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May
31

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The Pyramid Lake striper bite stays in the top picks and moves to the top spot. Lots of 10-fsih limits of fish around two pounds with some to 10 pounds this past week. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also some catfish showing in this bite. For an update on this action, check with the Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

2. The bite on big bluegill at Lake Perris has been good over the past three weeks and this bite stays in the top picks this week. There have been a lot of fish to two pounds or better caught in recent days. The fish are showing around much of the lake, but the backside of the island has been a hotspot. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. For an update, check with the marina staff at 951-657-2179.

3. Quail Lake has been good for bluegill, stripers, and catfish this past week, but it is getting surprisingly little fishing pressure. The bluegill are best along the south shoreline tules, while the stripers and catfish have been best at the aqueduct outlet and along the north shore. Also pretty good largemouth action. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

May
31

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top pick is Big Bear Lake for trollers. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are post spawn now. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is kicking into high gear. 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 wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open four weeks ago and stays hot. Mohave is just starting to pop. Smallmouth have been fair and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Pyramid, Castaic, and Skinner this week. Pyramid may be best for numbers, but Castaic is kicking out more big fish. Quail Lake has also breaking open with some good fish to 10-pounds reported. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is finally showing signs of life and a couple of big fish to 15 pounds were reported again this week. Best bite everywhere has been on cutbaits, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish. 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 continue at Isabella and Lake Success, but have fizzled other places. Even those two bites seem to be winding down. The bluegill and redear bites pretty much wide open across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, Castaic, and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty much wide open, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 20-plus pounds reported each week now. 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 again and were pretty good bets this week.

May
31

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (May 27-June 2):

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Fulmor Lake, Strawberry Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Santa Ana River, South Fork Santa Ana River.

INYO: Bishop Creek (lower), Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Convict Creek, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Sherwin Creek.

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake).

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week next week (June 3-9):

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Lake Sabrina, North Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha, Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake, South Lake.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, George Lake, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mary Lake, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Silver Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (upper and lower, Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virgin Creek, Virginia Lake (upper and lower), West Walker River (section 2 and 3).

The following waters were planted last week (May 20-26):

SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake, Green Valley Lake, Gregory Lake, Miller Canyon Creek, Mojave Narrows Regional Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Lake Sabraina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake, South Lake.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (upper and lower, Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virgin Creek, West Walker River (section 2 and 3).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (section 5 and 6), Stony Creek.

FRESNO: Courtright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

MONTEREY: Nacimiento River (upper).

May
31

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The stripers are fair to good with most pan-sized fish around 1 1/2- to two pounds, and they are showing on cut baits, lug worms, and an occasional fish on a swimbait. Stripers have been best off the dam, but some are showing from Twin Cove and around the marina. Most of the fish have been in 30 to 40 feet of water. Some bigger fish in the main channel on swimbaits. Tyler and Mark Abott, Crestline, had a stringer of 18 stripers to three pounds on anchovies off the dock. The trout bite has continued fair to good in Cleghorn and Miller Canyons. The most recent plants were three weeks ago, but there were bonus fish, including brown trout in those plants. The best action has been on inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, lug worms, and small spinners or jigs. The fish have been up to 1 1/2-pounds. Slow to fair catfish action on cut baits, while the largemouth and bluegill have also been slow to fair on plastics and wax worms, respectively. A few crappie to 1-8 reported. 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 remains good with the best bite along the north shore from Windy Point to Old Gray’s Landing for shore anglers using floating dough baits on 18 to 24-inch leaders. Fish to four pounds have been reported this past week. The trolling action has been good near the solar observatory and along Trout Alley. 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: The dual trout plants last week for the Memorial Weekend Trout Derby made for fair to good action, and the winning fish was a 28-inch, 9.46-pound rainbow caught by Matthew McIntosh, Rancho Cucamonga. 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 or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The second trout private plant (500 pounds) of the season went in two weeks ago, and DFW trout went in last week. The action was good over the weekend, but most of the trout were caught on flies or small jigs. The PowerBait and inflated nightcrawler action was slow. Fish to eight pounds reported. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. No fishing reports, but the first DFW trout plant is slated for next week. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were slated to get their first plants of the season this week. 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.

May
31

HIGH DESERT WATERS VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: No report. Catfish season normally begins the end of April, but no information available. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: It was cooler this past week with moderate afternoon winds. Trout bite was good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially salmon peach, garlic and spring green), nightcrawlers, and an array of small trout lures to catch limits. Best bite is before 11 a.m. Best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2, and the eastern logged shore and western shore near the drain of lake 3. Good bass bite on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house. Bass to four pounds are biting on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted nightcrawlers. A few bluegill starting to show, but still no catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The informal ìCatfish Roundupî was held this past weekend, and the bite was good in both the big lake and Pelican Pond (which was planted with catfish for the first time for the season last week). There is also a very good bite on hand-sized bluegill near any shoreline cover on half a nightcrawler. County catfish plants are week, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

May
31

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The catfish and bluegill bites have been steadily improving over the past week, with pretty good bites on both. The cats have been best on cut biats, while the bluegill are showing on nightcrawler pieces, wax worms, and meal worms. Also still good carp action on dough baits, especially on Magic Bait in shad or mulberry flavors. Still the odd trout being caught on PowerBait in deeper water, but that bite is almost over until next winter. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Good action on tiny bluegill, but otherwise very slow fishing. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The catfish bite has really taken off here this week, with fish to 10 pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines. Also good bluegill and redear action. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in very good numbers, while the redear have been up to 2-8. There is also a good bite on bass. Both are showing on fly-line nightcrawlers fished near the reeds. The carp bite is also good on dough baits. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: Overall good fishing. The bluegill bite is one fire with a number of 25-fish limits reported by anglers fishing the south side of the lake along the tules with wax worms, meal worms, or crickets. Most are hand-sized. There is pretty good action on both stripers and catfish this week. The stripers have been best on chicken liver, lug worms, and ghost shrimp, while the catfish are good on mackerel with added scent. Stripers to 10 pounds have been reported, with the bigger fish on ghost shrimp still fished drop-shot style. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish and stripers both have been good here this past week. The west end of this stretch of the aqueduct is still the best with a lot of catfish showing on a variety of cut baits at 110th, 195th, and 280th West. But more fish are showing on the west side of Highway 14 again. The striper bite is decent on cut baits or for anglers walking planer boards with shad-like lures. Some bluegill are also starting to show in the sand traps. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

May
31

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: No report. Weekly county catfish plants began last week. There is no fishing on the day of the plant (Thursday). Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No report. Weekly county catfish plants began last week. There is no fishing on the day of the plant (Thursday). Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: No report. Weekly county catfish plants began last week. There is no fishing on the day of the plant (Thursday). For park and fishing information, call: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No report. Weekly county catfish plants began last week. There is no fishing on the day of the plant (Thursday). Last week’s plant will be 700 pounds, but plant size will vary throughout the season. Information: 909-887-7540.

May
31

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also starting. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites also starting to improve, especially the panfish. The action has been along most shorelines with the fish in spawning mode. Stripers have also improved in the past week on big swimbaits early in the day. 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 bluegill bite has been good to excellent. The fish are showing from four to 35 feet of water, with the bigger fish in deeper water. Top spots have been all the shorelines with flooded brush (the entire east end these days) or rip-rap at the dam and marina areas. The backside of the island has also been very good. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. Jay Saremaster, Perris, landed three bluegill to two pounds on nightcrawlers at the island. The largemouth bass bite has continued good with a lot of fish showing all around the lake in the recently flooded cover is six to 25 feet of water. The backside of the island and the east end are probably the best areas. Plastics, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers are also getting fish. Ryder Elsworth, Calimesa, caught an eight-pound bass in Sail Cove on a nightcrawler. No crappie reports this week, but there were a couple of catfish reports and anglers targeting carp are doing pretty well. The lake level continues to come up. 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 lake will be closed to fishing June 1-3 for the annual Balloon and Wine Festival. Overall bite has been fair to good for all species right now, with stripers, largemouth, bluegill and catfish all showing in pretty decent numbers. The striper action has been best at the inlet, dam, and mid-lake points, with the fish mostly in deeper water except early in the morning. Chicken liver, anchovies, and other cut baits have been best, but some on shad-like cranks and swimbaits early. Oz Salas, San Diego, landed a five-pound striper at the inlet on mackerel. Michael Gonzales, Oceanside, had a seven-pound striper at the inlet on chicken liver. Jerry Munoz, Hacienda Heights, landed a six-pound catfish on chicken live at the cove near Ramp 2, while Michelle Cadence, 6, Hemet, had a 5-6 catfish on anchovies at the inlet. The largemouth bass bite been best on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now, and the best bite has been early mornings. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves early and late in the day on cut baits doused with garlic scent. There was a 400-pound catfish plant last week and the next plant is set for June 4. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. 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.

May
31

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.

May
31

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Fishing 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: There is no fishing fees, 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/.

May
31

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair. The bass are showing best in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. A few trout are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 15 to 30 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacking up in the shallows. 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 still fair to good — very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, had a seven-pound class bass and William Segovia, Oxnard, landed a 6-3 bass on a plastic. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie to two-plus pounds have been landed, mostly on the live shad. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. 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 final date for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas is June 2. For information on this events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are 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: The stripers and largemouth bass have both been good this week, with the largemouth bite especially hot. A lot of largemouth and smallmouth have been showing from Trout Point, Elizabeth Canyon, and Utopia Cove on swimbaits and plastics, but the best bite is early to mid-morning. Steven Nguyen, Burbank, had four bass to five pounds on Lunker Plunkers in Utopia Cove. Paul Bruins, Acton, had a pair of smallmouth to four pounds on cranks at the west ramp. The stripers are best in 30 to 50 feet of water throughout the Ski Arm and dam areas on cut baits and ice jigs, with some on swimbaits trolled at that same depth. Tao Quong, Long Beach, had a limit of 10 stripers to seven pounds on sardines at the buoy line. There is also some good action near the launch ramp for shore anglers drifting wads of two or three nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has continued good on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Most of the fish showing on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving but crappie remain slow. 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 bite has been very good. The best bite has been on sardines, lug worms, and even nightcrawlers for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth and the rip-rap in front of the boat shop. Ryan McBrde, Valencia, had a limit of stripers to six pounds. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. The largemoth bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. 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.

May
31

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Chollas Lake will play host to a youth fishing derby on Saturday, June 9th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., designed to give urban kids a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood. The lake will be stocked with catfish for the derby. Everything for the kids is free. Anglers age 16 or older can fish after 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation www.danskids.org.

Lake Cuyamaca was planted with both private and DFW trout last week. It is also scheduled to get more fish Jun. 15.

Santee Lakes has had catfish plants since April 7. The next 1,000-pound plants will be June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6, 13, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 21, 29, and a final plant Oct. 6 (3,500 pounds).

Lake Jennings catfish plants will began last week with a 2,000-pound plant.

At Poway, catfish season doesn’t begin until the end of July. No word yet on Dixon Lake catfish season.

Wohlford Lake was planted with 750 pounds of catfish last Friday and its next plant is June 15.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass bite has been fair to good across the board with the warm weather with some decent topwater action early and late in the day. There are a lot of small bass showing at all the lakes, but there is still a pretty good bite on bigger fish in deeper water on small plastics and reaction baits. Lower Otay, San Vicente, and El Capitan are the top bets with very good action, but Sutherland and Hodges are nearly as good. Barrett, while decent, is surprisingly slow compared to its normal blazing pace.

The bluegill and redear action is kicking into high gear, especially at Lower Otay, but also at San Vicente, El Capitan, Hodges, and Sutherland. The crappie action has really dropped off with very few fish reported at any of the lakes over the past week except for El Capitan and Lower Otay.

The trout bite had slowed way down except at Cuyamaca, which received both state and private fish last week.

The catfish are still getting very light pressure, but there is a pretty good bite at Santee Lakes, and most of the other lakes planting fish.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. None available.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At San Vicente, Jake Evans, Lakeside, landed a 7-5 bass on a Senko, while Ken Hemer, Lakeside, had a six-pounder on a glide bait.

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.

May
31

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: The action all along the river is pretty good. Four major bites to note: First, there is a good largemouth and smallmouth bass bite in Lake Havasu on reaction baits and plastics. But bass have been good all along the river in the backwaters and all the reservoirs. The lower river around Palo Verde has also been pretty good for smallmouth. Second, the catfish action on the lower river below Blythe remains good to excellent, especially in the Palo Verde to Yuma stretch of river but with light fishing pressures. Third, the big redear action is very good at Havasu and throughout Topoc Gorge. A lot of toads from 1-8 to 2-8 have been reported in six to 18 feet of water. Fourth, there continues to be a good trout bite in the Bullhead City stretch of the river. Weekly plants 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. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good. The striper action is also improving all along the river, especially in Havasu and the river between Havasu and Davis Dam (lots of fish under five pounds). The striper bite is also fair in Lake Mohave. Catfish are also starting to show in better numbers from Havasu upstream, mostly channel cats.

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.

May
31

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still pretty slow tilapia fishing, and the few fish being caught have been very small. Variable weather has been keeping the action down, but a week-long hot spell should kick the action into gear if it is going to happen this year. 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).

May
31

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The weather has been excellent in the Sierra the past week, except some usual winds for this time of year. 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: Overall, the trout fishing remains fair to good throughout the region with the DFW planting many roadside waters each week, and holdover and wild fish showing in decent numbers. That means a steady succession of both limits and a few quality fish.

In the Bridgeport region, the East Walker River has been very good even with flows a little up. Lots of browns and rainbows up to 20 inches or better being caught on nymphs and streamers, both rainbows and browns. There have been reports of 30-plus fish days on all stretches and the Rosaschi stretch in Nevada. Bridgeport Reservoir remains perhaps the hotspot in the whole Eastern Sierra for both shore and boat anglers with a lot of quality rainbows and a few browns, and limits are common for the diligent. However, the bite is off a little from last week. Mike and Sandy Ross or Garden Grove have been fishing the lake daily for the past two weeks and report rainbows to 21 inches and browns to 19 inches, mostly on copper-finished spoons trolled. Sandy has been outfishing her husband daily. Her best fish has been about a five-pound rainbow that was released. Both Twin Lakes, upper and lower, were slow to fair with winds, but still some flurries of decent action, and some fish to six pounds.

In the June Lake region, the bite has continued fair to good at all the lakes. Silver Lake has been producing fish to five pounds and a lot of two to three pounders.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake continues to be a hot spot with good action for bait, troll, and fly anglers. Wind has been an issue, especially in the afternoon. The fish have spread out and a little harder to find this week. Hot Creek has been good with midge and bluewing olive hatches midday. The upper Owens remains pretty good with a lot of spawners out of Crowley still in the river. Convict Lake has been fair to good, and quite a few quality trout continue to show. Tops this week was a 9-7 rainbow landed by Dan Buller. Another trophy trout plant is slated for this week.

In the Bishop region, the whole Bishop Creek drainage has been fair to good. Bishop Creek and Sabrina continue to be the best, but North Lake is also good. Inlet II has been very good thanks to regular DFW plants. The lower Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir are fair.

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

MAMMOTH AREA: Fishing 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.