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 continued to be very good for fly-anglers fishing perch fry patterns in less than 10 feet of water. 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. Both the East and West Walker rivers are also fishing pretty good now. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is slow to fair but improving. Green Valley Lake is still fair and is due for another plant. Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish, but no plants for four weeks. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca perked up after 2,700-pound of fish were planted last week.

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

STRIPED BASS: The striper action was generally fair most places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Lots of small fish at all three, but Castaic has consistently been producing double digit fish over the past week. Diamond Valley is also finally showing signs of life with a couple of quality stripers again this past week in the 10-pound class. The best action at all the lakes has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. Fly-trolling is also a good bet. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small and the moss presents a serious fishing problem. The Colorado Riverís Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with an occasional fish to 10 pounds.

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

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region. Some nice catches at Skinner and Silverwood, but Diamond Valley (30 and 31 pounders this week) and Pyramid are also pretty fair but getting very little pressure. The lower Colorado River is fair for both the channel and flathead catfish in the main river channel, but the backwaters are slow because of very warm water conditions.

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