Fishing Picks of the Week

1. Crowley Lake stays the top pick again this week — partially because the bite is so good and partially because it will be at least a little cooler in the Sierra this weekend. The bite remains wide open on rainbows and cutthroats to five pounds and some brown trout in that same size range. There are regular reports of 20 to 30-fish days. The bite has been almost exclusively on midge fly patterns fished under a strike indicator, but the perch fry are starting to hatch. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.

2. There has been a major uptick in the white sea bass fishing in the northern Channel Islands, and boats running out of the Oxnard region are cashing in. The limit also went back to three fish per day instead of one. Most overnight boats are reporting one to two sea bass per angler, and these are nearly all quality fish topping 20 pounds with some bigger. For an update on this bite check with or call the individual landings running these trips. Channel Islands Sportfishing Center, Oxnard, is at 805-985-8511 or Hook’s Landing, also Oxnard, is at 805-382-6233.

3. The bluegill bite at Diamond Valley has been very good for the past couple of weeks with anglers targeting the panfish report 10- to 25-fish stringers with a lot of ‘gills in the one-pound class. Also some ever bigger redear mixed in. Top bite has been on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. The best action has been on the ladders on the dams for boat anglers and the second cove to the right of the marina for shore anglers. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.

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