Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada has continued to slow since the opener three weekends ago, but there are some good bites at Bridgeport Reservoir, June Lake, and Crowley. Not only are limits pretty common, but the quality of fish is very good. In Southern California, Silverwood Lake is still very good and a limit of trout is pretty easy. Big Bear Lake (May Trout Classic this weekend), Jenks Lake, and Cuyamaca are also producing a good number of fish. The urban bite is winding down with most plants over for the season.

BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass out of the spawn and chasing baitfish. Top bets are Barrett Lake, which opened this past week, 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.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still excellent on frozen sardines and blood worms. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Silverwood, Skinner, and Diamond Valley all fair, 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 are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are getting hot all over the region, if we could just get some consistent weather. Top bets are Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are also fair to good for bluegill, with bites lulled by weather. Redear in Havasu are also starting to go crazy, and the whole Colorado River is getting pretty good. No hot crappie bites yet, but Casitas has a couple of good catches this week on live shad, but Cachuma slowed from the week before.

CATFISH: Overall, still slow to fair catfish action across Southern California, but this is starting to turn around with some decent catches starting to show at Skinner, Elinsore, and Diamond Valley. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are really turning on. Flatheads to 30-plus pounds reported in the past week.

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