Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The yellowfin and bluefin tuna bites off the Southern California coast remain good to excellent. There’s still a chance to catch the bluefin tuna of a lifetime, and limits of yellowfin are the rule ñ sometimes even for three-quarter-day San Diego boats. The bluefin are still on the banks off San Clemente, while the yellowfin are mostly south down the coast into Mexican waters. For an update on this action, check for the latest reports on

2. Castaic Lake’s bass bite — stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth — stays in the top picks for the third week in a row because of the quality and volume of fish being caught. The action has been good on or near the surface when the fish are boiling, and it stays good when the fish move deeper and anglers switch to trolled lures. Stripers to eight pounds have been reported again 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. There have been some absolutely pig redear caught in the past week and Lake Perris (one at 2-8 and another at 3 pounds), and the overall bite for the panfish has improved at the marina docks, off the Tire Reef, and along the dam. The bite is best on nightcrawler pieces, wax worms, or crickets, and many anglers are fishing the small baits on lightweight jigs. For an update on this bite, check with the marina at 951-657-2179.

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