Archive for March 1st, 2018



1. Rockfish season reopened Thursday this week south of Point Conception, and the bite should be exceptional all along the coast. With no fishing the past for two months, the fish have stacked up on the spots and limits should be the rule for all the boats this weekend — from the half-day jaunts to the full-day and overnight boats running out of landings in the Oxnard to Santa Barbara region. Weather might be the only hindrance to this fishing. Check with any of the local landings for boat availability and visit for the latest fish counts from this week.

2. After being closed to fishing all this week and a pair of trout plants, Apollo Park Lake should be excellent for this Saturday’s derby. The back lake has been the hot spot, but fish should be well distributed around the lake. The best action has been on pink or bubble gum Mice Tails with garlic scent added. Most of the trout are one to three pounds, but every county plant has 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701.

3. The crappie bite at Lower Otay Reservoir broke wide open this week in spite of the cold weather. There were nearly 200 slabs reported by anglers checked, most on small jigs fished tight to cover. For an update on this bite call the rental boat and marina concession at 619-397-5212.



TROUT: Trout bites are generally fair to good all across Southern California’s urban lakes getting private plants. Top pick for this week in the High Desert is Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster. In San Diego county, Dixon Lake 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 three weeks ago and it is getting more trout this week. 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 still a good bet for catch-and-release fishing but snow has made and will continue to make access problematic. 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 and snow forecast.

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, El Capitan, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, San Vicente, and Diamond Valley. On the Colorado River, the bites are starting to pick back after the latest round of cold weather, especially in backwaters and lagoons on the lower river. 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 Castaic and Pyramid, while the Skinner bite slipped after a bluestone treatment of the lake this past Friday. Silverwood and Diamond Valley are much 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 broke open this past week, and the action at Hodges. A few fish have also been reported at Cachuma and Silverwood. There is also a good bite at Lopez Lake on the Central Coast and Lake Success in the southern Sierra.

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, Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, the California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself. Lower Otay produced a near-64-pound blue this past week. The lower Colorado River has a few channels being reported, but there is very light fishing pressure. No flatheads reported.



The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week
(Feb. 25-March 3):

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

SAN BERNARDINO: Glen Helen Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Silverwood Lake,

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 are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (March 4-10):

None scheduled.

The following waters were planted last week (Feb. 18-24):

ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Centennial Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer 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).



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, but it is the crappie action near the marina that has been the best bet. 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: There is a fair to good trout bite at the auxiliary dam beach and off Engineer’s Point after a DFW plant three weeks ago. Most of the fish are showing on PowerBait and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. 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). There will be major trout plants prior to the derby. Derby information at 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 trout bite in the upper river above Isabella remained slowe this week with colder weather keeping water temperatures in the 35 degree range again. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing very tough fishing. Section 2 in the lower river was planted last week. The lower river below Isabella is warmer. The Kern from Democrat Dam downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern is slow for 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 light fishing pressure. The stripers are very chunky fish, but most are just below the 18-inch mimimum keeper size. The best bite has been on Gitzits for lure anglers, and blood or lug worms for bait fishermen. 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 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: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. The trout bite had slowed way down. Best action on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow. The Firefighters Derby will be Saturday, March 10 this year, and it is limited to the first 800 anglers who sign up. Entry fee is $20 and the lowest-numbered tagged trout caught will win the $1,000 top prize. There will be 2,000 pounds of trout stocked for the event and 25 tagged trout, all worth cash. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago, and the bite has been fair on Mice Tails, garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. There has also been some nice crappie showing. Not a lot of fish, but pretty decent quality. The carp bite is very slow on dough baits with the cold weather. No bass or bluegill this week.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout plant last week and three weeks ago made for good action over the weekend with quite a few fish continuing to show 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. Not a wide open bite, but a few nice fish reported. Other species have been very slow with the cold weather this week.

MING LAKE: Continued good trout action after DFW plant last week and two weeks ago. Most of the action has been on PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. There has also been a fair bite on crappie on small minnows. The continued cool weather has kjept the bass bite off with only a few showing on drop-shot plastics or nightcrawlers.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago, and the trout action has slowed way down. An occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. Fewer crappie reports this past week, but some are still showing on small jigs. 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: The trout action has slowed way down since the plant last week. The best action has been on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait doused with Pro Cure garlic nightcrawler gel or Sierra Slammer trout jigs. The bass bite, which had been started to improved, has remained slow with the cooler weather. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or


SUCCESS LAKE: The big news is the crappie bite that has taken off here in the past two weeks with a lot of fish showing from the bank on minnows. Also some bluegill showing. The bass action is improving with fair action on plastics. 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 tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. 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

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

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, and the cool weather and some rain didn’t help again 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. Mike Merrot, Bullhead City, and his granddaughter Alyssa Carmona, Bakersfield, both had limits of rainbows from the Community Park area on small jigs. Jackson Maki, Bullhead City, also had four rainbows on nightcrawlers and PowerBait from shore in the Rotary Park Area. 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, 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 to seven pounds 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 last week and two weeks ago. 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, last week, and three weeks ago. It will also have plants of 1,500 pounds the weeks of Mar. 19, Apr. 2, and Apr. 16. The Apr. 2 plants will be 1,700 pounds.

Poway Lake was planted last week and four 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 last week, and another 1,500-pound plant is scheduled for March 7.

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

Lake Cuyamaca received a 1,500-pound plant two weeks ago, 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 three weeks ago 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 and Jennings probably have been the best bets this past week, but Wohlford and Cuyamaca have also been good. Poway, Jennings, and Santee Lakes have been fair to good.

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 coming spawn. Lots of fish on small plastics and big reaction baits (especially in waters planted with trout). 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 Hodges, with a few fish showing at Murray.

The catfish are getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports. However, big blue cats were reported/rumored at Otay (63.4 pounds) and Vicente (50-plus pounder lost).

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At El Capitan, 28 anglers checked reported 143 bass, 16 bluegill, seven blue catfish, four crappie, and two channel cats. At Hodges, 45 anglers checked reported 51 crappie and 36 bass. At Lower Otay, 90 anglers reported 533 bass to 6.49 pounds, 188 crappie, 58 bluegill, and one 63.4-pound blue catfish. At San Vicente, 58 anglers reported 120 bass and three crappie.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Otay, Kevin Ferris reported catching and releasing 16 bass, including four at four pounds or a little better, all on drop-shot plastics.

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 was a 4,000-pound trout plant two weeks ago (Feb. 15), and the bite has been pretty good since with fish to nine pounds reported. The best action had been on inflated nightcrawlers fished from shore or trolled CD-3 Rapalas. Some quality crappie have been reported near the marina and on the west end of the dam on small jigs. The bass bite is also improving on plastics fished in less than 20 feet of water. 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 bass bite has really been picking up with a lot of fish moving up shallow and showing in five to 20 feet of water on plastics and nightcrawlers. Fish to 6-1 reported this past week. 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 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: The striper bite remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or ice jigs in 40-feet plus of water between the SS Ski and Kong Island. There are some fish at the dam on and near the surface early in the morning, and they are being caught on Kastmasters. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in five to 25 feet of water on nightcrawlers, small plastics, and Senkos, especially in the around around Sharon’s Rest, Firebreak, and Utopia coves. David Borquez, San Fernando, had a three-pound smallmouth on a crankbait at the dam. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Few reports. 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 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 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. There is also a pretty fair catfish bite on chicken liver or anchovies fishing in most coves. Brayan Flores, Los Angeles, had a six-pound catfish on chicken liver in Glory Hole Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water. Jose Flores, Maywood, had a 2-8 smallie on a frozen anchovy. The trout bite has slowed with only an occasional fish showing, however, the marina expects a DFW plant this week, but it is not on the stocking list for this week yet. 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.



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 ongoing. There was a plant last week, and there is a final 1,000-pound plants scheduled for 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



DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in two weeks ago, and the bite has been fair in the shoreline fishing areas adjacent to the launch ramp. Small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails all working but no big fish reported this week. 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 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or

PERRIS: Slow to fair fishing as the lake level continues to come back up. The largemouth have been the best bet for anglers fishing 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 and the island. The carp also started showing again this past week, with a couple of bruisers landed. Giovani Garcia, Riverside, landed a 23-pound carp on a jig, while Abraham Vallarta, Fontana, had a pair of carp, including a 30-pounder in the marina. Trout slow. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is mostly completed and the water level is rising. 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 late received a copper sulfate (bluestone) treatment last Friday, which really hammered the weekend bite. The bass and catfish bites went in the tank, but a few stripers have continued to show near the inlet in 30-feet of water on cut baits or small, shad-like swimbaits and jigs. Jackson Gallo, San Jacinto, landed a 6-2 striper on a sardine.
Trout were planted Wednesday this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been slow around the launch ramp. Chartreuse or garlic PowerBait has been the best bet. Jenni Marilyn, Winchester, had rainbows at three and four pounds late last week, both on chartreuse garlic PowerBait at ramp No. 2 (just before the bluestone treatment). Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Some reports of crappie to two pounds showing this week on bobber-suspended jigs, and the bass are moving tight to shoreline cover for the spawn. For fishing 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


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.



CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: The trout action has been fair to good, with some real quality trout planted in the past week. The best was a 10.4-pounder landed by Khansh Ngyien, Montclair, on a nightcrawler near the flag poles on the large lake. Jorge Gomez, Pomona, had an 8.2-pound trout on a jig, also near the flag poles. County trout plants are 780 pounds per week. The most recent DFW trout plant was over a month ago. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: The third of San Bernardino County Parks’ derbies this season was here this past Saturday, and there were 463 entrants. The biggest trout was a 9-5 landed by Kyle Sullenger, Brea, on garlic PowerBait. Dylan Buzard, Bloomington, was second with a 7-7 rainbow, while
Felipe DeJesus Vasquez, Chino, was third with a 7-5 trout. Salvador Serrano, was fourth with a 4-13, while Carlos Estrella, San Bernardino, was fifth with a 4-12. County trout plants are weekly with 780 pounds per stocking. DFW trout went in four weeks ago. 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 with quite a few limits reported. Danny Nanhthadet, Banning, had three trout averaging about 1-8 each, all on jigs 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. Last DFW plant was over a month ago. 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 was a DFW plant scheduled for this week. Both the big and small lakes have been producing fish. Information: 909-887-7540.



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, salmon peach, and fluorescent orange, nightcrawlers, and small trout lures and jigs. Best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2 and the western shore near the drain and the grassy point of lake 3. Adam Ramirez, Ontario, landed a 7.42-pound rainbow on salmon peach PowerBait, while Darnell Kennedy, Victorville, landed a seven-pounder. No bass, bluegill, or catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to

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. There is also a DFW trout plant slated for this week. 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.



APOLLO PARK LAKE: The lake is closed to fishing this week until the derby this Saturday. The lake was stocked twice with both lakes getting fish, and the bite should be excellent for the derby. 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 are expected for the derby. 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: Trout plant this week with good action off the docks on PowerBait, but the jig bite slowed. Most of the fish have been in the one-pound range with a few bigger. 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

QUAIL LAKE: Very cold and windy this week, but even the die-hard regulars found very tough fishing with very few catfish. There were a few four to seven-pound stripers reported in a pre-dawn bite on umbrella rigs at the outlet. Prior to the cold snap, the best catfish bite has been at the outlet for anglers fishing big, baseball-sized chunks of mackerel. No 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 cold weather the past two weeks has really slowed down the bite with very few reports along the whole length of the aqueduct. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.