1. The largemouth bass bite moves to the top pick this week as the spawn kicks into high gear just about everywhere. You pick a water, and there are likely to be spawning bass in the shallows. The top bets for this bite are Casitas, Castaic and the Castaic Lagoon, Lake Perris, and Lake Skinner. There are others just as good, but those four are really hot right now. You can call those lakes respective marinas for updates on the fishing.
2. The Coronado Islands yellowtail bite is the sleeper pick of the week. Most of the skippers think this bite is on the verge of breaking wide open, and there have been some pretty good scores (a couple of fish per rod) for the handful of three-quarter day boats making this run. Check with H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383, or Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627 for an update on this bite or to book a trip. Oh, you will need a passport for these trips.
3. The striped bass bite in the California aqueduct near Taft stays in the top picks. Anglers are reporting easy 30 to 40 fish days, mostly on cut sardines with other baits or lures far distant second-place choices. While many are under the 18-inch minimum keeper size, it has been pretty easy to get a two-fish limit of bigger stripers in the sizzling action. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.
(Casitas Water photo)