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, Lake Cuyamaca in San Diego County. In San Bernardino County, Yucaipa Park Lake, Glen Helen, Hesperia Lake, and Lake Silverwood are the best. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. A sleeper spot would be the Bullhead City stretch of the Colorado River now that plants are back (one last week and three more in February).

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 remain Piru, San Vicente Reservoir, Lower Otay, 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. The Lower Otay crappie bite lulled this past week, but still a few fish reports. A few crappie were also reported at Lake Isabella and this is a bite to watch.

CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Skinner has also been producing a few better cats thanks to the rain. Also a slow to fair channel catfish bite on the lower Colorado River but very light fishing pressure.

(Stan Shebs photo)

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