Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: Trout season is in full swing across Southern California urban lakes getting private plants. DFW fish continue to be a no-show. Top picks for this week are Hesperia Lake (first plant of the season) Dixon Lake (6,000 pounds of plants last week for its big weekend tournament), Santa Ana River Lakes, Apollo Park Lake in Lancaster (plants two weeks in a row), and all the San Bernardino County park lakes (Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Yucaipa, Prado, and Mojave Narrows) which get plants weekly now. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is as good as Dixon and Santee Lake and Jennings are decent bets.

BLACK BASS: The action is finally slowing at many waters, but it is still darn good other places with the fish still up chasing baitfish most mornings. Top bets continue to be Castaic, Pyramid, El Capitan, San Vicente, Lower Otay, and Diamond Valley, but all have slowed from last week. On the Colorado River, the bites are fair in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been fair 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. Top spots continue to be Castaic, Pyramid, Diamond Valley, and Skinner are the best bets. Silverwood hase been fair. Diamond Valley cranked out an 10-plus this past week and it received another trout plant this week. Not as much surface action, but still a lot of fish on deeper swimbaits, trolled flies, umbrella rigs, jigging spoons, and — of course ñ the usual array of baits, especially lug and blood worms.. The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, and more keeper fish are starting to show, including a 16-pounder this week. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good. 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 pretty much slow across the board now. Murray produced a few bigger fish this week, and a few big redear continue to show from Havasu in deep water on nightcrawlers, but few other reports.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been pretty fair across the region, but getting very little fishing pressure so the action is hard to gauge. Catfish anglers should focus on Skinner, Lower Otay, Pyramid, and Isabella. The lower Colorado River has also slowed way down as water levels drop, but there is very light fishing pressure.

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