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Jun
14

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The stripers are fair to good with most pan-sized fish around 1 1/2- to two pounds, but some are bigger. They are showing on cut baits, lug worms, and an occasional fish on a swimbait. Stripers have been best off the dam and through the main channel. Some are showing from Twin Cove and around the marina. Most of the fish have been in 30 to 40 feet of water. There has been a fair crappie bite on fish to just over a pound, mostly off the dam on small jigs tipped with meal worms. Wayne Filkosky, Victorville, had a one-pounder off the dock. The bluegill have been fair to good with a lot of small fish around the marina and in most coves on meal worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. A few half-pound fish. The largemouth bass are slow to fair with a few reports on topwater, cranks, and plastics. Few trout reports. Slow to fair catfish action on cut baits, and only a few carp showing. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout action was very good for the Fishing for 50K Tournament this past weekend, but on $10,000 tagged trout were caught, but a $100 tag was caught by Steve Jenson. Big fish winners: In the men’s adult division first place went to Paul Gonzalez with a 5.22 pounder, second place to Randy Rimmer with a 4.2, and there was a tie for third with a pair of 4.08-pound trout caught by Steven Reno and Dave Reno. Top fish in the women’s division was a 4.05-pounder landed by
Dawn Welch, while the top youth boy was a 3.74-pounder caught by
Dylan Terella. Top youth girls were a pair of 2.72-pounders caught by Bailey Turner and Michele Beltran. The best trout action has been in the west end of the lake (west of Eagle Point and the Solor Observatory). The early-morning bite has been the best bet. There have been a lot of fish from two to four pounds for both shore and troll anglers. Top trolling routes have been from the west ramp to the SS Relief just 150 to 200 feet offshore, and the same distance offshore on the south side of the lake between Metcalf and Papoose bays. Small spoons or Rapalas on one to two-and-a-half colors of leadcore has been the ticket. Shore anglers are doing best in the same areas fishing PowerBait or Gulp! baits on three-foot leaders of two- to four-pound test. The early morning spoon bite is also good with fly-line nightcrawlers. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been pretty good, especially the mouths of Boulder and Papoose Bays. Shallow diving crank baits, plastics, and jigs are all getting some good fish. The bite on small bullhead is just starting, but the bluegill bite is still off. For information on fishing or the tournament, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No report. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: There were Jess Ranch trout plants last week and thee weeks ago (also a DFW plant that week), and the bite has been pretty good since. Phil Bolt and Armando Becerra, both from San Bernardino, were using green Powerbait and worms early in the day for a pair of rainbows in the three to four-pound range. Still the best action on small jigs and flies, but more the inflated nightcrawler and PowerBait bite has improved. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. No fishing reports, but the first DFW trout plant is went in last week and another is slated for this week. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana were planted two weeks ago. For information, call the Mill Creek Visitor Center Tuesday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) at 909-382-2882 or the San Bernardino National Forest main office line at 909-382-2600.

Jun
07

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The panfish bite broke wide open this week along most of the shorelines with lots of bluegill and warmouth showing, especially for the kids targeting the panfish with any small bait — meal worms, wax worms, crickets, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish bite is fair on cut baits. Also still good carp action on dough baits, especially on Magic Bait in shad or mulberry flavors. The trout are very slow, but still an occasional one caught on PowerBait or an inflated nightcrawler in deeper water. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Good action on tiny bluegill, but otherwise very slow fishing. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The catfish bite has stayed good here with fish to 10 pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines flylined in deeper water around the docks and along the tules. There is also good bluegill and redear action. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in very good numbers, while the redear have been up to 2-8. There is also a good bite on bass. Both the bass and panfish are showing on fly-line nightcrawlers fished near the reeds. The carp bite is also good on dough baits. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The overall action has been very good with stripers starting to show in good numbers, especially for anglers walking the north shore to the back end of the lake and fishing ghost shrimp drop-shot style. There are also a lot of bass and bluegill around the reeds or other structure, mostly on nightcrawlers. There also continues to be a fair to good bite on quality catfish at the outlet right by the parking area on baseball-sized chunks of mackerel fly-lined along the bottom in the moving water. Fish to 10-plus pounds reported again this week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish bite has improved with the warm weather throughout this stretch of the aqueducts. The best bite has been from 6 to 10 p.m. in the evening on mussels and chicken liver. There is a lot of floating vegetation, but the bite still good. Top spots on the east side of the valley are 72nd and 120th, while the best spots on the west side of the valley are still
110th, 195th, and 280th West. A few stripers are showing on cut baits or for anglers walking planer boards with shad-like lures. Some bluegill are also starting to show in the sand traps. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Jun
07

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bite on largemouth bass is fair to good on plastics, swimbaits, or nightcrawlers. The early morning topwater bite is also starting. The bluegill, redear, and catfish bites also starting to improve, especially the panfish. The action has been along most shorelines with the fish in spawning mode. Stripers have also improved in the past week on big swimbaits early in the day. Private boats must be inspected to be quagga mussel-free and boats certified at Lake Perris and Lake Skinner will be accepted here. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: The bluegill bite has been good to excellent. The fish are showing from four to 35 feet of water, with the bigger fish in deeper water. Top spots have been all the shorelines with flooded brush (the entire east end these days) or rip-rap at the dam and marina areas. The backside of the island has also been very good. Crickets, red worms, wax worms, and meal worms have all be good, and many anglers are fishing small jigs tipped with bait. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, again reported bluegill to 12-inches (about two pounds) caught slow-trolling homemade jigs with blades on four-pound test line. The largemouth bass bite has been fair around much of the lake. Soloman Phelon, Apple Valley, had a 5-2 bass on a plastic, while Gilbert Gonzales, Moreno Valley, landed a four-pounder. Also a few crappie, catfish, and carp reports. The lake level continues to come up. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The lake was closed to fishing June 1-3 for the annual Balloon and Wine Festival. Overall bite has been fair to good for all species right now, with catfish really turning on in recent days. The best action has been on cut baits, but chicken liver and garlic shrimp have been the hot baits. James Wells, San Bernardino, had a six-pound cat on anchovies at Ramp No. 2, while Doug Perez, Temecula, landed a 5-2 on chicken liver mid-lake. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, nightcrfawlers, and small jigs at Ramp No. 1 and across from the marina and the fish are mostly 10 feet down or deeper. The striper action has been best at the inlet, dam, and mid-lake points, with the fish mostly in deeper water except early in the morning. Chicken liver, anchovies, and other cut baits have been best, but some on shad-like cranks and swimbaits early. The largemouth bass bite been just fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. There are even fish showing on topwater frogs and jerk baits now, and the best bite has been early mornings. There was a 400-pound catfish plant last week and the next plant is set for June 4. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: No report. For fishing and derby information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: Due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

RANCHO JURUPA PARK LAKE: No report.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Jun
07

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: No recent trout plants and few reports. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent DFW trout plants at Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

May
17

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The trout bite has been excellent. The DFW had three bonus plants of brown trout go into Cleghorn Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday last week. The fish have been up to 1 1/2-pounds, and most are showing on spinners, small spoons, or trout jigs. Joshua Schwind, Upland, had three trout to 1-8 on spinners in Cleghorn. Catfish are being caught in Cleghorn mostly on cut baits. Stephanie and Cory Hendricks, Victorville, had two catfish that went 8-6 and 5-3, both on sardines in Cleghorn. Stripers are showing at the dam, adjacent coves, quarry, and off the dock, mostly on lug worms, cut baits, and nightcrawlers. Most are in 30 feet of water. Alexandra Buinett, Riverside, had a four-pound striper off the dock on a nightcrawler. Still pretty decent bluegill action off the dock on small baits. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The trout fishing remains good best along the north shore from Windy Point to Old Gray’s Landing for shore anglers using floating dough baits on 18 to 24-inch leaders. Fish to four pounds have been reported this past week. The trolling action has been good near the solar observatory and along Trout Alley. Slow trolling with one to three colors of lead core dragging Thomas Buoyants and Rapalas has been the ticket. Chris Robinson, Big Bear City, had a limit of trout to 3-9, and smallmouth bass to two pounds. A few bass are starting to show on swim baits at Garstin Island, but this is still tough. No catfish or panfish reports, yet. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No reports. Trout Derby coming Memorial Day weekend. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The first trout plant (500 pounds) of the season went two weeks ago, and the bite has remained fair since. The swim beach is tentatively slated to open Memorial Day weekend, depending on weather and water conditions. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake parking lot is open. No fishing reports and no DFW trout plants yet. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork of the Santa Ana also have not been planted recently. For information, call the Mill Creek Visitor Center Tuesday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) at 909-382-2882 or the San Bernardino National Forest main office line at 909-382-2600.

Apr
05

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The top pick is staying the excellent rockfish bite for anglers fishing on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, and Ventura landings stays the top pick. 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. The overnight boats are getting better quality fish. For an update on this bite, visit www.976-TUNA.com for the latest fish counts from this week.

2. For panfish fanatics, the crappie bite at Lake Success in the western Sierra Nevada foothills has been excellent with a lot of quality fish to two pounds or a little better. Most of the fish have been landed from the bank on small minnows and jigs. (But, to be fair, crappie bites have broken open all over the southern half of the state ñ Isabella, Cachuma, Silverwood, and Lower Otay are the best bets, but slabs are showing up a lot of places.) For an update on the Success action, call Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351, both in Bakersfield.

3. The flathead catfish bite is breaking wide open on the lower Colorado River, especially from Blythe downstream to Yuma. The action has been on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish, with most of the bite happening at night, especially right at dark and first light. There were flatheads to 35 pounds reported this past week. For an update on this bite call Walter’s Camp at 760-854-3322.

Apr
05

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (April 1-7):

ORANGE: Laguna Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake.

RIVERSIDE: Lake Perris.

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Tuttle Creek.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (April 8-14):

INYO: Owens River (below Tinnemaha, Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

KERN: Lake Isabella.

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Murry Park Pond.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).

The following waters were planted last week (March 25-31):

LOS ANGELES: El Dorado Park Lakes, Legg Lakes, Sante Fe Reservoir.

RIVERSIDE: Lake Skinner.

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Lake Jennings

INYO: Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

KERN: Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Park, Truxtun Lake.

TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Success Reservoir.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/. This page is frequently updated after this news report is published so current week, next week’s, and even previous week’s plant information may change.

Nov
16

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: Sergio Gonzales, Sylmar, won the 2017 Fall Classic Fishing Derby held two weekends ago with a six-pound, nine-ounce rainbow. Ed Moehle Jr, Palmdale, was second with a 5-14, while Leovigildo Onofre, San Fernando, was third with a 5-1. The remaining seven spots in the top 10 all were trout from 1-8 to 1-14. There were 318 participants and 57 fish were weighed in. The lake was planted with both DFW trout and 1,500 pounds of Calaveras hatchery fish, including 500 pounds of trophy rainbows to 16 pounds for this event. The lake is one a twice-monthly planting scheduled for this season. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The fishing season is currently closed. Fishing season reopens Feb. 3, and the lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of rainbow trout this coming fishing season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The stripers continue to boil on shad, and there has been fair to good action for both stripers and catfish. Most anglers are throwing shad, fresh-dead or alive, and shad-like lures and swimbaits tossed to the boils. The bluegill bite is also still pretty fair near the reeds on nightcrawlers under a bobber. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

Apr
06

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The largemouth bass bite stays as the top pick again this week. The spawn is in high gear just about everywhere. The top bets for this bite are Casitas, Castaic and the Castaic Lagoon, Lake Perris, and Lake Skinner. San Vicente and Lower Otay are also good. The entire lower Colorado River has broken wide open. And there are others place just as good as these picks. The bottom line is its time to fish for bass. You can call those lakes respective marinas for updates on the fishing (contact info in main report below).

2. The yellowtail and bluefin tuna bite out of San Diego stays in the top picks. While the yellowtail are small (three- to seven-pound class) around the offshore kelp paddies where the three-quarter day, overnight, and 1 1/2-day boats are fishing, the bluefin are running up to 100-plus pounds. For information on the boats making runs for bluefin and yellowtail, check with H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383, or Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627. A reminder that you will need a passport for these trips.

3. Lastly, the striped bass bite in the California aqueduct near Taft also stays in the top picks. Anglers are reporting easy 30 to 40 fish days, mostly on cut sardines with other baits or lures far distant second-place choices. While many are under the 18-inch minimum keeper size, it has been pretty easy to get a two-fish limit of bigger stripers in this hot bite. Fish to eight pounds this week. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657. Also check out “Poor Man Aqueduct Fishing” on Facebook.

Mar
09

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been fair to good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets include Dixon and Jennings in San Diego County, with Poway, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford also pretty fair. In San Bernardino County, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake remain the best bets. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is improving daily with the warm weather and many waters have good pre-spawn bite ongoing. Lots of fish up in the shallows poking around and thinking of the spawn. There continues to be a major movement of fish out of deep water into less than 15 feet of water. Top bets are Lower Otay, Perris, San Vicente Reservoir, Casitas, Castaic, Wohlford, Diamond Valley, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites are just fair with more movement by the day. Kaweah Lake in the western Sierra produced a 17.2-pound bass this past week.

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

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

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bite has been at Lake Skinner, and that has been pretty tough. The lower Colorado River is improving daily with the warm weather, but mostly for channels, still no reports on flatheads.

Jun
23

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is just fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, and Bridgeport Reservoir. In Southern California, the top bet is Big Bear Lake for holdover rainbows from six to 15 pounds and lots of pan-sized fish for both shore and troll anglers. Silverwood Lake is producing a fair number rainbows to four pounds, but the heat slowed this action a little. Cuyamaca is the best bet in San Diego County with heavy plants this season that continue through this week.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been good throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish early in the day, especially in waters coming up and flooding brush (Diamond Valley, especially). But there are a lot of fish showing on plastics and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom in 12 to 20 feet of water. Top bets are Diamond Valley, Casitas (topwater and shad if you can get them), Skinner, Perris (outside edges of weed beds), Castaic, Piru, Cachuma (smallmouth on crawdad-like baits), Puddingstone, Pyramid, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Sutherland, Hodges, and Dixon. And of course, Barrett in San Diego County is good. Silverwood is fair. On the Colorado River, the lower river is pretty much wide open, especially for smallmouth, but the bite is fair to good throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. The hot bite has been at Castaic for bait and troll fish with some to 12 pounds last week, most 12-inches this week. Lead core tolling with flies at Silverwood slowed to fair, while Skinner’s cut bait bite at the dam and inlet areas is still decent. Pyramid is also producing some fish on the troll and some topwater fish. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been wide open with very good action on fish to eight pounds or better. Lake Havasu is nearly as good.

PANFISH: The tilapia bite at the Salton Sea was hammered early this week with 124 degree temperatures, and where this bite goes in the heat is a big question. Anglers should call ahead. The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair to good just about everywhere, but the top bets are Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley. In San Diego County, Poway and Murray have the best bluegill bites. Meanwhile, the crappie bites have all pretty much died down everywhere.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are starting to really heat up with the weather. Skinner, Pyramid, and Diamond Valley Lake are top spots, but this bite isn’t getting much angler pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish on dip baits and clams. Santa Ana River Lakes and Hesperia Lake are now stocking catfish weekly. In San Diego County, Wohlford, Poway, and Jennings are stocked catfish or will begin by the end of next week. By far the best bite has been for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River. Over 50 fish topping 20 pounds were reported just from the Palo Verde-Walter’s Camp region since Memorial Day weekend. At least two over 50 pounds have been landed.

Jun
02

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is just fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, and Bridgeport Reservoir. In Southern California, the top bet is Big Bear Lake for holdover rainbows to seven pounds. Lots of limits reported for both shore and troll anglers. Silverwood Lake is producing a lot of rainbows and the DFW is planted last week, but the heat is pushing them deeper. Cachuma Lake has been excellent for trollers working deeper water at the dam, with a lot of limits. Jess Ranch Lakes in the high desert has been pretty good. Cuyamaca may be the best bet in San Diego County with heavy plants this season that continue into June.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is already looking more like summer with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish and the topwater and reaction bait bites are really starting to take off. But there are a lot of fish still showing on plastics and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Top bets (in no real particular order) are Diamond Valley, Skinner, Perris, Casitas, Castaic, Piru, Cachuma, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Sutherland, Hodges, and Dixon. And of course, Barrett in San Diego County is excellent. Silverwood is getting better by the day. On the Colorado River, the lower river is pretty much wide open, and the bite is fair to good throughout the Colorado River system. Smallmouth also turning on in the lower river.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. Skinner is a fair bet at the dam and inlet areas on cut baits and reaction baits. The topwater and near-surface bite has come on Castaic with fish. Still fair bites on smaller fish at Pyramid and Silverwood. Darn few reports on stripers from Diamond Valley again, even with the launch ramp reopened. The California aqueduct is still good, and it is producing more legal fish again. On the Colorado River, the stripers action broke wide open in Lake Mohave and Havasu with excellent action on fish to 12 pounds, and a lot from five to seven pounds in both places.

PANFISH: Big news remains the hot tilapia action at the Salton Sea. This bite broke wide open over a month ago and continues hot, and even more so as the temperatures soar. The quality of the fish is improving with more in the 1 1/2-pound range. The bluegill or redear are starting to turn on just about everywhere, but the top bets are Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley. Meanwhile, the crappie bites have all pretty much died down everywhere.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are starting to really heat up with the weather. Skinner, Pyramid, and Diamond Valley Lake are top spots, but this bite isn’t getting much angler pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish on dip baits. Santa Ana River Lakes and Hesperia Lake are now stocking catfish weekly, and Jennings started its catfish planting season last week. The flathead catfish bite is very good on the lower Colorado River from Blythe to Yuma, and the channel catfish are starting to show in good numbers throughout the Colorado River.

May
05

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (May 1-7):

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Middle and South forks), Diaz Lake, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir.

KERN: Kern River (sections 4, 5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5-6), Peppermint Creek, Tule River (Middle Fork, North Fork [Middle Fork No. 1], South Fork [Middle Forks No. 2 and No. 3]).

FRESNO: Courtwright Reservoir, Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
Tentative plants for next week (May 8-14):

INYO: Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II), Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Lake Sabrina, Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Bridgeport, Upper and Lower), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

KERN: Kern River (sections 1 through 5).

TULARE: Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Freeman Creek, Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (lower).

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Jan
14

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Santa Ana River Lake has been fair to good with rainbows planted each week with big rainbows part of the mix. Several trout to 14 pounds this past week. Laguna Niguel got trout last week. Irvine Lake is slow with no more plants this season. San Bernardino County park lakes are getting plants every week, and all also got DFW fish last week and were pretty good. Those lakes include Yucaipa, Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Mojave Narrows, and Prado. Casitas Lake remains fair after its 2,500-pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers four weeks ago, and DFW fish were slated to go in this week. In the high desert, both Hesperia Lake and Jess Ranch have been fair to good for two-pound class fish with a bigger fish possible at both.

BLACK BASS: The bass bite is slower each week with fewer and fewer fish on shoreline structure or up chasing baitfish. Most bass are now suspended or on deep-water points and best on live bait or jigging spoons. Top bets are Casitas, Castaic, Diamond Valley, and Perris. Piru is fair but getting little pressure. Lower Otay has been fair and Pyramid and Silverwood are pretty slow. On the Colorado River, the smallmouth and largemouth bites have also been slow to fair from Lake Havasu south into the lower river backwaters and up in Lake Mohave. Even on the river the bite is mostly on bottom jigs and plastics now.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been fair at best throughout most of the region. Skinner, Pyramid, Castaic, and Silverwood were all fair at best this past week, and some fish continue to show from the California aqueduct, but the Taft stretch is closed for repairs. Castaic produced a 17-pounder this past week. On the Colorado River, the bite is fair in Lake Mohave with a lot of one to three pound fish. Havasu is also fair near the dam. Other areas have slowed way down, but at 24-pounder was caught in the river near Bullhead.

PANFISH: Fishing pressure is light and most of the bites have slowed way down. There are a few bluegill showing at Skinner and Perris. Still a few intermittent reports of crappie at Piru and Casitas, but all bites are pretty tough right now.

CATFISH: Every place is slowing way down. The best bites is at Lake Isabella on live minnows. Skinner and Cachuma have produced a few fish, but they slowed even more this week than last week. The odd catfish is also still being reported at Piru, Pyramid, and Castaic, but they are another tic slower than last week. Of course, fishing pressure is near nothing for catfish everywhere. The rain perked catfish a little at Irvine Lake and Santa Ana River Lakes.

Aug
27

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery this week (Aug. 9-15).

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake.

INYO: Bishop Creek (Lower and Intake II), Lake Sabrina, One Pine Creek, Rock Creek Lake.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, George Lake, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (upper and lower, Bridgeport), Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lake (upper and lower), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.