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Dec
08

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing across Southern California urban lakes getting private plants. DFW fish continue to be a no-show. Top picks for this week are Hesperia Lake (first plant of the season) Dixon Lake (6,000 pounds of plants last week for its big weekend tournament), Santa Ana River Lakes, Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster (plants two weeks in a row), and all the San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, Prado, and Mojave Narrows) which get plants weekly now. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is as good as Dixon and Santee Lake and Jennings are decent bets.

BLACK BASS: The action is finally slowing at many waters, but it is still darn good other places with the fish still up chasing baitfish most mornings. Top bets continue to be Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, Lower Otay, and Diamond Valley, but all have slowed from last week. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally fair to good most places this past week. Top spots continue to be Castaic, Pyramid, Diamond Valley, and Skinner are the best bets. Silverwood hase been fair. Diamond Valley cranked out an 10-plus this past week and it received another trout plant this week. Not as much surface action, but still a lot of fish on deeper swimbaits, trolled flies, umbrella rigs, jigging spoons, and — of course ñ the usual array of baits, especially lug and blood worms.. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, and more keeper fish are starting to show, including a 16-pounder this week. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good. Both are cranking out some fish over 10 pounds, but most two to six pounds. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are pretty much slow across the board now. Murray produced a few bigger fish this week, and a few big redear continue to show from Havasu in deep water on nightcrawlers, but few other reports.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been pretty fair across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, Lower Otay, Pyramid, and Isabella. The lower Colorado River has also slowed way down as water levels drop, but there is very light fishing pressure.

Nov
16

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top picks are Big Bear Lake and Santa Ana River Lakes, but some fish are still showing at Apollo Park Lake after its big derby two weeks ago and another plant is slated for later this month, probably next week. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca, Santee Lake (first plant last week), and Dixon (first plant this week) are all decent bets.

BLACK BASS: The action is finally slowing at many waters, but it is still darn good other places with the fish still up chasing baitfish most mornings. Top bets continue to be Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, Lower Otay, and Diamond Valley, but all have slowed from last week. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair and improving in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been fair to good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally fair to good most places this past week. Castaic is the best bet with more quality fish than the other waters and good action, but Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood have all been fair. Lots of small fish at the last three. The best news is that Diamond Valley is finally turning on with fish 17-plus pounds this week and generally pretty fair action. The best way to fish at all the lakes is to use topwater or jerk baits in boils or trolled shad-like lures or flies, but this bite is starting to wane. If the fish go deep, lug and blood worms are the best bait. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good and getter better by the day. Both are cranking out some fish over 10 pounds, but most two to six pounds. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair but slowing all over the region. Perris remains a fair bet, with Lower Otay, El Capitan, Lake Murry, and Diamond Valley Lake a notch below. Lake Havasu, and Topoc Gorge on the Colorado River continue to produce a few redear.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region but getting light pressure. The California aqueduct near Taft really turned back on this past week with fish to 20 pounds reported. Fall is trophy catfish time and some big fish are showing across the region. Skinner cranked out another 10-plus, and Pyramid is also pretty fair. The lower Colorado River has excellent conditions but almost no pressure for channel and flathead catfish. Of the planted lakes, Santa Ana River is still a fair bet and Hesperia Lake is producing some limits with weekly plants still going in.

Oct
26

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been generally good across the board again this past week with most waters in the region producing a lot of fish. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has continued to be very good for fly-anglers fishing perch fry and leech patterns in less than 10 feet of water. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, and Convict Lake. Both the East and West Walker rivers are also fishing pretty good now. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is breaking wide open around most of the lake for shore and boat anglers. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca was planted two weeks ago and twice in September and has been pretty fair with cooling water conditions.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair to good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are El Capitan, San Vicente, Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Pyramid, and Castaic. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair and improving in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been fair to good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally fair to good most places this past week. Castaic is the best bet with more quality fish than the other waters, but Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood have all been fair with flurries of good action. Lots of small fish at all four, but Castaic has consistently been producing double digit fish over three weeks. Diamond Valley is also finally turning on with fish six pounds and some bigger. The best action at all the lakes has been to fish jerk baits in boils, trolled shad-like lures or flies, or resorting to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good and getter better by the day. Both cranking out some fish over 10 pounds, but most two to four pounds. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good all over the region, but Perris stepped to the forefront this week with redear to three pounds caught in a pretty fair bite. Other good decent bets are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murry, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, and Topoc Gorge. The Silverwood Lake crappie bite reported last week seems to have died on the vine.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region but getting light pressure. Some nice catches continue at Skinner, but Pyramid is also pretty fair. The lower Colorado River has excellent conditions but almost no pressure for channel and flathead catfish. Of the planted lakes, Santa Ana River is still a fair bet.

Sep
28

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. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has continued to be very good for fly-anglers fishing perch fry patterns in less than 10 feet of water. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. Both the East and West Walker rivers are also fishing pretty good now. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is slow to fair but improving. Green Valley Lake is still fair and is due for another plant. Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish, but no plants for four weeks. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca perked up after 2,700-pound of fish were planted last week.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Hodges, Wohlford, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair and improving in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been fair to good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally fair most places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Lots of small fish at all three, but Castaic has consistently been producing double digit fish over the past week. Diamond Valley is also finally showing signs of life with a couple of quality stripers again this past week in the 10-pound class. The best action at all the lakes has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. Fly-trolling is also a good bet. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small and the moss presents a serious fishing problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with an occasional fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair all over the region, but getting little fishing pressure. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murry, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, and Topoc Gorge. Not much in the way of crappie anywhere right now.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region. Some nice catches at Skinner and Silverwood, but Diamond Valley (30 and 31 pounders this week) and Pyramid are also pretty fair but getting very little pressure. The lower Colorado River is fair for both the channel and flathead catfish in the main river channel, but the backwaters are slow because of very warm water conditions.

Sep
21

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. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has continued to be very good for fly-anglers fishing midge and perch fry patterns. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. Both the East and West Walker rivers are also fishing pretty good now. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is slow to fair but improving. Green Valley Lake perked after a plant two weeks ago and remains fair. Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish, but no plants for two weeks. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is slow.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair and improving in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been fair to good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally fair most places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Lots of small fish at all three, but Castaic has consistently been producing double digit fish over the past week. Diamond Valley is also finally showing signs of life with a couple of quality stripers again this past week in the 10-pound class. The best action at all the lakes has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. Fly-trolling is also a good bet. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small and the moss presents a serious fishing problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with an occasional fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair all over the region, but getting little fishing pressure. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murry, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, and Topoc Gorge. Not much in the way of crappie anywhere right now.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region. Some nice catches at Skinner and Silverwood, but Diamond Valley and Pyramid are also pretty fair but getting very little pressure. The lower Colorado River is fair for both the channel and flathead catfish in the main river channel, but the backwaters are slow because of very warm water conditions.

Sep
14

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. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has continued to be very good for fly-anglers fishing midge and perch fry patterns. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is slow to fair but improving. Green Valley Lake perked after a plant two weeks ago and remains fair. Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish, but no plants for two weeks. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is slow.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been fair to good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small and the moss presents a serious fishing problem. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Lots of small fish at all three, but Castaic has consistently been producing double digit fish over the past week. Diamond Valley is also finally showing signs of life with a couple of quality stripers again this past week in the 10-pound class. The best action at all the lakes has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. Fly-trolling is also a good bet. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with an occasional fish to 10 pounds. Light fishing pressure with the heat.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair all over the region, but getting little fishing pressure. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murry, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, and Topoc Gorge. Not much in the way of crappie anywhere right now.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region. Some nice catches at Skinner, but Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley are nearly as good. The lower Colorado River is fair for both the channel and flathead catfish in the main river channel, but the backwaters are slow because of very warm water conditions.

Aug
24

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. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has simply been wide open for fly-anglers fishing midge patterns and perch fry patterns. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is slow to fair but improving. Green Valley Lake perked after a plant last week and has been pretty good, and Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is still fair but the fish have moved to deep water.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair to good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but the heat has knocked fishing pressure way off. Most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Lots of small fish at all three, but Castaic saw some bigger fish this week. Diamond Valley is slow. The best action at the other four has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. Fly-trolling is also a good bet. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds and the surface bite is hit and miss. Light fishing pressure with the heat.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair all over the region, but little fishing pressure. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murry, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River. Not much in the way of crappie right now, but a couple of decent catches were reported at Isabella this week.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region with the hot weather. Some decent catches at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. The lower Colorado River is fair for both the channel and flathead catfish but the fishing pressure is very light.

Aug
10

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 and runoff is finally subsiding and fishing improving. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has simply been wide open for fly-anglers fishing midge patterns and perch fry patterns. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is fair at best. Silverwood died for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair, especially after plants. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is still fair but the fish have moved to deep water.

BLACK BASS: Little change with the bass. The action is fair to good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but the heat has knocked fishing pressure way off. Most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Diamond Valley is getting little pressure on stripers, but it produced for fly-trollers last week. The best action at the other four has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds and the surface bite is hit and miss. Light fishing pressure with the heat.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good all over the region, but little fishing pressure with the heat. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lake Perris, Lower Otay, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River. Not much in the way of crappie right now.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region with the hot weather. Some decent catches at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are pretty good — but it has been 100-plus degrees on the river again over the past week — and almost no one is fishing.

Jul
20

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 bet is 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 top bet. Silverwood is still pretty fair for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is still good as the water level finally starts to drop, but no more plants are going in here this summer.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is fair to 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, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been good in the lower Colorado River.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair to good on frozen sardines and blood worms, but the heat has knocked fishing pressure way off. Most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action, but Diamond Valley remains slow. The best action in all four has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds and the surface bite is really starting to take off in both waters.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Perris, Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River. Skinner is fair, along with Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast. Not much in the way of crappie right now, except for a lot of small crappie showing at Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains and Brite Lake in the Tehachapi area.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been improving across the region with the warmer weather. Some decent catches at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are pretty good — but it has been 100-plus degrees on the river again over the past week.

Jul
13

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 bet is 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 top bet. Silverwood is still pretty fair for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is still good as the water level finally starts to drop, but no more plants are going in here this summer.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is fair to 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, El Capitan, 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 but it has been over 120 degrees at the river.

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 and most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action, but Diamond Valley remains slow. The best action in all four has been to fish cut baits or lug worms, or shad-like topwater and swimbaits. Fly trolling is a good bet, and growing in popularity. 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 fair to good all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Perris, Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River. Lower Otay and Skinner are fair to good, along with Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast. Kaweah Lake (in the western Sierra Nevada) has a good crappie bite, and crappie fanatics will want to keep an eye on Cachuma and Isabella, both of which are producing a few fish in relatively slow and inconsistent bites. Lots of small crappie showing at Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains and Brite Lake in the Tehachapi area.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been improving across the region with the warmer weather. Some decent catches at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are pretty good — but it has been 110-plus degrees on the river again over the past week.

Jun
29

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 top bet with a chance at a quality trout planted recently for a pair of big derbies. Silverwood is still pretty fair for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair to good after plants last week. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is very good as the water level finally starts to drop.

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, El Capitan, 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 but it has been over 120 degrees at the river.

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 and most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action, but Diamond Valley remains slow. The best action in all four has been to fish cut baits or lug worms, or shad-like topwater and swimbaits. Fly trolling is a good bet, and growing in popularity. 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 Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River, Lower Otay, Perris, and Skinner are also fair to good, along with Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast. Kaweah Lake (in the western Sierra Nevada) has a good crappie bite, and crappie fanatics will want to keep and eye on Cachuma and Isabella, both of which are producing a few fish in relatively inconsistent bites. Lots of small crappie showing at Green Valley Lake and Brite Lake (Tehachapi area).

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been improving across the region with the warmer weather. Some decent catches beginning at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, 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 pretty good — but it has been 110-plus degrees on the river.

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.