Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The bluefin tuna bite for Los Angeles and Orange County overnight boats fishing off San Clemente Island took off this week. The volume of fish being landed on these boats is not great, but the quality is phenomenal with a number of 200-plus pound fish landed since Sunday, when the bite really kicked off. It’s the opportunity to catch the fish of a lifetime. Most of these trips are originating at Pierpoint Landing (562-983-9300), 22nd Street Landing (310-832-8304), and Davey’s Locker (949-673-1434). You can also get the latest fish counts at

2. OK, it fell out of the top spot this week but not because the bite has slowed down. The Crowley Lake trout bite stays in the top picks. The action is still pretty much wide open on rainbows and cutthroats to five pounds and some brown trout in that same size range. If anything, the average size is increasing as the season progresses. 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 stripped around wed beds is really starting to produce, especially in the early and later parts of the day. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.

3. The bluegill and redear bite at Lake Perris has been excellent with a lot of good catches of fish, including a few limits, reported over the past week. The fish are running up to nearly two pounds in this bite. The top action is still on the east end of the island, along the dam, lots 11 and 12, and off the marina docks. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or red worms are all getting fish. For an update on this bite, check with the marina at 951-657-2179 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.

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