FISHING REPORTS -- Matthews-Gurrola/ONS -- 21june06
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Cyndi Gurrola at email@example.com. Other complete versions are posted on a number of Web sites each week, including the Turner's Outdoorsman Web site (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. 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.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. The ocean fishing scene is breaking wide open with good action on tuna and yellowtail out of San Diego, sand bass on the flats, but the yellowtail bite on the backside of Catalina Island is excellent thanks to the unusual late-season availability of live squid for bait. These are mostly bigger fish from 20 to 35 pounds. They're like being on a Harley with the throttle wide open. Check with landings in San Pedro, Long Beach, Marina del Rey Redondo, and Newport for information on trips and the latest dock counts.
2. It's looking like the striped bass bite in the California Aqueduct at the major pumping stations in the lower end of the San Joaquin Valley is breaking wide open. Unlike last year, when most of the fish were small and under the 18-inch minimum size, there have been a lot of 5-0 to 6-0 class keeper fish and enough fish into the 20-pound class to make this very exciting. Fishing here requires some specialized gear (like a big, long-handled net) and tactics (like "walking the worm"), but you can get details at Bob's Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.
3. It's catfish season on the Colorado River with big flatheads showing each week from Parker Dam to Yuma. Going into the new moon on June 25 should be good for anglers fishing live bluegill or goldfish in the big pools on the lower river. Use heavy line (we know guys who use 130-pound test dacron). Most anglers think a flathead over 80-pounds, maybe a 100-pounder, will be caught this summer. For information, contact Wayne Pinkerton at B&B Bait in Blythe at 760-921-2248.
FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS
TROUT: Sierra Nevada waters, both east and west slopes, are the best bet for anglers wanting trout right now. In the Eastern Sierra, Crowley Lake and Bridgeport Reservoir are the top two picks, with most of the region's streams and rivers blown out by runoff. Also good action in North Lake in the Bishop Creek drainage and most of the June Lake loop waters. In the Western Sierra, Isabella remains good, while the Kern River is also very high with runoff. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake, Diamond Valley Lake, Silverwood, and (finally!) Casitas, are the top bets. Piru, Pyramid, Gregory Lake, Green Valley Lake and Jenks Lake are also good spots, especially right after DFG plants.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: While all the bass bites are off in Southern California this week, there is more and more surface action early and late in the day, 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, El Capitan, Lower Otay, and -- if you can get a permit -- Barrett. Other decent bets include Perris, Piru, Cachuma, Lopez, Santa Margarita, Nacimiento, San Antonio, Isabella, and the whole lower Colorado River. A tip, fish are already starting to suspend on points and above structure and jigging spoons or ice jigs are starting to produce fish.
STRIPED BASS: The striped bass bite is very good in the California Aqueduct near Taft and where the Kern River dumps into the aqueduct. Lots of fish over the 18-inch minimum size this year showing on lug worms. For Southern California waters, Skinner popped this week with a good bite, and Silverwood and Castaic have a consistent bites on smaller fish. The best bets are still on the Colorado River. Lake Mead has an excellent morning surface bite as fish bust shad on the surface in Vegas Wash, but Mohave and Havasu are both fair on small fish to 4-0. Also fish in the lower river at the Palo Verde Diversion Dam.
PANFISH: Good bluegill action at a lot of urban lakes and local water reservoirs right now, many with little or no fishing pressure. Good bets included Lower Otay, Barrett, El Capitan, Hodges, San Vicente, Sutherland, Morena, Diamond Valley, Perris, Big Bear Lake, Piru, Lopez, and San Antonio, but most waters with bluegill are good now. There is also a very good Sacramento perch bite on Lake Crowley and Pleasant Valley Reservoir in the Sierra. Crappie bite of note at Henshaw with some good catches reported.
CATFISH: On the Colorado River, the flathead bite is breaking wide open in the lower river with a number of flatheads to 40-0 reported the past couple of weeks, 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 10-0 and some to 40-plus. Santa Ana River Lakes and Corona Lake are also both very good on planted fish, both with big plants last week. Irvine Lake is also good, especially at night. Lots of five fish stringers over 20 pounds at all three of those lakes.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
SILVERWOOD: Fair to good action on stripers, bass, catfish and trout. Trout action good off shore for bait anglers or trollers fishing Cleghorn, Miller, and the main channel. Stripers have been improving with a fair number of fish to 9-0 showing in coves and off points on both cut bait and swim baits. Sam Kline, Apple Valley, caught six stripers trolling in Quarry Cove. Alex Maher, Phelan, caught six stripers and two trout on garlic nightcrawlers and anchovies in Cleghorn and Miller. Catfish good in main channel and coves on cut baits. 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: Good to excellent trout action. A lot of limits of fish to 3-0. Trout starting to move west as water temps change. Best action for trollers fishing Needlefish, Thomas Buoyants, and spoons behind three colors of leadcore from Eagle Point to Grout Bay. Coating lures with Nitro Grease or Pautzke's Gel helps. A slip bobber rigged from 15 feet to the oxycline level of 22 to 30 feet is working for bait anglers fishing from the shore or drift fishing from a boat. Bait anglers are also scoring with nightcrawlers and Nitro Gems. 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 quite a few limits and fish to 3-0 reported. Best bet has been trolling two to three colors of leadcore with small lures or fishing worms near the fountains and dams. DFG trout plant last week. For fishing information, call the boat dock at 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Continued good action with the best bite in the dam and off the south shoreline. Power Bait, Kastmasters, and trout jigs have been the top baits. Weekly Mt. Lassen Trout Farm plants throughout the season, and there was also a DFG trout plant last week. Fishing fee is $15 per adult. For more information, call the lake recording at 909-867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFG trout plant last week.
JENKS LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. Craig Kidder and Harry Twettle, both Anaheim, caught limits of trout on rainbow Power Bait. For information, call the Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-794-1123.
HIGH DESERT LAKES
HESPERIA LAKE: Fishing remains excellent. Catfish are biting all day and night with the best action on shrimp, mackerel, the M&M combo (marshmallow and meal worm), and the shrimp cocktail (shrimp-marshallow) combo. A lot of limits. Top catch was a 38-0 cat caught by Carl Lamb, West Virginia, on shrimp cocktail (shrimp-marshmallow) from the east side. Gary Wise, Anaheim, caught a 29-0 cat on mackerel. Miguel Torrez, Hemet, caught a 27-0 cat on the M&M combo. Torrez also caught a 16-0 cat. Johnie Walker, Riverside, caught a 24-0 cat on nightcrawlers. Michael Johnson, Los Angeles, caught an 18-0 cat on shrimp cocktail. Ty Koi, Los Angeles, caught five limits of cats on shrimp from the north shore. Each week both trophy fish over 10 pounds (3,000 pounds) and pan-sized cats (another 3,000 pounds) are planted, and a bonus load of channel catfish broodstock are going in this week. 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 (rainbow, lime and orange twist), spinners and jigs, with anglers using an 18- to 36-inch leader. Most trout are from 2-0 to 3-0. Hot spots include the western shore from the bridge to the pump house of lake 3 as well as the eastern and northern shores and inlets of lake 2. Joe Claunch, Victorville, landed a 13-9 limit of trout with rainbows to over 3-0 on lemon-lime twist Power Bait off the western shore near the bridge of lake 3. Joe Camarillo, Anaheim, caught a 3-1 rainbow on lemon-twist Power Bait off the western shore of lake 2. Larry Kay, Yucaipa, landed a 3-5 trout on yellow mini-jigs off the bridge of lake 3. Leon Carter, Azusa, caught a 3-11 rainbow on a Power Worm from the pump house of lake 3. Rebecca Rauhut, Pasadena, caught a 3-2 rainbow on Power Nugget off the eastern shore of lake 2. Matt Appleby, Hesperia, caught a 3-13 trout on orange twist Power Bait off the north shore near the inlets of lake 2. Bass are good and biting on spinnerbaits and Senkos with anglers reporting some bass to 3-0. Bluegill are biting meal worms in both lakes with fish to 1-0 and occasional over. 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.
MOJAVE NARROWS: Catfish action picking up after last week's plant. Trout are still being reported, but the water is quickly getting too warm for the rainbows. 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. Akio Yoshikawa, Corona, caught three crappie and eight bluegill on small jigs. For more information, call 760-245-2226.
INLAND VALLEY LAKES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish plants every week. For information, call 909-481-4205.
PRADO: County catfish plants every week. Catfish bite picking up. 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. A.J. Berber, Yucaipa, caught five cats on nightcrawlers to 4-8. Carp action fair with fish from 3-0 to 5-0 being reported. Trout action still poor. County catfish plants are weekly now. For park information, call 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: Catfish action is fair to good after the weekly county plants and then slows to fair. Trout are spotty with a few fish still showing. 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: DFG trout plant this week. For more information, call city parks at 909-384-5233.
DIAMOND VALLEY: Bass fishing has been picking up this week. Most anglers were fishing early in the morning with shad-replica crankbaits on the southwest or south east corners of the lake. Spinnerbaits have proved successful in choppy waters. Later in the day, jigging spoons by Megabait or Rapala ice jigs are good bets and drop-shot plastics remain a consistent bait. There have been 20 pound limits reported and many fisherman have been getting 15 fish a day with most in the 3-0 to 4-0 range. The holdover trout action is good for anglers trolling the face of either dam in 30 to 50 feet of water. For those who are not equipped with downriggers or lead core line, Pink Lady diving planes have helped anglers achieve the desired depth. Shad and trout pattern lures such as Megabait spoons, varied crank baits, Needlefish, and Kastmasters have been the most prevalent baits. Anglers have been moving to bigger lures due to an increase in the size of the bait fish. Trolling nightcrawlers combined with flashers has also been successful, too, and bait anglers have reported more Power Bait fish this week. A lot of 2-0 to 5-0 class rainbows and limits have been common. Alexis Martinez, Downey, caught a 5.59-pound rainbow on Power Bait at the west dam. Mitch Marone, La Canada, got a limit of holdover trout with the biggest near 5-0 trolling Needlefish. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers or chicken liver on the north shore near restroom 2 or in Rawson Cove. Good action on bluegill and crappie. The best bluegill action has been at the stairways on either dam with a lot of fish in the 1-0 range. Crappie have been best at the saddle dam and the northeast corner of the lake with a lot of 2-0 class fish. Both species have been biting live worms or mini jigs. A few stripers reported off the west dam and near restroom 3. Tops was a 26.6-pounder. A plant of 20,000 pounds of fingerling German brown trout is scheduled for the last week of the month. Upcoming Events: Night tournament. July 1 from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. For information contac t Big Josh at Last Chance Bait & Tackle at 951-658-7410. Lake reservations can be made by calling the toll-free line 800-590-LAKE or online at www.dvmarina.com. For fishing info, call the marina at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait & Tackle at 951-658-7410.
PERRIS: Fishing is slow mid day as temperatures soar. Best results between 6 and 9 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m. Trout action good. Many to 2-8 being taken from marina. Catfish action has been good on cut bait and nightcrawlers from the east end. Bluegill bite continues to be very good from the marina and from lots 11 and 12, while the crappie are best from the east end on small jigs tipped with meal worms. Hugo Ibamez, Los Angeles, caught 20 bluegill on crickets in the east end. The stringer weighed 24.6 and he had fish to 2.1 pounds. Warren Kemper, Riverside, caught five trout on meal worms to 2.3 from lots 11 and 12. Todd Cales, Riverside, caught a 17.6-pound channel cat from the east end. 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. Striper action good. Tony Mayfield, Menifee, caught a 8.6-pound striper on anchovies in four feet of water. The largemouth bass bite is excellent. Jim Shiriere, Irvine, caught a 4.6-pound largemouth on Megabait from ramp 2. Catfish action good with fish to 14-0 reported. The bluegill bite has been improving with the warm weather, too. There were 500 pounds of catfish planted last week. For fishing information, call the marina at 951-926-1505.
LAKE ELSINORE: No reports.
CORONA LAKE: There has been an excellent evening catfish bite and the tilapia are starting to show in decent numbers in the lake's shallow areas. The far side of the lake along the steep shoreline has been the hot spot for catfish anglers fishing mackerel with shrimp-flavored Nitro Gravy. The best bite has been from late afternoon into the evening. Top catfish reported this past week was an 8 1/2-pounder that was part of a three-fish stringer reported by Robert Kasader, Loma Linda, while fishing near the docks. Rolando Moreno, Elsinore, caught 10 catfish that weighed a total of 26 pounds, including one at 8-even, while fishing with shrimp near the dam. Tilapia are best on nightcrawler pieces in shallow water near the flooded trees with fish to 1-8 reported. There has also been decent action on small bluegill, a few largemouth bass, and the odd crappie. Joe Sokoloski, Riverside, landed a 1 3/4-pound crappie on a meal worm in the trees. For more information, call the tackle shop at 951-277-4489 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
EVANS LAKE: Fair action on panfish, but few other reports. RANCHO JURUPA: No report. For more information, call 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN'S RETREAT: Trout season is over, but 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). For information, call the lake at 951-927-2614.
REFLECTION LAKE: Bluegill and catfish action is excellent. Larry Kenington, Hemet, caught eight cats on garlic nightcrawlers to 4-0. Lori Lan, caught six cats on garlic nightcrawlers. Kelly Presson caught eight cats on meal worms to 4-8. The lake was stocked last Thursday with 1,000 pounds of catfish. For more information, contact the lake at 951-654-7906.
JEAN'S CHANNEL CATS: Excellent catfish action on nightcrawlers for fish to 2-0 and better. Major stock this week. Lake open Wednesday through Sunday, as well as on all Monday holidays, including Fourth of July. This is a pay-by-the-pound fishery. For more information, call 951-679-6562.
SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS
LAKE HEMET: A DFG trout plant this 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: Good catfish action with a good number of quality fish in the mix. Top cat was a 23-0 landed by Doug Cherry, Placentia, fishing with shrimp at the boat dock, while Alfredo Martinez, Anaheim, used the same bait at the pump house to land an 18 1/2-pounder. Holly Gray, Anaheim, caught a 14 1/2-pounder at Levitz' Corner also fishing shrimp, but she sweetened hers up by adding Nitro Gravy. Top stringers included a 15-fish catch made by Roland Burrows, Fullerton, that weighed in at 65 1/2 pounds using mackerel and shrimp at Three Pipes for a 4 1/4-pound average. Jimmy Suchi and Tony Avila, Anaheim, caught 30 cats that weighed in at 117 pounds for a 3.9-pound average while fishing the M&M combo (marshmallow-meal worm) from a boat. Earl Smith, La Habra, and Mandy Smith, Inglewood, caught 45 catfish weighing in at 79 pounds for a 1 3/4-pound average, with the top fish was a 4-0. The pair were fishing the M&M combo doused with Eagle Claw Nitro Gravy at the Bubble Hole. Heavy plants will continue each week. For more information, call 714-632-7830 for the information recording or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
ANAHEIM LAKE: Lake is closed. For more information, call 714-996-3508 or log on to the lake's Web site at www.fishinglakes.com.
IRVINE LAKE: Good mixed bag action here this week. Catfishing is best at night with numbers of 2-0 to 5-0 reported on catmando-flavored mackerel and nightcrawlers. The west shore, Santiago flats and the boat docks are the hottest spots for cats. Excellent crappie action, also at night. Mini jigs tipped with meal worms are best. Anglers also found some day time action with a wide-open crappie and bluegill bite on wax and meal worms. Trout fishing is good for anglers skilled at deep-water techniques. Dragging 5 to 8 colors of leadcore with Needlefish lures is working best. Joey Nienhuis, Costa Mesa, caught a 7-12 trout on a plastic worm off the red clay cliffs. Luke Eaton, Costa Mesa, caught a 5-2 trout on Power Bait off the red clay cliffs. Chris "Trollmeister" Haupaisan, Redondo Beach, caught a 4-14 brown trout on Needlefish at the dam. Bass fishing is good during the early morning hours and at dusk. 2-0 to 4-0 largemouth biting on reaction baits and drop-shot rigged plastics off the red clay cliffs. Catfish stocks every week. 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.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: Fair trout bite and fair to good bass action. The trout action is best in Cachuma Bay and toward the dam on the usual small, trolled lures on holdover fish. The largemouth action is in four to 12 feet of water early and deeper later in the day, and quite a few smallmouth are showing. Some surface action. More redear and crappie are also starting to show off Jackrabbit Flats and in Harvey's Cove. For fishing information call the boat dock at 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: Good bass and trout action. For anglers able to dip some live shad, the bite is excellent, but most action has been on plastics with some topwater early and late in the day. Top bass catch was a 15-0 landed by Rene Cantu, Phoenix, Arizona, on a hot dog. Rod Thigpin, Santa Paula, caught an 11-8 bass on a Stocker baby bass. Catfish picked up to fair on mackerel. Bluegill are good on nightcrawlers. For more information, contact the marina at 805-649-2043.
CASTAIC: Largemouth bass action remains good with the best bite on nightcrawlers and plastics. Stripers are biting on anchovies in deep water with some surface early and late. Shad-like cranks and swimbaits are also a good bet. Jon Salked, Castaic, landed a striped bass on topwater. Jordan Stomer, Los Angeles, caught a 7-4 striper on a crank. For more information, contact the marina at 661-775-6232.
PIRU: Trout action is good. Beau Mix, Los Angeles, caught 10 trout and 21 crappie on Needlefish. Crappie action good. Bass and bluegill action slowed down to fair. Cat action poor. For more information call the marina at 805- 521-1231 or check out the web site at www.lakepiru.org.
PYRAMID: Catfish are fair on chicken livers, shrimp, anchovies and nightcrawlers. A 20-0 cat was reported this past week. Striper action is fair with some to 3-0 being reported. Trout action is good with most being reported on nightcrawlers and plastics. DFG trout plant last week. Bluegill are good, but few anglers are fishing them. Bass action fair with some topwater early but most action in deeper water on plastics off the points. For information, call the USFS at 661-296-9710 or call the concession at 661-257-2790.
TAIT RANCH TROUT PONDS: These fly-fishing-only, catch-and-release trout ponds in Frazier Park have fish to 5-0. Fishing billed by hour, 1/2-day, or full day. For information, call 661-245-6315.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
SANTA FE DAM: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago. For more information call 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No DFG plants in over a month.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: No DFG trout plant in over a month.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago. Trout plant three weeks ago. For more information, call 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago. Trout plant three weeks ago. For more information, contact the Hollenbeck Recreation Center at 213-261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago. No DFG Trout plant in over a month.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago. No DFG trout plant in over a month.
LEGG LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago. No DFG trout plant in over a month.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago. No DFG Trout plant in over a month.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago. No DFG Trout plant in over a month.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago. Call 818-448-7317 for information.
SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES
BARRETT: Excellent bass action. Overall, there were 137 anglers who reported 2,028 bass, 323 bluegill and 80 crappie. Reservations are available through Ticket Master at 619-220- 8497, or go to www.TicketMaster.com. They go on sale the second Tuesday of each month and usually sell out that day for the following month. August reservations go on sale July 11. 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/.
HODGES: Fair fishing overall, with decent bites on bluegill, crappie and bass. There were 353 anglers who reported 205 crappie, 158 bass, 72 bluegill and 34 channel cats to 4.55. 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/.
EL CAPITAN: The bluegill and bass bites are fair, and some anglers are whacking the crappie. Also decent action on catfish. Overall, 312 anglers reported 383 bluegill, 245 bass, 130 crappie, 61 channel cats, 12 blue cats and one carp. Hank Oung, Spring Valley, caught 25 crappie to 2.3 pounds on jigs. Rob and Angela Shannon, El Cajon, landed 50 crappie to 1-8 on shiners. 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/. For rental boat reservations, call 619-668-3274.
LOWER OTAY: Continued good bluegill action and just a fair bass bite. There were 538 anglers who reported catching 1,141 bluegill, with a number to nearly 2-0, 317 bass, 27 channel cats with a number to 12-0, and nine crappie. Top bass was a 6-10 largemouth landed by Bobby Gonzalez, Imperial Beach, on a Senko from Otay Arm. 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/. For rental boat reservations, call 619-668-3274.
UPPER OTAY: Bass action remains fair and the only action reported. There were 26 anglers who reported 29 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/.
SAN VICENTE: Bluegill and bass action fair. This past week 140 anglers reported 405 bluegill, 345 bass, 33 rainbow trout, 22 channel cats, 16 readear sunfish and one crappie. 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/. For rental boat reservations, call 619-668-3274.
MURRAY: Bluegill action fair, but tough fishing for most other species. This past week, there were 194 anglers who reported 167 bluegill, 15 bass, and three channel cats. James Bess, Spring Valley, caught a 1.8-pound bluegill on wax worms from San Carlos. 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/. For rental boat reservations, call 619-390-0223.
MIRAMAR: Bass, trout and catfish are fair. Bluegill are slow. There were 150 anglers this past week who reported 58 bass, 20 channel cats, 14 rainbow and three 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/. For rental boat reservations, call 619-390-0223.
SUTHERLAND: Fair action in a mixed bite. There were 140 anglers who reported 307 bass, 80 crappie, 32 bluegill, 28 channel cats and one carp. Ed Ceiplis, El Cajon, caught four largemouth on plastics with one at 4.85-pounds from the east shore. 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/.
WOHLFORD: Catfish action has improved to fair with small to mid-sized cats striking on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and shrimp. 2,000 pounds of channel cats will be stocked this week. Limits being caught from last week's plant. Joe Veytia, Vista, caught 2-12 channel cat on nightcrawlers from the west buoy line. The first hatch of bass fry are scattered around the shallow weed beds, but bass action is slow. Shad are moving into the shallows in the early morning and should perk the bass. Trout have moved to both buoy lines as water temps rise. Best trout baits are green Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Trout anglers may need to be in boats or float tubes to have success. Most trout have moved to buoy lines. Best baits have been green Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Small bluegill are biting along the weed beds in Oakview 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.
DOANE POND: DFG trout plant last week.
DIXON: Trout fishing slowed down this week to poor, but are biting on the surface in the early morning and are moving deeper as temps rise. Bass are all spawned out so the action continued to be poor this week. No big fish reported this week. Catfish season will start this week with a 2,000 pound stock of channel cats scheduled for Thursday. Night fishing season kicks off this week, too, with anglers allowed Thursday through Saturday nights. Fishing reports are on the Internet at www.dixonlake.com. For more information, contact the ranger station at 760-839-4345.
POWAY: Trout are moving deeper as the water continues to warm and as water levels drop. Best trout bite from boats trolling slow and deep down the middle of the lake. Good bluegill action. Bass bite fair. Michael Cruz, San Diego, caught a 9-5 bass. The catfish bite improved to good with the best bite at the logboom, along the north shore and in Boulder Bay on nightcrawlers and mackerel. Starting July 1, pontoon boats will no longer be 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: Catfish bite slowed to fair. Mixed bite action for all other species. Bass and trout good. David DelValle, 13, San Diego, caught a 3-12 largemouth on worms. Dan Ames caught a 9-2 largemouth on a drop-shot reaper. Patrick Neu caught a 7-0 largemouth on pig and jig in Shadow Cove. Next cat stock is Friday. 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. MORENA: Trout fishing still good, even with a rise in water temperatures. Anglers finding luck drifting Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Bass action good. Lots of 1-0 to 3-0 showing on plastics. Panfish still good. Mini-jigs and worm pieces are best bets. Brad Phiffer landed a stringer of five pounds on wax worms. Lots of small catfish from 1-0 to 2-0 showing on worms. Carp bite is still wide open on dough balls and corn all over the lake. 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: Trout fishing is good with over 1,200 pounds of trout stocked this week. Limits are common all over the lake. Trolling with Panther Martins is very successful. Small, gold Kastmaster is also a best bet. Fly fishers seeing lots of surface action in the early a.m. Missy Belmer, San Diego, caught a 4 3/4-pound rainbow from a boat in the dam on a gold Roostertail. Garret Taylor, 4, Escondido, caught a 4 1/4-pound trout off the dike on rainbow Power Bait. Crappie are biting on small tube jigs. Bluegill are close to shore and are biting on meal worms and small jigs. For more information call 760-765-0515 or visit the Web site at www.lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: Good mixed bag action here this week. Crappie are biting on jigs and the top fish reported was a 1-0 caught by Ernest Gonzalez, San Diego and a 1-0 caught by Evan McNeal, Los Angeles. Ed Brown, Lakeside, caught two crappie, to 1/2-pound. Cory Jones, San Diego, caught five crappie to 3/4-pounds. Catfish action is good with most caught on nightcrawlwers, chicken livers, mackerel and shrimp. Top catch was a 3-0 cat caught by Steve Miller, El Cajon. Joe Brown, San Diego, caught one 2-0 cat. Jim Secrest, National City, caught five cats to 2-0. Ed Bowman, Lakeside, caught one cat to 2-0. Evan McNeal caught two catfish to 1-0. Ernest Gonzalez, San Diego, caught three cats to 3/4-pounds. Bass action fair. Jim Secrest, National City, caught and released one 4-0 bass. Joe Brown, San Diego, caught two bass to 2-0. Bluegill action good on wax worms. Kevin Burnett, Santa Ysable, caught 25 bluegill to 1/2-pound. Scott Dedric, Los Angeles, also caught 25 bluegill to 1/2-pound. For more information, call 760-782-3501.
LAKE MEAD: Good striper action in the early morning on top water and anchovies in 45 to 50 feet to 9-0. Largemouth bite is excellent at every point and cove on top water and Senkos. Bluegill action is good on worms. For more information, call Lake Plaza at 702-564-3058.
WILLOW BEACH: The striper bite is good with good sized fish reported. Top catch was by Jerry Rago, Bishop, on baby tool (homemade artificial lurer). Chris Riigoyeen, Henderson, caught a 30-0 striper on sardines. Trout action remains good on Power Bait. Lots of limits. For more information, contact the marina at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Stripers are biting on anchovies with most action north of Cottonwood Cove. A few were reported to 2-0 off the mouth of the bay on anchovies. No bass or catfish action reported. 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 in the early a.m. and late p.m. Most reported are 12-16 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: Bass action is fair, with good-sized fish up to 6-0 being reported. Catfish being caught on anchovies up to 10-0. For information, call Five Mile Landing 928-768-2350.
HAVASU: Largemouth bass action is good with the best bite still on anchovies. A fair number of stripers have been caught in 18 to 20 feet of water on anchovies and worms. For more information, call Black Meadow Landing at 760-663-3811.
PARKER STRIP: Fair smallmouth bass action in the main river for anglers fishing rocky structure. Fair catfish action on cut baits or stink baits, but fishing pressure is light.
BLYTHE: Fishing still good even as temps rise. Striper bite holding strong at the Palo Verde Diversion Dam. The catfish and bass bites are in full swing here with good to excellent action on both. Good largemouth bass top water bite in the early morning and late afternoon. 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 on live goldfish or tilapia is also good. Largemouth bass fishing is good on plastic worms, reaction baits, and live minnows in backwaters.
PICACHO AREA: Bass fishing is good 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: Bass still showing on cranks and live shiners. There is also a good crappie bite on small shiners. Stripers are fair with a lot of 2-0 class fish reported. Flathead and channel catfish action is good to excellent with fish over 20-0 reported each week now. For more information, contact the Martinez Lake Resort at 928-783-9589 or check out the Web site at 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.
LOWER DESERT WATERS
SALTON SEA: Fair tilapia action at the state park, but the bite has slacked off from the past couple of weeks. Best bite still at Salt Creek and the state park headquarters. For current fishing information, Red Hill Marina 760-348-2310 or the Salton Sea State Recreation Area 760-393-3059 or 760-393-3052. 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: No report. For more information, call 760-564-4712.
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.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir continues to have very good to excellent trout action to 2-0 on Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Midges and small streamers working for fly fishers. Fishing on both Twin Lakes with fish to 1-0 common. Larry Papp, Arcadia, caught a 6-4 rainbow on Lower Twin. Flows to 650 cfs at East Walker. Tough fishing, but still a decent bite. The Virginia Lakes are open and have plenty of fish. Most being caught on Power Bait and nightcrawlers to 2-0. For more information, contact Ken's Sporting Goods at 760-932-7707.
JUNE LAKE LOOP: Good to excellent trout action at all lakes -- June, Gull, Silver and Grant. Gull and Grant producing the most fish. Most action during the early morning and late afternoon on yellow and rainbow glitter Power Bait, Kastmasters, Thomas Buoyants and Rapalas. Brad Bolton, Chula Vista, landed a 7-12 rainbow on worms from June. For more information contact, Ernie's Fishing Tackle at 760-648-7756 or June Lake Marina at 760-648-7726.
MAMMOTH LAKES REGION: Crowley Lake levels are high with fly fishing a good bet for trout on midge patterns. Perch are in full spawn and are being caught on Power grubs. McGee Bay is a hot spot. Trolling three to five colors using Needlefish and Rapalas is also a good bet for trout. Convict Lake has good action on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Power eggs, Thomas Buoyants and Kastmasters. Gilbert Agaran, Glendale, caught a 7-0 trout off the south shore with a Yellow Ninja Fly. Inflated nightcrawlers are best for bait fishing. Owens River is running high at 195 cfs and is off color. The fishing is slow. Hot Creek is high, but clear. The fishing is good mid-day when the hatches start. Twin Lakes are all thawed out, but water temps remain low and the action remains slow to fair. Power Bait and inflated nightcrawlers are best bet. Lake Basin road is opening this week and Mamie and Mary have good fishing. Patches of ice still keeping bite at George slow. Rock Creek good on planted trout. For more information contact the Troutfitter at 760-934-2517 or Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250.
BISHOP AREA: Waters are running high, and fishing is tough. A large load of Alpers' rainbows were planted last week in Bishop Creek. South Lake has been very good but Intake II is getting hammered by anglers and slow to fair. North Lake clear, but fishing is tough. The Wild Trout stretch of the Owens has been slow with ripping flows up to 700 cfs. The Owens River gorge above Pleasant Valley has been good for fly anglers. Mosquito behind bubble is also working for spin fishermen. 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: Tons of trout here. Nice-sized trout to 8-6 being caught trolling with Rapala Husky Jerks. Nightcrawlers working best for bait fishermen. There continues to be a very good catfish bite at the dam on Sonny's Catfish Bait and mackerel. The bass bite is good on Senkos. Bluegill are biting on wax and meal worms and the action is fair. For more information, contact Bob's Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657.
KERN RIVER: Both the upper and lower Kern are torrents this week, but the upper Kern remains fishable. Spinners and nighcrawlers are best bets. Beach Park and Riverwalk Park area are best spots on the lower river. For more information, contact the James' Store at 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Stripers are the hot ticket here. Blood and lug worms are best bet with a lot of legal fish. Catfish action is also good. Top catch was a 20-0 cat landed by Thomas Stancio, Bakersfield, on shrimp. Michelle Grane, Bakersfield, caught a 4-0 cat on anchovies. Also a very good bite on stripers in the Tupman area on the aqueduct with stripers to 20-0 reported. For more information, contact Bob's Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The warm weather has really turned on the bluegill bite with nice stringers of fish coming out on wax worms. Crappie action picked up. Melvin Norbert, Bakersfield, caught a 2-0 crappie on a jig. Bluegill action good. Bass have slowed but a few 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.
BRIGHT LAKE: Plenty of good-sized trout biting on Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Many limits from 7-0 to 8-0 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. Nice-sized fish 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 really starting to break wide open with the warm weather 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.
CENTRAL COAST LAKE
SAN ANTONIO: The smallmouth and largemouth bass bite is good all over the lake, but especially at Harris Creek and along the north shore. Lots of striper action on anchovies. Most action reported from midnight to 3 a.m. Catfish fair during the late afternoon. Little daytime action. No crappie or bluegill reported this week. For more information, call 805-472-2818.
SANTA MARGARITA: The trout bite is excellent and the bass bite continues to be fair to good. Bluegill and crappie action also fair to good. Catfish are nonexistent. Most trout being caught on worms and Kastmaster, and bass are best on Senkos. Crappie biting on jigs and worms. 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. Crappie fair on white jigs with most fish 3/4-pounders. For more information, call 805-238-1056, or log on at www.nacimientoresort.com. LOPEZ: Everything seems to be biting. Bass to 3-0 are fair to good with most action on nightcrawlers and meal worms. Nice-sized trout to 2-0 are also showing on meal worms and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has picked up to fair. The redear perch bite is good on jigs and nightcrawlers. Crappie bite is also good. Most of these panfish are being caught on large three-inch redworms. 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 June 18, 2006 with catchable-size rainbow trout from the Department of Fish and Game hatcheries:
RIVERSIDE: Fulmor Lake, Hemet Lake, Strawberry Creek.
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), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lane, Sheperds Creek, Symmes Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.
MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Ellery Lake, Grant Lake, Green Creek, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Owens River (Benton Crossing Road), Reversed Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (Section 1 and Section 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Swauger Creek, Twin Lake (Lower Bridgeport and Upper Bridgeport), Virginia Creek, Virginia Lake (Lower and Upper), West Walker River (Section 2), West Walker River (Section 3). FRESNO: Big Creek (Huntington and Kings), Dinkey Creek, Kings River below Pine Flat Dam, Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, Rancheria Creek, San Joaquin River below Friant Dam, San Joaquin River-South Fork (Mono Hot Springs and Jackass Meadow), Tamarack Creek, Tenmile Creek (Upper), 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, Lewis Creek, Manzanita Lake, Nelder Creek, Rock Creek, Willow Creek (North Fork).
MARIPOSA: McSwain Reservoir, Merced River from McSwain Dam to Merced Falls.
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Big Meadow Creek, 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 and Cedar Slopes).
TUOLUMNE: Deadman Creek, Herring Creek, Lyons Canal, Moccasin Creek, Pinecrest Lake (Strawberry Lake), Powerhouse Stream, Stanislaus River (Clarks, Middle, North and South forks), Tulloch Reservoir, Tuolumne River (Middle, North and South forks).
CATFISH PLANTS The following waters, listed by county, will be planted by the Department of Fish and Game with one-pound channel catfish during the week of June 18, 2006.
ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Centennial Regional Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Beach Park Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Tri-city Park Lake, Yorba Regional Park Lake.
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