Archive for March 8th, 2018



1. Rockfish season reopened last week south of Point Conception, and the bite has been exceptional on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, and Ventura landings. Limits of rockfish, with some good catches of whitefish and a few ling cod mixed in, have been the rule on everything from half-day to overnight jaunts. For an update on this bite, visit for the latest fish counts from this week.

2. Apollo Park Lake was the trout hot spot last week after bonus plants for the weekend derby. A lot of limits were reported, and the best action was on pink or bubble gum Mice Tails with garlic scent added fished in the deeper water of the back lake. Most of the trout are running 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. For the second week in a row, the crappie bite at Lower Otay Reservoir has been good for the few anglers targeting the slabs. There were nearly 200 crappie reported by anglers checked again this past week, 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 again Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster, but Palmdale Lake is also a good bet for members. 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 trout last week and has been pretty good, but Highway 138 is closed between I-15 and Summit Valley Road, requiring a long detour. Big Bear Lake is also a decent bet if you want to brave cold weather. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good. Limits of one-pound class fish have been pretty common with some to nearly two pounds. 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.

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, but the cold weather over the past week has seemed to stall that activity. 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 has recovered a little after a bluestone treatment of the lake two weeks ago. Silverwood and Diamond Valley are much slower. Best action has been on cutbaits at all the local lakes, but a few fish are still showing on umbrella rigs and jigging spoons. 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 but cold weather has most of the fish deep again, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are slow across the board now. Crappie bites worth noting are at Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, which has been solid for those targeting the crappie. Hodges is also producing a few fish. The best bite is at Lake Success in the southern Sierra, which has produced good catches and fish to three pounds this past week, all on live minnows.

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. El Capitan produced a 54-plus pound blue cat 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 (March 4-10):

SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake.

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Tuttle Creek.

KERN: Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake.

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Murry Park Pond.

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

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (March 11-17):

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

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

The following waters were planted last 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).



SILVERWOOD: Highway 138 between I-15 and Summit Valley Road has been closed from Wednesday this week through March 17 for construction. 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 slow except for trout, which were planted (1,200 pounds) last week at the launch ramp. The action off the marina rocks and into both Miller and Cleghorn canyons has been fair to good on small lures, small jigs, MiceTails, and PowerBait. Kevin Conn, Herperia, had four trout off the marina rocks with a total weight of 8.5 pounds on Wednesday last week. On Friday, he landed five more to 1-8 on Needlefish tipped with meal worms. A few smaller stripers are showing off the docks on nightcrawlers or lug worms, and some better fish at the inlet on cut baits. Tanner Finn and Paul Tarengo, both Rancho Cucamonga, had 10 stripers to five pounds on sardines near the dam. Other species mostly slow. 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 pretty fair with some nice quality holdover rainbows up to five-plus pounds in the catch. Top areas have been the North Shore as far East as Juniper Point and as far west as 40 feet off the face of the dam. The best bite is early in the morning with jigs, spoons, and spinners the best at the dam, but PowerBait or MiceTails fished near the shore best in other areas. It has been cold with shoreline ice most mornings, and more snow is forecast for later this 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. No reports. 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. Last trout plant was Oct. 11. No reports on news on opening day yet. 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.



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: Wind was a major influence on the trout bite this week. Trout bite was slow to fair on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait, especially rainbow, salmon peach and chartreuse, nightcrawlers, and small trout lures (Mice Tails and jigs) to catch fish. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of shores of lake 2 and the eastern and western shores of lake 3. Top trout landed this past week was a 7.8-pounder caught by Brandon Westover, Apple Valley, on a nightcrawler. 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 planted this week. There was also a DFW trout plant last week. The annual Trout Derby will be this 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 biggest 25 trout weighed in. Information, call 760-245-2226.



APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite was good for the weekend derby with a lot of trout reported including a few limits and some rainbows to six pounds. 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 in the deeper water. Most of the trout are one to three pounds. 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: Another 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. Prior to the cold snap, the best catfish bite has been at the outlet for anglers fishing big, baseball-sized chunks of mackerel. 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 cold weather the past three 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.



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

PRADO: No report. 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: 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. Information: 909-790-3127.

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



DIAMOND VALLEY: A 3,500-pound trout plant went in three weeks ago, and the bite continues to dwindle 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 again this past week, and the weather seemed to lull the budding largemouth bass bite. Still a few fish showing on plastics and the odd bigger fish on a trout-like swimbait. Stripers are very spotty, but a few are showing on 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, the backside of the island, and east end on plastics in eight to 45 feet of water. Cool weather has kept the bite off. The bluegill are slow again this week. Only the carp are showing any signs of life, with a few more fish showing for anglers targeting these fish. 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: Trout were planted last Wednesday, and the next plant will be March 14. The bite has been spotty around Ramp No. 2, but some fish on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Cali Jimenez, San Jacinto, landed a four-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler. The striper and bass action has improved since the bluestone treatment two weeks ago. 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. Dylan Sprouts, Oceanside, landed two stripers on chicken liver and his best was a 5-4. Catfish and bluegill remain. 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. 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.



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 this 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



CACHUMA: There was a 4,000-pound trout plant three weeks ago (Feb. 15), and another 4,000-pound plant is scheduled for this month. 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. No crappie reports this week, but the bass bite has been 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 swimbaits, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. Fish to 6-plus pounds reported again this past week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are March 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. Also quite a few stripers showing for shore anglers fishing to the right on the main launch ramp. Dave Horste, Lancaster, had three stripers to three pounds fishing swimbaits off C Point. 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 area around Sharon’s Rest, Hawk’s Nest, Firebreak, and Utopia coves. John Cohen, Los Angeles, had a four-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler, while Rick Nava, Van Nuys, landed a three-pounders on a jig. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. A few trout are showing near the marina on yellow PowerBait. 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 20 to 50 feet of water along the canal and rip rap. Also a few fish on reaction baits, but not as many as bait. Jose Morano, Pasadena, had three stripers to three pounds on sardines at the canal. There is also a pretty fair catfish bite on chicken liver or anchovies fishing in most coves. Forrest Csulak, Bakersfield, landed two catfish to four pounds 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. The trout bite has slowed with no plants in more than two weeks. 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.



NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout this week, two and three weeks ago. There will be additional 1,500-pound plants March 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 last week, two weeks ago, and four 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 this week and two weeks ago. It will receive additional trout plants Mar. 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 plant this week and two weeks ago.

Santee Lakes will be planted with 1,000-pounds of trout for this weekend, and it was also planted three weeks ago.

Lake Cuyamaca received a 1,500-pound plant three 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. √ęCap and San Vicente are on their winter schedules.

DFW trout plants went in four weeks ago at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray. None since.

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 Poway and Wohlford are close seconds with plants this week. Cuyamaca 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 is breaking wide open, and El Capitan, San Vicente, and Murray are several notches behind but improving with each sunny day.

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 Hodges and Murray.

The catfish are getting very light pressure right now so there have been few reports. However, a big blue cat was reported at El Capitan last Friday (50-plus pounds).

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At El Capitan, 74 anglers checked reported 213 bass to 7.63 pounds, 28 bluegill, 20 channel catfish, 12 blue catfish to 53.5 pounds, and eight crappie. At Hodges, 81 anglers reported 42 crappie and 18 bass. At Miramar, 20 anglers had 43 bass to 3.6 pounds. At Lower Otay, 84 anglers landed 611 bass to 5.6 pounds, 189 crappie, and 68 bluegill. At Sutherland, 23 anglers reported just 26 bass.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At El Capitan, Bob Baker, San Diego, landed 53 1/2-pound blue catfish on a chunk of bonito.

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.



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 wind hasn’t helped 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. 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



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).



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, very light fishing pressure over the past week or so with snow and foul weather keeping most folks off the river. The East and West Walker rivers remain open year-around to catch-and-release fishing. The East Walker flows jumped from just uder 30 cfs to 85 cfs at mid-week. But few fishing reports. Also no reports from the West Walker. 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 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.