Freshwater hot spots

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is just fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake (for fly anglers), the West Walker River, Virginia Lakes, Silver and Grant lakes in the June Loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, the top bets are Green Valley Lake (stocked heavily two weeks ago but still producing a lot of bigger fish) and Big Bear Lake, while Cuyamaca in San Diego County continues to produce a few fish.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish early in the day and again in the evening now. As waters cool, this bite has been intensifying. This means the topwater action good a lot of places. Top bets are Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. And of course, Barrett in San Diego County is very good. On the Colorado River, the lower river is good for smallmouth, and the bite is fair to good on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair to good everywhere this past week, with generally improving action. The best action has been at Pyramid, but Skinner, Castaic, and Silverwood have also improved and are pretty decent now. Many anglers are fishing to boiling fish at all four waters. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been good, but the fish are mostly still in deeper water. Ditto for Lake Havasu, which has been fair to good, with some topwater early, but most fish in deeper water on trolled or drifted baits.

PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair just about everywhere, but there have been some better bites this week at Perris, Diamond Valley, Skinner, Murray, and Lower Otay. Dixon and Jennings are also decent bets. On the Central Coast, Lopez and Santa Margarita both have good bluegill/redear and crappie bites.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are fair most places. Skinner and Pyramid are top bets, but not getting much pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair bite on catfish. Santa Ana River Lakes has been fair to good with weekly plants. The bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains pretty good, but the pressure has been relatively light.

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