1. The Channel Islands rockfish bite is simply wide open for the boats running out of the Oxnard to Santa Barbara landings. The season reopened March 1, and the bite has been excellent since with anglers on everything from half-day to overnight boats getting 10-fish limits. The longer trips hit spots further offshore and get better quality fish and more variety, adding a few more whitefish and lingcod to the bag. Bottom line: You will return home with a full sack of great-eating fillets. For an update on this action, check with Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard at 805-985-8511, Hook’s Landing, also in Oxnard, at 805-382-6233, Sea Landing in Santa Barbara at 805-963-3564, or Harbor Village Sportfishing in Ventura at 805-658-1060.
2. Bass bites are breaking wide open across the region as the fish flood into the warming shallows for the coming spawn. While there are a number of waters producing a lot of fish right now, Casitas Lake might be one of the best bets with many anglers getting 10-plus fish per day and bass to six pounds have been reported in recent days. For an update on this bite call the marina at 805-649-2043.
3. The sleeper pick of the week is the budding crappie bite at Lake Isabella. There were a number of reports in recent days of full limits of crappie landed. That’s 25 fish per angler. While the fish are still mostly out in deeper water and mostly unreachable for shore anglers, crappie fanatics will take note of this bite. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.
(Channel Islands Sportfishing Co. photo)