Archive for March, 2018



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

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Rancho Simi Park Lake.

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Castaic Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Hansen Dam Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

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

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

KERN: Lake Isabella.

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Murry Park Pond.

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

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (March 25-31):

RIVERSIDE: Lake Skinner.

SAN DIEGO: Lake Jennings

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

TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Success Reservoir.

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

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

LOS ANGELES: Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Sante Fe Reservoir.

ORANGE: Mile Square Park Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

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

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5 and 6).

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

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at 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.



At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action has stayed fair to good on plastics, small swimbaits, and jigging spoons with a lot of two to three-pound fish. Also a pretty fair bite on white bass staging to run up into the river to spawn, with most one to two pounds. This is probably the best action on the Central Coast right now, and some of the spots have been real quality fish. At Santa Margarita, the bass are starting to perk. The crappie action near the marina is fair with the action early morning. Lopez Lake has a fair to good crappie and bluegill bite ongoing. Not as many limits this week as the week before. Also fair bass action. No reports from San Antonio.



LAKE ISABELLA: The big 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is this weekend (March 24-26), and there will be a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in other prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). There have been major trout plants prior to the derby. Derby information at Overall, there continues to be a fair to good trout bite at the auxiliary dam beach and off Engineer’s Point, but that action has spread out this week with plants. Also a DFW plant this week. Most of the fish are showing on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or

KERN RIVER: The DFW stocked the upper river last week in sections 4, 5, and 6, while Section 2 in the lower river was planted four weeks ago. Overall, the trout bite is still just fair in upper river above Isabella, but the plants and warmer weather should perk that action. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing very tough fishing. The lower river continues to produce a few nice holdover rainbows, but overall the fishing is tough for trout. The lower Kern is starting to produce a few smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or ( or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair with the best action on bait right now. The stripers are very chunky fish, but most are just below the 18-inch minimum keeper size. The best bite has been on minnows and lug worms, but a few are showing on jerk baits. Catfish are starting to show in the Highway 166 stretch, mostly on mackerel, but a few on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. 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 or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or

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

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Trout action has been fair on PowerBait and Mice Tails, and small trout jigs. There were 2,000 pounds of trout stocked for the derby two weeks ago, and there was also a DFW plant two weeks ago. None since. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago, but none currently on the plant list. The bite has been slow to fair, even without recent plants. Top action on Mice Tails, garlic or hatchery pellet PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. There are also some nice crappie showing. Not a lot of fish, but pretty decent quality. The carp bite is finally starting to turn around on Wussy Bait and dough baits.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down since last week. Best action on Sierra Slammer jigs, chunky cheese or garlic PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. There have also been a fair number of nice crappie caught. The bass are also improving again this week.

MING LAKE: Slow trout action with the most recent DFW plant two weeks ago. There are still a few holdover rainbows showing on PowerBait, trout plastics, or small jigs. The bass and carp bites have been getting better with each warm spell. The bass are showing on minnows and plastics, while the carp are showing on Wussy Bait. There has also been a fair bite on crappie on small minnows.

BRITE LAKE: No DFW trout plants in over a month, and the bite is slow with only an occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. A few crappie have been caught from near the shoreline rocks. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant two weeks ago, and the action has been slow to fair since with only a few rainbows being caught on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait or Sierra Slammer trout jigs. The bass bite has been fair, with most being caught on minnows or plastics. Also a few more crappie this past week in the main lake and the canal between the lake and the golf course. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or


SUCCESS LAKE: The very good crappie bite has just continued to rock and roll. This action has been ongoing for over a month now, and there are fish to three pounds showing in this bite. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is also improving with a fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Some bluegill starting to show. Other species very slow. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are starting to improve as the fish move into spawn mode. Most of the action on plastics, and most of the bass are smaller fish to two pounds. Other species are very slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.



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: (Bridgeport region),, and

TOP FISHING NEWS: In the Bridgeport region, very light fishing pressure over the past week and dismal fishing conditions in recent days, especially in the Mammoth Lakes to Bridgeport region. The flows on the East Walker bumped up to 330 cfs as of Tuesday this week, which is still a pretty good fishing flow. Just no reports. The West Walker is also very fishable, but there have been no reports from the past couple of weeks. 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 weather has made access tough again this 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 are around 76 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir, which is a very good fishing flow. The action has improved on small nymphs and midges, but light fishing pressure.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or

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.



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).



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:

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly:

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, but the largemouth and small bass bites are really starting to kick into gear as the fish move into the spawn. 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. Fish to 17 inches reported. In this same stretch of river a few stripers are showing, and most are one to three pounds and being caught on anchovies and the bite is slow. 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, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon and Topoc Marsh. Good action on pre-spawn fish, with a lot of bass from two to three pounds with some bigger reported 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



NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout this week, two and four weeks ago. There will be an additional 1,500-pound plant the week of Mar. 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 last week. It was also planted three and four weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds the weeks of Apr. 2 and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lake was planted this week, two and four weeks ago. It will receive additional trout plants April 4 and 18. There will be a free trout fishing seminar April 8 to teach beginners how to catch trout.

At Lake Wohlford, there was a 1,500-pound plant this week and two weeks ago.

Santee Lakes was planted with 1,000-pounds of trout this week and two weeks ago.

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout next week Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went in this week and four 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.

No recent DFW trout plants.

FISHING UPDATE: The trout bite has been fair to good at most of the lakes getting regular stocks. 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. Poway and Dixon probably have been the best bets this past week, but Jennings and Wohlford are close seconds. Cuyamaca and Santee Lakes have been fair.

The bass bite has really started to improve in spite of the weather with a lot of fish nosing up into the shallows for the spawn. Lots of fish on small plastics and big reaction baits (especially in waters planted with trout). Lower Otay and El Capitan are the top bets with very good action, but San Vicente really turned on, too, this past week. Murray, Hodges, and Sutherland are several notches behind but improving with each sunny day.

The bluegill and redear action has mostly been slow, but it is showing signs of life with more fish starting to show at El Capitan and Hodges this week. The crappie action has been fair to good at Lower Otay, and a few fish are showing at San Vicente, El Capitan, Hodges and 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. At El Capitan, 78 anglers checked reported 393 bass to 6.35 pounds, 54 bluegill, 37 crappie to 1.9 pounds, 38 blue catfish, and 15 channel catfish. At Hodges, 91 anglers reported just 32 bass, 21 crappie, and 10 bluegill. At Miramar, 19 anglers landed 70 bass to 3.75 pounds. At San Vicente, 220 anglers reported 663 bass to 8.5 pounds. At Sutherland, 24 anglers caught 43 bass and nine bluegill.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, Anthony Noy, La Mesa, landed three crappie and his best was a 2.8-pounder in the Kimball Arm. All were caught on white crappie jigs topped with a Crappie Nibble. At Wohlford, Richard Fridell, Escondido, caught and released a six-pound bass on a crawdad in Oakvale Cove last Friday.

BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-465-3474 or

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: Information: 619-465-3474 or Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-466-4847 or Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or

SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: Lake information: 619-465-3474 or Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or

SANTEE LAKES: Lake information: 619-596-3141 or

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.



CACHUMA: There will be a final 4,000-pound trout plant in early April right before the 23rd Annual Trout Derby April 21-22. The best trout action has been on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. The crappie bite has taken off with a good bite adjacent to the marina and at the dam. Fish to 1-8 reported on small jigs. Bass are starting to take off with the spawn approaching. Good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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 The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The lake was closed Wednesday and is slated to be closed Thursday because of the storm. The bass bite has been breaking wide open as the fish move shallow for the spawn. Very good action on swimbaits, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. Chase Plott, Oakview, landed an eight-pound bass Monday this week. DFW trout plant was slated for this week, and a plant went in two weeks ago. The rainbows have been showing on PowerBait, MiceTails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small jigs adjacent to the marina. A few redear and crappie have also been reported this week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are this Saturday, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or 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

CASTAIC: Overall, good striper action at the dam and the main shoreline near the launch ramp. The best bite has been on bigger, trout like swimbaits or cut baits. John Petrov, Venice, had stripers at six and three pounds fishing BBZ Juniors off Kong Island. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has continued to improve with the fish moving rapidly toward the spawn and moving shallower with each warm day. Top spots have been Hawk’s Nest, Pete’s Point, and Dry Gulch in no more than 20 feet of water. Nightcrawlers, small plastics, and Senkos have been the best baits. DFW trout plant again last week, and there were plants two and three weeks ago. The marina area and dam shoreline have been the best spots with Kastmasters and yellow PowerBait getting the most fish. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 ( 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, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. 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 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 and showing in deeper water on sardine and lug worms in the main channel and along the rip-rap in front of the store. Alcop Khatchilcian, Palmdale, had three stripers to two pounds on sardines. The catfish bite has also been pretty fair in the main channel and along the rip-rap, mostly on anchovies, sardines, and chicken liver. Fish to eight pounds report. Orion Zorich, had a four-pound catfish. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been best in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower on small jigs and plastics worked on structure. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. 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: 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 ( for any updates and future plants.



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.



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

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is closed and will be for at least the immediate future.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Trout season is over with the last plant of the season last week. 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



DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in Tuesday last week, and the bite has pretty good around the marina ever since. The best action has been on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good. They are moving tight to the shorelines for the spawn. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. 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 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or

PERRIS: The largemouth bass bite is breaking open with fair action and flurries of good fishing on nice weather days. The fish are mostly up shallow now for the spawn and building nests. Quite a few fish to six pounds or more reported. Scott Lopez, Perris, had a 4.5-pound bass on a two-pound test off the marina docks. The dam, the backside of the island, and east end have been the hot spots, but these is a ton of flooded brush along most shorelines in the east end and access to fish deep in the cover is tough. The bluegill are slow again this week. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising at the rate of one vertical foot every 10 days right now. 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. The Tommy Thomas Kid’s Fishing Derby will be 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 7, this year. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The bass bite has broken wide open with the fish shallow for the spawn and which most baits, but especially small plastics and reaction baits. Ryan Christensen, Winchester, landed a 7-4 bass, while Mike Chandler, Temecula, caught a 6-2. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in 15-plus feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with was worms. The striper and black bass action is fair. The stripers are mostly showing in deeper water near the dam, inlet, and off main lake points on cut baits, with a few on lures closer to the surface. Trout were planted last week and the final plant of the season will be next week. Fair bite at Ramp No. 2 and inlet on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some reports of crappie to two pounds showing again this week on bobber-suspended jigs, and the bass are moving tight to shoreline cover for the spawn. The 6th Annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be May 5-6 with $15,000 in cash and prizes. For fishing and derby information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to

CORONA: Due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information:


FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at



CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: The trout action has been fair to good, and a DFW plant went in last week. County trout plants are 780 pounds per week. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: The trout action has been fair to good thanks to the weekly plants. Luis Garcia, Fontana, landed a 10-pound rainbow at Park Lot No. 1 on a small jig. There have also been quite a few carp showing at the overflow spillway. County trout plants are weekly with 780 pounds per stocking. No recent DFW trout plants. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: No report. 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. Last DFW plant was over a month ago. The San Bernardino County Regional Parks trout derby series makes it annual stop at Yucaipa Regional Park Trout Saturday, March 31, 2018. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gates open at 5 a.m. Entry fee is $20 per person plus $10 vehicle entry. Anglers 16 years and older must have CA State Fishing License. Over $1,000 in cash and prizes awarded to heaviest 25 trout weighed in. For more information on the derbyt call 909-38-PARKS. For park and fishing information, call: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No report. County plants are 780 pounds per week, and there was a DFW plant two weeks ago. Information: 909-887-7540.



APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite is still very good after last Wednesday’s plant last week, and Mice Tails are still the best baits. Some fish are also showing in PowerBait in corn yellow and spring green colors. Some fish topping four pounds. The best action has continued to be on the back lake in the deeper water. County plants are 1,500 pounds each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds, and plants are twice a month. 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: The trout action has continued good, mostly on one-pound class fish with some to five pounds. Green pumpkin PowerBait and fly-lined nightcrawlers have been the best bets. There has also been a pretty good crappie bite on small jigs with a lot of fish topping two pounds. They have been best around the docks and in Catfish Alley early in the morning or late evening. Also a few redear showing. In March and April, there are weekly 3,000-pound trout 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

QUAIL LAKE: Continued tough fishing here, even for the die-hard regulars who are getting only a rare catfish. No striper, largemouth, or panfish reported. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The bite has really been improving this past week, especially in the west end of valley from 60th West to Munns Ranch, and a lot of the catfish have been in the four to five-pound class and some to eight. Chicken liver has been the best bait. Also a few stripers to three pounds showing for anglers walk-fishing with planer boards and shad-like lures. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.



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

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite has been good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially chartreuse, salmon peach and garlic), nightcrawlers and small trout lures. Best spots include the northern and western shores of shores of lake 2 and the eastern shore including the grassy point and western shore near the drain of lake 3. No bass, bluegill, or catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week, and bonus fish were planted last week for the derby. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information, call 760-245-2226.



SILVERWOOD: The Highway 138 road closure, which was set to end last weekend, was extended through March 23 this week. Highway 138 between I-15 and Summit Valley Road has been closed since March 7. The long detour requires taking I-15 to Ranchero Road in Hesperia, going east to Summit Valley Road, and then back south to Highway 138 in Summit Valley, and then east on 138 to Silverwood. The fishing action has been fair to good and improving for trout, thanks to two DFW plant last Wednesday and Friday. The best bite has been at the marina rocks with quite a few limits posted this past week. Kevin Conn, Hesperia, had five trout off the marina docks fishing Needlefish or Thomas Buoyants tipped with meal worms. The trout also brought up a few bigger stripers. Tanner Finn, Rancho Cucamonga, caught a 12-pound striper on a swimbait. Other species are slow, but a few largemouth bass are starting to be caught in 15 to 25 feet of water on plastics. A reminder: the dam is now closed to anglers. 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: 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 fair to good and the action is not isolated to just one area. Nice catches are coming from the north shore as far east as Juniper Point and as far west as the face of the dam when the weather is warm enough for fishing. It’s still an early morning bite, and near the dam anglers will want to throw jigs, spoons and spinners. Further east — from the Red House to Gray’s Landing to Juniper Point — use Carolina rigs fished close to the shoreline with floating dough baits in a variety of colors and flavors or Mice Tails (good colors are fluorescent orange-chartreuse or bubble gum-white). There have been a lot of nice 1-8 to four-pound rainbows over the past week. 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, but none since. No reports. Trout Derby coming Memorial Day weekend. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The boat rentals and the restrooms are closed and tentative opening day will be Memorial Day. The website is and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is still closed, and no plants. 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.