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May
03

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The trout opener lived up to the hype, and Bridgeport Reservoir was probably the hotspot in the region producing a steady succession of big fish and limits of rainbows with a sprinkling of nice browns. The Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation stocked the region heavily, and Bridgeport got a lot of those trophy fish, and it showed. Once the current snowstorm blows past this week, this is the best bet. For the most up-to-date conditions and reports, check with Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport at 760-932-7707.

2. Lake Isabella crappie bite stays in the top picks. While a lot of the fish being caught by shore anglers are six to 10-inch fish, boat and float tube anglers are getting good numbers of bigger fish to a pound or so from deeper water. The bite is best on small minnows or jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles under a bobber. For an update on this action, check with the staff at Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

3. The Pyramid Lake striper bite has been excellent and moves into the top picks this week. Lots of limits of fish around two pounds with some to six or seven pounds, and even the occasional bigger fish. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also a lot of 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.

May
03

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The trout opener in the Sierra Nevada is the big news and trout to 11-13 were caught opening week. Top bets in the Sierra are 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 picks are Lake Silverwood, which got plants this week, and Big Bear Lake. The urban trout bite is really fizzling with no recent plants most places in two-plus weeks now. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are on the backside of the spawn most places. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action has already begun many places. 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 two weeks ago. 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 remained about the same with just fair bites most places. The exception is the good to excellent bite at Pyramid, and Skinner surged on this week, too. Castaic and Silverwood are fair and improving. Diamond Valley is still slow to fair, at best. Best action has been on cutbaits at all the local lakes, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is good 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 fizzled most places over the past week, especially in San Diego County. The Lake Cachuma bite stay good and is a decent bet, but you have to go to Lake Isabella in the Bakersfield region to find wide-open action. Nacimentio on the Central Coast and Lake Success in the southern Sierra are also good for crappie. The bluegill and redear bites are finally starting to surge, with some decent catches again this week at Perris, Skinner, El Capitan, Lower Otay, and Hodges.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is the big news with fish to 34 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 again.

May
03

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (April 29-May 5):

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

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

MONO: Convict Lake, June Lake.

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

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week next week (May 6-12):

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Lake Sabrina.

MONO: Convict Creek, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake.

The following waters were planted last week (April 22-28).

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek (Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Goodale Creek, Lake Sabrina, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (section 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower, Bridgeport), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lake (Upper and Lower), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 6).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Del Lago Park Lake, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (section 5 and 6).

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

May
03

CENTRAL COAST

At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is wide open with very good action as the fish move through 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 fair to good bite on white bass, with most one to two pounds. The crappie bite also broke wide open this past week and some limits are being reported. 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. Also some reports of good smallmouth action at San Antonio this past week.

May
03

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Crappie Mania continued through this past week with good to excellent action for shore, float tube, and boat anglers fishing small jigs or live minnows under a bobber near stickups. Shore anglers are getting a lot of smaller fish, under 10-inches long, but the boat and float tube anglers are getting bigger fish to 14 or 14 inches from deeper water. Best shore fishing has been in the South Fork Arm, Kissack Cove, Rabbit Island, and French Gulch. The Rocky Point area has held more bigger fish for the boat and float tube guys. A lot of 25-fish limits posted. The best colors on the jigs have been red and white or red and chartreuse, but other colors are also getting fish. Adding Crappie Nibbles to the jigs is a good idea. 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. Most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. The catfish bite slowed back down, but some fish are still showing on cut baits and stink baits in the Camp Nine area evening and after dark. The bass and bluegill bite are also starting to take off, with some especially good bluegill catches this past week. For carp anglers, this bite is pretty much wide open with the fish flooding the shallows and showing best on dough baits. Lots of carp to eight pounds. 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 upper river flows dropped back down, and the trout action has improved for wild fish, especially for fly anglers fishing stonefly nymphs. There were DFW plants last week in the upper river (sections 4, 5, and 6), and the bite has been pretty good on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. The lower river is still low at 400 cfs, and it is fishing pretty well for bass and catfish. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has continued fair to good and slowly improving each week. The fish are almost all small, however, under the 18-inch minimum keeper size limit, but a few bigger fish are finally starting to show. The best bite has been on bloodworms, lug worms, and sardines, but a few on Flukes and Gitzits or live minnows. Catfish are still spotting with a few showing on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. A few largemouth are starting to show now. 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, but the carp bite has been decent on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: A fair bass bite on plastics and small swimbaits. Bluegill are the best bet with pretty good action, but some crappie showing, too. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant over a month ago. Carp are a decent bet on dough baits. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or minnows, and the carp bite is good on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The bluegill bite has also turned on with fair to good action on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets. A few bass are being caught on on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows. Last DFW trout plant four weeks ago. Very slow trout action.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair again over the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms or meal worms, and a few bass are showing on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms. DFW trout plant four weeks ago, and very slow action.

MING LAKE: The carp, crappie, and bluegill have been fair to good. 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. While the bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair on plastics and minnows. Trout very slow with no plants in over a month.

BRITE LAKE: Still a few trout showing after the Calaveras and DFW plants two weeks ago. Most of the planted fish were in the 1-8 to 2-0 range with some bigger. Best action on PowerBait and Power Mice. A few crappie are still being caught.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish are still in very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. The crappie are also pretty decent with fish showing on live minnows or small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Carp have been fair to good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Bluegill are fair to good on the usual small baits. 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 good crappie action continues, and most of the action has been 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 fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Also a good surface bite on small fish. Lots of fish on beds but that is winding down. Bluegill getting better with a fair bite on wax worms and meal worms. 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: Crappie turned on here in the past week with a pretty good bite on minnows or small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles. The bass are fair to good with the fish still mostly shallow. The bluegill bite is also starting to kick into high gear. Catfish still slow. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

May
03

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The 2018 general season will open this Saturday, April 28. Outside of winds, the weather looks excellent for the opening weekend throughout the region. 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: The trout opener this past weekend was generally good throughout the region, and the weather was pleasant but windy many places. By Tuesday, however, there was snow again at the higher elevation (including Crowley Lake).

In the Bridgeport region, the top trout of the weekend was reported out of Lower Twin Lake when an 11-13 brown trout was caught from shore by Alysa Torres, Upland. The fish had a big swimbait still in its mouth from an earlier encounter with an angler. Both Lower and Upper Twin Lakes were fair to good overall with a lot of fish posted, but not a lot of limits. There was a 9-5 brown caught from Upper Twin. Bridgeport Reservoir was probably the hot spot of the region with excellent action on rainbows to six pounds and lots of limits of 1-8 class fish, both for trollers and shore bait anglers. The East Walker was very good for fly anglers and an 11-1 brown was reported caught and released in the river.

In the June Lake region, the bite was good at all the lakes with little or no ice on any of them. Top fish were a pair of rainbows from Silver Lake weighing 5-9 and 4-8 caught by seven-year-old Silas Stoll from San Diego(with only a little help from dad). Lots of rainbows to four pounds throughout the loop, and a lot of limits of pan-sized trout.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake was the focal point of the opener and ñ while windy ñ the fishing was pretty good with many limits of one to three pound rainbows, cutthroat, and some browns. Hal Smith, Oak Hills, had a five-pound cutthroat on Crowley while trolling opening morning. Fly anglers were having good luck with midges and leeches. Hot Creek was spotty, but the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing was good. Still a lot of big rainbows and cutthroats (moving up out of Crowley for the spawn) showing above and below this stretch. Convict Lake was also very good, with a lot of limits and some quality fish mixed in the catch. Top trout for the weekend was a 9-6 rainbow landed by Gilbert Hernandez, Fontana, on a Rapala Z Rap Countdown off the North shore. As a bonus, the fish had a $25 tag. Not much activity in the Mammoth Lakes area with most lakes still having ice.

In the Bishop region, the whole Bishop Creek drainage was fair and Sabrina became ice-free on Friday, while the upper lakes still have ice. Bishop Creek and Sabrina were the best best and a lot of limits were reported by both places with rainbows to three pounds. Inlet II on Bishop Creek was very good. The lower Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir were 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.

May
03

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The winds and cool weather of the past week stalled the tilapia bite again. A recent survey of the tilapia population didn’t turn up many catchable fish, but the survey was limited. The action is due to break open with warming weather, and temperatures are scheduled to be back up over 100 by the weekend. 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
03

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 really starting to take off. Four major bites to note: First, there is a very good bass bite (especially smallmouths) 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 with fish to 34 pounds reported this week. Third, the big redear action is really starting to surge at Havasu. 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, the river between Havasu and Davis Dam (lots of fish under five pounds), and the bite is finally picking up in Lake Mohave. Catfish are also starting to show in better numbers from Havasu upstream, too.

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
03

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Dixon Lake’s final trout plants of the season two weeks ago. Other lakes getting their final plants of the year that same week were Jennings, Poway, and Wohlford.

Lake Cuyamaca is slated to get trout plants May 22 and Jun. 15, and it was planted last week.

Santee Lakes has had catfish plant two and four weeks ago, and should get fish again this week.

At the San Diego City Lakes, Barrett is still closed for the season, but should be opening soon.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass bite has been good across the board with the warm weather and fish advancing through the spawn (mostly just males protecting nests in shallow). 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 but also pretty decent for anglers targeting the bass.

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

The trout bite had slowed way down with the warm weather at all the lakes with no plants in a couple of weeks at most, but the cool snap has improved things a little on the holdovers.

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, 42 anglers checked reported 206 bass, 31 bluegill, and nine blue catfish. At Hodges, 87 anglers had 21 bass, 10 bluegill, six channel cats, and two crappie. At Miramar, 25 anglers reported 74 bass to four pounds. At San Vicente, 228 anglers reported 502 bass to seven pounds and 110 bluegill. At Sutherland, 51 anglers reported 229 bass.

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.

May
03

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The crappie bite remains strong with good action in Cachuma Bay on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between a half-pound and 2.5 pounds. Bass are still in the spawn with good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Fair to good trout action continues since the big derby two weeks ago, but the fish are moving to deeper water near the dam, but shore anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers are still getting a few. Best bite still for boat anglers trolling Rapalas or Needlefish. 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 still pretty fair but has tailed off a little as the spawn winds down. The best bite has been in the morning before 10 a.m. and again late evening on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water. Fish to 8-8 reported over the past week (before the weather system). The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. No crappie or catfish reports. 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 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: Fair to good largemouth bass action this week on small swim baits and plastics. The fish are mostly through the spawn and showing on in Utopia Cove and the firebreak, but Trout Point and Cuttler Cove also have produced quite a few fish. Rick Rodriguez, Los Angeles, landed a four-pound largemouth on a spinnerbait in Cuttler Cove. The stripers have been fair to good, with fish showing at the dam, west ramp, and SS Ski Cove. Kastmasters and lug worms in 30 to 60 feet of water have been the best bets. Vu Le, Monterey Park, had five stripers to seven pounds on swimbaits. The surprise report of the week was that some crappie were reported, which might indicate this bite is taking off. Jon Potts, Santa Clarita, landed a pair of two-pound crappie on a small jerk bait in the Fish Arm. 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 bite has been excellent with a lot of limits reported and many anglers catching and releasing dozens of fish. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and a lot of catfish are also showing in this action, producing nice mixed stringers of fish up to six pounds. Milton Borilla, Van Nuys, had a nice mixed stringer of 15 stripers and catfish with fish to six pounds. Akop Khatchikian, Palmdale, landed 13 stripers to three pounds on sardine, releasing most. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish up shallow for the spawn and whacking plastics. Most fish are five 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.

May
03

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
03

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
03

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good, but many fish have backed away from the shorelines as the spawn winds down. Most are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers, but a few are still being caught on swimbaits. The bluegill and catfish bites also starting to improve. There was a 3,500-pound trout plant three weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down. A few fish still showing on small jigs, PowerBait, and Mice Tails. Stripers also 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 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, but the fish are backing out of the shallows as the spawn winds down. Mostly smaller fish in the one to three-pound class showing on plastics and reaction baits, but a five-pounder was landed by Rafael Jimenez, Boyle Heights, on a Creature Bait to top off a three-fish stringer. The bluegill fair to good 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. Lots of half-pounders and some bigger. Few redear in this action. Carp are pretty good for the handful of anglers targeting them. The lake level continues to come up. Catfish and trout slow. 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 striper action has been pretty good this past week at the dam and inlet, mostly on cut baits with chicken liver and sardines probably the top baits. Live shad is best if you can dip some, but frozen shad is also a good if you can get it. Chi Cheang, Long Beach, had a 7-9 striper on sardines at the inlet, while Rick Misner, Anza, using chicked liver at the dam to land a six-pounder. The largemouth bass bite been fair to good as the spawn winds down. Still a low of fish up shallow, but mostly males guarding beds. The bass are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill are fair and improving with some good scores reported by good jig anglers. Other species have been slow with few reports. 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 this weekend, 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.

May
03

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. No recent DFW plants. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. 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 ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. No recent DFW plants. For park and fishing information, call: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. No recent DFW plants. Information: 909-887-7540.

May
03

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The lake has been closed to fishing this week in preparation for the youth fishing derby will this Saturday, May 5, with lots of prizes for the kids. The last 1,500-pound trout plant of the season has gone in. Trout were slowing down before this plant, but the Carp fishing has been fantastic. Trout best in deeper water on Mice Tails or PowerBait. Carp have been best on home-made dough baits or the XXX Magic Bait in mulberry. A lot of anglers are also using strawberry jello as a dip for their baits. Most of the carp are running from four to 10 pounds. 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: Carp bite has been good with fish big fish at 35 and 45 pounds this week. There have been lots of six to 10 pounders. There is a month-long carp derby (no entry fee), and the biggest poundage of carp weighed in this month is worth $150. Second will win $100, and third will be a $25 gift card to Turner’s Outdoorsman. Last trout plant of the season was last week (70,000 pounds total this year). The bite has been fair on one-pound class fish with some to five pounds, and some Lightning Trout continue to show. Green pumpkin PowerBait, Mice Tails, and fly-lined nightcrawlers have been the best bets. The bass bite has been good on nightcrawlers fished around the docks, and there are still a few crappie showing around the docks early in the morning or late evening. Also a few redear showing. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The cold snap this week slowed down the bite overall, but before the chill weather, there had been a pretty good bite on largemouth bass and increasing numbers of catfish. Catfish to six pounds reported, and the best action has been at the outlet near the parking lot on big hunks of mackerel. The bass have been best near the shoreline tules on plastics and nightcrawlers. Also some bluegill on meal worms or wax worms fished under a bobber tight to the structure. Still very few stripers reported. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): There has been solid catfish action in the aqueduct this week, especially the west side of the valley at 110th, 195 th, and 280 th West. Best bait has been mackerel. Still mostly slow for stripers, but a few on shrimp. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.