Fishing Picks of the Week

1. Palmdale Lake, a membership-only fishing lake in the Antelope Valley, is still the top bet with limits of rainbow trout taking good anglers less than a couple of hours to land. Fish to 12 pounds were caught opening weekend (more than 5,000 fish were landed). A total of 22,000 pounds of trout have been stocked so far, with two more 6,000-pound plants set for this month. 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 eight 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. These are big fish running up out of Crowley Lake into the warmer water in the Owens. This is good 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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