Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada’s general trout season is over, but the East Walker remains open to catch-and-release angling, and it is a pretty fair bet for fly anglers who want to catch a big fish (18-inches plus). In Southern California, the top bets for planted fish are Dixon Lake, Santa Ana River Lakes (huge plants for Thanksgiving weekend), Jess Ranch, and Jennings are the other top picks for planted trout this week. The DFW planted a number of Orange County water this week, and the Los Angeles County waters are on the list for next week.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with some fish up chasing shad and other baitfish at least part of the day, but that action is waning rapidly. 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. Recent trout plants at Silverwood (three plants so far this season), along with Pyramid (plant this week), and Castaic (plants two and four weeks ago) have brought up a few bigger stripers. There continues to be decent topwater flurries at Pyramid and Castaic, but they are fewer and further between this week. The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been fair. Diamond Valley Lake continues to be very spotty, with just a few school-sized fish showing on trolled flies but more big fish are showing on trout-like swimbait after DVL’s first trout plant two weeks ago. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly in deeper water. Lake Havasu 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 but slowing many places. The better exceptions this week have been at Perris and Murray. Dixon and Jennings also remain decent bets. A few crappie have been reported at Cachuma.

CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Also fair channel catfish bites on the Colorado River, and the bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but the Colorado is getting almost no pressure.

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