Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The rockfish bite for anglers fishing on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, and Ventura landings stays the top pick. The bite is just excellent. 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. Largemouth bass anywhere. This current storm is blowing out by the weekend, and there will be warm weather everywhere on its heels. So pick a bass lake and go. The fish will flood into the shallows for the spawn, especially at the lower elevation waters across Southern California. Top bets: Lower Otay, San Vicente, and El Capitan in San Diego County; Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley Lake in Riverside County, Casitas in Ventura County, and Castaic in Los Angeles County. Oh, and don’t forget the lower Colorado River from Havasu south. It’s going to happen starting this weekend at a lake near you.

3. You want to prep for the Eastern Sierra trout season opener the end of April? The trout action at Big Bear Lake is pretty darn good on nice holdover rainbow trout running from 1.5 to 3 pounds or better. The whole north shoreline has been the place to fish. Close to the dam, lures have been the tickets, but further east the fish are cruising near the shore and the best bet is to use PowerBait on a slip-sinker or Carolina rig fished close to the shore. Early morning fishing is best, but be prepared for sub-freezing weather. For an update on this action, check with the staff at Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222.

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