Jun
01

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (May 28-June3):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Reyes Creek.

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

INYO: Bishop Creek (lower), Lone Pine Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Crowley Lake.

KERN RIVER: Lake Isabella.

TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir.

FRESNO: Courtwright Reservoir, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (June 4-10):

INYO: Lake Sabrina.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower, Bridgeport), Virginia Creek, West Walker River (section 3).
The following waters were planted last week (May 21-27):

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor, Strawberry Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Doane Pond, Morena Reservoir.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower lakes near Bridgeport), Virginia Creek.

KERN: Kern River (section 4 and 5).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake, Kern River (section 5 and 6). Peppermint Creek (upper), Stoney Creek, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 3).

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Dinkey Creek, Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Tamarack Creek, Tenmile Creek (Upper), Ward Lake, Wishon Reservoir.

MONTEREY: El Estero Lake, Nacimiento River (upper).
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Jun
01

CENTRAL COAST

Hot The bass bite is fair to good with the topwater action starting already on all four lakes. Margarita is full, and the bass have been fair on plastics and reaction baits. Still decent crappie and bluegill bites. Lopez has a good bass bite, with panfish action also good on small baits. San Antonio’s South Shore park and ramps are open and the north shore ramps tentatively set for June 9. No fishing report information. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is good, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits in less than 20 feet of water.

Jun
01

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed fair to good on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. DFW trout plant this week. The catfish are also pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce, but the usual cut and paste baits also work. A few crappie continue to show up in the South Fork, mostly on live minnows, but getting four or five is a pretty good day. Most are a pound to two pounds. Bass are also slow. The lake level is around 59 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was at 6,600 cfs going in with an outflow of 5,300 cfs. Reports are that the snowpack is holding 2 1/2ñtimes the capacity of Isabella, and outflows may ramp up to 7,500 cfs at times this year. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The trout plants last week were cancelled because of high flows. The bite has been slow with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 5,300 cfs. The upper river flows were up to 6,600 cfs at Kernville on Wednesday. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains good, but the bite is not wide open like it has been. The heat has even more moss starting to grow making fishing more difficult. Most fish are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is still pretty easy. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is still off. Also more catfish reported again in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. This bite is fair to good now. No largemouth reports. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair bluegill bite on wax worms. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty good bluegill bite on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite has picked up on dough baits with fair to good action. TThe bass are fair with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms and the carp best on dough baits. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The best bite is for bluegill on wax worms, meal worms, or worms. A few catfish on cut baits, and a few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with the fish showing on plastics and reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water. The lake is currently 94 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the two- to three-pound class and showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 70 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jun
01

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season opened April 29. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. In the Bridgeport region, the top bet is still Bridgeport Reservoir for boat anglers with the shore bite tougher. Trolling and bait fishing are both producing with a lot of fish to five pounds, and the top fish this week were at six and 8.75 pounds. The Twin Lakes at Bridgeport have fair action and trout to five pounds reported this week. The West Walker is a torrent and slow, and the East Walker is also still pretty tough with high flows — 800 cfs — but a few fish are showing for diligent stream and nymph anglers using a lot of lead. Virginia Lakes are thawing fast now with open water on both lakes, especially at the inlets and outlets. Few fishing reports this week.

In the June Lake region, June Lake continues to be fair to good with some nice cutthroats reported. Grant is also pretty good for close-to-shore trollers, while Silver and Gull are fair at best. Rush Creek is slow except right after DFW plants.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake has been getting better by the day as lots of fish are dropping back out of the streams after the spawn. Cuttroats to seven pounds have been reported by fly anglers fishing midge patterns under indicators. Bait anglers fishing PowerBait and PowerMice are also getting a lot of fish. Convict Lake is fair to good, but the Mammoth Lakes are all slow to fair with the ice going out on everything and clear on most waters now. Rock Creek Lake is also mostly free of ice now.

In the Bishop region, Bishop Creek is running pretty high, but the fishing was very good, especially in the lower river and at Intake II. North Lake and South Lake now have road access and South Lake and Sabrina’s ice is gone. The lower Owens River is a torrent and effectively unfishable.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.

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).

Jun
01

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

TOP NEWS: In Havasu and Mohave, the bites have really taken off, especially for stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth bass. In Mohave, both the smallmouth and largemouth bass are up chasing baitfish early and late and then on the points and inside the coves on structure the rest of the day. Most of the action in less than 20 feet of water. The stripers are showing in all the coves and points in both Mohave and Havasu with most starting to move up-lake, away from the dams. John Andrews, Bullhead City, had a 9.24-pound striper on anchovies near the dam in Mohave. A few bigger fish are already being caught at Willow Beach. In the Bullhead stretch, a lot of small stripers in the two to three pound range are being caught, but fish to eight pounds are showing in better numbers. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both very good for largemouths, stripers, and panfish. Topoc Marsh remains fair to good for smaller stripers, largemouth, and bluegill, and a few catfish are starting to show. The redear bite in Havaus and Topoc Gorge is very good. Trout planted early this year are still showing but in much lower numbers. Top spots are at Davis Camp, Big Bend, and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Catfish are improving all along the river and backwaters with the lower river really turning on during the new moon. The flathead bite has also started to take off with some good fish to 30 pounds reported again this past week from Blythe to Yuma.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
01

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Only Lake Cuyamaca is still being stocked with private trout, and its next plant will be next week. It received DFW trout last week, along with Doane Pond and Morena Reservoir.

FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, the bluegill and redear action is good to excellent at most lakes. Lower Otay Reservoir has been a hotspot with anglers posting 25-fish limits this past week. Many are topping a pound. Also good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, and Jennings. Barrett remains perhaps the top bet for bass, but Morena, Lower Otay, El Capitan, and San Vicente also remain pretty good on bass, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Many fish are being reported on topwater now. Trout season is winding down, but there continues to be some good action at Cuyamaca and Morena (both received DFW trout plants last week). Jennings is also pretty fair. Most of the bites are in deeper water as the surface temperatures warm up. Catfish season is starting to kick off and Lake Jennings kicked off its Friday and Saturday night fishing this past weekend. The catfish stocking schedule is on the Jennings’ website (www.lakejennings.org).

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs. At Barrett, 235 anglers reported 2,781 bass, 100 bluegill, and 20 crappie. At Hodges, 58 anglers reported just 12 bass. At Miramar, 18 anglers reported 32 bass to nearly 12 pounds and eight bluegill to a pound. At Lower Otay, 105 anglers checked reported 386 bass to 5.4 pounds and 834 bluegill to 1.2 pounds. At Jennings, Ron Chesebro, Steven Moll, and Chris Moll, all Lakeside, had four catfish Saturday night at the buoy line and the big fish was an 11-pounder.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Wohlford Lake, Martin Arenas, Escondido, caught and released an 8.95-pound bass using a jerk-bait at the South Shore Rock Pile. At Miramar, Troy Folkestad, Mission Viejo, landed an 11.95-pound largemouth bass on a green jig in the San Diego arm. At Murray, Vay Tappenora, San Diego, landed a 3.35-pound redear off the fishing pier on a nightcrawler.

BARRETT: Closed. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Jun
01

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The wind and temperature changes continues to plague fishing here, but the catfish and crappie bites have been pretty fair. Top spot for both has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while small jigs are best for the crappie. Trout are slow but a few are showing near the dam on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float in Clark’s Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been slow to fair, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of carp remain up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. 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: The bass action is still very good, with the fishing showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and live shad, if you can dip ëem. Quite a few quality bass from four to seven pounds reported again. A few bigger crappie are also showing on the live shad and some of these slabs run up to three pounds. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. There is a DFW plant slated for this week and one went in two weeks ago. Some redear showing in six to 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights open to all anglers are June 10, July 8, and Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held June 3, June 17, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and Sept. 16. Call Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 on the night tournament schedule and entry information. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: All the bass are good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and the quality has been better over the past week with a lot of fish from four to eight pounds. Those baits are also working for the black bass, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. The best largemouth action is in less than 20 feet of water and some fish are tight in the shallows chasing bait. The bluegill bite is good with a lot of nice catches of fish up to a pound or better on red worms, nightcrawler pieces, meal worms, and wax worms. Most are in the coves around structure. Trout are slow, but another DFW plant was slated for this week and they were planted two weeks ago. Catfish slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Fair to good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass this past week, and the fish remain mostly shallow — less than 20 feet of water — and are showing on plastics and reaction baits. Lot of fish are chasing baitfish now, and some are showing on surface baits. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are perking up with a fair to good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish as they move into full-spawn mode. Best action is four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water and chasing baitfish. The best bite has been on reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. DFW trout plants are slated for this week and they went in two weeks ago. 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 Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jun
01

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. No 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: Fulmor Lake and Strawberry Creek were both planted with DFW trout last week and three weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Catfish action is good. Catfish plants are weekly. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is closed and will be for at least the immediate future.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. There are no fishing fees this season, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240 or go to ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/.

Jun
01

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The bass bite is fair to good on Senkos, Ikas, small jigs, and drop-shot plastics with the fish still in eight to 25 feet of water with a lot of fish to five or six pounds. The bluegill bite has been good, with most fish in less than 15 feet of water and showing on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The dam ladders are the top spots. Catfish are showing in fair to good numbers, mostly at the dams and in most coves on frozen anchovies or mackerel. The striper bite has been slow, but some fish are still showing on trolled flies or hurled swimbaits. There are also more fish showing at the inlet-outlet tower on cut baits. 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 and redear bites are good with most of the fish in 10 to 12 feet of water and showing on small jigs, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms right on the bottom. The east of the island has been the hot spot. Mario Gonzales, Riverside, had a mixed stringer of 12 bluegill and redear to 1-11 on red worms and nightcrawlers. Daniel Smith, Moreno Valley, had nine bluegill to 1-9. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with some fish starting to show on topwater early and late in the day and plastics the rest of the time. Anglers targeting carp are reporting some nice fish on dough baits in the east end, along all the parking lots, the marina area, and Sail Cove. Trout are slow with no DFW plants for over a month. Also no catfish reports. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing and scheduled to be done by early next year. During the process, the entire dam and Bernasconi Beach side of the lake, including the Bernasconi Beach parking area, will be closed to public access. (The closure includes the bicycle trail on the east side of the lake.) The recreation area remains open, including access for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The west side of the lake will remain open. 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 catfish bite has broken open with good action over the holiday weekend and lots of nice fish reported. Tops was a 9.9-pounder caught by Mark Vasquez, Riverside, fishing chicken liver at the inlet. Corey Kalota, Ontario, landed a 6.8-poudner at Ramp No. 2 on anchovies. The dam area and most coves are producing cats now. Stripers are also pretty fair with some better fish starting to show on shad-like cranks, topwater baits, and cut baits like anchovies and chicken live. The inlet and mid-lake points have been the best spots. Michael Sanders, Menifee, landed an 8.2-pound striper on anchovies mid-lake. The largemouth bite is fair to good on dark plastics and nightcrawlers around most of the lake on structure. The topwater and reaction bait bite is also starting to take off with quit a few rat and frog fish this past week. The bluegill bite hasn’t really recovered since the bluestone application three weeks ago, but some fish are starting to show again at the buoy line area, launch ramp No. 2, and across from the marina are the best spots. Small jigs or wax worms have been top baits with slabs to two pounds. Carp are getting little pressure, but the bite has been good on dough baits in Catfish Alley and along the south shore. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Fair to good catfish action. Lake level is up with runoff. For fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is full, but due to operational and environmental restrictions, it’s not likely it will reopen for fishing anytime soon. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

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

Jun
01

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Catfish plant last Thursday. This was the second plant of the season with the first stocking May 4. Overall, the bite has been just fair with shrimp fished at the drain the best bet. Most of the fish planted are from just over a pound to 2-8. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite has been slow to fair on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially salmon peach, garlic and rainbow), nightcrawlers, and small trout lures. Most of the rainbow are in the two-pound class. Hot spots included the north and western shore of lake 2 as well as the eastern and western shore of lake 3. Anglers reported slow to fair bass action on the western shore of lake 3, and the north and western shore of lake 2 with fish up to four pounds. The bluegill bite is also pretty fair. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: County catfish season started last week and plants are weekly. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Jun
01

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The waters levels have been yo-yoing up and down this week and this has made for a little tougher fishing. The striper and catfish bites have stayed pretty fair, and while the trout bite has slowed for shore anglers, the troll bite is pretty good as the fish move deeper. The stripers are best on lugworms, sardines, and nightcrawlers in Cleghorn, with quite a few catfish showing on these same baits. Josh Roberts, Riverside, had a 10-pound catfish on a nightcrawler in Cleghorn. The largemouth bite is fair on plastics and swimbaits, with some on topwater now. 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: Busy holiday weekend, but the trout action has stayed fair to good with big fish planted for the May Trout Classic still showing. The bite has been best along the North Shore, between old Gray’s Landing and the buoy line. The best tactic has been to use garlic and salmon egg-flavored PowerBaits on a short Carolina Rig, but trollers are also getting fish along the north shore. Scott Lopez, Running Springs, had rainbows at 7.19 and 2.81 pounds, the bigger on one a gold Kastmaster and the other on a fly-lined nightcralwer, and both on two-pound test. The good largemouth bass bite has been fair on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and small reaction baits. The smallmouth are also pretty good. The carp bowfishing season is in full swing, with a lot of big carp moving into the shallows and sunning. The 14th Annual Carp Round Up at Big Bear Lake will be June 17-18. This is a bowfishing event sponsored by the Big Bear Municipal Water District. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: There was a 5,000-pound plant of Jess Ranch trout last week for the weekend derby. The bite has been very good on small jigs and PowerBait, especially at the baseball field shoreline. No recent DFW trout plants. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout action has been hampered by winds that last few days, but overall the action is pretty fair with the best bite on corn-flavored PowerBait. Top fish over the weekend was a 2-10. There is good action on crappie and pumpkinseed, with the fish massing in big schools. The crappie have been bigger this year with fish to one pound reported. Lake staff is again giving away t-shirts for every trout six pounds or bigger, and there is a crappie raffle at the end of the season for everyone who catches (and keeps) from 15 up to the limit of 25 crappie and checks in at the boat house. The lake is now charging its regular fees of $15 per adult, $10 for kids, seniors, veterans, and active duty military. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website is www.gvlfishing.com.

JENKS LAKE REGION: Jenks Lake was planted with DFW rainbows this week and two weeks ago. The forest service parking area is open. The Santa Ana River was also planted this week and two weeks ago, but the most recent plant on the South Fork of the Santa Ana was four 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.

May
25

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (May 21-27):

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Fulmor, Strawberry Creek.

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River.

SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Doane Poind, Morena Reservoir.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower lakes near Bridgeport), Virginia Creek.

KERN: Kern River (section 4 and 5).

TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake, Kern River (section 5 and 6). Peppermint Creek (upper), Stoney Creek, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 3).

FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington), Dinkey Creek, Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River (South Fork), Tamarack Creek, Tenmile Creek (Upper), Ward Lake, Wishon Reservoir.

MONTEREY: El Estero Lake, Nacimiento River (upper).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (May 28-June3):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Reyes Creek.

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

KERN RIVER: Lake Isabella.

TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir.

FRESNO: Courtwright Reservoir, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters were planted last week (May 14-20):

VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Rancho Simi Park Lake, Reyes Creek.

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.

ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.

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

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir.

KERN: Kern River (sections 1-3).

TULARE: Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (lower).

FRESNO: Hume Lake, Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Shaver Lake.
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

May
25

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The tilapia at the Salton Sea stay in the top spot with the bite excellent. Anglers fishing in five-feet or deeper water are getting the bigger fish from 12 to 14-inches long and weighing from 1 1/2 to two pounds. The action is all on nightcrawler pieces at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area headquarter’s jetty. For an update on the bite call the main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

2. A sleeper pick is the trout bite at Big Bear Lake following this past weekend’s Hall Family May Trout Classic. There were bonus plants of big fish for this event and the DFW added more trout this week so the bite is good for both shore and boat anglers. For an update on this bite, check with Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222. They stay on top of where the trout are best and what is working.

3. The striper bite continues good on the California Aqueduct near Taft so it stays a top pick. The bulk of these stripers are under the 18-inch minimum size, but a two-fish limit of keepers has not been hard to come by. The best bite remains on cut sardines, blood worms, or lug worms. But fish are also showing on deep running Gitzits. The warm weather has started the moss growth, but it’s not bad yet. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657. Also check out ìPoor Man Aqueduct Fishingî on Facebook.

May
25

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada has continued to slow since the opener three weekends ago, but there are some good bites at Bridgeport Reservoir, June Lake, and Crowley, which has just gotten better daily since the opener. Not only are limits pretty common, but the quality of fish is very good. In Southern California, Silverwood Lake is still good but it was a little tougher to get a limit this week. Big Bear Lake may be the best bet in Southern California thanks to holdover trout planted for the Hall Family May Trout Classic and a DFW plant this week. Jenks Lake and Cuyamaca are also producing a good number of fish. The urban bite is winding down with most plants over for the season.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass out of the spawn and chasing baitfish. Top bets are Barrett Lake, which opened three weeks ago, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still very good on frozen sardines and blood worms. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Silverwood, Skinner, and Diamond Valley all fair, in about that order. All are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are getting hot all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are also fair to good for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to go crazy, and the whole Colorado River is getting pretty good. Few reports on hot crappie bites, but anglers might want to keep an eye on Cachuma, which reportedly had one limit with fish to two pounds, and Isabella, where one angler reported 11 fish to 1-8 for a hard day of fishing. Casitas has had a couple of nice fish reported each of the past three weeks on on live shad.

CATFISH: Overall, still slow to fair catfish action across Southern California, but this is starting to turn around with some decent catches beginning at Skinner, Elsinore, and Diamond Valley. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are really turning on. Flatheads to 30-plus pounds again reported in the past week.