Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: The top bets for planted fish are Santa Ana River Lakes, Lake Poway, Lake Jennings, Lake Wohlford, Dixon Lake, Cuyamaca and Hesperia Lake. 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.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been slowing with cool weather throughout the region. Most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics, jigs, ice jigs or nightcrawlers. While no place gets better than a slow to fair rating, the 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), but the largemouth bites have pretty much tanked.

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, ice jigs, 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 Havasu has cranked out some bigger fish in the 20-pound class the past two weeks with the fish up on bait under birds. Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly in deeper water.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. The Otay crappie bite appears to have slowed down, and only a very few bluegill are still showing at Perris and Murray.

CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Also a fair channel catfish bites on the Colorado River.

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