Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The yellowfin and bluefin tuna bites out of San Diego (and bluefin for the Los Angeles and Orange county boats) perked up this week with good action going into this week’s full moon. The yellowfin, skipjack, and dorado action is best for the overnight and longer trips fishing in Mexican waters. These fish are also close enough that the three-quarter day San Diego boats are also getting in on this hot action. Most of these yellowfin are eight to 22 pounds. The bluefin are mostly on the banks off San Clemente Island and fish to 100 pounds or more are being caught daily this week. For an update on this action, check for the latest reports on

2. Castaic Lake’s striper bite moves into the top picks this week because of the quality and volume of fish being caught. The action has been good on topwater when the fish are boiling, and it stays good when the fish move deeper and anglers switch to trolled lures or bait. Stripers to 12 pounds have been reported in the past week. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at Castaic by calling 661-775-6232 or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

3. Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County has a very good largemouth bass bite right now. The fish are up chising baitfish with boils likely any time of the day right now, but mostly concentrated in the morning. Fly-lining Senkos into the boils has been the best bet, but the fish are showing on a variety of plastics and jigs when not on top. Not a lot of big fish, but solid action. For an update on the bite, call the concession at 619-397-5212.

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