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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/.

Feb
20

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Winter trout season is in full swing in Southern California with most lakes stocking weekly or alternating weeks. Top bets with weekly plants include Santa Ana River Lake, Laguna Niguel, Dixon Lake, Irvine Lake, Lake Poway, Corona Lake, Lake Jennings, and Lake Silverwood (20 weeks in a row of DFW fish). All of the San Bernardino County parks — Glen Helen, Prado, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, and Mojave Narrows — are getting weekly 1,000-pound plants. Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains has been good with fish to six pounds in the past week. There is also an excellent bite on the upper Owens River above Crowley Lake in the Sierra for fly anglers.

BLACK BASS: The bass are starting to break out of their winter patterns at most of the lower-elevation, warmer waters throughout the southern half of the state. The fish are poking into the sun-warmed shallows and fish are being caught in as little as four feet of water some places. Top bets, about in order of action, are El Capitan, Skinner, Castaic, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Piru, and Lower Otay. Dixon also cranked out a near-13-pounder this past week. On the Colorado River, the bites have also started to come around, especially from Lake Havasu south.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been fair. The top bite has been the California aqueduct near Taft. Skinner, Silverwood, Pyramid, and Diamond Valley all have stayed slow to fair this past week. On the Colorado River, almost all the bites have gone or remain very slow, but a few more fish were reported from the Bullhead stretch of the river this week and the Havasu fish are showing signs of life.

PANFISH: The biggest news remains the crappie bite on quality fish at Casitas Lake, but this is a finesse bite. There have also been on-and-off bites at Isabella (off this past week), Lower Otay, El Capitan, and to a lesser extent at Silverwood. Hodges also reopened with a few crappie showing. Lake Skinner has been cranking out a few big bluegill to two pounds each of the past three weeks, now, but it’s certainly not wide open. Perris also showed signs of life with a few one-pound plus bluegill reported this week.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River remains in the tank, but the channel catfish bite in the Palo Verde lagoon has continued fair with almost no pressure. Blue and channel catfish continue to show very sporadically in most in SoCal reservoirs. The Lake Isabella winter catfish bite that broke open over a month ago remains a pretty fair bet, and there continue to be a fair number of catfish from the California aqueduct near Taft.

Jul
31

WESTERN SIERRA

CATFISH DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long July catfish derby started July 1. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest catfish weighed in during July will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. There are currently 207 anglers signed up so the pot is at $307. The current leader is Victor Jacquez, Bakersfield, who landed a 40-pound catfish this week on chicken liver from Buena Victa. Carp Derby starts Aug. 1. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to provide some of the best action in the region with most of the fish moving into deeper water (15-feet plus) and the bite has been red hot. The best action is garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers and Secret 7 catfish bait. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish and strigers of 15 to 25 fish have been common. The crappie bite is tough but a few are still showing on minnows. The bass, trout, and bluegill bites have all been pretty slow. A few bass are showing in an early morning topwater bite. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair this past week for bait and lure anglers fishing for planted and wild rainbows, but the last plants were four weeks ago and none are scheduled for this week or next week. Fly anglers are seeing generally good early morning or afternoon action on wild fish with better action upriver near the Johnsondale Bridge or above. In the lower river flows are very low, but the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been pretty good on nightcrawlers, plastics and Roostertails. The catfish bite has also been pretty good in the bigger pools on garlic shrimp or nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure with the heat. The striper bite is fair to good with mostly small fish in the catch right now. Small cranks, blood worms, lug worms, and sardines are the top baits for the stripers. Catfish are very good with a lot of nice cats showing in this bite. The action is mostly on garlic shrimp, shad, chicken liver, and mackerel. Other species have been slow. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com

MILL CREEK PARK: Most of the action has been for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait. There are also still a few catfish showing on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are very good on most of the small baits, especially on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, or red worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits. A few bass continue to show early on plastics or topwater.

HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is also very good on Powder Bait. A rare bass is still showing early and late.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp action has been good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. The bluegill are also good, while the bass have slowed with only a few fish early and late in the day on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill are best on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, and most are in less than 10 feet of water.

MING LAKE: Very good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are also very good on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite is tough, but a few are showing on plastics and nightcrawlers early and late in the day

BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Few reports of other species.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish and bluegill bites are both pretty good. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad, or nightcrawlers at night, but most are on the small side. However, Victor Jacquez, Bakersfield, caught a 40-pound catfish this week on chicken liver. Bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The carp bite is fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough baits. The bass action is very slow with only a few on topwater, plastics and nightcrawlers early in the day. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. The ëgills are best on meal or wax worms. Carp are best on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. A fair number of carp and catfish. Bass spotty. Other species still slow. Information: 559-781-2078.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty on nightcrawlers, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good. The bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and small jigs, while the carp are best on dough baits. Information: 559-597-2526.

May
23

1. The picks are staying the same this week. The flathead catfish action along the lower Colorado River just keeps getting better and better with light fishing pressure. A lot of 20 to 40-pound class fish this past week and the potential for something a lot bigger. The bite is good from Havasu downstream to Yuma. The backwaters, canals, and irrigation drain ditches are all good bets. Most everyone is using either bluegill or goldfish for bait and fishing first and last light and through the night. Top spot to get an update on the bite is at B&B Bait in Blythe at 760-921-2248.

2. The bluegill bite at Lake Skinner has continued to be a hot bite for a month and the fish are on beds now in six to 15 feet or less. The bigger bluegills are running from one to two pounds. The best action has been on the usual baits (meal worms, wax worms, crickets, red worms), but the small jig anglers fishing these little dancing baits are probably getting the biggest fish. For an update on this action, check with the marina at 951-926-8515 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle in Hemet at 951-658-7410.

3. The tilapia bite at the Salton Sea has been simply exceptional during the heat last week and it has stayed good through the little cood down this week. Winds continue to be a problem, but the fish have been biting even in the breeze. The tilapia are a little smaller than some would like with the average probably about a half-pound, but some of the better quality fish from 1 1/2 to two pounds continue to show. Few reports outside of the state park jetty, but the old yacht club jetty is also getting some pressure and the fish are being caught there, too. For an update on the bite, call the Camp Store at 760-289-9455 or the Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059.

Aug
01

CACHUMA: The trout bite picked up this past week for anglers trolling leadcore eight to nine colors deep at the dam with a dodger-Needlefish or dodger-nightcrawler combo with trout to 3-8 reported. The crappie bite is fair to good on the backside of Santa Cruz Point on small jigs tipped with meal worms or trolled CD3 Rapalas. The catfish bite is fair with the best action in Martini Bay and Johnson’s and Clark canyons on cut baits. Bass fishing got very tough this past week with only a few fish showing early and late in the day on topwater with a tough mid-day bite on deeply fished plastics and jigs. The carp bowfishing has been very good early mornings in the mouth of Clark Canyon and single fish can be arrowed along most shorelines through the day. Bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at ttp://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: The bass action has been fair to good early in the morning and late in the evenings, with some topwater action. Much slower action through the middle part of the day on plastics and nightcrawlers fished tight to the grass line. Top bass this past week was a seven-pounder caught by Scotty Lindsverk, 8, Casitas Springs on a buzzbait. Ralph Chavez, Oxnard, landed a 6-8 bass on a spinnerbait. A few trout to three pounds are showing for trollers fishing Needlefish or small Rapalas in 40 to 60 feet of water at the dam, but very little pressure on these fish. A few catfish and bluegill-redear are showing for the few anglers targeting these species. Bob Palmer, Fillmore, landed a 12-pound cat on mackerel. Other species have been very slow. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The lake is open every day 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., including all holidays. Information: 805-649-2043. www.casitasboatrentals.com

CASTAIC: The striper bite has continued very good at the buoy line, Necktie Canyon, and off Kong Island for anglers fishing nightcrawlers or sardines in 50 feet of water. Kent Tiem, Sylmar, had three stripers to six pounds at the buoy line on ëcrawlers, while Jesus Martinez, Los Angeles, also had a trio of five pounders on sardines at Hawk’s Nest. The largemouth bass bite has been good on cranks and other reaction baits early and late in the day around structure. Aaras Eijieereian, Castaic, had a four-pound bass on a nightcrawler off C-Point. The catfish have spotty with a few fish showing at the buoy line, mostly on prepared catfish baits and cut baits. The bluegill bite has been fair on meal worms in both the upper and lower lake. Crappie poor. For information try 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics and reaction baits with a good topwater bite most mornings. The average fish is from one to two pounds, but bass to seven pounds have been reported. No reports on crappie this week. Other species have been slow. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201, or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: There has been a fair to good catfish bite for shore anglers fishing in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers and cut baits. The stripers are fair, but most of the fish have been small (under two pounds). There are some very good boils at first light just at the lake opens, but no reports of bigger fishing. The largemouth bass bite has been very good all over the lake with a reaction bait bite early and then decent action on plastics and nightcrawlers the rest of the day. Most are one to two pounds with a smattering of fish to seven pounds. Nor eports on other species. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: Mostly slow fishing. There are a few bluegill showing on baits and flies around much of the lake, and the occasional bass is being caught early or late in the day on a reaction baits or plastic worm. No recent DFW plants. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW plants. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW plants.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW plants.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 213-847-1726.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.

Nov
29

PICACHO AREA: This area of the river is slowing as temperatures fall. Some bass continue to be caught, and a few good catfish showing. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Nov
23

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02

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Many Years ago, dough bait was originally invented to imitate the flavor of real trout hatchery food. Simply put, stocked trout have been raised to feed on HATCHERY PELLETS their entire lives, know the taste and absolutely love it. As a matter of fact, it’s all they know!! The problem: real hatchery trout food only comes in the shape and form of a hard dry pellet, and there is absolutely NO EFFECTIVE WAY to stick it on the hook and keep it there, making it practically IMPOSSIBLE to fish with. That is, Until Now… READ FULL STORY HERE

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20

IRVINE LAKE: Very consistent catfish action and the bass bite has been good to excellent. Top spots for the catfish have been Boat Dock Cove, the west shore, and Santiago Flats. Productive baits included mackerel, bonito, shrimp, Gulp! Catfish Chunks, skipjack, and pike mackerel. Most of the cats have been two to six-pound stocker-grade channel cats, with a sprinkling of larger fish. Barrack Hussian, Santa Ana, had a 10.2-pound channel cat on mackerel off the west shore. Marty Sauceda, Costa Mesa, landed a 9.5-pounder on a mackerel and shrimp combo bait on Santiago Flats. Most of the bass have been from two to five pounds with some bigger fish. The day bite is best on 10- or 12-inch Texas-rigged Berkley Power worms, swimbaits, or jigs, fished at 20 to 40 feet on hard structure around Rocky Point, Sierra Cove, and the Red Clay Cliffs. As evening arrives, the bass move up a bit to as shallow as 10 feet, with the big worms still the top producer, but some topwater fish also biting. Don Spencer, Chino Hills, caught and released a 4.9-pound largemouth on a jig. Very few crappie or bluegill were caught, but the carp bite is good. Trout season is set to open Friday, Nov. 2, with a 20,000-pound prior to the opener. No state fishing license is required here. New evening hours and the lake is closed on Tuesdays through the summer. Lake information: 714-649-9111 or www.irvinelake.net.