Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been generally good across the board again this past week with most waters in the region producing a lot of fish. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has continued to be very good for fly-anglers fishing perch fry and leech 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, and Convict Lake. Both the East and West Walker rivers are also fishing pretty good now. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is breaking wide open around most of the lake for shore and boat anglers. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca was planted two weeks ago and twice in September and has been pretty fair with cooling water conditions.

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 El Capitan, San Vicente, Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Pyramid, and Castaic. 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 to good most places this past week. Castaic is the best bet with more quality fish than the other waters, but Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood have all been fair with flurries of good action. Lots of small fish at all four, but Castaic has consistently been producing double digit fish over three weeks. Diamond Valley is also finally turning on with fish six pounds and some bigger. The best action at all the lakes has been to fish jerk baits in boils, trolled shad-like lures or flies, or resorting to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small. The Colorado Riverís Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good and getter better by the day. Both cranking out some fish over 10 pounds, but most two to four pounds. Lots of small stripers in the river between Davis Dam and Topoc Gorge.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good all over the region, but Perris stepped to the forefront this week with redear to three pounds caught in a pretty fair bite. Other good decent bets are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murry, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, and Topoc Gorge. The Silverwood Lake crappie bite reported last week seems to have died on the vine.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region but getting light pressure. Some nice catches continue at Skinner, but Pyramid is also pretty fair. The lower Colorado River has excellent conditions but almost no pressure for channel and flathead catfish. Of the planted lakes, Santa Ana River is still a fair bet.

Bridgeport Reservoir photo

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