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Feb
01

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. They call it the Mardi Gras of fishing in the Antelope Valley, and that is the opening at Lake Palmdale, a membership-only fishing lake. The line is already forming for Saturday’s opener. The lake has already stocked with three loads of trout, including Lightning Trout (500 pounds), with a total of 22,000 pounds stocked so far. The lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of trout total this fishing season. For membership or fishing information, call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

2. The Lake Skinner striper bite is staying in the top spot because its striper bite has remained solid with fish to 20 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.

3. The upper Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada stays in the top spots because of the good action on big rainbows running up out of Crowley Lake into the warmer water in the Owens in the Hot Fingers stretch. There has been a little lull during the full moon, but this is still a good bet for catch-and-release action on trout from two to four pounds. For an update on this bite, check with The Troutfitter in Mammoth at 760-934-2517, Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop in Bishop at 760-873-0010.

Feb
01

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing across Southern California urban lakes getting private plants. Top picks for this week are Lake Palmdale (a members-only lake in Palmdale) and Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster (stocked this week) 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 good. Other waters good in San Diego County included Cuyamaca and Santee Lakes. A sleeper pick, better than many local urban waters, is the trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City. 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.

BLACK BASS: The action is slow to fair most places. The best bites are now 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 with the continued warm weather. 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 was generally just fair this past week. 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 frozen sardines and Gitzits, and it cranked out a 20-plus pounder. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair. 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. However, there have been some very good reports of quality bluegill from the California Aqueduct in the Antelope Valley. Few other reports. Crappie bites worth noting are at Brite Lake in Tehachapi, and Truxton and Ming lakes in Bakersfield. But those bites are far from wide open.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have slowed way down 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, Quail Lake itself, Lower Otay, Pyramid, and Isabella. The lower Colorado River has also slowed way down as water levels drop, but there is very light fishing pressure.

Feb
01

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Jan. 28-Feb 3):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Rancho Simi Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray.

KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, River Walk Lake.

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Feb. 4-10):

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

KERN: Hart Park Lake, Kern River (sections 1 and 2), Ming Lake, Truxtun Lake.

The following waters were planted last week (Jan. 21-27):

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Hansen Dam Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Pyramid Lake, Reseda Park Lake, Sante Fe Reservoir.

RIVERSIDE: Rancho Jurupa Park Pond.

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

KERN: River Walk Park Lake, Truxton Lake.

TULARE: Mooney Grove Park Pond.

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

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.

Feb
01

CENTRAL COAST

The bass bite is slow to fair at all four lakes. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action has stayed pretty fair on plastics and small swimbaits. This is probably the best action on the Central Coast right now. At Santa Margarita, the bass have been very slow, and no panfish have been reported this past week with very light pressure. Lopez Lake has a few bass showing, but the crappie and bluegill bites have slowed. The better bite has been in 20-plus feet of water. No reports from San Antonio.

Feb
01

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure continues, and even those fishing are reporting a very slow bite. Even the trout have slowed way down since the plant three weeks ago at the auxiliary dam. No reports on crappie this week, even in the French Gulch Marina area where a few had been showing on small minnows. The catfish bite has been very slow with a rare fish being caught on clams or shrimp. The bass bite is very slow. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. 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 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been fair thanks to DFW plants three and five weeks ago. More DFW fish are slated to go in next week. James Ford, Bakersfield, landed a 10-pound hook-jawed, humped-back rainbow trout this past weekend from the upper river fishing a marshmallow-cricket combo. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are still seeing slow action. The best bet is slow-stripped or swinging streamers. The lower Kern is slow to fair for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair but getting little pressure. The best is best has been live minnows, with a few on blood worms and Gitzits. Ashley Walker, Bakersfield, caught a 25-pound striper on anchovies this past week. Catfish remain very slow. 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 661-679-6351 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: DFW trout plants this week and last week. The bite is good the first two or three days after the plant, but this lake gets fished down quickly. The best action on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow.

HART PARK LAKE: Last DFW trout plant was four weeks ago, but a plant is scheduled for next week. Slow action with only a rare trout being caught on PowerBait, MiceTails, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is slow on dough baits. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout have been fair since the plant last week with pretty decent action through the weekend on Sierra Slammer jigs, garlic PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic. There has also been a fair to good crappie bite on small minnows at night. Other species have been slow, except for a few bass.

MING LAKE: There has been a fair crappie bite here this past week, mostly on small jigs or small minnows. Most recent trout plant was three weeks ago, and this bite has slowed way down with only a few showing on
PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. Also a few bass showing on plastics or nightcrawlers.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant this week has kept the trout action fair to good, and a decent number of crappie continue to show. The trout action has been best on small jigs, Mice Tails and PowerBait, while the crappie on small jigs fished on light line in deeper water or fished in tandem under a bobber in four to six feet of water. Some of the crappie have been 1-8 with few small fish right now. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There was a trout plant late last week and the bite was excellent through Saturday, but slowed way down on Sunday. The best action has been on Mice Tails, PowerBait, and Sierra Slammer Jigs. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. Other species have slowed way down with the cool weather. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is pretty slow with only a few smaller fish showing on plastics in deeper water. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow, but there was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Feb
01

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.

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 140 cfs this week, and the bite has improved with six to 10 fish days pretty common. Most of the fish have been rainbows, and they are showing on small nymphs or streamers. Most are 14 to 15 inches, but some bigger ëbows and a few browns. 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 have dropped to around 75 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir, which is a very good fishing flow. The action has improved on small nymphs and midges.

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.

Feb
01

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
01

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 very low, especially in the lower river. Slow to fair action for most species, but the warm weather of the past week has warmed the water a little in the backwaters, sloughs, and lagoons. 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 is also still producing quite a few fish. The 1,700-fish plants are alternated between each spot each week. The trout plants have also moved some big stripers. Mike Hudson, Bullhead City, landed a 10.06-pound striper on anchovies. Most of the stripers showing are one to three pounds and anchovies have been the best bait, although some of the bigger fish are showing on the big, trout-like swimbaits. 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, and there are a lot of small stripers (under three pounds) showing in the main river from Davis Dam to Topoc Gorge. In Topoc Marsh, Raul Gonzalez, Bullhead City, caught a 6.04-pound striper and a 5.7-pound largemouth bass, both on Rat-L-Traps. 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
01

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Two youth fishing events this weekend.

First, Lake Jennings will be hosting its Kid’s Day event this Saturday, Feb. 3. All kids under 10 get in free for the day and can catch one fish from the fish pond in addition to fishing the regular lake. A hot dog lunch is also free for the kids. The lake will get planted with 1,700 pounds of rainbows this week. It also received 1,500-pound plants two and four weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds the weeks of Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Second, Poway Lake’s 23rd Annual Youth Fish Derby is set for this Saturday, Feb. 3. There are free trout fishing seminars March 11 and April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout. Poway received trout this week and three weeks ago. It will get additional trout plants Feb. 21, Mar. 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18.

Dixon Lake was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows last week and the previous two weeks. There will be additional 1,500-pound plants Feb. 7, 14, 21, 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.

At Lake Wohlford, there were 1,500-pound plants last week and three weeks ago. The next plant is scheduled for next week.

Santee Lakes was planted with trout three weeks ago. Additional 1,000-pound plants are also slated for Feb. 10 and March 10.

Lake Cuyamaca will get a 1,500-pound plant last week and three weeks ago. Future plant will occur Feb. 6, Feb. 15, Mar. 13, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant was scheduled for this week.

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 were scheduled to go into Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray this week. Those same three lakes were planted with the DFW three weeks ago.

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 action, especially at lakes getting the smaller DFW trout, has really perked for bigger largemouths. The trout-like swimbaits are getting some quality fish. 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 some crappie action has been reported at Murray and Lower Otay.

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. Counts not available for this past week.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, Matt Green, El Cajon, landed 26- and 14-pound blue catfish fishing mackerel in the Barona Arm. Meanwhile, Larry Snow, Eucalyptus Hills, caught a six-pound bass on a topwater lure. At Lower Otay, John Taylor, El Cajon, reported catching and released around 50 bass to 3.85 pounds spooning and drop-shotting purple plastics. At Wohlford, the top trout this past week was a 7-10 caught by
Michael Chang, San Diego, on a Kastmaster. Top bass was a 6-6 landed by Justin Kennedy, Valley Center, in Boat Dock Cove using a plastic worm.

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
01

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Generally slow action here. A few trout continue to show for anglers drifting garlic nightcrawlers or trolling in Sweetwater Bay, Clark’s Cove, and the main part of Cachuma Bay. Other species very slow, with only a few bass showing on plastics and small spinners. 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: A DFW trout plant went this week and three weeks ago, and the bite perked up a little this week around the marina area on small jigs and floating dough baits. There has also been a fair bass bite on plastics and nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water, but few other reports. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are Feb. 10, April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. The dates for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are this Saturday, Feb. 3, and Feb. 17, 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. 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 to good with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or trolled umbrella rigs 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. Jesse Hernandez, Bakersfield, caught and released six largemouth to four pounds on drop-shot plastics. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in three weeks ago, but few fish are showing. 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: There were actually two DFW trout plants last week, and the action has been very good since with some of the fish pushing two pounds. The best action has been adjacent to the launch ramp on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small jigs or spoons. The striper bite has also been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on
lug worms or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on swim baits. The largemouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 10 to 25 feet of water. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver. 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
01

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 the weeks of Feb. 5 and 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
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on stripers and largemouth bass is fair with light fishing pressure. Fly-trolling or big swimbaits have been the way to go for the stripers with the best action at the inlet-outlet tower, around the marina, and along the west dam. The largemouth have been showing on the trolled flies, swimbaits, umbrella rigs, or drop-shot plastics in deeper water. The trout bite has slowed since the 3,500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows three weeks ago, but there is a slow to fair bite in the coves adjacent to the marina for shore anglers, and the action has been best on small jigs, MiceTails, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic. Some fish to five pounds reported and many are solid two pounders. The next plant will be Feb. 13 when another 3,500 pounds of Mt. Lassen rainbows will go in. 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 fishing with light fishing pressure as the lake level comes 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. Phillip Ellison, Moreno Valley, had a four-pound bass on a Roboworm in Lot 11. A few trout from the first of the season over a month ago are still showing at lots 11 and 12 on small spinners or PowerBait. Bluegill and redear are mostly slow with only a few bluegill showing off the marina docks, at the tire reef, and off the backside of the island on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. 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. Top striper was a 20-pounder caught by Jackie Miser, Temecula, near the inlet on a sardine. Dallas Earnest, Chula Vista, had a pair of stripers to 7.4 pounds on live shad in North Bay, while Terry Santiago, Los Angeles, had three stripers to 6.2 pounds on sardines near Ramp No. 2. The largemouth action has been slow to fair on plastics along the north shore, east end, and Launch Ramp No. 1 area. The trout bite has been slow, but there was a 600-pound plant Wednesday this week. 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
01

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: The trout action has been fair to good, especially the day or two following county plants. Also still a few catfish showing. The top bait has been the marshmallow-meal worm combo. County trout plants are 780 pounds per week. DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: County trout plants are weekly with 780 pounds per stocking. DFW trout went in two weeks ago. The next adult trout derby in the series at the San Bernardino County Parks will be here 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. Not a lot of limits, but many anglers posting two or three fish stringers of fish averaging about 1 1/2 pounds. 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 two weeks ago. Danny Domingues, Yucaipa, caught a seven-pound rainbow on garlic PowerBait in the lower lake this past week. There will be a Kid’s Trout Fishing Derby Feb. 10 for children 7 to 15. Entry fee is $5 per child. 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 a DFW plant went in two weeks ago. Both the big and small lakes have been producing fish. Information: 909-887-7540.

Feb
01

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite slowed a little during the full moon this week, but another plant is tentatively slated to go in this week which should turn it back on again. The best trout action has been on on PowerBait in garlic rainbow or nymph. While most are one to two pounds, some bigger fish continue to show. Also still a few brown trout showing on nightcrawlers dipped in garlic or Kastmasters. 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 carp bite is slow with little pressure. 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, although one was rumored to have gone in. An occasional rainbow is still being landed along with a few small bluegill. County plants are supposed to be monthly here but there wasn’t a plant in December and none so far this month. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The countdown to Saturday’s opening day — Antelope Valley’s Mardi Gras of fishing — is nearing a close. The line is forming for the opening of this year’s season. Opening day is expected to produce a lot of rainbow trout limits, along with a lot of quality fish topping four pounds. The bass bite is also expected to be pretty good for anglers fishing plastics and jigs off the main lake points. The lake has been stocked with three loads of trout, including Lightning Trout (500 pounds), with a total of 22,000 pounds stocked so far. The lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of trout total this 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 catfish bite has been hit and miss with some anglers getting a few nice catfish from four to eight pounds, mostly on frozen shad. Other anglers getting skunked. Almost no stripers reported again in the past week, and only an occasional largemouth bass on plastics for the bank-walkers. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): Overall, slow to fair catfish action, especially on the west side of the Antelope Valley on chicken liver and mussels. The striper bite has slowed way down. Top catfish areas have been the 110th Street West region or the areas between 60th and 72nd. Most of the cats are three to six pounds. No more bluegill reports this week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Feb
01

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 fair to good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait in rainbow, garlic and spring green, nightcrawlers, and small trout lures and jigs. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 as well as the western shore near the drain and the eastern logged shore and grassy point of lake 3. Top fish reported this week was a 9.85-pound rainbow landed by Luis Martinez, Fontana, on garlic PowerBait from eastern shore 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 very slow. There are supposed to be weekly county trout plant, but the action suggests that has not been the case. The most recent DFW plant was five weeks ago. County trout plants are supposed to be 780 pounds of rainbow trout each week. Information, call 760-245-2226.