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Nov
16

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top picks are Big Bear Lake and Santa Ana River Lakes, but some fish are still showing at Apollo Park Lake after its big derby two weeks ago and another plant is slated for later this month, probably next week. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca, Santee Lake (first plant last week), and Dixon (first plant this week) are all decent bets.

BLACK BASS: The action is finally slowing at many waters, but it is still darn good other places with the fish still up chasing baitfish most mornings. Top bets continue to be Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, Lower Otay, and Diamond Valley, but all have slowed from last week. 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 to good most places this past week. Castaic is the best bet with more quality fish than the other waters and good action, but Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood have all been fair. Lots of small fish at the last three. The best news is that Diamond Valley is finally turning on with fish 17-plus pounds this week and generally pretty fair action. The best way to fish at all the lakes is to use topwater or jerk baits in boils or trolled shad-like lures or flies, but this bite is starting to wane. If the fish go deep, lug and blood worms are the best bait. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good and getter better by the day. Both are cranking out some fish over 10 pounds, but most two to six pounds. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair but slowing all over the region. Perris remains a fair bet, with Lower Otay, El Capitan, Lake Murry, and Diamond Valley Lake a notch below. Lake Havasu, and Topoc Gorge on the Colorado River continue to produce a few redear.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region but getting light pressure. The California aqueduct near Taft really turned back on this past week with fish to 20 pounds reported. Fall is trophy catfish time and some big fish are showing across the region. Skinner cranked out another 10-plus, and Pyramid is also pretty fair. The lower Colorado River has excellent conditions but almost no pressure for channel and flathead catfish. Of the planted lakes, Santa Ana River is still a fair bet and Hesperia Lake is producing some limits with weekly plants still going in.

Nov
16

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Castaic Lake’s bass bite — stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth — stays the top pick again this week but the overall action is a little slower than it has been the past couple of weeks — still good, but not as good. This is surface or near-surface action as all three species chase baitfish. The better stripers are five to 10 pounds, while most of the black bass are in the two to three-pound range. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at Castaic by calling 661-775-6232 or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

2. There are generally very good fall catfish bites at most Southern California reservoirs that get little attention from only a handful of local anglers. Lake Skinner continues to shine with more fish topping the 10-pound mark again this week. These bites are best on big hunks of cut baits. For an update on the Skinner bite, check with the marina at 951-926-8515.

3. Diamond Valley Lake’s trout bite moves into the top picks this week after a plant on Thursday of 4,000 pounds. There are always some big Mt. Lassen rainbows in the DVL plants, and the action on small trout plastics and jigs, inflated nightcrawlers (with garlic), and PowerBait has been pretty good for boat and shore anglers. For an update on the action, call the marina at at 951-926-7201.

Nov
16

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Nov. 12-18):

INYO: Owens River (below Tinnemaha and Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Nov. 19-25):

TULARE: Success Reservoir.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Pine Flat Reservoir.

The following waters were planted last week (Nov. 5-11):

INYO: Diaz Lake.

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.

Nov
16

CENTRAL COAST

The bass bite is fair at all four lakes. At Santa Margarita, the bass have been very good on plastics and reaction baits, with some topwater, and fish to three pounds. The bluegill and crappie bites are also both good on Crappie Nibbles and jigs or worms with some quality slabs. Lopez Lake has a very good bite on bluegill and nearly as good action on crappie. There is also a fair bite on bass on plastics and reaction baits with some still on topwater. 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.

Nov
16

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to be pretty fair around much of the lake from French Gulch around and into the South Fork arm. Frozen shad, minnows, clams, jumbo meal worms in scent, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. The cats are mostly two to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite has improved with decent action on small fish for anglers tossing plastics in shallow water. No reports on other species. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been slow to fair. Just an occasional holdover planted trout on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. No trout plants for over a month. The lower Kern has a slow trout bite with a few holdovers, but a few more smallmouths and largemouths are showing on small plastics. Most are small. Also still the odd catfish showing up. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Improving action across the board. The striper bite remains fair to good, mostly on sardines and blood worms. A few showing on topwater, Gitzits, Rat-L-Traps, Whopper Ploppers, and Ima Little Stick. Most stripers remain small. Catfish have also turned back on with fair to good action on cut baits, especially sardines, and dip baits. Otoniel Castaneda, Bakersfield, landed a 20-pound catfish on liver. 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 or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Fair 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.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a 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 action on bluegill, and meal worms, wax worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ëgills. Few other reports except for the odd carp and catfish.

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

BRITE LAKE: No DFW plants reported, but a few trout up to two pounds have been caught in the past week.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The 2017 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 6 a.m. at Evans Lake. The lake will be planted with 2,000-pound of trout for the event, including trophy fish. Entry fee is $20 per adult (14 and over) and $10 for kids 13 and under). The county’s trout season kicks off Tuesday next week and trout will be planted Monday or Tuesday. The county will be planting more trout for this season, and plants will be made nine times instead of five times, like last season. There has continued to be light fishing pressure over the past week, but there have been a few small catfish reported on shad or cut baits. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few are still showing on crickets, wax worms, and meal worms. Carp are slow to fair on cut baits and dip bait, especially on Wussy Bait. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: This lake remains one of the top spots in the region for bass, but the pressure on the lake has been pretty intense, with mostly smaller fish showing on reaction baits and plastics. There epic bluegill bite has finally slowed, with only a few hand-sized fish showing now on wax worms and meal worms. Still a decent carp bite on dip baits, especially Powder Bait or Wussy Bait, with some quality carp in this action. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.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.

Nov
16

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing came to an end Wednesday, Nov. 15. Only the year-around waters with special regulations remain open. For information on the regulations, anglers should check the Department of Fish and Wildlife website’s regulations pages. 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 as the season winds down. The best bites are listed by region.

In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, and Lower Twin Lake fished well right through the end of the trout season this week. Other waters in the region were slow to fair as the nights became colder. The East Walker, which remains open with its special regulations, has been fair to good for streamer anglers but the nymph bite is also still pretty fair. Fish to four pounds reported.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams closed this week, and the action the final week was fair at best most places.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake was a good bet right through the end of the seasons for fly anglers fishing small perch fry patterns and leeches. Convict Lake was also good, with quality fish continuing to show from recent plants. The Upper Owens River above Crowley Lake remains open with special regulations, but it has been slow to fair with no major run of fall-winter fish up out of Crowley yet.

In the Bishop region, the lower Owens River, including the gorge below Crowley Lake, remains open to year-around fishing. Pleasant Valley Reservoir also remains open. The lower Owens River remains high with flows over 500 cfs and still difficult to fish.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Convict Lake, Alan Jobbes, Simi Valley, landed a 5-12 rainbow off the north shore on PowerBait.

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

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.

Nov
16

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow with no recent reports of any fish caught. 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).

Nov
16

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: Not a lot of change in the action, and fishing pressure remains relatively light. Fair to good action for most species, and the striper action is really picking up as weather cools. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty good most mornings in the south ends of both lakes with a lot of fish from five to seven pounds, and there are a lot of small stripers (under three pounds) showing in the main river from Davis Dam to Topoc Gorge. There are pretty good bites for largemouth and smallmouth all along the river, but Topoc Marsh and the lower river backwaters are really turning on. The bass are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. The bluegill and redear bites are improving with a pretty fair bite. Lots of smaller fish, but some decent fish showing from deeper water on live bait. The best spots for quality redear are in Havasu and Topoc Gorge with fish to three pounds. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow to fair in the main river. The channel catfish bite is also good in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. The trout plants are regular again in the Laughlin/Bullhead City stretch of the river and the bite is pretty good on spinners, PowerBait, and anchovy pieces for the pan-sized rainbows. Allen and Tina Jordan, Bullhead City, had five-fish limits of rainbow trout, all around a pounds, fishing meal worms. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good and a few stripers to 10 pounds reported.

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.

Nov
16

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Trout plant season is starting to move into full swing. Santee Lakes trout season kicked off last week with a plant of 2,500 pounds of rainbows. Dixon Lake’s trout season kicked off Wednesday this week with the first plant of the season. The annual Dixon derby will run from Dec. 1-3 (Friday through Sunday) with a trophy fish plant just before the event. The lake will be closed No. 29-30 before the event. Cuyamaca received two plants in September and one in October. These are the last plants until late November, when twice-monthly private plants start, along with plants of DFW fish. At Wohlford, the lake/park is currently closed on weekdays, but it will reopen to fishing seven days a week beginning Dec. 9 following its first trout plant. Hodges, Barrett and Sutherland are closed for the season. El Capitan’s boat rental is closed for the season. ëCap and San Vicente are on their winter schedules.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass action is finally starting to ebb a little as the nights and water temperatures cool, but overall the bite is still pretty good with a lot of fish still up on the surface chasing baitfish. The best action continues to be on reaction baits, topwater, and plastics. El Capitan, San Vicente, and Lower Otay are the best bets. Lots of small fish at all the lakes right now. The bluegill and redear action is also slowing with just fair action at Otay, Murray, and San Vicente. Most are hand-sized, weighing less than a half-pound, but some bigger to a pound or better. The fish mostly seem to be in 15 to 30 feet of water at all the lakes. Trout fishing is getting better by the day at Cuyamaca with the Lone Pine Tree the spot for pan-sized trout, and plants last week at Santee Lakes made the bite there pretty good.

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

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Lake Murray, Carl Smith, San Diego, landed an eight-pound largemouth on a swimbait, while Alfonso Gomez, Chula Vista, had seven bluegill to 1.5 pounds on red worms off the fishing pier.

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.

SANTEE LAKES: Lake information: 619-596-3141 or www.santeelakes.com.

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.

Nov
16

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: First trout plant of the season went in last Thursday, a load of 4,000 pounds of rainbows. The bite has been pretty good around the marina and out to the mouth of the cove, but the fish are already starting to spread around the lake. Small lures and floating dough baits have been getting the most rainbows, with fish to three pounds. Other than the trout, mostly slow action. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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: Fair bluegill and redear bite from the fishing piers and all along the shore. The bite has been on small nightcrawler pieces or red worms fished under a bobber near cover. Most are small, however. The bass and catfish bites are also both pretty fair. The bass are moving to deeper water for much of the day and showing on deeply-fished plastics and nightcrawlers. Still a few fish up on the surface on reaction baits early and late in the day. That bite is declining, however. No other reports. No recent DFW trout plants, but plants should be starting soon. 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 stripers and largemouth bass continue to be very good with a lot of boiling fish in the backs of coves. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, and spoons are all getting stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth as they chase shad morning and evening. Most of the black bass are two to three pounds and the stripers are mostly two to five pounds or better. The bluegill and catfish bites are both slow. Trout are slow, but the marina staff expects DFW fish this week — but they expected fish last week, too. The lake isn’t on the DFW plant list for this week and also wasn’t for last week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Continued slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. There has been a topwater bite early and late in the day with the bass up chasing baitfish. 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 six to 20 feet of water on wax worms, meal 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 has remained good this week fish reported on Flukes and other small swimbaits or jerkbaits that resemble shad. There is also pretty fair action for stripers and catfish on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. Eric Rosland, Simi Valley, had eight stripers to 2.5 pounds. The catfish bite has also been fair to good with some nice stringers of fish being caught on chicken liver or anchovies. Chad Presack, Thousand Oaks, had five cats to five pounds in the main channel on chicken liver. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed way down, but a few are showing on shad-pattern lures in the mornings and plastics later in the day. Bluegill and redear are slow. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. The marina staff says they are scheduled again for this week, but there is no plant on the DFW list. 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.

JACKSON LAKE: First trout plant of the year went in two weeks ago and there are still a few rainbows being caught. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: There will be a free Youth Fishing Derby this Saturday at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach. Fishing gear will be provided for kids 15 and under. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. with the derby running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be raffle for the kids after the derby. For more information, call El Dorado Regional Park at 562-570-1771. 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.

Nov
16

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good trout action after the season’s first plant last week. Plants are every Thursday. There will be a bonus plant Thanksgiving week of 15-plus pound rainbows. The lake will be closed on Thursday’s for trout planting. 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. No information on trout season available yet. 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/.

Nov
16

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few reports. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

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

Nov
16

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The first trout plant of the season was slated to go in Thursday this week — a stock of 4,000 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows. The striped bass bite continues to improve for anglers trolling flies or other shad-like lures and casting swimbaits, and the trout plant should bring up some big fish. The stripers have been showing at the inlet-outlet tower and along the west dam. The marina will be giving away a free annual pass for the biggest striped bass weighed in at the marina in November. The leader in this little competition is a 17.26-pound striper landed by Ly Thuy. The bluegill and largemouth bites are both fair, but slowing. The largemouth bass are steady still showing cranks and swimbaits morings, but on drop-shot plastics in deeper water the rest of the day. 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 with little pressures. Best bite on nightcrawlers, anchovies, and mackerel along the dam and in most coves. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The bite slowed for the second week in a row with mostly slow action on the bass, bluegill, and redear, and even worse action on other species. There is a slow to fair bite on small bass off the backside of the island and around the marina, mostly on plastics and nightcrawlers. Kenneth Thompson, Hemet, caught a four-pound bass off the marina dock on a nightcrawler. The redear and bluegill have become very spotty off the marina dock and the backside of the island, the Tire Reef, and at the dam. No catfish, carp, or striper reports this week, and there is no word on when trout plants will start from DFW. 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 first trout plant of the season was Nov. 8 and the next plant will be Nov. 22. The bite for the rainbows was fair over the weekend, but has slowed since as the fish get caught and disperse. The catfish bite is still the highlight of the fishing here, with fair to good this past week at the dam/inlet area, Catfish Alley, and around both launch ramps. Best baits continue to be cut baits (chicken liver, sardines, anchovies). Frank Gomez, Temecula, had an 11.7-pound catfish from Catfish Alley on chicken liver and anchovies. The striper bite has been fair with a decent bite in the morning and late afternoon at the dam and along the north shore. Still some topwater, but most fish showing on cut baits or shad. The largemouth bite remains fair on plastics, cranks, and some on topwater, especially in the Ramp No. 1 area and along the north shore. An eight-pound largemouth was caught by Andrew Martinez, Oceanside, on a nightcrawler off the north shore. The bluegill bite is slow with only a few fish showing along the north 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: First trout plant of the season was this past week, and trout to three pounds have been caught, including a $50-tagged fish. Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Nov
16

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: The last county catfish plant of the season was Sept. 21. No start date yet for trout season. 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 Sept. 21. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: The last county catfish plant of the season was Sept. 21. No start date yet for trout season. Information: 909-887-7540.

Nov
16

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: Sergio Gonzales, Sylmar, won the 2017 Fall Classic Fishing Derby held two weekends ago with a six-pound, nine-ounce rainbow. Ed Moehle Jr, Palmdale, was second with a 5-14, while Leovigildo Onofre, San Fernando, was third with a 5-1. The remaining seven spots in the top 10 all were trout from 1-8 to 1-14. There were 318 participants and 57 fish were weighed in. The lake was planted with both DFW trout and 1,500 pounds of Calaveras hatchery fish, including 500 pounds of trophy rainbows to 16 pounds for this event. The lake is one a twice-monthly planting scheduled for this season. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The fishing season is currently closed. Fishing season reopens Feb. 3, and the lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of rainbow trout this coming fishing season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The stripers continue to boil on shad, and there has been fair to good action for both stripers and catfish. Most anglers are throwing shad, fresh-dead or alive, and shad-like lures and swimbaits tossed to the boils. The bluegill bite is also still pretty fair near the reeds on nightcrawlers under a bobber. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.