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Jun
08

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite has remained good with a slight lulls during windy days. Most anglers are still getting from 15 to 25 fish stringers (or more). The 12 to 14-inch fish are out a little deeper in five-feet of water, but smaller fish are in close to the shorelines. Longer casts into the deeper water are getting the bigger fish. The bite is exclusively on nightcrawler pieces, and the hot spot has been the main jetty at the state park. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Jun
01

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite has remained good to excellent with a slight lull this week with winds. Most anglers are still getting from 15 to 25 fish stringers (or more). The 12 to 14-inch fish are out a little deeper in five-feet of water, but smaller fish are in close to the shorelines. Longer casts into the deeper water are getting the bigger fish. The bite is exclusively on nightcrawler pieces, and the hot spot has been the main jetty at the state park. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

May
25

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite is good to excellent with most anglers getting 15 to 25 fish stringer (or more). The 12 to 14-inch fish are out a little deeper in five-feet of water, but smaller fish are in close to the shorelines. Longer casts into the deeper water are getting the bigger fish. The bite is exclusively nightcrawler pieces, and the hot spot has been the main jetty at the state park. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

May
11

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia action is still absent. Cool weather much of the past week has kept the water temperatures down and the bite stalled. As soon as this bite takes off, the news will be posted here and on the Outdoor News Service Facebook page. Anglers can also call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Apr
20

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite is still very slow in spite of the continued warm weather. The nights are still cool, keeping the water temperatures down, so the bite hasn’t broken open yet. As soon as this bite takes off, the news will be posted here and on the Outdoor News Service Facebook page. Anglers can also call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Apr
06

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite is still slow in spite of the warm weather. The nights are still cool, keeping the water temperatures down so the bite hasn’t broken open yet. Only a very few fish reported this past weekend, but there was a decent crowds of anglers at the State Park headquarters jetty so as soon as this action takes off, the word will spread. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Mar
30

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Some signs of life. A few tilapia are starting to show, but the bite is still just starting. Only a few fish reported this past weekend, but there was a decent crowd of anglers at the State Park headquarters jetty. This bite could break open any day. Anglers should call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Mar
09

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still slow tilapia fishing in spite of the warmer weather, but this bite could break open any day. Anglers should call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Mar
02

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Still slow tilapia fishing, but warmer weather forecast for the next week or two could improve things. The action has been very slow for the past three months. Anglers should always call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Feb
16

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing and almost no fishing pressure for the past two months. No reports of any tilapia. Anglers should always call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Feb
09

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing and almost no fishing pressure for the past two months. No reports of any tilapia. Anglers should always call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Jan
26

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing and almost no fishing pressure. Anglers should always call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Dec
01

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing and very light fishing pressure. Only an occasional report of a small tilapia reported at the state park headquarters jetty or the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. All fish showing on nightcrawler pieces. Anglers should always call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Dec
01

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 4,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows that went in three weeks ago continues to provide pretty good action for anglers drifting nightcrawlers or trolling a variety of lures. The rainbows are averaging from a pound to two pounds. The crappie bite has continued to improve off E Point and most are running from one pound up to 2-8, nice slabs. They are showing on slow-trolled lures or small jigs. The catfish also are fair to good for anglers fishing cut mackerel or sardines in most of the coves. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite remains fair on the rock walls, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair on reaction baits and plastics. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: There have been DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. The trout bite had been slow with a few on PowerBait and small trout jigs and lures. The plant also brought up a few bigger stripers and they are showing on the trout-like swim baits. Most of the stripers are 1-8 to three pounds and showing in the Fish Arm, but boils are getting fewer. Still good action on shad pattern reaction baits in the mornings. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is fair with most of the action on plastics in 20 to 40 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure. There has been fair largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to six pounds reported, but most in the one- to two-pound range. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 15 to 40 feet of water. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: There were DFW trout plants this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago, and there is a fair bite on the trout on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. Overall, the stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action on fish mostly from 1-8 to three pounds, with a few bigger. Topwater, jerk baits, and trolled flies are all getting fish. Trout-like swimbaits are the best way to get a bigger striper. There is a fair catfish bite on the cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with most of the action on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are slowing way down, but a few on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in 12 to 40 feet of water. Very little fishing pressure. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season kicked off three weeks ago, and this week there are plants at whole list of Los Orange county park lakes and next week’s plants will mostly be in Los Angeles county. See trout plants in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Nov
24

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing and very light fishing pressure. Only an occasional report of a small tilapia reported at the state park headquarters jetty or the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. All fish showing on nightcrawler pieces. Anglers should always call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).