Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, 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 and shore anglers, although Green Valley Lake has also been pretty good. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City remains good with weekly plants.

BLACK BASS: The action is still fair to good all over the region with warm weather pushing the bite to morning or evening. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is happening most places early and late. 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 more than a month ago and stays hot. Heat on the river makes this an early and late bite with slow action mid-day. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Castaic and nearby Pyramid, but bigger fish are showing at Castaic with stripers to 6 pounds reported this week and a lot of 3- to 5-pounders. Most Pyramid fish are 1 to 2 pounds. Both are producing limits. Silverwood is also fair and improved this week with some nice stringers of fish to 4 pounds. Diamond Valley is still slow with just an occasional bigger fish showing. Best bite everywhere has been on cut baits or trolled umbrella rigs. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish and moss is becoming a real problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to 4 pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.

PANFISH: Crappie bites have lulled everywhere this past week with only a few fish showing at Isabella and Cachuma. The bluegill and redear bites are pretty much good across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, Hodges, San Vicente, Skinner, El Capitan, Pyramid, Castaic (both the big lake and afterbay), and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty good, 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 kicking in now, with good action at Skinner and Pyramid. Quail Lake has been good with a lot of nice fish in the 4 to 6 pounds range.

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