Fishing Picks of the Week

1. Crappie move to the top pick with bites lighting up all over the southern third of the state. There has been excellent action at Lower Otay and Lake Isabella, and a number of stops in between, but the best quality fish are coming from Lake Cachuma where most of the slabs are running from one to two-plus pounds. For an update on this action, check with the Cachuma marina at 805-688-4040.

2. Staying in the top picks is the excellent rockfish bite for anglers fishing on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, and Ventura landings. While wind can be a problem, when the sea calms down limits of rockfish, with whitefish and lingcod in the mix, are common. For an update on this bite, visit for the latest fish counts from this week.

3. The carp bite broke wide open this week at Apollo Park Lake in the High Desert with a lot of fish from 3 to 12 pounds. Most anglers were getting nice stringers of five or six fish, tossing back smaller ones. The best action has been on homemade dough baits, and mulberry Magic Bait for carp. Strawberry jello has been the favored dip for all these baits. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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