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FISH REPORT -- ONS-matthews-gollaz ### 12dec07

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 in 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.

This report is published by 11 daily newspapers in Southern California each week. Frequently it is edited for space. A complete version is posted on the Outdoor News Service web site (www.outdoornewsservice.com (http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/)) and Jesse's Hunting web site forum section (www.jesseshunting.com (http://../)). The updated report is usually posted by Thursday morning at both sites. The fish report is copyrighted and any use or reposting of the report, or portions of the report, is prohibited without written permission. Posting of links to the fish report on the Outdoor News Service web site is allowed.

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/).

MATTHEWS PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. The striped bass action at all four of Southern California major striper fisheries seemed to perk for big fish with the colder weather this past week, and Skinner cranked out a 22-5 while Castaic produced a 26-5. Both big fish came after DFG trout plants (no surprise there!). The bite isnt wide open, but the rainbows have brought some of the big fish up and the action is best right after the plants. Skinner, Pyramid, Castaic, and Silverwood all could produce huge fish this month. Keep an eye on the trout plants and call the lakes marinas for when and where the fish were planted. Numbers: Silverwood is 760-389-2299, Skinner is 951-926-8515, Pyramid is 661-257-2790, and Castaic is 661-775-6232.

2. Between the trout and the sturgeon, Hesperia Lake remains in our top picks. There was another 100-plus pound sturgeon landed this past week, a fish at 175 pounds. But the best action has been for both brown and rainbow trout with fish to 9 1/2 pounds this week. Floating baits have been the hot ticket for both the trout and sturgeon. For more information, call the tackle shop at 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

3. There has been a surprisingly good catfish bite at Diamond Valley Lake (which also has a pretty good bass and trout bite) with the few anglers keying on these fish getting nice stringers. The cats are showing all around the lake in 25 to 50 feet of water, but the best action is in the third cove from the marina, along the east dam, and at the wave attenuator on anchovies, mackerel, and raw shrimp. Fish to 12 1/2 pounds reported this past week. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait & Tackle in Hemet at 951-658-7410.

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The urban trout bites have been good to awesome this past week. Santa Ana River Lakes and Corona Lake each has a number of trout over 10 pounds, in addition to good action on smaller fish. Hesperia Lake has produced brown trout to seven-plus pounds, and excellent rainbow trout action. And Irvine Lake has just been wide open with fish to 10-plus pounds reported. Diamond Valley Lake is a good bet with fresh-planted rainbow to nearly eight pounds for shore anglers and holdover trout for trollers. Anglers Lake in Hemet also came back on with a good bite and some fish over the five-pound mark. All of the San Bernardino County Park lakes -- Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Prado, Yucaipa, and Mojave Narrows -- are getting weekly plants, including a fair number of quality fish each month. All of these lakes are sleeper picks with very good fishing, especially right after the weekly 1,000-pound county plants. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca continues to have a consistently good bite and Dixon Lake is good after its weekly plants. Lake Isabella is also good.

LARGEMOUTH BASS: Diamond Valley, Casitas, and Castaic again share the top picks this week all with fair to good bites, but Piru, Pyramid, Cachuma, Skinner, Perris, and Silverwood are all pretty fair for largemouth bass, too. The bite can be highly variable with the fish up on top one morning and in 40 feet or deeper later the same day and dead for three. More and more fish being taken deep on ice jigs and spoons. In San Diego County, San Vicente and El Capitan have pretty fair bass bites for the season. On the Central Coast, Lopez has been pretty decent, too.

STRIPED BASS: Pyramid, Castaic, Skinner, and Silverwood are continuing to have pretty good bites on one to four pound fish, but all four are producing a few fish to nine to 12 pounds each week and two fish over 20 pounds were reported this past week. There is also early and late in the day surface action at Pyramid and Silverwood. On the Colorado River, bites have been up and down at Mead and Havasu, but Willow Beach still didnt crank any big fish. Some quality fish are starting to show in Mohave in the trout planting areas.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites have pretty much shut down for the season. Crappie have also lulled almost everywhere, too, but theres still fair action at Piru, Perris, and Lopez (on the Central Coast). Cooler weather will slow all these bites even more.

CATFISH: Surprisingly good catfish action at Diamond Valley and Silverwood lakes this week. The unseasonable bite has mostly been in 20 to 50 feet of water on cut baits at both places. Santa Ana River Lakes, Corona Lake, and Hesperia Lake still have decent bites for the few anglers fishing the cats here. Some catfish are still being caught at the Colorado River, but the fishing pressure has dropped to almost nothing. Sturgeon have been fair to good at Hesperia Lake with a couple more 100 pounders caught.

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: Excellent trout action on Power Bait and worms with the best bite in Cleghorn. Carol Volk, Anaheim, caught a six-pound trout. Vic Romero, San Bernardino, landed a three-pound trout. James Drucker, Riverside, caught a 2-8 on worms. DFG trout plant last week. Good striper bite on swimbaits, Roostertails and anchovies off the docks, in Cleghorn, Miller Canyon and near the dam. Most action has been in 50 to 60 feet. The better stripers are from six to nine pounds, with the occasional fish over 10, and a lot of smaller fish. Catfish action fair in the spillway on mackerel and chicken liver. Largemouth bite good on worms, plastics or plugs in the early mornings. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.
BIG BEAR LAKE: The private marinas and public launch ramps are now all closed for the season and will reopen in spring. The trout action has slowed, but that might be due to the light pressure rather than poorer fishing. Power Bait and nightcrawlers are the top choices for bait anglers fishing near the dam and off the north shore. DFG trout plant three weeks ago. Information: Big Bear Marina 909-866-3218, Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222 or bigbearmarina.com.
GREGORY LAKE: Still a slow to fair trout bite. Try Power Bait (rainbow) and nightcrawlers. Crappie fair to good, but most fish are very small. Also some bluegill and the odd catfish in the catch. Information: 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The lake is closed for the season. Recorded information: 909-867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: No report.
JENKS LAKE: Closed for the season. Only walk-in access. Information: 909-794-1123, ext. 4.

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Another whopper sturgeon was brought in this week. Steve Chavez, Barstow, caught a 175-pound sturgeon on nightcrawlers. Greg Maring, Apple Valley, caught a 30-pound sturgeon. Jeff Sevy, Hesperia, caught a 25-8 sturgeon on Power Bait. Two sturgeon over 200 pounds are still in the lake. Good German brown and rainbow trout action. Nightcrawlers and Power Bait are the hot ticket. Kurt Mentin, San Bernardino, caught a 9-7 rainbow on Power Bait off the finger jetty. The catfish bite is hit and miss with no big catches this week, but a decent amount of smaller fish action on cut mackerel and nightcrawlers. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH: Good trout action. Fish are biting from both lakes with anglers using Power Bait (spring green, lemon twist and sherbet), inflated nightcrawlers, jigs (red and orange) and lures. Lots of limits were taken this week with many trout over three pounds. Hot spots include the grassy point and western shore of lake 3, as well as the northern and eastern shores of lake 2. The lakes hatchery stocks every Friday. The lake is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lake information: 760-240-1107 or www.jessranchlakesnews.com (http://www.jessranchlakesnews.com/).
MOJAVE NARROWS: Good trout action with fish up into the four-pound range, and some bigger fish. Aaron Garcia, Victorville, landed a 12 1/2-pound rainbow on an orange Lip RipperZ plastic worm, while Dave Newman, Apple Valley, also had a 12 1/2-pounder on a Power Bait-nightcrawler combo. Marcellous Blount, Apple Valley, had a 12-pounder, while Dave Hand, Apple Valley, caught an 11 1/2-pounder. Norm Fisher, Apple Valley, had a 10 1/2-pound rainbow. Top baits are Power Bait, nightcrawlers and plastic trout worms. Action is best in the morning. County trout plants will be weekly through April 17. DFG trout plant last week. The catfish action is also good with fish to three pounds on mackerel and shrimp. Fair bluegill action on meal or wax worms. Most fish are in the 1/4-pound range. Fair bass action on plastic worms. Fish to two pounds. Information: 760-245-2226.

INLAND VALLEY LAKES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Good trout action with a lot of limits reported on Power Bait, jigs, and nightcrawlers. DFG trout plant last week. Eric Harris, Colton, landed a four-pound rainbow on Power Bait to top off his three-fish stringer. Plenty of holdovers. County plants will be made each Thursday through April 17 and trophy trout will be planted each month this year. Trout Derby set for Dec. 15 with a $10 entry fee. Information: 909-481-4205.
PRADO: Good trout action on Power Bait (rainbow, chartreuse, spring green, yellow or orange), Power worms and nightcrawlers in the mornings and late afternoons. Catfish action remains slow with some anglers catching decent fish on Power Bait. All other species are slow. DFG trout plant last week. County trout plants of 1,000 pounds will be made each Thursday through April 17, and trophy trout will be planted each month this year. No fishing on stocking days. Information: 909-597-4260.
YUCAIPA: Good trout action this week with the best bite on Power Bait, mini-jigs, and small trout plastics. Most of the fish are 1 1/2 to two pounds, but John Martinez, Fontana, landed a 6 1/2-pound rainbown on meal worms. County plants will be made each Thursday through April 17 and trophy trout will be planted each month this year. DFG trout plant last week. Slow action on catfish, bluegill and carp. Lake information: 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: Good to excellent trout action with lots of limits reported on fish averaging from 1 1/2 to two pounds. Top trout baits have been Power Bait (yellow or green) and nightcrawlers. Slow to fair catfish action. Most of the fish are running two to four pounds and are showing on mackerel, shrimp and Hog Wild. County plants will be made each Thursday through April 17 and trophy trout will be planted each month this season. DFG trout plant last 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: DFG trout plant last week. Information: 909-384-5233.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Swimbaits are the name of the game. Plenty of bass have been landed on California Swimbabes and Huddlestons in 15 feet. Drop-shotting or Carolina-rigging plastics in 45 to 60 feet is another option. Fish the east dam, west dam, off the shoreline, and the point to the left of the marina for bass. Eric Cole, Huntington Beach, caught 9-10 and 6-10 bass on a 10-inch A.C. Casitas swimbait. Chad Stern and Shawn Cooley, both Quail Valley, got three fish totaling 16.73 pounds on Cool Trout swimbaits. The trout action is very good in 10 to 25 feet near the marina, along the shoreline fishing area. Kastmasters, mini jigs, Power Worms, and nightcrawlers have been the top trout choices.

Top trout was a 5.48-pounder landed by Sheldon Johnson, Hemet. Jim Mehan, Winchester, caught a limit totaling 12 pounds on nightcrawlers. The striper bite sparked this week. Swimbaits, plugs, or large topwater baits were the most used. Fish the points near the marina or the inlet. Top striper was a 16.5-pounder landed by Ted Reed, Chino Hills, on a Z-Plug. Roy Young, Murrieta, caught a 14.55-pound striper on a nightcrawler. John Coburn, Murrieta, landed an 11.87-pound striper. The catfish wont give up, even with cooling water temps. They are everywhere, but the action is exceptional in the third cove, near the east dam, or wave attenuator on anchovies, mackerel, and raw shrimp. Most catfish have been landed off the bottom in 25 to 50 feet. Vernon Smith Jr., Moreno Valley, caught a 4.55-pound catfish on mackerel. The panfish bite is fair near the dams and stairways. Anglers are fishing in 20 to 30 feet on live worms. Information: 800-590-LAKE, marina 951-926-7201, Last Chance Bait & Tackle 951-658-7410 or www.dvmarina.com (http://www.dvmarina.com/).
PERRIS: Last weeks plant keep the trout bite alive. The action is excellent on green, white, pink or rainbow Power Bait at lots 11 and 12. Rich Colton, Los Angeles, caught a five-fish stringer of trout on Power Bait. Each fish weighed in at just over a pound. Fair redear action in Sail Cove on worm bits. Otay Smith, Riverside, caught a two-pound redear. Bass action fair on swimbaits in the mornings and evenings. The fish are deep, down 20-plus feet. Jake McMelow, Norco, caught a 5-5 bass on plastic worms near the dam. Crappie action fair on small and red/white jigs off the marina docks in the morning. The bluegill bite slow to fair. Dock fishing is allowed for a $3 fee during store hours only. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: Good to excellent striper action on topwater baits in the mid-mornings and early afternoons. Most fish are in the four to six-pound range, but the 20-pound and over beasts are out there. Kurt Haggstrom, Palm Springs, caught a 22-5 striper on a Z-Plug off the south shore. Trout action excellent at Launch Ramp 2 on floating nightcrawlers fished off the bottom, or on Power Bait. DFG trout plant last week. Jason Lara, Menifee, caught a 2-5 rainbow on nightcrawlers. Good largemouth bass action on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Also fish off Launch Ramp 2 for the best bite. Mike Cobb, Hemet, caught a 3-6 bass. Fair bluegill bite with fish to one pound biting meal worms. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
LAKE ELSINORE: Bite still on the slow side. The afternoon sun sparks some action. Carp action slow to fair on dough balls. The bass action is also on the slow side at the southwest corner of the lake in the stickups on plastics. Slowish catfish bite on nightcrawlers, mackerel or shrimp at mid-lake. Dipping any bait in stink bait will help the action. Spotty striper and crappie action. Information: Catfishing R Us at 877-685-7752.
CORONA LAKE: At least two dozen rainbow trout over 10 pounds were caught this past week at Corona Lake in the best trophy trout bite of the season so far. The biggest rainbow reported in the big fish bite was a 17-pound rainbow landed by Ralph Ortiz, Fontana, fishing chartreuse Nitro Bait from a boat. Rainbows at 16 pounders were caught by Jonah Velardes, Elsinore, also on chartreuse Nitro Bait at the dam, and by Dale Casados, Riverside, on a jig from shore. Tyler Richardson, Elsinore, caught a 14 1/2-pound rainbow, also on chartreuse Nitro Bait. There were seven trout at 13 1/2 pounds reported. Anglers landing trophies at that size include Jesus Jimenez, Azusa, Tom Ritchey, Westlake Village, Chris Turgeon, Riverside, Speedy and Jimmy Callihan, Andrew Rodriguez, Elsinore, Juan Esparca, Baldwin Park, and Bruce Farey, Riverside. The best action has been for boat anglers fishing near the dam, but a lot of quality fish are also being landed by shore anglers. The lakes water level has come up, and the best action has been on Nitro Baits in rainbow or chartreuse or inflated nightcrawlers doused with Nitro Grease or Gravy. Information: 951-277-4489 or www.fishinglakes.com (http://www.fishinglakes.com/).
EVANS LAKE: DFG trout plant last week. Few reports but some bullheads and catfish are showing, and the bluegill action is improving on meal or wax worms. RANCHO JURUPA: DFG trout plant last week. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN'S RETREAT: Trout plants will go in every other week for the season. Fair catfish 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: Good trout action with some trophy rainbows still in the mix, including several fish over nine pounds. The lake is closed Mondays. Information: 951-927-2614.
REFLECTION LAKE: The lake will be planted with 500 pounds of rainbow trout each week through spring. The bite has been very good on chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait. Information: 951-654-7906 or www.reflectionlakerv.com (http://www.reflectionlakerv.com/).
JEAN'S CHANNEL CATS: The catfish action is good, and exceptional on those sunny afternoons. Some of the large catfish are still feeding on mackerel, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Rainbow trout plants go in twice a month through spring. The action is good on Power Bait or nightcrawlers. The lake is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 951-679-6562.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: Good trout action on Power Bait, plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Lots of limits with the occasional trout over five pounds. No recent DFG plants. Also a decent carp and bluegill bite on dough and wax worms, respectively. Lake open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: Lake Hemet Market 951-659-2350, campground 951-659-2680.
FULMOR LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: While rains made the waters murky, the trout action has remained good for anglers whove adapted their fishing techniques to the off-color water. The key has been to fish a short leader, no more than eight to 10 inches long, and then make sure to add Nitro Grease or Gravy to Nitro Bait, Power Bait, or inflated nightcrawlers to improve that baits ability to lay down a scent trail that will attract the trout. Light-colored floating baits have been the best because they are also more visible in the stained water. In the past week, there have been 16 trout over five pounds landed, including four over the 10-pound mark.

The best trout was a 14 1/2-pound rainbow landed by Brian Larson, Rialto, while fishing white lightning Nitro Bait and meal worms in Chris Pond. Pete Armenta, Mira Loma, caught a 12 2/3-pounder fishing salmon eggs, also in Chris Pond. A 12 1/2-pound trout topped off a 10-fish stringer caught by Caesar Carrasco, East Los Angeles, and Enrique Estrada, South Gate, that weighed in at 29 1/4 pounds. They were fishing the sandy beach with rainbow Nitro Bait. Robert Zeller, Ontario, caught a 12-pound rainbow drifting a salmon egg in the current at the Bubble Hole. 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: The waters have been murky from the recent rains and mudslides, but the trout action is still very good. The bite is best near Trout Island. Anglers are catching a variety of trout, such as brookies and browns to go with their rainbows. Power Bait, nightcrawlers and trout dough are the top baits. Osvaldo Zamara, Visalia, caught a 12.4-pound trout. Dean Martin, Buena Park, landed a 9.8-pound trout on nightcrawlers. Brandon Clark, Fountain Valley, landed a 9.14-pound trout on nightcrawlers in Sierra Cove. Brandon Kuramoto, La Mirada, caught an 8.12-pound trout, and Shawn Schumacher, Fullerton, caught a six-pounder. Some catfish are taking the trout bait and ending up on anglers stringers. The lakes hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lake and derby information: 714-649-9111 or www.irvinelake.net (http://www.irvinelake.net/).
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Utah rainbows went in this week with an Alpers plant scheduled for next week. Trout action very good off the launch ramp and in the flats on inflated nightcrawlers (fished on a short leader), Power Bait (rainbow or orange) or garlic gravy. Fighting Frog Lip RipperZ, and Z-spoons are top lures for the big trout. Plenty of bass action in the one- to two-pound range. The best action has been on drop-shotted or Texas-rigged plastic worms in deeper water by the dam. Crappie still showing in good numbers on crappie jigs and Lip RipperZ lures. The occasional catfish on mackerel or nightcrawlers in the flats. The lake is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Information: 949-362-3885 or www.lagunaniguellake.com (http://www.lagunaniguellake.com/).

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Good trout action at the dam. The fish are moving to the surface. Try nightcrawlers, pearl-bikini Needlefish, shad Rapalas or Power Bait for the best action. The trout are from 1 1/2 to two pounds. Bass bite slowing down. Fish in the mornings with spoons and Senkos in Cachuma Bay and behind the island. Also try cranks and jerk baits off the points. Fish primarily in 20 to 50 feet. Catfish are showing on mackerel, shrimp or nightcrawlers in the narrows and in Little Cachuma, but bite is slowing. Also fair action in Harveys Cove and by the Mohawk Fishing Pier. Crappie bite slow with only a few in Little Cachuma on crappie jigs and meal worms. DFG trout plant last week. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: Everyone is focused on the bass. The shad are at the surface, allowing for anglers to dip net shad for their bait. Top largemouth was an 11-2 caught by Jason Wendel, Ventura, on live shad. Brian Fatur, Woodland Hills, caught a 10-pound bass on a swimbait. Paul Baradat, Oxnard, caught a nine-pound bass on a Kastmaster. David Regan, Oxnard, landed 7-8 and 2-8 bass on live shad. Jon Lopez, Oak View, caught a six-pound bass. DFG trout plant last week at the main launch ramp. Fair on spinners and Power Bait, including fish to 2 1/2 pounds. The catfish action has remained fair with a few quality fish showing in the Wadleigh Arm. Information: 805-649-2043.
CASTAIC: The cold weather resulted in cooler surface temps that the stripers loved. Frozen shad and swimbaits are driving the stripers wild. The dam and the west ramp are the areas with the most reported action. Terry Snyder, Lytle Creek, caught a 26-5 striper on swimbait in Fish Arm. Steve Burns, Fullerton, caught a 7-2 striper on frozen shad. The carp are also making some noise. Tom Ohanalin, Bakersfield, caught a 16.9-pound carp on corn nuggets. Trout action fair on Power Bait or nightcrawlers. A 1,500-pound plant went in last week, and the holdover action is decent. The shad are deeper, so the largemouth bass bite slowed. Information: 661-775-6232.
PIRU: Decent trout action, especially for trollers using Kastmasters, Rapalas or Needlefish in 65 to 85 feet. Also some good action on Power Bait, plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Fair crappie action in 10 to 20 feet on white mini-jigs. Most fish are under a pound, with a few over. Bass action fair on nightcrawlers, Power Bait and plastic worms in 10 to 15 feet. DFG trout plant last week. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: park 805-521-1500, marina 805-521-1231.
PYRAMID: The weekends bass tournament proved their still life in the bass bite. Lots of limits were brought in on plastic worms and nightcrawlers. The stripers are still holding strong on topwater lures, sardines and anchovies. They also love the trout. Recent plants have made them more aggressive. Not too many big stripers, but quite a few in the three to four-pound range have been landed with the odd bigger fish. The dam, the channel, and Yellow Bar are the hot areas. Not too much bluegill or crappie action again this week. Fair to good trout action on Power Bait, nightcrawlers and jerk baits. Anglers are using nightcrawlers and Power Bait. DFG trout plant last week, 1,100 pounds. Water levels are up and boats are able to launch. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No launching after 2 p.m. The lake will close at noon on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. Information: USFS 661-296-9710, concession 661-257-2790.
QUAIL LAKE: Few reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Better trout action as the temps continue to drop. Some anglers are using Power Bait or Lip RipperZ plastics and worms. Slow to fair bass bite off the east shore on drop-shot plastics, jerk baits and live worms. Most fish are eight to 12 inches. Bluegill and redear fair on meal and wax worms. Crappie bite fair on small jigs. The action is best in or around Sailboat Cove. Catfish bite fair. DFG trout plant this week. Information: 909-599-8411, ext. 4.
SANTA FE DAM: Fair to good trout action on nightcrawlers. Fair bluegill action on worms and nightcrawlers in the afternoon. Most fish are under a pound. Fair catfish action on mackerel, shrimp or chicken liver. DFG trout plant this week. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No plants.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG trout plant this week.
ECHO PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFG trout plant last week.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFG trout plant last week. DFG catfish plant last week. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. DFG catfish plant two weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week.
LEGG LAKE: DFG trout plant this week.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: Some decent trout action at the drop offs. Some fair carp action with fish in the 1-8 to two-pound range on dough balls. DFG trout plant this week and last. No recent DFG catfish plants. Information: 818-448-7317.

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: The lake is closed until May 2008. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.sandiego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.sandiego.ca.us/water/).
HODGES: The lake is closed for the season. 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. This week 66 anglers reported catching 50 bass, 11 crappie and two blue catfish. Stu Curk, San Diego, caught a 10.10-pound blue catfish from the North Arm. Dough Hayes, Scripps Ranch, landed a 7.60-pound largemouth bass on jigs. The lake will be open Thursday through Monday for fishing. Boat rentals on Saturday and Sunday only. On Thursday, Friday and Monday permits must be purchased from the Iron Ranger pay station. 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: DFG trout plant last week. No reports. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule. 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: No reports. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for fishing, sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed to vehicles, but anglers may walk in to fish during lake hours. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/).
SAN VICENTE: Fair to good bass bite. This week 132 anglers reported catching 142 bass, seven bluegill, six channel catfish and three blue catfish. The lake is open Saturday and Sunday for fishing. Rentals are available both days. The shoreline from the launch ramp to the buoy line is closed to all activities. 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: This week 62 anglers reported catching six channel cats, five rainbow trout, five bluegill and three bass. DFG trout plant last week. The lake is open for fishing and boating 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: Excellent rainbow trout action. This week 213 anglers reported catching 286 rainbow trout. The lake is open for 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. SUTHERLAND: The lake is now closed to fishing until March, 2008. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/ (http://www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water/).
WOHLFORD: The channel catfish bite remains fair to good all over on mackerel, peanut butter, bread dough or shrimp. Some bass action reported in the shallows on Senkos, swimbaits or plastic worms. Trout season opener is set for Saturday, and the lake will be planted with 4,800 pounds of rainbow trout during the week. The lake will return to a seven day a week schedule after the opener. There is a temporary ban on private boat launches, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders and anchors due to quagga mussels. Information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com (http://www.wohlfordlake.com/).
DOANE POND: The pond is temporarily closed. The Poomacha Fire left damages to Palomar Mountain and surrounding areas, which need cleaning. No damage was done to the actual pond.
DIXON: Good to excellent trout action on rainbow Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Thomas Buoyants or Kastmasters. The best spots have been off Pier No. 3 and in the Trout Cove area. Most trout are about one to two pounds. A 1,200-pound plant of rainbows went in last week. The catfish bite also staying alive off Pier No. 2 and in Trout Cove on cut mackerel and chicken liver. Slow bass bite. Try small, three to four-inch plastic worms in the Boat Dock Cove area. The fish are in the three to five-pound range. Lake information: 760-839-4345 or www.dixonlake.com (http://www.dixonlake.com/).
POWAY: Closed until further notice due to erosion damages from the Witch Creek Fire and heavy rains. Lake information: snack bar 858-679-5465, Poway information line 858-668-4770, concessions 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: The trout are biting in Hermit Cove, Cactus Patch and off the east side of Eagle point. Last weeks Mt. Lassen plant of 1,200 pounds helped improve the bite. The action is fair to good on inflated nightcrawlers and chartreuse Power Bait. Some very good channel catfish action at the Buoy Line and off Eagle Point on shrimp or nightcrawlers. The fish are deep. The bass bite is fair in 30 feet of water off the points on crawdads. The lake is open on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule. From Dec. 21 to Jan. 1 the lake will be open every day. The lake will receive a 2,000-pound plant prior to Dec. 21 and another 1,200-pound plant the week of Christmas. Lake information: Ranger Hugh Marx, 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org (http://www.lakejennings.org/).
MORENA: Trout action has been good after recent plants from Mt. Lassen and the DFG. Jason Blake, Campo, landed a 7-13 trout on a Rapala. Kastmasters and Panther Martins are popular lure choices, too. Bass bite fair on topwater baits or Power Bait (pink) in the mornings, in the shallows. Crayfish imitations are also a bait of choice. Top fish was a five-pounder landed by David Lewis, La Mesa. Crappie anglers are using jigs and crankbaits. Try pieces of nightcrawlers in the stick-ups for the bluegill. The catfish action is still hanging. Anglers are using mackerel or chicken livers in the afternoons. The channels and whites are biting at the brush line. The boat launch is open. Boat rentals are limited to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-694-3049.
CUYAMACA: Very good trout action at the Lone Pine, off the Finger Jetty, and near Chambers Park on inflated nightcrawlers smeared with scent, Power Bait and Power worms. Top lures are gold Panther Martins and Rapalas (fire tiger or orange). Bill Guffy, Santee, caught a 3-4 rainbow on Power worms. Steve Tillison, San Diego, caught a 2-8 Alpers. Also a decent German brown bite on Matukas and Wooly Buggers. Five tagged trout still remain in the lake. Catching one will land you a Day on the Lake gift certificate. DFG trout plant last week. During the winter the lake will be closed on Wednesdays and will open from noon to five on Sundays. Hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lake now has a temporary ban on private boats due to quagga mussels. Upcoming events: free fishing class Saturday at 10 a.m. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org (http://www.lakecuyamaca.org/).
HENSHAW: Crappie action fair on crappie jigs, mini jigs and meal worms near the dam and off the docks. Fair to good catfish action off the docks and near the dam on shrimp, chicken livers or nightcrawlers. Also a fair bass bite on topwater baits. Fish to four pounds reported. The water is low and launching conditions are not ideal. Information: 760-782-3501.

COLORADO RIVER

LAKE MEAD: The striper fishing at Lake Mead is still slower than usual. Trolling crankbaits along steep shorelines in Greggs Basin was yielding a few stripers. Catfish have been biting at night on anchovies and liver. The ramp is open at South Cove, but it is a gravel ramp.
WILLOW BEACH: Trout are stocked every Friday. The fishing for trout has been good from shore immediately following the stocking on floating baits, salmon eggs, and small spinners. Stripers have mostly been absent and most locals think they are moving downriver into Mohave at Cottonwood Cove area where Nevada trout plants have begun. Information: 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: The striper bite has been good in spots with the schools of smaller fish focusing on shad. Davis Dam and Telephone Cove are the best fishing spots. Trout were planted at Cottonwood Cove last week, but no big stripers reported. Some largemouth being caught in 25 to 35 feet on dropshot plastics. Information: 702-297-1464.
BELOW DAVIS DAM: Weekly trout plants at Davis Camp and near The Riverside Resort. The fishing is exceptional immediately following each plant. Very good striper and catfish action near Harrahs Casino on anchovies. Some good stripers have been landed along the Big Bend area. Decent smallmouth action at Davis Camp.
NEEDLES: Fair to good striper action on small fish downriver in the Topoc area. A few catfish are starting to show and some crappie are also biting in the gorge. Information: Premier Sports 760-326-2727, Golden Shores 760-768-2325.
TOPOCK MARSH: The water levels are down. Take caution when launching. Fair striper bite. Nothing exceptional in size, but some fish in the three to six-pound range. Bite best on anchovies and sardines. Catfish action fair to good on mackerel, anchovies, worms or shrimp in the cattails and flooded brush. Bass bite fair in the vegetation outside the channel. The marsh can be accessed by boat at North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. Information: 928-768-2350.
HAVASU: The stripers are chasing shad schools in the coves and off the docks. Fish the coves near and around California Bay, Spectator Point, and Black Rock. Striper action also good after sunset in the northern part of the lake and up into the river. The largemouth bass are biting in the shallows on small plastics. The smallmouths are in five to 10 feet and are taking purple drop-shotted worms. Good channel catfish bite on cut squid or mackerel in the evening after 6 p.m. near the bays and in the coves. Information: 760-663-3811.
PARKER STRIP: Cool temps have slowed the bass action. Slow to fair catfish bite. The fish are in the six to 12-pound range. Some are still having some sparks of action. The flatheads are biting goldfish and bluegill all along the lower river. Information: Junes Unique 928-669-8883.
BLYTHE: Still some fair flathead action. The fish are in the 15 to 25-pound range. The channel catfish bite is good, too, on mackerel and anchovies. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are also good in the afternoons on plastics. Lots of fish to three pounds reported. Bluegill are fair in the backwaters on worms. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Fair flathead action all along the lower river. The river levels are up and fishing pressure is still light, but there's fair bass and bluegill action in the backwaters, and an excellent carp bite on fish to five pounds. Use plastic worms for the bass, wax worms for the bluegill, and dough for the carp. Some bass have also been landed in the main river. Information: Walter's Camp 760-854-3322.
PICACHO AREA: Fair flathead, channel cat, bluegill and striper bite. The largemouth bite broke open and the action is good.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Good largemouth bite on cranks, spinnerbaits and plastics. Channel catfish bite decent on anything that stinks, and the crappie bite is also fair on small live minnows. A few flatheads are showing in the main river, too. Information: 928-783-9589 or www.martinezlake.com (http://www.martinezlake.com/).
YUMA 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 channel 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.

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: No reports. 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: Fair to good catfish action, but light fishing pressure. Several flatheads in the 15 to 20 pound range.
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 reports.
WEIST LAKE: DFG trout plant last week.
SUNBEAM LAKE: DFG trout plant last week. Information: 760-352-3308.
LAKE CAHUILLA: DFG trout plant last week. Crappie action good around the docks, but most are small. Also a good bullhead bite. A few largemouth bass showing along the rocky jetty. Information: 760-564-4712.

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL: Trout season is now closed throughout most of this region. 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/).

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Only the East Walker River remains open to catch-and-release fishing in this region. Flows are down are very low and the fishing is tough. Information: Ken's Sporting Goods 760-932-7707.
MAMMOTH AREA: Only Hot Creek and the upper Owens River remain open to fishing, and both of these waters are catch-and-release only. Very good action at Hot Creek. Upper Owens seeing a good mid-day bite with some dry fly action. Also some big browns are showing from the Owens, fish moving up out of Crowley. Fishing information: The Troutfitter 760-934-2517 or Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250.
BISHOP AREA: Only Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the lower Owens River (in both the Gorge below Crowley Lake and below Pleasant Valley Reservoir) remain open to fishing in this region. Both have been very good for fly anglers with good dry fly action mid-day, but nymphing is the hot ticket. Information: Culver's 760-872- 8361 or Brock's 760-872-3581. BIG PINE TO LONE PINE AREA: Only the Owens River and Diaz Lake remain open to fishing in this region. Both have been slow. Information: 760-876-4444.

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Very good trout action on Gulp Power Bait, nightcrawlers and garlic oil. The hottest action is in Trout Cove. A decent number of fish have been landed in the three to four-pound range. Also a fair catfish bite at the dam. The bass action is still alive with a fair bite on plastics and swimbaits. Information: Bob's Bait 661-833-8657.
KERN RIVER: Flows are low. Fish the pools with salmon eggs and crickets for the trout in the lower River. Both the upper and lower stretches of the Kern were planted two weeks ago. The upper Kern has a good trout bite on salmon eggs. Information: Kern River Troutfitter 760-376-2040 or www.kernriverflyfishing.com (http://www.kernriverflyfishing.com/), or James Store 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Very good striper bite on anchovies and blood worms. Fish are from three to five pounds. Swimbaits also being thrown and enticing a few fish. Fair to good catfish bite. Try mackerel, shrimp, shad or liver. Fish in the seven to 10-pound range.
HART PARK LAKE: Trout action very good on Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Plant last week. Still some fair to good carp action on dough bait or corn meal. Fair bluegill action on wax worms and crickets.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Carp action good on dough bait. Bluegill action fair to good on wax worms and crickets. Good catfish bite. Good trout action. Plant last week.
MING LAKE: The lake is open for fishing. Some bass action has been reported on plastic worms and minnows. Trout bite very good. Trout plant last week.
BRITE LAKE: Carp bite good on dough and corn meal. Good bluegill bite on crickets and meal worms. Very good trout action on Power Bait, nightcrawlers and garlic oil. Trout plant last week.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout season in full swing. Best trout action on Power Bait, nightcrawlers or garlic oil. Still a decent striper bite on blood worms and lug worms. The crappie bite is also decent on small minnows. The catfish bite is good on shad or minnows. Fair bluegill action on wax and meal worms.
WOLLOMES LAKE: Fair bluegill bite on wax and meal worms. The fish are from one to a pound and a half on wax worms or crickets. Also a fair catfish bite on mackerel.
SUCCESS LAKE: The levels are low, but anglers are still catching a decent number of bass on Senkos and swimbaits. Trout plant last week. No launching, only bank fishing. Information: 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: Decent bass bite. Information: 559-597-2526.

CENTRAL COAST LAKES

SAN ANTONIO: Striper bite fair to good in Bee Rock Cove and Harris Creek on anchovies and swimbaits. Fishing off the docks, in the morning will also do the trick. The smallmouth are scarce. Largemouth action also slow with sparks of action around the rocky points on swimbaits, spoons and plastic worms. Fair catfish action on anchovies. Information: 805-472-2818.
SANTA MARGARITA: The trout action is coming to life, especially with cooler temps. Try Power Bait or worms. Decent crappie action on jigs near the river. Fair largemouth bass action on drop-shot plastics or Brush Hogs. DFG trout plant last week. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 805-438-1522.
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good spotted bass action in the early mornings and in the late evenings with fish to 3 1/2 pounds reported. Anglers have been using topwater baits and shad, which are concentrated around the marina. Nightcrawlers have also been effective. Fair to good catfish action on mackerel and shrimp. Fair bluegill bite on meal worms. A few crappie biting jigs. The white bass are in Las Tables and the narrows in a fair bite. Water level stable. Information: 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com (http://www.nacimientoresort.com/).
LOPEZ: The trout are still concentrated near the dam in 10 to 15 feet on nightcrawlers and Power Bait. The action is best in Cottonwood and Mallard Coves. DFG trout plant last week. A lot of 1/2 pounders are being brought in, and a good number of holdovers from a pound to 2-8 are being landed. Despite colder water, still some bass action on jigs, especially in Wittenberg. Plastics, swimbaits and live shad are also top choices. The smallmouth bass action is also decent on jigs and spoons. Both the largemouth and smallmouth are concentrated off the main lake points. Very good crappie action in 25 to 30 feet across from the marina and near the boat house on jigs. Fair bluegill and redear action on meal and wax worms. Most bluegill are from 1/2 to one pound with a few bigger. Catfish bite spotty. Try anchovies or shrimp. 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 week with catchable-size rainbow trout from the Department of Fish and Game hatcheries:

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, Magic Johnson Lake, Peck Road Park Lake, Puddingstone Lake, Pyramid Lake, San Gabriel River (East and West Forks), Santa Fe Reservoir.
RIVERSIDE: Cahuilla Park Lake.
SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Prado Park Lake, Yucaipa Lake.
SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Doane Pond, Morena Lake.

CATFISH PLANTS

No Plants.