Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been fair to good this past week at most waters in the region. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has simply been wide open for fly-anglers fishing midge patterns and perch fry patterns. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is fair but improving. Silverwood perked back up for trout with cooler evenings. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair, especially after plants. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is still fair but the fish have moved to deep water.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair to good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but the heat has knocked fishing pressure way off. Most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Diamond Valley is getting little pressure on stripers, but it consistently puts out a few fish for fly-trollers. The best action at the other four has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds and the surface bite is hit and miss. Light fishing pressure with the heat.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair all over the region, but little fishing pressure. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lake Perris, Lower Otay, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River. Not much in the way of crappie right now.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region with the hot weather. Some decent catches at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are pretty good but the fishing pressure is very light.

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