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 Dixon and Jenning in San Diego County, with Poway, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford also pretty fair. In San Bernardino County, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Yucaipa Park Lake and Silverwood Lake remain the best bets. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet — and it cranked out a 22-pounder this week, the biggest in the region this winter trout season. A sleeper spot remains the Bullhead City stretch of the Colorado River now that plants are back. It gets fish this week.

BLACK BASS: The bass action continues to improve in spite of the variable weather. In the past few days, there has been a major movement of fish out of deep water into less than 15 feet of water in many spots. There are still a lot of fish in deeper water, but the next few warmer days should push even more fish shallow. Top bets are Lower Otay, Perris, San Vicente Reservoir, 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 are still tough but some movement is starting.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally slow to fair most places this past week. Diamond Valley is probably the best bet, but Skinner, Pyramid and Silverwood all could see better action with warmer weather. Fish at all these lakes are showing on drifted baits, trolled flies, or big swimbaits. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains off due to the weather, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reported again.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. A few crappie are still showing at Lower Otay and Casitas, and a few bluegill were landed at Perris and Diamond Valley.

CATFISH: Overall, slow catfish action. The best bite has been at Lake Skinner, and that has been pretty tough. The lower Colorado River is also slow with only a few channels and no flatheads reported.

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