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FISH REPORT -- ONS-matthews-gollaz ### 17jan07 Compiled by Cyndi Gollaz 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 Gollaz 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. Santa Ana River Lakes continues to produce more big trout than any other Southern California trout fishery. has consistently been producing more big trout than any water in Southern California, with 17 rainbows over 10 pounds landed this past week, including an 18 and a 19 pounder, but there is also a good bite on smaller one to two-pound fish. The big fish plants are continuing all through January. For an update, call the SARL tackle shop at 714-632-7851, the lakes' recording at 714-632-7830, or visit the web site at www.fishinglakes.com (http://www.fishinglakes.com/).

2. The striped bass at Castaic Lake have been very good this past week with some impressive stringers landed by anglers fishing sardines, anchovies, or small swim baits. One 20-fish stringer weighed 92 pounds, and the average fish has been from four to five pounds, and fish to 10 or 11 pounds have been caught weekly. For information on when and where the bite is best, check with the marina at 661-775-6232.

3. The Buena Vista Lakes near Taft in the south end of the San Joaquin Valley continues to be a sleeper spot for big trout. The lakes are planted heavily with rainbow trout this time of year, and there have been two huge, bonus plants of monster rainbows from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms in the past couple of months. A lot of those 10- to 20-pound fish are still in the lake. For updates on fishing and stocking information call the lake concession 661-763-1268 or Bob's Bait in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.


TROUT: Lots of planted trout action right now. For big trout and big numbers of fish, the top bets continue to be Santa Ana River Lakes, which produced fish at 19 and 18 pounds, and Corona Lake, which had two 18 pounders. Irvine Lake, Laguna Niguel Park Lake, along with Hesperia Lake and Jess Ranch Lakes in the High Desert are also very good. Angler's Lake in Hemet also has a good bite. There is also a good bite on recent plants and holdover fish at Diamond Valley and Silverwood. Virtually all of the urban lakes from San Diego County north into Los Angeles County are now being planted with trout, and the bites are good across the board at these places -- at least for the first couple of days after the plants. Top picks here would be Wohlford, Dixon, Poway, Jennings, and Cuyamaca in San Diego County, along with all the San Bernardino County park lakes -- Yucaipa, Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, and Mojave Narrows.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Bass action is slow with only a few fair flurries. Trout plants are still bringing a few big fish up to eat the rainbows, but most of the action right now is in deep water on jigs, ice jigs, plastics, and crawdads in the bigger reservoirs. Top picks include Casitas where some anglers are reporting 15 fish days on plastics and some big fish on trout-like baits, Diamond Valley which has a good morning bite on swimbaits, and Piru, Pyramid, El Capitan, Castaic, and Silverwood, all which are slower than Castias and DVL, but still worth fishing.
STRIPED BASS: For Southern California waters, Castaic and Skinner are the top picks with a number of five-pound class fish this week on swimbaits, shad, anchovies, and sardines. Pyramid and Silverwood have had decent bites, also on smaller fish, mostly on cut baits. A few bigger fish are showing on trout-like swimbaits, or big cranks at all these places but the best fish reported was a 11-pound stripers at Castaic. On the Colorado River, cold weather and light fishing pressure has kept the anglers activity light, but a few quality fish are showing at Willow Beach and Lake Mead. A few small stripers to four pounds are showing in Mohave and Havasu in spotty bites.
PANFISH: Most of the panfish bites are slow with almost nothing reported in the past week. Some redear are showing at Casitas. There are also spotty crappie bites at El Capitan and the Buena Vista Lakes, with both waters producing some quality fish.
CATFISH: Almost no catfish reports of note over the past week. Spots to watch and check if cats are your game: Buena Vista Lakes near Taft, Casitas Lake, especially after a rain, and the Colorado River. The canals in the Palo Verde Valley from Blythe to Palo Verde were drained or lowered this week, and the ditches all are very low. Water levels are supposed to come back up this weekend. This always makes fishing tough. Hesperia Lake has also continued to plant catfish each week and regulars are getting fish to 18 pounds.


SILVERWOOD: Trout and catfish bites are both good. The trout bite is best off the dock and coves on Power Bait. Sloan Davies, 13, Fontana, caught a four-pound trout on Power Bait. The catfish bite is best from Cleghorn and Quite Coves. There is also some action off the dock mostly on anchovies. Harry Adamson, Apple Valley, caught an eight-pound cat on anchovies, while Pamel Blake, Lucerne Valley, caught a six-pounder on anchovies. The stripers are deep and the action is fair on anchovies or small swimbaits with fish to five pounds reported. Largemouth action is slow on live bait and jigs off the main points. Other species slow. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.
BIG BEAR LAKE: Cold with slow trout action over most of the lake. A few fish are showing at the dam and in the Stanfield area on Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers doused with scent. No DFG trout plant in over a month. Information: Big Bear Marina 909-866-3218, Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.
GREGORY LAKE: Slow fishing with few reports. The boat house is now closed for the season. Information: 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No reports. All facilities are closed until spring. Recorded information: 909-867-2009.
JENKS LAKE: Closed for the season. Information: 909-794-1123, ext. 4.


HESPERIA LAKE: Very good trout action with 4,000 pounds planted each week. Top fish reported this past week was 12-pound rainbow landed by Jim Roark, Hesperia, on Power Bait. Julins McLendon, Monrovia, caught an 11-pound trout also on Power Bait. Rick Fuentes, Hesperia, caught a 10-8 trout also on Power Bait. Victor Delarosa, Apple Valley, caught a 10-pound trout on a Power worm, while Joe Ortega, Rosemead, caught a 9-8 trout on a lure from the inlet. The catfish bite is good. Shawn Duncan, Highland, caught a nine-pound catfish on mackerel. Deshawn Johnson Sr., San Bernardino, caught five catfish totaling 68 pounds on shrimp and mackerel. Lightning Trout will be planted the first week of February, and sturgeon over 100 pounds will be planted in March. These will be the largest fish ever planted in fresh water in Southern California. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH: Good to excellent trout action on trout averaging two pounds, with a lot of bigger fish mixed in. The best action has been on rainbow or lemon twist Power Bait, Power Worms, Jakes lures, and small, trout jigs. Brian Vinson, San Bernardino, caught a 3-13 trout on a rainbow plastic worm while fishing the inlet of lake 2. Casey Leonard, Rialto, caught a four-pound rainbow on chartrusse Power Bait near the pump house of lake 3. Mike Ybarra, Ontario, caught a limit which included a 3-7 steelhead on a Thomas Buoyant. Mandy Thomas, Barstow, landed a 3-10 rainbow on lemon twist Power Bait near the bridge of lake 3. Lake hours are Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 760-240-1107 or www.jessranchlakesnews.com (http://www.jessranchlakesnews.com/).
MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite is excellent on Power Bait or nightcrawlers or the pair used together. Also a decent number of catfish showing. Yeh Lucas, Victorville, had a limit of trout with fish to three pounds fishing nightcrawlers. Kevin Wills, Hesperia, had four trout from two to three pounds on Power Bait. The lake will continue to be stocked with trout every Thursday through April 19 by the county. DFG trout plant this week. Information: 760-245-2226.



CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Fair to good trout action with some fish to two pounds reported. The lake is stocked every Thursday through April 19 by the county. DFG plant this week, too. The bite is best on worms or Power Bait. Information: 909-481-4205.
PRADO: The lake will be stocked with trout every Thursday through April 19 by the county. Also a DFG plant this week. Upcoming events: fishing derby February 10-11. Register at any Turners Outdoorsman. Entry fee is $10. Information: 909-597-4260.
YUCAIPA: Good trout action. Most of the rainbows have been one to two pounds and the bite has been best on floating baits. The lake will be stocked with trout again this week and every week through April 19 by the county. Also a DFG plant this week. Information: 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: Trout bite remains excellent on jigs and Power Bait after another 2,000-pound country trout plant this week. The lake will continue to be stocked with trout every Thursday through April 19 with county fish. Also a DFG trout plant this week. Information: 909-887-7540.
MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: 909-982-4246.
SECCOMBE LAKE: No DFG trout plants in over a month. Overall slow fishing. Information: 909-384-5233.


DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite made a huge comeback this week. Both shoreline and boat anglers have had success landing the stockers on Power Bait, mini jigs, Lip Ripperz plastics, Roostertails, and Kastmasters. The hot spot for landing trout is the marina. Mike Palhegyi, Upland, caught a 6.15-pound trout on a Kastmaster in 25 feet of water. Javier Estrada, Ontario, caught a 3.87-pound rainbow off the shore also on a Kastmaster. The bass fishing is also decent with a good morning bite on crank baits off the points and on swimbaits off the marina. During the day, the bass have been holding at 50 feet. Trolling cranks with downriggers or lead core is best then. Jesse Dinkins, Hemet, caught a 4.46-pound fish trolling with a crankbait in 35 feet of water. Kolby Newman, 12, Sun City, caught a four-pound bass fishing on shad at 30 feet. Some striper have been landed this week on swimbaits. John Coburn, Murrieta, caught an 8.17-pound striper on a swimbait. Adam Pereida, Beaumont, caught a 6.97-pound striper on a swimbait. Crappie bite decent on mini jigs. Mark Pereida, Beaumont, caught a 1.75-pound crappie on a min-jig at the west dam. Information: 800-590-LAKE, marina 951-926-7201, Last Chance Bait & Tackle 951-658-7410 or www.dvmarina.com (http://www.dvmarina.com/).
PERRIS: The action remains poor to fair with constant high winds. There continues to be a fair bite on freshly stocked rainbow trout at lots 11 and 12 on small pieces of nightcrawler or Power Bait. The crappie bite is also fair off the marina docks on jigs or wax worms. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, caught a 2-3 crappie on a red and white jig. The largemouth bass bite is still slow, but a few fish from two to four pounds are being caught off structure all over the lake on nightcrawlers. Lyn Cardiel, Orange, caught a 6-9 largemouth at the dam. DFG trout plant this week. Dock fishing is allowed for a $3 fee. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: Another DFG trout plant this week, but still mixed action reports. Some reporting good action off Ramp 2, while others were skunked. The striper are up to four pounds and showing on anchovies and chicken liver, Rat-L-Traps, and small swimbaits, but the bite is fair. The largemouth bass bite is slow and there haven't been reports on other species. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515. L
AKE ELSINORE: No reports.
CORONA LAKE: Last week, it was a pair of 19-pound rainbows. This week, the two big fish were 18-pound class trout. The bigger of the two was an 18 3/4-pound rainbow landed by William Antrim, Riverside, while fishing with yellow Power Bait near the dam. Jaime Bolana, Moreno Valley, caught an 18 1/2-pounder fishing lime-colored Power Bait on the back side of the lake. Most of the trout are averaging one to two pounds and five-fish limits are common. Top bait this past week has been chartreuse Amino Eggs, but yellow or chartreuse Nitro Bait or Power Bait doused with corn-scented Nitro Gravy is a good bet, too. Biggest fish caught in January wins Alaskan fishing trip. Information: 951-277-4489 or www.fishinglakes.com (http://www.fishinglakes.com/).
EVANS LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. Fair trout bite on Power Bait.
RANCHO JURUPA: Fair trout action. DFG trout plant this week. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN'S RETREAT: Good trout bite from all three lakes on pieces of nightcrawlers, Power Bait, mackerel or anchovies. Upcoming events: Fishing derby every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 909-795-2411.
ANGLER'S LAKE: Trout bite fair to good with most fish to three pounds and the best bite on lime twist or spring green Power Bait. Nightcrawlers have also been successful. Catfish action slowed, but a few fish are still showing on the M&M (marshmallow and meal worm) combo, mackerel and nightcrawlers. Information: 951-927-2614.
REFLECTION LAKE: Earl Knight was the winner of last weeks derby. Knight won $100 after landing a four pound trout on Power Bait. Jackie Burke, Los Angeles, caught a 3.9-pound trout and a 3.5-pound catfish on the small lake. Paul Soliz, Hemet, caught a 3.6-pound trout on the small lake.John O'brian, Montana, caught a 4.3-pound catfish Power Bait.Next trout derby slated for Jan. 27, the week of the trout plant, and the derby winner takes home $100. Catfish action slow. Information: 951-654-7906 or www.reflectionlakerv.com (http://www.reflectionlakerv.com/)
JEAN'S CHANNEL CATS: A big load of Mt. Lassen trout will be planted this week. Fish from 1-0 to 3-0 will be in the mix. Excellent trout fishing, despite cold weather. The lake has a new sonar sensor, which can detect the size of the fish in addition to the location of the fish on the lake. Catfish still snoozing. The pond will be stocked regularly with rainbow trout through March. Lake open daily Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on all Monday holidays. This is a pay-by-the-pound fishery. Information: 951-679-6562.


LAKE HEMET: Cold and windy, however a few brave people have landed limits. This past week no boats were allowed on the lake due to high winds and evening temps in the single digits, but shore fishermen caught some on Power Bait at Camp 5C. Information: Lake Hemet Market 951-659-2350, campground 951-659-2680.
FULMOR LAKE: No DFG plants in over a month. Information: 951-659-2117.


SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: There were another 17 rainbow trout over the 10-pound mark caught this past week, and the top trout was a 19-pounder caught by Cedric Collins, Dominguez Hills on a yellow marshmallow at Levitz' Corner. An 18-pounder was landed by John Nguyen, Anaheim, while fishing white Lip Ripperz in Chris' Pond. Nguyen also landed a 12-pound rainbow. Jeff Woolard, Covina, caught a 16.8-pound rainbow, while Nick Nguyen, Cypress, landed a 16 3/4-pound trout. Armando Acevedo, Chino, caught a 16.2-pound trout. Mike Nguyen, Santa Ana, landed a 15.8-pound rainbow. The bite has been excellent on floating baits -- Nitro Bait or Power Bait -- Kastmasters, Roostertails, inflated nightcrawlers with scent, and Lip Ripperz or similar trout plastics and jigs. The trout have been showing at all of the usual spots from Chris' Pond and throughout the big lake, with the Bubble Hole, Levitz' Corner, La Palma Point, the boat docks, and the pumphouse all good spots. Big fish derby all of January and the winner gets an Alaskan fishing trip for two. Information: 714-632-7830 or www.fishinglakes.com (http://www.fishinglakes.com/).
ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. Anaheim Lake only opens when Santa Ana River Lakes is closed for cleaning and maintenance. Information: (714) 996-3508 or www.fishinglakes.com (http://www.fishinglakes.com/).
IRVINE LAKE: Cold weather has resulted in very light fishing pressure. Despite the cold and light pressure, there were still quite a few fish landed over the holiday weekend. Plenty limits of rainbows from one to four pounds. Some brookies were also landed. Trollers had success with firetiger Rapalas at mid-lake and along the west dam. Brandon Dailey, San Juan Capistrano, caught an eight-pound trout on a Rapala at the west shore. Ron Graeff, Anaheim, caught a 7.1-pound trout on a mini jig at Sierra Cove. The Irvine Lake Pro Team, headed by trout expert Marlon Meade, will be conducting a seminar on mini jig fishing from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The seminar is free with paid admission to the lake. Pre-registration is required by calling the Pro Shop at 714-649-9111, emailing Daniela Galvadon at irvinelake@aol.com, or online at www.fishingnetwork.net (http://www.fishingnetwork.net/). Information: 714-649-9111.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Good trout action with a late morning and afternoon bite with limits common for trout weighing up to four pounds on inflated nightcrawlers with garlic oil or Power Bait in rainbow, chartreuse, lime twist, or orange. Fly-fishermen are scoring fishing No. 16 midges in gray or olive just off the bottom in the flats and at three pipes. Information: 949-362-3885 or www.lagunaniguellake.com (http://www.lagunaniguellake.com/).


LAKES CACHUMA: The trout action continues fair with trollers and still fishermen working the east end of the lake. Needlefish for the trollers and drifted nightcrawlers are the best baits. Most of the fish are around a pound and some anglers are getting limits. Other species are very slow or getting no pressure. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: Cold, but still a good bite last week. Best bite in the early and mid-morning. Ox blood plastic worms and half-ounce brown or purple jigs are the best baits. Seth Casey, Oakview, caught a five and a seven-pound bass on a plastic worm. Cody Day, Oakview, caught five fish to 6-8 on a jig in 35 feet of water. John Lopez, Ventura, caught a 12-8 catfish on mackerel. Catfish are scarce, but there are some out there. Not too many trout, and the odd redear here and there in 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers and redworms. Also an occasional crappie showing up. Information: 805-649-2043.
CASTAIC: The lagoon was stocked with 800 pounds of trout late last week, so the action has improved. The striper bite is also decent on sardines and anchovies. Nick Byrne, La Canada, and a fishing partner caught a 92-pound, 20-fish limit of stripers. Bob Sullivan and Ray Farleas, Tujunga, caught an 11-7 striper on sardines. Danielle Balistari, Monrovia, caught a 5-6 striper, while Dan Ahern, Saugus, landed a 4-5, both on anchovies. The largemouth bass bite is still pretty good on plastics all over the lake with the fish on points and other structure. A few catfish and carp are showing for anglers fishing cut baits or stink baits, but everything else is very slow. Information: 661-775-6232.
PIRU: The bass bite is good on jigs, plastic worms, or drop-shot rigs in 25 feet of water. A few were also landed on the troll with three to four colors. Nightcrawlers working in the narrows. Frank Licata, Piru, caught a five-pound stringer of fish to 1-8 on nightcrawlers in the narrows. Trout action improved this week to good with fish to 1-8. No plants this week. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: USFS 661-296-9710, concession 661-257-2790.
PYRAMID: Overall slow fishing with the water level down for maintenance. Trout have been the best bet and the DFG planted last week, which should perk the bite. Stripers are still fair, but most of the fish are small -- under 16 inches -- and showing on cut anchovies. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: USFS 661-296-9710, concession 661-257-2790.
QUAIL LAKE: Mostly very slow fishing with the cold, windy weather.
PUDDINGSTONE: Slow bite. Some bass and catfish have been landed. The catfish are biting mackerel and nightcrawlers, while the bass are hitting all topwater plastics. Not too many trout in the lake. The last stock was in October, but the lake is due for one this month. Information: 909-599-8411, ext. 4.
SANTA FE DAM: Slow to fair trout action with the best bite the first couple of days after a trout plant, mostly on floating baits and inflated nightcrawlers doused with scent. DFG plant two weeks ago. Also a few cats showing, but that bite has slowed way down. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant two weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG trout plant three weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant last week.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant two weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFG trout plant this week.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG trout plant two weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No DFG plants in over a month.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFG trout this week.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week.
LEGG LAKE: DFG trout plant two weeks ago. Fair action all over on Power Bait or nightcrawlers.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: DFG trout plant two weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: Trout action expected to improve with this weeks plant. Information: 818-448-7317.


BARRETT: The lake is closed to all fishing until spring of 2007. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.sandiego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.sandiego.ca.us/water/).
HODGES: The lake is closed to all fishing until spring of 2007. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/).
EL CAPITAN: Fair bass action and a spotty but decent crappie bite. Everything else slow. This past week, there were 123 anglers who reported catching 176 bass, 60 crappie, 44 blue catfish, four channel cats and two bluegill. Cody Newten, Santee, caught a 12.55 blue catfish on mackerel near the island. The lake is open on Thursdays and Saturdays for fishing and boating only. No rental boats are available. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/). Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274.
LOWER OTAY: The lake is closed to all fishing until spring of 2007. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.sandiego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.sandiego.ca.us/water/). Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274.
UPPER OTAY: The lake is closed to all fishing until spring of 2007. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/).
SAN VICENTE: Fair bite action, but little else happening. In all, there were 159 anglers reporting 450 bass, nine bluegill, four channel catfish and two blue catfish. A 64.45-pound blue catfish was landed by James Odom, San Diego, on mackerel. Kain Crawford, San Carlos, landed a 3.95-pound largemouth bass on a plastic. The lake is open Saturday and Sunday only, and the boat lanuch reopened for private boaters this past Saturday. Lake information: 619-465- 3474 or www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/). Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274.
MURRAY: Still a slow bite. No catches reported this week. The lake is open only for shore fishing seven days a week. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/). Rental boat reservations: 619-390-0223.
MIRAMAR: Slow, slow, slow fishing. No reports this week. The lake is open to fishing Saturday through Tuesday. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/). Rental boat reservations: 619-390-0223.
SUTHERLAND: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/).
WOHLFORD: Good trout action after last Wednesdays plant. A number of quality rainbows were reported this past week. Hot baits have been rainbow Power Bait, inflated nightcrawlers, Zeke's Bait, and Power Worms, and the top spots have been Boat Dock Cove, the Senior Shoreline, and east of Willow. Carmel Caruana, Oceanside, caught a 9-3 rainbow trout on Power Bait from Boat Dock Cove. The bass bite is mostly slow. Information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com (http://www.wohlfordlake.com/).
DOANE POND: No DFG trout plants in over a month.
DIXON: Trout action has been good on rainbows to five pounds with the best action off Jack Creek Pier and just to the west of the pier for shore line anglers. The buoy line area is good for the first three days following the plants, but then slows down there. Top baits have been Power Bait or nightcrawlers. The lake stocked another 1,200 pounds of trout this week. The bass and catfish bites are both off. The lake is open daily to 7 p.m. Information: 760-839-4345 or www.dixonlake.com (http://www.dixonlake.com/).
POWAY: High winds played havoc with the fishing here for the second week in a row, but diligent anglers still landed some nice stringers, mostly on Power Bait. No big fish were reported this week, however. Another 1,200 pound plant will go in this week. The annual Youth Fishing Derby will be 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 3. The lake is open Wednesday through Sunday from sunrise to sunset. Information: snack bar 858-679-5465, Poway information line 858-668-4770, concessions 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: Wind has kept most anglers away, and the trout are getting stockpiled. Another plant of 1,200 went in prior to the holiday weekend. The top trout action has been in Hermit Cove at the buoy line or in Half Moon Bay, especially for anglers fishing inflated nightcrawler under a water float. Bass and catfish have been slow. Upcoming events: free fishing class 1 p.m. Sunday will give instruction fishing floating baits and Trout Teaser-type jigs for trout. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org (http://www.lakejennings.org/).
MORENA: Trout bite fair on inflated nightcrawlers. Most fish from one to two pounds. A few fish in the three-pound range were landed this week. DFG trout plant last week. The boat launch is open, but no boats over 19-feet recommended. Boat rentals are limited to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-694-3049.
CUYAMACA: Still cold, however the fishing remains decent. The DFG stocked another 2,000 pounds of trout two weeks ago, so plenty of rainbows and Alpers are still all over. Three tagged Alpers trout remain in the lake and each angler to catch one will receive a free nights stay in the Cuyamaca Condos. The Power Bait and nightcrawler combo are producing the most fish. Lake closed to fishing Wednesdays and Sundays until noon. Upcoming events: Trout tactics class 10 a.m. Saturday. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org (http://www.lakecuyamaca.org/).
HENSHAW: Catfish fair to good with the best bite on shrimp for boat anglers. Carp and crappie are both very spotty with just a few of each showing. Information: 760-782-3501.


LAKE MEAD: Extremely cold and poor fishing. A 13-8 striper was caught in Hemingway by Tony Reyes, Vegas on a trout-like lure. Bite better in the afternoon once it warms up in 80 feet of water in the Vegas wash area on cut baits. Average fish then is two pounds. Las Vegas Wash gets trout plants each Friday through the end of March, and that's bringing in the bigger stripers. nformation: 702-564-3058.
WILLOW BEACH: Weekly trout plants each Friday have made for good rainbow trout action on fish from 12 inches to five pounds. The rainbows are still drawing in a few bigger stripers and they are showing on the big, trout-like swimbaits and plugs. Information: 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Not too many big fish, but a fair, steady bite. A 31-0 striper was landed at Placer by Jim Jeoff, Henderson, on a trout-like lure. Plenty of fish from five to 10 pounds were landed at Placer, Aztec and Cottonwood. A.C. plugs still the bait of choice. Information: 702-297-1464.
BELOW DAVIS DAM: A fair trout bite near Davis Camp and Riverside Resort. Good striper bite in the morning and evenings along the river near Bullhead. Most of the stripers are small, but a few bigger fish were reported. Water levels are higher during the day for boat fishing.
NEEDLES: Topock area remains the best spot for stripers, with a pretty decent bite on small fish. Information: Premier Sports 760-326-2727, Golden Shores 760-768-2325.
TOPOCK MARSH: Catfish and bass bites fair, mostly along the shorelines. Some catfish over 10 pounds with a good bite on anchovies and chicken liver dipped in stink bait. Decent striper bite. The marsh can be accessed by boat at North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-mile landing. Information: 928-768-2350.
HAVASU: Cold and windy. Very few fishermen going out. Information: 760-663-3811.
PARKER STRIP: Slow to fair action on smallmouth bass in the main river, but otherwise slow fishing throughout this stretch of river. Catfish very spotty.
BLYTHE: Slow to fair action on flathead catfish from eight to 22 pounds on live minnows or goldfish in the main river, but all the canals in the valley have been drained and most of the ditches are very slow. This drawdown is annual water levels are to be restored this weekend. Large and smallmouth bass are fair on shiners in the river and local backwaters. Very light fishing pressure. Information: 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Fair smallmouth bass bite in the main river channel, and a fair largemouth bite in the backwaters. Channel and flathead catfish are slow to fair with most of the flathead cats small, in the 2-0 to 5-0 range. Canals in the valley are low or dry for annual maintenance. Flows scheduled to return this weekend.
PICACHO AREA: Very light fishing pressures, but overall fair fishing with a few flatheads, largemouth, bluegill, and stripers reported.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Fair smallmouth and largemouth bite in the channel and in the backwaters on shiners, cranks, spinnerbaits and plastics. Channel and flathead catfish action decent, but mostly on small fish. Striped bass are fair in the main river from the deep sides of the sand bars on the river on chicken livers or worms. Information: 928-783-9589 or www.martinezlake.com (http://www.martinezlake.com/). Y
UMA AREA: The Gila Main Canal in East Yuma is still fair for channel catfish and large redear and bluegill. All biting on worms. In the main Colorado River, the catfish bite has been fair on chicken liver or worms dipped in stink bait, but there is very light fishing pressure and very few flatheads have been reported.


SALTON SEA: Slow fishing. Nothing reported this week. Information: Red Hill Marina 760-348-2310, Salton Sea State Recreation Area ranger station 760-393-3052. Weather information: 760-352-3360, Coachella Valley Water District's weather forecast 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: DFG trout plant this week.
SUNBEAM LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. Information: 760-352-3308.
LAKE CAHUILLA: Good trout action with plants last week and again this week. The trout are running from two pounds to four pounds with a few even bigger. Other hot spots have been the main point, the jetty, and the PGA side of the lake. Power Baits and nightcrawlers doused with scent have been the hot bait. Information: 760-564-4712.

EASTERN SIERRA GENERAL: General trout season closed Nov. 15 throughout Inyo and Mono county. Only selected waters in the two counties remain open to fishing year around. For updated road and camping information: Interagency Visitor Center 760-876-6222, Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405, or www.bishopvisitor.com (http://www.bishopvisitor.com/).

BISHOP AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Owens River below Crowley Lake remain open to fishing year around. The Owens River gorge above Pleasant Valley has been good for fly anglers, but the lower Owens has been tough, although flows have finally dropped. Information: Culver's 760-872- 8361 or Brock's 760-872-3581.
BIG PINE TO LONE PINE AREA: Lower Owens is slow with the flows up again. They are supposed to come back down, but who knows. Information: 760-876-4444.


LAKE ISABELLA: Fair to good catfish bite on shad. Good trout action by the dam on Power Bait, Power eggs, or nightcrawlers. DFG trout plant last week. Some crappie action. Information: Bob's Bait 661-833-8657.
KERN RIVER: The upper Kern is experiencing good fishing. Last week, Chris Oller, Bakersfield, caught a five-pound landlocked salmon on crickets. Local biologists are studying the fish to determine its exact species. The river below Isabella has also been fair with some good flurries of action after DFG plants. The flows are perfect for fishing in both reaches. Information: James Store 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Mostly very slow fishing with very little fishing pressure. The odd stripers still showing on lug worms and minnows, and an occasional catfish on cut bait. Information: Bob's Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: Trout planted last week and the bite is good on Power Bait and garlic oil. Crappie action good on small minnows.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout planted two weeks ago and the bite is good. Power Bait and spinners best baits.
MING LAKE: Plenty of trout have been landed here on Power Bait with garlic oil. DFG trout plant two weeks ago.
BRITE LAKE: The trout bite is good on Power Bait and spinners. DFG plant two weeks ago.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Still home to the best trout action in the Western Sierra. Plenty of big trout have been landed on Power Bait or Kastmasters. Brian Murphy, Bakersfield, caught a 17-8 trout. Jeff Pinkham, Bakersfield, and Merivin Williams, Bakersfield, each landed a 17-pound trout on a nightcrawler. Bill Yourgulez, Bakersfield, caught a 15.8-pound trout. Norman Wright, and David Flores, Bakersfield, each landed a 15-pound trout. Jim Langston, Bakersfield, caught a three-pound trout on chicken liver. Information: Concession 661-763-1268, Bob's Bait 661-833-8657.
WOLLOMES LAKE: Trout bite fair. Bass and bluegill action is slow to fair, with the bass showing on plastics and nightcrawlers and the bluegill still best on wax and meal worms.
SUCCESS LAKE: Fishing remains tough due to low water levels. Some trout have been landed. DFG trout plant this week. Information: 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: Trout bite fair and steady. DFG trout plant this week. A good bass bite between 10:30 a.m. and noon on plastic worms. Information: 559-597-2526.


SAN ANTONIO: Not too many fish have been reported in the past month. Very light fishing pressure. Information: 805-472-2818.
SANTA MARGARITA: Crappie biting fair on jigs and worms, and the bass bite spotty on Senkos. Trout bite fair. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 805-438-1522.
NACIMIENTO: Still very light fishing pressure. Only a few anglers fishing the lake, however some bass have been landed on plastics or nightcrawlers. Best action still in Dip Creek and Town Creek. Most bass are 1-8 to two pounds. Information: 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com (http://www.nacimientoresort.com/).
LOPEZ: Fishing good, despite cold weather. Water temperature is cool, below 50 degrees, but plenty of boats and shore fishermen are out. Trout good and should continue to be good with a 1,000-pound plant last week. Most fish one to two pounds. Crappie good in 35 to 40 feet of water on jigs. Bass bite also good. Information: 805-489-1006.

TROUT PLANTS Barring adverse weather, water, road conditions, and the availability of trucks and personnel, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be restocked this with catchable-size rainbow trout from the Department of Fish and Game hatcheries:

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Cerritos Lake, Elizabeth Lake, Hansen Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Lincoln Park Lake, Peck Road Park Lake.
ORANGE: Centennial Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, Tri-city Lake, Yorba Linda Park Lake.
RIVERSIDE: Evans Lake, Cahuilla Park Lake, Perris Lake, Skinner Lake, Rancho Jurupa Park Pond.
SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Prado Park Lake, and Yucaipa Lake
IMPERIAL: Sunbeam Lake and Weist Lake.
FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River below Pine Flat Dam, San Joaquin River below Friant Dam.
MADERA: Bass Lake, Eastman Lake, Hensely Lake. TULARE: Kaweah Lake Reservoir, Success Reservoir.