Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra are Bridgeport Reservoir, which cranked out a 13-5 brown, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top picks are Lake Silverwood, which got two plants last week and another plant this week, and Big Bear Lake. The urban trout bite is really fizzling with no recent plants most places for a month. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are post spawn now. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is kicking into gear. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open three weeks ago and stays hot. Mohave is just starting to pop. Smallmouth have been fair and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Pyramid and Skinner this week, and nearly as good at Castaic. Quail Lake also started to break open with some good fish to 10-pounds reported. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is still slow to fair, at best. Best action has been on cutbaits at all the local lakes, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is good on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are still deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to four pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites fizzled most places over the past week, especially in San Diego County and Lake Isabella. The Lake Cachuma bite is still pretty fair and a decent bet, but nothing is wide open. The bluegill and redear bites are kicking in where the crappie have slowed with very good bite on the panfish at Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, and Castaic. The redear action at Havasu is breaking wide open, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with several 30-plus fish this past weekend. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. The California aqueduct below Quail Lake and Quail Lake itself are improving again.

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