TROUT: Top bets in the Sierra remain Bridgeport Reservoir, Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Silver and Gull lakes in the June Loop, Convict and Crowley near Mammoth, and Lake Sabrina and Intake II on Bishop Creek in the Bishop area. In Southern California, the top pick is Big Bear Lake for trollers and shore anglers, although Green Valley Lake has also been pretty good. The trout action in the Colorado River near Bullhead City remains good with weekly plants.
BLACK BASS: The action is still good all over the region, even if the fish are post spawn now. The best bites remain on plastics and reaction baits, but surface action is kicking into high gear. Top bets continue to be Lower Otay, El Capitan, San Vicente, Skinner, Castaic, Casitas, Pyramid, Perris, and Diamond Valley, in no particular order. On the Colorado River, the bites are also wide open in all the warmer backwaters and lagoons on the lower river, and Lake Havasu broke wide open over a month ago and stays hot. Mohave is also finally pretty good. Smallmouth have been fair to good and improving in the lower Colorado River, but Havasu is very good.
STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been very good at Pyramid, and nearly as good at Castaic and Skinner this week. Pyramid may be best for numbers, but Castaic is still kicking out an occasional bigger fish. Silverwood is also fair, but slower than the other three. Diamond Valley is still slow. Best bite everywhere has been on cutbaits, but a few fish are still showing on big, trout-like swim baits. The California aqueduct near Taft is fair on lug worms and sardines but mostly small fish and moss is becoming a real problem. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair but most of the fish are deep, so most fish are showing on drifted cut baits. Lots of small fish to 4 pounds showing in the Bullhead stretch of the river now on anchovies.
PANFISH: Crappie bite continues at Isabella, but not in near the volume and size of this off-and-on bite. Lake Success has slowed, as have most other places. The bluegill and redear bites pretty much wide open across the region, with good bites at Perris, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, El Capitan, Hodges, Pyramid, Castaic, and Quail Lake. The redear action at Havasu is pretty much wide open, too.
CATFISH: The flathead catfish bite in the lower Colorado River is still the best catfish news with fish topping 20-plus pounds reported each week now. The action has been at night on live bluegill, tilapia, and goldfish. Other catfish bites are slow across the region but starting to kick into gear. Pyramid Lake is probably the best bet right now with pretty fair action. Quail Lake has been very good with a lot of nice fish to 10 or 12 pounds.