Freshwater Hotspots

TROUT: Santa Ana River Lake has been fair to good with rainbows planted each week with big rainbows part of the mix. The biggest landed this past week was 19-plus pounds. Laguna Niguel got trout last week and remains a fair bet. All the San Bernardino County park lakes are getting county plants every week, and more are also getting DFW fish this week. These lakes include Yucaipa, Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Mojave Narrows, and Prado. In the high desert, both Hesperia Lake and Jess Ranch have been fair to good for two-pound class fish with a bigger fish possible at both. In San Diego County, Jennings is the top bet with weekly plants, while Poway and Dixon are getting plants every other week. Quality fish are possible at all three.

BLACK BASS: Last week, the bass were mostly suspended or on deep-water points. This week with the warm weather there has been a major movement of fish into 15 feet of water or less in a pre-spawn movement of fish. Lake Skinner, Diamond Valley Lake, and Lower Otay Reservoir are probably the best bets right now. Fish are still suspended and in deep water at these three, and most other waters, but the first wave of spawning fish is not that far off as the this week proves. Other decent bets, with mostly deep water fish, include Casitas, Castaic, Pyramid and Piru. Silverwood is still very slow slow. On the Colorado River, the smallmouth and largemouth bites have also been slow to fair from Lake Havasu south into the lower river backwaters and up in Lake Mohave. Even on the river the bite is mostly on bottom jigs and plastics now.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally slow everywhere this past week with some upticks in the bite, but nothing real significant. Silverwood remains a fair deep-water bet on cut baits at the dam and off the marina docks. Castaic, Pyramid, and Skinner have all been slow to fair, and the California aqueduct slowed from last week’s fair bite. On the Colorado River, the stripers are fair in Lake Mohave with a lot of one to three pound fish and fish from six to 12 pounds each week. Havasu is also producing a few fish near the dam, and the river between Mohave and Havasu continues to produce an occasional big fish near Bullhead City-Laughlin. 

PANFISH: Fishing pressure is light and most of the bites have slowed way down. The crappie bite at Lake Perris fizzled, but there are crappie bites to watch at Murray and Hodges in San Diego County. There are also very few bluegill or redear showing anywhere in the region.

CATFISH: Every place has slowed way down with the exception of Lake Isabella, which has continued to have a fair to good bite on live minnows with a few limits of fish to seven pounds reported this past week. Fishing pressure is near nothing for catfish everywhere.

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