1. The largemouth bass bite at Piru Lake is the sleeper top pick of the week. The few anglers fishing the lake in the past couple of weeks have reported very good action from shore and boat on both largemouth and smallmouth bass. The bulk of the fish are showing on jigs and plastics on structure, but there are a surprising number on reaction baits that imitate shad. Most of these bass are in the one- to two-pound range, but some up into the five pound or better class are also being reported. For an update on this bite call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700 or the lake gatehouse at 805-521-1500.
2. With the good weather forecast into next week, the Silverwood Lake striper bite should come back on strong. Guide Mike Southerland has been hammering the striped bass using his simple “flycore” trolling technique. Before the latest batch of storms, limits were the rule for Southerland and his clients, with the fish mostly in the three to six-pound class. The stripers have been tougher to get on other tactics or bait, but this deep trolling tactic is getting them. For more information, call the marina at 760-389-2299 or check with Southerland at 951-722-0284.
3. Do you meet the following criteria? 1. You love to fish in snow and cold weather. 2. You love road trips. 3. You like to fly-fish. Then this is your pick of the week. If you also like to ski, you will be in heaven. The upper Owens River above Lake Crowley is packing up with big rainbows (and a few browns) that have run up out of the lake. These are mostly wild trout from two to four pounds or better. You will likely need to snowshoe or snowmobile your way to the river, but with good weather forecast, the fishing should be excellent. Want an update on the action (or to set up a guided trip), call The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517 or Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250.
(Clinton Steeds photo)