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Jul
12

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top pick is Big Bear Lake for trollers and shore anglers, although Green Valley Lake has also been pretty good. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City remains good with weekly plants.

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

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Castaic and nearby Pyramid, but bigger fish are showing at Castaic with stripers to eight pounds reported this week and a lot of three to five pounders. Most Pyramid fish are one to two pounds or under. Both are producing limits. Silverwood is also fair to good with some nice stringers of fish to five pounds. Diamond Valley is still closed. Best bite everywhere has been on cut baits or trolled umbrella rigs. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish and moss is becoming a real problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: The crappie bite of note has been at Little Rock Reservoir for walk-in anglers. Elsewhere, only a few fish showing at Cachuma. The bluegill and redear bites are pretty much good across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, Hodges, San Vicente, Skinner, El Capitan, Pyramid, Castaic (both the big lake and afterbay), and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty good, too. Lots of small panfish everywhere now. Apollo Park Lake has been very good on small bluegill and warmouth.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 20-plus pounds reported each week now. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are kicking in now, with good action at Skinner, Castaic, and Pyramid. Quail Lake has been good with a lot of nice fish in the four to six pounds range, and the entire California aqueduct from Quail to Hesperia has been pretty good this week.

Jul
05

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top pick is Big Bear Lake for trollers and shore anglers, although Green Valley Lake has also been pretty good. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City remains good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still fair to good all over the region with warm weather pushing the bite to morning or evening. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is happening most places early and late. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open over a month ago and stays hot. Heat on the river makes this an early and late bite with slow action mid-day. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Castaic and nearby Pyramid, but bigger fish are showing at Castaic with stripers to six pounds reported this week and a lot of three to five pounders. Most Pyramid fish are one to two pounds. Both are producing limits. Silverwood is also fair and improved this week with some nice stringers of fish to four pounds. Diamond Valley is still slow with just an occasional bigger fish showing. Best bite everywhere has been on cut baits or trolled umbrella rigs. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish and moss is becoming a real problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites have lulled everywhere this past week with only a few fish showing at Isabella and Cachuma. The bluegill and redear bites are pretty much good across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, Hodges, San Vicente, Skinner, El Capitan, Pyramid, Castaic (both the big lake and afterbay), and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty good, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 20-plus pounds reported each week now. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are kicking in now, with good action at Skinner and Pyramid. Quail Lake has been good with a lot of nice fish in the four to six pounds range.

Jun
28

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top pick is Big Bear Lake for trollers and shore anglers, although Green Valley Lake has also been pretty good. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City remains good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still fair to good all over the region with warm weather pushing the bite to morning or evening. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is happening most places early and late. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open over a month ago and stays hot. Heat on the river makes this an early and late bite with slow action mid-day. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Castaic and nearby Pyramid, but bigger fish are showing at Castaic with stripers to six pounds reported this week and a lot of three to five pounders. Most Pyramid fish are one to two pounds. Both are producing limits. Silverwood is also fair and improved this week with some nice stringers of fish to four pounds. Diamond Valley is still slow with just an occasional bigger fish showing. Best bite everywhere has been on cut baits or trolled umbrella rigs. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish and moss is becoming a real problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites have lulled everywhere this past week with only a few fish showing at Isabella and Cachuma. The bluegill and redear bites are pretty much good across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, Hodges, San Vicente, Skinner, El Capitan, Pyramid, Castaic (both the big lake and afterbay), and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty good, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 20-plus pounds reported each week now. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are kicking in now, with good action at Skinner and Pyramid. Quail Lake has been good with a lot of nice fish in the four to six pounds range.

Jun
14

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top pick is Big Bear Lake for trollers and shore anglers, although Green Valley Lake has also been pretty good. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City remains good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are post spawn now. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is kicking into high gear. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open over a month ago and stays hot. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Pyramid, and nearly as good at Castaic and Skinner this week. Pyramid may be best for numbers, but Castaic is still kicking out an occasional bigger fish. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is still slow. Best bite everywhere has been on cutbaits, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish and moss is becoming a real problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bite continues at Isabella, but not in near the volume and size of this off-and-on bite. Lake Success has slowed, as have most other places. The bluegill and redear bites pretty much wide open across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, Castaic, and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty much wide open, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 20-plus pounds reported each week now. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. Quail Lake has been very good with a lot of nice fish to 10 or 12 pounds.

Jun
07

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top pick is Big Bear Lake for trollers and shore anglers, although Green Valley Lake has also been pretty good. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City remains good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are post spawn now. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is kicking into high gear. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open over a month ago and stays hot. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Pyramid, Castaic, and Skinner this week. Pyramid may be best for numbers, but Castaic is kicking out more big fish. Quail Lake has also breaking open with some good fish to 10-pounds reported. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is finally showing signs of life and a couple of big fish to 15 pounds were reported again this week. It’s still just not good yet. Best bite everywhere has been on cutbaits, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites continue at Isabella and Lake Success, but have fizzled other places. Even those two bites seem to be winding down. The bluegill and redear bites pretty much wide open across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, Castaic, and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty much wide open, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 18-plus pounds reported each week now. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. The California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself are improving again and were pretty fair bets this week.

May
31

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), 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. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are post spawn now. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is kicking into high gear. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open four weeks ago and stays hot. Mohave is just starting to pop. Smallmouth have been fair and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Pyramid, Castaic, and Skinner this week. Pyramid may be best for numbers, but Castaic is kicking out more big fish. Quail Lake has also breaking open with some good fish to 10-pounds reported. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is finally showing signs of life and a couple of big fish to 15 pounds were reported again this week. Best bite everywhere has been on cutbaits, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are still deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites continue at Isabella and Lake Success, but have fizzled other places. Even those two bites seem to be winding down. The bluegill and redear bites pretty much wide open across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, Castaic, and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty much wide open, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 20-plus pounds reported each week now. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. The California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself are improving again and were pretty good bets this week.

May
17

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), 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 picks are Lake Silverwood, which got three brown trout plants last week along with rainbow plants the week before that. Meanwhile, the urban trout bite is pretty much ended. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are post spawn now. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is kicking into gear. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open four weeks ago and stays hot. Mohave is just starting to pop. Smallmouth have been fair and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Pyramid and Skinner this week, and nearly as good at Castaic. Quail Lake has also breaken open with some good fish to 10-pounds reported. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is still slow to fair, at best. Best action has been on cutbaits at all the local lakes, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is good on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are still deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites continue at Cachuma, Isabella, and Lake Success, but have fizzled other places. The bluegill and redear bites pretty much wide open across the region, with good bites at Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, and Castaic. The redear action at Havasu is breaking wide open, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with several 20-plus fish this past weekend. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. The California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself are improving again.

May
03

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The trout opener in the Sierra Nevada is the big news and trout to 11-13 were caught opening week. Top bets in the Sierra are Bridgeport Reservoir, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), 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 picks are Lake Silverwood, which got plants this week, and Big Bear Lake. The urban trout bite is really fizzling with no recent plants most places in two-plus weeks now. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are on the backside of the spawn most places. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action has already begun many places. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open two weeks ago. Mohave is just starting to pop. Smallmouth have been fair and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has remained about the same with just fair bites most places. The exception is the good to excellent bite at Pyramid, and Skinner surged on this week, too. Castaic and Silverwood are fair and improving. Diamond Valley is still slow to fair, at best. Best action has been on cutbaits at all the local lakes, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is good on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are still deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites fizzled most places over the past week, especially in San Diego County. The Lake Cachuma bite stay good and is a decent bet, but you have to go to Lake Isabella in the Bakersfield region to find wide-open action. Nacimentio on the Central Coast and Lake Success in the southern Sierra are also good for crappie. The bluegill and redear bites are finally starting to surge, with some decent catches again this week at Perris, Skinner, El Capitan, Lower Otay, and Hodges.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is the big news with fish to 34 pounds reported again in the past week. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. The California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself are improving again.

Apr
12

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout bites are generally fair to good all across Southern California’s urban lakes getting private plants. Top pick for this week in the High Desert are again Apollo Park Lake (planted last week) and Palmdale Lake in the Lancaster area and Jess Ranch in the Victorville area. Lake Silverwood got double plants two weeks in a row and then plants last week and this week. It has been good. In San Diego county, Jennings is the best bet, but Dixon, Poway, and Cuyamaca are also good. Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County is always a good bet. Big Bear Lake is good bet and it reopened to boats April 1, and the launch ramps are open. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is still a good bet for catch-and-release fishing.’

BLACK BASS: The action is good to excellent all over the region as we move through the spawn. The fish are flooded all over the shallows for the spawn and many are on beds, but some have already moved off the nests. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also breaking wide opens in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river. Havasu and Mohave are also starting to pop. Smallmouth have been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has remained about the same with just fair bites most places, but there have been surges in the action at Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood this week with some flurries good fishing. Diamond Valley is still slow to fair, at best. Best action has been on cutbaits at all the local lakes, but a few fish are still showing on umbrella rigs and jigging spoons. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair but getting better on lug worms and sardines. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are still deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites surged all over the region the past two weeks thanks to the warm weather. Top bites are Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, with El Capitan and Hodges also improving. Silverwood Lake again produced some good crappie catches off the marina docks. Lake Cachuma is perhaps the best bet, especially if you want quality fish to two-plus pounds. In the Bakersfield area, Isabella broke wide open two weekends ago with a lot of limits posted. Nacimentio on the Central Coast and Lake Success in the southern Sierra are also wide open on the crappie. The bluegill and redear bites are finally starting to surge, with some decent catches again this week at Perris, Skinner, El Capitan, Lower Otay, and Hodges this week.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is the big news with fish to 40 pounds reported again in the past week. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. The California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself are improving with better weather this week.

Apr
05

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout bites are generally fair to good all across Southern California’s urban lakes getting private plants. Top pick for this week in the High Desert are again Apollo Park Lake (planted this week) and Palmdale Lake in the Lancaster area and Jess Ranch in the Victorville area. Lake Silverwood got double plants two weeks in a row and has been excellent. In San Diego county, Jennings is the best bet, but Dixon, Poway, and Cuyamaca are also good. Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County is always a good bet. The San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado) are getting weekly plants and have been fair to good. Big Bear Lake is good bet and it reopened to boats April 1, and the launch ramps are open. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is still a good bet for catch-and-release fishing but the dirt roads are soggy.

BLACK BASS: The action is good to excellent all over the region as we surge into the spawn. The fish are flooded all over the shallows for the spawn and many are on beds. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also breaking wide opens in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river. Havasu and Mohave are also starting to pop. Smallmouth have been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has remained about the same with just fair bites most places, but there have been surges in the action at Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood this week with some flurries of very good fishing. Diamond Valley is still only fair, at best. Best action has been on cutbaits at all the local lakes, but a few fish are still showing on umbrella rigs and jigging spoons. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on lug worms and sardines. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are still deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites surged all over the region this past week thanks to the warm weather. Top bites are Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, with El Capitan and Hodges starting to perk. Silverwood Lake again produced some good crappie catches off the marina docks. Lake Cachuma continued to surge this week and is a good bet. In the Bakersfield area, Isabella broke wide open over the weekend with a lot of limits posted. Overall, however, the best bite remains at Lake Success in the southern Sierra, which has produced good catches and fish to three pounds again this past week, most on live minnows. The bluegill and redear bites are finally starting to perk a little, with some decent catches starting at Perris, Skinner, El Capitan, Lower Otay and Hodges this week.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is the big news with fish to 35 pounds reported again in the past week. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. The California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself are improving with better weather this week.

Mar
08

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout bites are generally fair to good all across Southern California’s urban lakes getting private plants. Top pick for this week in the High Desert is again Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster, but Palmdale Lake is also a good bet for members. In San Diego county, Dixon Lake and Jennings are the top bets. Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County is always a good bet. The San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado) are getting weekly plants and have been fair to good. Silverwood was planted with trout last week and has been pretty good, but Highway 138 is closed between I-15 and Summit Valley Road, requiring a long detour. Big Bear Lake is also a decent bet if you want to brave cold weather. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good. Limits of one-pound class fish have been pretty common with some to nearly two pounds. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is still a good bet for catch-and-release fishing but snow has made and will continue to make access problematic.

BLACK BASS: The action is perking up as we move toward spawning season. Many fish are already moving up into the shallows thinking of the spawn, but the cold weather over the past week has seemed to stall that activity. The best bites remain on drop-shot plastics during the middle part of most days. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, San Vicente, and Diamond Valley. On the Colorado River, the bites are starting to pick back after the latest round of cold weather, especially in backwaters and lagoons on the lower river. Havasu and Mohave are also improving. Smallmouth have been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has remained about the same with slow to fair bites most places. The best bites overall are Castaic and Pyramid, while the Skinner bite has recovered a little after a bluestone treatment of the lake two weeks ago. Silverwood and Diamond Valley are much slower. Best action has been on cutbaits at all the local lakes, but a few fish are still showing on umbrella rigs and jigging spoons. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on lug worms and Gitzits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but cold weather has most of the fish deep again, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are slow across the board now. Crappie bites worth noting are at Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, which has been solid for those targeting the crappie. Hodges is also producing a few fish. The best bite is at Lake Success in the southern Sierra, which has produced good catches and fish to three pounds this past week, all on live minnows.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites are slow across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, the California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself. El Capitan produced a 54-plus pound blue cat this past week. The lower Colorado River has a few channels being reported, but there is very light fishing pressure. No flatheads reported.

Mar
01

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout bites are generally fair to good all across Southern California’s urban lakes getting private plants. Top pick for this week in the High Desert is Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster. In San Diego county, Dixon Lake and Jennings are the top bets. Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County is always a good bet. The San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado) are getting weekly plants and have been fair to good. Silverwood was planted with brown trout three weeks ago and it is getting more trout this week. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good. Limits of one-pound class fish have been pretty common. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is still a good bet for catch-and-release fishing but snow has made and will continue to make access problematic. Big Bear Lake also has a pretty darn good winter bite for bank anglers again this week, but it has been very cool with temperatures below freezing and snow forecast.

BLACK BASS: The action is perking up as we move toward spawning season. Many fish are already moving up into the shallows thinking of the spawn. The best bites remain on drop-shot plastics during the middle part of most days. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, San Vicente, and Diamond Valley. On the Colorado River, the bites are starting to pick back after the latest round of cold weather, especially in backwaters and lagoons on the lower river. Havasu and Mohave are also improving. Smallmouth have been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has remained about the same with slow to fair bites most places. The best bites overall are Castaic and Pyramid, while the Skinner bite slipped after a bluestone treatment of the lake this past Friday. Silverwood and Diamond Valley are much slower. Best bets are still 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 lug worms and Gitzits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with fish up and chasing shad many days and showing on rip and jerk baits, but most are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge, but some to 10-plus pounds. This stretch of the river is getting weekly trout plants and the big stripers are taking advantage of the feed.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are slow across the board now. Crappie bites worth noting are at Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, which broke open this past week, and the action at Hodges. A few fish have also been reported at Cachuma and Silverwood. There is also a good bite at Lopez Lake on the Central Coast and Lake Success in the southern Sierra.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites are slow across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, the California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself. Lower Otay produced a near-64-pound blue this past week. The lower Colorado River has a few channels being reported, but there is very light fishing pressure. No flatheads reported.

Feb
22

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing across Southern California urban lakes getting private plants. Top picks for this week are Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster in the High Desert. In San Diego county, Dixon Lake, Wohlford, and Jennings are the top bets. Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County is always a good bet. The San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado) are getting weekly plants and have been fair to good. Silverwood was planted with brown trout again two weeks ago and produced fish to two pounds. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good. Limits of one-pound class fish have been pretty common. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is perhaps the best bet in the southern half of the state for catch-and-release fishing as the big rainbows run up out of Crowley. Big Bear Lake also has a pretty darn good winter bite for bank anglers again this week, but it has been very cool with temperatures below freezing.

BLACK BASS: The action is perking up as we move toward spawning season. Many fish are already moving up into the shallows thinking of the spawn. The best bites remain on drop-shot plastics during the middle part of most days. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Diamond Valley. On the Colorado River, the bites are starting to pick back after a weather cool down this week. Top bet is the lower river backwaters with the low water forcing the fish out of the tules. Havasu and Mohave are also improving. Smallmouth have been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has remained about the same with slow to fair bites most places. The best bites overall are Skinner and Castaic, with Skinner an especially hot bet if you can dip live shad. Pyramid, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley are all slower. Best bets are still 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 lug worms and Gitzits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with fish up and chasing shad many days and showing on rip and jerk baits, but most are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge, but some to 10-plus pounds. This stretch of the river is getting weekly trout plants and the big stripers are taking advantage of the feed.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are slow across the board now. Crappie bites worth noting are at Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, which has been pretty fair. A few fish have also been reported from Casitas, Silverwood, and Cachuma. There is also a good bite at Lopez Lake on the Central Coast with some limits (25 fish) reported.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites are slow across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, El Capitan, San Vicente, the California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself. The lower Colorado River has a few channels being reported, but there is very light fishing pressure. No flatheads reported.

Feb
15

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing across Southern California urban lakes getting private plants. Top picks for this week are Lake Palmdale (a members-only lake in Palmdale) and Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster (stocked this week) in the High Desert. In San Diego county, Dixon Lake, Wohlford, and Jennings are the top bets. Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County is always a good bet. The San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado) are getting weekly plants and have been fair to good. Silverwood was planted with brown trout again this past Friday. A sleeper pick, better than many local urban waters, is the trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City. Limits of one-pound class fish have been pretty common. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is perhaps the best bet in the southern half of the state for catch-and-release fishing as the big rainbows run up out of Crowley. Big Bear Lake also has a pretty darn good winter bite for bank anglers again this week.

BLACK BASS: The action is perking up as we move toward spawning season. Many fish are already moving up into the shallows thinking of the spawn. The best bites remain on drop-shot plastics during the middle part of most days. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Diamond Valley. On the Colorado River, the bites are starting to pick back after a weather cool down this week. Top bet is the lower river backwaters with the low water forcing the fish out of the tules. Havasu and Mohave are also improving. Smallmouth have been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has remained about the same with slow to fair bites most places. The best bites overall are Skinner and Castaic, with Skinner an especially hot bet if you can dip live shad. Pyramid, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley are all slower. Best bets are still 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 lug worms and Gitzits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with fish up and chasing shad many days and showing on rip and jerk baits, but most are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge, but some to 10-plus pounds. This stretch of the river is getting weekly trout plants and the big stripers are taking advantage of the feed.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are slow across the board now. Crappie bites worth noting are at Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County, which has been pretty fair. A few fish have also been reported from Casitas, Silverwood, and Cachuma. There is also a good bite at Lopez Lake on the Central Coast with some limits (25 fish) reported.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites are slow across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, El Capitan, San Vicente, the California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself. The lower Colorado River has a few channels being reported, but there is very light fishing pressure. No flatheads reported.

Feb
01

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing across Southern California urban lakes getting private plants. Top picks for this week are Lake Palmdale (a members-only lake in Palmdale) and Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster (stocked this week) in the High Desert. In San Diego county, Dixon Lake, Wohlford, and Jennings are the top bets. Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County is always a good bet. The San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Prado) are getting weekly plants and good. Other waters good in San Diego County included Cuyamaca and Santee Lakes. A sleeper pick, better than many local urban waters, is the trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City. Limits of one-pound class fish have been pretty common. In the Sierra, the upper Owens winter catch-and-release bite is perhaps the best bet in the southern half of the state for catch-and-release fishing as the big rainbows run up out of Crowley. Big Bear Lake also has a pretty darn good winter bite for bank anglers again this week.

BLACK BASS: The action is slow to fair most places. The best bites are now on drop-shot plastics during the middle part of most days. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, and Diamond Valley. On the Colorado River, the bites are starting to pick back with the continued warm weather. Top bet is the lower river backwaters with the low water forcing the fish out of the tules. Havasu and Mohave are also improving. Smallmouth have been fair in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally just fair this past week. The best bites overall are Skinner and Castaic, with Skinner an especially hot bet if you can dip live shad. Pyramid, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley are all slower. Best bets are still 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 Gitzits, and it cranked out a 20-plus pounder. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge, but some to 10-plus pounds. This stretch of the river is getting weekly trout plants and the big stripers are taking advantage of the feed.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are slow across the board now. However, there have been some very good reports of quality bluegill from the California Aqueduct in the Antelope Valley. Few other reports. Crappie bites worth noting are at Brite Lake in Tehachapi, and Truxton and Ming lakes in Bakersfield. But those bites are far from wide open.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have slowed way down across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, El Capitan, San Vicente, the California aqueduct below Quail Lake, Quail Lake itself, 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.