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Archive for July 5th, 2018

Jul
05

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands stays in the top spot. Many boats have reported five-fish limits of these nice 8 to 12 pound range fish. The fish are being targeting on three-quarter and full-day boats out of San Diego, and even on the ìbadî days, the average has been at least couple of fish per rod. For an update, check with 976-TUNA.com.

2. Quail Lake has continued to be a hot spot with very good catfish and bluegill action again this week and even more stripers showing. The catfish have been best at the outlet for anglers fly-lining big hunks of mackerel (so they don’t get snagged as often). The bluegill are best along the south shoreline tules on small baits under a bobber with fish to two pounds reported this week. The stripers have been best on ghost shrimp along the north shore. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

3. Castaic Lake’s striper bite stays in the top picks again this week, continuing to edge out nearby Pyramid Lake. Castaic is simply producing nearly as many fish as Pyramid, but with much better quality. Lots of 10-fish limits 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
05

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, 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. 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 and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Castaic and nearby Pyramid, but bigger fish are showing at Castaic with stripers to six pounds reported this week and a lot of three to five pounders. Most Pyramid fish are one to two pounds. Both are producing limits. Silverwood is also fair and improved this week with some nice stringers of fish to four pounds. Diamond Valley is still slow with just an occasional bigger fish showing. 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: Crappie bites have lulled everywhere this past week with only a few fish showing at Isabella and 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.

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 and Pyramid. Quail Lake has been good with a lot of nice fish in the four to six pounds range.

Jul
05

HIGH DESERT WATERS VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish action has been pretty good, with weekly plants on going. It 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. Best fish this past week was a 13-8 landed by Brian Frandson, Appley Valley, but a 10=5 was caught by Enrique Lares, Hesperia. 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. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Heat has hammered the trout action with slow to fair action on both lakes this past week. The best bite has been on
PowerBait (especially rainbow, garlic and salmon peach), nightcrawlers, or small trout lures fished before 10 a.m. Even a few limits for hard-working anglers. 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 has been pretty good bass action on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house, mostly on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted night crawlers. Some to four pounds. Still few reports on bluegill or catfish. 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. Some limits reported. County catfish plants are weekly, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Jul
05

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The bite on small carp remains very good with the eight to nine-inch fish hitting dough baits made from tortillas or nightcrawlers. The bluegill and warmouth bite has continued fair with small baits like meal worms or wax worms fished under a bobber with the bait is close to the bottom. The catfish bite is slow to fair on cut baits, but a few continue to show. 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, and the trout action has been pretty good since the DFW trout plant last week, mostly on PowerBait or MiceTails. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The catfish bite has stayed good here with fish to 13 pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines, mackerel, or chicken liver flylined in deeper water areas, but especially where the aqueduct enters (docks 25 and 26) and the main dock. There is also good bass and bluegill action. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in very good numbers. Both the bass and panfish are also showing on fly-lined nightcrawlers fished near the reeds. There is also a pretty good topwater bass bite early and late in the day. The carp bite is also good on dough baits. There will be a catfish derby July 14 for the biggest three-fish stringer. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: This is still the hotspot in the Antelope Valley with good action on catfish, stripers, and wide open bluegill fishing, including some fish to two pounds. The big bluegill are showing all along the tule-lined south shoreline on meal worms suspended under a bobber. The striper have been best at the outlet, along the north shore, and at the inlet on ghost shrimp. Catfish are showing in good numbers of fly-lined mackerel hunks at the outlet right by the parking area. Fish to 10-plus pounds reported again this week. The largemouth bass are best around the reeds or points along the north shore on cranks, drop-shot plastics, or nightcrawlers. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish bite has been fair to good throughout this stretch of the aqueduct. The striped bass bite is also improved with fair to good action. The best action is still early and late in the day. There is a lot of floating vegetation, but the bite still good. Top spots on the east side of the valley are 72nd, 120th, Pearblossom, and 248 East access spots, while the best spots on the west side of the valley are still 110th, 195th, 260th (above ground tunnels), 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 showing in the sand traps. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Jul
05

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also fair. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites are also pretty decent, especially the panfish. The panfish action has been along most shorelines with structure but out in six to 18 feet of water around the weed beds and algae. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few on big swimbaits or trolled flies 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 fair to good this past week with most of the action shifting into deeper water in the east end and off the island. A few crappie continue to show, but the marina area has slowed for all species. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all been good for the bluegill, while the crappie are showing on small jigs, and tipping them with Crappie Nibbles is a good idea. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. Josh Corbitt, Moreno Valley, had a 6.43-pound bass on a Fat Ika at Lot 11 from shore. There is a good carp bite on dough baits for the carp specialists with some fish to 14 pounds reported. 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. Donald Woo Chung, Temecula, landed a seven-pound cat on anchovies, while Danny Burnside, Rancho Bernardo, had three cats to 6-2. The largemouth bass bite has been very good, mostly on frogs and other topwater baits early and late in the day. Some on plastics outside the early-late routine. The striper bite is slow to fair at the inlet and dam area, mostly on the same cut baits as the cats. Still some on shad-like cranks and swimbaits early. Bluegill slowed with a few 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. Richard Kaplin, Chula Vista, had a 1-2 bluegill on a nightcrawler. There was a 400-pound catfish plant two weeks ago, and another plant was slated for this Friday. 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.

Jul
05

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant last week. 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.

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/.

Jul
05

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there have been more reports of crappie again this past week. 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 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. Few reports of trout, but a few are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 20 to 50 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacked 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. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. 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. Attention bowfishermen, the carp still shallow in a post spawn mode, and showing pretty well for anglers and bowfishermen. Fish up into the 20-pound class have been caught and arrowed. 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: The striper bite has continued good to excellent, and there have been more and more quality fish topping five pounds. The weekend boat and jet ski traffic makes fishing tough, but the early morning weekend bite and the weekday bite has been excellent. Most of the action is on drifted bait for both shore and boat anglers, and some fish are showing on jerk baits and trolled umbrella rigs. Shore anglers are seeing the best bite off the west ramp on fresh sardines and ghost shrimp. While most of the stripers are two to four pounds, there have been a number of bigger fish reported. Kimstrong Leing, Long Beach, had a limit of 10 stripers with fish to nine pounds fishing Whopper Ploppers off Kong Island. The largemouth bite has been nearly as good with a lot of nice fish showing on nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and plastics. Danny King, Los Angeles, landed four largemouth to five pounds on plastics at the dam, while Sean Nahm, also Los Angeles, landed three bass to four pounds on jigs in the Ski Arm. Both the crappie and bluegill bites have been pretty good for two weeks now, mostly on jigs and meal worms (or the two together) in 15 to 25 feet of water in Coash and Cutler coves. Some are quality fish to a pound. In the lower lake, the bluegill bite has is also good on hand-sized fish on the usual array of small baits. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. 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. 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. The boils have been popping up in the marina and off points all around the lake in the past week. Most of the fish are still under two pounds. Milton Bonilla, Van Nuys, had five stripers to 1-8 on sardines fishing in 30 to 60 feet of water. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water 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. Robert Gerace, Saugus, landed a two-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. 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
05

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Cuyamaca was planted with private trout three weeks ago. That was the final private trout plant of the 2017-18 season, but DFW trout were added last week. Plants will resume in September.

Santee Lakes has had catfish plants since April 7. There was a plant last week and the the next 1,000-pound plants will be this Friday, July 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 in May, and there was a 1,000-pound Monday two weeks ago, and a 1,000 plant was slated to go in this week. There will also be plants the weeks of July 9, July 16, July 30, August 13, and August 27.

Wohlford Lake was planted with 750 pounds of catfish May 25 and again June 8. The next plant — 1,000 pounds ñ went in 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 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, El Capitan, and Sutherland are the top bets with good action, while Hodges and Murray are slow to fair. Miramar is fair, but most of the fish are small. Barrett, while decent, is surprisingly slow compared to its normal blazing pace.

The bluegill and redear action is good most places, especially at San Vicente for bigger bluegill, but Lower Otay and Hodges are also good. El Capitan and Sutherland are a tick behind those, but also pretty decent. 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: Not available this week.

NOTABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford, Randy Eddo, Escondido, landed a 10-10 bass trolling a Rapala. Xavier Schwarm, also Escondido, caught and released a 10-5 bass on a jerkbait near the reeds on Senior Shoreline.

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
05

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: The action all along the river is fair to good, but the heat 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 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 flathead 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 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. 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. Overall, 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. The best bite has been on cut baits, but a lot of fish showing on topwater, reaction baits, and trolled lures, too. 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.

Jul
05

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still dead slow. 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
05

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 and the flows have dropped from 250 cfs down into the 200 cfs range this week. Lots of browns and rainbows up to 25 inches being caught on nymphs and streamers. The dry fly action is still off with intermittent evening surface activity on caddis in the California stretch, but more in the Nevada stretches. 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, access is opening up into the backcountry and Big and Little Virginia have been fishing just fair, in spite of recent DFW plants. There have been some quality fish landed with fish to six pounds this past week.

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. Smoke has been a problem from the fire near Devil’s Postpile.

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. There have been more quality fish this week than last with cutthroats to five pounds landed. 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. 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, 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. Smoke continues to be a problem from the fire near Devil’s Postpile, but not as bad a the June and Mammoth area.

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
05

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite remains pretty good action on fish to six pounds on clams, Sonny’s Dip Bait, and cut baits. Most everything else has slowed down. Only a few crappie showing, and the bass are just fair. A few trout continue to show in deeper water at the auxiliary dam. For carp anglers, this bite has been 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: Trout plants throughout the upper river four weeks ago (sections 4, 5, and 6) and a plant in section 4 last week have kept this action pretty decent and flows have dropped way down. The best bite has been on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are having good luck on wild fish. The lower river flows jumped, 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: The striper bite has been fair, but mostly on smaller, undersize fish, and mostly early and late in the day. Floating vegetation and moss is becoming a problem. The Grapevine to 166 stretch continues to fish pretty well, too. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits, with very few fish on artificial lures. Catfish are improving with fair to good action on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. Very few largemouth bass. 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 are still up and the catfish bite stayed fair on cutbaits or nightcrawlers. A few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill and carp are 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. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill and carp are good, while the bass are fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, or reaction baits, but only early and late in the day. 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: The bluegill and carp bites have been good, but the warm weather is putting even a damper on these bites. A few bass also continue to show on plastics, nightcrawlers, or live minnows. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp are showing on on dough baits and a few catfish have been reported this past week.

MING LAKE: The carp, bass, and bluegill have been fair. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair on plastics, Senko-type baits, and minnows.

BRITE LAKE: There were some good reports on quality crappie recently, but just a few fish to two pounds. Most of the action has been on bluegill and small bass on small jigs on light line or small baits under a bobber fished close to shore are getting the fish.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a fair bite on smaller catfish on shad and dip baits, but the action on carp and bluegill is better. The carp are showing on Powder Bait and Wussy Bait, while the bluegill are best on the usual array of small baits, with crickets and wax worms probably the best bets. 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 plastics and reaction baits. The crappie have slowed way down with only an occasional fish showing on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. Also a few catfish starting to show. 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 to good with the fish mostly in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. The bluegill bite is good, and a few catfish are starting to show and a few crappie continue to be caught. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jul
05

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, but this bite has slowed again over the past week. The crappie bite is slow now. 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 bluegill bites, and the bass bite is pretty good on plastics and reaction baits. Continued reports of good smallmouth action at San Antonio again this week.

Jul
05

TROUT PLANTS

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

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Fulmor Lake, Strawberry Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Lytle Creek (Middle Fork).

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Doane Pond.

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

MONO: Convict Creek, Convict 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), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Mammoth).

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Hume Lake, Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Shaver Lake.

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

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

MONO: Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek South Fork, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (upper Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Twin Lakes Twin Lakes(Mammoth).

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Wishon Reservoir.

The following waters were planted last week (June 24-30):

LOS ANGELES: Jackson Lake.

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

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

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, 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), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

KERN: Kern River (section 4).

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

FRESNO: Bearskin Creek, Dinkey Creek, 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
05

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, 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 15 to 40 feet of water. A fair to good bite on catfish in most coves, especially in rocky areas, on cut baits. Juan Flores, Ontario, landed a seven-pound bass on a nightcrawler in Cleghorn. The largemouth bass are fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics early and late in the day. Jason Duran, Ontario, landed a 2-4 largemouth on a crankbait in Outhouse Cove. The bluegill have been fair to good with mostly small fish around the marina and in most coves on meal worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. There have been a few crappie to about a pound caught on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles off the dock and in brushy coves in the main channel. The fish are in eight to 20 feet of water. Few trout reports. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout action is 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 or Gulp! baits on three-foot leaders of two- to four-pound test. The early morning spoon bite is also good with fly-line nightcrawlers. 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. 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 last week. 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 trout plants last week, and the bite has been pretty good, with a number of fish in the four-pound class or better. Most are one- to two-pound class fish. The best action has been on small jigs, small lures, and flies, with just fair action on inflated nightcrawler and PowerBait. 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 DFW trout plants went in this week, two weeks ago, and three weeks ago. The Santa Ana River was also planted last week. It has been over a month since the last plants in the Santa Ana and the South Fork of 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.