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Archive for April 5th, 2018

Apr
05

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The top pick is staying the excellent rockfish bite for anglers fishing on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, and Ventura landings stays the top pick. 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. The overnight boats are getting better quality fish. For an update on this bite, visit www.976-TUNA.com for the latest fish counts from this week.

2. For panfish fanatics, the crappie bite at Lake Success in the western Sierra Nevada foothills has been excellent with a lot of quality fish to two pounds or a little better. Most of the fish have been landed from the bank on small minnows and jigs. (But, to be fair, crappie bites have broken open all over the southern half of the state ñ Isabella, Cachuma, Silverwood, and Lower Otay are the best bets, but slabs are showing up a lot of places.) For an update on the Success action, call Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351, both in Bakersfield.

3. The flathead catfish bite is breaking wide open on the lower Colorado River, especially from Blythe downstream to Yuma. The action has been on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish, with most of the bite happening at night, especially right at dark and first light. There were flatheads to 35 pounds reported this past week. For an update on this bite call Walter’s Camp at 760-854-3322.

Apr
05

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

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 are again Apollo Park Lake (planted this week) and Palmdale Lake in the Lancaster area and Jess Ranch in the Victorville area. Lake Silverwood got double plants two weeks in a row and has been excellent. In San Diego county, Jennings is the best bet, but Dixon, Poway, and Cuyamaca are also good. 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. Big Bear Lake is good bet and it reopened to boats April 1, and the launch ramps are open. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is still a good bet for catch-and-release fishing but the dirt roads are soggy.

BLACK BASS: The action is good to excellent all over the region as we surge into the spawn. The fish are flooded all over the shallows for the spawn and many are on beds. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also breaking wide opens in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river. Havasu and Mohave are also starting to pop. 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 just fair bites most places, but there have been surges in the action at Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood this week with some flurries of very good fishing. Diamond Valley is still only fair, at best. 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 sardines. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are still deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites surged all over the region this past week thanks to the warm weather. Top bites are Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, with El Capitan and Hodges starting to perk. Silverwood Lake again produced some good crappie catches off the marina docks. Lake Cachuma continued to surge this week and is a good bet. In the Bakersfield area, Isabella broke wide open over the weekend with a lot of limits posted. Overall, however, the best bite remains at Lake Success in the southern Sierra, which has produced good catches and fish to three pounds again this past week, most on live minnows. The bluegill and redear bites are finally starting to perk a little, with some decent catches starting at Perris, Skinner, El Capitan, Lower Otay and Hodges this week.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is the big news with fish to 35 pounds reported again in the past week. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. The California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself are improving with better weather this week.

Apr
05

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (April 1-7):

ORANGE: Laguna Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Lake Perris.

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Tuttle Creek.

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

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (April 8-14):

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

KERN: Lake Isabella.

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Murry Park Pond.

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

The following waters were planted last week (March 25-31):

LOS ANGELES: El Dorado Park Lakes, Legg Lakes, Sante Fe Reservoir.

RIVERSIDE: Lake Skinner.

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Lake Jennings

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

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

TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Success Reservoir.

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

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/. This page is frequently updated after this news report is published so current week, next week’s, and even previous week’s plant information may change.

Apr
05

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The DFW stocked the lake twice with trout two weeks ago, and the trout action has remained pretty good in Cleghorn Canyon and off the marina rocks. PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small jigs have all been good. Kevin Conn, Hesperia, picked off two limits of trout this past week with fish to 2-8, all on chrome and blue Kastmasters. The striper bite has been fair, mostly in deeper water at the dam or off the marina docks on cut baits. There is also a pretty good bite on crappie off the marina docks on small jigs. Also a few bluegill showing in this bite. The largemouth bass are also starting to show, but most are still in six to 20 feet of water and showing on plastics. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout fishing is very good and the boat ramps are open again. The Duane Boyer Public Launch Ramp (also known as the West Ramp) is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The West Ramp is at 38925 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin, about two miles east of the dam. The trout bite has been best along the north shore from Windy Point to Old Gray’s Landing for shore anglers and fish to 4-9 have been reported this past week. With the April 1 opener for boats, the trolling action has been very good along the south shore in Trout Alley and the from the west boat launch to the buoy line along the north shore. The water is still cold so slow trolling with one to three colors of lead core dragging Thomas Buoyants and Rapalas has been the ticket. A few bass are starting to show on swim baits at Garstin Island, but this is still tough. No catfish or panfish reports, yet. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No reports. Trout Derby coming Memorial Day weekend. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The boat rentals and the restrooms are closed and tentative opening day will be Memorial Day. The website is www.gvlfishing.com 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.

Apr
05

HIGH DESERT WATERS VICTORVILLE REGION

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: Trout bite was fair to very good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (rainbow, chartreuse and garlic), nightcrawlers and small trout lures 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. The bass bite is starting with some fish moving shallow in lake 2 with fish up to three pounds reported. Still slow for bluegill and catfish. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite has been pretty fair and some real quality fish have been reported. Richard Moore, Apple Valley, landed a 10-pound rainbow on a pink and white Power Mouse. He also saw another angler land a 10-5. There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week, and there was a DFW plant four weeks ago. There will be a Youth Derby, Saturday, April 14. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Apr
05

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite is still very good after a plant Wednesday this week. Mice Tails and PowerBait in spring green are the best baits. 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 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 www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The warm weather has finally perked this action a little bite, with more catfish reported this week and quite a few bass and bluegill starting to show along the shoreline brush and tules. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms fished under a bobber tight to the structure. 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 with the better weather, but high flows made fishing more difficult in recent days. There was a good largemouth bass bite late last week and into the weekend when the flows dropped. A few catfish continue to show, even with the higher flows, especially 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.

Apr
05

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite is still fair after a 3,500-pound trout plant three weeks ago, and the next plant is tentatively set for April 11. The coves adjacent to the marina are still the best bets, and the trout are showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. The bite on largemouth bass is good. They are mostly tight to the shorelines for the spawn. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. Gabe Stroope, Hemet, landed a 6.3-pound largemouth on a plastic lizard. Stripers are still spotty, but a few are showing on big swimbaits or trolled flies. The bluegill and catfish bites also starting to improve. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The largemouth bass bite has been good this past week as the fish are all over the shallows now with the warm weather. Best action on plastics and small swimbaits with fish to seven pounds reported this past week. The bluegill are starting to turn on with the warm weather, with the fish showing in the marina, at Sail Cove, and all over the east end on jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms. Red worms, nightcrawlers, or crickets fished six to eight feet under a slip bobber are getting some fish. Trout and catfish 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, this Saturday. The event includes a free barbecue for the kids. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The largemouth bass bite has surged again over the past week with the fish still up shallow and many in mid-spawn. They are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Fish to six pounds have been reported in the past week. The striper bite has been fair to good from the inlet to the north and the coves adjacent to Ramp No. 2. Shad, white jigs, and shad-like swim baits are the best artificials. Anchovies, chicken liver, and mackerel are the best baits. Patricia Salas, Temecula, landed a 5.9-pound striper on chicken liver at the inlet. The bigger bluegill are starting to show in eight to 12 feet of water on meal worms, nightcrawlers, and jigs tipped with wax worms or Crappie Nibbles. Gabriel Granite, Moreno Valley, had a 1.4-pound bluegill on a nightcrawler across from the marina. Both the county and DFW stocked this past week. (It was the final plant of the season for the county. Who knows what the DFW will do?) Best action has been at Ramp No. 2 on small spoons, jigs, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish surprisingly slow. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. 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 www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

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

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

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

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few reports. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Apr
05

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fair to good trout action continues. Most trout are around a pound, but some bigger fish to eight pounds reported. The lake is closed on Thursday’s for trout planting. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

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

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: County trout stocking season is over with the last plant of the season three weeks ago. DFW trout plant 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 ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/.

Apr
05

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 23rd Annual Trout Derby will be April 21-22, and there is a 4,000-pound plant slated for this week. The best trout action has been fair 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. Richard Flores, Santa Barbara, landed the biggest trout of the season this past week when he caught a 9-5 rainbow. The crappie bite has taken off with a good bite adjacent to the marina and at the dam. Fish to 2-5 reported this week, most 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 http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass bite is excellent, with the fishing all over the shallows in mid-spawn. The best action has been on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water, but fish are showing on all kinds of baits, including topwater. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, landed a seven-pound bass to top off her April Fool’s Day of bass catching. Melissa Anderson, Santa Barbara, landed a 4-8 bass on a Brush Hog. Several other fish from three to five pounds reported. DFW trout plants went in two and four weeks ago, but not many fish showing. More and more reader are starting to show, mostly on nightcrawler pieces and red worms. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The dates for the upcoming bass fishing events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Overall, good striper action. The best bite has been in the marina area throughout the day on nightcrawlers, Senkos, and small swimbaits. The stripers are also showing at C-Point, the west walls, and the buoy line, where the fish are mostly in deep water between 40 and 60 feet down. Umbrella rigs in after and evening have been the best bet in those areas. Bao Pham, Long Beach, had three stripers on umbrella rigs off the west walls. His best fish was a four-pounder and the stringer weighed 11 pounds. The largemouth bass bite has been very good as the fish start to move shallow for the spawn. The best action has been in the morning on plastics, small jigs, and crawfish imitations. Jose Cortez, North Hills, had a six-pound largemouth on a plastic shad at the firebreak. Adam Portsmouth, Ventura, landed a pair of three-pound bass off Trout Point on Senkos. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, 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 www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper and catfish bites have both been pretty good this past week, with the bite for both in most coves and the canal by the entrance booth. Sardine and lug worms have been best for the stripers, and the cats are best on chicken liver, anchovies, and cut mackerel. Both have been in deeper water. Horun Muhammad, West Hollywood, landed tw2o cats to four pounds on nightcrawlers in deep water. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish just now starting to move up shallow and whacking plastics. Most fish are in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower. 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: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Apr
05

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake was planted with trout last week and the final two plants of the season will be April 18 (4,000 pounds) and April 20 (500 pounds of trophy fish). The 21st Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis charity derby will be April 21-22. Fishing permits are double the normal price for this event only. For more derby information, go to www.hiddenvalleykiwanis.org.

Lake Jennings was planted with 1,500 pounds of rainbows this week, and the final plant of the season will be the week of April 16.

Poway Lake was slated to get fish this week and the last plant of the season is set for April 18. There were also plants two and four weeks ago. 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 last week, and the final plant of the season will be a 1,500-pound stock April 20.

Santee Lakes kicks off catfish season with a plant of 2,000 pounds of cats this week, including large fish to 12 pounds. Prizes awarded for the top five cats this weekend. There were also 1,000-pound trout plants two and four weeks ago.

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout Apr. 19, May 22, and Jun. 15. A DFW trout plant also went in two weeks ago, along with private fish.

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.

There were DFW trout plant at Lake Jennings last week, and trout were planted at Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, and Lake Murray two weeks ago. None on the list for this week.

FISHING UPDATE: The trout bite has been fair to good at most of the lakes, but the season is winding down. Most lakes get their last stocked this month. 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. Jennings is probably the best bet this week, but Poway, Dixon, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford are pretty fair. Santee Lakes is slow for trout and kicks off its catfish stocking season this week.

The bass bite has been good across the board with the warm weather and fish advancing through the spawn. The fish have flooded into the shallows this past week and the bite is best on small plastics and reaction baits. Lower Otay, San Vicente, and El Capitan are the top bets with very good action, but Sutherland is nearly as good. Murray and Hodges are several notches behind also pretty decent for anglers targeting the bass.

The bluegill and redear action has mostly been slow, but the action has been improving daily this past week. Lower Otay, El Capitan, and Hodges have all been fair on the the panfish. The crappie action has been good at Lower Otay, and a fair at El Capitan, Hodges, Sutherland, Vicente, and Murray.

The catfish are still 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, 66 anglers checked reported 339 bass to 6.2 pounds, 59 bluegill, 189 crappie, nine blue catfish, and six channel cats. At Hodges, 111 anglers caught 47 bass, 21 crappie, eight channel catfish, and six bluegill. At Lower Otay, 73 anglers landed 701 bass to seven pounds, 125 crappie to 2.2 pounds, 46 bluegill to 1.2 pounds, and one redear. At San Vicente, 125 anglers landed 644 bass to eight pounds. At Sutherland, 47 anglers reported 197 bass and four crappie.

NOTABLE CATCHES: None this week.

BARRETT: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

SANTEE LAKES: Lake information: 619-596-3141 or www.santeelakes.com.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

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

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Apr
05

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: It looks like spring has finally arrived to the desert, and the action all along the river is really starting to take off. The big news is the very good catfish action on the lower river below Blythe. The flatheads have finally broke open with some good catches reported in the past week, especially in the Palo Verde-Walter’s Camp region. The largemouth and small bass bites are really starting to kick into gear as the fish move into the spawn. Topoc Marsh, the Topoc Gorge backwaters, and lower river from Walter’s Camp to Yuma have been the best areas, but the bite is happening in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu, too. A few big redear are also starting to show at Havasu, and the bluegill bite has improved dramatically, especially in the lower river. Stripers are still a little spotty, but the warm weather and warming water conditions have sparked a few flurries in the reservoirs and main river, mostly on cut baits. The rainbow trout bite is still pretty good 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. 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. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Apr
05

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still very slow with no recent reports of any fish caught. Water temps are still too low for any tilapia action. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Apr
05

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing came to an end Nov. 15. Only the year-around waters with special regulations remain open. The 2018 general season will open April 28. For information on the regulations, anglers should check the Department of Fish and Wildlife website’s regulations pages. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP FISHING NEWS: In the Bridgeport region, very light fishing pressure over the past week, but conditions have improved dramatically the last few days. The flows on the East Walker are yo-yoing up and down pretty badly the past couple of weeks. Ramping up and down between 130 cfs and 470 cfs over the past two weeks. The flows were 470 cfs on Wednesday this week. In spite of that, the action has been pretty good for the few anglers fishing on both streamers and small nymphs with fish to 20 inches reported this week. 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 if you can get to the water. Access is still an issue. 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 250 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir this week, which is getting on the upper end of wadable fishing flows. The action has improved on small nymphs and midges, but light fishing pressure.

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

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

BISHOP AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

Apr
05

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite broke wide open this past Saturday and has been going strong ever since. There have been a lot of 25-fish limits posted with crappie up to 14-inches in the stringers. Most of the action has been on red and white or chartreuse crappie jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or with live minnows. There is also still a pretty good trout bite, especially by the auxiliary dam on the usual array of dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, small jigs, and trout plastics. There was a DFW trout plant last week. Other species have been slow, but the catfish and carp are improving, and bass and bluegill are starting to be caught. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The DFW stocked the upper river three weeks ago in sections 4, 5, and 6, but none since. The lower river has not been planted in over a month. Overall, the trout bite is still just fair in upper river above Isabella, but the warmer weather and warming water conditions have continued to improve that bite. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing 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 also cranking out 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 (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair and improving with the warm weather. The best bite has been on bloodworms and lug womrs, with a few on Gitzits and bucktails or live minnows. Most of the fish are under the 18-inch minimum keeper size. Catfish are starting to show in all stretches, but this bite is just starting, mostly 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 www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Few reports. A few more carp starting to show on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week, and the trout bite has been slow to fair since the weekend on PowerBait and Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. The bite has been slow to fair since the weekend. Best action on Mice Tails, garlic or hatchery pellet PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and Sierra Slammer trout jigs. The crappie bite has improved with more crappie showing than trout now, including some better quality slabs. The carp bite is finally starting to turn around on Powder Bait. The bass and bluegill bites are also improving with the warmer weather. The bass are mostly showing on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows. The bluegill have been best on wax and meal worms.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Mostly slow action since the weekend on the rainbows, but a few on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers. Meanwhile, the crappie bite just continues to improve with some decent catches reported in the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bass and bluegill are improving, too, with the bluegill showing on wax worms or meal worms, and the bass mostly being caught on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago, but the bite is mostly slow on PowerBait, trout plastics, or small jigs. The carp and the crappie have taken up where the trout left off, with pretty fair action on both. The crappie have been best on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. Bass and bluegill have also improved. The bass are best on plastics and minnows, while the bluegilla re best on meal worms and wax worms.

BRITE LAKE: The crappie bite has stayed pretty strong this past week for anglers fishing small 1/32nd-ounce jigs beneath a bobber. Most are eight to 10 inches. 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. Some catfish starting to show. 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 bass bite has been fair and some fish have moved up into very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. A few crappie are showing in the lakes and the canal between the lake and the golf course. Bluegill are starting to also perk up on the usual small baits. Last trout plant of the season was four weeks ago, and the bite is pretty much over for the season. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The very good crappie bite has just continued to rock and roll, but the action is almost all at night or early and late in the day. There have been a lot of quality fish over two pounds caught. 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, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

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. Some panfish and catfish starting to show. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Apr
05

CENTRAL COAST

At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action has broken wide open in the past week with very good action as the fish move into the spawn. The fish have flooded into the shallows and the action is good on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of fish to four pounds. Also a pretty fair bite on white bass staging to run up into the river to spawn, with most one to two pounds. Also some crappie showing. At Santa Margarita, the bass and panfish bites are fair to good with the bass starting to spawn. Best action on nightcrawlers and plastics, and some on reaction baits. Panfish best on small jigs topped with baits or live bait. Lopez Lake has a fair to good crappie and bluegill bites, and the bass bite is really taking off in shallow water on plastics and reaction baits. No reports from San Antonio.