Picks of the Week

1. The big bluefin tuna remain in a strong bite off San Diego, and the overnight to three-day boats are posting very good scores, especially considering the quality of the fish (running from 60 to 200 pounds with most over 100). Most boats are getting around a bluefin per rod, but some have had full limits of two-per-angler. 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 again staying in the top picks. The early fall bite is starting to explode during the new moon and better weather. The has been a big hatch of perch minnows and the midges continues to hatch. The trout are eating them both. The quality of the fish gets better each week, with big rainbows, cutthroats, and brown trout the norm, with 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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