1. Rockfish season reopened Thursday (March 1) south of Point Conception, and the bite should be exceptional all along the coast. With no fishing the past for two months, the fish have stacked up on the spots and limits should be the rule for all the boats this weekend — from the half-day jaunts to the full-day and overnight boats running out of landings in the Oxnard to Santa Barbara region. Weather might be the only hindrance to this fishing. Check with any of the local landings for boat availability and visit www.976-TUNA.com for the latest fish counts from this week.
2. After being closed to fishing all this week and a pair of trout plants, Apollo Park Lake should be excellent for this Saturday’s derby. The back lake has been the hot spot, but fish should be well distributed around the lake. The best action has been on pink or bubble gum Mice Tails with garlic scent added. Most of the trout are 1 to 3 pounds, but every county plant has 250 pounds trophy fish from 3 to 8 pounds. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701.
3. The crappie bite at Lower Otay Reservoir broke wide open this week in spite of the cold weather. There were nearly 200 slabs reported by anglers checked, most on small jigs fished tight to cover. For an update on this bite call the rental boat and marina concession at 619-397-5212