Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The trophy bluefin tuna move back into the top spot as the bite fires up again this week as the full moon peaks. There have been two fish limits posted in recent days on boats from both the San Diego region and those leaving out of Los Angeles and Orange County landings. And the quality if strong again with a lot of fish in the 80- to 140-pound range. This is simply epic fishing. For an update on the action, check for the latest reports on

2. The Lake Skinner catfish bite stays in the top picks because of the volume of nice catfish being landed, including more fish this week topping 10 pounds. The action has been best at Ramp No. 2, in the dam area, and all along the south shore coves. Early morning and late evening have been the best times to fish. For an update on the bite, check with the marina staff at 951-926-8515.

3. Staying in the top picks, the Crowley Lake trout bite remains simply one of the best bets in the whole region, even if the bite has backed off a little. Instead of 30 fish days, good anglers are only getting 15 fish per day. The action for fly-anglers is still on midge patterns under an indicator and casting perch minnow imitations along weed beds. Lots of fish up into the 20-inch range again this week with mostly cutthroats, but a nice mix of rainbows and browns, too. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.

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