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Archive for September, 2017

Sep
28

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The yellowfin tuna bite remains a top bet and while not quite as hot as last week for the San Diego and Oceanside boats, it is still one of the best bites going. The action is best for the overnight anf longer trips fishing in Mexican waters. The fish are close enough that the three-quarter day San Diego boats are also getting a piece of this action some days. Most of these fish are eight to 22 pounds. These fish have been pushing further north each week, and with the coming full moon, the best bite is yet to come. For an update on the bite, check for the latest reports on 976-tuna.com.

2. The Lake Skinner catfish bite stays in the top picks this week. It just keeps getting better and there are more and more quality fish (three over 10 pounds this week). Early morning and late evening have been the best times to fish, and a variety of cut baits are the ticket to success. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at Skinner at 951-926-8515.

3. Staying in the top picks yet another week, the Crowley Lake trout bite remains simply one of the best bets in the whole region. Guide Ernie Gulley wrote this on Facebook Wednesday, ìFishing has been good at Crowley. I have averaged well over 25 fish to net for my last five trips.î The quality remains 1 1/2 to four-pound fish. The action is for fly-anglers fishing perch patterns in less than 10 feet of water along weed beds. Cutthroats, rainbows, and browns are all in the mix. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.

Sep
28

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 continued to be very good for fly-anglers fishing perch fry patterns in less than 10 feet of water. 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. Both the East and West Walker rivers are also fishing pretty good now. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is slow to fair but improving. Green Valley Lake is still fair and is due for another plant. Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish, but no plants for four weeks. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca perked up after 2,700-pound of fish were planted last week.

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

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally fair most 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 has consistently been producing double digit fish over the past week. Diamond Valley is also finally showing signs of life with a couple of quality stripers again this past week in the 10-pound class. The best action at all the lakes 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 California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small and the moss presents a serious fishing problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with an occasional fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair all over the region, but getting 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, and Topoc Gorge. Not much in the way of crappie anywhere right now.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region. Some nice catches at Skinner and Silverwood, but Diamond Valley (30 and 31 pounders this week) and Pyramid are also pretty fair but getting very little pressure. The lower Colorado River is fair for both the channel and flathead catfish in the main river channel, but the backwaters are slow because of very warm water conditions.

Sep
28

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Sept. 24-30):

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

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Inteak II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, North Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Convict Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Mamie Lake, Mary Lake, Molybdenite Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5 and 6).

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

 

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Oct. 1-7):

INYO: Bishop Creek (lower), Diaz Lake, Lake Sabrina, Rock Creek Lake, South Lake.

MONO: Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

 

The following waters were planted last week (Sept. 17-23):

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

INYO: Bishop Creek (lower), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, South Lake.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Upper Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Virginia Creek.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

Sep
28

CENTRAL COAST

The bass bite is fair and improving at all four lakes. At Santa Margarita, the bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, with some topwater, but the bluegill and crappie bites are both 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. No recent reports from San Antonio. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is fair to good and improving, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits early and late in the day and the cooler nights have brought the fish up a little.

Sep
28

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to be fair to good. Most of the action is 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. Also a few bass reports this past week, mostly on plastics or reaction baits. Everything else is very slow. 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 bite in the upper river above Isabella has been very good. The flows have dropped to around 380 cfs, and planted trout have spread out along the river and are showing in good numbers on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. More and more fish on spinners, too. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing good action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. Trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 this week and last week. The lower Kern is still coming down (nearly 800 cfs) through the canyon but coming down each day and it is becoming more fishable. There is a fair trout bite and a few bass are showing. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure with the heat and moss growth, but the striper bite remain fair, mostly on blood worms and sardines. Very few cats this week. 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 fair carp bite on dough baits, and an occasional catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Fair to good bluegill action on meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nigthcrawler pieces. Carp have been fair to good on Powder and Wussy baits. 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 fair 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: There is fair to good action on bluegill, and meal worms, wax worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ëgills. The carp bite is fair to good on dough baits, while bass are slow. 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 bluegill bite is also fair to good on meal worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass reported.

BRITE LAKE: No reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Light fishing pressure with only a few small catfish showing. Even the bluegill bite slowed over the past week, and there have been few other reports. The 2017 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 6 a.m. at Evans Lake. Entry fee is $20 per adult (14 and over) and $10 for kids 13 and under). Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill bite remains very good for anglers fishing wax worms and meal worms. This is the first good bite on bluegill in a couple of seasons here. There is also a good bite on small bass with drop-shot plastics. No size, but a lot of action. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair 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.

Sep
28

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations. Many waters have 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. 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 continued very good for bait anglers fishing Buckeye Bay and near the dam with fish to seven pounds reported. Lower Twin has had some quality trout to six pounds, but both Twins and the Virginia Lakes have been solid producers of pan-sized fish. The East Walker is down to 200 cfs, which is an excellent fishing flow and the bite is pretty good in the upper mile stretch below the dam, but slows the further downstream you go. Nymphing and stream fishing is the way to go. The West Walker is also pretty good now with flows down to 120 cfs.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing fair this week. Silver Lake has been fair with an occasional limit on fish to 2-8. Most pan-sized. 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 two to five colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deep as six 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, but the water level has been falling. 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 very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with good fly action small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds, but most 15 to 20 inches and running 1-8 to 3-0. It is still possible to have 25 fish days, and most anglers are getting 10 to 15 fish. 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 fair to good. At Sabrina, the trout action is good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits, but it is taking a little more work. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. The lower Owens River remains high and difficulty to fish.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Convict Lake, Terrah Cox, Yucaipa, landed a 5-5 rainbow on a red Power Worm, while Phillip Brown, Riverside, had a 4-11 on Gulp!

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.

Sep
28

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).

Sep
28

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: Fishing pressure remains relatively light, but it is finally picking up as the weather starts to moderate. There continues to be fair to good action for most species. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty good most mornings. There are pretty good bites 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 slowed way down, especially in the backwaters, because of high water temperatures. All the lakes and backwaters the whole length of the river are producing a lot of tiny panfish, but quality fish are hard to find. There are a few quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge with fish to three pounds but the bite is pretty tough. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow to fair in the main river, and deadly slow in the backwaters. A few fish to 20 pounds have been reported from the main river. 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. The first trout plants of the season in the Laughlin/Bullhead City stretch of the river went in last week, and another plant went in this week. Good action on spinners and PowerBait for the pan-sized rainbows.

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.

Sep
28

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Catfish stocking season is over. Trout plants won’t begin until November or December at most waterx. At Wohlford, the lake/park is currently closed on weekdays. It will remain open on weekends, and it will re-open for weekday fishing in December with the opening of trout season.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass action is picking up at most waters, with a pretty good bite on reaction baits and plastics. Also still a lot of topwater early in the day. Lower Otay and San Vicente have been the best bets with pretty good action on topwater and reaction baits, but San Vicente, El Capitan, Sutherland, and Hodges also have improved with fair to good action. The bluegill and redear action is also picking up as waters cool, with fair to good action at Otay, Hodges, El Capitan, Murray, and San Vicente. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger. Trout improved at Cuyamaca after a pair of plants (2,700 pounds total) for this past weekend’s Fishing in the Pines Derby kid’s derby.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. None were available this for this past week.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford, Martin Arenas of Escondido caught and released a 14.10-pound bass Saturday on a jigs fished in the cove adjacent to the south shore rockpile. At Hodges, John Taylor, Escondido, landed a 4.67-pound largemouth, the best of 15 bass he caught and released on Senkos. At Lower Otay, Wilbur McDonald, Chula Vista, had five catfish that weighed 45.85 pounds, including one at 22.75 pounds. All were caught on mackerel in Bushlow Cove. At Murray, Josh Hamilton, San Diego, had 10 bluegill to 1.5 pounds on red worms.

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.

Sep
28

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Overall slow to fair action. The bite on catfish and bass are the best bets, but they both have been fair. Only an occasional crappie is being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water (60 feet) 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 and the action slows way down. Young Emma Fagan, Oakview, caught a two-pound bass on a white Bill Dance crankbait — her first bass ever. The catfish have been best on nightcrawlers and cut baits in most of the coves and off points. The bluegill and redear bites are fair but getting light fishing pressure and most of the panfish are small. The trout action has been fair for the very few anglers trolling in 50 to 60 feet of water at the buoy line. Needlefish on lead core have been the ticket. 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. 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 at lot over the past week and there has been some good quality fish in this bite. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, live shad (if you can dip some), and spoons are all getting stripers to 10 pounds when they boil, but the shad, sardines, and blood worms are also working on deeper, metered fish when the fish aren’t up. The largemouths and smallmouths are also up chasing shad morning and evening, and the action has been good in the backs of the coves on reaction baits. Jay Poore, Castaic, had a four-pound largemouth this week. The bluegill bite remains good in both the upper and lower lakes with the fish stacked up on shallow, flooded brush. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound and meal worms and wax worms. 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: The striper bite was a little off this week, but still fair with some good boils in the mornings and topwater baits the best bet, but some bait fish later in the day. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good mornings on shad-pattern lures and plastics. A lot of fish are up chasing baitfish in the morning, and them move deeper during the day. Anthony Casarres, Valencia, had five largemouth to 3.5 pounds fishing topwater baits. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish mostly in 20 to 50 feet now, and sardines, mackeral, and nightcrawlers are best. 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.

Sep
28

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.

Sep
28

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/.

Sep
28

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair and improving. The bass are steady with fair to good action on topwater, cranks, swimbaits, and drop-shot plastics. While most are smaller right now, a few fish have been up into the five and six-pound range. The bluegill are running up to a pound, and they have been best on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and other small baits. 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, but there were 30 and 31-pound catfish caught this week. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. Striped bass have been slow to fair with a few are showing for fly-trollers and on swimbaits. 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: Improving fishing with the cooler weather. The panfish action has improved with fair to good fishing this week on the bluegill with a few redear mixed in. The bluegill bite has been the best on the outside edges of the weed beds, especially off the island, lots 11 and 12, Sail Cove, and off the docks. Red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits. No big panfish this week, but lots of pan-sized fish. John Meyers, Hemet, had six bluegill to 10 ounces on meal worms and crickets off the dock. The bass are fair and improving, mostly showing on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater, with most 1-0 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. Ken Bishop, Menifee, had a 17-pound carp on a worm near the dam. 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 continued good on cut baits along Catfish Alley and at Ramp No. 2. Lots of nice pan-sized fish from two to four pounds, and fish over eight pounds reported each week. The final county catfish plant of the season was set for Friday this week. Top cat reported this week was a13.2-pounder landed by Moose Sanchez, Menifee, on mackerel at the spillway. Jennifer Smalls, Compton, landed six catfish to 10.5 pounds on anchovies from the east end. Al Santiago Jr., Temecula, had a 10-pound cat near Ramp No. 2 on anchovies. The largemouth bite has been fair with most of the fish on plastics and some on topwater. The stripers remain mostly slow but a few are showing at the inlet or off mid-lake points on sardines or chicken liver. The bluegill bite is slow, except for a fiaqr bite on small 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.

Sep
28

HIGH DESERT LAKES

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

JESS RANCH LAKES: Cooler temperatures are finally improving the trout bite. Overall, the action is still slow to fair withy mornings the best time to fish. A few more trout around two pounds are showing on PowerBait in salmon peach, garlic, and spring green. Nightcrawlers or small trout jigs and plastics are also working. The bass bite has been slow to fair with fish to four pounds reported, and the bluegill action is fair and a few catfish are also being landed. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The last county catfish plant of the season was last week. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Sep
28

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: The last county catfish plant of the season was last week. 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: The last county catfish plant of the season was last week. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: The last county catfish plant of the season was last week. Information: 909-887-7540.