Fishing Picks of the Week

1. Rockfish season reopened last week south of Point Conception, and the bite has been exceptional on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, and Ventura landings. Limits of rockfish, with some good catches of whitefish and a few ling cod mixed in, have been the rule on everything from half-day to overnight jaunts. For an update on this bite, visit for the latest fish counts from this week.

2. Apollo Park Lake was the trout hot spot last week after bonus plants for the weekend derby. A lot of limits were reported, and the best action was on pink or bubble gum Mice Tails with garlic scent added fished in the deeper water of the back lake. Most of the trout are running one to three pounds, but every county plant has 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701.

3. For the second week in a row, the crappie bite at Lower Otay Reservoir has been good for the few anglers targeting the slabs. There were nearly 200 crappie reported by anglers checked again this past week, 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.

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