Salton Sea tilapia, Lake Skinner bluegill and Big Bear Lake trout.
1. Staying the top pick, the Salton Sea tilapia broke wide open four weekends ago and has been pretty much non-stop since. The bite since has been ice-chest-filling excellent. Most of the reports are coming from the State Park headquarters jetty. The fish are averaging about a pound. This bite is late starting this year, but it should stay hot through the tilapia spawn which has just begun. The best bite has been on small pieces of nightcrawler. For an update on the action call the Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059
2. The Lake Skinner bluegill bite is also staying in the top picks with a lot of quality fish from a pound to two pounds. The ëgills are best on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. For an update on this bite check with the lake store 951-926-1505 or the marina at 951-926-8515.
3. Elbowing its way into the top picks is the trout action at Big Bear Lake. The big plants for this past weekend’s May Trout Classic didn’t show much over the weekend with the big fish only a six-pounder, but since the weekend, the trout have gone on a tear with a lot of fish to seven pounds plus. For an update on this bite, check with Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.