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, Jess Ranch, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Yucaipa Park Lake, and Silverwood Lake (four plants in the last two weeks) in San Bernardino County. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. In San Diego County, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, Cuyamaca, and Wohlford all are fair to good bets. Lake Isabella is also a pretty good bet in Kern County.
BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass in the shallows for the spawn. 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 bogged down with a flush of cool water from upstream, but it is coming back on, and the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave. Go now. The spawn is starting to wind down.
STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is wide open with excellent action on frozen sardines, and a 35-pounder was caught this week. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, but Silverwood cranked out a couple of big fish at 26 and 17 pounds. Skinner, Pyramid, Castaic, and Diamond Valley are the next best bets, in about that order. All are producing quite a few fish for anglers targeting them with trolled flies or cut bait. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave both really turned on this week with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds. Topoc Marsh has been wide open on stripers to three pounds.
PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, with some good reports this week from Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are breaking open for bluegill. Redear in Havasu are also starting to perk up, and the whole Colorado River is worth watching. No hot crappie bites yet.
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 three weeks ago, but the action was slowed by a slug of cool water releases. It was improving again this week.