TROUT: The Sierra Nevada’s general trout season is finally over, but the East Walker remains open to catch-and-release angling. It is a pretty fair bet for fly anglers who want to catch a big fish (18-inches plus). In Southern California, the top bets for planted fish are Santa Ana River Lakes, which received its third plant of the season this week, including some Mt. Lassen super trout topping 10 pounds. Jess Ranch, Dixon Lake, and Jennings are the other top picks for planted trout this week. The DFW planted a huge list of city and county park lakes in Los Angeles and Orange counties last week, but this list is much smaller this week.
BLACK BASS: The bass action has generally been fair throughout the region with some fish up chasing shad and other baitfish at least part of the day, but that action is waning rapidly. Most of the action has reverted to deeper water and plastics or nightcrawlers. Top bet remains San Vicente Reservoir, with other decent bets Lower Otay, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Perris, Castaic, Wohlford, Piru, and Pyramid. On the Colorado River, the lower river is fair to good for smallmouth (with zero fishing pressure), and the bite is fair on largemouths throughout the Colorado River system.
STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally fair everywhere this past week. Recent trout plants at Silverwood (last week and three weeks ago), along with Castaic and Pyramid (also last week and three weeks ago), brought up a few bigger stripers. There continues to be decent topwater flurries at Pyramid and Castaic, but they are fewer and further between this week. The best action has been at Pyramid and Castaic, but Skinner and Silverwood have also been fair. Diamond Valley Lake continues to be very spotty, with just a few school-sized fish showing on trolled flies, but there was a 20-pounder caught this week on a big, trout-like swimbait after DVL’s first trout plant last week. The Colorado River’s Lake Mohave has been fair, but the fish are mostly still in deeper water. Lake Havasu has been fair to good, with some topwater early, but most fish in deeper water on trolled or drifted baits.
PANFISH: The bluegill and/or redear bites are fair but slowing many places. The better exceptions this week have been at Perris and Murray. Dixon and Jennings also remain decent bets. A few crappie have been reported at Cachuma.
CATFISH: Overall slow catfish action. The best action has been at Isabella and Cachuma, with pretty fair bites at those two lakes. Also fair channel catfish bites on the Colorado River, and the bite for big flatheads on the lower Colorado River remains fair, but the Colorado is getting almost no pressure.