Hot Bites: Santa Margarita Lake has been fair for all species with the best action early and late in the day. Bass best on topwater or shad-like cranks, while the crappie are showing around stick-ups on tiny jigs tipped with crappie nibbles. Bluegill and redear best on red worms on most shallow points, while the cats are steady on cut mackerel. Lopez Lake has been good for bluegill and redear with the best bite on wax worms and meal worms, also quite a few crappie showing. Also fair to good action for bass. Nacimiento has had a fair bass and bluegill bite and a few crappie reports. Lake San Antonio reopened Aug. 5 and will be open weekends-only (Friday through Sunday) through Sept. 11. The striper bite has been fair to good with a lot of 10-pound class fish and there is also a decent crappie bite. For information, call the Monterey County Parks at 831-755-4895.
- Western Sierra, Aug. 31 report
- Ocean Fishing Report, Aug. 31 report