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Archive for August 9th, 2018

Aug
09

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The ocean action simply will not be displaced from the top pick, and the San Diego action is breaking wide open with a flood of yellowtail, dorado, and yellowfin tuna on the nearshore banks joining the great bite further offshore for exceptional quality bluefin tuna (the best in recent days was a 302-pounder). For an update, check with 976-TUNA.com.

2. The bite on bluegill at Apollo Park Lake remains a good place to take kids and catch a lot of fish. While most are small, the bite can be non-stop early and late in the day on just about any small bait or lure fished near the bottom beneath a float. For an update on this bite, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

3. Castaic Lake’s striper bite stays in the top picks yet again this week. The fish are showing in limit-numbers at the buoy line and in Necktie Canyon, mostly on fresh sardines early and late in the day, but some fish are still busting on topwater for brief periods and trolling with umbrella rigs is also a good bet. The bluegill bite also is pretty much wide open outside Dry Gulch and in the lower lake. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

Aug
09

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 fair. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is just fair.

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 in the day. The heat has killed the action much past 9 a.m. until late in the afternoon. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Hodges, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, and Perris. Diamond Valley reopened, but few reports yet. On the Colorado River, the bites are also fair in all the backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu has been pretty decent with most of the fish deep after 8 a.m. Mohave is also fair for both smallmouth and largemouth. 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 six 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. Diamond Valley opened two Fridays ago, but no striper reports. Best bite everywhere has been on cut baits or trolled umbrella rigs, but there have been surface boils early at all the local lakes. 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 two or three 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. Top bites are still Lower Otay, Hodges, San Vicente, Perris, El Capitan, Pyramid, Castaic (both the big lake and afterbay), and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty good, too. 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 fair with a lot of nice fish in the four to six pounds range, and the entire California aqueduct from Quail to Hesperia has been fair week.

Aug
09

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: Good striper fishing as continued this week with the best action at the inlet and quarry, but most of the fish remain small ñ about a pound each ñ but some bigger. They are showing on sardines, lug worms, and blood worms. Sam Ting, Hesperia, had eight stripers that weighed about a pound each fishing 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. The largemouth bass are fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics early and late in the day. Vic DiCesare, Lancaster, landed a three-pound largemouth in the quarry on a lug worm. 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 heat is really slowing the fishing, but especially the trout bite. The fish have moved deeper, but some are still showing for trolling working 15-plus feet of water slow-trolling Needlefish and nightcrawlers from Papoose Bay to the buoy line and then east along the North Shore to the old Gray’s Landing. Shore anglers are only getting fish early in the morning from 4:30 to 8 a.m., and weeds are a problem. Best bet is to fish between the old dam (visible now) and the buoy line with a slip bobber rig set for six to 12 feet with a nightcrawler or garlic PowerBait. The bass action is fair on jigs and plastics off Garstin Island, the old ski beach, and Papoose Bay. For information on fishing, 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: No stocking updates. The trout bite has been fair 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 low and dropping, and warming water temperatures will prevent any more trout plants this season. A few trout are showing and some there is a good bite on small bass for anglers fishing small topwater lures early and late in the day. The Santa Ana River has not been planted in over a month. 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.

Aug
09

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 plant. 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 cat this past week was a 10-pounder landed by Jason Henry, San Bernardino, on shrimp and marshmallow off the north shore. Mauricio Caldera, Apple Valley, landed a 7-4 cat, while Mylz Collier, Hesperia, had a four-pounder. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite has been slow on both lakes, but a few fish have been reported before 9 a.m. on PowerBait (especially hatchery pellet, garlic and salmon peach), nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs and lures. In contract, there is pretty good bass action on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house. The best bite has been on Senko-type baits, spinnerbait, or and drop-shotted nightcrawlers with some bass to four pounds. Bluegill action is fair on nightcrawlers and meal worms. Some to a pound. 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. A few catfish are being caught on shrimp and garlic-marshmallow/nightcrawler combos. Best area to catch them is northern and western shore of lake 2. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: Good catfish action with catfish to five pounds reported in the past week. The best action has been on shrimp with scent added and stink baits, but some also on regular nightcrawlers and other cut baits. Horseshoe Lake at the outlet or along the backside of the lake has been the best spot. County catfish plants are weekly, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Aug
09

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The excellent action on bluegill and warmouth continues. This bite is simply 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. There have also been some catfish showing with the fish in the five pounds, but a lot of smaller fish. 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 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: Very light fishing pressures. 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. The evening bite is very good. Good bass on plastics and topwater baits — Whopper Ploppers have been a top bait — with fish to six pounds reported in past week. There is also good bluegill action, but weeds are starting to make shoreline fishing more difficult. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in decent numbers. 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 bluegill and bass action remains pretty fair along the south shoreline (along Highway 138) on the edges of the tules. Cranks and plastics are best for the bass, while the bluegill are best on small baits fished under a bobber with meal worms a top bet. The catfish has been fair with fish to six pounds at the outlet. Mackerel, lug worms are best. Few striper reports. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The best bet has been the catfish action which has been pretty good in spite of the weeds in the flow right now. Top baits are anchovies, lug worms, and shrimp. Stripers still spotty, but a few more fish to eight pounds were reported this week on Zoom Fluke Smokin’ Shad and other shad-like lures.
For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: Anglers have been walking into the lake and fishing, and the crappie bite has been very good with fish from 10 inches to two pounds on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles fished alone or beneath a bobber. Also decent numbers of small bass, bluegill, and a few catfish. The lake is technically not closed to access. Yet. There is a good likelihood the U.S. Forest Service (Angeles National Forest) will close the area in the near future. The Palmdale Water District started construction in July 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. More information will be provided as it become available.

Aug
09

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The lake finally reopened July 27th, and the largemouth bass bite has been pretty good since. The fish are chasing shad at all depths ñ on or near the surface early in the day and then progressively deeper as it warms up and there is increasing light on the water. Drop-shot plastics in 15 to 40 feet of water are also working. Few other reports. The algae-health closure was over a month long. 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: Few fishing reports with the heat and smoke this past week. There are still lots of small bluegill being caught along most rocky shorelines and around the flooded brush. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all been good for the bluegill. Only a few small bass reported on topwater early in the morning and plastic worms in deeper water the rest of the day. Weekend boat pressure is pretty intense, but large areas of the lake are still in ìno wakeî zones, so the fishing is holding 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 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. There is also a 400-pound plant last Friday and another set for Aug. 17. Gary Camillo, Hemet, had three catfish to 8-4, while Trevor Cartago, Temecula, had a pair of cats to 7-9. Both the largemouth and striper bites are just fair. The largemouth are best on frogs and other topwater baits early in the day. Some on plastics as the day wears on. 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. 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 plant three 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 three weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

Aug
09

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there continue to a few reports of crappie, but not as many as last week. The bluegill bite has remained pretty decent, but not as good as the week before. 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. The bluegill are best on meal worms, red worms, or crickets fished under a bobber. 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 has been good, especially on slow-trolled, shad-like crankbaits and plastics on the outside edges of the weed beds. Lots of fish to six pounds. 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, largemouth, and smallmouth bass action, but most of it is before 9 a.m. All three species are boiling on shad early in the day, and the bait has been pretty easy to dip net. The shad have led to wide open fishing, but cranks and swimbaits have also been getting a lot of fish. 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 in most of the canyons and coves for all three types of bass. Some fish are also showing on umbrella rigs. Chad Neel, Taft, had a 5-3 stripers on a reaction bait. There is also a very good bluegill bite 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 crappie are also showing in fair numbers for those targeting them. 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 but not many boils again this week. 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 and in the canal by the entrance booth. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves and rip rap areas. Jaun Esparza, Arvin, had a 2-8 catfish on chicken liver right off the boat shop rocks. The largemouth and smallmouth bass 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.

Aug
09

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Lake Cuyamaca was planted with DFW trout three weeks ago, and another plant is set for next week. Private trout plants will resume in September.

Santee Lakes was planted with catfish last week and two weeks ago. The next 1,000-pound plants will this Friday, Aug. 10, and there will also be plants Aug. 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, and there will be plants the weeks of August 13 and August 27.

Wohlford Lake was planted with 750 pounds of catfish last week. This was the last catfish plant of the season.

At Poway, catfish were planted two weeks ago, and the next plants will be Friday this week and August 24th.

FISHING UPDATE: The bass bite has generally continued to slow with the heat. 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, Hodges, and Sutherland are the top bets with fair to good action, while San Vicente has slowed more this week. Barrett has been good, too.

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. No available this week.

NOTABLE CATCHES: None.

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.

Aug
09

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. Four 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 the fish are on top just a short window in the morning. Bass have also been pretty decent all along the river in the backwaters and all the reservoirs. The lower river around Palo Verde remains pretty good for smallmouth. Second, the flathead catfish action on the lower river below Blythe remains consistently fair to good, 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 and in all the river reservoirs, also mostly at night. Charles Rolda, Bullhead City, caught a 22-pound channel catfish in Lake Mojave near the dam on anchovies. Third, the big redear action remains fair but slowing at Havasu and throughout Topoc Gorge. Big fish from 1-8 to 2-8 have been reported in 20 to 60 feet of water. Fourth, the striped bass bite remains pretty fair 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. The stripers bite in Mohave and Havasu is also pretty fair mostly on cut baits in pretty deep water, 40 feet plus. The trout bite Bullhead City stretch of the river has slowed way down due to the heat. Most of the fish are running a pound or better and PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and small spinners are all getting the rainbows.

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.

Aug
09

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).

Aug
09

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 lower river, faster-water stretches, and Nevada stretches 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 remains exceptional for fly anglers fishing midges, damselfly, or perch fry imitations. Lots of four-pound class or bigger fish — rainbows, cutts, and browns. 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.

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 two weeks ago. 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.

Aug
09

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has remained very consistent with pretty decent action on clams, Sonny’s Dip Bait (now called Triples Channel Catfish 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 there have been a very fish reported toward the dam in deep water (30-plus fee) on live minnows and some of these are quality fish over a pound. The bass action has been fair with most of the action in 15 to 30 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 and Camp 9, but this bite has slowed way down. The carp bite remains inconsistent, but still fair 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 400 cfs), and the trout action has been pretty fair on DFW planters and wild fish. DFW trout were planted in sections 4, 5 and 6 three weeks ago. 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 are finally starting to drop down into 1,200 cfs range, which is still high and difficult to fish, but getting there. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Heat and smoke have really put a damper on fishing, but the catfish bite remains pretty good for anglers fishing sardines, anchovies, blood worms, and Wussy Bait. Weeds are a problem. The striper bite is off with only a few fish showing and most of those remain small. The early and late bite on Gitzit-type baits is improving. 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 finally coming down. A few catfish on cut baits or nightcrawlers. A few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Light fishing pressure with the heat, but the bluegill and carp action remains fair to 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 and bass are showing at night. Other than that it remains all 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. The carp remain 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, and most of that action has been for anglers haunting the lake at night.

BRITE LAKE: Good action on small bass on small lures and garlic nightcrawlers — just about anything actually. Also fair to good action on bluegill and crappie on small baits like meal worms and jigs. Also some fair catfish action. Much cooler than the valley.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There continues to be a pretty decent bluegill bite, and some fair 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 bass action has continued, mostly early and late in the day on drop-shot plastics and Senkos or similar baits. Bluegill are good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms, mostly fished under a bobber. Also a few catfish showing on cut baits and dip baits. A few crappie are showing again from deep water. 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.

Aug
09

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.