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Jun
08

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been fair to good this past week at most waters in the region not overly impacted by the high runoff. The best bets are Crowley Lake, which has simply been wide open for fly-anglers fishing midge patterns below strike indicators. There is also a very good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, and Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport and Lake Sabrina are good. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is a good bet with a chance at a quality trout planted recently for a pair of big derbies. Fish to eight pounds reported again this past week. Silverwood Lake slowed, but still pretty fair for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair to good. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is fair with plants most weeks.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Barrett Lake, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still good on frozen sardines and blood worms, but not wide open like it had been for the past month. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair, but Diamond Valley has bee slow. The best action in all three has been to fish cut baits or lug worms, or shad-like topwater and swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are good all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lake Havasu and Topoc Gorge, Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are also pretty good for bluegill. The whole Colorado River is getting pretty good. Few reports on hot crappie bites, but anglers might want to keep an eye on Cachuma and Isabella, both of which are producing a few fish in relatively inconsistent bites.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been improving across the region with the warmer weather. Ssome decent catches beginning at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. Cachuma also is turning on. There was a brute 67-pound blue caught at Lake Hodges this past week. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are really turning on. Flatheads to 30-plus pounds again reported in the past week.

Jun
01

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been fair to good this past week at most waters in the region not experiencing high runoff. The best bets are Crowley Lake, which has simply been wide open for fly-anglers fishing midge patterns below strike indicators. There is also a very good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, and June Lake and Convict Lake are good. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is a good bet with a chance at a quality trout planted a couple of weeks ago for the May Trout Classic. Fish to nearly eight pounds reported this past week. Silverwood Lake slowed, but still pretty fair for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair to good. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is fair with plants most week.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass out of the spawn and chasing baitfish. Top bets are Barrett Lake, which opened three weeks ago, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still good on frozen sardines and blood worms, but not wide open like it had been for the past month. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley all fair, in about that order. All are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with cut bait or shad-like topwater and swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are good all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are also fair to good for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to go crazy, and the whole Colorado River is getting pretty good. Few reports on hot crappie bites, but anglers might want to keep an eye on Cachuma and Isabella, both of which are producing a few fish in relatively tough bites. Casitas has had a couple of nice fish reported on live shad again this past week.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been improving across the region with the warmer weather. Ssome decent catches beginning at Skinner, Elsinore, and Diamond Valley. Cachuma also is turning on. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are really turning on. Flatheads to 30-plus pounds again reported in the past week.

May
25

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada has continued to slow since the opener three weekends ago, but there are some good bites at Bridgeport Reservoir, June Lake, and Crowley, which has just gotten better daily since the opener. Not only are limits pretty common, but the quality of fish is very good. In Southern California, Silverwood Lake is still good but it was a little tougher to get a limit this week. Big Bear Lake may be the best bet in Southern California thanks to holdover trout planted for the Hall Family May Trout Classic and a DFW plant this week. Jenks Lake and Cuyamaca are also producing a good number of fish. The urban bite is winding down with most plants over for the season.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass out of the spawn and chasing baitfish. Top bets are Barrett Lake, which opened three weeks ago, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still very good on frozen sardines and blood worms. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Silverwood, Skinner, and Diamond Valley all fair, in about that order. All are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are getting hot all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are also fair to good for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to go crazy, and the whole Colorado River is getting pretty good. Few reports on hot crappie bites, but anglers might want to keep an eye on Cachuma, which reportedly had one limit with fish to two pounds, and Isabella, where one angler reported 11 fish to 1-8 for a hard day of fishing. Casitas has had a couple of nice fish reported each of the past three weeks on on live shad.

CATFISH: Overall, still slow to fair catfish action across Southern California, but this is starting to turn around with some decent catches beginning at Skinner, Elsinore, and Diamond Valley. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are really turning on. Flatheads to 30-plus pounds again reported in the past week.

May
11

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada slowed since the opener, but Bridgeport Reservoir, June Lake, and Crowley remain very good bets to get a limit of nice fish. Locally, Silverwood Lake is still wide open and maybe better than the Sierra. Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake, and Cuyamaca are also producing a good number of fish. The urban bite is winding down with most plants over for the season.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass out of the spawn and chasing baitfish. Top bets are Barrett Lake, which opened this past week, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still excellent on frozen sardines. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Silverwood, Skinner, Pyramid, Castaic, and Diamond Valley all fair, in about that order. All are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are getting hot all over the region, if we could just get some consistent weather. Top bets are Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are breaking wide open for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to go crazy, and the whole Colorado River is getting pretty good. No hot crappie bites yet, but Casitas has a couple of good catches this week and so did Cachuma.

CATFISH: Overall, still slow to fair catfish action, but the bite is improving fast a lot of places. The best bite has been along the lower Colorado River with good action on channels and more and more flatheads showing each day. Skinner is fair, and Cachuma is improving.

Apr
20

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is still in full swing at the urban lakes, although many are getting their last plants of the season this week. The best bets? They would have to include Big Bear Lake, Jess Ranch, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake (four plants in the last two weeks) in San Bernardino County. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. In San Diego County, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford all are fair to good bets. Lake Isabella is also a pretty good bet in Kern County.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass in the shallows for the spawn. The sight fishing is good most places now. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the lower river bogged down with a flush of cool water from upstream, but it is coming back on, and the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave. Go now. The spawn is starting to wind down.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is wide open with excellent action on frozen sardines, and a 35-pounder was caught this week. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, but Silverwood cranked out a couple of big fish at 26 and 17 pounds. Skinner, Pyramid, Castaic, and Diamond Valley are the next best bets, in about that order. All are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave both really turned on this week with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds. Topoc Marsh has been wide open on stripers to three pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, with some good reports this week from Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are breaking open for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to perk up, and the whole Colorado River is worth watching. No hot crappie bites yet.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bite has been at Lake Skinner, and that has been pretty tough. The lower Colorado River is improving daily with the warm weather, but mostly for channels. The first more reports of bigger flatheads came in three weeks ago, but the action was slowed by a slug of cool water releases. It was improving again this week.

Apr
06

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is still in full swing at the urban lakes, although many are getting their last plants of the season this week. The best bets? They would have to include Big Bear Lake, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Hesperia Lake, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. Lake Skinner has been surprisingly decent in Riverside County, and Diamond Valley was planted last week with 3,500 pounds. In San Diego County, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford all are fair to good. Cachuma Lake in Ventura County is also pretty fair again.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has broken wide open across the region with the bass moving into the shallows for the spawn. Many fish are already on nets in some waters, and the sight fishing is good most places now. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the lower river is breaking wide open, and the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave. That listed just about every place didn’t it. Go now. It’s spawn time.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is wide open with excellent action on frozen sardines. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week. Diamond Valley is probably the best bet, but Skinner, Pyramid, and Silverwood all are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains fair, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reported again. Topoc Marsh has been wide open on stripers to three pounds.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. A few bluegill and redear are showing Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. There have also been some crappie reports this week at Casitas and Cachuma.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bite has been at Lake Skinner, and that has been pretty tough. The lower Colorado River is improving daily with the warm weather, but mostly for channels. The first more reports of bigger flatheads came in this week as this bite starts to break open. Best action from Walter’s Camp to the south.

Mar
30

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is still in full swing at the urban lakes, although many are getting their last plants of the season this week. The best bets? They would have to include Big Bear Lake, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Hesperia Lake, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. Lake Skinner has been surprisingly decent in Riverside County, and Diamond Valley was planted last week with 3,500 pounds. In San Diego County, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford all are fair to good. Cachuma Lake in Ventura County is also pretty fair again.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has broken wide open across the region with the bass moving into the shallows for the spawn. Many fish are already on nets in some waters, and the sight fishing is good most places now. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the lower river is breaking wide open, and the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave. That listed just about every place didn’t it. Go now. It’s spawn time.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is wide open with excellent action on frozen sardines. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week. Diamond Valley is probably the best bet, but Skinner, Pyramid, and Silverwood all are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains fair, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reported again. Topoc Marsh has been wide open on stripers to three pounds.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. A few bluegill and redear are showing Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. There have also been some crappie reports this week at Casitas and Cachuma.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bite has been at Lake Skinner, and that has been pretty tough. The lower Colorado River is improving daily with the warm weather, but mostly for channels. The first more reports of bigger flatheads came in this week as this bite starts to break open. Best action from Walter’s Camp to the south.

Mar
02

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been fair to good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets include Dixon and Jenning in San Diego County, with Poway, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford also pretty fair. In San Bernardino County, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake remain the best bets. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet — and it cranked out a 22-pounder this week, the biggest in the region this winter trout season. A sleeper spot remains the Bullhead City stretch of the Colorado River now that plants are back. It gets fish this week.

BLACK BASS: The bass action continues to improve in spite of the variable weather. In the past few days, there has been a major movement of fish out of deep water into less than 15 feet of water in many spots. There are still a lot of fish in deeper water, but the next few warmer days should push even more fish shallow. Top bets are Lower Otay, Perris, San Vicente Reservoir, Casitas, Castaic, Wohlford, Diamond Valley, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites are still tough but some movement is starting.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally slow to fair most places this past week. Diamond Valley is probably the best bet, but Skinner, Pyramid, and Silverwood all could see better action with warmer weather. Fish at all these lakes are showing on drifted baits, trolled flies, or big swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the weather, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reported again.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. A few crappie are still showing at Lower Otay and Casitas, and a few bluegill were landed at Perris and Diamond Valley.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bite has been at Lake Skinner, and that has been pretty tough. The lower Colorado River is also slow with only a few channels and no flatheads reported.

Feb
16

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been fair to good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets include Poway (trophy fish were stocked this week), Cuyamaca in San Diego County with with Dixon, Jennings, and Wohlford the next best bets in that region. In San Bernardino County, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake are the best. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. In Riverside County, Lake Skinner was planted again this (two weeks in a row). A sleeper spot remains the Bullhead City stretch of the Colorado River now that plants are back (one last week and one more this month).

BLACK BASS: The bass action perked with the warm weather this week. While most of the action remains in deep-water on plastics, jigs, ice jigs, or nightcrawlers, there were a lot of fish moving up into 10 to 15 feet of water, especially at the shallower, more southerly waters. Top bets are Perris, San Vicente Reservoir, Lower Otay, Casitas, Castaic, Wohlford, Diamond Valley, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites remain slow with just a hint of improvement in recent days.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally slow to fair most places this past week, but trout plants a few places could perk this action. Skinner may be the best bet, but Diamond Valley, Pyramid, and Silverwood all could see some bigger fish on trout-like swimbaits. The best bite at all these waters has been on drifted baits, trolled flies, or ice jigs. But the swimbait transition may be starting. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the weather, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reported again.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. The bluegill bites tanked everywhere, and only a few crappie are still showing at Lower Otay.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bites have been at Lake Skinner and Lake Cachuma. Isabella is also fair, but getting very little pressure. Also a slow to fair channel catfish bite on the lower Colorado River but also very light fishing pressure.

Feb
09

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets again include Lake Poway, Lake Wohlford, Dixon Lake, Lake Jennings, and Lake Cuyamaca in San Diego County. In San Bernardino County, Silverwood Lake, Yucaipa Park Lake, Glen Helen, and Hesperia Lake are the best. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. In Riverside County, Lake Skinner was planted this week and should be OK. A sleeper spot would be the Bullhead City stretch of the Colorado River now that plants are back (one this week and two more this month).

BLACK BASS: The bass action has been slow to fair across the region. Most lakes have a spotty deep-water bite on plastics, jigs, ice jigs, or nightcrawlers. The top bets remain Piru, San Vicente Reservoir, Lower Otay, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Diamond Valley, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites remain very slow.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action generally slowed most places this past week, but the bites are still fair. Diamond Valley, Skinner, and Pyramid are the best bet, but a few fish are still showing at Silverwood. The best bite at all these waters continues to on drifted baits, trolled flies, ice jigs, or swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the cold weather, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reports.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. Only a very few bluegill are still showing at Perris and Murray. The Lower Otay crappie bite is still muddling along with a few reports again this week.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bites have been at Lake Skiner and Lake Cachuma. Isabella is also fair, but getting very little pressure. Also a slow to fair channel catfish bite on the lower Colorado River but also very light fishing pressure.

Jan
26

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets include Lake Poway, Lake Wohlford, Dixon Lake, Lake Jennings, Lake Cuyamaca in San Diego County. In San Bernardino county, Yucaipa Park Lake, Glen Helen, Hesperia Lake, and Lake Silverwood at the best. In Orange county, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been slowing with cool and never-ending wet weather throughout the region. Most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics, jigs, ice jigs, or nightcrawlers. While no place gets better than a slow to fair rating, the top bets remains San Vicente Reservoir, Lower Otay, Lake Piru, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites have pretty much tanked.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week, even with the rotten weather. Diamond Valley continues to produce the biggest fish, but Silverwood, Pyramid, Skinner, and Castaic have all been pretty fair on drifted baits, trolled flies, ice jigs, or swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the cold weather. Other river stripers are also slow.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. Only a very few bluegill are still showing at Perris and Murray, but the Lower Otay crappie bite has been decent and a few crappie are also showing at Diamond Valley Lake.

CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Also a fair channel catfish bites on the Colorado River.

Dec
01

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada’s general trout season is over, but the East Walker remains open to catch-and-release angling and it is a pretty fair bet for fly anglers who want to catch a big fish (18-inches plus). In Southern California, the top bets for planted fish are Dixon Lake, Santa Ana River Lakes (huge plants for Thanksgiving weekend), Jess Ranch, and Jennings are the other top picks for planted trout this week. The DFW planted a number of Orange County water this week, and the Los Angeles County waters are on the list for next week.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with some fish up chasing shad and other baitfish at least part of the day, but that action is waning rapidly. Most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics or nightcrawlers. Top bet remains San Vicente Reservoir, with other decent bets Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair to good for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), and the bite is fair on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. Recent trout plants at Silverwood (three plants so far this season), along with Pyramid (plant this week), and Castaic (plants two and four weeks ago) have brought up a few bigger stripers. There continues to be decent topwater flurries at Pyramid and Castaic, but they are fewer and further between this week. The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been fair. Diamond Valley Lake continues to be very spotty, with just a few school-sized fish showing on trolled flies but more big fish are showing on trout-like swimbait after DVL’s first trout plant two weeks ago. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly in deeper water. Lake Havasu has been fair to good, with some topwater early, but most fish in deeper water on trolled or drifted baits.

PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair but slowing many places. The better exceptions this week have been at Perris and Murray. Dixon and Jennings also remain decent bets. A few crappie have been reported at Cachuma.

CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Also fair channel catfish bites on the Colorado River, and the bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but the Colorado is getting almost no pressure.

Nov
24

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada’s general trout season is finally over, but the East Walker remains open to catch-and-release angling and it is a pretty fair bet for fly anglers who want to catch a big fish (18-inches plus). In Southern California, the top bets for planted fish are Santa Ana River Lakes, which received its third plant of the season this week, including some Mt. Lassen super trout topping 10 pounds. Jess Ranch, Dixon Lake, and Jennings are the other top picks for planted trout this week. The DFW planted a huge list of city and county park lakes in Los Angeles and Orange counties last week, but this list is much smaller this week.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with some fish up chasing shad and other baitfish at least part of the day, but that action is waning rapidly. Most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics or nightcrawlers. Top bet remains San Vicente Reservoir, with other decent bets Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair to good for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), and the bite is fair on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. Recent trout plants at Silverwood (last week and three weeks ago), along with Castaic and Pyramid (also last week and three weeks ago), brought up a few bigger stripers. There continues to be decent topwater flurries at Pyramid and Castaic, but they are fewer and further between this week. The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been fair. Diamond Valley Lake continues to be very spotty, with just a few school-sized fish showing on trolled flies, but there was a 20-pounder caught this week on a big, trout-like swimbait after DVL’s first trout plant last week. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly still in deeper water. Lake Havasu has been fair to good, with some topwater early, but most fish in deeper water on trolled or drifted baits.

PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair but slowing many places. The better exceptions this week have been at Perris and Murray. Dixon and Jennings also remain decent bets. A few crappie have been reported at Cachuma.

CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Also fair channel catfish bites on the Colorado River, and the bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but the Colorado is getting almost no pressure.

Nov
03

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is slow to fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake (for fly anglers), and in distant second place and below are Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), Virginia Lakes, Convict, and Sabrina. There was a 20-pound brown caught in June Lake this week. In Southern California, the top bet is Jess Ranch which cranked out a six-pounder this week. Trout stocking season begins at a lot of waters starting next week. Santa Ana River Lakes gets its first plant Nov. 10.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish at least part of the day but most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics or nightcrawlers. Top bet remains San Vicente Reservoir, with other decent bets Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair to good for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), and the bite is fair on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. Trout plants at Silverwood (last Friday), along with Castaic and Pyramid this week may bring up some bigger fish. Otherwise, there continues to be decent topwater flurries Pyramid, Castaic, and Skinner (not Silverwood). The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been pretty decent now. Even Diamond Valley Lake has shown signs of improvement again this week, with more school-sized fish showing on trolled flies. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly still in deeper water. Ditto for Lake Havasu, which has been fair to good, with some topwater early, but most fish in deeper water on trolled or drifted baits.

PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair just about everywhere, and this action seems to be slowing most places. The better exceptions this week have been at Perris, Diamond Valley, Murray, and Lower Otay. Dixon and Jennings also remain decent bets. On the Central Coast, Lopez and Santa Margarita both have fair bluegill/redear bites. Very light fishing pressure everywhere.

CATFISH: A 102.9-pound blue cat was caught at Lower Otay this week, but the bite is slow. There was a 40-plus at Wohlford, also slow. The best action has been at Skinner, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Pyramid, and Cachuma with fair action at all of those lake. The bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but it is getting almost no pressure.

Oct
28

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is slow to fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake (for fly anglers), and in distant second place and below are Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), Virginia Lakes, Convict, and Sabrina. Southern California, the top bet is Big Bear Lake which has been producing a lot of nice holdover rainbows in the two to three-pound class. Green Valley Lake also continues to produce a few trout. Trout stocks begin soon in many waters.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish at least part of the day but most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics or nightcrawlers. Top bet remains San Vicente Reservoir, newly reopened after being closed for eight years. Other decent bets are Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair to good for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), and the bite is fair on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. There continues to be decent topwater flurries at most waters. The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been pretty decent now. Topwater is possible at all four, and the bait bites are pretty good at Skinner and Silverwood. Even Diamond Valley Lake has shown signs of improvement again this week, with more school-sized fish showing on trolled flies. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly still in deeper water. Ditto for Lake Havasu, which has been fair to good, with some topwater early, but most fish in deeper water on trolled or drifted baits. A big 25-pound class fish was caught in the Bullhead stretch of the river this week.

PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair just about everywhere, and this action seems to be slowing most places. The better exceptions this week have been at Perris, Diamond Valley, Murray, and Lower Otay. Dixon and Jennings also remain decent bets. On the Central Coast, Lopez and Santa Margarita both have fair bluegill/redear bites. Very light fishing pressure everywhere.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are just fair most places. Top bets are probably Skinner, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Pyramid, Cachuma, and Lake Perris. Santa Ana River Lakes has been fair to good with weekly plants. The bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but it is getting almost no pressure.