SOCAL FISH REPORT
September 9, 2009
Compiled by Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service
JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. The tuna action remains out top pick this week. With so little other action of notes, the limit-style yellowfin tuna fishing for the overnight and longer boats has been phenomenal. And while yellowfin are making up the bulk of the catch, there is still that mystery about each trip whether or not you will run across a school of albacore or bluefin to 60 pounds. Add in a few yellowtail and dorado, and the mixed-bag action is excellent. Even the 3/4-day fleet is getting into these fish. This bite is excellent now and the fish are even starting to push up into the Orange County and Los Angeles region. Orange County boats had dorado Wednesday. For the latest news, you can check the 976-TUNA web site (www.976-tuna.com
) or call Fisherman’s Landing at 619-221-8500, H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383, or Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627.
2. See No. 1 above. The ocean bite is the hot ticket right now. And when you can catch yellowfin on 3/4-day boats, you should give it a try.
3. See No. 2 above. Really. It’s hot everywhere else. There’s just so-so fishing. The ocean is cool and the fishing is great.
FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS
TROUT: Some of the local mountain waters continue to have good action. Green Valley Lake and Lake Hemet are both top bets. Green Valley is getting private plants each week now. Big Bear Lake is tougher but did receive a DFG plant last week. In the Eastern Sierra, the bites are good on planted fish from north to south, especially the Bishop Creek drainage, the waters around Tioga Pass, and the high elevation waters throughout the region. For fly anglers, the East Walker River, upper Owens River, Hot Creek, and Crowley Lake all have good to excellent bites, with the Crowley streamer bite on around the wed beds. In the Western Sierra, the Kern River is excellent with a lot of dry fly action now morning and evening in the upper reaches, especially the Wild Trout stretch.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: The largemouth bass bites are mostly just fair right now, but there are flurries of decent morning and evening topwater bites. The top picks are again Diamond Valley, Sutherland, Perris, and Casitas. Other decent bets include Castaic, Piru, Skinner, and Silverwood. In San Diego County, Barrett remains fairly good, but Upper Otay, Wohlford, Lower Otay, El Capitan, and Hodges are all worth fishing. On the lower Colorado River, the smallmouth bass bite from Needles to the I-40 bridge, in Lake Havasu, and Havasu downstream through about Palo Verde is good, and the largemouth bite is starting to really improve in lower river backwaters.
STRIPED BASS: There is pretty good striper action at all of the Southern California striper spots with Castaic, Skinner, Pyramid, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley all cranking out fish, mostly on sardines and anchovies. Best fish are showing at Castaic. The California aqueduct near Taft is also good, but with a lot of small fish (remember there is an 18-inch minimum size here). On the Colorado River, Willow Beach broke open nearly two months ago and has never slowed since. There are a lot of fish over 15 pounds caught each week on the big, trout-like baits. Lake Mohave is fair on fish to four pounds on sardenes at the dam, while the stretch from Havasu upstream to Bullhead turned on in the past week with a lot of smaller fish. Few reports on wipers at either Elsinore or Hesperia this week.
PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are good just about everywhere. Diamond Valley and Lake Perris are hot. But just about every water with bluegill are still seeing at least fair to good fishing, even if the fish are mostly smaller now. Crappie bites have lulled most places, but Isabella is still pretty good if you can fish a school of fish in flooded timber and fish live minnows. Lake Cachuma is still surprisingly producing fish at the narrows, and some fish are still showing at Piru. The tilapia bite at the Salton Sea s still very slow.
CATFISH: Cachuma had been the hotspot in this category with a lot of fish to 20 pounds, and it’s still a good bet, but the lower Colorado River flathead and channel catfish action is also good, and Skinner has really been producing a lot of fish. Other places of note include Diamond Valley Lake, Pyramid, Silverwood, and Isabella. The planted water lakes -- Hesperia Lake, Jean’s Channel Cats, Irvine Lake, Santa Ana River Lakes, and Corona Lake -- are also all pretty good.
WATER BY WATER REPORTS
SILVERWOOD: The striper action is good with the best bite on cut baits, mostly anchovies. Hot spots for stripers are Chemise Bay and Quarry Cove. Jane Paulson, Riverside, caught three stripers to four pounds on mackerel. Torri Olsen, Upland, landed four stripers to 3.5 pounds fishing Chemise. The catfish bite is good in Miller's on chicken liver, anchovies, or shrimp. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on Rapalas and plastics. The bluegill bite is fair with most of the action reported off the rocks by the docks. The trout action has been slow with the best bite in deep water, but few fish reported. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
BIG BEAR LAKE: Slow to fair trout action with the best bite for trollers working Needlefish-type lures in 12-plus feet of water or still fishermen in the Gray’s Landing fishing garlic Power Bait with a four-foot leader to keep the bait out of the weeds and moss. DFG trout plant last week. Bass action is slow to fair with a few fish showing on spinnerbaits and topwater plugs. A few catfish are showing, especially in the evenings and at night. Excellent bowfishing for carp. Fishing information: Big Bear Marina 909-866-3218, Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222 or Big Bear Boat Rentals Fishing Big Bear Marina.
GREGORY LAKE: DFG trout plant last week. Information: 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Very good trout bite with many limits reported. Alex Breton, Seal Beach, caught a 9.3-pound trout on a nightcrawler at the west shore. Andrew Acker, Highland, landed a 9.11-pound rainbow on a gold Kastmaster fishing the west bank. Michael Venegas, Lavener, hooked into a 7.14-pound rainbow on Powerbait at the north shore. The lake received a 1,000-pound plant of Alpers rainbows last week, and there was also a DFG plant. Anglers who catch a rainbow over six pounds get a free “Green Valley Lake Six-Pound-and-Over Club” tee-shirt. Recorded information: 909-867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: No DFG plants in over a month.
JENKS LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.
HIGH DESERT LAKES
HESPERIA LAKE: Very good catfish action with a lot of limits and over 25 fish above the 10-pound mark reported during the full moon. Inflated nightcrawlers, the marshmallow-meal worm combo, or mackerel and shrimp with scent have been the top baits. The lake has been receiving plants of 2,200 pounds of catfish each week, but the lake has slated a 3,000-pound stock this week. Jack Larson, San Diego, caught a 22-pound blue catfish on shrimp. Seth Hubert, Chino, landed an 18-4 flathead catfish on anchovies. Ron Allison, Palmdale, hooked into a 17-12 blue catfish on mackerel and Hog Wild. Gary Daniele, Barstow, got a 17-8 catfish on the marshmallow and mealworm combo. Wipers were planted over a month ago and action has been spotty recently, but some are showing on nightcrawlers. Some sturgeon also continue to show each week, but the bite is very slow. Lake hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the night session from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $15 per angler. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH: Good trout action this past week. Power Bait, especially in orange, rainbow, and lemon twist has been the best bet for trout with nightcrawlers and a variety of jigs and lures also working well. Best trout bite continues to be before 10 a.m. Top spots have been the eastern and western shores of lake 2 and the north shore of lake 3. The catfish bite is still good on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp. The bass bite is fair with the best action on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and tubes. The bluegill bite is very good on mealworms and small jigs. The lake is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is stocked with trout each week on Fridays from its own hatchery. The lake has put the stocking of catfish on hold due to a hatchery conflict. Lake information: 760-240-1107 or Jess Ranch Lakes-The Official Site.
MOJAVE NARROWS: Good catfish action with weekly county plants. Most of the fish are around two to 2 1/2 pounds and the best action has been on mackerel and nightcrawlers. Bluegill action has been good on small jigs with most fish hand-sized. A few largemouth bass in the one-pound range have been caught on dark plastics off the island. The carp bite is good and trout action is slow. The catfish season has been extended, and the lake will continue to receive plants each week through September 19. For lake information: 760-245-2226.
INLAND VALLEY LAKES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish plants are weekly through September 19. There is also a good carp bite for those targeting them. Ed Kindel, Adelanto, caught eight carp totaling 35 pounds using a homemade dough bait. Information: 909-481-4205.
PRADO: The catfish bite has been fair to good. Anglers using the marshmallow and mealworm combo or shrimp have had the most success for catfish. Good bluegill action all around the lake for those targeting them. The largemouth bass have been fair with the best bite on soft plastics. No carp catches reported this past week. Catfish season has been extended an additional week to September 19. Anglers are reminded that a California state fishing license is required to fish here. Information: 909-597-4260.
YUCAIPA: Fair catfish action with the best bite on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and chicken livers. County catfish are planted weekly through the September 19. There is also a good bluegill bite. Lake information: 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: Very good catfish action with county catfish plants each week through September 19. The bluegill bite is good with a lot of smaller fish showing on small worms, mealworms, and crickets fished under bobber. Carp are fair to good on dough baits. Bass action fair. Information: 909-887-7540.
MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: 909-982-4246.
SECCOMBE LAKE: No DFG plants in over a month. Information: 909-384-5233.
DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass action is very good. Marina Cove and the south shore points have seen excellent topwater action in early morning and there is also a good bite around saddle dam, the inlet tower, the west dam, and restroom three. The bluegill bite is good with the best action along the dams on jigs, crickets, wax worms, and nightcrawler pieces. There have been quite a few fish in the one-pound class. Stripers action picked up this week with many reports of fish showing near Rawson Cove and the west dam. Catfish action good with the best bite on cut baits. The saddle dam, Rawson Cove, near the quarry, and along the east dam have been the top areas. The trout bite is still slow with no fish reported this past week. The launch ramp remains closed due to low water levels. A launch ramp extension project is expected to begin in October and be completed by February. Lake information: 800-590-LAKE, marina 951-926-7201 or Diamond Valley Marina, and Last Chance Bait and Tackle 951-658-7410 or Last Chance Tackle - Home.
PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bite is good with a lot of 1/2 to 1 1/2-pound fish showing. The best bet for bluegill has been near the island, but the marina is also a good bet. Best action on crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or small jigs tipped with a bait. David Sumlin, Los Angeles, caught 30 bluegill totaling 40 pounds with fish to two pounds on crickets and meal worms fishing near the island. The bass bite was good this past week. Best action has been on crankbaits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Nicholas Etzel, Long Beach, caught a seven-pound bass on a plastic worm fishing near Lots 11 and 12, but the most consistent action has been off the face of the dam and rip-rap around the marina. The catfish bite fair to good. Good carp bite at Lots 5 and 6, the east end, and Rock Climber's Cove area. Some trout are still showing, but all from deep water off Sail Cove and along the dam. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: The catfish bite was very good with mackerel and chicken liver fished at the dam, the inlet, or the east end being the best bet. Shore fishing near ramp No. 2 is also a good bet for catfish. Carl Johnson, Riverside, caught four catfish to 10 pounds on mackerel at the east end. The striper bite picked up from last week and there is now good action in the morning and evening hours. The inlet and the dam have been the best spots and chicken livers are the baits of choice. T.J. Richardson, Moreno Valley, landed eight stripers to four pounds on chicken livers at the inlet. The largemouth bite is fair to good with several nice fish reported by anglers fishing dark plastics along the south shore. Doug Callow, Los Angeles, caught six bass to five pounds on a plastic worm at the south shore. The bluegill bite good along the south shore. Carp, crappie, and trout are slow. Parking has been restricted for ramp No. 2 but the shoreline remains open for fishing. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: Continued very light fishing pressure with a fair number of carp and catfish reported off the public fishing beaches. Also fair to good bass action with a lot of 1 1/2 to two-pound fish showing on plastics at the stick-ups off Lake Point Park, the isolated stick-ups on the north side, and the big cove off the levee's T-peninsula. Few other reports. Information: Seaport Boat Launch at 951-245-9308, Elsinore West Marina at 951-678-1300.
CORONA LAKE: The water level is falling and the low lake levels make shore fishing more difficult and less productive except for those who can make long casts to deeper water. But boat anglers are hammering the catfish. A typical catch for anglers in boats was reported by John, Bobby and Alex Calzaretta, Ontario. The three anglers all had five-fish limits and the total stringer weighed 29 pounds and the best fish was a 3 3/4-pounder. They were using mackerel and anchovies. Big fish of the week was an eight-pound cat landed by Dwayne Ward, Compton, to top off his six-fish, 17 1/2-pound stringer caught on shrimp while he was fishing from a boat. Charles Dornbus, Fallbrook, caught five tilapia and 14 catfish to fill out his 23-pound stringer. All were landed on nightcrawlers and also from a boat. One of the better shoreline catches was posted by Mike Seibert, Corona, who landed four cats that weighed 11 1/2 pounds and his catch was topped by a 4 1/2–pounder. Dave Berry, Lakeland Village, landed a 6 1/2-pound cat, also from shore. Corona Lake continues to be stocked with catfish and tilapia each week. Web site coupons available for more than 50 percent discounts for all Friday passes and all 24-hour passes. There is 24-hour fishing every Friday and Saturday night, and Sunday this week because of the holiday weekend. Information: 951-277-4489 or fishinglakes.com, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake.
EVANS LAKE: Slow to fair bass action on plastics and small reaction baits. Fair to good bluegill action around shoreline structure, rocks, and tules.
RANCHO JURUPA: Good catfish action and the last catfish plant of the season is slated to go in this week. Mackerel has been the top bait. Also the odd bass and carp showing up. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: No report. Information: 909-795-2411.
ANGLER’S LAKE: The lake is currently closed.
REFLECTION LAKE: Good catfish action with nightcrawlers working well. Catfish are planted on Thursday every other week. The lake's hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 951-654-7906 or Reflection Lake RV Park, a Hemet California RV Park and Family Campground.
JEAN'S CHANNEL CATS: Very good catfish action on chicken liver with mackerel and nightcrawlers also producing some fish. The lake is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on all Monday holidays. Information: 951-679-6562 or 951-259-2021.
SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS
LAKE HEMET: Good trout action with a several limits reported. DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Most of the rainbows are pan-sized, with some bigger. Pete and Quade Wynn, Hemet, caught 10 trout while trolling. Fair to good bass action. Good bluegill action. There is also a very good carp bite for those targeting them. The ocasional catfish is also showing with Mebrilio Toledo, Indeo, landing a 5.1-pounder. 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 trout plants. Information: 951-659-2117.
SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The catfish action has remained good during the full moon this past week, with a lot of good stringers reported and some quality fish up to the 9 1/2-pounder caught by Sergio Estrada of Fullerton. There have also been a lot of tilapia landed and it looks like the sturgeon action is going to kick into gear soon. The catfish bite has been best on shrimp smothered in garlic-flavored Gravy, but nightcrawler, mackerel, and chicken liver have all been used with success this week. The best bite has been in the big lake, but the catfish are being caught all around the shoreline and from boats in deep water. Christine and Gabe Salgado, Westminster, landed 10 cats to four pounds fishing shrimp off La Palma Point. Their big fish was a four pounder. Eric Apelian, Lakewood, Jason Ahumada, Bellflower, and Brian Gemoll, Moreno Valley, teamed up to catch 62 pounds of catfish to six pounds fishing shrimp slathered with Grease. They were fishing from a boat. The best sturgeon reported was a 6 1/2-pounder caught by Ernie Gonzales, Lakewood, fishing shrimp with Gravy at Levitz’ Corner, and the best tilapia catch consisted of five fish landed by Lee Turner, Hollywood, that weighed a total of nine pounds. He was fishing nightcrawlers at Three Pipes. Catfish and tilapia plants are still going in weekly. There is 24-hour fishing every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Web site coupons available for more than 50 percent discounts for all Friday permits and all 24-hour passes. Information: 714-632-7830 or log on at fishinglakes.com, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake.
ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. Anaheim Lake only opens when Santa Ana River Lakes is closed for cleaning and maintenance. Information: (714) 996-3508 or fishinglakes.com, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake.
IRVINE LAKE: Catfish action is very good. Mackerel, shrimp, Gulp!, and DuMong's still the best bets. The west shore, Santiago Flats, and Boat Dock Cove were the top spots again this week. Phil Hildebrandt, Anaheim, caught a 21-12 blue catfish on mackerel at the flats. Terry Lairson, Huntington Beach, landed a 14-8 catfish on mackerel at the flats. Adrian Pintor, Alex Brenton, and Frank Duarte, all of Anaheim, teamed up to get 12 catfish totaling 100.1 pounds on mackerel at Woody’s Cove. Larry Brandon and Blake Woodward, both of Chino, caught a 10-catfish limit totaling 47-7 on mackerel at boat dock cove. Anglers are encouraged to release any blue catfish over 10 pounds and reminded that they are required to release any catfish over 20 pounds. Crappie fishing remains good for those targeting them. There is a good crappie bite in the early morning and late evening on white Atomic Tubes. Bass action was off and on this past week with anglers reporting anywhere from slow to good action. Good numbers of bluegill are showing for those using meal worms or wax worms in the shallows near the docks. The lake will be open until 11 p.m. Thursday nights and until 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night all summer long. Lake information: 714-649-9111 or Irvine Lake - Fishing and Camping in Orange County, Southern California.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. The lake is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Information: 949-362-3885 or Laguna Niguel Lake.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: Fair to good catfish action on mackerel and nightcrawlers for shore anglers fishing in Mohawk and Harvey’s Bay for shore anglers with and boat anglers are getting fish behind the island, in the narrows, and Santa Cruz Bay in 10 to 20 feet of water. There have been a lot of fish topping 10 pounds but the wide open bite of the past couple of weeks has slowed a tick or two. Trout are in deep water at the dam and off Johnson’s Cliffs. Trollers are scoring fishing eight to 10 colors of leadcore and red Needlefish or orange Rapalas. Bait anglers are fishing in 50 to 70 feet of water. Crappie are still fair in the narrows on shad-colored cranks, especially for trollers work three colors of lead core. Not hot action, but quite a few fish to 1 1/2 pounds reported. Just a few redear and bluegill showing in the east end and Stork Flats on nightcrawler pieces, and the largemouth and smallmouth bites are both slow with the best action on drop-shotted plastics. For quagga mussel and the new boat launching information, log on at Santa Barbara County Parks Department. Fishing information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: The bite is pretty much restricted to early morning and late evening, with the best bass action on plastics, nightcrawlers, with some fish on cranks and jigs in 20 to 30 feet of water. There’s also been the occasional topwater fish at first or last light. A few catfish showing. Bluegill and redear remain fair to good in most coves on nightcrawlers or red worms. Trout trollers have been absent this past week because of the heat, but this bite had been fair for anglers working deep water at the dam. Private boats are being allowed at Casitas, but boats will be inspected and face a 10-day dry dock requirement because of fears of quagga mussel infestation. The lake is open every day, including all holidays from dusk to dawn. Information: 805-649-2043.
CASTAIC: Very good action on stripers again this past week with fish to 22.2 pounds reported. The buoy line and Elizabeth Canyon have been the hot spots this past week with a lot of anglers having success fishing the boils, however, the bigger fish have been landed by anglers using cut baits. Largemouth bass is very good on nearly any bait or presentation but nightcrawlers have been working best. Fishing for both stripers and largemouth has been best after 4:30 p.m. when the fish start to boil all over. Catfish action is fair with most fish in the two to three-pound range on mackerel, shad, and nightcrawlers with the occasional bigger fish reported. The trout are slow with only a few holdover fish showing for diligent trollers or bait anglers. The bluegill and crappie action is very good on wax worms and meal worms. There is also a good carp bite. Information: 661-775-6232.
PIRU: Fair to good bass action on plastics, nightcrawlers, and surface baits early and late in the day. Trout pretty good for the trollers working deep water with limits not uncommon on fish to nearly two pounds. The crappie bite is still fair on small jigs with most three-quarter pounders. The fish are off most shorelines in 12 to 18 feet of water. The bluegill and redear are also part of this mix with a pretty good bite on these panfish, along with some fish at 1/2-pound or better. Catfish slow to fair. Information: marina 805-521-1500, x208.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good with boils along the swim beach and main channel, sometimes with large areas of fish chasing bait. The fish are mostly under two pounds, but some bigger reported again this week. Catfish action remains good for shore and boat anglers fishing cut baits in the coves with a lot of fish to four pounds. Bass action has been consistent on plastics and nightcrawlers. Trout are slow. Good bluegill action, but most fish small. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth, 661-295-7155, concession 661-257-2790, or Forest Service 661-296-9710.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Just slow to fair action on cats and largemouth bass, but the bluegill bite is good on meal worms, crickets or wax worms fished in eight to 25 feet of water. No recent DFG plants. Information: 909-599-8411.
SANTA FE DAM: Catfish bite is pretty fair on cut baits. Good bluegill bite on wax worms and nightcrawlers. Some largemouth bass on plastics. No recent DFG plants. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFG plants.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
ELIZABETH LAKE: The catfish and bullhead are fair on cut baits with scent fished in eight to 12 feet of water. No recent DFG plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Information: 213-261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
LEGG LAKES: No recent DFG plants.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Information: 818-448-7317.
SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES
BARRETT: Good bass fishing. This past week there were 12 anglers checked and they reported catching 156 bass. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or email@example.com.
HODGES: There were 65 anglers checked and they reported catching 31 bass and one catfish. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday schedule with boat rentals on the weekends only. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EL CAPITAN: The 59 anglers checked reported catching 146 bass, 12 bluegill, 15 crappie, and three catfish. The lake is open Thursday through Saturday and Monday for fishing. There are no boat rentals during June, July, and August. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or email@example.com.
LOWER OTAY: There were 145 anglers checked who reported catching 76 bass to 5.7 pounds, 293 bluegill to 1.4 pounds, and nine catfish to 15.95 pounds. Stuart Lee, Spring Valley, caught a 5.7-pound largemouth on a plastic at Otay Arm. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPPER OTAY: Fair to good bass action. The 13 anglers checked reported landing 37 bass to 11 pounds. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for fishing, sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is open. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or email@example.com.
MURRAY: The 61 anglers checked reported catching 64 bass, 128 bluegill, and one catfish. The lake is open for fishing and boating seven days a week. Boat rentals are available Saturday and Sunday only. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIRAMAR: There were 37 anglers checked and they reported catching 21 bass, 25 bluegill, and 18 catfish. The lake is open for fishing seven days a week. Boat rentals are available on Saturday and Sunday only. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or email@example.com.
SUTHERLAND: No report this past week but there has been a fair bite bass and bluegill with the ocasional big catfish showing. The lake is open on weekends only, but will not have rental boats available. Water level is very low and boat launch is allowed at your own risk. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOHLFORD: The catfish action slowed a bit once again this past week but some quality fish are still showing. Mackerel and chicken liver are the top baits and the top spots are the buoy line areas. The last catfish plant of the season went in four weeks ago. The bass fishing has picked up a bit with good topwater action in the morning and crawdads, plastics, or anything shad-like working well the rest of the day. Mike Kostial, Oceanside, caught a 7-10 bass on a crankbait off Senior Shoreline. Some crappie are showing around submerged willows and the fish are averaging better than a pound each. Bluegill are hitting red worms or meal worms in good numbers. Trout are slow with only a few showing in deep water at the mouth of the canal or along the west buoy line. Carp action has been good on dough baits. As of Monday, September 14, the lake will be closed weekdays and will only be open Saturday and Sunday each week. There are four new bass boat-type rentals available. Quagga mussel fears still have a private boating ban. Information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.
DOANE POND: DFG trout plant three weeks ago.
DIXON LAKE: The catfish bite is slow to fair with the best action early or late in the day. The last catfish plant of the season went in four weeks ago. The bluegill bite is good to excellent with most fish hand-sized. The bass bite is slow. Pier No. 2 has completed construction and is now open. A daily permit is required for entry. Motorboats with trolling motors cost $20 and rowboats can be rented for $14. Lake information: 760-839-4345 or www.dixonlake.com.
POWAY: The catfish bite was good but fishing pressure was very light this past week. The last catfish plant of the season went in four weeks ago. Fair bass bite. Some bluegill are still showing in Hidden Bay. Trout action slow. Lake information: 858-668-4770, tackle shop 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: Catfish action was hit or miss this past week with some anglers fishing deep having the most success. The last catfish plant of the season went in three weeks ago. Nightcrawlers or mackerel with scent have been working best. Hermit Cove and the dam buoy line have been the hot spots. Dan Heiser, El Cajon, caught a six-pound channel cat on mackerel at the buoy line. The bass bite is slow but there has been some surface activity in the morning recently. Best bet for bass has been to fish in 30 to 50 feet of water. Mike Franklin, Harbinson Canyon, caught a five-pound largemouth trolling with a carolina rigged worm. Some redear are still showing on mealworms and wax worms but the fish have moved deeper and become more difficult to locate. Upcoming events: Free fishing class on bait fishing for rainbow trout 1 p.m. Sunday hosted by Ranger Hugh Marx. For information call 619-443-2510. Lake information: 619-390-1300 or Lake Jennings - Helix Water District Drinking Water Reservoir.
MORENA: The catfish bite is fair on mackerel, chicken liver, and nightcrawlers. There is a good carp bite for those targeting them. Bass, bluegill, and crappie are slow. Anglers are requested to release any blue catfish they catch under five pounds. Price of boats and permits has been reduced Monday through Thursday. Permits are $3.50 and boat rentals just $20 for the whole day. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101.
CUYAMACA: Continued good trout action with Power Bait and nightcrawlers working best. The hot spots have been the dam buoy line and the willows. The largemouth bass bite is fair with a few nice fish reported this week. The crappie action is good for those targeting them, but they are small. The occasional catfish is also showing. There was a 30-pound sturgeon caught this past week near Heron Point. DFG trout were planted three weeks ago. Upcoming events: Supervising ranger Willard Lepley offers a free fishing class every Saturday at 10 a.m. Private boats are allowed on the lake again, but the boats must be sprayed for quagga mussels by a high-pressure heated wash prior to entering the lake. The cost is $10 for the spraying and it lasts for multiple trips to Cuyamaca as long as the boat is not used in another reservoir. The decontamination wash down station is for all craft and items used in the water, including boats, motors, kayak, canoes, float tubes and waders. Information: 760-765-0515 or Lake Cuyamaca Home Page.
HENSHAW: Good catfish action. The best bite has been all along the shoreline using shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel. The bluegill bite has been good near the dock. The crappie action is also good with fish averaging around a pound each and some bigger. There is also a fair bass bite. Fair to good carp action. Information: 760-782-3501.
LAKE MEAD: Stripers fair to good over much of the lake, with Hemenway, Boulder Bay, Gypsum Wash, the 33 Hole, and dam all producing fish on cut anchovies or live shad. Night fishing under lights as been the best bet. Fair catfish action reported on anchovies or shrimp. The largemouth bass action is fair off the points, with some surface action early in the mornings.
WILLOW BEACH: The action has continued good on the bigger stripers from the dam all the way down to Mile Marker 49 with quite a few fish from 15 to 20 pounds, but light fishing pressure. The trout action is also good right after the Friday plants on worms and Super Dupers. Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Fishing for stripers has continued to improve, but still just fair action in the southern portion of the lake, especially in the coves around the power lines and at the dam with a lot of three to five pounders showing on cutbaits, mostly anchovies and sardines in 15 to 45 feet of water. Night fishing with submersible lights is a good bet. Bass spotty, but some topwater action early and fish on plastics around structure the rest of the time. Catfish are fair on cut baits. Bluegill are also showing in good numbers in most coves and around structure. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Improving action with a fair catfish bite and fair to good striper action. Most of the stripers are under two pounds, but some bigger. They are showing from the Big Bend area all the way downriver to Havasu. Best bite on drifted anchovies. The bluegill bite is fair. There is a big fish derby ongoing through the end of September with a $12 entry fee per species category, stripers, catfish or trout. Half the pot goes to the angler with the biggest fish per category, remaining proceeds go to the Special Olympics. Information: Riveria Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES AREA: There is a pretty fair smallmouth bass bite in the main river from Needles south to I-40, especially on topwater lures early in the day. Slow to fair striper action, with the best bite early in the morning on fish under three pounds. But this bite is improving and more bigger fish are showing. A few catfish showing, but a tough bite. Slow largemouth bass action. Information: Needles Marina at 760-326-2197.
TOPOCK AREA: The action on small striped bass and smallmouth bass has been good this past week. While most of the stripers are under two pounds, a few bigger fish show each week. The smallmouth are mostly under a pound but showing in good numbers on crankbaits and small spinnerbaits in main current chutes and along river rip-rap. The bite is especially good in the gorge. Catfish are also pretty good on the same drifted baits with fish up to five pounds common. There’s a fair bite on catfish in Topoc Marsh for anglers braving the mosquitos at night or early morning. Topoc Marsh can be accessed by boat at North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. Information: Park Moabi at 760-326-3831 or Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954.
HAVASU: Striped bass bite continues to improve with the best action n the morning on Stump Jumpers cast or trolled. Still fishing cut sardines or anchovies producing numbers of small limits throughout the Windsor Basin south to Black Rock after sunup. Most are under two pounds. Smallmouth bass hitting red crankbaits or wacky-rigged plastics in eight to 14 feet. There continues to be good catfish action with a lot of four to 10 pound fish showing on frozen sardines and mackerel in most of the bays and coves at night and early and late in the day. A few flatheads over 10 being caught on live bluegill. The redear are good around the grass beds with a lot of fish topping a pound on nightcrawlers. Information: Angler’s Pro Shop at 928-854-2277, Black Meadow Landing at 760-663-3811, or Havasu Springs Resort at 928-667-2205.
PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish have been fair this past week and the smallmouth bass in the main river along the rip rap are also good. Bluegill and redear are good in backwaters and quiet water in the main river. Flatheads are also pretty good on goldfish and shiners.
BLYTHE: The catfish bite remains good, and there is a very good smallmouth bite in the main river. The main river and area canals, ditches, and backwaters have been good for the cats, while the smallmouth are best on small cranks, plastics, and topwater along river rip-rap in main current areas. The largemouth bass action is fair in the canals and backwaters. While the striped bass bite has been slow at the Palo Verde Diversion Dam, the stripers are stacked up in the first big bend below the diversion off the sandbar and whacking anchovies. The bluegill and tilapia action is good all along the lower river, backwaters, and ditches. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: The catfish and bass action is really starting to pick up, and there has continued to be a pretty good bluegill bite. The best catfish bite is still at night, for both flatheads and channels. The main river has a good smallmouth bite along the rip-rap in the main river, while the largemouth are starting to show in better numbers in the backwaters early and late in the day. Some topwater action for both bass. Stripers are slow. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: Fair to good largemouth bass action on plastic worms or nightcrawlers, with a topwater bite early and late in the day. The channel catfish action is fair to good on mackerel, shrimp or nightcrawlers. Fish from one to three pounds, with only a few better ones. The flathead action is just fair on goldfish, shiners, tilapia, and bluegill.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action fair to good on plastics cranks, and spinnerbaits, with more and more topwater action early and late in the day. Channel catfish and flatheads are both just fair with the heat. Few crappie, but the bluegill are still fair with some flurries of good action early in the morning. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or Martinez Lake Resort.
YUMA AREA: Bass action is good in the main river and river backwaters on minnows and plastics and there’s a morning topwater bite. Both channel catfish and flathead are just fair in the main river with the flatheads showing on live minnows, bluegill, or big crawdads. The Gila Main Canal area in East Yuma continues to fair to good for channel catfish action with some bass, redear and bluegill.
LOWER DESERT WATERS
SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite has continued slow with light fishing pressure due to the heat. The few tilapia that are showing have mostly been small. Information: Salton Sea State Recreation Area ranger station 760-393-3052.
ALAMO RIVER: Few reports, but the catfish action is fair with quite a few fish showing on nightcrawlers and cut baits.
COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: Few reports, but the catfish action has been fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut baits. A few stripers, largemouth, and bluegill.
ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.
FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.
WEIST LAKE: Last No report. Information: 760-352-3308.
SUNBEAM LAKE: No Report.
LAKE CAHUILLA: No report. Information: 760-564-4712.
GENERAL: For updated road and camping information: Interagency Visitor Center 760-876-6222. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or Bishop, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: Ken's Sporting Goods - Home (Bridgeport region), Sierra Drifters Fly Fishing Guide Service, Mammoth Lakes. Flyfishing Guide Service for Trout. Fly Fish Owens River from guided driftboats in Bishop. Flyfish Crowley Lake and Bridgeport in guided flats boats. Full service outfitter for Hot Creek, Uppe (mostly flyfishing), and Crowley Lake , the legendary home of the monstrer trout in the Eastern Sierra! (Crowley Lake only). All of these sites generally have reports updated each week.
COLEVILLE-TOPAZ REGION: The West Walker River has been very good for planted and wild trout with a lot of fish on hopper dries or a hopper and dropper two-fly rig. Little Walker River is good for brookies and rainbows, but fish are mostly small. Kirman Lake is excellent on brookies weighing up to four pounds, and cutthroat trout in the six- to eight-pound range. Best action on scud and streamer patterns for float-tubing fly anglers or small jigs and spinners for spin fishermen. Shore fishing tough because of tules and weed beds are making spin and fly fishing tough for even tube anglers. Information: Toiyabe Motel at 530-495-2281.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Flows have been consistent on the East Walker in the 160 range, and the fishing has been good early and late in the day. Good topwater action on Tricos and PMDs with caddis at dusk. Fish in the 20-inch class reported just about every day, but a lot of small fish. Bridgeport Reservoir has been good for float tube and boat anglers fishing the East Walker River channel and other creek channels. Yellow Power bait and gulp eggs as well as ‘crawlers are all producing for the bait fishermen. For fly anglers, it's been the best with soft hackles, streamers, and midging under an indicator has also been good. Twin Lakes have been just fair with a tougher bite for bait, lure, and fly anglers on pan-sized fish. The Virginia Lakes -- Big Virginia, Little Virginia, and Trumbel -- all excellent. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or Ken's Sporting Goods - Home.
LEE VINING REGION: Lower Rush Creek in the special regulation section has been just fair on small caddis dries or a two-fly rig with fish to 16 inches reported, but water level is getting low. Below 395, Rush is good but the fish are very small. Tioga, Saddlebag, Ellery and Lundy lakes are all excellent for bait, lure, and fly anglers. Lots of fly-bubble fish now thanks to an excellent mosquito crop. Remember the bug juice. Information: Untitled Document.
JUNE LAKE LOOP: Good action throughout the loop, especially on planted trout with floating baits or for fly anglers fishing streamers around weed beds or midge pupae under an indicator. June is producing a few cutthroat topping three pounds. Best bite is early and late in the day. Walker and Parker lakes are both good, and all higher elevation waters are generally good. Nights are already getting cooler up high and there are even reports of some color in the aspens. Information: Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake is good to excellent on midges under indicators in 12 to 15 feet of water or perch streamers along the weed beds. The best numbers of fish seem to be in the inlets, but fish are showing around much of the lake. Some good surface action most mornings. Algae has been a problem. The perch action is also good in 14 to 40 feet of water on small jigs fished to suspended fish. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek are both very good for fly anglers, with a lot of hoppers on the banks now. In the Mammoth Lake, all the lakes are good with regular trout plants weekly, or nearly so. Shuttle access to Red’s Meadow is running. Good action on planted trout in Rock Creek and Rock Creek Lake. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517, Performance Anglers at 760-924-2181, Convict Lake Resort at 760-934-3800, Crowley Lake Fish Camp at 760-935-4301, Tom’s Place at 760-935-4239.
BISHOP AREA: Sabrina Lake fair with some fish in the two-pound class. South Lake is very good at the dam and inlets in the upper lake. Bishop Creek is generally good on planted trout, with some wild fish. North Lake good for shore anglers and float tubers with a very good bite. The lower Owens River remains good for fly anglers. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good for lure, jig, bait, and fly anglers, especially for float tubers fishing near the inlet. Owens Gorge good for small browns on small dries. Information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Culver’s 760-872- 8361, Brock’s 760-872-3581,
BIG PINE TO LONE PINE AREA: Generally fair to good action after regular DFG plants. Information: 760-876-4444 or go to Lone PineChamber of Commerce | the Other Side of California.
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish action has remained very good, especially for anglers fishing frozen shad, but Sonny’s Dip Bait and clams are also good. Fair trout action at the auxiliary dam in deep water. Still a surprisingly good crappie bite, but anglers have to fish in flooded timber from boats or float tubes and live minnows are the only bait turning the trick. Some decent bass on cranks and plastics, also topwater early and late in the day. There is good action on bluegill, mostly on wax worms. Carp fair to good in shallows. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
KERN RIVER: The roadside section of the upper Kern has been good for fly anglers fishing small dries early and late in the day during hatches and egg-laying flights. Best action is in the upper couple of miles of the roadside stretch or on above the Johnsondale Bridge in the wild trout section. Water temps are cooler in this stretch, where the flows are under 300 cfs and dropping. The lower river flows are around 600 cfs this week. Richbar, Hobo areas best for smallmouth bass anglers fishing spinners, crawlers, and plastics. Also a few cats on the lower river on clams. The South Fork of the Kern from Rockhouse upstream has been very good for fly anglers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or Fly Fishing the Kern River) or James Store 760-376-2424.
TULE RIVER: All of the usual stocking areas, including the lakes at Balch Park, were planted last week by the DFG and the action has been good on crickets, salmon eggs, and Jake’s lures. Information: California Land Management - CLM, operator of outdoor recreation facilities, campgrounds, RV, recreational vehicle, cabins and related hospitality services, ca, calif. or Balch Park Pack Station Home.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Generally good striped bass action on bloodworms and some fish on swim baits. Most of the action is on small stripers, with as many under than over the 18-inch keeper size. The catfish bite is fair on cut baits, with shad the best. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite remains good on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. The carp action is also still fair to good on Powder Bait. Slow bass action, with the best action early and late in the day with some topwater stuff.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Bluegill are good on wax worms or crickets. The carp action remains fair to good on dough baits and Powder Bait. Slow bass action on nightcrawlers and plastics early or late in the day, with some after dark topwater.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill bite is good on crickets, wax worms, and meal worms. Bass are very slow with a few on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swim baits early and late in the day. Best action after dark on spinnerbaits and surface baits.
MING LAKE: Bluegill are good on wax worms, crickets, meal worms, and red worms. Good carp action on fish on Powder Bait, but other dough baits are also working. The bass and crappie bites are very slow, but there have been a few bass showing at dusk and after dark on reaction baits.
BRITE LAKE: No report. No DFG plants in over a month.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The lake levels are down, but the bluegill bite has been good on wax worms, meal worms, and nightcrawler pieces. Fair catfish action on frozen shad and Sonny’s Dip Bait. Lots of cats to four pounds reported. Very good carp action on Powder Bait. Bass, stripers, and crappie all slow, but the odd crappie still being caught on live minnows, and a few more largemouth are showing at first and last light on topwater baits. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: There is an excellent bluegill bite, but other species are mostly slow with the odd bass showing on topwater early and late in the day. Information: 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: Fair to good bass bite on live bait and plastics, but the bite is almost all at night. Bluegill are good to excellent. Information: 559-597-2526.
CENTRAL COAST LAKES
SAN ANTONIO: Overall the fishing is very spotty due to low water. Catfish the best bet for anglers fishing anchovies or chicken liver in the coves and off the points in five to 20 feet, with the best action very early and late in the day. There have been a few early morning boils on stripers at the dam and in the marina areas. Also some largemouth and smallmouth showing early on shad-like swim baits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Some bluegill, but crappie are slow. Information: 805-472-2818.
NACIMIENTO: Very low lake levels. Still some fair spotted bass action on rocky points on plastics with a morning topwater bite for both largemouth and spots. Slow crappie and white bass action, but the catfish are fair on cut baits, mostly early and late in the day. Carp remain pretty fair in the marina area on dough baits. Information: 805-238-1056 or Lake Nacimiento Resort and Marina.
SANTA MARGARITA: Fair bluegill and redear action, but overall still pretty tough fishing. A few catfish are also coming out and the dedicated bass anglers are getting some fish early and late in the day, especially on topwater, and a fair and improving bite. Light pressure. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 805-438-1522.
LOPEZ: Fair action on bluegill and redear on structure around much of the lake. Best action on nightcrawlers with fish topping a pound, but heat and light fishing pressure have lulled the action. Both largemouth and smallmouth are fair on plastics, with some surface action early and late in the day. Catfish also remain fair to good with some quality fish showing. Information: 805-489-1006.
Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be restocked with catchable-size rainbow trout from the Department of Fish and Game hatcheries this week. For updates in Southern California and the Eastern Sierra Nevada, you can call the DFG recording at 562-594-7268, or for updates in the Western Sierra, you can call 559-243-4005, x183. For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFG's web site at California Department of Fish & Game Fisheries Fish Planting Schedule by Regions.
LOS ANGELES: Bouquet Canyon Creek, Jackson Lake.
RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake.
SAN BERNARDINO: Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River, South Fork of the Santa Ana River.
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek, Intake No. 2, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Middle Fork Bishop Creek, North Lake, Rock Creek Lake, South Fork Bishop Creek, South Lake, Taboose Creek, Tinemaha Creek.
MONO: Tuttle Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lake George, Lake Mamie, Lake Mary, lower Twin Lake, lower Virginia Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek from French Camp to upper bridge at Rock Creek Lodge, Rock Creek from Paradise Lodge to Tuff Campground, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Trumbull Lake, Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Upper Twin Lake (Bridgeport), upper Virginia Lake, Walker River Little, West Walker River Section 2, West Walker River Section 3.
FRESNO: Kings River below the Pine Flat Reservoir, San Joaquin River below the Friant Dam.
TUOLUMNE: Lyons Canal, Middle Fork Stanislaus River, Moccasin Creek, Pinecrest Lake, Powerhouse Stream.
The following waters, listed by county, will be planted by the Department of Fish and Game with one-pound channel catfish this week.
No plants this week.