Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing, and the bite has been fair to good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets include Poway (trophy fish were stocked last week) and Cuyamaca in San Diego County along with Dixon, Jennings and Wohlford the next best bets in that region. In San Bernardino County, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Yucaipa Park Lake and Silverwood Lake are the best. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet — and it cranked out a 17-plus pounder this week, the best of the season. In Riverside County, Lake Skinner was planted with county fish this week and DFW trout the previous two week. A sleeper spot remains the Bullhead City stretch of the Colorado River now that plants are back.

BLACK BASS: The bass action continues to improve in spite of the variable weather. While most of the action remains in deep-water on plastics, jigs, ice jigs, or nightcrawlers, there were a lot of fish moving up into 10 to 15 feet of water, especially at the shallower, more southerly waters. Top bets are Perris, San Vicente Reservoir, Lower Otay, Casitas, Castaic, Wohlford, Diamond Valley, Piru and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), but the largemouth bites remain slow with just a hint of improvement in recent days.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally slow to fair most places this past week, but trout plants a few places could perk this action. Diamond Valley is probably the best bet this week because of big trout plant, but Skinner, Pyramid and Silverwood all could see some bigger fish on trout-like swimbaits. Also still a lot of fish showing at all these lakes on drifted baits, trolled flies, or ice jigs. While not normally considered a striper lake, Perris cranked out a 20-pounder on Wednesday this week to fly-trolling. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the weather, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly 9 pounds reported again.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. The bluegill bites tanked everywhere, and only a few crappie are still showing at Lower Otay. There were some good crappie reported as Casitas Lake in recent days and this may be the bite to watch.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bites have been at Lake Skinner 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. San Vicente did cranked out a 45-pound blue this past week as part of the three-fish, 98-pound stringer.

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