Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: The top bets for planted fish are Dixon Lake, Wohlford, Cuyamaca, Poway, Santa Ana River Lakes and Jess Ranch. The San Bernardino County Parks stocking program has weekly trout plants at Glen Helen, Yucaipa, Cucamonga-Guasti, and Mojave Narrows Parks, but Prado is not getting fish this year, and state fish went into all four except Guasti. The DFW also planted a number of Los Angeles County waters this week.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been slowing throughout the region with fewer fish up chasing shad and other baitfish. Most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics, jigs, ice jigs, or nightcrawlers. Top bet remains San Vicente Reservoir, with other decent bets Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair 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 everywhere this past week. Recent trout plants at Silverwood, Pyramid, Castaic and Diamond Valley have brought up a few bigger stripers, most on swimbaits, but the bulk of the action is on smaller fish on trolled flies, spoons, swimbaits, or cut baits. The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been fair. Diamond Valley Lake has improved out of its dead-slow state with more school-sized fish showing on trolled flies and a few bigger fish on swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly in deeper water. Lake Havasu has also been fair with most fish in deeper water on trolled or drifted baits.

PANFISH: There has been a tremendous crappie bite at Lower Otay Reservoir for the past two weeks with over 500 slabs reported each of those weeks. Other spots are slow for crappie, but a few fish are being reported at Cachuma and Buena Vista Lakes, both waters which frequently have winter bites. The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair but slowing many places. The better exceptions this week have been at Perris and Murray, but they are both fair at best.

CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Also fair channel catfish bites on the Colorado River. No other reports of significance other than fluke big-fish catches.

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