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Archive for February, 2018

Feb
22

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The Pyramid Lake stripers bite has been pretty good, even if most of the fish are in the two-pound range or less. The bite has mostly been on cut anchovies or sardines, but lugworms are as good or better. The bait is drifted in 20-feet or water or more. For an update on this bite, call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

2. Cachuma Lake received its second 4,000-pound trout plant of the season last Thursday, and the rainbow action has been pretty good since throughout Cachuma Bay. Most of the fish are showing for trollers fishing small spoons or bait anglers (bank or boat) using PowerBait or Mice Taisls. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 805-688-4040.

3. The Lake Skinner striper bite is staying in the top spots yet another week because its striper bite has remained solid with fish to five pounds reported in the past week. The best bite has continued to be on live shad, but some nice fish are also showing on frozen sardines. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at 951-926-8515.

Feb
22

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing across Southern California urban lakes getting private plants. Top picks for this week are Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster in the High Desert. In San Diego county, Dixon Lake, Wohlford, and Jennings are the top bets. Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County is always a good bet. The San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado) are getting weekly plants and have been fair to good. Silverwood was planted with brown trout again two weeks ago and produced fish to two pounds. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good. Limits of one-pound class fish have been pretty common. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is perhaps the best bet in the southern half of the state for catch-and-release fishing as the big rainbows run up out of Crowley. Big Bear Lake also has a pretty darn good winter bite for bank anglers again this week, but it has been very cool with temperatures below freezing.

BLACK BASS: The action is perking up as we move toward spawning season. Many fish are already moving up into the shallows thinking of the spawn. The best bites remain on drop-shot plastics during the middle part of most days. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Diamond Valley. On the Colorado River, the bites are starting to pick back after a weather cool down this week. Top bet is the lower river backwaters with the low water forcing the fish out of the tules. Havasu and Mohave are also improving. Smallmouth have been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has remained about the same with slow to fair bites most places. The best bites overall are Skinner and Castaic, with Skinner an especially hot bet if you can dip live shad. Pyramid, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley are all slower. Best bets are still swimbaits, trolled flies, umbrella rigs, jigging spoons, and — of course ñ the usual array of baits, especially lug and blood worms. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on lug worms and Gitzits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with fish up and chasing shad many days and showing on rip and jerk baits, but most are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge, but some to 10-plus pounds. This stretch of the river is getting weekly trout plants and the big stripers are taking advantage of the feed.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are slow across the board now. Crappie bites worth noting are at Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, which has been pretty fair. A few fish have also been reported from Casitas, Silverwood, and Cachuma. There is also a good bite at Lopez Lake on the Central Coast with some limits (25 fish) reported.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites are slow across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, El Capitan, San Vicente, the California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself. The lower Colorado River has a few channels being reported, but there is very light fishing pressure. No flatheads reported.

Feb
22

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Feb. 18-24):

ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Centennial Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Creer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Laguna Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Cahuilla Park Lake.

INYO: Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

KERN: Hart Park Lake, Kern River (section 2), Ming Lake, Truxton Lake.

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Mooney Grove Park Lake.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Shaver Lake, Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Feb. 25-March 3):

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Tuttle Creek.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).

The following waters were planted last week (Feb. 11-17):

LOS ANGELES: Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park lake, Hansen Dam Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Santa Fe Reservoir.

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5), Lake Isabella, River Walk Park.

TULARE: Kern River (section 5).

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

Feb
22

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The 2,000-pound plant of brown trout two weeks ago has continued to produce some nice fish to two pounds. Most are showing on small spoons and spinners in Cleghorn the marina rocks. Kevin Conn, Hesperia, had five browns that totaled 7.5 pounds, and his best was a two pounder. The striper bite has been fair in Cleghorn, off the docks, and out near the dam. Most are under three pounds and being caught on nightcrawlers or anchovies. A few crappie have been reported on jigs from the main channel. Catfish and largemouth both slow. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout bite has remained pretty fair with some nice quality holdover rainbows up to five-plus pounds in the catch, in spite of snow flurries early this week. The top areas are along the north shore from Windy Point to the dam, and from Lagonita Point to Fisher Road on the south shoreline. There has also been very consistent action at Juniper Point. The best bite has been on PowerBait in garlic, corn, and salmon egg flavors fished on the bottom with on 12 to 24-inch leader on a slip-sinker rig and light line. The water clarity is excellent, so the light line helps. No reports of other species. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: The lake was planted with 2,000 pounds of rainbows Jan. 26. No reports. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The boat rentals and the restrooms are closed. Last trout plant was Oct. 11. No reports on news on opening day yet. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake has not been planted in over a month, and the parking lot is still closed. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana also have not been planted recently. For information, call the Mill Creek Visitor Center Tuesday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) at 909-382-2882 or the San Bernardino National Forest main office line at 909-382-2600.

Feb
22

HIGH DESERT WATERS VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: Weekly trout plants are 1,000 pounds per week and coming from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms this season. Most of the fish are in the one to two-pound range. Most are showing on PowerBait off the north shore, but small trout jigs are as good. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite was slow to fair on both lakes this past week. Action best on PowerBait in rainbow, hatchery pellet and salmon peach, nightcrawlers, and small trout lures and jigs. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 and the eastern logged shore and grassy point of lake 3. No bass, bluegill, or catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite has been fair with some anglers reporting two to four trout, but few limits. While few anglers are fishing catfish, there is a fair bite on fish to five pounds on stink baits. There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week, and most of the trout are between one and 2 1/2-pounds. Emilio Norma, Hesperia, had four trout to 2-8 on garlic Power Eggs. No recent DFW plants. The annual Trout Derby will be Saturday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per person plus $10 vehicle entry. Over $1,000 in cash and prizes awarded to top 25 weighing Trout. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Feb
22

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The lake was stocked Wednesday last week and the bite had been very good since. The bite has been best on pink or bubble gum Mice Tails in the XXX garlic blood bait or some other garlic additive. The front lake has been fair, but the best action has been on the back lake. Most of the trout are one to three pounds, but fish to five pounds have been reported this past week. County plants are 1,500 pounds each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds, and plants are twice a month. The Apollo Lake Derby will be March 3 this year. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Continued very slow fishing with no recent trout plants. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: Some anglers are still posting very good trout scores in spite of the very cold weather this week, but the bite has been finicky. Fishing garlic and green pumpkin PowerBait off the docks has been the best bet, especially with garlic additives. Boat anglers not doing as well. The lake was planted with 6,000 pounds of rainbows last week. There was 22,000 pounds of trout planted before the opener three weeks ago, including 500 pounds of Lightning Trout, and there will one more 6,000-pound trout plant later this month. In March and April, there will be weekly 3,000-pound plants, with a total of 70,000 pound scheduled to be planted this season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: Very cold and windy this week, but even the die-hard regulars found very tough fishing with very few catfish and no stripers reported. The best catfish bite has been at the outlet for anglers fishing big, baseball-sized chunks of mackerel. No largemouth or panfsh reported. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The cold weather this week really slowed down the bite with the best action on the east end of the aqueduct in the deeper spots (sand traps). The few catfish caught were reported on chicken liver and mussels, and they were in the three- to six-pound range. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Feb
22

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: The trout action has been fair to good, especially the day or two following county plants. There has also been a fair catfish bite with some nice cats reported this past week. The best fish was a five-pounder landed by Emanuel Antonio, Guatemala, on shrimp. Calvin Butler, Rancho Cucamonga, caught a four-pound catfish on mackerel. County trout plants are 780 pounds per week. DFW trout plant went in four weeks ago. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County trout plants are weekly with 780 pounds per stocking. DFW trout went in three weeks ago. Mike Smith, Chino, landed a two-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler east of the boat dock. The next adult trout derby in the series at the San Bernardino County Parks will be here this Saturday, Feb. 24. There is a $12 entry fee. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: The trout bite has been fair to good this past week. Mike Covel, Yucaipa, landed a 7-10 rainbow on an orange and white MiceTail from the lower lake. County trout plants are 780 pounds per week and split between two of the lakes. There is work ongoing at the middle lake, so plants will be at the upper and lower lakes for the next few plants. A DFW plant went in four weeks ago. There will be a Kid’s Trout Fishing Derby this Saturday (Feb. 10) for children 7 to 15. Entry fee is $5 per child. Advance registration required. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: The trout bite has been fair to good, especially right after the weekly county plant. County plants are 780 pounds per week, and there have been no DFW plants in over a month. Both the big and small lakes have been producing fish. Information: 909-887-7540.

Feb
22

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in last, and the bite has been pretty good in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working with fish to six pounds reported so far. The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure, and the largemouth bass bite is really starting to take off. Most are showing on plastics, but big swimbaits also getting fish. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing for fly-trollers or anglers tossing big swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow. 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: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing best off the dam and the backside of the island on plastics in 20 to 45 feet of water. But fish are also already starting to nose around in shallower water on warm days. The bluegill are also finally starting to pick up a little off the marina docks, with a one-pounder landed by Juan Cedeno, Riverside, on a jig, and a three-quarter pounder caught by Mike Johnson, Perris, on a cricket. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising, and it is expected to be at the new full pool level by summer. 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 striper bite has stayed fair to good over the past week with the anglers able to dip live shad really hammering the fish, but the bite on frozen sardines is nearly as good. Top spots have been at the inlet and the shoreline areas adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Freddy Ramirez, Winchester, had a pair of stripers, including one at five pounds. The largemouth action lulled again with the cooler weather, but has begun to pick up. Samantha Bridges, Murrieta, landed a 6.4-pound bass on a nightcrawler in the cove across from the marina. Trout were planted last Wednesday, and the bite has been fair around the launch ramp with a few fish to four pounds reported. Chartreuse or garlic PowerBait have been the best bets. A few catfish were reported this week, but the bite is still pretty slow. Bluegill also slow. 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.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Feb
22

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.

Feb
22

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good trout action continues. Most trout around a pound, but some bigger fish to eight pounds reported. The lake is 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: Trout season is ongoing. There was a plant two weeks ago, and there are 1,000-pound plants scheduled for this week, Feb 19, and Mar. 5. 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/.

Feb
22

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There was a 4,000-pound trout plant last Thursday, and the bite has been pretty good since with the fish showing from shore or for shallow-trollers in Cachuma Bay. The rainbows are running up to four pounds. Other species are still slow to fair, with a few bass and crappie showing, including a trio of three-pound class crappie. The bass are best on plastics and small spinnerbaits. 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: There has been a fair bass bite on plastics and nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water. Anglers dipping live shad have been able to get a few nice crappie to two pounds, especially near the green dock. John Harwood and Jason Christman won this past Saturday’s RTF Bass Tour with a five-fish catch that weighed 18.06 pounds. Ten of the 30 teams had five-fish limits, and the biggest bass was a 5.22-pounder. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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 striper bite remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or ice jigs in 20-feet plus of water. The largemouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in 20 to 45 feet of water on small plastics and jigging spoons. Michael Bottoni, Santa Clarita, had a five-pound largemouth on a plastic. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago. Few reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. 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 been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms, anchovies or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on shad-like swim baits. Ohan Manokian, Los Angeles, had six stripers to two pounds on sardines. The largemouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water, and a few smallmouth are also showing in this bite. The trout bite has slowed with only an occasional fish showing, and the most recent DFW plants was four weeks ago. Joseph Szanto, Woodland Hills, had a pair of one-pound rainbows. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver or mackerel. Nacho Lopez, Somis, had a seven-pound cat to top off his three-fish stringer, all on mackerel. Bluegill and redear are slow. 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 county 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.

Feb
22

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout this week and last week, and there will be additional 1,500-pound plants March 7, 21, and 28. There will be a 4,000-pound plant April 18, and the final plant of the season will be 500 pounds on April 20.

Lake Jennings was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows this week and two weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds the weeks of Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lake was planted this week and three weeks ago, and it will receive additional trout plants Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18. There are free trout fishing seminars March 11 and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.

At Lake Wohlford, there was a 1,500-pound plants this week, along with plants the same size last week and two weeks ago.

Santee Lakes was planted with 1,000-pounds of trout last week, and an aditional 1,000-pound plant is scheduled for March 10.

Lake Cuyamaca received a 1,500-pound plant last week, and it is slated to get more fish Mar. 13, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went in three weeks ago.

At the San Diego City Lakes, 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.

DFW trout plants went in two weeks at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray.

FISHING UPDATE: The trout bite has been fair to good at most of the lakes getting regular stocks now. The bite is best the two to three days after the plants, but all the lakes have had enough plants that there is a pretty good stockpile of fish that keeps the bite pretty fair. The usual array of floating dough baits, Mice Tails, and small trout jigs are the best bets. Dixon Lake was been particularly good, but Wohlford and Cuyamaca have also been good. Poway, Jennings, and Santee Lakes have been fair to good.

The bass bite slowly improving, and this week’s cold front has not helped. Still, the action is perking at most of the low-elevation waters across the county. A few fish are already nosing up into shallower, sun-warmed water in very early pre-spawn movements of fish. There also continues to be fair to good action with big swimbaits on bigger fish up chasing trout. Overall, most of the action is on drop-shot plastics or live bait (where legal), especially shiners. Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Murray have all been fair with the Otay bite really starting to take off.

The bluegill and redear action has slowed way down with almost no reports over the past week, but the crappie action is really starting to take off at Lower Otay and a few fish are showing at Murray.

The catfish are getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. Not available this week.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, Jeff Green, El Cajon, landed a 17-pound blue catfish on a chunk of mackerel in the Kimball Arm.

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.

Feb
22

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

TOP NEWS: The fishing pressure remains relatively light and water levels are low, especially in the lower river. Slow to fair action for most species, and the cool weather didn’t help this week. The best bite is still for the rainbow trout in the Bullhead City stretch of the river thanks to weekly trout plants. The bite has been good at the two stocking locations — the Community Park and Davis Camp. Rotary Park will not be getting trout plants for a couple of months, but it and the casino stretch are producing quite a few fish. The 1,700-fish plants are alternated between each spot each week. Most of the fish are running a pound or better and PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and small spinners are all getting the rainbows. In this same stretch of river a few stripers are showing, and most are one to three pounds and being caught on anchovies. 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. The next best bite has been for largemouths in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The water levels are so low, the fish are out of the shoreline tules and staging in the main channels along weed beds, and there has been a good bite on spinnerbaits or small swimbaits. Lots of two to three pound largemouth with some topping six pounds at Walter’s Camp. In Havasu and Mohave, the bite on stripers is pretty decent most mornings in the south ends of both lakes with a lot of fish from five to seven pounds. Some are even showing on or near the top up chasing gizzard shad. There are a lot of small stripers (under three pounds) showing in the main river from Davis Dam to Topoc Gorge. Bluegill have been very tough lately all along the river, and very few redear are showing in Havasu. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow in the main river. The channel catfish bite is also slow in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs and backwaters.

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.

Feb
22

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still very slow with no recent reports of any fish caught. Water temps are still too low for any tilapia action. 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).

Feb
22

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing came to an end 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.

NEWS UPDATE: There was a fire along the lower Owens River from Pleasant Valley Campground downstream for several miles miles. No homes in Bishop were burned. All of the vegetation along the stream was burned.

TOP FISHING NEWS: In the Bridgeport region, the East and West Walker rivers remain open year-around to catch-and-release fishing. The East Walker has been pretty decent with flows at a very low 29 cfs Wednesday this week, and the bite has been fair with three to 10 fish days pretty common with a better mix of rainbows and browns in recent days. Small nymphs or streamers are still getting the most fish, and the trout are running from 12 to 16 inches on the norm with some bigger fish up into the mid-20-inch range. The West Walker has been tough, but a few fish are showing, both browns and rainbows. In the Mammoth region, Hot Creek and the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing remain open, and the winter bite on big rainbows (moving up out of Crowley) is still good, but it has been a little tougher over the past week. The fish are still mostly in the Hot Fingers stretch of the river and rainbows to 24-inches have been reported. Hot Creek is fair with caddis and midge hatches most days but tough fishing. In the Bishop region, the lower Owens River, including the gorge below Crowley Lake, remains open to year-around fishing, and the flows came back up to 100-plus cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir, which is a very good fishing flow. The action has improved on small nymphs and midges, but fire has restricted access this week.

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

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP 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.