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 Jennings 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.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is improving daily with the warm weather and many waters have good pre-spawn bite ongoing. Lots of fish up in the shallows poking around and thinking of the spawn. There continues to be a major movement of fish out of deep water into less than 15 feet of water. 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 just fair with more movement by the day. Kaweah Lake in the western Sierra produced a 17.2-pound bass this past week.

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 improving daily with the warm weather, but mostly for channels, still no reports on flatheads.

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