1. The yellowtail bite off of Colonet in Mexico is breaking open. Five-fish limits of 18- to 25-pound class fish were reported by the Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing in San Diego on Feb. 1. Fishing this area requires a 1.5-day or longer trip and you must have a passport for these trips. For an update on this bite, check with 976-Tuna.com or call Fisherman’s Landing at 619-221-8500, H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, or Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383.
2. The bass bite at Piru Lake stays in the top picks. It’s not wide open, but there has been a very consistent pick 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. For an update on this bite call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700 or the lake gatehouse at 805-521-1500.
3. Lake Isabella’s crappie bite has been budding over the past two weeks, but it is getting almost no fishing pressure. The few anglers fishing the lake have found some decent numbers of fish and the quality is good. The bite has been all on small minnows. With another front moving it, this bite could tank — or it could get even better. This is for the crappie fanatics. Check with Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield for an update on the action by calling 661-833-8657.
(Piru Lake, Rennett Stowe photo)