Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Trout season is still in full swing at the urban lakes, although many are getting their last plants of the season this week. The best bets? They would have to include Jess Ranch, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Yucaipa Park Lake and Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. In San Diego County, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, Cuyamaca and Wohlford all are fair bets. Lake Isabella is also a pretty good bet.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass in the shallows most places for the spawn. The sight fishing is good most places now. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the lower river bogged down with a flush of cool water from upstream, but it is coming back on, and the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave. That listed just about every place didn’t it. Go now. It’s spawn time.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is wide open with excellent action on frozen sardines. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week. Diamond Valley is probably the best bet, but Skinner, Pyramid, and Silverwood all are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains fair, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reported again. Topoc Marsh has been wide open on stripers to three pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, with some good reports this week from Perris, Skinner and Diamond Valley. Isabella has a budding crappie bite, and Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are breaking open for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to perk up, and the whole Colorado River is worth watching.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bite has been at Lake Skinner, and that has been pretty tough. The lower Colorado River is improving daily with the warm weather, but mostly for channels. The first more reports of bigger flatheads came in two weeks ago, but the action was slowed by a slug of cool water releases. It was improving again this week with fish to 19 pounds reported.

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