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07-28-2006, 09:39 PM
FISHING REPORTS -- Matthews-Gurrola/ONS -- 26july06

Compiled by Cyndi Gurrola and Jim Matthews

Outdoor News Service

The fish report is weekly. Its accuracy depends on marina operators, tackle shops and local fishermen we contact. Anglers catching large fish should send the information to Outdoor News Service, P.O. Box 9007, San Bernardino, CA 92427, or telephone 909-887-3444, so it can be included n this report. Faxes can be sent to 909-887-8180.

E-Mail messages or fishing reports can also be posted to Jim Matthews at odwriter@earthlink.net and/or Cyndi Gurrola at cagurrola@charter.net. Other complete versions are posted on a number of Web sites each week, including the Turner's Outdoorsman Web site (www.turners.com (http://www.turners.com/)) and Jesse's Hunting and Outdoors Web site a href="."/" target="_blank">http://www.jesseshunting.com. The updated report is usually posted by Thursday morning at each of these sites. The Outdoor News Service Web site is www.outdoornewsservice.com (http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/).

The Cal TIP number, the Department of Fish and Game poacher hotline, is 1-888-DFG-CALTIP. The DFG's Internet Web page is located at the following address: www.dfg.ca.gov (http://www.dfg.ca.gov/).


1. The San Diego ocean scene is the No. 1 bite right now. On the 1 1/2-day and longer trips, the bite on yellowtail and dorado on kelp paddies south of San Diego is excellent, and most boats are also running to the west and getting into the yellowfin, bluefin, and/or albacore. Even the local bite is good for 1/2 and 3/4-day boats with a great mixed bag bite on bass, bonito, barracuda, and even yellowtail. Lots of options and cooler weather.

2. Diamond Valley trout action is still a top pick for anglers who can fish leadcore or downriggers along the face of the dams. Lots of fish in the 1-8 to 2-0 range for these trollers, and some bigger fish are showing each week, with several over 4-0 this past week. For fishing info, call the marina at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait & Tackle in Hemet at 951-658-7410. Both places can give you names and phone numbers of guides working on DVL is you want someone to show you the ropes.

3. The Henshaw Lake crappie bite has been excellent with many good stringers of fish for boat anglers fishing the brushy areas on the far side of the lake. Small jigs, tipped with meal worms or Berkley Nibblets, have been the hot bait. Limits of fish to 2-0 have been reported in the past week. For more information, call the Henshaw Resort at 760-782-3501.


TROUT: Little change in Southern California. The trolling bites are good to excellent at Diamond Valley, Piru, Pyramid, and Cachuma, and the bait action is also good at the higher elevation waters -- Green Valley, Big Bear, and Jenks, in that order. In the Eastern Sierra, Bridgeport Reservoir and the East Walker River are top picks, but all of the lakes in the June Lake loop and Mammoth Lakes basin are also good. The Bishop Creek drainage lakes are all pretty good, too. Crowley Lake is a top bet, especially for fly anglers throwing perch minnow imitations and damsel patters. In the Western Sierra, Isabella remains good, and Kern River flows are finally coming down and the bite is good again.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Bass action is fair to good all across Southern California with decent surface action early and late in the day at most places, and some big fish continue to pop. Bass are in deeper water during the bulk of the day with the best action in 20 to 40 feet of water on plastics, live baits, and jigs. Top picks are Casitas, Diamond Valley, San Vicente, El Capitan, Lower Otay, and -- if you can get a permit -- Barrett. Other decent bets include Perris, Piru, Pyramid, Silverwood, Castaic, Cachuma, Lopez, Santa Margarita, Nacimiento, San Antonio, and Isabella. The spotted bass bite is still good at Nacimiento.

STRIPED BASS: The striped bass bite is good in the California Aqueduct near Taft with a lot of fish over the 18-inch minimum size showing on blood or lug worms. For Southern California waters, Pyramid, Skinner, Silverwood and Castaic have a consistent bites on smaller fish, mostly on cut baits, but some on topwater early and late in the day. On the Colorado River, Lake Mead has an excellent morning surface bite as fish bust shad on the surface in Vegas Wash, and Willow Beach has cranked out a handful of big fish over 20 pound again in the past week. Mohave and Havasu are both fair on small fish to 4-0. Also fair action in the lower river at the Palo Verde Diversion Dam.

PANFISH: Good bluegill and/or redear action at a lot of urban lakes and local water reservoirs right now, many with little or no fishing pressure. Good bets include San Vicente, Morena, Lower Otay, Murry, Diamond Valley, Perris, Big Bear Lake, Piru, Pyramid, Lopez, and Santa Margarita, but most waters have decent panfish bites now. There is still a decent Sacramento perch bite on Lake Crowley and Pleasant Valley Reservoir in the Sierra. The only real crappie bite of note is the surprisingly good action at Henshaw with quality stringers of fish to 2-0, but Nacimiento and Lopez on the Central Coast are worth a phone call to check on.

CATFISH: On the Colorado River, the flathead bite was just fair to good in the lower river but a number of flatheads over 20-0 were reported the past week, mostly on live bluegill, goldfish or tilapia. Lake Isabella has a good bite on channel cats to 4-0 near the dam on frozen anchovies or shad. Best bet closer to SoCal would be Hesperia Lake on planted fish including big fish over 5-0. Santa Ana River Lakes closed this past Sunday, but sister water Anaheim Lake opens Aug. 3 with a big plant of fish. Corona Lake and Irvine Lake are also good, especially at night. Diamond Valley is a good bet, and Perris, Silverwood, Pyramid, all of the San Diego area lakes, and all of the San Bernardino County Park Lakes also have good catfish bites. Come to think of it, there aren't too many waters with catfish right now that aren't pretty decent for diligent catfish anglers.


SILVERWOOD: Fish are moving deep with hot weather, but there is still a good to excellent bite for most species. Bass and striper action excellent, carp and catfish action good and the bluegill, crappie and trout action fair. Striper best on Berkley Blade Dancers or similar lures or anchovies. John Sanchez, Colton, caught a 4-0 striper on nightcrawlers near the dam. Cats to 6-0 being caught with the best bite at the dam and in the channels. John Sanchez, Colton, caught a 12-0 cat on nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass best in Miller's on nightcrawlers, plastics, with some surface action early and late. Overall fishing has been best in the early morning and late afternoon due to soaring mid-day temps. For more information, contact the marina at 760-389-2299, the state park at 760-389-2281, or the Silverwood Country store at 760-389-2423.
BIG BEAR LAKE: Trout fishing fair. A slip-bobber rigged to fish bait in 15 to 18 feet of water or trolling leadcore line with three colors is best. Most action out of the western third of the lake from the dam to the west ramp. Crappie and bluegill biting good in the shallows on mini-jigs tipped with Nitro Trailers. Bass are coming out of spawn and action is fair to good. Rapala Husky Jerks and Luhr Jensen Mini Speed Traps are the best crankbaits. Catfish bite is good both night and day on stink baits, mackerel, shrimp and chicken liver off Juniper Point. DFG trout plant this week. For fishing information, call Big Bear Marina at 909-866-3218 or Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222.
GREGORY LAKE: Fair to good trout action with a few fish reported from 1-0 to 1-8 on Power Bait. Best luck has been on lures or fishing worms near the fountains and dam. DFG trout plant this week. For fishing information, call the boat dock at 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Trout action fair with the best bite at the dam and off the south shoreline from boats. Warmer water temps have driven fish deeper. Anglers are still bringing in fish to 2-0. Mini jigs and Power Bait are best bets. Raul Loya, Los Angeles, caught an 8.5-pound rainbow on a jig. Ron Price, Hemet, caught a 7.5-pound trout on Power Bait. Steve Cisnero, Chino, caught a 7-0 rainbow on a Power worm. Also a few odd bass showing. Weekly Mt. Lassen Trout Farm plants throughout the season. Fishing fee is $15 per adult. For more information, call the lake recording at 909-867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFG trout plant one month ago.
JENKS LAKE: DFG trout plant three weeks ago. For information, call the Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-794-1123.


HESPERIA LAKE: Fishing remains excellent. Many catfish from 5-0 to 15-0 with a few to 20-0. The best action is on shrimp, mackerel, the M&M combo (marshmallow and meal worm), the shrimp cocktail (shrimp-marshallow) combo and Sonny's Catfish Bait, which is a dip bait. A lot of limits. Bite is best off the island and fish are moving in closer at night. Eduardo Ramirez, Rialto, caught a 28-0 cat on the M&M combo from Sandy Point. Alex Harris, Carson, landed two cats, 28-0 and 24-0, on Sonny's bait off the north shore. Mike Hughes, Yucaipa, caught a 22 1/4 pound cat on Sonny's bait from Sandy Point. Lacy Carr, Newport Beach, caught five cats to 21-0 on Sonny's bait. Cubby French, Palmdale, caught a 21-0 cat on shrimp from the east side. Bluegill action good. Each week both trophy fish over 10 pounds (3,000 pounds), including some big, brooder cats this past week, and pan-sized cats (another 3,000 pounds) are planted. Fishing fee is $15 per person. For information and directions, call 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH: Trout action is excellent on both lakes on Power Bait (chartreuse and orange) on 24- to 36-inch leaders. Most trout are from 2-0 to 3-0 and the best bite is before 10 a.m. Hot spots include the western shore of lake 3 near the bridge as well as the eastern and northern shores of lake 2. Larry Rodrick, Rancho Cucamonga, caught a 4-3 rainbow on Lip RipperZ fishing the inlets of lake 2. Paul Watkins, Barstow, caught a 3-7 trout near the bridge of lake 2 on Power Bait. Kenny Garces, Lancaster, caught a 3-10 rainbow on a crappie jig. Bass biting good on spinnerbaits, Senkos, and drop-shot plastics with fish to 3-0 reported. Bluegill bite is good on meal worms and Senkos on both lakes with some over 1-0 being reported. The lakes' hatchery stocks every Friday. The lakes are open Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 760-240-1107. The web site is www.jessranchlakes.net (http://www.jessranchlakes.net/).
MOJAVE NARROWS: Catfish action continues to be good with some bigger fish caught this past week. Best fish was a 10-0 landed by Thomas Strong, Phelan, while Jay Strong, Adelanto, caught a 9-0. Bass action fair. The north shore of Horseshoe Lake has been wide open for small bluegill with nearly non-stop action on meal worms and or nightcrawler pieces. The next catfish plant is scheduled for this week. For more information, call 760-245-2226.



CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish plants every week. For information, call 909-481-4205.
PRADO: County catfish plants every week. Catfish bite fair to good. Pretty decent carp bite early in the mornings. For information, call 909-597-4260.
YUCAIPA: The catfish action is good with 3-0 to 4-0 fish being reported on anchovies and mackerel. Carp action fair with fish from 3-0 to 5-0. County catfish plants are weekly now. For park information, call 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: Catfish action good with fish from 1-0 to 3-0 being reported from both lakes on Power Bait. Bass and bluegill action fair. Catfish plants are weekly. For more information, call 909-887-7540.
MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. For information, call 909-982-4246.
SECCOMBE LAKE: Slow. Only a few small bluegill and bass being caught, along with the odd catfish. No DFG plants for a month. For more information, call city parks at 909-384-5233.


DIAMOND VALLEY: Good mixed bag action here this week. Excellent bass action in an early topwater bite with a lot of fish to 4-0. Lots of limits on cranks, spinnerbaits and plugs fished 10 to 20 feet deep. Drop-shot rigging plastic worms best for the early afternoon bite. Hot spots are off the island near the saddle dam, the southeast corner in the trees, along the rock quarry wall, and in Rawson Cove. Jeff Vibbert, Indianapolis, caught 20 bass from 3-0 to 4-0 with Rapalas from the south side of the lake 15 feet deep. Bob Gail, Winchester, caught a bass just over 4-0 on a crankbait from the rock quarry 12 feet down. Trout bite excellent trolling by the west dam in 40 to 60 feet of water. Needlefish, Kastmasters, and Rapalas in shad and rainbow trout patterns best. Robert Engles, Bookings, Oregon, landed a 5-0 trout trolling with a Rapala from the west dam in 50 feet. Andrew Irvine, Temecula, caught a 6-0 trout on a nightcrawler fishing the west dam. Catfish action fair in deep water from the northshore near restroom 2 and in Rawson Cove on nightcrawlers. Panfish action remains good. Bluegill are biting near the stairways of either dam. Many limits. Crappie and redear are harder to land. No striper action in over a month. Upcoming events: The trout summer smackdown is scheduled for this Saturday. The event benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-590-LAKE. Lake reservations can be made by calling the toll-free line 800-590-LAKE or online at www.dvmarina.com (http://www.dvmarina.com/). For fishing info, call the marina at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait & Tackle at 951-658-7410.
PERRIS: Overall fishing is fair this week due to soaring temps, but there are still some good catches being made. The catfish bite remains good on mackerel and nightcrawlers from the east end and the marina. Tim McGraw, Perris, caught two cats to 18.6 pounds on mackerel from the marina. Bass bite is fair with fish from 1-0 to 4-0. There's a good evening surface bite, but most anglers are fishing drop-shot plastics or crawdads in the marina or rocky areas. Mike Owens, Riverside, caught three largemouth to 8.9 pounds on purple plastics. Gary Stalling, Moreno Valley, caught a 5-0 bass on a 2 1/2-inch topwater popper in Sailboat Cove. Jesse Park, Corona, caught 23 largemouth to 4.2 pounds on twin tail grub. There is still an excellent bluegill bite on small fish for anglers fishing crickets or wax worms below a bobber, mostly in the marina. Dock fishing is allowed for a $3 fee. For more information on fishing call the marina at 951-657-2179 or the state park at 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: Mixed bag action this week with excellent bluegill, catfish and striper action, good crappie action, fair bass and carp action. Cats to 8-0 are biting on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Top channel cat catch was an 11-0 by Mike Kick, Perris, on a chicken liver. Alex Putney, 11, Winchester, caught a 1-0 bluegill on anchovies. Carp biting all over on dough bait. For fishing information, call the marina at 951-926-1505.
LAKE ELSINORE: No reports.
CORONA LAKE: Good to excellent catfish action with a lot of limits this past week on nightcrawlers or mackerel doused with shrimp or garlic Gravy. Most of the fish are 1-0 to 3-0, but some bigger fish caught each week. The deeper water on the back side of the lake is still best. Joe Sokoloski, Riverside, had a 6-0 to top off his 17-pound, five-fish limit. Bob Rankin, Rancho Cucamonga, landed a 4-0 to cap his 14-pound, five-fish stringer. Also a pretty good tilapia bait in the south end flats on nightcrawlers fishing on the bottom or suspended from a bobber. For more information, call the tackle shop at 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com (http://www.fishinglakes.com/).
EVANS LAKE: Fair panfish action, but few other reports.
RANCHO JURUPA: Catfish are biting fair on mackerel and anchovies. Plant this week. For more information, call 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN'S RETREAT: Catfish plants are every other week now. Plant this week. For information, call 909-795-2411.
ANGLER'S LAKE: Catfish action is fair to good with weekly plants with the best bite on meal worms and marshmallows (the M&M combo). Trout are biting all over on Power Bait and nightcrawlers. For information, call the lake at 951-927-2614.
REFLECTION LAKE: Catfish action is excellent on Power Bait and worms. The lake was stocked two week's ago with 1,000 pounds of catfish. For more information, contact the lake at 951-654-7906.
JEAN'S CHANNEL CATS: Continued excellent catfish action on any bait for fish to 2-0 and better. Pond is stocked regularly. Lake open Wednesday through Sunday, as well as on all Monday holidays from noon to 8 p.m. during July and August. This is a pay-by-the-pound fishery. For more information, call 951-679-6562 or 951-259-2021.


LAKE HEMET: A DFG trout plant last week. Fair to good action. For more information, contact the Lake Hemet Market at 951-659-2350 or the campground at 951-659-2680.
FULMOR LAKE: DFG trout plant last week. For more information, contact 951-659-2117.


SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Closed for routine draining and maintenance. For more information, call 714-632-7830 for the information recording or log on at www.fishinglakes.com (http://www.fishinglakes.com/).
ANAHEIM LAKE: This lake will open on Thursday, August 3. The lake will be heavily stocked before the opener, including trophy catfish from the famous Mt. Lassen hatchery that supplies the trophy rainbows planted each winter at Santa Ana River Lakes. It will also get as many fish as it's possible to salvage from SARL, including a lot of bass, crappie, and bluegill. For more information, call (714) 996-3508 or log on to the lake's web site at www.fishinglakes.com (http://www.fishinglakes.com/).
IRVINE LAKE: Catfish bite good at night in deep water near the dam on shrimp, Catmando baits, mackerel and nightcrawlers. Fish 2-0 to 6-0 showing off the west shore, Santiago Flats and near the docks. A 2,500-pound plant two week's ago. Trout action is almost nonexistent with the high temps. Crappie bite excellent with fish to 2-0 biting on Micro Power Tube with a Gulp trailer. Bass action good at dusk. Largemouth from 2-0 to 4-0 showing off the west shore and red clay cliffs. Bluegill and redear are fair on meal, wax and red worms. For information, call 714-649-9111.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: For a recorded fish report, call 949-362-3885 or visit the lake's Web site at www.lagunaniguellake.com (http://www.lagunaniguellake.com/).


LAKES CACHUMA: The fish have moved deeper with high temps. Fair trout action trolling at the dam with fire pearl and pearl bikini Needlefish or bait fishing on nightcrawlers. Harvey's Cove is a hot spot for bass, several fish over 7-0 have been reported. Good crappie bite from Cachuma Bay, Clark Canyon and the island on nightcrawlers and small jigs. Fish from 1-8 to 2-0. For fishing information call the boat dock at 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: Most fish biting good in the early morning on the surface or in the shallows. The fish are moving deeper as temps warm. Catfish biting good on mackerel. Horacio Gonzales, North Hollywood, caught a 23-0 cat on mackerel. Chris Tarkersley, Ventura, caught four cats to 22-0 on mackerel. Perch biting good on pieces of nightcrawlers. Bass action is excellent with largemouth best on swimbaits, plastics and nightcrawlers. Top catch was a 10-0 bass on a buzz bait by Randy Kurz, Oxnard. Crappie action fair. For more information, contact the marina at 805-649-2043.
CASTAIC: Overall fishing action poor to fair due to the hot weather. A few cats and bass are still showing. Stripers are the only species biting good, with the action on nightcrawlers and shad. Rachel and Andrew, Verharst, Castaic, caught two striped bass to 5.6 pounds. Jeff Verhast, Castaic, caught a 10.1-pound striped bass. For more information, contact the marina at 661-775-6232.
PIRU: The bass bite is excellent. The perch and catfish bites are good and the bluegill, crappie and trout bites are fair. Most of the fish have gone deeper. Trout to 2-8 were reported by many anglers on nightcrawlers, jigs, and on the troll in 60 feet of water. Crappie bite is good down 30 to 40 feet. Catfish are showing all over. William O'Conner, Toluca Lake, caught 12 cats to 16.02 pounds on nightcrawlers. For more information call the marina at 805- 521-1231 or check out the web site at www.lakepiru.org (http://www.lakepiru.org/).
PYRAMID: Bass action improved with a good bite, along with some quality fish. The striper bite has been good. The fish are boiling all over the lake early and late, but Yellow Bar has been the hot spot. The best bite is still on anchovies and nightcrawlers, with only some surface action on lures. Catfish biting fair off Pete's Point. No trout action. Bluegill are good, but few anglers are fishing them. For information, call the USFS at 661-296-9710 or call the concession at 661-257-2790.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Bass, crappie, bluegill and cats are biting fair all over the lake. Nightcrawlers are best for the bass, mini-jigs for the crappie and bluegill, and mackerel tops for the cats. The next DFG catfish plant is tentatively Monday. For more info, call 909-599-8411, ext. 4.
SANTA FE DAM: Catfish are biting all over on anchovies. DFG catfish plant five weeks ago. For more information call 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFG Trout plant five weeks ago.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago. For more information, call 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago. For more information, contact the Hollenbeck Recreation Center at 213-261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
LEGG LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant five weeks ago. Call 818-448-7317 for information.


BARRETT: Continued good bass action. Overall, there were 79 anglers who reported 1,263 bass, 365 bluegill and 22 crappie. Reservations are available through Ticket Master at 619-220- 8497, or go to www.TicketMaster.com (http://www.ticketmaster.com/). They go on sale the second Tuesday of each month and usually sell out that day for the following month. September reservations go on sale August 8. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule by reservation only. For more information, contact the City Lakes information line at 619-465-3474 or log on to the Web site at www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/).
HODGES: Ffair bites on bluegill, crappie and bass. There were 194 anglers who reported 253 bass, 59 crappie, 48 bluegill and two channel cats. For more information, contact the City Lakes information line at 619-465-3474 or log on to the Web site at www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/).
EL CAPITAN: The bass bite is fair to good, while the bluegill and crappie bites are just fair. Good action on catfish. Overall, there were 270 anglers who reported 272 bass, 60 bluegill, 34 channel cats, 28 crappie and nine blue cats and one bullhead. The lake is open Friday through Sunday. For more information, contact the city Lakes information line at 619-465-3474 or log on to the Web site at www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/). For rental boat reservations, call 619-668-3274.
LOWER OTAY: Good bluegill and bass action, and a fair catfish bite. There were 399 anglers who reported catching 320 bass with a number to 7.2 pounds, 254 bluegill with a number to 1.15 pounds and 39 channel cats to 12.95 pounds. Top catch was a 17.6-pound channel cat by Todd Bailey, San Diego, on mackerel from the Otay Arm. Michael Jones, San Diego, caught five channel cats to 12.95 pounds on mackerel from the Harvey Arm. Top bass catch was a 7.2-pound largemouth by Glen Moore, El Cajon, on plastic worms from the Harvey Arm. Josh Jones, Spring Valley, caught four largemouth bass to 6.95 pounds from the rock pile on crawdads. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday schedule. For information, contact the City Lakes information line at 619-465-3474 or log on to the Web site at www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/). For rental boat reservations, call 619-668-3274.
UPPER OTAY: Bass action remains fair and the only action reported. There were 17 anglers who reported 22 bass. The lake is open to catch-and-release fishing on a Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday schedule. For information, contact the City Lakes information line at 619-465-3474 or log on to the Web site at www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/).
SAN VICENTE: Bass action is good, bluegill fair, trout and catfish poor. This past week 94 anglers reported 479 bass, 288 bluegill, eight rainbow trout and seven channel cats. The lake is open on a Thursday through Sunday schedule. For more information call the City Lakes information line at 619-465- 3474 or log on to the web site at www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/). For rental boat reservations, call 619-668-3274.
MURRAY: Bluegill and bass action fair, but tough fishing for most other species. This past week, there were 171 anglers who reported 202 bass, 97 bluegill and one rainbow trout. Danny Hanley, Lakeside, caught a 9.6-pound largemouth bass on a Senko from Del Cerro Bay. The launch ramp and T-Floats are temporarily closed. Only small boats are able to launch. For more information contact the City Lakes information line at 619-465-3474 or log on to the Web site at www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/). For rental boat reservations, call 619-390-0223.
MIRAMAR: Poor action overall. There were 83 anglers this past week who reported 31 channel cats, 15 bass, seven rainbow trout and one bluegill. The lake is open on a Saturday through Tuesday schedule. For more information, contact the City Lakes information line at 619-465-3474 or log on to the Web site at www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/). For rental boat reservations, call 619-390-0223.
SUTHERLAND: Fair action in a mixed bite. There were 103 anglers who reported 151 bluegill, 128 bass, 82 channel cats with a number to 3.5 pounds, 34 crappie with a number to 1.25 pounds and three redear sunfish. The lake is open on a Friday through Sunday schedule. For more information, contact the City Lakes information line at 619-465-3474 or log on to the Web site at www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/).
WOHLFORD: Good catfish action on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and shrimp. 2,000 pounds of channel cats were stocked two weeks ago. Quite a few limits reported on fish from 2-0 to 3-0. Crappie action good. Bass action is spotty. Shad are moving into the shallows in the early morning and the bass are busting them. Shad Rap type lures are best then. Small bluegill are biting good along the weed beds in Oakvale Cove on meal worms. For more information, contact the ranger station at 760-839-4346 or log on to the lake's Web site at www.wohlfordlake.com (http://www.wohlfordlake.com/).
DOANE POND: DFG trout plant two weeks ago. DIXON: Catfish season is in full swing and the bite has been good on mackerel and anchovies. Lots of fish over 3-0 were reported. The best spots are by the buoy line and off the shoreline by the boat dock. Night fishing allowed Thursday through Saturday nights. Bass action still slow with no big fish reported. No trout reported. Fishing reports are on the Internet at www.dixonlake.com (http://www.dixonlake.com/). For more information, contact the ranger station at 760-839-4345.
POWAY: Many catfish limits caught during night fishing off the shoreline. The best bite is between the limit sign and the Fishing Pier and from the north shore and the log boom on nightcrawlers and mackerel. Chaynne Rosario, San Diego, caught a 9.7-pound cat on mackerel from the buoy line. The bass bite is fair from the rock pile. The bluegill bite is good on with many limits caught in Hidden and Half Moon Bays and from the fishing pier. The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 850 pounds of catfish. Pontoon boats are no longer allowed. Lake is open Wednesday through Sunday. For more fishing information, call the snack bar at 858-679-5465, the Poway information line at 858-668-4770, or concessions at 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: Overall fishing improved to fair this week with the best bite in the early morning and late afternoon. Catfish biting fair on mackerel and nightcrawlers from the flooded brush in Siesta, Hermit and Shadow Coves. Bass biting fair at the brushy shoreline from Eggert Point and in Shadow Cove on shiners and larger worms and jigs. A 1,000-pound plant of catfish went in last week. Upcoming events: Free fishing class 1 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact the ranger office at 619-390-1300 or visit the web site at www.lakejennings.org (http://www.lakejennings.org/).
MORENA: Trout fishing still good even with a rise in water temps. Best bite in early a.m. and late p.m. Limits caught on drifted Power Bait and nightcrawlers in deep water. Bass action good. Lots of 1-0 to 3-0 fish showing on plastics. Panfish still good on mini-jigs and worm pieces. Carp bite is still wide open on dough balls and corn all over the lake. Catfish bite is excellent on plastics and nightcrawlers near the brush. The boat launch is open, but no boats over 19-feet recommended. The 24-hour fishing update line is 619-478-5473. For lake information, call 619-694-3049.
CUYAMACA: The crappie and bullhead cat bites are good on small tube jigs and half nightcrawlers on the bottom. Lots of huge crappie stringers reported. Trout fishing remains good during the early morning and late evening. Larger fish are being taken on the troll at the buoy lines by the dam or on Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers with scent fished on a 30- to 36-inch leader. Hot spots include the Lone Pine, the finger jetty, the west shore and the buoy line. Bass bite fair on nightcrawlers from the north and south shores. Fly fishing is good in the early a.m. or late p.m. on emergers, black wooly buggers and olive matukas. Bluegill are good close to shore on meal worms and small jigs. Scheduled DFG plant this week. For more information call 760-765-0515 or visit the Web site at www.lakecuyamaca.org (http://www.lakecuyamaca.org/).
HENSHAW: Crappie bite good for boat anglers fishing the brushy areas on the far side of the lake with a variety of jigs and meal worms. Most fish from 1-0 to 2-0. Darryl Langley, Santa Ysabel, caught a 2-0 crappie. Stan Rogers, Rancho Cucamonga, caught 25 crappie to 2-0. Lorenzo DeMello, San Diego, caught 21 crappie to 2-0. Donna Taylor, Lake Henshaw, caught 12 crappie to 1-8. Bluegill bite fair on wax and red worms. Catfish biting good from boats and off shore on nightcrawlers, mackerel, chicken liver and shrimp. Most fish from 2-0 to 6-0. Sean White, San Diego, caught two cats to 6-0 off shore. Leslie Josh and Debbie Kerry, Oceanside, caught 15 cats to 5-0 from a boat. For more information, call 760-782-3501.


LAKE MEAD: Striped bass biting good on anchovies and squid fished 30 feet deep in Vegas Wash and 33 Hole. Fish from 2-0 to 4-0. Largemouth bite is fair to good on topwater and drop-shot rigs in Echo Bay. Bluegill biting good on meal worms. Catfish are biting good on anchovies and dip baits from boats and off shore. For more information, call Lake Plaza at 702-564-3058.
WILLOW BEACH: The striper bite is good with decent sized fish reported. Big fish best on big plugs, while smaller fish are showing on anchovies. Top catch was a 29-0 striper by David Conway, San Diego. Conway also caught a 24-0 striper. Jack Lemons, Las Vegas, caught a 16.34-pound striper. Jim Golf, Las Vegas, caught a 14.82-pound striper. Trout action remains good on orange, yellow and rainbow Power Bait. The Jumbo Wash area has been the hottest. Many limits caught.
LAKE MOHAVE: Overall fishing action poor due to hot weather. Fish are moving deeper as water temps rise. Anchovies best bet for stripers. Some catfish being reported from Arizona side. Telephone Cove and the power lines have been the hot spots. For more information, call Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464.
BELOW DAVIS DAM: Mostly slow action, with only a few small stripers reported after dark and on big Bomber Long-As.
NEEDLES: Small-sized stripers showing on cut pieces of anchovies early and late in the day. Most reported are 12 to 16 inches. Jack Smith Park and Willow Valley Marina are hot spots for striper action. For more information, call Premier Sports at 760-326-2727 or Golden Shores at 760-768-2325.
TOPOCK MARSH: Fishing slowed to fair due to high temps. Catfish bite best at night on chicken livers and anchovies. Fish to 10-0 reported. For information, call Five Mile Landing 928-768-2350.
HAVASU: Striped bass and catfish action good everywhere on anchovies and nightcrawlers. Lots of catches being made in coves in 20 feet of water. For more information, call Black Meadow Landing at 760-663-3811.
PARKER STRIP: Fair bass, bluegill, cat and readear action. Smallmouth bass action best in the main river for anglers fishing rocky structure. Best cat bite on cut baits, stink baits, chicken livers and nightcrawlers, but fishing pressure is light.
BLYTHE: Good to excellent catfish action. Channel cats biting on mackerel and chicken liver. Flatheads biting on live goldfish or bluegill. Bass bite good on topwater in the early morning and late evening. Fishing pressure is light. Stripers biting fair at the Palo Verde Diversion dam, but not too many reports this week. For more information, call B&B Bait at 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Channel catfish action remains good in the backwaters, canals and main river. Flathead action is also good on live goldfish or tilapia. Largemouth bass fishing is good on plastic worms, reaction baits, and live minnows in backwaters.
PICACHO AREA: Bass fishing is fair on live bait and plastics. The catfish bite has remained fair with a lot of channel cats and flatheads showing as temperatures soar.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Excellent early morning topwater bite for largemouths and then decent action on live shiners, cranks, spinnerbaits, and plastics. Lots of limits. Stripers are biting in the lake as well as in the main river channel, mostly on cut baits. Flathead and channel catfish action is good to excellent with fish over 20-0 reported each week on goldfish. Some larger flatheads reported at night on bluegill. No crappie action. For more information, contact the Martinez Lake Resort at 928-783-9589 or check out the Web site at www.martinezlake.com (http://www.martinezlake.com/).
YUMA AREA: Bass fishing has been good, especially on live minnows in the main river and local backwaters. Channel catfish action is good on cut baits, and the flathead bite has improved with the best action on live minnows.


SALTON SEA: Slow to fair tilapia action on the east side of the sea. Most anglers are only getting two to five fish for a morning of fishing. Best action is still at Salt Creek and the state park headquarters. For current fishing information, call Red Hill Marina 760-348-2310 or the Salton Sea State Recreation Area ranger station at 760-393-3052 or 760-393-3059 for a recording. For weather information, call 760-352-3360 for a recording, or the Coachella Valley Water District's weather forecast at 760-398-7211. Anglers fishing the sea use Citizen Band (CB) radios and tune to channel one.
ALAMO RIVER: Few reports. Channel catfish are fair on mackerel or anchovies.
COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: Few reports but some channel cats and the odd bass have been reported.
ALL AMERICAN CANAL: Very little fishing pressure.
FINNEY-RAMER: No report.
WEIST LAKE: No report.
SUNBEAM LAKE: No report. For information, call 760-352-3308.
LAKE CAHUILLA: Catfish and bass are biting good off the jetty and at the inlets. Best catfish baits are mackerel, anchovies, Power Bait and chicken livers. The lake will be stocked this week. For more information, call 760-564-4712.

EASTERN SIERRA GENERAL: For updated road and camping information on the region, contact the Interagency Visitor Center at 760-876-6222 or the Bishop Chamber of Commerce at 760-873-8405. The Web site is www.bishopvisitor.com (http://www.bishopvisitor.com/).

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Excellent trout action at Bridgeport Reservoir from boats with Power Bait and nightcrawlers or fly-fishing with midge and mayfly nymph patterns. Most fish are from 1-8 to 3-0 with a few 5-0 to 6-0 reported. The East Walker River is running at 510 cfs and the fishing is excellent. Small midge and mayfly patterns just off the bottom are best. Upper and Lower Twin Lakes are both good on planted trout with a few browns showing early and late in the day. Kamloops bite good for trollers. Action is excellent at Virginia Lakes trolling with Thomas Buoyants or Kastmasters. Power Bait and nightcrawlers are best baits. Small wooly bugger-type, beetle and ant patterns are best for fly-fishing. Trevor Torres, 9, Pasa Robles, caught a 5-0 rainbow from little Virginia with a Rapala. DeWitt Garlock, Saint Helena, caught a 3 1/2 pound rainbow from big Virginia on a nightcrawler. For more information, contact Ken's Sporting Goods at 760-932-7707 or on-line at www.kenssport.com (http://www.kenssport.com/).
JUNE LAKE LOOP: Excellent early morning and late evening bite. Good to excellent trout action at all lakes -- June, Gull, Silver, Grant in the loop and Saddlebag in the back country. A big load of Alpers' trout was stocked last week, distributed to all the loop lakes. A lot of nice sized fish are coming out. Worms, Salmon eggs and floating chesses baits are best. Gull and Grant hot for big fish. Gary Southern, Victorville, caught a 5-5 rainbow out of Grant on a nightcrawler. Trolling a pink Tasmanian Devil with six colors of leadcore or a number five Rapala is working best from June, while rainbow and orange glitter Power Bait are best for bait anglers. Trolling a Thomas Buoyant or casting a gold Hot Shot top bets for Gull. Nightcrawlers and rainbow Power Bait are best at Silver. For more information contact, Ernie's Fishing Tackle at 760-648-7756 or June Lake Marina at 760-648-7726.
MAMMOTH LAKES REGION: Good action on the upper Owens with caddis patterns and Stimulators. Hot Creek is high, but still the best fishing spot with good hatches and surface action for fly anglers. The best action in the morning. Crowley Lake is high at the north arm, and the trout bite remains good for fly anglers tossing streamer or damsel patterns. Major inlet areas, McGee Bay, the north end of the lake, Hilton Creek, and Sandy and Green banks are hot spots. There is a good perch bite all over the lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. Convict Lake fishing good trolling Thomas Buoyants and Rapalas. Rainbow Power Bait and nightcralwers are best baits. Sam Gallegos, Turlock, caught an 8.7-pound trout on a nightcrawler from the inlet. Buddy Strickland, Mammoth Lakes, caught a 6.82-pound trout on a nightcrawler from the inlet. Chris Cribbs, San Gabriel, caught a 5.61-pound trout on an olive wooly bugger off the north shore. John Drake, Huntington Beach, caught a 5.08-pound trout on a nightcrawler off the south shore. Twin Lakes has a good callibaetis hatch every day. Best fishing around the weed edges with wooly buggers when there's not surface action. Mary slow. Mamie and George bite are good. Power Bait and nightcrawlers are best bets. For more information contact the Troutfitter at 760-934-2517 or Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250.
BISHOP AREA: Bishop Creek fishing excellent on Power Bait and Gulp eggs. Sabrina, Intake II, North and South Lakes all have good action on Gulp Eggs and nightcrawlers. Easy limits being caught at South Lake and Sabrina from the back side. North Lake has good action with a bubble and fly. Sabrina is still rising at about two to three feet a day. Still fishermen are having luck with worms and eggs. Trollers are having luck using flashers with a worm or a true red and gold Thomas Buoyant. Most fish being caught from the inlet on Power Bait and worms. The lake was stocked two weeks ago with pan-sized fish to 3-0 and with a huge load of Alpers' rainbows, courtesy of Southern California Edison. Lower Owens River fishing poor due to high water (700 cfs-plus), but still fishable with nightcrawlers and Gulp eggs. Fly fishing is poor, but the evening caddis hatch is best bet. The Owens River gorge above Pleasant Valley has been good for fly anglers. For more information, contact Culver's at 760-872- 8361 or Brock's at 760-872-3581.
BIG PINE TO LONE PINE AREA: Diaz Lake is fair. Georges, Independence, Lone Pine, Sheperds, Symmes, and Tuttle were all planted this week. For more information, contact the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce at 760-876-4444.


LAKE ISABELLA: Excellent catfish bite on shad and dip baits. Trout bite good. Trollers using Needlefish and bank fishermen using nightcrawlers or Power Bait. Bass are biting fair on jigs and crankbaits with fish from 4-0 to 6-0. Bluegill are biting fair on wax and meal worms. For more information, contact Bob's Bait Bucket at 661833-8657.
KERN RIVER: Fishing in both upper and lower rivers has improved to good as flows ease. The upper river is at 1,000 cfs, while the lower river is at 2,000 cfs. Planted trout good in both upper and lower river. John Lopez, San Bernardino, caught trout at 4-8 and 5-0 on the upper river. A few bass are now showing in the lower river. Sandy Flats and Hobo campground are hot spots in the lower river with the best action on crickets, salmon eggs, nightcrawlers and silver spinners throughout both stretches. For more information, contact the James' Store at 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Catfish are good on Sonny's dip bait, anchovies, and chicken livers. A few stripers are being caught on lug and blood worms and anchoives. Dean Ramer, Bakersfield, caught a 5-0 striper on anchovies. For more information, contact Bob's Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: Continued good bluegill action with nice stringers of fish coming out on wax worms. Crappie spotty, and a few bass are showing on nightcrawlers.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill and carp bites are both good. Lots of bluegill on wax and meal worms and the smallmouth bass have been best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and live minnows.
MING LAKE: Closed until October.
BRITE LAKE: Plenty of good-sized trout biting on Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Many limits weighing 7-0 to 8-0 total were reported. Floating baits and small lures are also good bets. No crappie reported.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill action is very good on wax and meal worms. Catfish action excellent with fish to 3-0 and better showing on shad, Sonny's Dip Bait, and mackerel. For more fishing information, call the concession at 661-763-1268 or contact Bob's Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657.
WOLLOMES LAKE: Fair to good bass action on Senkos. The bluegill bite is good on wax and meal worms. Some decent cats being caught on mackerel and shad.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bluegill bite is fair up in the North Fork area. Nightcrawlers best. Bass action is fair under the bridge. For more information, call the marina at 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has remained very good with 16- to 17-inch bass being reported in coves on Senkos. Trout are good in deeper waters on nightcrawlers. Crappie are biting at night in the coves. Bluegill action is fair. Top baits are meal, wax and red worms. For more information, call the marina at 559-597-2526.


SAN ANTONIO: Striper action excellent from boats, mostly on anchovies, with the best bite still from midnight to 3 a.m. The smallmouth and largemouth bass bite is good all over the lake, but especially at Harris Creek and along the north shore. Catfish fair during the late evening. Little daytime action. Ricky Franklin, Bakersfield, caught a 10-0 cat on shad. No crappie or bluegill reported this week. Marina now closed to all fishing. For more information, call 805-472-2818.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass bite continues to be fair to good. Bluegill and crappie action also fair to good. Crappie biting on jigs and worms. Catfish are slow. Trout very spotty but still a few from deep water on worms and Kastmasters. Bass are best on Senkos. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call the marina 805-438-1522.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass and crappie are good, with the spotties boiling on shad in a good topwater bite. White bass are also good, biting on white Roostertails, jigs and plastic worms. Most crappie showing on white jigs and they're averaging 3/4-pound. For more information, call 805-238-1056, or log on at www.nacimientoresort.com (http://www.nacimientoresort.com/).
LOPEZ: Bass from 3-0 to 5-0 are fair to good with most action on nightcrawlers and meal worms and some topwater early and late. The bluegill, crappie and redear bites are good on jigs and nightcrawlers. Most panfish are small but some to 2-0. Trout spotty. Hot spots are the Lopez Arm and off the point opposite the marina. For more information call the marina at 805-489-1006.


Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be restocked the week of July 24, 2006 with catchable-size rainbow trout from the Department of Fish and Game hatcheries:

LOS ANGELES: Jackson Lake, Bouquet Canyon Creek.
SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Gregory Lake, Santa Ana River, Santa Ana River South Fork.
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Middle, South Forks), Bishop Creek (Intake II), Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Owens River (Laws Bridge downstream to Steward Lane and below Tinnemaha), Rock Creek Lake, Sheperds Creek, South Lake, Symmes Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.
MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, George Lake, Grant Lake, Green Creek, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker Lake, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mamie Lake, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (Benton Crossing Road), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (Section 1), Rock Creek (Section 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Swauger Creek, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lake Bridgeport (Lower and Upper), Twin Lakes Mammoth, Virginia Creek, Virginia Lake (Lower and Upper), West Walker River (Section 2 and Section 3).
FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Kings River below Pine Flat Dam, Mono Creek, Portal Forbay, Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River below Friant Dam, San Joaquin River-South Fork (Mono Hot Springs, Jackass Meadow), Ward Lake. KERN: Kern River (Democrat Beach to Lower Richbar, Sandy Flat to Democrat Beach, KR No. 3 to Riverside Park, Kernville).
MADERA: Big Creek, Chiquito Creek (Lower and West Fork), Corrine Lake, Fish Creek, Granite Lake, Lewis Creek, Manzanita Lake, Rock Creek, Willow Creek (North Fork).
MARIPOSA: Merced River from Redbud Bridge downstream to South Fork.
MERCED: Yosemite Lake.
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Kern River (Fairview Dam to Falling Waters Lodge and Brush Creek to Fairview Dam), Peppermint Creek, Redwood Lake (Hedrick Pond), Stoney Creek, Tule River North Fork of Middle Fork (Wishon Campground), Tule River South Fork of Middle Fork (Camp Nelson, Cedar Slope).
TUOLUMNE: Beardsley Reservoir, Deadman Creek, Lyons Canal, Moccasin Creek, Pinecrest Lake (Strawberry Lake), Powerhouse Stream, Stanislaus River (Middle, North and South forks), Tulloch Reservoir (Lake), Tuolumne River (Middle and South forks).


No catfish plants this week.