Freshwater Hot Spots – June 4, 2015

By: Jim Matthews

TROUT: The Eastern Sierra Nevada remains very good. The whole region is pretty good, including the Bridgeport Reservoir (boat anglers), Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop (actually the whole loop has been good), and Convict Lake. In Southern California, the top bets are Green Valley Lake with a double plant this week, and Cachuma Lake, which is still fair to good after plants of 10,000-pounds of rainbows in late April. Big Bear Lake remains fair but it’s not a bad bet, especially for trollers.

BLACK BASS: The bass are in a baitfish-chasing mode in most waters and this week’s warmer weather has intensified that. Top bets, about in order of action, remain Lower Otay, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Piru, Pyramid, El Capitan, Diamond Valley Lake and Silverwood. All of these places are pretty good. 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, but things should finally start turning around with the weather change. Top bets are Pyramid, Castaic, Silverwood, Skinner and Diamond Valley, with the first two the best. The California aqueduct near Taft is also very good with a lot of four-pound class fish. 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 a month ago and has been good again this past week with only minor lulls due to wind. 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, and all the other local panfish bites finally look to be turning on, with fish starting to show in good numbers at Perris, Diamond Valley and Puddingstone. Most crappie bites are off, but the action Casitas Lake 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. Lake Skinner’s catfish action surged on this past week, and there were improved bites at Cachuma, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas and Silverwood. The Lake Elsinore catfish bite is also still a fair to good bet. For planted fish, Santa Ana River Lakes is the top bet and its big “Bluezilla” catfish at 78 pounds was caught and released again this past week.

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