Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The Eastern Sierra Nevada trout season is open and the fishing is excellent at Crowley Lake and Bridgeport Reservoir. Those are the co-top picks of the week. Crowley cranked out cutthroat trout to five pounds, while Bridgeport Reservoir had browns to eight pounds. Both also are producing lots of eatin’-size 1 to 2 pounders. It’s trout season, go to the Sierra. For an update on these two bites, check with Ken’s Sporting Goods at 760-932-7707 for a Bridgeport Reservoir update, or the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517 for the Crowley fly-fishing scoop. You can also call the Crowley Lake Fish Camp at 760-935-4301.

2. The ‘Striper Mania’ at the California Aqueduct near Taft is still a top pick. Many anglers are still reporting 25-fish-plus days. While most are under the 18-inch minimum size, the two-fish limit is doable. The best bite is on cut sardines, but fish are also showing on blood worms, lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and Senkos. For an update on the action, contact Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657. Also check out ‘Poor Man Aqueduct Fishing’ on Facebook.

3. Silverwood Lake’s trout bite is still excellent, and it is likely to get even more DFW plants as the Mojave River Hatchery is slated for maintenance and all the fish must be planted out. Silverwood will continue to get bonus fish for a week or so — and some of those rainbows are trophy, broodstock fish. Five-fish limits have been almost too easy. Small lures or floating dough baits are the best bets, and around the marina and canyons on both sides of the launch ramp have been the hotspots. For an update on the bite, call the Silverwood marina at 760-389-2299.

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