1. Yep, Crowley Lake stays the top pick. 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 stays in the top picks, and the upper lake bluegill bite 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 Coronado Islands yellowtail bite broke wide open early this week with limit-style fishing on the two to seven-pound fish. There has been a pick on these fish with most boats getting 10 to 20 fish, but San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had full five-fish limits for all on board Tuesday and then two-fish per rod on Wednesday this week. There have also been quite a few bonito (to 4 pounds), school-size barracuda, and even a few keeper calico bass on these trips. Only San Diego and Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing have been running to the Coronados the last couple of weeks. (You must have a passport for these trips.) For an update on the bite, call Seaforth at 619-224-3383 or Fisherman’s at 619-221-8500.
Castaic Lake photo