Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Trout season is still in full swing, and the bite has been fair to good at waters across the region. This week’s top bets include Big Bear Lake, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Yucaipa Park Lake and Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. Lake Skinner has been surprisingly decent in Riverside County. In San Diego County, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, Cuyamaca and Wohlford all pretty fair.

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. Silverwood produced a nine-pound bass this week.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally fair most places this past week. Diamond Valley is probably the best bet, but Skinner, Pyramid and Silverwood all are producing quit a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu remains fair, but Lake Mohave improved this week with fish to nearly nine pounds reported again. Topoc Marsh has been wide open on stripers to three pounds.

PANFISH: Few reports on panfish. A few bluegill are showing Perris and Diamond Valley, but not crappie reports this week.

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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