Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is slow to fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake (for fly anglers), and in distant second place and below are Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), Virginia Lakes, Convict and Sabrina. The top bet in Southern California is Big Bear Lake, which has been producing a lot of nice holdover rainbows in the two to three-pound class. Green Valley Lake also continues to produce a few trout. Trout stocks begin soon in many waters.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish at least part of the day but most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics or nightcrawlers. Top bet remains San Vicente Reservoir, newly reopened after being closed for eight years. Other decent bets are Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair to good for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), and the bite is fair on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. There continues to be decent topwater flurries at most waters. The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been pretty decent now. Topwater is possible at all four, and the bait bites are pretty good at Skinner and Silverwood. Even Diamond Valley Lake has shown signs of improvement again this week, with more school-sized fish showing on trolled flies. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly still in deeper water. Ditto for Lake Havasu, which has been fair to good, with some topwater early, but most fish in deeper water on trolled or drifted baits. A big 25-pound class fish was caught in the Bullhead stretch of the river this week.

PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair just about everywhere, and this action seems to be slowing most places. The better exceptions this week have been at Perris, Diamond Valley, Murray, and Lower Otay. Dixon and Jennings also remain decent bets. On the Central Coast, Lopez and Santa Margarita both have fair bluegill/redear bites. Very light fishing pressure everywhere.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are just fair most places. Top bets are probably Skinner, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Pyramid, Cachuma and Lake Perris. Santa Ana River Lakes has been fair to good with weekly plants. The bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but it is getting almost no pressure.

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