Offshore fishing, San Vicente Reservoir, Crowley Lake
1. The tuna bite elbows its way back into the top pick because of the good action on quality fish off San Clemente. Overnight boats from San Diego to Orange and Los Angeles counties are getting in on this action. The yellowfin are all 40 to 70 pounds and the bluefin are 25 to 120 pounds with most in the 80-pound class. With the warm weather due to Santa Ana winds, this bite will hold up for at least another week or two. This season is far from over. For an update on this action, check 976-tuna.com.
2. The largemouth bass bite at San Vicente Reservoir stays the top picks this week. The bite is still good with a lot of three to five-pound bass showing, mostly on plastics fished drop-shot or Texas-rigged in 12 to 25 feet of water, but there are still a lot of fish on cranks and swimbaits in shallower water. Still no bass bigger than about seven pounds reported, but no one is complaining. For an update on the bite, call the marina at 619-390-1918.
3. A broken record? Crowley Lake also stays in the top picks because it just seems to keep getting better, if that is possible. The action on 16 to 24-inch rainbows, cutthroats, and brown trout is exceptional. Local guides continue to report 15 to 30 fish days for their clients while midge fishing beneath indicators, and unguided float tubers have been posting similar scores. For an update on this action, check with The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517 or one of the many guides working the lake.