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Jul
12

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The offshore fishing out of San Diego is the top pick this week with very good action on yellowtail, trophy bluefin tuna to 215 pounds or more, and now even yellowfin tuna are joining this bite. The best part is that even the one-day boats are getting into all three pelagic species. Most of the yellowtail have been 12 to 18 pounds, the average bluefin are 40 to 50 with some schools having nothing but the toads, and these early yellowfin mostly under 20 pounds. For an update, check with 976-TUNA.com.

2. Shhhhhh. This has been a secret bite for the past week or two, but the action at Little Rock Reservoir for the anglers willing to walk the quarter-mile up to the lake from the locked gate on the road are seeing a very good bite on crappie to two pounds (and nearly as good bass and bluegill fishing. The crappie have been showing tight to the stickups in the low water on small jigs. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

3. Castaic Lake’s striper bite stays in the top picks yet again this week, continuing to edge out nearby Pyramid Lake. Castaic is simply producing as many fish as Pyramid, but with much better quality. Lots of 10-fish limits again in the past week (at both lakes) with fish showing on cut baits, topwater, or trolled umbrella rigs. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

Jul
05

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands stays in the top spot. Many boats have reported five-fish limits of these nice 8 to 12 pound range fish. The fish are being targeting on three-quarter and full-day boats out of San Diego, and even on the ├Čbad├« days, the average has been at least couple of fish per rod. For an update, check with 976-TUNA.com.

2. Quail Lake has continued to be a hot spot with very good catfish and bluegill action again this week and even more stripers showing. The catfish have been best at the outlet for anglers fly-lining big hunks of mackerel (so they don’t get snagged as often). The bluegill are best along the south shoreline tules on small baits under a bobber with fish to two pounds reported this week. The stripers have been best on ghost shrimp along the north shore. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

3. Castaic Lake’s striper bite stays in the top picks again this week, continuing to edge out nearby Pyramid Lake. Castaic is simply producing nearly as many fish as Pyramid, but with much better quality. Lots of 10-fish limits in the past week (at both lakes) with fish showing on cut baits, topwater, or trolled umbrella rigs. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

Jun
14

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands moves to the top pick this week with a big flood of 8 to 12 pound fish flooding up to the islands and showing in a good bite that has been getting better by the day this week. The fish are being targeting on three-quarter and full-day boats out of San Diego. Mid-week, light load trips have seen five-fish limits on these fish. For an update, check with 976-TUNA.com.

2. Quail Lake has busted wide open and is kind of a local secret. The bite has been good for bluegill, largemouth, stripers, and catfish this past week. In the top picks last week, the word got out and the fishing pressure jumped, but the action is still very good. The bluegill and bass are best along the south shoreline tules, while the stripers and catfish have been best at the aqueduct outlet and along the north shore to the inlet. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

3. The Pyramid Lake striper bite stays in the top picks. Still lost of 10-fish limits of stripers around two pounds with some to five pounds this past week. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also some catfish showing in this bite. For an update on this action, check with the Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

Jun
07

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The Pyramid Lake striper bite stays in the top picks and moves to the top spot. Lots of 10-fsih limits of fish around two pounds with some to five pounds this past week. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also some catfish showing in this bite. For an update on this action, check with the Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

2. The bite on big bluegill at Lake Perris has been good over the past four weeks, and this bite stays in the top picks this week. There have been a lot of fish to two pounds or better caught in recent days. The fish are showing around much of the lake, but the backside of the island has been a hotspot. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. For an update, check with the marina staff at 951-657-2179.

3. Quail Lake has busted wide open and is kind of a local secret. The bite has been good for bluegill, largemouth, stripers, and catfish this past week, but it is getting surprisingly little fishing pressure. The bluegill and bass are best along the south shoreline tules, while the stripers and catfish have been best at the aqueduct outlet and along the north shore to the inlet. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

May
31

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The Pyramid Lake striper bite stays in the top picks and moves to the top spot. Lots of 10-fsih limits of fish around two pounds with some to 10 pounds this past week. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also some catfish showing in this bite. For an update on this action, check with the Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

2. The bite on big bluegill at Lake Perris has been good over the past three weeks and this bite stays in the top picks this week. There have been a lot of fish to two pounds or better caught in recent days. The fish are showing around much of the lake, but the backside of the island has been a hotspot. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. For an update, check with the marina staff at 951-657-2179.

3. Quail Lake has been good for bluegill, stripers, and catfish this past week, but it is getting surprisingly little fishing pressure. The bluegill are best along the south shoreline tules, while the stripers and catfish have been best at the aqueduct outlet and along the north shore. Also pretty good largemouth action. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

May
17

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The rockfish action from Oxnard to Morro Bay has just been phenomenal, with limit-style fishing most days on most boat, even the short half-day trips. There have been lots of reds and bocaccio in the rockfish limits, and when you add in the good scores on whitefish, and a smattering of sheephead and lingcod, these have been top notch trips. For an update on this bite, check the daily scores on 976-TUNA.com or call one of the landings in the region.

2. The Pyramid Lake striper bite stays in the top picks this week. Lots of limits of fish around two pounds with some to six or seven pounds, and even the occasional bigger fish. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also a lot of catfish showing in this bite. For an update on this action, check with the Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

3. There were three plants of brown trout this past week at Silverwood Lake, and the action on the browns and rainbows has been very good with a lot of limits reported. The trout have been running up to 1-8 and have been showing on spinners, small spoons, or trout jigs. For an update on this action, check with the marina staff at 760-389-2299.

May
03

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The trout opener lived up to the hype, and Bridgeport Reservoir was probably the hotspot in the region producing a steady succession of big fish and limits of rainbows with a sprinkling of nice browns. The Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation stocked the region heavily, and Bridgeport got a lot of those trophy fish, and it showed. Once the current snowstorm blows past this week, this is the best bet. For the most up-to-date conditions and reports, check with Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport at 760-932-7707.

2. Lake Isabella crappie bite stays in the top picks. While a lot of the fish being caught by shore anglers are six to 10-inch fish, boat and float tube anglers are getting good numbers of bigger fish to a pound or so from deeper water. The bite is best on small minnows or jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles under a bobber. For an update on this action, check with the staff at Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

3. The Pyramid Lake striper bite has been excellent and moves into the top picks this week. Lots of limits of fish around two pounds with some to six or seven pounds, and even the occasional bigger fish. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also a lot of catfish showing in this bite. For an update on this action, check with the Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

Apr
12

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Crappie move to the top pick with bites lighting up all over the southern third of the state. There has been excellent action at Lower Otay and Lake Isabella, and a number of stops in between, but the best quality fish are coming from Lake Cachuma where most of the slabs are running from one to two-plus pounds. For an update on this action, check with the Cachuma marina at 805-688-4040.

2. Staying in the top picks is the excellent rockfish bite for anglers fishing on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, and Ventura landings. While wind can be a problem, when the sea calms down limits of rockfish, with whitefish and lingcod in the mix, are common. For an update on this bite, visit www.976-TUNA.com for the latest fish counts from this week.

3. The carp bite broke wide open this week at Apollo Park Lake in the High Desert with a lot of fish from three to 12 pounds. Most anglers were getting nice stringers of five or six fish, tossing back smaller ones. The best action has been on homemade dough baits, and mulberry Magic Bait for carp. Strawberry jello has been the favored dip for all these baits. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Mar
08

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Rockfish season reopened last week south of Point Conception, and the bite has been exceptional on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, and Ventura landings. Limits of rockfish, with some good catches of whitefish and a few ling cod mixed in, have been the rule on everything from half-day to overnight jaunts. For an update on this bite, visit www.976-TUNA.com for the latest fish counts from this week.

2. Apollo Park Lake was the trout hot spot last week after bonus plants for the weekend derby. A lot of limits were reported, and the best action was on pink or bubble gum Mice Tails with garlic scent added fished in the deeper water of the back lake. Most of the trout are running one to three pounds, but every county plant has 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701.

3. For the second week in a row, the crappie bite at Lower Otay Reservoir has been good for the few anglers targeting the slabs. There were nearly 200 crappie reported by anglers checked again this past week, most on small jigs fished tight to cover. For an update on this bite call the rental boat and marina concession at 619-397-5212.

Mar
01

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Rockfish season reopened Thursday this week south of Point Conception, and the bite should be exceptional all along the coast. With no fishing the past for two months, the fish have stacked up on the spots and limits should be the rule for all the boats this weekend — from the half-day jaunts to the full-day and overnight boats running out of landings in the Oxnard to Santa Barbara region. Weather might be the only hindrance to this fishing. Check with any of the local landings for boat availability and visit www.976-TUNA.com for the latest fish counts from this week.

2. After being closed to fishing all this week and a pair of trout plants, Apollo Park Lake should be excellent for this Saturday’s derby. The back lake has been the hot spot, but fish should be well distributed around the lake. The best action has been on pink or bubble gum Mice Tails with garlic scent added. Most of the trout are one to three pounds, but every county plant has 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701.

3. The crappie bite at Lower Otay Reservoir broke wide open this week in spite of the cold weather. There were nearly 200 slabs reported by anglers checked, most on small jigs fished tight to cover. For an update on this bite call the rental boat and marina concession at 619-397-5212.

Feb
22

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The Pyramid Lake stripers bite has been pretty good, even if most of the fish are in the two-pound range or less. The bite has mostly been on cut anchovies or sardines, but lugworms are as good or better. The bait is drifted in 20-feet or water or more. For an update on this bite, call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

2. Cachuma Lake received its second 4,000-pound trout plant of the season last Thursday, and the rainbow action has been pretty good since throughout Cachuma Bay. Most of the fish are showing for trollers fishing small spoons or bait anglers (bank or boat) using PowerBait or Mice Taisls. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 805-688-4040.

3. The Lake Skinner striper bite is staying in the top spots yet another week because its striper bite has remained solid with fish to five pounds reported in the past week. The best bite has continued to be on live shad, but some nice fish are also showing on frozen sardines. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at 951-926-8515.

Feb
01

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. They call it the Mardi Gras of fishing in the Antelope Valley, and that is the opening at Lake Palmdale, a membership-only fishing lake. The line is already forming for Saturday’s opener. The lake has already stocked with three loads of trout, including Lightning Trout (500 pounds), with a total of 22,000 pounds stocked so far. The lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of trout total this fishing season. For membership or fishing information, call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

2. The Lake Skinner striper bite is staying in the top spot because its striper bite has remained solid with fish to 20 pounds reported in the past week. The best bite has continued to be on live shad, but some nice fish are also showing on frozen sardines. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at 951-926-8515.

3. The upper Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada stays in the top spots because of the good action on big rainbows running up out of Crowley Lake into the warmer water in the Owens in the Hot Fingers stretch. There has been a little lull during the full moon, but this is still a good bet for catch-and-release action on trout from two to four pounds. For an update on this bite, check with The Troutfitter in Mammoth at 760-934-2517, Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop in Bishop at 760-873-0010.

Jan
25

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Moving to the top pick, the Lake Skinner striper bite has been pretty solid for the past month, and it has been steadily improving the last two weeks. The trick for both numbers and quality has been live shad, but some nice fish are also showing on cut baits and shad-like swim baits. There have been fish up to nearly 10 pounds again this past week. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at 951-926-8515.

2. The Castaic Lake striper bite really improved over the past week, and it cranked out fish at 36 and 15 pounds. The best action has been on bigger, trout-like swimbaits for the larger fish with smaller stripers showing on smaller swimbaits, lug worms, spoons, and trolled umbrella rigs. For an update on the bite, check with the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

3. The upper Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada moves back into the top spot because of the very good action on big rainbows running up out of Crowley Lake into the warmer water in the Owens in the Hot Fingers stretch. This is a catch-and-release only fishery, but the fish are mostly from two to four pounds. For an update on this bite, check with The Troutfitter in Mammoth at 760-934-2517, Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop in Bishop at 760-873-0010.

Dec
08

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The bite on bluefin tuna just won’t go away. While it’s not for toads like earlier this year, the action is steady on 20 to 45-pound class fish and two-fish limits are easy on 1 1/2-day boats running out of San Diego landings. For an update on the action, check with 976-tuna.com.

2. It’s time to hurl big swimbaits for stripers. A big trout plant at Diamond Valley Lake this week and that should make the action surge. The plant was made on Tuesday, and the bigger stripers were already moving into the boat launch area to feast. For an update on this action, call the Diamond Valley Lake marina at 951-926-7201 or Castaic Lake marina at 661-775-6232.

3. Hesperia Lake is getting its first trout plant of the season this week — a stock of 1,000-pound of Mt. Lassen rainbow. Most of these fish will be one-pounders or a little better, but some trophy fish are in this first release. For an update on this bite, check with the lake staff at 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

Nov
16

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Castaic Lake’s bass bite — stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth — stays the top pick again this week but the overall action is a little slower than it has been the past couple of weeks — still good, but not as good. This is surface or near-surface action as all three species chase baitfish. The better stripers are five to 10 pounds, while most of the black bass are in the two to three-pound range. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at Castaic by calling 661-775-6232 or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

2. There are generally very good fall catfish bites at most Southern California reservoirs that get little attention from only a handful of local anglers. Lake Skinner continues to shine with more fish topping the 10-pound mark again this week. These bites are best on big hunks of cut baits. For an update on the Skinner bite, check with the marina at 951-926-8515.

3. Diamond Valley Lake’s trout bite moves into the top picks this week after a plant on Thursday of 4,000 pounds. There are always some big Mt. Lassen rainbows in the DVL plants, and the action on small trout plastics and jigs, inflated nightcrawlers (with garlic), and PowerBait has been pretty good for boat and shore anglers. For an update on the action, call the marina at at 951-926-7201.