Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, 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 pick is Big Bear Lake for trollers. 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 high 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 four 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, Castaic, and Skinner this week. Pyramid may be best for numbers, but Castaic is kicking out more big fish. Quail Lake has also breaking open with some good fish to 10-pounds reported. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is finally showing signs of life and a couple of big fish to 15 pounds were reported again this week. Best bite everywhere has been on cutbaits, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair 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 continue at Isabella and Lake Success, but have fizzled other places. Even those two bites seem to be winding down. The bluegill and redear bites pretty much wide open across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, Castaic, and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty much wide open, too.

CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 20-plus pounds reported each week now. 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 and were pretty good bets this week.

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