Fishing Picks of the Week

1. This is not getting redundant at all is it? But the Crowley Lake trout bite stays the top pick. The action has stayed wide open on rainbows and cutthroats to five pounds and some brown trout in that same size range. Most are 16 to 20 inches, and there continue to be 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 thick now and small fry patterns under indicators or stripping small streamers around weed beds is also becoming effective. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.

2. The twilight boat sand bass bite took off in the past few days off the Orange and Los Angeles counties’ coastline this week with five-fish limits of keeper-sized bass posted a couple of times. Right now, only a couple of boats are making these runs, The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker and the Enterprise out of Pierpoint Landing. For an update on the action, check with Davey’s in Newport Beach at 949-673-1434 or Pierpoint in Long Beach at 562-983-9300. You can also get the latest fish counts at

3. The bluegill and bass bites at Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County have been good to excellent over the past week. Largemouth to six pounds have been reported and one anglers reported catching and releasing over 30 bass on jerk baits. The county fish counts showed that 74 anglers reported 369 bass and 330 bluegill. Quit a few of the ‘gills have been bigger than a pound. For an update on this action, call the rental boat and concession office at 619-397-5212.

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