Fishing Picks of the Week

1. Tilapia at the Salton Sea take over the number one spot this week. The bite finally broke open this past weekend and forecast warm weather should just make this bite surge even more. Most of the fish reported were in the 10- to 12-inch range, weighing around a pound or so, but there are also quite a few bigger fish to 14-inch and 2 pounds. The action is all on nightcrawler pieces at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area headquarter’s jetty. For an update on the bite call the main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

2. The bluegill bite at Lower Otay Reservoir lulled a little this week with the full moon and weather change, but the bite is still very good with slab bluegill to two pounds reported again. The fish are in shallow water in the middle of the spawn and 25-fish limits have been reported. For an update on the bite, call the rental boat and concession at 619-397-5212.

3. The striper bite continues hot on the California Aqueduct near Taft so yet again it stays a top pick. The bulk of these stripers are under the 18-inch minimum size, the a two-fish limit of keepers has not been hard to come by. The best bite remains on cut sardines, blood worms, or lug worms. But fish are also showing on deep running Gitzits. Surprisingly, the surface and near-surface jerkbait bite just hasnít started yet. 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.

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