Freshwater Hot Spots

Trout, Panfish, Catfish, Bass

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall it is just fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake, Convict Lake and Bridgeport Reservoir. In Southern California the top bet is Big Bear Lake for holdover rainbows to seven pounds. Lots of limits reported for both shore and troll anglers. Silverwood Lake is producing a lot of rainbows and the DFW is planted last week, but the heat is pushing them deeper. Cachuma Lake has been excellent for trollers working deeper water at the dam, with a lot of limits. Jess Ranch Lakes in the high desert has been pretty good. Cuyamaca may be the best bet in San Diego County with heavy plants this season that continue into June.
BLACK BASS: The bass action is already looking more like summer with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish and the topwater and reaction bait bites are really starting to take off. But there are a lot of fish still showing on plastics and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Top bets (in no real particular order) are Diamond Valley, Skinner, Perris, Casitas, Castaic, Piru, Cachuma, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Sutherland, Hodges and Dixon. And of course Barrett in San Diego County is excellent. Silverwood is getting better by the day. On the Colorado River the lower river is pretty much wide open, and the bite is fair to good throughout the Colorado River system. Smallmouth also turning on in the lower river.
STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. Skinner is a fair bet at the dam and inlet areas on cut baits and reaction baits. The topwater and near-surface bite has come on Castaic with fish. Still fair bites on smaller fish at Pyramid and Silverwood. Darn few reports on stripers from Diamond Valley again, even with the launch ramp reopened. The California aqueduct is still good and it is producing more legal fish again. On the Colorado River the stripers action broke wide open in Lake Mohave and Havasu with excellent action on fish to 12 pounds, and a lot from five to seven pounds in both places.
PANFISH: Big news remains the hot tilapia action at the Salton Sea. This bite broke wide open over a month ago and continues hot, and even more so as the temperatures soar. The quality of the fish is improving with more in the 1.5-pound range. The bluegill or redear are starting to turn on just about everywhere, but the top bets are Skinner, Perris and Diamond Valley. Meanwhile the crappie bites have all pretty much died down everywhere.
CATFISH: Catfish bites are starting to really heat up with the weather. Skinner, Pyramid and Diamond Valley Lake are top spots, but this bite isnít getting much angler pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish on dip baits. Santa Ana River Lakes and Hesperia Lake are now stocking catfish weekly, and Jennings started its catfish planting season last week. The flathead catfish bite is very good on the lower Colorado River from Blythe to Yuma, and the channel catfish are starting to show in good numbers throughout the Colorado River.

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