Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is just fair. The top bets include the West Walker River, Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, Crowley Lake (the fly anglers are just hammering ‘em), Silver and Grant lakes in the June Loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, the top bets are Green Valley Lake and Big Bear Lake, both of which were a little slower than previous week because of the heat but still fair. Cuyamaca in San Diego County continues to produce a few fish.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair to good throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish early in the day. Topwater action good a lot of places on outside edges of weed beds, which most waters have now. Try to avoid lakes with algae blooms (a bunch this past week). Top bets are Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, and Wohlford. And of course, Barrett in San Diego County is very good. On the Colorado River, the lower river is pretty much wide open for smallmouth, but the bite is fair to good on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week, except San Antonio Lake, which reopened two weeks ago. It has continued to crank out the eight to 12 pounders. Outside of that the best action has been at Skinner and Castaic with Silverwood and Pyramid several notches behind. Most anglers are fishing to boiling fish, but the bait bite is a decent bet when the fish aren’t up. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been good on fish to eight pounds or better, but the fish are finally starting to move deeper. Ditto for Lake Havasu, which has been very good on topwater and bait.

PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair just about everywhere, but the top bets are Perris, Diamond Valley, and Skinner. In San Diego County, Murray, Dixon, Jennings, and Lower Otay have the best bluegill bites. On the Central Coast, Lopez and Santa Margarita both have good bluegill/redear and crappie bites.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are good most places. Skinner, Pyramid, and Diamond Valley Lake are top spots, but none of these bites are getting much angler pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish on dip baits, clams, and mackerel. Santa Ana River Lakes has been very good with fish to 22 pounds this past week. By far the best bite has been for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River. There continues to be a lot of quality flatheads topping 20 pounds landed — mostly on live bluegill.

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