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. There was a 20-pound brown caught in June Lake this week. In Southern California, the top bet is Jess Ranch which cranked out a six-pounder this week. Trout stocking season begins at a lot of waters starting next week. Santa Ana River Lakes gets its first plant Nov. 10.

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, with other decent bets 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. Trout plants at Silverwood (last Friday), along with Castaic and Pyramid this week may bring up some bigger fish. Otherwise, there continues to be decent topwater flurries Pyramid, Castaic, and Skinner (not Silverwood). The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been pretty decent now. 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.

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: A 102.9-pound blue cat was caught at Lower Otay this week, but the bite is slow. There was a 40-plus at Wohlford, also slow. The best action has been at Skinner, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Pyramid, and Cachuma with fair action at all of those lake. The bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but it is getting almost no pressure.

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