Fishing picks of the week

1. While it’s not like the last two years, the ocean fishing is still excellent when compared to the norm. The kelp-paddy yellowtail, yellowfin, and dorado fishing for the overnight to three-day boats fishing south of San Diego in Mexican waters. A lot of the yellowtail have been honest 30 to 40 pounders. Check with for an update on this action and information on San Diego landings running these trips.

2. The bluegill bite at Lake Skinner bumps its striper bite out of the top three this week. (Although the stripers are still pretty darn good). The bluegill action has been best around Ramp No. 2 with ‘gill topping a pound reported. Best action has been on wax worms, crickets, meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. For an update on the bite check with the marina at 951-926-8515 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle in Hemet at 951-658-7410.

3. On the Central Coast, San Antonio Lake reopened for Friday-Sunday boating and fishing only through September 11. It has been closed for over a year, and anglers are finding excellent striped bass action on fish from six to 12 pounds on fish boiling and in deeper water for trollers. (There has also been a pretty good crappie bite.) For details on the reopening and quagga mussel restrictions, call the Monterey County Parks at 831-755-4895.

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