1. Castaic Lake’s bass bite — stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth ñ moves to the top pick this week because of the volume and quality of fish being landed. This is surface or near-surface action as all three species chase baitfish. The better stripers are five to 10 pounds, while most of the black bass are in the two to three-pound range. 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.
2. There are generally very good fall catfish bites at most Southern California reservoirs that get little attention from only a handful of local anglers, and the Lake Perris catfish bite looked to be breaking open this week with some bruisers – including one at 45 pounds. This bite is best on big hunks of cut baits. For an update on this bite, check with the marina at 951-657-2179.
3. Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster will be a top bet for trout anglers this weekend for the 2017 Fall Classic Fishing Derby to be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The lake has been planted with both DFW fish and Calaveras Trout Farm rainbows — and those rainbows were up to 15 pounds or better. Entry fee is $20 and registration must be made in advance if you want to fish the derby. For more information, call Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.