Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Trout season is still in full swing at the urban lakes, although many are getting their last plants of the season this week. The best bets? They would have to include Big Bear Lake, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Jess Ranch, Hesperia Lake, 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, and Diamond Valley was planted last week with 3,500 pounds. In San Diego County, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, Cuyamaca and Wohlford all are fair to good. Cachuma Lake in Ventura County is also pretty fair again.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has broken wide open across the region with the bass moving into the shallows for the spawn. Many fish are already on nets in some waters, and the sight fishing is good most places now. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the lower river is breaking wide open, and the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave. That listed just about every place didn’t it. Go now. It’s spawn time.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is wide open with excellent action on frozen sardines. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week. Diamond Valley is probably the best bet, but Skinner, Pyramid and Silverwood all are producing quite 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 and redear are showing Perris, Skinner and Diamond Valley. There have also been some crappie reports this week at Casitas and Cachuma.

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. The first more reports of bigger flatheads came in this week as this bite starts to break open. Best action from Walter’s Camp to the south.

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