By: FishRap Staff
TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada remains very good with hot spots still Lower Twin Lake at Bridgeport (for trophy browns) and Crowley Lake for both volume and trophies. Both produced trout over five pounds this past week. But the whole region was pretty good, including the Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop, and Convict Lake. In Southern California, the urban winter trout season is pretty much over most places. Top bets are Green Valley Lake, which just “officially” opened its trout season last week, and Cachuma Lake, which is still good after plants of 10,000-pounds of rainbows last month. Big Bear Lake remains tough with wild weather this past week, but should settle back in soon.
BLACK BASS: The bass are moving into a baitfish-chasing mode in most waters. Yo-yoing water temperatures have put off a lot of the bites, but a couple of warm days in a row should turn the action back on. Top bets, about in order of action, remain Lower Otay, Skinner, Diamond Valley Lake, Castaic, Casitas, Piru, Pyramid, El Capitan, and Silverwood. On the Colorado River, the bites have also been very good, especially from Lake Havasu south.
STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been slow to fair this past week because of the weather. Top bets are Skinner, Silverwood, Pyramid, Castaic and Diamond Valley, but all of them were pretty equal this week. Trout plants did go in at Castaic and Pyramid, which could perk those bites. On the Colorado River, the bites are really starting to take off with the Bullhead-Laughlin stretch the best bet in the region, but there are more and more fish showing in Havasu and up through Topoc Gorge.
PANFISH: The tilapia bite at the Salton Sea surged back on three weeks ago, but again had some lulls because of cooler weather and wind this week. It still looks to be a top bet and the weekend weather is supposed to be good again in the desert. The redear and bluegill bites are breaking open on the Colorado River, but other local panfish bites seemed to go in the tank. The one exception has been the crappie bite at Casitas Lake, which again produced a few nice catches of fish to 2-8 on live shad.
CATFISH: The flathead bite on the Colorado River in generally good all along the lower river with fish from 20 to 40 pounds showing in decent numbers (considering fishing pressure is still pretty light). There also continues to be a good channel catfish bite in the California aqueduct near Taft with fish running eight to 12 pounds or even bigger. The Lake Elsinore catfish bite is also still a fair to good bet, and Cachuma Lake is also a decent bet. For planted fish, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet, planted big for its “opener” last week — both big fish (blue cats up to 78 pounds) and big volume.