Compiled by Jim Matthews
MATTHEWS' PICKS OF THE WEEK
- 1. You need to go crappie fishing this weekend. Clay Rutledge at Bob's Bait in Bakersfield didn't want to officially proclaim it "Crappie Mania" quite yet. But the bite broke wide open last week at Lake Isabella with anglers getting 25-fish limit of slabs up to two pounds in Kissack Cove from shore on small live shiners. In an hour or so. The storm late last week slowed the bite down quite a bit, and it has been a another weird spring. So Rutledge was cautious. But with hot weather forecast, those crappie are going to spawn. It IS going to crappie mania at Isabella this weekend and some of the biggest crappie in a few seasons are going to be caught. You will want to check before you go, but you can call Bob's Bait for an update at 661-833-8657 and get an official proclamation about whether this bite is "official."
- 2. Crappie, part two. The weather has kept the Lake Elsinore crappie bite in just a holding pattern with fair catches of two to six fish per angler the last few days. But with warm weather forecast, a perfect moon phase for the rest of the week, and a spawn that just has to happen, the crappie bite at Elsinore is staying a top pick. The crappie have been big here, too, with fish to 2 1/2 pounds reported this week. The bite has been mostly for shore anglers fishing the northwest end of the lake in two to five feet of water with jigs in stickups. For an update on the bite and tips on where to fish, call William's Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640.
- 3. Crappie, part three. Kind of a sleeper pick, the Lake Piru crappie bite has been quietly building for two weeks and the action is now pretty much wide open. Like the other two picks, the crappie here are also running up to three pounds. The bite has mostly been along the west shore coves, on red worms, meal worms (yes, those are pretty a-typical crappie baits), and small jigs. You can check with the concession office at 805-521-1500, x208, or the gatehouse at x500, for an update on this action. It's looking like a crappie weekend.
FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS
- TROUT: The planted trout scene remains good throughout Southern California at all of the stocked waters, but we are nearing the end of the season at many places with plants ending. Top bets are western Riverside County's Corona Lake, the Orange County trio of Laguna Niguel Park Lake, Irvine Lake, and Santa Ana River Lakes and both the High Desert waters of Hesperia Lake and Jess Ranch, all with weekly plants continuing at least this week. In San Diego County, Poway, Jennings, Cuyamaca, Morena, Dixon, and Wohlford are all pretty fair bets. Other top bets include all the San Bernardino County Park Lakes (where this week's plants are the last of the season). Check the water-by-water reports for details. Big Bear Lake had a foot of new snow, but the trout bite remains very good bite along the north shore and in most bays, and the marinas are all now open. Another good bet is the fly action in the Kern River above Isabella and in Eastern Sierra's East Walker River, which is open year-around.
- BLACK BASS: The bass action remains wide open most places with the fish still in the shallows in full-on spawn modes. The bite is hot on plastics, reaction baits, and swim baits. Top best include Sutherland, Hodges, Lower Otay, Perris, Diamond Valley, Skinner, Casitas, and the whole lower Colorado River. Cachuma and Santa Margarita, and even the higher elevation waters like Piru and Pyramid are also very good. For anglers who want a big bass, check the DFG trout plants and hit those places planted this week with your big swimbaits.
- STRIPED BASS: The top pick is again the California aqueduct near Taft. This bite broke wide open over a month ago and just seems to be getting better each week. Lake Silverwood has been surprisingly good, and the bait bite at Diamond Valley improved this past week. Elsewhere, the striper bites all are very spotty right now. There are still fish showing at all the usual places -- Castaic and Skinner -- but the bite is mostly tough. Pyramid has been improving and could break open with the warmer weather. Best bite has been for trollers. On the Colorado River, the Willow Beach bite is still an option, but not a lot of big fish again this past week. Mojave and Havasu are both starting to turn on as the fish start to move around and move upriver for spawning.
- PANFISH: Crappie bites have broken wide open a lot of places this past week. Top picks are Isabella, Elsinore, Piru, and Cachuma, Henshaw, Otay, Hodges, and Sutherland should also surge back on since the storm. Nacimiento and Santa Margarita are also worth watching. Silverwood also continues to produce. The Salton Sea tilapia bite has been excellent with the full ice-chest mode the rule much of the past week. The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off a lot of places, too. The bite of note is the one at Lake Perris and Diamond Valley Lake could be a sleeper pick this week.
- CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite on the Colorado River seems to be getting better by the day. More and more 12 to 30-pound fishing are being landed each week in the lower river from Havasu south. The channel cats are also on a pretty good bite. Outside of the river, most of the action has been very spotty, but a few big cats are starting to show throughout the region. This week's sleeper pick would again be Hesperia Lake, which got a big catfish plant three weeks ago and will get the first of its weekly plants beginning Monday.
SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES
- BARRETT: The lake will open to fishing on May 2. Reservations are available through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
- HODGES: There were 50 anglers checked this past week who caught 112 bass with a 9.3-pounder landed by Inder Lopez, Spring Valley, the week's top fish. No crappie reported with the storm apparently pushing the fish back out of the shallows where they were moving in to spawn. The lake is open to fishing on a Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday schedule. Rental boat and concession information: 760-432-2023.
- EL CAPITAN: There were DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. No trout reports. There were 24 anglers checked who caught 36 bass. Bowfishing for carp is now allowed here. The lake is open Thursday through Monday with boat rentals available all five days (closed to fishing on Sundays). General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
- LOWER OTAY: There were 107 anglers checked who landed 130 bass to 5.4 pounds. Greg Bowers, Chula Vista, landed a 28.3-pound carp on a nightcrawler in the Otay Arm. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule and boat rentals are available all three days. General lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
- UPPER OTAY: There were six anglers checked this past week who caught 11 bass to 3.4 pounds. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for catch-and-release fishing (only artificial lures with single, barbless hooks), sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed, but anglers can still walk in. Lake information: 619-465-3474 (recording) or 619-397-5212 (concession) or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
- MURRAY: There were DFG plants this week and two weeks ago. Of the 36 anglers checked, there were 50 bluegill, two trout, and one bass reported. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are boat rentals Friday through Sunday and the new concession number is 619-466-4847.
- MIRAMAR: There were 16 anglers checked who had 24 bass. The lake is open for fishing seven days a week. Rental boats are available on Saturday and Sunday. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. New boat rental and concession information: 858-527-1722.
- WOHLFORD: The trout action has been sluggish with the rains and no plant for two weeks. The next stock is set for April 25. The best bite has been on PowerBait in greens and yellows, salmon eggs, and inflated nightcrawlers. The bass spawn has still yet to produce a double digit largemouth. When conditions remain favorable the spawning often occurs in a series of waves. It appears as if we are in a lull between the end of the first wave and the beginning of the second. Bass can be found around structure and bite most often in the early mornings and late afternoons. The crappie action is improving with fish to 1.9 pounds reported this week. Fishing is allowed seven days a week. Private boat launching is not allowed because of Quagga mussel fears. Information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.
- DOANE POND: No recent DFG plants.
- DIXON LAKE: The trout bite was pretty good after last week's plant but the storm late in the week slowed the bite and the action has been sluggish since. Most anglers are getting one or two fish and the bite is best on PowerBait in rainbow, chartreuse, and yellow, and Power Worms in green, red, and white. Only two trout plants remain this year, and there will be a 3,000-pound plant just before the 15th Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis charity trout derby to be held April 28-29. Lake permits during this event are $14 for adults, and $10 for seniors and youths. There will be prizes award each day for the top three rainbows and an overall grand prize for the biggest trout. More information at www.hvkiwanis.org. The bass action has been improving with more and more fish in the shallows on beds. Few catfish or panfish reports. No State fishing license required here. Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.
- POWAY: Good trout action after plants this week and last week. The boat bite has been best with the trollers finally starting to get limits on the flasher-nightcrawler rigs. Shore anglers are getting fish around much of the lake, but Half Moon Bay and Hidden Bay are the top spots. Ron Capati, La Mesa, landed a nine-pound rainbow on PowerBait in Half Moon Bay. The bass and bluegill-redear bites are also both starting to take off with the bass especially good in the shallows where the fish are on beds. Small plastics and reaction baits have been the best bet. The lake is normally open Wednesday through Sunday. A state fishing license no longer required here. Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.
- JENNINGS: The last trout plant of the season went in April 2, and the bite has been pretty good for trollers working Shadow Cove and the south end of the buoyline with Rapalas. The bass have been good with fish still on beds in the shallows. Jon Barzwell, San Diego, had a 10-6 largemouth on an Ika near the big rock. The catfish action is slow to fair, but a few fish are showing at the buoy line on cut baits. Catfish stocking will start soon and night fishing will kick off May 18. Other species slow. The lake is open Friday through Sunday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and shore fishing below the campground is available Monday through Thursday with permits available at the campground. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.
- MORENA: The trout bite has been fair to good with a few limits reported. Top fish was a 7-2 landed by Jim Alley, Coronado, on a Rapala near the dam, while Kyle and Jack Lewis, Sabre Springs, fished green PowerBait for a 10-fish stringer that weighed 12-4. Jessie Crewell, Bonita, had a two-pound rainbow on a nightcrawler. The bass bite has been good with the fish in the shallows mid-spawn. John Malzahn, El Cajon, had bass at eight pounds and 7-12 on two trips last week. A few catfish to seven pounds have been reported, but the bite is slow. Other species also slow. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
- CUYAMACA: The trout bite has been very good since the Mt. Lassen trout plant that included fish up to 12 pounds this past week. Top fish reported was an 8-5 caught by Howard Bradley, Fontana, at the Lone Pine on a No. 5 firetiger Rapala. Chris Sablis, Crest, had a 6-8 rainbow on PowerBait fished from a boat. There have been limits daily. A few bass, and quite a few small crappie are also starting to show. Private boats are allowed on the lake, including canoes and kayaks, 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 www.lakecuyamaca.org.
- HENSHAW: While the storm lulled the bite late last week and into the weekend, there is still a good crappie bite here with the fish showing off the fishing dock and the shoreline in good numbers. The best bite has been on small jigs and jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles. Most are around a pound, but some have been up into the 1-8 range. Few bass or catfish reports. All private boats must be checked and washed down for zebra and quagga mussels. Information: 760-782-3501.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY LAKES
- DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass bite has been excellent with fish still on beds and stacked up in the shallows, even though the storm late last week lulled things a little. The bite has primarily been on plastics, but swimbaits and reaction baits have also been good bets. Brandon Doran, Anaheim, caught a 7.18-pound bass on a plastic worm off the northwest shoreline. The striper action has been fair to good with some good catches of fish to six pounds made on cut baits, but there have been very few bigger swimbait fish in spite of both DFG and Mt. Lassen trout plants last week. Guide Mark Franco had one group out this week and they landed 33 stripers to six pounds on the bait. Trout have been good since the plants with some real quality fish showing on small jigs, Power Worms, floating dough baits, and inflated nightcrawlers. Adrian Contreras, Riverside, landed an 8-8 rainbow on a yellow and white PeeWee Jig shore fishing off the west side. The bluegill and redear are also both starting to move up for the spawn and quite a few quality redear are being caught on nightcrawlers. Catfish remain slow. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.
- PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bites are both kicking into gear with some very good catches reported this week from the east end, around the island, and in the marina. Some of the redear are topping a pound. The best bite has been on small jigs tipped with bait, red worms, and small trout plastics. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, had one of the first panfish limits in a while when he reported in with a mixed stringer of bluegill and redear. The bass have remained pretty good all around the lake with a lot of fish still in the shallows and whacking plastics, jigs, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits. Dipping some live shad and crawdads caught in the lake have been the hands-down best baits. Brian Smith, Riverside, landed a 7.7-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler from the east end. Christopher Mitchell, Redlands, had three bass to four pounds on crawdads near the launch ramps. The trout bite has remained fair to good from the marina back into the lots 11 and 12 area. PowerBait and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Few carp or catfish reports. The park and marina are still closed Wednesdays and Thursdays through April. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Marina hours 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
- SKINNER: While the storm lulled the bite, the bass action has been good with fish still all over the shallows on beds. The best bite has been on plastics and nightcrawlers with some anglers reporting 15-fish or more catch-and-release days all around the lake. Jess Gabler, Temecula, landed a four-pound bass on a Roostertail, while Shawn Millers, Wildomar, caught four bass to three pounds on Kastmasters. Trout have started to slow down with the last plant of the season four weeks ago, but some fish are showing in the east end, around the ramps, and at the inlet. Mike Diaz, Menifee, had a limit of five rainbows to 3-8 on rainbow garlic Power Bait at the inlet. The striped bass are fair at the dam, the inlet, and between ramps No. 1 and 2 on chicken liver and anchovies, but most are under four pounds. No catfish, crappie or carp reports. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
- ELSINORE: The crappie bite has been fair to good with some very good night action. Most anglers are getting from two to six fish during the day, but the night action has produced a few limits or near limits of 25 fish. The crappie are mostly quality fish in the 1 1/2-pound range with at least one fish at 2 1/2-pounds reported (it was 15 1/2-inches long with a 7 1/2-inch girth). The fish are mostly around stick-ups and cover in two to five feet of water and showing on small jigs fished under bobbers. The bluegill bite is also improving, and a few bass are starting to show. The catfish and carp bites are also fair. There have also been some wiper boils on shad this week, but few landed by anglers. For more information, call William's Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
- CORONA: A bonus plant of Lightning Trout went in on Friday. Overall, the trout action has been very good with many limits and some nice kicker fish from three to five pounds. The best bite continues to be on a wide variety of floating dough baits in bright colors, especially those impregnated or doused with garlic scent. The Berkley Mice Tails, Lip Ripper Ratz, small artificial trout worms, and small jigs also continue to catch a lot of fish. The trout are starting to concentrate in deeper water as the weather warms, and boat anglers have the best success at the dam and in the deeper water in the main part of the lake and off the far shoreline. But shore anglers making long casts at the dam and points can also get out to the rainbows. Kevin and Don Stephenson, Fallbrook, had seven rainbows for a total weighed of 22.4 pounds with a five pounder the top trout. Clint Love, Culver City, had three rainbows for a total weight of 15 1/4 pounds, including his best fish at 5 3/4 pounds. Robert Gallegos, Riverside, landed a pretty typical five-fish stringer that weighed 13 pounds and was topped off with a 3 1/2-pounder. While most fishermen are targeting trout, the few anglers fishing cut baits for cats or plastics for bass are having a good bite. Two-for-one entry day is set for Saturday, April 28. Coupons on web site at www.fishinglakes.com. There will be a Lip RipperZ' trout tournament May 5. Trout plants are weekly at least through April. No state fishing license is required here. Information: 951-277-3321 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
- EVANS LAKE: Few reports. But a few bass are showing on small reaction baits and plastics with the fish are starting to cruise the shoreline. A few panfish starting to show around the shoreline structure. No reports of catfish or carp.
- RANCHO JURUPA: No report. Information: 951-684-7032.
- FISHERMAN'S RETREAT: The last trout plant of the season went in last week and the first catfish plant is set for May 4. The trout bite has remained pretty fair, and the catch-and-release bass action has been good with the fish on beds. The bluegill bite is also starting to take off and quite a few catfish are showing. Information: 909-795-0171.
- LITTLE: Slow trout action with the last DFG plant four weeks ago. A few catfish and bluegill also being landed. Entrance fee is $10 per person, with a $3 per angler fishing fee. Kids five to 12 pay only a $5 entry fee. Kids under five only have to pay the fishing fee if they fish. A state fishing license is required to fish here and regular state limits apply. The lake phone is 530-526-7937.
- REFLECTION: Information: 951-654-7906 or www.reflectionlakerv.com.
- JEAN'S CHANNEL CATS: The catfish bite has been good to excellent on nightcrawlers with the fish averaging about two pounds. The trout are few and far between now. The lake is open only on weekends. No state fishing license is required to fish here. Information: 951-679-6562.
- LAKE HEMET: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Bluegill, bass, catfish and carp are all slow. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bowfishermen must check in first. Lake open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Boat inspections for quagga mussels are $7 and banding is $3. Half-price boat rentals weekdays. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680 or www.lakehemetcampground.com.
LAKE FULMORE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago at Lake Fulmore and nearby Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN LAKES
- SILVERWOOD: Good action on stripers, largemouth, and trout. The largemouth are starting to move shallow to spawn and the bite has been good in less than 12 feet of water on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. Dennis Garrahan, Crestline, landed a 5-8 largemouth on a swimbait off the marina rocks, and a six-pound striper. Striped bass remain good on swimbaits or drifted anchovies at the dam, spillway, Chemise, and around the marina with fish to 11 pounds reported. Brian Smith, Riverside,had three stripers for a total of 20-8, with an 8-8 his best fish, all on drifted nightcrawlers at the spillway. There was a DFG trout plant at the launch ramp on Friday with fair to good action since, and some holdover fish to two pounds are being caught on small lures and floating dough baits. The crappie bite has continued fair to good with most of the action still off the boat docks on small jigs tipped with crappie Nibbles. A few catfish are also starting to show for anglers fishing nightcrawlers and cut baits. No other reports. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. The park is closed on Wednesday and Thursday each week now through April (walk-in fishing still allowed). Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a petition at the Silverwood Country Store to get the lake opened back up those two days. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.
- GREGORY: DFG trout plants this week and last week. These are the first two plants of the season. No reports. For more information, call the Lake Gregory boathouse at 909-338-2233.
- GREEN VALLEY: No report. Recorded information: 909-867-2009 and the new website is www.gvlfishing.com.
- ARROWBEAR: DFG trout plants this week and last week.
- JENKS REGION: Mostly slow action with just a few trout showing. Parking area should open soon, but anglers can still walk in and fish for holdover fish. No DFG plants yet this season. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork were planted with DFG trout last week and three weeks ago. Jenks Lake: 909-747-5098. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.
HIGH DESERT LAKES
- HESPERIA: The trout bite remains excellent here with weekly plants of rainbows, including trophy fish. The last trout plant of the season will be next week. A number of rainbows topping 15 pounds reported this past week. Also a few sturgeon caught. Catfish will be planted each week beginning Monday and the bite on cats has been fair on cut baits and nightcrawlers. 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. No state fishing license is required here. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH: Trout action has remained very good here with the best bite on PowerBait in salmon peach, garlic, spring green, and orange, inflated nightcrawlers, trout jigs, and small trout plastics. Lots of limits of fish averaging around two pounds or a little better. The bass and bluegill bites are both starting to kick into gear with the fish starting to move into the shallows. Also a few catfish to five pound showing on cut baits. The lake complex is open every Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is stocked with trout each week on Friday from its own hatchery. Lake information: 760-240-1107 or www.jessranchlakesnews.com.
MOJAVE NARROWS: This is the last week for county trout plants, and there were DFG plants two and four weeks ago. Horseshoe Lake is still closed due to flood damage. Pelican Lake is remains open. For lake information: 760-245-2226.
INLAND VALLEY LAKES
- CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: This is the last week for county trout plants, and DFG were planted last week and three weeks ago. Information: 909-481-4205.
- PRADO: This is the last week of county trout plants, and the DFG planted last week and three weeks ago. A few catfish are starting to show and the anglers targeting carp are doing pretty well. Some decent largemouth bass and a few carp are being caught. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.
- YUCAIPA: Trout action has been good in the middle lake with quite a few limits reported on fish averaging around two pounds. This is the last week of county trout plants, and DFG trout were planted this week and two weeks ago. Lake information: 909-790-3127.
- GLEN HELEN: There were 273 entrants in the final event in this year's San Bernardino County Park's trout derby series held this past Saturday, and 279 trout were weighed in. The big fish was a 3-9 rainbow landed by Henry Fabela, Pomona, on a pink power worm from the small lake. Angel Chavez, Rialto, was second with a 3-2 trout on a trigger jig, also from the small lake. Juventino Aguirre Urzua, Moreno Valley, was third with a 3-2, while Norm Stone, San Bernardino, had a 2-10 for fourth, and fifth went to Robert Hicks, Yucaipa, with a 2-8. This is the last week for country trout plants here, and there were DFG plants two and four weeks ago. The second Fish N Kids Family Fishing Derby will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. All proceeds will be used to support Kimbark Elementary School in Devore. All of the field trips for its science magnet students are targeted for elimination this year because of budget cuts. Entry is $10 for kids, or $20 if a rod and reel is needed (which the child keeps). Adults are $15 each, or $25 with a rod, and spectators are $5 each. Raffle prizes and big fish awards will be given away throughout the event. Registration must be done online, go to www.kimbarkfishing.org or facebook.com/fishnkids. For additional derby information, call 909-384-8188. Glen Helen information: 909-887-7540.
- MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: 909-982-4246.
- SECCOMBE LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Few reports. Information: 909-384-5233.
ORANGE COUNTY LAKES
- SANTA ANA RIVER: There was a surprise bonus plant of Lightning Trout on Friday this past week, along with the regular plants of rainbows, and the bite has remained very good. Top fish was an 18-pound rainbow caught by Al Rotta, Lomita, fishing a green floating bait off La Palma Point, and he also had a seven-pounder on rainbow dough bait, but many anglers are getting three to five-pound fish to anchor nice stringers of trout. Tony Lopez, East Los Angeles, had trout at five and 3 1/2 pounds on Lip RipperZ Ratz at Levitz Corner. Lance Kerley, Orange, and Brendan Power, Santa Ana, had 13 rainbows for a total of 23 pounds fishing Lip RipperZ jigs with Love Sauce. Ken Martin, Artesia, landed five rainbows topped off by a five-pounder, all on chartreuse dough bait. The best action has been on a wide variety of floating baits and the Power Mice and Lip Ripper Ratz. The small trout worms and trout jigs are also very good bets. The rainbows are still showing all around both lakes. There is an ongoing big fish contest running now through Sunday, May 13, and the angler who catches the largest trout on a Lip RipperZ product will win a free $500 Turner's Outdoorsman shopping spree. Two-for-one entry day is set for Saturday, April 28. Coupons on web site at www.fishinglakes.com. Weekly trout plants will continue at least through April. Other than float tubes, no water craft are allowed due to fears of invasive quagga mussels being introduced into the water system. No state fishing license is required here. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
- ANAHEIM: Closed. Anaheim Lake only opens when Santa Ana River Lakes is closed for cleaning and maintenance. Information: 714-996-3508 or www.fishinglakes.com.
- IRVINE: The hot trout and bass action has continued here in spite of the storm late last week. The Western Outdoor News Trout Opener event was won by Jason Mullen, Orange, with a 13.04-pound rainbow, earning him a fishing vacation to Alaska. He caught the trout on a perch-color CD7 countdown Rapala. Dan Coll, La Habra, had a 12.95-pound trout on a Mira-Shad off the west shore, while Najah Cater, Inglewood, landed an 11-2 rainbow trout on PowerBait in Boat Dock Cove. Tim Lunsford, San Bernardino, caught a 10-6 rainbow trout on a Rapala at mid-lake. The bass bite has also been very good with the two to four-pound largemouth stacked up in the shallows and catching and releasing 20 to 40 fish a day on plastics is common. There are also some bigger fish to 10 pounds in the shallows. While the catfish are spotty, a 28-2 blue cat was landed by
- Chris Hagopian, Redondo Beach, on mackerel on the flats. Crappie are showing on drop-shot two-inch Gulp! Minnows or drifted Atomic Tubs with a meal worm. Best action in 12 to 20 feet of water in Boat Dock Cove and Santiago Flats. Some are also being caught by trout trollers. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 714-649-9111 or www.irvinelake.net.
- LAGUNA NIGUEL: The trout bite has continued very good after plants last week. The best bite has been on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawler, trout plastics, and small cranks all getting fish. Fly anglers are also getting lots of fish on midges fishing on the flats. The bass action has been wide open during the warm weather. The best bite has been on plastic worms with lots of fish on beds and cruising the shallows. Crappie have also taken off with small fish along the shorelines and slabs to three pound showing around deeper structure on small jigs. Information: 949-362-3885 or www.lagunaniguellake.com.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
- CACHUMA: The trout action was excellent for the trout derby this past weekend after plants of 4,000 and 4,500 pounds the last two weeks, and there were a lot of four to six-pound rainbows landed for both shore and boat anglers. For the trollers, the best action has been on Rapalas, Needlefish or Thomas Buoyants fishing from the surface down to two colors of leadcore. For shore anglers, any of the PowerBaits were good off E Point, the Mohawk area, and Harvey's Bay. Connor McCanna, 6, Lancaster, landed an 8-8 rainbow in the Mohawk area, while Jake Villapania, Santa Barbara, had a five-fish limit that weighed 11 pounds, including a three pounder to top of his stringer, all on nightcrawlers. The bass bite has also continued very good on Senkos, plastics, and reaction baits with many fish on beds. The bite is all in less than 10 feet. The crappie bite slowed with the storm, but still fair in the narrows, Santa Cruz Bay, and Cachuma Bay on mini jigs and trolled Rapalas. A few catfish are just starting to be caught. Bow-fishing for carp has also been pretty good on warm, sunny days with quite a few double-digit fish arrowed this past week. Free bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
- CASITAS: The bass action has been excellent with the fish in mid-spawn. Lots of male bass on beds and the average fish has been from 1-8 to two pounds with a few bigger fish in the four to six-pound range. The bite is best on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, Senkos, and a wide variety of reaction baits. Jeff Payda, Glendale, had a 5-8 bass on a plastic, while Roger Tousignant, Oakview, managed to scoop some shad and get a seven-pound bass and a two-pound crappie. The crappie have been very spotty but those showing have been slabs. The trout bite is slow to fair for trollers and really tough for shore anglers. Trollers working along the north shore continue to get some nice stringers of fish to four pounds on Needlefish or flashers and nightcrawlers, but the trout are moving deeper by the day. The redear bite is also been fair with some good quality fish showing on nightcrawlers, mostly in Station Canyon. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The lake is open every day, including all holidays. Information: 805-649-2043.
- CASTAIC: The largemouth bass bite has been wide open and perhaps even better than last week. The fish are stacked up in the shallows and on the points. Plastics, Senkos, and a wide variety of reaction baits are getting fish now in the middle of the spawn. Anglers are reminded that Dry Gultch is closed from now through May 26 to allow fish to spawn unmolested in that part of the lake. The catfish bite has been fair off Kong Island and at the buoy line in 60 to 80 feet of water, mostly on sardines. The stripers remain tough with only a few fish showing ice jigs, and the DFG trout plant last week didn't seem to help that bite much. The panfish bite has also been improving in both the big lake and lagoon. The trout bite was good through the weekend at the ramp, but high winds this week have pushed the trout out and made fishing in general unpleasant. Information: 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
- PIRU: The excellent bites on both bass and crappie continue. The crappie are running up to three pounds and they are showing along the west shoreline between Reasoner and Juan Hernandez coves and in Diablo Cove. The best bite has been on small jigs, with some on red worms and meal worms. The bass are still all over the shallows in mid-spawn. The bite has been good on plastics, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. During two weekend bass tournaments, all of the boats reported in with limits, and the winning weight in one event was 26 pounds, including an eight-pound kicker fish. The bluegill and redear are also starting to bite on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Other species still slow. Information: main office at 805-521-1500, x208, the gatehouse at x500, or at www.camplakepiru.com.
- PYRAMID: The striper bite has been steadily improving with fair to good action this past week. The best bite is for trollers, but the bait bite has been nearly as good with the fish still in deeper water. Most of the fish are from two to four pounds. The black bass action has been generally good with the fish stacking up in the shallows for the spawn. Both smallmouth and largemouth have been showing in this bite. Best action on plastics and reaction baits. The catfish are also starting to show in the coves on cut baits, but that is still mostly slow to fair. Trout have been pretty good and a DFG plants this week and two weeks ago. Also quite a few holdover rainbows to four pounds showing in the Vaquero area, off Spanish Point, and at the dam on floating baits, trout plastics, and small jigs. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
- QUAIL: No reports.
- PUDDINGSTONE: The bite has remained slow to fair overall, but the bluegill and redear bites have improved with the warm weather. Most are small. The trout action is also fair with some limits showing for anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers or floating baits off the north shore at the umbrellas near the end of the ski beach. DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The bass and catfish have been tough, but anglers targeting the carp are seeing fair action. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.
- SANTA FE DAM: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.
- ALONDRA PARK: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago.
- BALBOA PARK: No recent DFG plants. Carp fishing has been slow.
- BELVEDERE PARK: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago.
- CERRITOS PARK: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago.
- DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG trout plants this week and threer weeks ago.
- ECHO PARK: No recent DFG plants.
- EL DORADO PARK: DFG trout plants last week and two weeks ago.
- ELIZABETH: DFG trout plants last week and two weeks ago.
- HANSEN DAM: DFG trout plant last week and two weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
- HOLLENBECK: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.
- JOHN FORD PARK: No recent DFG plants.
- KENNETH HAHN PARK: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago.
- LA MIRADA PARK: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago.
- LEGG LAKES: DFG trout plant last week and two weeks ago.
- LINCOLN PARK: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago.
- MAGIC JOHNSON: No recent DFG plants.
- MACARTHUR PARK: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago.
- PECK ROAD PARK: DFG trout plants last week and two weeks ago. Information: 818-448-7317.
ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.
- LAKE MEAD: Overall tough action. The lake level way up from November, its lowest level in decades, and there is a huge volume of shad in the lake, which might explain the tough bite. Some stripers are showing on cut baits at the dam and Katherine's. And the best bite has been at night during the dark moon phases. The bass bites have both improved as the fish move shallow for the spawn. Both largemouth and smallmouth have been reported in good numbers on plastics, with even a crew crankbait and topwater fish. Redear and bluegill bite is fair with most fish in six to 20 feet of water. Catfish also very spotty with some on cut baits. Water level is about 40 feet above the level at this time last year with lots of flooded brush, even if fairly deep water. That's where the bass and panfish have been hanging out to ambush the shad.
- WILLOW BEACH: The striped bass action has been just fair this past week with fewer stripers than previous week. The best action is still in the stretch between mile markers 49 to 52, with the big trout-like plugs and swimbaits the best bet. The trout bite remains good on salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms, Super Dupers and other small lures and jigs after the weekly plants of 3,000 rainbows. Lots of limits reported. Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
- LAKE MOHAVE: The black bass are mostly in the shallows and the bite has been good on plastics, grubs, and jigs. Some stripers are showing for trollers working anchovies in 30 to 50 feet with a few fish to 10 pounds reported in Cottonwood Basin and at the Power Lines near the dam. The stripers showing in the dam area are in the two to four-pound range. The catfish bite has been improving in the bays and off the points on cut baits. No panfish reports. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine's Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.
- LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striper bite is starting to break open with more and more fishing showing, especially in the Avi stretch of the river on cut baits, but the fish are showing up into the Rotary Park and Big Bend areas, too. Dane Dupre, Bullhead, had stripers at 6.76 and 3.22 pounds on anchovies from shore near the Avi bridge. The trout bite is still fair to good from the dam through the Rotary Park stretch on both bait and lures. A fair smallmouth bass bite in the Willow Valley area. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
- NEEDLES AREA: Very spotty fishing in this stretch of river. A few smallmouths are showing along rip-rap with the action better the further south you go. Also the striper are starting to show on cut baits and cranks along with the occasional catfish. Information: Needles Marina at 760-326-2197.
- TOPOCK AREA: Good to excellent action throughout the gorge region on smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, redear, and bluegill. Both smallmouth and largemouth have really turned on with a lot of two to three-pound fish showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. The panfish are good in the gorge and marsh on nightcrawlers. Striper action has been improving on drifted anchovies and cranks as quite a few fish move up out of Havasu. Topock Marsh can be accessed by boat at North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. Information: Phil's Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle's Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
- HAVASU: The striper bite is finally kicking into gear. The best bite has been on slow-trolled cut anchovies rigged behind one to two ounce banana sinkers with a two to four foot leader. This anchovy rig should be skipping along the bottom for best results. Top spots have been the main basin north of Winsor, Havasu Landing, and California Bay. The best action for bait anglers fishing at anchor has been upriver in the
- Devil's Elbow to Castle Rock stretch where the stripers are staging before moving upriver to spawn. First couple hours of the morning have produced the best quality stripers, and there is even some topwater action staring now with surface temps rising into the mid to upper 60s. The largemouth and smallmouth bass spawn is winding down but the bite remains good. Most anglers are fishing chartreuse-tailed finesse worms no longer than 4 1/2 inches. Small crawdad type plastics have been working good, too. Increasing reports of redear or catfish in the main lake, but the redear bite up in the river and Topoc Gorge has been very good in the sun-warmed backwaters, mostly on nightcrawlers. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.
- PARKER STRIP: Fair to good smallmouth bass along the rip-rap on small cranks, plastics, and jigs. The catfish are fair to good on cut baits in the bigger pools and eddies. Bluegill and redear are good in the backwaters and quiet water in the main river. No flathead reports.
- BLYTHE: Good action on flatheads, channels, and largemouth bass. The bass are mostly in the shallows in a spawn mode with the best bite on plastics, jigs, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The catfish have been good, mostly on cut baits and live bluegill or goldfish in the local drainage ditches and the main river. The smallmouth bass are fair and improving on crawdad-like crankbaits and plastics in the main river along the rip-rap. The tilapia and panfish bites have been getting better by the day. Few striper reports. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
- PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite is pretty good with the fish still in the shallows, although the spawn is winding down. The smallmouth action in the main river is very good on small reaction baits, cranks, and jigs. The catfish action is also really starting to take off with good reports from both the main river and lagoon this past week. The panfish bite is already kicking into gear with some good catches of half-pound bluegill. Cibola Lake, a popular fishing backwater lake on the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, reopened to fishing March 15 and the bass bite has been very good since. Also some catfish from Cibola. Information: Walter's Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
- PICACHO AREA: The bass are good on plastics and live baits with some fish still showing on reaction baits. Generally fair and improving action on catfish, and the bluegill bite is starting to improve, especially in the sun-warmed backwaters.
- MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good on plastics, jigs, and live bait, as more and more fish move shallow for the spawn. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits, and the quality flathead action is picking up with some nice fish to 20-pounds-plus this past week. Bluegill are fair and improving, too, but still no crappie reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.
- YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good and getting better by the day with the best action on plastics, nightcrawlers and reaction baits in the warmer backwaters with some fish already in shallow water on beds for the spawn. The channel catfish action also fair to good. Flatheads also fair on live bluegill, tilapia, or goldfish. Fair bluegill bite in most backwaters and this bite is getting better by the day.
LOWER DESERT WATERS
- SALTON SEA: While the tilapia action hasn't been wide open with yet another cool, storm front stalling the bite, the action has been consistent on the warm days with most anglers getting at least a few fish to 1 1/2 pounds. The bite remains on small nightcrawlers pieces fished right on or near the bottom, and, as usual, all the reports right now are still coming from the jetty at the State Park headquarters and the free fishing jetty at the refurbished Salton Sea Yacht Club. Information: Visitor Center (open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 760-393-3810, Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).
- ALAMO RIVER: No reports.
- COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: No reports.
- ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.
- FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.
- WEIST LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago. Information: 760-352-3308.
- SUNBEAM LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
- LAKE CAHUILLA: DFG trout plant three weeks ago. Information: 760-564-4712.
General trout season will reopen April 28 on all waters in this region. For up-to-date road and campground information by region, call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call 760-876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call 760-873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call 760-924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call 760-647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call 760-932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or www.bishopvisitor.com, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River continues to be very good even with flows fluctuating a little this past week, but staying down (around 40 cfs). Overcast days have had good dry fly action, but the nymph bite has been the hot ticket. The trout are averaging 14 to 16 inches, but fish 18 inches or better are showing each day. Information: Ken's Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: The fishing has remained good on the Upper Owens with nymphs, streamers, and egg patterns. There are still a few big lake-run rainbows to 26 inches (most 16 to 20 inches) and a few browns showing in the river, but most of the action has been on smaller rainbows. Hot Creek remains very good for fly anglers with daily mayfly and caddis activity, midges in the evenings, and nymph fishing all day. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AREA: Trout plants in Pleasant Valley Reservoir this week and two weeks ago have made for good action. The lower Owens has been very good with nymph, streamer and dry fly anglers all scoring. There were DFG plants in the Owens River last week and three weeks ago below Tinemaha. Fishing information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010, Culverís 760-872-8361, Brockís 760-872-3581.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: The early trout season on the small streams on the west side of Highway 395 from Independence Creek on the north to Cottonwood Creek continues fair to good, and there were DFG plants this week at Baker, Big Pine, and Lone Pine creeks and Diaz Lake. Information from the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce at 760-876-4444 (or www.LonePineChamber.com). Fishing information: Long Pine Sporting Goods at 760-876-5365 or High Sierra Outfitters at 760-876-9994.
LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite broke wide open last week. One group of anglers reported catching 25-fish limits in an hour in Kissack Cove on small, live minnows. The bite remained simply exceptional until the storm hit on Friday and that pushed the fish back out. The bite should be snapping back on this week. These fish all mostly one to two-pound crappie. Is it crappie mania time? Maybe by this weekend. There has also been a very good bite on channel cats on frozen shad, and lots of trout are showing off the points and at the auxiliary dam. The trout have been best on floating dough baits, Power Mike Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers. Also quite a few bass being caught and the bluegill bite is also just starting to kick into gear. For fishing information: Bob's Bait 661-833-8657.
KERN RIVER: Trout action is good on the upper river, and DFG trout plants are again slated for all the sections this week. The best action has been on salmon eggs, crickets, and nightcrawlers. Fly anglers are also seeing good action in the 20-mile stretch above Kernville with a very good March Brown hatch at mid-day and while the dry-fly action has been sporadic, the nymph fishing has been very good with the warmer weather. Water temps are still pretty cold (low 50s at mid-day), but the river is below 400 cfs and very fishable. In the lower river flows are right around 400 cfs and the trout bite has been pretty fair and plants were slated for all the sections this week. The smallmouth are slow. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or James Store 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has continued excellent this past week. The best action on fish over the 18-inch minimum size has been on jumbo minnows with many anglers reporting almost instant strikes on the big baits. A few bigger fish are also showing on the KPN lipless cranks (or similar baits). Smaller minnows, sand worms, blood worms, and frozen anchovies aren't getting the quality fish, but you can't keep the sub-keeper 15 to 16-inch fish off the hook. A few catfish are also starting to show here, but that bite is still building. Information: Bob's Bait 661-833-8657.
MILL CREEK PARK: Mostly slow action with the odd catfish showing, and some improvement in the bass and bluegill action.
HART PARK LAKE: The bass action has also been pretty good with a lot of fish well into the spawn. Nightcrawlers and plastics have been top bets. Fish to five pounds have been reported this past week. No DFG plants over a month and the bite has slowed down. More and more bluegill are also starting to show in a fair to good bite, but carp and catfish still slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass action is fair to good with most of the fish in shallow and showing on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small reaction baits. The bluegill bite is also beginning to kick into gear with good action on red worms, meal worms, wax worms, and nightcrawler pieces. There have also been some crappie reports by anglers fishing small minnows. Trout slow with no DFG plant in over a month.
RIVER WALK PARK: The best action has been for the bass which have flooded into the shallows to spawn, and the bluegill and carp bites are also improving with each warm day. Trout slow with no plant in over a month.
MING LAKE: The bass bite has been pretty good with a lot of fish showing on plastic worms, Senkos, and Brush Hogs with the fish all over the shallows in the spawn. Also quite a few bluegill starting to show in red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. There was also a pretty fair pick on crappie on small minnows this past week. Trout are slow with the most recent DFG plant over a month ago.
BRITE LAKE: Slow trout action with no DFG plants for a month.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The largemouth bass bite is good with the fish all over the shallows in the spawn. Best action on plastics, Brush Hogs, Senkos, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill action is also starting to turn on for anglers fishing meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie are showing on small minnows. Catfish slow. Information: Bob's Bait 661-833-8657.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: There has been fair to good action on bass and the bluegill bite is also starting to kick into gear. The bass have been best on a wide variety of plastics or nightcrawlers, while the bluegill are showing on red worms, nightcrawlers, wax worms, and meal worms. No recent DFG trout plants, but the odd trout is still showing on floating bait.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been very good with the fish all over the shallows in the spawn. Plastics, nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and even Alabama rigs are all getting quite a few fish. Also some bluegill starting to show on small baits. Most recent DFG trout plant was four weeks ago and the trout have been spotty. Other species slow. Information: 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been very good on plastics, Brush Hogs, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits. The fish are in the shallows in the middle of the spawn and 20 fish days have been common. Most of the fish are small males under two pounds, but some bigger fish are showing. No DFG trout plants for over a month. Slow action on the trout. The bluegill action is starting to kick into gear with better catches during the past week on small baits. Information: 559-597-2526.
CENTRAL COAST LAKES
SAN ANTONIO: The black bass action is still good with most of the fish in shallow water in various stages of the spawn. The bite is best in two to 12 feet of water on plastics, smaller swimbaits, cranks, spinnerbaits, and Alabama rigs. No striper reports. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: marina at 805-472-2818, Bee Rock Store at 805-472-9677, or Jim's Pro Bass Tackle at 805-237-0549.
NACIMIENTO: The white bass have started moving up into the Nacimiento River and Las Tables Creek on the annual spawning run. There has been good action on the whites in Las Tables for trollers and anglers tossing shad-like swimbaits and spoons. There is also good spotted bass action with the fish flooding the shallows and showing on plastics and reaction baits in three to 15 feet of water. There has also been a pretty good bite on quality crappie, but overall, still light fishing pressure. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. Information: marina at 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com, Bee Rock Store at 805-472-9677, or Jim's Pro Bass Tackle at 805-237-0549.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite has been very good with a lot of quality fish showing on plastics, spinnerbaits, jigs and Alabama rigs. The fish are still on beds along most shorelines. Top fish this past week was an 8-2 landed by Sean McCombs, Taft, fishing a nightcrawler near the marina. In a weekend bass event, it took a five-fish, 24-pound limit topped off with a seven-pounder to win. The bluegill, redear and crappie bites are all starting to take off. Quite a few crappie are showing in schools in the back end of the lake, and the redear are just starting to move shallow for the spawn. Christine Hutchinson, Atascadero, landed a two-pound redear at the courtesy dock. The catfish are still mostly slow. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 805-438-1522.
LOPEZ: Very good bass action on on plastics fished drop-shot style, but the bass are showing on everything from cranks and spinnerbaits to small jigs to Alabama rigs. The bulk of the action is in less than 12 feet of water and the fish are running up to six pounds. The bluegill and redear bites are also starting to kick into gear on red worms and nightcrawlers in six to 12 feet of water. A few crappie continue to show on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles fished around structure, especially around the docks and in Marina Cove. Other species very slow. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed. Anglers need to think cleaned, drained, and dry or they are likely to be denied access. 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 new stocking web site at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.
LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Crystal Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Jackson Lake, Kenneth Hahn Park Lake, La Mirada Park Lake, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Pyramid Lake.
ORANGE: Laguna Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake.
RIVERSIDE: Fulmor Lake, Perris Lake, Strawberry Creek.
SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake, Gregory Lake, Miller Canyon Creek, Yucaipa Park Lake.
SAN DIEGO: Lake Murray.
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Diaz Lake, Lone Pine Creek, Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
KERN: Alder Creek, Cedar Creek, Kern River (Sections 0-5).
TULARE: Deer Creek, Kern River (Section 6), Spear Creek (Poso Creek), White River.
FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River below Pine Flat Dam, Shaver Lake, San Joaquin River below Friant Dam.
No DFG catfish plants until late spring.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
By Terrence Berg
YELLOWTAIL SHOWING OFF LA JOLLA: Since Saturday, there has been a fair bite on quality yellowtail off the La Jolla Kelp. Most of the fish are from 25 to 30 pounds. They fish were reported for private boaters fishing dropper-loops with mackerel or sardines, and then some fish were caught on bird schools. Most of the action at mid week has been on yo-yo iron fished in deeper water on sonar marks. Local half- and three-quarter day boats have been getting from two to seven fish per trip, but the San Diego had 10 fish at mid-day on Wednesday.
ROCKFISH STILL EXCELLENT: The rockfish action from the Santa Monica Bay to points north continues to be excellent for half, three-quarter, and overnight boats fishing rockfish. Since the surface bite is lagging, the skippers are taking anglers to the best fishing of the season with rockfish limits common for Channel Islands Sportfishing boats, even on half-day trips. But three fish catches to full 10-fish limits are common all along the SoCal coastline. Some typical scores from the last few days. The Mission Bell out of Point Loma Sportfishing in San Diego was out on Monday with 32 anglers on a half-day trip and they landed 89 rockfish, five sand bass, three calicos, three sculpin, and one cabezon. The Freelance out of Davey's Locker in Newport had 34 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip and they landed 102 rockfish, limits of bocaccio at 68, 27 red snapper, and three whitefish. The Spitfire out of Marina del Rey, was out of a three-quarter-day trip with 15 anglers and they had limits of rockfish at 150 and 25 sculpin. The Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Sportfishing, was on a half-day trip Tuesday with 37 anglers and they had 74 (limits) bocaccio and 61 rockfish. At Channel Islands Sportfish, both the Aloha Spirit and Gentlemen were out on full and three-quarter day trips, respectively, and the anglers on board all had limits of rockfish.
SALMON NEWS: The recently-opened ocean salmon has been spotty in the Channel Islands, but the bite has been very good from Avila north on the Central Coast. The Morro Bay boats have been reporting good action on 15 to 30 pound kings, and in the Santa Cruz region, skiff anglers have been getting limits in less than three hours of fishing.
LONG RANGE STILL AWESOME: The long-range fishing fleet out of San Diego continues to focus on the exceptional yellowfin tuna and wahoo fishing located off the cape of Baja and south into the Clipperton reigon. The Excel arrived on the big tuna grounds off Baja on Tuesday and immediately there were a wide open wahoo bite. In deeper water off the edge of the bank, the yellowfin opened up and the anglers on board finished with 50 tuna from 90 to 180 pounds. The Royal Polaris was off Clipperton and reported 26 giant yellowfin on Tuesday and four wahoo. The big yellowfin was a 218 pounder.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the year, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next trip is a two-day trip aboard the Black Pearl out of Long Beach Sportfishing set to leave Friday, April 27, to target white seabass and yellowtail at the local islands. Cost is $225 per angler. For information on upcoming 976-TUNA instructional charters, call 562-352-0012 or go to the website at www.976-TUNA.com.
Southern California: Virg's Sportfishing, Morro Bay, 805-772-1222; Patriot Sportfishing, Avila Beach, 805-595-7200; Sea Landing, Santa Barbara, 805-963-3564; Harbor Village Sportfishing, Ventura, 805-658-1060; Channel Islands Sportfishing, Oxnard, 805-985-8511; Captain Hook's Sportfishing, Oxnard, 805-382-6233; Port Hueneme Sportfishing has merged with Channel Islands Sportfishing; Malibu Pier Sportfishing, 310-328-8426; Marina Del Rey Sportfishing, Marina del Rey, 310-822-3625; Redondo Sportfishing, Redondo Beach, 310-372-2111; Rocky Point Fuel Dock (skiff rentals for King Harbor), Redondo Beach, 310-374-9858; 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro, 310-832-8304; L.A. Harbor Sportfishing, San Pedro, 310-547-9916; Long Beach Sportfishing, Long Beach, 562-432-8993; Pierpoint Landing, Long Beach, 562-983-9300; Marina Sportfishing, Long Beach, 562-598-6649; Newport Landing, Newport Beach, 949-675-0550; Davey's Locker, Newport Beach, 949-673-1434; Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Dana Point, 949-496-5794; Helgren's Sportfishing, Oceanside, 760-722-2133; Fisherman's Landing, San Diego, 619-221-8500; H&M Landing, San Diego, 619-222-1144; Seaforth Landing, San Diego, 619-224-3383; Point Loma Sportfishing, San Diego, 619-223-1627; Islandia Sportfishing, San Diego, 619-222-1164.
Mexico Landings: Sergio's Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.
Contact Shawn Hobson at (800) 200-1601.
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