Fishing Picks of the Week

1. They call it the Mardi Gras of fishing in the Antelope Valley, and that is the opening at Lake Palmdale, a membership-only fishing lake. The line is already forming for Saturday’s opener. The lake has already stocked with three loads of trout, including Lightning Trout (500 pounds), with a total of 22,000 pounds stocked so far. The lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of trout total this fishing season. For membership or fishing information, call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club at 661-947-2884 or got to

2. The Lake Skinner striper bite is staying in the top spot because its striper bite has remained solid with fish to 20 pounds reported in the past week. The best bite has continued to be on live shad, but some nice fish are also showing on frozen sardines. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at 951-926-8515.

3. The upper Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada stays in the top spots because of the good action on big rainbows running up out of Crowley Lake into the warmer water in the Owens in the Hot Fingers stretch. There has been a little lull during the full moon, but this is still a good bet for catch-and-release action on trout from two to four pounds. For an update on this bite, check with The Troutfitter in Mammoth at 760-934-2517, Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop in Bishop at 760-873-0010.

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