1. The bluefin tuna bite for Los Angeles and Orange County overnight boats fishing off San Clemente Island has remained good with fish over 300 pounds again in recent days. The volume of fish being landed on these boats is not great, but the quality is phenomenal. It’s the opportunity to catch the fish of a lifetime. Most of these trips are originating at Pierpoint Landing (562-983-9300), 22nd Street Landing (310-832-8304), and Davey’s Locker (949-673-1434), but there are landings all along the coast make runs for these giant tuna. You can also get the latest fish counts at www.976Tuna.com.
2. The better ocean fishing for volume of fish has been for the San Diego and Oceanside boats running down the Baja Coast from off Ensenada down the coast to about the 60-mile range. The overnight, 1.5-day, and long trips are kelp-paddy hopping and seeing good catches of yellowtail, dorado, and there has been a big flush of yellowfin tuna this week as the full moon builds. All of the landings on this southern part of the California bite are running these trips, and all are returning with great counts of fish, usually limits of yellowtail. Check with www.976Tuna.com for the latest counts.
3. Yes, Crowley Lake’s trout bite is still in the top picks. The action is still pretty much wide open on rainbows and cutthroats to five pounds and some brown trout in that same size range. If anything, the average size is increasing as the season progresses. Most are 16 to 20 inches. 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 stripped around weed beds is really starting to produce, especially in the early and later parts of the day. The trolling and bait fishing is terrible, however. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.
Thunderbird Sportfishing photo