Picks of the Week

1. The ocean still has the top fishing in the region right now. While there are a number of good bites (corbina and perch in the surf, bass and bottom fish along the coast, yellowtail at the islands and along the coast), the San Diego overnight to two-day fleet continues to find very good fishing. Last week it was all yellowfin tuna, but this week it has been a good mixed bag of big bluefin, yellowfin, and yellowtail. Check with 976-Tuna.com for an update on this action and information on San Diego landings running these trips.

2. Crowley Lake in the Eastern Sierra is staying in the top picks. While it was off a little this past week because of weather and the moon phase, the bite is starting to explode again going into the new moon and better weather. The has been a big hatch of perch minnows that has really turned on this bite. While many anglers are still getting a lot of fish on midges, the big rainbows, cutthroats, and brown trout are starting to really focus on the minnows. Fly anglers are getting a lot of 20 to 24-inch fish. For an update on the bite, call The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517 or Sierra Drifters Guide Service at 760-935-4250.

3. Lake Perris stays in the No. 3 spot with its good bluegill bite (even through Lower Otay and Murray could give it a run for its money). These are mostly half-pounders, but there continue to be a lot of fish in the one-pound and bigger class and the fish are stacked up along the dam and off the island in 12 to 30 feet of water. The best action is on crickets, wax worms, red worms, or micro jigs tipped with these baits For an update on this bite check with the marina at 951-657-2179 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle in Hemet at 951-658-7410.

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