1. While the bite for giant bluefin tuna continues, the Catalina Island yellowtail bite elbows its way into the top pick this week simple because the scores have been so amazing this past week. Most boats have been reporting from three to five yellowtail per angler, and while many of these fish are smaller grade, some are up into the 25-pound class. This bite is exceptional, especially for November. For an update on the action, check with 976-tuna.com.
2. The urban trout season is kicking off across Southern California and many waters will be getting their first plants this week and next, but Santa Ana River Lakes received its second plant of the season this week, and if you want to dodge the crowds and still have good trout fishing, this is the place to be this week — well ahead of the mob-scene that will envelope SARL Thanksgiving weekend after the trophy trout plants next week. For an update on the bite, check with the lake staff at 714-632-7851.
3. The bluegill and redear action at Lake Perris makes the top picks because it has continued to linger so long. Normally, long over by now, this action just refuses to go away this year. Anglers fishing off the dam, the tire reef, but especially on rock piles off the island continue to see 10 to 20 fish days on panfish running up to 1-8 or better. For an update and tips on fishing this bite, check with the marina staff at 951-657-2179.