Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The trout season opener in the Eastern Sierra Nevada is the place to be this weekend. All of the roadside waters in the region have been stocked heavily by the DFW for this event, but the bigger reservoirs – especially Crowley, Convict, all the lakes in the June Lake Loop, Bridgeport Reservoir, and the Twin Lakes at Bridgeport – have a lot of holdover fish in addition to recent plants. For the most up-to-date conditions and reports, check with Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport at 760-932-7707, The Troutfitter in Mammoth Lake, and in Bishop call Culver’s Sporting Goods at 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

2. Lake Isabella crappie stay in the top picks (with Cachuma Lake, and Success Lake – and about a dozen other waters – also good crappie bets) for this week. While a lot of the fish being caught by shore anglers are 6- to 10-inch fish, boat and float tube anglers are getting good numbers of bigger fish from deeper water. The bite is best on small minnows or jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles under a bobber. For an update on this action, check with the staff at Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

3. Staying in the top picks for yet another week is the excellent rockfish bite for anglers fishing on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Ventura landings, and the Morro Bay-Avila region. The action remains pretty much wide open. While wind can be a problem, when the sea calms down limits of rockfish, with whitefish and lingcod in the mix, are common. There have also been a few more yellowtail, white sea bass, and calico bass in the counts this week. For an update on this bite, visit for the latest fish counts from this week.

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