1. Crowley Lake stays the top pick and it could stay here all summer. The bite remains pretty much wide open on rainbows and cutthroats to five pounds and some brown trout in that same size range. Most are 16 to 20 inches, and there continue to be reports of 20 to 30 fish days. The bite has been almost exclusively on midge fly patterns fished under a strike indicator, but the perch fry are thick now and small fry patterns under indicators or stripping small streamers around weed beds is also becoming effective. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.
2. There is a wide open bluegill bite at the Castaic Lagoon and the upper lake is nearly as good. The panfish are along all the shorelines and in all the coves around flooded vegetation with most action in four to 10 feet of water. While most are hand-sized, there are a lot of smaller fish and some bigger in the action. Wax worms and crickets are the best bets, but most small baits are working. Limits of 25 fish are possible, if not likely. For an update on this bite, check with Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
3. The corbina bite has been excellent all along the Southern California coastline. A top bet is Rincon Beach between Carpinteria and Ventura where corbina to 5-3 were reported this week, but there are good fish being reported in north San Diego County and on the sandy beaches in the Long Beach to Huntington Beach region. The single best bait has been bloodworms, and sand crabs are a distant second. Fly anglers are fishing Surfin’ Merkin to visible fish.
Castaic Lake photo