Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been fair to good this past week at most waters in the region. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has continued to be very good for fly-anglers fishing midge and perch fry patterns. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is slow to fair but improving. Green Valley Lake perked after a plant two weeks ago and remains fair. Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish, but no plants for two weeks. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is slow.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been fair to good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small and the moss presents a serious fishing problem. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Lots of small fish at all three, but Castaic has consistently been producing double digit fish over the past week. Diamond Valley is also finally showing signs of life with a couple of quality stripers again this past week in the 10-pound class. The best action at all the lakes has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. Fly-trolling is also a good bet. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with an occasional fish to 10 pounds. Light fishing pressure with the heat.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair all over the region, but getting little fishing pressure. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murry, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, and Topoc Gorge. Not much in the way of crappie anywhere right now.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region. Some nice catches at Skinner, but Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley are nearly as good. The lower Colorado River is fair for both the channel and flathead catfish in the main river channel, but the backwaters are slow because of very warm water conditions.

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