TROUT: The top bets for planted fish are Dixon Lake, Santa Ana River Lakes and Jess Ranch. The San Bernardino County Parks began its stocking program the week of Thanksgiving with little fanfare. The plants are weekly this year at Glen Helen, Yucaipa, Cucamonga-Guasti and Mojave Narrows Parks, but Prado is not getting fish this year. The DFW planted a number of Los Angeles County waters this 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 gone as some waters and slowing way down at others. Most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics, jigs 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 three and five weeks ago) have brought up a few bigger stripers, most on swimbaits. 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 second trout plant this week. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly in deeper water. Lake Havasu has also been fair with 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. A few crappie have been reported at Cachuma, and there was a tremendous (but questionable) report of 600 fish at Lower Otay.
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. No other reports of significance.
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