Freshwater Hot Spots – Nov. 5, 2015

TROUT: Snow hammered the Eastern Sierra and shut down most of the fishing, but brave souls are getting a few fish at Crowley Lake (fly anglers), Silver and Grant Lake in the June Lake Loop, and Convict Lake. In Southern California, Irvine Lake kicks off its urban trout season with big plants for the Friday opener this week. Big Bear bite is still pretty good along the north shore. Jess Ranch in Hesperia is also pretty good with cooling water temperatures. Other urban waters not getting trout yet.

BLACK BASS: The bass are still in a baitfish-chasing mode in most waters, and the topwater and reaction bait bite has been fair just about everywhere and still good a few places. Many waters are finally starting to chill down and close down this bite, but top bets continue to be Casitas, Perris, and Cachuma. Still decent but starting to slow are El Capitan, Lower Otay, Piru, and Pyramid. 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 during the week’s storm front. Pyramid ticked down briefly, but has come back on this week with a fair to good bite. Castaic, Silverwood, and Skinner are all fair, and all are producing some bigger fish. 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: 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. There have also been a few crappie to two pounds caught at Casitas on live shad or small jigs. Some redear to two pounds have also been reported there.

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 Cachuma also has a good bite close to shore around much of the lake. Lake Isabella, Silverwood, Piru, Pyramid, and Castaic all remain fair for the few anglers fishing cats. The Lake Elsinore catfish bite is also still a fair 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, but cooling conditions could make this bite tougher.

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