Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been good at waters across the region. Not sure there are any hands-down top picks, but Lake Wohlford, Yucaipa Park Lake, Dixon Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Santa Ana River Lakes, Lake Poway, Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Lake Jennings, Lake Cuyamaca, Hesperia Lake and Silverwood Lake are all good bets.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been slowing with cool and never-ending wet weather throughout the region. Most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics, jigs, ice jigs or nightcrawlers. While no place gets better than a slow to fair rating, the top bets remains San Vicente Reservoir, Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru and Pyramid. On the Colorado River the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites have pretty much tanked.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week, with a major uptick in bigger fish at Diamond Valley (to 14 pounds this week). Recent trout plants at Silverwood, Pyramid, Castaic and Diamond Valley have stirred up fish big enough to eat the trout, but the bulk of the action is on smaller fish on trolled flies, spoons, ice jigs, swimbaits, or cut baits — but especially trolled flies. The best action on school-size fish has been at Pyramid, Castaic, Skinner and Silverwood. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu had a good bite but the cold, rainy weather slowed it this past week. Other river stripers are also slow.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. Only a very few bluegill are still showing at Perris and Murray, and the Lower Otay crappie bite is still perking along.

CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Also a fair channel catfish bites on the Colorado River.

(Gary Dee photo)

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