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 Big Bear Lake (big Troutfest Derby this weekend) and Green Valley Lake.

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 bet, if you can get a reservation, is San Vicente Reservoir, newly reopened after being closed for eight years. Many anglers reported 50 to 100 fish days with fish to seven polunds this past week’s opener. Barrett Lake is a close second, but with smaller fish. Other decent bets are Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. 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. Fishing pressure is light just about everywhere.

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 Castaic, Skinner, and Silverwood have also been pretty decent now. Even Diamond Valley Lake has shown signs of improvement again this week. 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 San Vicente, 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. Very light fishing pressure everywhere.

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 very light.

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