Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada slowed since the opener, but Bridgeport Reservoir, June Lake, and Crowley remain very good bets to get a limit of nice fish. Locally, Silverwood Lake is still wide open and maybe better than the Sierra. Big Bear Lake, Jenks Lake, and Cuyamaca are also producing a good number of fish. The urban bite is winding down with most plants over for the season.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass out of the spawn and chasing baitfish. Top bets are Barrett Lake, which opened this past week, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still excellent on frozen sardines. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Silverwood, Skinner, Pyramid, Castaic, and Diamond Valley all fair, in about that order. All are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado Riverís Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are getting hot all over the region, if we could just get some consistent weather. Top bets are Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are breaking wide open for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to go crazy, and the whole Colorado River is getting pretty good. No hot crappie bites yet, but Casitas has a couple of good catches this week and so did Cachuma.

CATFISH: Overall, still slow to fair catfish action, but the bite is improving fast a lot of places. The best bite has been along the lower Colorado River with good action on channels and more and more flatheads showing each day. Skinner is fair, and Cachuma is improving.

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