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), and in distant second place and below are Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), Virginia Lakes, Convict, and Sabrina. Southern California, the top bet is Big Bear Lake which has been producing a lot of nice holdover rainbows in the two to three-pound class. Green Valley Lake also continues to produce a few trout.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish at least part of the day, but it’s as likely to be mid-day as early or late these days. As waters cool, this bite has been intensifying but durations of action are getting shorter. Top bet remains San Vicente Reservoir, newly reopened after being closed for eight years. Other decent bets are Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. (Barrett and Sutherland closed for the season this past week.) On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair to good for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), and the bite is fair on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair to good everywhere this past week. There continues to be decent topwater flurries at most waters. The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been pretty decent now. Topwater is possible at all four and the bait bites are pretty good at Skinner and Silverwood. Even Diamond Valley Lake has shown signs of improvement again this week, with more school-sized fish showing on trolled flies. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, 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 this action seems to be slowing most places. The better bites this week have been at San Vicente, Perris, Diamond Valley, Skinner, Murray, and Lower Otay. Dixon and Jennings also remain decent bets. On the Central Coast, Lopez and Santa Margarita both have fair bluegill/redear bites. Very light fishing pressure everywhere.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are just fair most places. Top bets are probably Skinner, Pyramid, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, and Lake Perris. Santa Ana River Lakes has been fair to good with weekly plants, and it cranked out a 50-pounder (that was released) this past week. The bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but it is getting almost no pressure.

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