Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets include Lake Poway, Lake Wohlford, Dixon Lake, Lake Jennings and Lake Cuyamaca in San Diego County. Yucaipa Park Lake, Glen Helen, Hesperia Lake and Lake Silverwood are the best picks in San Bernardino County. Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet in Orange County.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been slowing with cool and never-ending wet 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 bets remains San Vicente Reservoir, Lower Otay, Lake Piru, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford 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, even with the rotten weather. Diamond Valley continues to produce the biggest fish, but Silverwood, Pyramid, Skinner and Castaic have all been pretty fair on drifted baits, trolled flies, ice jigs or swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the cold weather. Other river stripers are also slow.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. Only a very few bluegill are still showing at Perris and Murray, but the Lower Otay crappie bite has been decent and a few crappie are also showing at Diamond Valley Lake.

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.

(Rennett Stowe photo)

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