Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: The buzz is the Eastern Sierra Nevada trout opener Saturday and all of the roadside waters in the region received plants over the past couple of weeks. There are also huge populations of holdover trout in Crowley, and many other waters in the region. It’s the top pick. Trout season is winding down at all the urban lakes with most getting their last plants of the season a week ago. The best bets? They would have to include Silverwood Lake, (six plants the past two weeks and more this week), Big Bear Lake, Jess Ranch, Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, and Yucaipa Park Lake in San Bernardino County. In Orange County, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet. In San Diego County, cuyamaca, Dixon, Jennings, Poway, 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 at the tail end of the spawn or in a post-spawn pattern. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave. The spawn is starting to wind down.

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, with Silverwood, Skinner, Pyramid, Castaic, and Diamond Valley all OK, 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 last 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, but more and more reports on bigger flatheads are starting to filter in. Still relatively light fishing pressure.

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