Freshwater Hot Spots

Bass, Catfish, Panfish, Trout

TROUT: The Sierra Nevada has some bright spots for trout, but overall, it is just fair. The top bets include Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, and Bridgeport Reservoir. In Southern California, the top bet is Big Bear Lake for holdover rainbows to six pounds. Lots of limits reported for both shore and troll anglers. Silverwood Lake is producing a lot of rainbows to four pounds, even through it has been three weeks since a plant. Cuyamaca may be the best bet in San Diego County with heavy plants this season that continue through June.

BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been good throughout the region with most fish up chasing shad and other baitfish early in the day, especially in waters coming up and flooding brush (Diamond Valley, especially). But there are a lot of fish showing on plastics and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom in 12 to 20 feet of water. Top bets are Casitas (topwater and shad if you can get them), Diamond Valley, Skinner, Perris (outside edges of weed beds), Castaic, Piru, Cachuma (smallmouth on crawdad-like baits), Puddingstone, Pyramid, Wohlford, Lower Otay, Sutherland, Hodges, and Dixon. And of course, Barrett in San Diego County is good. Silverwood is getting better by the day. On the Colorado River, the lower river is pretty much wide open, especially for smallmouth, but the bite is fair to good throughout the Colorado River system.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. Bright spots have been the lead core tolling bite with flies at Silverwood, Skinnerís cut bait bite at the dam and inlet areas, the troll and topwater bite at Castaic and Pyramid, and — of course — the excellent bite for bait and swim bait anglers on the Colorado River’s Lake Mohave. The Mohave bite has been producing a lot of six to eight-pound class fish and many to 12.

PANFISH: Big news remains the hot tilapia action at the Salton Sea. While it lulled this past weekend with windy, cooler weather, the heat is forecast to be back and this bite should surge back on. These temperatures could also kill this action with a green tide, so anglers should call ahead. Lot of fish in the 1 1/2-pound range. The bluegill or redear are starting to turn on just about everywhere, but the top bets are Skinner, Perris, and Diamond Valley. Meanwhile, the crappie bites have all pretty much died down everywhere.

CATFISH: Catfish bites are starting to really heat up with the weather. Skinner, Pyramid, and Diamond Valley Lake are top spots, but this bite isn’t getting much angler pressure. Lake Isabella continues to have a fair to good bite on catfish on dip baits. Santa Ana River Lakes and Hesperia Lake are now stocking catfish weekly, and Jennings started its catfish planting season three weeks ago. The flathead catfish bite is very good on the lower Colorado River from Blythe to Yuma, and the channel catfish are starting to show in good numbers throughout the Colorado River.

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