moonlight fishing night of summer will be Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or

CASTAIC: All the bass are fair to good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad morning and evening. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and there are surface boils most mornings. Also a few on blood worms in 40 to 70 feet of water. For the black bass, good action on reaction baits 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 are getting thick making the fishing more difficult. 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. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 ( 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 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 pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on topwater early and then trolled flies and swim baits later. 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. Trout slow with no recent DFW plants.

The Vaquero Swim Beach will open Saturday this week as a result of improved algal bloom conditions. Laboratory tests of lake water this week detected a level of algae toxins that merits a ìCautionî advisory, which means boaters and recreational users may swim in the lake and at designated swim beaches, but should remain cautious of potential blooms. Vaquero had been closed to swimming due to algae toxins early this year. Based on the latest laboratory test results, the advisory for the Vaquero Swim Beach has changed from ìWarningî to ìCaution.î Emigrant Landing Swim Beach is also at ìCautionî level. Swimming is now allowed throughout Pyramid Lake, but recreational users are urged to avoid direct contact with blue-green algae, which can pose health risks, particularly to children and pets. Toxic blue-green algae exposure can cause eye irritation, allergic skin rash, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea, and cold- and flu-like symptoms. Pets can be especially susceptible because they tend to drink while in the water and lick their fur afterward. For more information, go to the California Department of Public Health blue-green algae information page at this link:

There is also a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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.



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.



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

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



DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair to good. The bass are steady with good action on topwater baits 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 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 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. 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 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. Red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits. The bass are mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with most 1-8 to 2-8. A few carp are showing on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Kenneth Scott, San Jacinto, had a 1.34-pound redear on red worms off the marina docks. 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, while the largemouth and striper bites remain just fair. 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. There was also a county catfish plant last week. Top catfish reported this past week was a 9.2-pounder landed by Sherry O’Connell, Lake Elsinore, on cut mackerel. Jackie Ryley, Oceanside, had an 8.5-pounder on anchovies. The stripers remain fair with early morning and late evening boils on shad, especially at the inlet and buoy line, but most fish are showing in deep water on sardines or chicken liver. The largemouth bass bite has been fair with some topwater early on frogs or other surface baits, and then on plastics. Justin Swift, Murrieta, landed a 3.4-pounder on a plastic. The bluegill bite is slow to fair, with mostly on 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

CORONA: 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



HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish action has been fair since the last 1,500-pound plant July 27. Another 1,000-pound plant is tentatively scheduled for Thursday this week. Most of the fish showing are 1-4 to 2-8, and the best action has been on shrimp fishing at the Finger or the drain. 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

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



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.