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Jun
07

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this 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 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).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

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

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week next week (June 10-16):

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabraina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, South Lake, Symmes Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

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, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (upper and lower, Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virgin Creek, Virginia Lakes (Upper and Lower), West Walker River (section 2 and 3).

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

FRESNO: Bearskin Creek, Courtright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, Wishon Reservoir.

The following waters were planted last 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).

Jun
07

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 five 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 four 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 busted wide open and is kind of a local secret. The bite has been good for bluegill, largemouth, stripers, and catfish this past week, but it is getting surprisingly little fishing pressure. The bluegill and bass are best along the south shoreline tules, while the stripers and catfish have been best at the aqueduct outlet and along the north shore to the inlet. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Jun
07

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 and shore anglers, although Green Valley Lake has also been pretty good. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City remains 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 over a month ago and stays hot. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good 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. It’s still just not good yet. 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 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 18-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 fair bets this week.

Jun
07

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The panfish bite broke wide open this week along most of the shorelines with lots of bluegill and warmouth showing, especially for the kids targeting the panfish with any small bait — meal worms, wax worms, crickets, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish bite is fair on cut baits. Also still good carp action on dough baits, especially on Magic Bait in shad or mulberry flavors. The trout are very slow, but still an occasional one caught on PowerBait or an inflated nightcrawler in deeper water. 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 stayed good here with fish to 10 pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines flylined in deeper water around the docks and along the tules. There is 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 the bass and panfish 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: The overall action has been very good with stripers starting to show in good numbers, especially for anglers walking the north shore to the back end of the lake and fishing ghost shrimp drop-shot style. There are also a lot of bass and bluegill around the reeds or other structure, mostly on nightcrawlers. There also continues to be a fair to good bite on quality catfish at the outlet right by the parking area on baseball-sized chunks of mackerel fly-lined along the bottom in the moving water. Fish to 10-plus pounds reported again this week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish bite has improved with the warm weather throughout this stretch of the aqueducts. The best bite has been from 6 to 10 p.m. in the evening on mussels and chicken liver. There is a lot of floating vegetation, but the bite still good. Top spots on the east side of the valley are 72nd and 120th, while the best spots on the west side of the valley are still
110th, 195th, and 280th West. A few stripers are showing 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.

Jun
07

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.

Jun
07

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. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, again reported bluegill to 12-inches (about two pounds) caught slow-trolling homemade jigs with blades on four-pound test line. The largemouth bass bite has been fair around much of the lake. Soloman Phelon, Apple Valley, had a 5-2 bass on a plastic, while Gilbert Gonzales, Moreno Valley, landed a four-pounder. Also a few crappie, catfish, and carp reports. 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 was 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 catfish really turning on in recent days. The best action has been on cut baits, but chicken liver and garlic shrimp have been the hot baits. James Wells, San Bernardino, had a six-pound cat on anchovies at Ramp No. 2, while Doug Perez, Temecula, landed a 5-2 on chicken liver mid-lake. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina and the fish are mostly 10 feet down or deeper. 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. The largemouth bass bite been just fair 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. There was a 400-pound catfish plant last week and the next plant is set for June 4. 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.

Jun
07

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/.

Jun
07

HIGH DESERT WATERS VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish action has been pretty good, with weekly plants on going. The last was stocked with 1,000 pounds last Thursday and another 1,000 pounds is slated for this week. Most of the fish run from 1-8 to 2-0, but some up to eight pounds are in each stocking. The top spots have been The Finger and Sandy Point, and various cut baits or the marshmallow-meal worm combo are producing the most fish. Adding one of the catfish dips or scents to the bait is a good idea. Top catfish reported in the past week was a 7-5 landed by Francisco Aquino, Lake Arrowhead, fishing shrip off Sandy Point. He also had a five-pounder. A 6-4 was landed off the north shore, also on shrimp, by Kenny Kilgore, Fontana, while Mark Legarreta, Hesperia, had a 4-1, also on the north shore on shrimp. Isidore Salgade, Hesperia, landed a five-fish limit off The Finger on the M&M Combo with mackerel added. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The big bump in temperature this week shut down the action after 10 a.m., but the morning bite has remained good in both lakes for anglers using PowerBait (especially flourescent orange, garlic, and spring green), nightcrawlers, or the usual array of small trout jigs and lures. Some even got limits. 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. The bass bite is also pretty good on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house. The best action has been on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted nightcrawlers with fish to five pounds reported. A few bluegill, but still no catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The catfish bite has been fair to good after weekly plants, and there continues to be a good bite on hand-sized bluegill near any shoreline cover. County catfish plants are week, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Jun
07

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.

Jun
07

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. 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 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 Dry Gulch, Elizabeth Canyon, and Utopia Cove on swimbaits and plastics, but the best bite is early to mid-morning. Dave Sloane, Simi Valley, had nine bass to three pounds on plastics. 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. Bao Pham, Long Beach, had 10 stripers with a total weight of 38 pounds and his best fish was a six-pounder, all on sardines at the west walls. 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, and the bite ñ across the board ñ just gets better with each warm day. Stripers have been best on sardines, lug worms, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on 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. Most of the fish are one to three pounds with an occasional bigger fish to five or six pounds. Artak Kazizhanyan, Granada Hills, had 10 stripers to three pounds on sardines fished in 30 to 50 feet of water. Haik Vardanyan, North Hollywood, had nine stripers to two pounds on the same bait. 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 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. Gary Lee West, Harrison City, had seven bass to four pounds on jerkbaits. 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.

Jun
07

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: Lots of activity on the lake and rising water temps have slowed things a bit, especially on the weekend. But 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. Serena Artishon, Upland, landed a five-pound striper at the dam on a nightcrawler. The bluegill have been fair to good with a lot of small fish around the marina and in most coves on meal worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. A fish half-pound fish. The largemouth bass are slow to fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics. Michael Bernhein, Pomona, had a three-pounder on a topwater. Few trout reports. Slow to fair catfish action on cut baits, and only a few carp showing. Antonio Romero, Victorville, landed an 8-0 carp on a lug worm. 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 BBMWD has been supplementing the DFW trout stocks with fish since March, and the action has been very good in the west end of the lake (west of Eagle Point and the Solor Observatory). The early-morning bite has been the best bet. There have been a lot of fish from two to four pounds for both shore and troll anglers. Top trolling routes have been from the west ramp to the SS Relief just 150 to 200 feet offshore, and the same distance offshore on the south side of the lake between Metcalf and Papoose bays. Small spoons or Rapalas on one to two-and-a-half colors of leadcore has been the ticket. Shore anglers are doing best in the same areas fishing PowerBait on three-foot leaders of two- to four-pound test. The early morning spoon bite is also good with fly-line nightcrawlers also producing fish early. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been pretty good, especially the mouths of Boulder and Papoose Bays. Shallow diving crank baits, plastics, and jigs are all getting some good fish. The bite on small bullhead is just starting, but the bluegill bite is still off. The Annual Fishing for 50K tournament will be this weekend (June 9-10). For information on fishing or the tournament, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake 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: There were both DFW and Jess Ranch plants two weeks ago, and the bite has been pretty good since. The plants were 900 and 1,200 pounds respectively (more than double normal from Jess Ranch), and there were 100-plus pounds of trophy fish in the Jess Ranch plant. A couple of six-plus pounders were caught this past weekend, including fish at 7-6 and 7-0. Still the best action on small jigs and flies, but more the inflated nightcrawler and PowerBait bite has improved. 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 went in this week. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana got plants ñ the first of the season — last 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.

Jun
07

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 two weeks ago and it scheduled to get more fish Jun. 15.

Santee Lakes has had catfish plants since April 7. There was a plant last week, and the next 1,000-pound plants will be June 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 began three weeks ago with a 2,000-pound plant, and there was a 1,000-pound slated for this week. There will also be plants the weeks of June 18, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 390, August 13, and August 27.

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 May 25, and the next plant is set for 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 two weeks ago and will get fish again next 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: 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.

Jun
07

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.

DERBY INFORMATION: The Colorado River Best of the West Fishing Derby will be held June 23-24. Pre-registration on line is $15 per day and $25 on-site the each day of the event. Check-in and final weigh-ins at Riviera Marina. Prizes are given for the biggest catfish and stripers weighed in. Daily entry also qualifies you for daily raffles, and additional raffle ticket may be purchased. For more information, go to www.bullheadcity.com.

TOP NEWS: The action all along the river is pretty good. Four major bites to note: First, there is still 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.

Jun
07

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).

Jun
07

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 (to six pounds) and a few browns (to seven pounds), and limits are common for the diligent. 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. Grant continues to produce a few nice brown trout to 20 inches.

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. Another trophy trout plant went in last 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.