1. It’s staying the No. 1 pick even if almost no one is going right now. The top bite is the bluefin tuna (and yellowtail) bite on the offshore tuna grounds. Most of the bluefin are 25 to 35 pounds while the yellowtail are a smaller grade fish from five to 10 pounds. Overnight and 1.5-day trips, mostly out of San Diego and Oceanside Landings, are still making a few runs. What a way to start the new year. Tuna! For an update on the action, check the reports and audio on 976-tuna.com.
2. The winter trout bite on the upper Owens River just keeps getting better. A fixture in last winter’s reports, it remains in the top picks this week. The big rainbows out of Crowley Lake are stacking up in the deep runs and riffles in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens. This is all catch-and-release fishing, but anglers are already report 20 to 30 fish days of trout to four pounds. For an update on this bite check with any of the fly-fishing shops or guide services in the Mammoth Lakes or Bishop region. Those include The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517, Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop at 760-873-0010.
3. The Lake Skinner striper bite has been pretty solid for the past two weeks for anglers fishing cut baits at or near the inlet. These are mostly 2- to 5-pound class fish, but some bigger versions are showing now that the lake is getting trout plants. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at 951-926-8515.