Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets again include Lake Poway, Lake Wohlford, Dixon Lake, Lake Jennings and Lake Cuyamaca in San Diego County. In San Bernardino County, Silverwood Lake, Yucaipa Park Lake, Glen Helen and Hesperia Lake are the best. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. In Riverside County, Lake Skinner was planted this week and should be okay. A sleeper spot would be the Bullhead City stretch of the Colorado River now that plants are back (one this week and two more this month).

BLACK BASS: The bass action has been slow to fair across the region. Most lakes have a spotty deep-water bite on plastics, jigs, ice jigs, or nightcrawlers. The top bets remain Piru, San Vicente Reservoir, Lower Otay, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Diamond Valley and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites remain very slow.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action generally slowed most places this past week, but the bites are still fair. Diamond Valley, Skinner, and Pyramid are the best bet, but a few fish are still showing at Silverwood. The best bite at all these waters continues to on drifted baits, trolled flies, ice jigs, or swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the cold weather, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reports.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. Only a very few bluegill are still showing at Perris and Murray. The Lower Otay crappie bite is still muddling along with a few reports again this week.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bites have been at Lake Skiner and Lake Cachuma. Isabella is also fair, but getting very little pressure. Also a slow to fair channel catfish bite on the lower Colorado River but also very light fishing pressure.

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