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, Virginia Lakes, Crowley Lake (for fly anglers), 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, while Cuyamaca in San Diego County continues to produce a few fish.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair 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. 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 three weeks ago. It has continued to crank out the eight to 12 pounders, but at a slower place this past week. 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 fair to good on topwater and bait.

PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair just about everywhere, but there have been some better bites this week at Perris and Lower Otay. Diamond Valley, Skinner are also pretty decent, along with Murray, Dixon, and Jennings in San Diego County. On the Central Coast, Lopez and Santa Margarita both have good bluegill/redear and crappie bites.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are fair most places. Skinner and Pyramid are top bets, but not getting much pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish. Santa Ana River Lakes has been very good with weekly plants. 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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