Freshwater Hot Spots – Oct. 29, 2015

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada, the hot spots have been the fly-fishing waters of Crowley Lake, Kirman Lake, and the East Walker River (and all three have up and down days). For bait and lure anglers, the Virginia Lakes, Silver and Grant Lake, and Convict Lake are the best bets. In Southern California, the Big Bear bite is still the best bet with good action along the north shore. Green Valley Lake, Lake Hemet, Fulmor Lake, Jenks Lake, and Lake Gregory all pretty, but Hemet is improved after plants two weeks ago and this week.

BLACK BASS: The bass are still in a baitfish-chasing mode in most waters, and the topwater and reaction bait bite has been fair to good just about everywhere. Many waters are finally starting to cool just a little and this tends to intensify the action. Lake Perris remains fair to good on reaction baits. Cachuma Lake’s smallmouth is also still pretty much wide open on fish ripping bait balls. Other top bets include Casitas, Castaic, Diamond Valley Lake, El Capitan, Lower Otay, Skinner, Piru, and Pyramid. All of these places are pretty good for short periods each day when the fish come up to chase bait — and that is not always first and late light these days. On the Colorado River, the smallmouth and largemouth bites have also been fair to good from Lake Havasu south into the lower river backwaters and up in Lake Mohave, mostly on topwater and reaction baits fished on or along weed beds or other structure.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action had been pretty good across most of Southern California’s reservoirs, but there has been some slowing with cooling weather. Pyramid slowed even more and has been slow to fair, while Castaic remains good. Silverwood is also fair to good, but all small fish. Skinner is fair with fish to 8-8. Diamond Valley remains a blank slate with no fishing pressure. The California aqueduct near Taft is really turning on with fair to good action now, mostly on a bait called a Whopper Plopper. On the Colorado River, the bite is fair to good from the Bullhead-Laughlin stretch down river into Lake Havasu. Lake Mohave is also fair on stripers.

PANFISH: The two bites on the Central Coast remain worth mentioning. First, Lopez Lake continues to have a decent bluegill and redear bite, while Santa Margarita Lake has slowed for crappie but some decent fish continue to be caught. Closer to home, Lake Perris has a fair to good bite on bluegill, and Diamond Valley Lake is getting little pressure but it continues to produce a few bluegill.

CATFISH: Lake Skinner continues to have a good catfish bite on cut baits, especially chicken liver, with a number of cats to eight pounds or better again this week. There also continues to be good channel catfish bite in the California aqueduct near Taft, with fish running three to eight pounds and better. Lake Isabella, Silverwood, and Lake Cachuma all have fair to good bites, and the action at Piru, Pyramid, and Castaic remains fair for the few anglers fishing cats. The Lake Elsinore catfish bite is also still a fair to good bet. The flathead bite on the Colorado River in generally fair all along the lower river with fish from 20 to 40 pounds showing occasionally. Fishing pressure is very light. Best action is just before the new and full moons. Meanwhile, the channel catfish bite has been fair to good in the whole river from Bullhead downstream to the Mexican border with a lot of fish from three to eight pounds reported.

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