Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been generally good across the boat this past week with most waters in the region producing a lot of fish. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has continued to be very good for fly-anglers fishing perch fry patterns in less than 10 feet of water. 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. Both the East and West Walker rivers are also fishing pretty good now. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is improving with each cool evening. Green Valley Lake is good after a plant last Friday. Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish, but no plants for over a month. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca was planted with trout again this week, after two plants in previous weeks.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair to good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Hodges, Wohlford, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair and improving 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 striper action was generally fair to good most places this past week. Castaic is the best bet with more quality fish than the other waters, but Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood have all been fair with flurries of good action. Lots of small fish at all four, 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, but it is still tougher than the others. 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 California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with an occasional fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good all over the region, but getting little fishing pressure. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murray, 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 but getting light pressure. Some nice catches at Skinner and Silverwood, but Diamond Valley and Pyramid are also pretty fair. The lower Colorado River has excellent conditions but almost no pressure for channel and flathead catfish. Of the planted lakes, Santa Ana River is still a fair bet.

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