1. The largemouth bass bite stays as the top pick this week, but you have to pick where you want to fish. The spawn has kicked into high gear just about everywhere. You pick a water, and there are likely to be spawning bass in the shallows. The top bets for this bite are Casitas, Castaic and the Castaic Lagoon, Lake Perris and Lake Skinner. There are others just as good, but those four remain really hot right now. You can call those lakes respective marinas for updates on the fishing.
2. The yellowtail and bluefin tuna bite out of San Diego exploded this past week. While the yellowtail are small (three-pound class) around the offshore kelp paddies where the three-quarter-day boats are fishing, the bluefin are running up to 50-plus pounds. If you want bigger yellowtail (but no shot real shot at bluefin), Clemente Island has been the best bet. For information on the three-quarter-day boats catching bluefin, check with H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Sportfishing at 619-224-3383, or Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627. A reminder that you will need a passport for these trips.
3. The striped bass bite in the California aqueduct near Taft stays in the top picks. Anglers are reporting easy 30 to 40 fish days, mostly on cut sardines with other baits or lures far distant second-place choices. While many are under the 18-inch minimum keeper size, it has been pretty easy to get a two-fish limit of bigger stripers in this hot bite. Fish to eight pounds this week. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.