Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The yellowfin and bluefin tuna bites off the Southern California coast remain very good and easily are the best bet for fishing right now. Both tuna species are best on overnight and longer trips fishing either off San Clemente (bluefin) or south into Mexican waters for the yellowfin. The yellowfin 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 8 to 22 pounds. The bluefin are mostly trophy fish with pigs to 200-plus pounds reported in just the last couple of days. For an update on this action, check for the latest reports on

2. Castaic Lake’s striper bite stays in 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 8 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 chasing 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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