Fishing Picks of the Week

San Diego tuna, Diamond Valley Lake, Castaic Lake

1. The bluefin tuna action for the San Diego fleet and private boaters remains epic. While the bite was a little off this week the fish scattered more this week with fish showing as close as three miles off shore in a swatch from Oceanside to San Diego. The quality is the reason this bite moves into the top spot with lots of fish from 60 to 100 pounds, and fish from 120 to 200 pounds or more possible every trip. Most of the action is on the 1.5-day boats, which give anglers a full day of fishing on the tuna grounds. Private yachts and six-pack charters are getting the most fish. You will see big tuna, hooking and landing one is the issue. Check with 976-TUNA for updates on the action and landing contacts.

2. The largemouth bass bite at Diamond Valley Lake has been good this past week with a lot of fish from two to four pounds showing for anglers fishing the rocky and grass interfaces in 12 to 30 feet of water with baby bass and bluegill imitations. The advice is move until you find a school of bass and then work that area hard. Many anglers don’t realize the boat launch here has reopened. Boats must go through a quagga mussel inspection. For an update on this bite check with the marina staff at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.

3. The Castaic Lake striper bite stays in the top picks because it has been consistently good for the anglers who know how to drift bait or troll. Guide Bob Caffey continues to hammer them with his clients. While a lot of the fish are 12- to 14-inchers, there are also a lot of four- to seven-pound class fish, too. For an update on the action call the marina at 661-775-6232 or contact Caffey at

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