Jim Matthews’ Fishing Picks of the Week

By: Jim Matthews


1. The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is pretty much wide open as we go into this weekend’s new moon. The big fish have been trickling in for the past month, including a 45-pounder caught this past week, but this bite is getting little fishing pressure. The action is best south of Havasu on live bluegill, goldfish, or tilapia. For an update on the bite, check with B&B Bait in Blythe at (760) 921-2248 or Walter’s Camp (south of Palo Verde) at (760) 854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

2. While the Salton Sea tilapia bite has been up and down over the past week due to the weather, the warm days are expected to return by the weekend and this bite should surge back on. The best news is that for the second week in a row, more of the better quality fish have been landed so the stringers wonít be filled with all half-pounders. For an update on the action, call the Camp Store at (760) 289-9455 or Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at (760) 393-3059.

3. Catfish season is “officially” beginning at Santa Ana River Lake in Orange County this weekend and weekly night fishing is also starting. SARL has been planted with cats for a month now, and there will be a huge bonus plant before this weekend — and it will include at Bluezilla, a 78-pound blue catfish along with other trophy cats. For an update on the fishing or plants, call (714) 632-7851 or go to fishinglakes.com.

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