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 fair. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City is just fair.

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, and Perris. Diamond Valley reopened, but few reports yet. On the Colorado River, the bites are also good in all the backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open over 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 in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is good for smallies.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Castaic and nearby Pyramid, but bigger fish are showing at Castaic with stripers to six pounds reported again this week and a lot of three to five pounders. Most Pyramid fish are one to two pounds or under. Silverwood has been as good as Pyramid, but also mostly small fish. Diamond Valley opened this past Friday, no striper reports. Best bite everywhere has been on cut baits or trolled umbrella rigs. 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 two or three pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies, but some to five pounds this week.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are pretty fair across the region but they have all slowed a little with the hot weather. Top bites are still Lower Otay, Hodges, San Vicente, Perris, El Capitan, Pyramid, Castaic (both the big lake and afterbay), and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty good, too. Apollo Park Lake has been wide open on small bluegill and warmouth. Very few crappie bites with only a few fish showing at Cachuma and Isabella.

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, Castaic, and Pyramid. Quail Lake has been fair with a lot of nice fish in the four to six pounds range, and the entire California aqueduct from Quail to Hesperia has been fair week.

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