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Jul
26

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, 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 fair to good all over the region with warm weather pushing the bite to morning or evening. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is happening most places early and late. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, but Diamond Valley remains closed due to an algae bloom. On the Colorado River, the bites are also good in all the backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open over a month ago and stays hot. Heat on the river makes this an early and late bite with slow action mid-day. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is good for smallies.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Castaic and nearby Pyramid, but bigger fish are showing at Castaic with stripers to eight pounds reported again this week and a lot of three to five pounders. Most Pyramid fish are one to two pounds or under. Silverwood has been as good as Pyramid, but also mostly small fish. All three are producing limits. Diamond Valley is still closed. Best bite everywhere has been on cut baits or trolled umbrella rigs. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish and moss is becoming a real problem. 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, but some to five pounds this week.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are pretty fair across the region but they have all slowed a little with the hot weather this week. Top bites are still Perris, Lower Otay, Hodges, San Vicente, Skinner, El Capitan, Pyramid, Castaic (both the big lake and afterbay), and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty good, too. Lots of small panfish everywhere now. Apollo Park Lake has been wide open on small bluegill and warmouth. Very few crappie bites with only a few fish showing at Cachuma and Isabella.

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 kicking in now, with good action at Skinner, Castaic, and Pyramid. Quail Lake has been good with a lot of nice fish in the four to six pounds range, and the entire California aqueduct from Quail to Hesperia has been pretty good this week. There was also a 41-pounder caught in the Buena Vista Lakes this past week.

Jul
26

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: Good striper fishing as continued this week for a lot of anglers fishing bait off the dock or Twin Cove, through the main channel on points, the quarry area, or at the dam. Anchovies, sardines, lug worms, and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. The fish are from one to four pounds and a few 10-fish limits have been reported. The fish are mostly showing in 30 to 40 feet of water. Jason Ramirez, Apple Valley, had five stripers to three pounds on anchovies off the dock. A fair to good bite on catfish in most coves, especially in rocky areas, on cut baits, with Cleghorn probably the best spot. Fish to four pounds reported this week. Anglers walking in or staying in the campground are reporting pretty good night action. The largemouth bass are fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics early and late in the day. The bluegill have been fair with mostly small fish around the marina and in most coves on meal worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. 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 boat pressure continues to be pretty heavy on weekends, but between the activity and the heat the bite has been just fair. The best action is very early in the morning and the best bank action has been along the north shore from Old Gray’s Landing to the buoy line at the dam. This is also where the weed growth is the least and there is only a little algae. Boat anglers are having the best luck trolling or drifting 200 to 300 feet off of the South shore between Metcalfe Bay and the buoy line using two to three colors of leadcore with live bait behind a wedding ring or micro flashers. Needlefish in pearl with Red, bikini, or copper with a red head, or a Thomas Buoyant in a red and gold have been the best lures. A few bass are showing out of deeper structure, especially off Garstin Island and from the old ski beach up to Papoose Bay. Plastics and reaction baits early and late are best. Lots of bullhead and panfish. 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. DFW trout plant four weeks ago. 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 was a Jess Ranch trout plant last Thursday (July 19) with 400 pounds of Jess Ranch rainbows going in. There was also a plant the previous week. Most recent DFW plant was four weeks ago. The bite was pretty good over the weekend with most anglers getting at least one or two fish averaging one to three pounds. Also some good stringers landed. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. The lake level apparently is low and dropping, and last week’s DFW plant consisted of 10 fish and they all died due to warm water at the shorelines. No more plants likely for this year. The Santa Ana River was last planted four weeks ago, but it is not on the list for this week or last week (although the fish scheduled for Jenks may have been planted in the Santa Ana). 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.

Jul
26

HIGH DESERT WATERS VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: The weekly 1,000-pound catfish plants continue with a plant last Thursday and another slated for Thursday this week. The fish average 1-8 to two pounds, but there are some bigger fish in each plants. The best action has been on the M&M (marshmallow-meal worm) combo, shrimp, or cut mackerel, and adding a scent helps. Top spots this week have been The Finger and Sandy Point. Top stringer of the week went to
Kevin Salgado, Hesperia, with five fish that totaled 36 pounds, and his best fish was a 9-8, all on the M&M Combo at The Finger. Isidaro Salgado, also Hesperia, had three cats totaling 18 pounds. The biggest cats was a 10-pound that Thomas and Steve Sterall, Phelan, double-teamed to land. They were using sardines and meal worms. Ricardo Rodriguez, Hesperia, landed a five-pound cat on mackerel off the east shore. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite was slow on both lakes this week, with just a few fish showing early in the morning on chartreuse, garlic or salmon peach PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, or small trout lures to get a few. 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. There is a good bass bite on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near the pump house. The best bite has been on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted night crawlers and some to four pounds have been report. The bluegill bite is also pretty good on nightcrawler pieces and meal worms, and some to a pound have been caught.
Hot spots for bluegill are the western shore of lake 3 near the pump house and the western shore of lake 2 near the drain. Few reports on catfish. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. County catfish plants are weekly, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Jul
26

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: Excellent action on bluegill, and the bigger carp are starting to show in decent numbers. The bite on bluegill and warmouth remains wide open on small worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, or nightcrawler pieces fished under a bobber but fished close to the bottom. There is also a pretty good bite on bigger carp from five to nine pounds on dough baits. Also a few bass showing, but the lake is just alive with fry. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Continued good action on small bluegill, but no trout with the last DFW plant over a month ago. The trout are showing mostly on PowerBait or MiceTails, while the bluegill are being caught on any small bait, with meal worms and nightcrawler pieces the best. 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-plus pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines, mackerel, or chicken liver fly-lined in deeper water areas at the front of the lake. Many anglers are fishing cut bait and nightcrawler combos to get wiggle and scent. There is also good bass and bluegill action, but weeds are starting to make shoreline fishing more difficult. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in decent numbers. Both the bass and panfish are also showing on fly-lined nightcrawlers fished near the reeds and outside edges of the weed beds that are forming in the lake. There is also a pretty good topwater bass bite early and late in the day. 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: Heat and wind have slowed things a little. Flows into and through the lake have also been high, but is still a pretty fair morning bite for all species. The catfish may still be the best bet for anglers fishing big hunks of cut bait (one-quarter to a third of a small frozen mackerel) without weight at the outlet and a few bigger fish over six pounds have been caught again this week. The stripers have also less consistent, but they are still showing off the north shore points on ghost shrimp and lug worms (both the green and new orange colors) fished on a dropper loop with one or two hooks. There is also still a pretty fair bite on bluegill and largemouth bass along the reeds on the 138 side of the lake, mostly on nightcrawlers. The ëcrawlers cut in half and fished under a bobber for the bluegill or left whole and fly-lined for the bass. Drop-shot plastics or small cranks are also working for the bass. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The water has been ripping this week, making fishing difficult. The west side the Antelope Valley has had the highest flows and toughest fishing, but the east side had lower flows. The best action is from 72nd Avenue east. The best action ñ on both catfish and stripers ñ has been on lug worms or blood worms fished in combination with shad or sardines. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: The lake is closed, just as it has been for the past three years. It was open two weekends in June (9-10 and 16-17) to allow anglers and other recreation users access. The fishing was excellent those two weekends with crappie to two pounds, bluegill to a pound, and a good number of two to four-pound bass caught. The Palmdale Water District started construction this month on a grade-control structure to protect the endangered arroyo toads. Building the arroyo toad structure also marks the beginning of PWD’s Littlerock Reservoir Sediment Removal Project, a plan to remove about 1.165 million cubic yards of accumulated sediment from behind the dam to increase capacity at the nearly century-old dam. This project is not scheduled for completion until 2032, with 120,000 cubic yards of material removed a year until the 1.165 million yards of accumulated sediment and debris is removed. Apparently, there is not going to be an effort to rescue the fish population existing in the lake and relocate them to other nearby waters like Apollo Lake or Jackson Lake. Anglers have been walking into the lake and fishing, catching crappie, bluegill, and bass in very good numbers as the water level drops. While no one has been cited, there is a good likelihood that citations could occur, although the Angeles National Forest, which manages the closure, has not returned requests for information. More information will be provided as it become available.

Jul
26

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The lake remains closed due to the algea bloom which has created elevated levels of cyanobacteria. This is really specious considering this is a ìno body contactî lake, plus all the trails are closed around this lake. This closure was supposed to lift three weeks ago, but it has been in place since late June. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For an update on the closure, 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 fair to good this past week with most of the action shifting into deeper water in the east end and off the island. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all been good for the bluegill. Weekend boat pressure is getting pretty intense, but large areas of the lake are still in ìno wakeî zones, so the fishing is holding up. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair on plastics or nightcrawlers, with some topwater action very early in the day. Few carp, crappie, or catfish reported this week. The carp bite is pretty good most mornings on dough baits. Tyler Nelson, Hemet, had a 15-pound carp off the dock. 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 catfish action is very good with a lot of two to five-pound fish caught on cutbaits, mostly chicken liver, garlic shrimp, mackerel, or anchovies. The top spots have been Launch Ramp No. 2, Catfish Alley, and most coves. Greg Worthey, Murrieta, had a nine-pound catfish on garlic shrimp near Ramp 2. Jenna Salinas, West Covina, had an 8-8 on chicken liver at the inlet. Both the largemouth and striper bites are just fair. The bass are best on frogs and other topwater baits early and late in the day. Some on plastics outside the early-late routine. The striper bite is best at the inlet and dam area on jerkbaits or swimbaits fished early in the day. Some fish on baits and trolled umbrella rigs in deeper water. Bluegill slowed with a few small fish still showing 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. There was a 400-pound catfish plant three weeks ago, and the next 400-pound plant is Aug. 3. 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.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout two and four weeks ago. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake and Strawberry Creek two weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

Jul
26

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there continue to be sporadic reports on crappie. The bass are showing best in eight to 35 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. 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 have been landed by anglers trolling at the dam or in deep water in Johnson Bay. 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 remains fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. Shila Silva, Simi Valley, had seven largemouth bass to five pounds fishing wacky-rigged plastics. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. 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: There has been good to excellent striper and largemouth bass action but most of it is before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Shore anglers have been getting limits of smaller stripers with some decent catfish mixed in. The best bite has been in the cove to the left of the West Ramp. Boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line and Necktie Canyon for the stripers, and the bite has been best on fresh sardines. Some fish are also showing on umbrella rigs. Bob Tran, Los Angeles, had five stripers to five pounds on sardines in Necktie Canyon. The largemouth bite is also very good around much of the lake on nightcrawlers, plastics, frogs, and reaction baits, especially on the outside edges of the weeds. Wacky-rigged worms have been a good bet. Reaction baits like a Rat-L-Trap or Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow have been good for smallmouth early in the day or late in the evening. Thomas Foster, Simi Valley, caught and released eight largemouth and smallmouth to five pounds. Timothy Mondhink, Los Angeles, had five largemouth to 4-12 on Robo worms at Hawk’s Nest. Also in the news is the very good bluegill action that has taken off in both the main lake outside Dry Gulch and in the lower lake. Some real toad bluegill have come from the Dry Gulch area. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. 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. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water 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 remained good on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on topwater or jerk baits fished in boils, which have been happening more frequently. Trolling umbrella rigs is also a good bet. Lots of small stripers under two pounds (many even under a pound). There is a good bite from shore from the cabanas to the swim beach. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves and rip rap areas The largemouth 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. 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.

Jul
26

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Cuyamaca was planted with DFW trout two and four weeks ago. Private trout plants will resume in September.

Santee Lakes was planted with catfish this week and two weeks ago. The next 1,000-pound plants will be Aug. 3, 10, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 21, 29, and a final plant Oct. 6 (3,500 pounds).

Lake Jennings was planted with 1,000 pounds of catfish two weeks ago. There will also be plants this week and the weeks of July 30, August 13, and August 27.

Wohlford Lake was planted with 750 pounds of catfish two weeks ago, and the next plant is slated for Friday this week.

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

FISHING UPDATE: The bass bite has generally continued to slow with the head this week. There continues to be a fair bite early most mornings on topwater, reaction baits, and plastics. There are a lot of small bass showing at all the lakes. El Capitan, Lower Otay, and Sutherland are the top bets with fair to good action, while San Vicente has slowed a little. Murray and Miramar have slowed abd most of the fish are small. Barrett, while decent, is surprisingly slow compared to its normal blazing pace.

The bluegill and redear action is fair but has slowed most places. Top spot has been Lower Otay. 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 Sutherland, and not many at those two.

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: Fishing counts are done most weeks for San Diego City water lake. This past week, Barret Lake had 23 anglers who landed 245 bass. At El Capitan, 43 anglers caught 326 bass, 37 bluegill, and 10 crappie. At Hodges, there were 87 anglers check who reported 107 bass and 28 bluegill. Murray had 37 anglers checked and they caught 30 bluegill and 11 bass. Lower Otay had 61 anglers checked and they caught 288 bass to six pounds and 240 bluegill to 1 1/2-pounds. At San Vicente, 29 anglers reported 96 bass to 6 1/2-pounds and 10 bluegill At Sutherland, 40 anglers caught 164 bass, 42 bluegill, and 16 crappie.

NOTABLE CATCHES: No details on the 12 1/2-pound bass from Otay.

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.

Jul
26

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: Hot, but the fishing been fair to good, and mosquitos are bad on the lower river. Still five major bites to note: First, there is still a fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bite in Lake Havasu on reaction baits and plastics. But bass have been pretty decent all along the river in the backwaters and all the reservoirs. This bite continues to slow with the warm weather and the window to catch them is mostly very early and very late. The lower river around Palo Verde remains pretty good for smallmouth. Second, the flathead catfish action on the lower river below Blythe remains good to excellent, especially in the Palo Verde to Yuma stretch of river at night. Heat has fishing pressure light. In fact, the channel catfish action is also good all along the river. Jim Eeren, Bullhead City, caught a 12.54-pound channel catfish on anchovies in the Bullhead stretch of the river. Third, the big redear action is very good at Havasu and throughout Topoc Gorge. A lot of big fish from 1-8 to 2-8 have been reported in 15 to 40 feet of water. Fourth, the striped bass bite has been very good in the river between Davis Dam and Lake Havasu, but mostly on small fish from one to two pounds, but some bigger fish for anglers throwing bigger swimbaits or topwater baits. This action has spread upstream into Lake Mohave and downstream into Havasu, with pretty good bites in both of these lakes now, mostly on cut baits. Fifth, 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.

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.

Jul
26

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still dead slow and the heat has been oppressive this week. It’s looking like there simply won’t be a tilapia bite this season because the action usually slows way down by now, and this year there simply hasn’t been a bite at all. The scientists studying the sea say they have collected very few mature (catchable-sized) tilapia, but there has been a spawn because there are a lot of tiny fish. The water level is still so low that launching is impossible except for hand-launchable craft (kayaks, canoes, float tubes). 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).

Jul
26

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has remained very consistent with pretty decent action on clams, Sonny’s Dip Bait, and cut baits with a lot of three to six pounds fish and some to 10 pounds or better. The crappie bite has slowed way down, but the bass action has been fair to good with most of the action in 10 to 25 feet of water, mostly on drop-shot plastics, but a few on cranks or topwater early and late in the day. A few trout continue to show in deeper water at the auxiliary dam, Camp 9, and many fish have moved up into the river to reach cooler water. The carp bite remains less consistent, but still pretty good on dough baits with fish 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 flows are very fishable in the upper river (about 600 cfs), and the trout action has been pretty good thanks to regular DFW plants and an wild fish. DFW trout were planted in sections 4, 5 and 6 last week. The best action has been on salmon eggs, crickets, nightcrawlers, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are having good luck on wild fish, especially in the upper stretch of the river, mostly on small nymphs. The lower river flows remain very high making the river almost unfishable. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Heat has really hammered the fishing pressure here, and the striper bite is off with only a few fish showing and most of those remain small. The catfish bite is better (especially in the Highway 166 stretch). not many stripers, catfish better, best in 166 stretch. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits for the stripers, while the catfish are best on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. 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: Flows remain up and the catfish bite stayed fair on cut baits or nightcrawlers. A few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill and carp action remains pretty good. Bluegill are best on wax worms and meal worms. Carp are best on Powder Bait and other dough baits. Slow other species with only an occasional bass being caught on plastics and Senkos early morning. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: A few catfish are showing at night. Other than that it’s all been bluegill and carp, and both bites are fair to good. The carp are best on Powder Bait, Wussy Bait, or other dough baits, and the bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets.

TRUXTUN LAKE: While heat has hammered fishing pressure, the bluegill and carp bites remain fair to good while the bass have slowed way down with only the occasional fish showing early. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp are showing on dough baits.

MING LAKE: The carp and bluegill are the name of the game here, but a few catfish have been showing at night on cut baits. he carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Only a few bass reported on plastics, Senko-type baits, and minnows.

BRITE LAKE: Good action on small bass on small lures and nightcrawlers — just about anything actually. Also fair to good action on bluegill and crappie on small baits like meal worms and jigs.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Hot, hot, hot. That’s the weather, not the fishing. However, there has been a pretty decent bluegill bite, and some decent catches of catfish to three pounds on shad, clams, and dip baits. The carp are showing on Powder Bait and Wussy Bait, while the bluegill are being caught on meal worms and wax worms. 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 fair to good bass action has continued, mostly early and late in the day on drop-shot plastics and Senkos or similar baits. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. Also a fair number of catfish showing on cut baits and dip baits. Crappie are dead now. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair with the fish mostly in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. There has been some early morning topwater action. The bluegill bite is good, and the catfish bite has been pretty fair. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jul
26

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The weather has been excellent if not warm in the Sierra the past week. 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 continued to slow down as water temperatures continue to tick upward. Still fair action, but the lover river and Nevada stretched have been better than the Miracle Mile stretch. Trout to 25 inches being caught on nymphs and streamers, but little dry fly action and what there has been has been very inconsistent. Bridgeport Reservoir remains very good for trollers in Buckeye Bay, but the bait and fly action has picked up this week in the creek inlets. 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 Virginia Lakes drainage, overall just fair fishing, but both Virginias have been kicking out some big trout from three to five 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. Keith Russell, Santa Clarita, landed a 6-14 rainbow from Silver Lake on a nightcrawler fishing from a boat.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake is very good right now for big trout on the fly. A number of rainbows, cutts, and browns topping five pounds have been reported this week. These have all been caught on midge or damselfly imitationa, but some are starting to show on perch fry imitations. Hot Creek has been good with midge and bluewing olive hatches midday. The upper Owens remains pretty good, but with fewer bigger fish. Convict Lake has been fair to good, and quite a few quality trout continue to show. Smoke continues to be a problem from the fire near Devil’s Postpile.

In the Bishop region, the whole Bishop Creek drainage has been fair to good. Bishop Creek and Sabrina continue to be the best, and Sabrina got a plant of trophy trout last week. North and South Lake are also fair to 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.

Jul
26

CENTRAL COAST

At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is good. The bite is best 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, with the fish showing for trollers off points. At Santa Margarita, the bass and panfish bites are fair to good. 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 been fair to good for bluegill, with a lot of small fish on bobber suspended baits around structure early and late in the day. The bass bite is also pretty good on plastics and reaction baits, especially early in the say. Continued reports of good smallmouth action at San Antonio.

Jul
26

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (July 22-28):

SAN BERNARDINO: Green Valley Lake, Gregory Lake, Santa Ana River.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, North Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Rock Creek Lake, South Lake, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grand Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (upper Lee Vining Creek), Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower, Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (Upper and Lower), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week next week (July 29-Aug. 4):

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek, Lone Pine Creek.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Bull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Robinson Creek, Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower, Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Lakes (Upper and Lower.

The following waters were planted last week (July 15-21):

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake (water too warm, no trout plant), Lytle Creek (Middle and North forks).

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, 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, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower, Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Lakes (Upper and Lower).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5 and 6).

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

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

Jul
12

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The offshore fishing out of San Diego is the top pick this week with very good action on yellowtail, trophy bluefin tuna to 215 pounds or more, and now even yellowfin tuna are joining this bite. The best part is that even the one-day boats are getting into all three pelagic species. Most of the yellowtail have been 12 to 18 pounds, the average bluefin are 40 to 50 with some schools having nothing but the toads, and these early yellowfin mostly under 20 pounds. For an update, check with 976-TUNA.com.

2. Shhhhhh. This has been a secret bite for the past week or two, but the action at Little Rock Reservoir for the anglers willing to walk the quarter-mile up to the lake from the locked gate on the road are seeing a very good bite on crappie to two pounds (and nearly as good bass and bluegill fishing. The crappie have been showing tight to the stickups in the low water on small jigs. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

3. Castaic Lake’s striper bite stays in the top picks yet again this week, continuing to edge out nearby Pyramid Lake. Castaic is simply producing as many fish as Pyramid, but with much better quality. Lots of 10-fish limits again in the past week (at both lakes) with fish showing on cut baits, topwater, or trolled umbrella rigs. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

Jul
12

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, 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 fair to good all over the region with warm weather pushing the bite to morning or evening. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is happening most places early and late. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, but Diamond Valley remains closed due to an algae bloom. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open over a month ago and stays hot. Heat on the river makes this an early and late bite with slow action mid-day. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is good for smallies.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Castaic and nearby Pyramid, but bigger fish are showing at Castaic with stripers to eight pounds reported this week and a lot of three to five pounders. Most Pyramid fish are one to two pounds or under. Both are producing limits. Silverwood is also fair to good with some nice stringers of fish to five pounds. Diamond Valley is still closed. Best bite everywhere has been on cut baits or trolled umbrella rigs. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish and moss is becoming a real problem. 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: The crappie bite of note has been at Little Rock Reservoir for walk-in anglers. Elsewhere, only a few fish showing at Cachuma. The bluegill and redear bites are pretty much good across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, Hodges, San Vicente, Skinner, El Capitan, Pyramid, Castaic (both the big lake and afterbay), and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty good, too. Lots of small panfish everywhere now. Apollo Park Lake has been very good on small bluegill and warmouth.

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 kicking in now, with good action at Skinner, Castaic, and Pyramid. Quail Lake has been good with a lot of nice fish in the four to six pounds range, and the entire California aqueduct from Quail to Hesperia has been pretty good this week.