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 bets this week have been Bridgeport Reservoir, Convict Lake, and Lower Twin. Crowley Lake got tough when the fish switching to eating tiny natural bait. Both the East and West Walker rivers are also fishing pretty good now. In Southern California, Apollo Park Lake is kicking off its trout season with major plants for the derby this Saturday, including trophy trout to 15-plus pounds. 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 generally good to excellent across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, Lower Otay, and Diamond Valley. 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 and good action, but Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood have all been fair with flurries of good action. Lots of small fish at the last three. The best news is that Diamond Valley is finally turning on with fish 12 pounds this week and generally pretty good action. The best way to fish at all the lakes is to use topwater or jerk baits in boils or trolled shad-like lures or flies. If the fish go deep, lug worms are the best bait. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small although a 14-pounder was caught this week. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good and getter better by the day. Both are cranking out some fish over 10 pounds, but most two to six 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 last 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 two weeks ago, which seemed to die last week, has seemed to come back on.
CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region but getting light pressure. Fall is trophy catfish time and some big fish are showing, especially Perris and Skinner. 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 and Hesperia Lake is producing some limits with weekly plants still going in.