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 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 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.