MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. It’s not likely the in-between moon phase or cold front moving through this week will slow down the bass action too much. So fishing the spawn remains the top pick for the weekend, with Sunday supposed to be improved weather. So instead of picking a single bass spot (with everyplace so good), here are the best bets by region: In the San Diego region, El Capitan is wide open and Murray produced two whoppers this past week. In the Inland Region, Diamond Valley, Perris and Skinner are all good. Castaic and Casitas are tops in the Los Angeles/Ventura area, and Nacimiento’s spotted bass and Santa Margarita’s largemouth bites are wide open. On the Colorado River, Havasu and the lower river are the best bets.
2. Not into largemouth bass? How about stripers? Silverwood Lake cranked out a couple of really nice stripers early this week (26-8 and 17-8), and a trout plant this week is likely to bring up some more of the big boys. It’s not a sure thing, but shots at big stripers never are. For an update on the action or when the trout plant arrived, check with the marina at 760-389-2299 or the Silverwood Country store at 760-389-2423.
3. The hot crappie bite at Lake Henshaw in San Diego County remains in the top picks with fish to 2.7 pounds weighed in this past week. Best action is on minnows or jigs off the fishing float and from boats, and most stringers have been from five to 10 fish. The slabs are averaging 1 1/2 pounds, and full limits are not out of the question. For an update on this action, call the store at 760-782-3501.
FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS
TROUT: The trout bite in urban waters is still good a lot of places, but plants are coming to an end at many spots. Top bets are Hesperia Lake, Laguna Niguel Lake (last plant this week), Corona Lake, Irvine Lake, and Santa Ana River Lakes, Jess Ranch. Other good bets include Diamond Valley Lake, Jennings, Dixon, and Wohlford. All the San Bernardino County Park lakes got their last county fish last week, but Yucaipa and Glen Helen received state fish and are the best bets. For trollers focusing on holdover fish, Cachuma and Casitas are both fair and a 4,000-pound plant was slated for Cachuma and its big trout derby is this weekend.
BLACK BASS: The bass spawn is in high gear on most Southern California bass waters. Warm weather this past week broke the action wide open most places. Top bets for bedding fish are Diamond Valley, Perris, El Capitan, Casitas, Castaic, Piru, Puddingstone, Otay, Irvine, Skinner, and Silverwood. Murray cranked out a couple of quality bass. On the Central Coast, all the lakes are cranking on. Santa Margarita, Nacimiento, San Antonio, and Lopez are all good for bass, whether largemouth, smallmouth or spotted (or all three). On the Colorado River, the Lake Havasu bite has been very good and the whole lower river broke wide open this week.
STRIPED BASS: Most of the SoCal striper lakes remain just fair, but signs of improved at all of them came in this week. Silverwood cranked out two whoppers. Skinner improved, and Castaic showed signs of improving. A DFG trout plant at Diamond Valley could pop that spot into high gear, too. Pyramid is still probably the best best for action, but the bite is mostly for smaller fish to five pounds (with a lot of dinks). The Willow Beach on the Colorado River is getting little pressure but regulars seem to be getting a few quality fish around 20 pounds each week. Havasu has been slow on three to six-pound fish, mostly at the south end. San Antonio was still tough, but the California aqueduct near Taft has been very good and remains our sleeper striper pick of the week. White bass are still good in Nacimiento.
PANFISH: Redear and bluegill bites are still slow most everywhere, with the exception of Lake Perris, which has been fair with some redear to a pound this past week and the odd bluegill now also showing. The crappie bites are also starting to kick into gear. Top bet is Henshaw with fish to three pounds this week and some great stringers and quite a few fish over two pounds, but Lake Isabella also was breaking wide open this week and the Buena Vista Lakes near Taft also started producing. Other spots to watch include Santa Margarita Lake, Cachuma, Casitas, Elsinore, and Piru.
CATFISH: Slow bites just about everywhere in urban planted waters or local water supply reservoirs with very light fishing pressure. The one exception is Hesperia Lake, which received big plants of catfish last week and three weeks ago. The channel catfish action is improving quickly all along the lower Colorado River, and the first flatheads are starting to show in the lower river from Blythe downstream.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
SILVERWOOD: The striper bite is starting to come alive here for better quality fish whacking the big swim baits. Art Gutierrez, Alta Loma, landed stripers at 26-8 and 17-8 on big swimbaits fishing on Monday and Wednesday this week near the spillway. Sam Carnage, Anaheim, landed eight stripers from two to 6 1/2 pounds on anchovies and swim baits at the dam. The trout bite remains fair to good with quite a few limits posted in Miller and Cleghorn canyons and some fish off the dam. DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Amber Sutherland, Apple Valley, landed four rainbows to 3 1/4 pounds on corn-flavored floating dough bait in Miller. Lee Patrick, Crestline, had a limit of rainbows to two pounds on fluorescent orange dough bait. Nate Schafer, Florida, have five rainbows to two pounds on Power Bait. The largemouth bass bite is starting to take off with the fish moving up on beds and starting into the spawn. Plastics, jigs, and reaction baits are all getting fish to six pounds. A few catfish showing. Rudy Sanchez, Ontario, landed a 9-6 cat on shrimp off Parking Lot No. 3 on Tuesday this week. The bluegill and crappie bites are still off. Quagga mussel inspections required here. The park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.
BIG BEAR LAKE: Trout season is kicking into gear. The trout bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish still in the stream mouths in a spawn mode and most of the rainbows are from 1-8 to three pounds. Best action in the east end of the lake at the Stanfield Cutoff and Windy Point areas on garlic Power Bait. Slower fishing the closer you get to the dam. Slow other species, but a few bass reports starting. Highway 330 up the front side of the San Bernardino Mountains is still closed, so the only access is up 18 through Lake Arrowhead, Highway 38 out of Redlands, or up the back side from the high desert, also on Highway 18. Fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.
GREGORY LAKE: Anglers with the dam and baseball diamond area are getting quite a few rainbows to two pounbs. There have not been any plants since last year, but the first plant of 2011 will probably be later this month. The boat house is closed until April 30. Information: 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No report. Recorded information: 909-867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
JENKS LAKE REGION: The parking area has been open since the weekend and the trout action has been good on holdover fish. Most anglers limited on opening Saturday with some fish topping three pounds. First DFG plant of the season not scheduled yet, but likely to be next week. The Santa Ana River in the Seven Oaks area and the South Fork were both on the DFG plant list this week and they were planted two and four weeks ago. The action has been good on the rainbows with quite a few small browns starting to show. Jenks Lake: 909-747-5098. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.
HIGH DESERT LAKES
HESPERIA LAKE: Trout action has been very good with a lot of limits and quality fish reported each week. The catfish and sturgeon bites are also fair to good. Trout are planted each week, and catfish were planted last Friday and the final sturgeon plant of the season went in Tuesday this week. Top trout this week was a 14-pounder landed by Mike Shulte, Oak Hills, on a small jig. Greg Schowen, Fontana, landed a 10-pound rainbow, while Sean Baker, Hesperia, had a 9-8 trout. Julian Garcia, Chino, landed a nine-pound rainbow. Top cat was a 20-pounder caught by Daniel Christopher, Hermosa Beach, on the marshmallow-meal worm combo. Wayne Herman, Oak Hills, landed a 16-pounder, and Michael Haines, Apple Valley, caught a 13-8 cat. Sylvester Scarpa, Temecula, landed a 10-pound cat. Best sturgeon was a 16-pounder landed by Tommy Carrara, Victorville, while Jason McGregor, Barstow, had a 14-pounder. Both sturgeon were caught on Power Bait. Lake hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the night session from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $15 per angler. No state fishing license is required here. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH: Continued good trout action here with quite a few limits of rainbows from one to three pounds showing on Power Bait in salmon peach, garlic orange and spring green, nightcrawlers, small trout jigs, and trout plastics. A few real quality fish again this week. Best was a 10-3 landed by Mark Harwell, Victorville, on a Panther Martin off the north shore of Lake 2. Luis Borja, San Jacinto, had a 9-13 on rainbow Power Bait from Lake 2 near the drain. Eurgen Todd, Victorville, caught a 9-10 rainbow on a white Power Worm from Lake 3, and James Todd, Victorville, landed a 9-6 rainbow on a Power Worm and two-pound test. John Juarez, Downey, landed a 9-5 on a Trout Teaser jig, also from Lake 2 off the north shore near the bridge. Roger Markussen, San Jacinto, caught rainbows at 7-2 and 5-12. The bass are moving into the shallows to spawn and quite a few have been caught and released this week. A few catfish are also showing on mackerel and shrimp. The lake complex is open every Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is stocked with trout each week on Friday from its own hatchery. Lake information: 760-240-1107 or www.jessranchlakesnews.com.
MOJAVE NARROWS: No reports. Last county trout plant of the season was last week and DFG trout were slated for this week. Horseshoe Lake is still closed due to flood damage. Pelican Lake is remains open. For lake information: 760-245-2226.
INLAND VALLEY LAKES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Trout action has been fair to good with a few limits reported this past week on a variety of floating dough baits and small trout jigs or trout plastics. Jason Hughes, Ontario, landed four rainbows to two pounds on jigs in the large lake. Richard Moreno, Phillips Ranch, also had four rainbows and his best was a 2-8, all on Power Bait. A few carp are starting to show in a fair bite. Final county trout plant of the season went in last week. Information: 909-481-4205.
PRADO: The trout bite has been fair on trout jigs, trout plastics, or floating dough baits. Also a few catfish, bass, and carp starting to show. Rob Shelton, Chino, had a pair of cats to 2-8 on nightcrawlers, while Juan Raygoza, Ontario, landed a five-pound cat on green Power Bait. Final county trout plant of the season went in last week. Small boats (non-inflatable) under 16 feet with electric motors are now allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.
YUCAIPA: The trout action has been fair to good over the past week with a few limits posted. Matt Willhide, Yucaipa, landed a 5-2 rainbow on Power Bait from the top lake. Final county trout plant of the season went in last week and DFG fish were slated for this week. Lake information: 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: The trout action has been fair to good on garlic-scented floating baits, nightcrawlers, and plastic trout worms with most of the fish from one to two pounds. Ian Santos, West Covina, landed a 6-8 rainbow on a Power Worm in the large lake. A few carp and the odd bass are also being caught. Jordan Smith and Drew Esquier, both Highland, caught a 8.81-pound carp on a nightcrawler. The final county trout plant of the season went in last week and DFG trout were scheduled for this week. Information: 909-887-7540.
MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: 909-982-4246.
SECCOMBE LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago. No reports. Information: 909-384-5233.
DIAMOND VALLEY: The largemouth bass action has been wide open this past week with lots of five to eight-pound bass reported and countless smaller fish. The action has been on bed fish, and bigger females swimming the shallows. Fish showing on everything from jigs to reaction baits with most anglers simply fishing plastics and hammering fish. There have been a lot of 20 to 40 fish days for boat anglers and even shore guys are getting a lot of fish. The trout bite has been fair to good and a DFG plant is slated for this week after a Mt. Lassen plant last week. Best action from shore on nightcrawlers, trout jigs, and trout worms. The striper bite has been spotty but a few fish are showing on trolled trout-like or shad-like baits. Other species are still mostly slow, but the the bluegill, crappie and catfish should all be popping with as the weather warms back up again late in the weekend and early next week. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.
PERRIS: The largemouth bass bite has been good to excellent this past week in the flooded brush in the east end shallows and around the island. Most of the fish are on beds and whacking jigs or plastic worms, with some bigger females to eight pounds reported. Eddie Garcia, Azusa, landed a 6-11 bass on a Roboworm off the east side of the island. The redear are moving shallow and quite a few are showing around the marina docks, the east end (Lots 11 and 12) and Rock Climbers cove on red worms, nightcrawler pieces, or small jigs tipped with bait. Most are under a pounds, but some are hitting the pound mark and above. Lee Edwards, Los Angeles, had 12 redear and bluegill to a pounds fishing in Rock Climber’s Cove with redworms. A few crappie are also showing, but those being landed are real quality fish. Dustin Hampton landed a 2-4 crappie fishing a 1/32nd-ounce, grasshopper-colored Trout Trap jig in the boat launch area on Monday this week. Steve Hunter, Moreno Valley, landed a 2-3 on a yellow and white Stinger jig off the marina docks Sunday. The trout bite has been slow to fair in lots 11 and 12 and Sail Cove on rainbow Power Bait, trout plastics, and inflated garlic nightcrawlers. The carp are also moving shallow, but they aren’t getting any fishing pressure right now. Catfish are slow. The 30th annual Tommy Thomas Kids Fishing will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event is free (you only have to pay the regular park entrance fee). Each child 15 and under gets instruction in everything from knot tying to casting, lunch, and a raffle ticket for a give-away of fishing tackle during the awards program after lunch. While some loaner tackle is available, it’s recommended that families bring their own rods and reels and baits. The Department of Fish and Game will be planting rainbow trout just before the derby so the young anglers have a good chance to catch a fish or two, and some of the fish are tagged with cash reward tags. No pre-registration is necessary. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: Striped bass have been pretty good this past week with a lot of one to two pound fish on anchovies and chicken liver for both boat and shore anglers. Some bigger fish to six or seven pounds. Top spot for shore anglers has been the point near Ramp No. 2, especially those furthest to the south. Boat anglers are fishing the east end, dam areas, and main lake points. Berry Reynold, Orange, had eight stripers to 6.2 pounds on anchovies in the east wend. The largemouth bass bite has been very good with the bass all over the shallows in a full spawn mode. Everything from jigs to plastics to reaction baits are getting fish. Dustin Cassady, 16, Corona, landed his personal best bass, an 8-10 largemouth, fishing a drop-shot plastic in the east end. The trout bite has also been fair for shore anglers at Ramp No. 2 on Power Bait and trout worms. Ricky Webb, Murrieta, landed two rainbows to three pounds. Other species have been slow with no bluegill, crappie, or catfish reports. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: Lots of carp moving into the shallows and anglers fishing homemade dough baits, corn, and even nightcrawlers are getting a few fish to eight pounds. Bowfishermen are also scoring on the carp. A few bass are showing in the shallows in a spawn mode, but the crappie and wiper bites are still spotty. Bluegill starting to improve. No launch fee will be charged (normally $15) to anglers launching their boats at Elsinore this Saturday, April 9. Boat rentals are available through the William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental out of Elsinore West Marina. For more information, contact William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.
CORONA LAKE: The bite on rainbow trout from one to five pounds has remained good to excellent, and quite a few catfish, bass, and crappie continue to be caught by anglers targeting the warm water species. Three trout plants this week, and most stringers have at least one quality fish over three pounds as the anchor to the catch. The best bite continues to be on floating dough baits in chartreuse with garlic scent. Inflated nightcrawlers with garlic are also a good bet, and quite a few anglers are still getting rainbows on small trout worms and jigs. Joey Rodriguez, Corona, had three rainbows from shore on small jigs. The stringer weighed 9 1/2 pounds and his best trout was a 5 1/2-pounder. Bailey Vanh, Covina, landed five trout for 10 1/4 pounds total on green dough baits, and his best fish was a 3 1/2-pounder. Jack Streelman, Corona, landed five trout to 2 1/4-pounds, while Dusty Adams and Doug Pom, both Moreno Valley, had nine trout to three pounds. Brad Bush, Highland, landed five trout to two pounds on Lip RipperZ jigs, while Lester Llamas, Tujunga, had five trout and a 1 1/2-pound crappie tubing. Vickie Onishi, Glendora, had 10 rainbows for 20 pounds total, while James and Nilsa McMaster, Ontario, had eight rainbows to three pounds. Catfish are being landed by anglers fishing cut baits in the trees as the fish start to poke around in the shallows. A number of three to eight-pounders have been reported each of the past two weeks. Quite a few crappie are showing from the flooded trees on small jigs fished in four to eight feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has also been pretty fair with fish on spawning beds and whacking plastic worms and small jigs. No state fishing license is required here. Information: 951-277-3321 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
EVANS LAKE: Quite a few bass showing for bank-walkers tossing plastics and small crankbaits. A few panfish also beginning to show. No recent DFG trout plants and the rainbows are very slow.
RANCHO JURUPA: Slow trout action with no plants for four weeks. A few bass showing around the shorelines. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: No report. Information: 909-795-0171.
LITTLE LAKE: The trout action has been fair. This lake (formerly Angler’s Little Lake) is now open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Entrance fee is $10 per person, with a $3 per angler fishing fee. Kids five to 12 pay only a $5 entry fee. Kids under five only have to pay the fishing fee (if they fish). A state fishing license is required to fish here and regular state limits apply. Access is now off Stetson in the former Lake Hemet shop/yard (not off Thornton) in Hemet. The new lake phone is 530-526-7937.
REFLECTION LAKE: Good trout action in the small lake with corn dough baits the best bet. Also a few catfish showing. Information: 951-654-7906 or www.reflectionlakerv.com.
JEAN'S CHANNEL CATS: The trout season is coming to an end here, but the bite remains good for the rainbows nightcrawlers and Power Bait. Catfish season kicks off with a plant this Thursday to kick off the season. The lake is open only on weekends Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Monday holidays. No state fishing license is required to fish here. Information: 951-679-6562 or 951-259-2021.
SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS
LAKE HEMET: The action on holdover rainbow trout has been fair to good with a few limits posted this past week. The last DFG trout plant was three weeks ago. Lake open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: Lake Hemet Market 951-659-2350, campground 951-659-2680.
LAKE FULMORE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Nearby Strawberry Creek was also planted this week and two weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.
SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: A 23-pound rainbow trout was caught by Alan and Carole Wensman, Lakewood, to pace the good action on rainbows. Three plants this week and the action has been best on a wide variety of floating dough baits, small trout worms, and small trout jigs. The “mouse” combos that feature a trout worm and a ball of floating bait fished together on a treble hook have also been very good. Son Lee, Stanton, had an eight-pound rainbow, and Richard Perez, Monterey Park, had a six-pounder to top his limit. David Hernandez and Ricky Campos, both Ontario, landed 15 rainbows for 26 pounds. Daniel Rincon, Fontana, landed four rainbows for an 8-2 total with a 3-10 his best fish. A few sturgeon, catfish, and crappie also continue to be caught. Top sturgeon was a 17-pounder caught by Anthony Gomez, West Covina. The best catfish reported was a 7 1/2-pounder caught by Lee Aaron, Hawthorne. A 1 1/2-pound crappie was landed by John Aslanyan, Studio City, on a jig near the boat dock. Other than float tubes, no water craft are allowed due to fears of invasive quagga mussels being introduced into the water system. No state fishing license is required here. Weekly trout plants. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.
ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. Anaheim Lake only opens when Santa Ana River Lakes is closed for cleaning and maintenance. Information: 714-996-3508 or www.fishinglakes.com.
IRVINE LAKE: The trout action has been good before 9 a.m. this past week with a lot of limits posted on nightcrawlers and the Power Mice Tails, with Woody’s Cove the best spot for shore anglers. Top fish was a 12-10 rainbow landed by Ed John, Tustin, on a nightcrawler in Woody’s, while Shawn Crawford, Tustin, landed a 12-pounder on a Kastmaster. Brian Carter, Ontario, landed a 7-12, while Shawn Adcock, Fallbrook, caught a 6-12. Richard Jara, Hesperia, landed a 6-10. The Western Outdoor News “Southern California Trout Opener” tournament is still Saturday. Registration is $45 and anglers can pre-register at www.wonews.com or starting at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at the lake. The bass and crappie action has been pretty good with both in the spawning mode. Don Spencer, Orange, caught and released a 4-1 largemouth. A few catfish are also starting to show and Mitz Onizuka, Irvine, landed a 4-15 channel on chicken liver fishing the flats. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: 714-649-9111 or www.irvinelake.net.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Last week’s trout plant never showed, but the bite was still fair to good and some of the biggest fish of the season were landed. The best action shifted to deeper water off the backside of the big island, making the shore fishing tougher, but good for tubers and boat anglers. The season’s final plant is slated for this week. Top fish was a 15-10 rainbow landed by Dave Girasek, Long Beach, on green Power Bait dipped in Bite garlic oil. Sus Iwamasa, Huntington Beach, had a 15-8 on a inflated garlic nightcrawler on the flat, while Ken Nakano, La Palma, caught a 14-10 rainbow fly-fishing a black midge from a float tube. Hugh Parker, Escondido, landed an 8-14 rainbow on a Lip RipperZ jig. Information: 949-362-3885 or www.lagunaniguellake.com.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: The 16th Annual Cachuma Lake Trout Derby will be held this Saturday and Sunday, and there will be a 4,000-pound plant this week, including tagged trout. The three tags with the highest numbers are awarded the three top prizes, $2,000, $500, and $300 in cash. The longest trout landed are worth $1,000, $500, and $250. Entry fee is $40 per person for adults and $10 for kids 10 and younger. For more information on this event, call the derby hotline at 805-693-8381 or go to www.troutderby.org, where you can download the rules and registration form. The trout bite has been fair for trollers working two to three colors of lead core and Rapalas, Needlefish, or a nightcrawler-dodger combo. Shore action slow to fair in Harvey’s Bay on small lures and floating dough baits. The bass action has been very good in the shallows on plastics, jigs, and reaction baits. A few crappie also reported. Carp are moving shallow and bowfishermen have been doing very well with 20-fish days common. Free bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: The trout action has been fair to good for shore anglers in the Wadleigh Arm on nightcralers and Power Bait, but boats anglers drifting or slow-trolling nightcralwers along the east shoreline and off the sunken island are getting more fish. Tom Shaparro, Fillmore, landed an 11-pound rainbow on Power Bait from shore in the Wadleigh Arm. The bass action remains good with fish all over the shallows in a full-on spawn mode. Top bass reported was six-pounder landed by Jack Stafford, Ventura, on a tube bait. Mostly slow action on other species, but a few crappie and redear have been showing, too, and the creeks are flowing strong with runoff and the catfish like to congregate in the inflow and feed. Mike Beverlin, Reseda, landed a 12-8 catfish on a nightcrawler. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. New, longer hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The lake is open every day, including all holidays from dusk to dawn. Information: 805-649-2043.
CASTAIC: The largemouth bass bite has been wide open in both the upper and lower lakes with the fish on beds and whacking nightcrawlers, plastics, crawdads, and swimbaits. Most anglers are sight-fishing in the coves. The lagoon also has a pretty good bite on crappie, catfish, and carp with crappie to two-plus pounds on small jigs. The catfish have been best on mackerel. The striper bite has been fair in the upper lake with the bite improving around the ramp and dam on anchovies or mackerel. The fish are still in 80 to 100 feet of water with the buoy line the best spot. DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Fair trout action. Now through May 28, the back of the Fish Arm (Dry Gulch) will be closed to fishing and boating for the spring spawning season. Information: 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The bass bite has been very good with the fish on beds. Good sight fishing and most anglers are tossing small plastics or jigs. The water level is way up so there’s lots of flooded brush to fish. Most of the bass are 1-8 to three pounds. The crappie bite is also pretty fair. Not great volume, but the quality of fish coming in has been good -- 1 1/2 to two pounds. Only a few catfish and bluegill or redear coming in. Information: main office at 805-521-1500, x500 or www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: There continues to be a fair to good striper bite for boat anglers trolling or metering fish and then drifting anchovies, sardines, or blood worms down to them. Most of the fish are up to four or five pounds with a lot of dinks. A few of these stripers are also showing for shore anglers fishing around the launch ramp. Quite a few catfish are showing for striper anglers. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are both moving up tight to spawn. Last DFG trout plant was three weeks ago and none again this week. Trout action very slow. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The trout bite has been fair on floating baits and small jigs. The bass bite has been good with fish on beds. Best action on plastics, Senkos, and small cranks. More and more carp, crappie, and bluegill are showing with pretty fair action. Information: East Shore RV Park: 909-599-8355 (ask for the market) or www.kickbassfishing.com.
SANTA FE DAM: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFG trout plants last and three weeks ago.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFG trout plants last and three weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
LEGG LAKES: DFG trout plants last and three weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant last and three weeks ago. Information: 818-448-7317.
SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES
BARRETT: Closed for the season. It will reopen in May. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
MURRAY: A 10.3-pound bass was landed by Dennis Wangler, Del Cerro, while Jason Wilson, Santee, had an 8.8-pounder. DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. There are no longer boat rentals.
MIRAMAR: There were 68 anglers who landed 34 trout, 18 bass, and two bluegill. There was a county trout plant four weeks ago and a DFG plant three weeks ago. The lake is open for fishing seven days a week. Rental boats are no longer available. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
WOHLFORD: Lake Wohlford Road will be closed until April 11, but anglers can access the lake by going north on Valley Center Road, turning right onto Woods Valley Road, and then right again on North Lake Wohlford Road. The trout bite has been fair to good and a plant Wednesday should perk the action. Oakvale Cove and the Senior Shoreline have been the top spots with Power Bait and Power Worms in greens and yellows the top baits. Efrin Lopez, Escondido, landed a 7.7-pound rainbow. The bass spawn is in full gear with the fish all over the shallows, and five-pounders were caught by young anglers Hayden Heck and Kelsey Kennedy, both Escondido. Fishing allowed seven days a week, but private boat launching not allowed because of Quagga mussel fears. Information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.
DOANE POND: No recent DFG trout plants.
DIXON LAKE: The trout bite has been fair to good this past week, especially at the buoy line and in Trout Cove and Whisker Bay. Nightcrawlers, Power Worms, or Power Bait in yellow, green or rainbow have been the best baits. Also quite a few fish showing on Kastmasters, Roostertails, and Thomas Buoyants. Trout plant this week. No State fishing license required here. Lake information: 760-839-4345 or www.dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Fair trout action and a plant is slated for this week. Poway is open to fishing seven days a week. State fishing license no longer required here. One final plant this season in two weeks. Lake or derby information: 858-668-4770, tackle shop 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: The trout action has been good after a trout plant last week. Trolling is the easiest way to get a quick limit, shore anglers are also getting limits at the fishing float and Sentry and Eagle points. The largemouth bass have flooded into the shallows with fish on beds all over the shoreline areas. Good action on Texas-rigged Creature Baits, crawdads, white tube jigs, and Senkos. George Nochta, Santee, landed bass at 10-3 and 9-8 on a Paca Craw. A few catfish are starting to show in Hermit Cove on flylined mackerel pieces or nightcrawlers doused with scent. Other species slow. The lake is now open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. Free fishing class 1 p.m. Sunday on how best to catch Jennings trout. Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.
MORENA: Excellent trout action for trollers working No. 5 or 7 countdown Rapalas in brown trout color. Cottonwood Bay and the dam have been top spots. Dave and Jim Kermott, San Diego, landed 10 trout for 24 pounds, including a 6-15 rainbow that took 19 minutes to land on four-pound test. Some dry fly action on midge and caddis hatches. The bass bite is improving with warmer weather and the fish in the shallows in a spawn mode. No reports of bluegill or crappie yet, and the catfish are also slow. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: Very good trout action with trollers scoring easy limits of fish to four pounds. Shore anglers are getting fish on inflated nightcrawlers and Power Bait and there was a Mt. Lassen Trout plant last week. The tackle store is open daily now. Private boats are allowed on the lake, but the boats must be sprayed for quagga mussels by a high-pressure heated wash prior to entering the lake. The cost is $10 for the spraying and it lasts for multiple trips to Cuyamaca as long as the boat is not used in another reservoir. The decontamination wash down station is for all craft and items used in the water, including boats, motors, kayak, canoes, float tubes and waders. Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: The crappie action has broken wide open with lots of fish showing on small jigs and minnows off the fishing dock and for boat anglers. Lots of nice stringer weighed in at the store. In fact, there were 221 crappie weighed on Saturday and Sunday this past weekend and the best was a 2.7-pounder. Most are in the one-pound range. A few largemouth bass to four pounds and a few catfish also showing in the bite. All private boats must be checked and washed down for zebra and quagga mussels. Henshaw is open to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, dusk the rest of the week. Information: 760-782-3501.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.
LAKE MEAD: Slow to fair action on stripers from deep water on cut anchovies and sardines. Most fish under four pounds. The fish are still shadowing the shad. Find shad and you’ll find the stripers. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are improving with the fish starting to move into the shallows to spawn. Catfish improving on cut baits. Panfish are still slow.
WILLOW BEACH: The striped bass has continued to be pretty good with 12 to 20-pound class fish showing on big trout-like swim baits and plugs in the mile marker 52 region. The trout bite remains good on salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms and Super Dupers after the weekly plants. Lots of limits reported. Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Still some stripers showing on drifted anchovies or slow-trolled lures in deeper water, but this bite is slow to fair. The bass bite has been good with fish in the shallows to spawn. Best bite on jigs and plastics. Other species slow. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The last trout plant of the season went in March 8 at Davis Camp and the Sportsman’s access, and there continues to be fair to good action from the Laughlin Bridge down to Rotary Park, with fish to four pounds reported on nightcrawlers, spinners, salmon eggs, and floating baits. Stripers still mostly slow, but a few coming from the Davis Camp stretch with fish to four and five pounds on bigger cranks. Mostly slow other species. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES AREA: There is a fair to good smallmouth action in the main river from Needles south to the I-40 bridge and on down into Topoc Gorge, mostly on small cranks, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The odd striper is showing on anchovies in the main river from the upper end of Topoc Gorge to Needles with most of the fish in the one-pound range. Catfish fair on cut baits, and a few rainbow trout continue to show but most are nice quality fish up to four pounds. Information: Needles Marina at 760-326-2197.
TOPOCK AREA: Improving overall action in Topoc Gorge. A few bass in the lower gorge on flipped jigs and plastics and this bite improved daily with warming weather and fish are on beds. Topoc Marsh has been very good on bass with the fish all over the shallows on beds and taking plastics and crawdad-type cranks and jigs. There’s also been a good crappie bite on minnows and small jigs with some reports of crappie to nearly two pounds, but most are 3/4-pound class fish. The striper bite in the main river has been slow, and the few fish showing are small. A few catfish continue to show in the main river and marsh. Topock Marsh can be accessed by boat at North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing at 928-768-2667.
HAVASU: Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass are in a full spawn mode with the fish all over the shallows on beds. Best action has been on small plastic crawdads fished drop-shot style and flipped to visible fish. Top largemouth in the past week was just over six pounds and the best smallie was just over five pounds. The channel catfish bite has been pretty fair on cut mackerel. The stripers have been off as the lake turns over. As the water temps creep up to 65 degrees, the stripers traditionally move shallow and start feeding on crawdads and the crankbait and topwater action takes off then. That bite should just be days away. The redear are still in deep water and very spotty. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.
PARKER STRIP: Improving smallmouth bass along the rip-rap on small cranks, plastics, and jigs. The catfish are fair and improving with a few showing in most of the pools on cut baits. Bluegill and redear are very slow in the backwaters and quiet water in the main river. No flathead reports.
BLYTHE: The smallmouth bass bite is good in the main river along the rip-rap and in the canals with the fish in a full-on spawn mode, and the largemouth action is as good in the backwaters with a lot of fish on beds. Adam Wagner, Chad Scott, and Bryan Levinson, all Beaumont, fished Saturday and Sunday in float tubes on Goose Flats and landed and released 44 bass to about two pounds, mostly smallmouth but some largemouth. They were tossing Texas-rigged plastics. Quite a few channel cats are being reported, and more and more flatheads to 15 pounds are showing each week. Bluegill are also good in area backwaters and ditches, but the stripers are still slow and no tilapia reported yet. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: The bass are on spawning beds, especially in the backwaters, and the bite has been good on flipped plastics and jigs. The channel catfish bite has turned on, with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported. A few flatheads are also starting to show. Quite a few smaller stripers are showing for the catfish anglers. Few reports on crappie or smallmouth, but still light fishing pressure in the stretch of the river. Bluegill also good in backwaters. Cibola Lake (on the Arizona side of the river) reopened to fishing Tuesday last week. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: Bites are turning on throughout the lower river with warm air temperatures and backwater water temperatures rising quickly. Lots of bass on beds this week, and generally good action on catfish and bluegill. Few flathead reports yet.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is breaking wide open here with the fish moving shallow and fanning out nests. Good action on flipped plastics and jigs, with a few fish on spinnerbaits. Channel catfish action also improving by the day but few flatheads reported yet. Bluegill also starting to bite, but few crappie reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.
YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with bass moving on beds throughout the region. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been good bets. The channel catfish action also improving and a full moon this weekend should make this bite really good. Flatheads slow. Good bluegill bite. No other reports.
LOWER DESERT WATERS
SALTON SEA: Fair to good tilapia action with the bite better on warm days and not as good on cooler, windy days. Best action continues to be on nightcrawlers, but many anglers are fishing them under bobbers to keep the bait near the warmer, surface water layer. Anglers fishing both the state park headquarters’ jetty and the jetty at the Salton Sea History Museum and Visitor Center (the refurbished Salton Sea Yacht Club). Information: Salton Sea State Recreation Area ranger station 760-393-3052 or the history museum at 760-393-9222.
ALAMO RIVER: No reports.
COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: Some reports of small, skinny stripers about a pound in the Coachella canal.
ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.
FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.
WEIST LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: 760-352-3308.
SUNBEAM LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
LAKE CAHUILLA: DFG trout plants two and three weeks ago. Information: 760-564-4712.
General trout fishing season reopens the last Saturday in April in Inyo and Mono counties. Certain waters remain open in this region for catch-and-release fishing with barbless artificials. For up-to-date road and campground information can call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call 760-876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call 760-873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call 760-924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call 760-647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call 760-932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or www.bishopvisitor.com, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River flows have been at 312 cfs (down from 600-800 cfs) since the middle of last week and then dropped to 200 cfs mid-day Wednesday. The river is fishing really well, in spite of 40 to 41 degree water. Best action on midge subsurface patterns, but some action on bigger stonefly nymph patterns, too. Inconsistent dry fly action, but some mayflies, caddis, and midges on the surface on warmer afternoons. Good anglers are reporting 15 to 20 fish days. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: Hot Creek action is still pretty decent with bluewing olives and midges and decent nymphing in deep runs and pools under an indicator. The upper Owens has been fair and access is good. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517, Convict Lake Resort at 760-934-3800, Crowley Lake Fish Camp at 760-935-4301.
BISHOP AREA: The lower Owens River is slow to fair for fly anglers with some flurries of decent dry fly action at mid-day. Flows are very high, however. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been good for anglers fishing the upper end of the lake, with quite a few holdover rainbows to four pounds landed. Also a DFG plant this week. The Winter Classic Trout Derby continues through opening day (April 30) of the general trout season. Tagged trout worth from $30 to $300 have been planted in Pleasant Valley and the lower Owens. Entry fee is $5 per angler. You can register at Culver’s, Mac’s or the Chamber of Commerce in Bishop or Hi-County Mark in Big Pine. Information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Culver’s 760-872-8361, Brock’s 760-872-3581.
LAKE ISABELLA: The bite really kicked into gear on Thursday this past week with fair to good action on crappie in the South Fork Arm on live minnows and mini jigs from the bank or boat. Best action near the old structure “cages,” and the fish are averaging 3/4-pound to a pound. Lance MacNiven, Bakersfield, had a limit of crappie to a pound on live minnows on Tuesday. Quite a few catfish also showing on shad and mackerel with the average fish in the three to four pound range. Trout have been good at the auxiliary dam, and the plants for the coming trout derby have started going in, so the bite is getting better. DFG trout last week, Alper’s trout this week. Best action on the new Power Mice Tails. The 2011 22nd Annual Berkley Isabella Lake Fishing Derby will be held April 16-18 this year with over $200,000 in cash and prizes potentially up for grabs. The top tagged trout is again a $20,000 fish, and there will be at least nine $10,000 tagged fish. More derby information is available at www.isabellafishingderby.com. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
KERN RIVER: All the stretches of the upper and lower Kern River were stocked again this week and the action has been good, but flows are starting to come up in the upper river. The lower river is still very fishable and good. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or James Store 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been excellent with a lot of 22 to 23-inch fish in the five-pound range. The best action is on sand worms, with a few bigger fish showing on Zoom Flukes fished on leadheads. Lance MacNiven, Bakersfield, landed a 10-pound striper on Wednesday fishing shad. The catfish bite is still fair on anchovies and shad. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The bass bite is very good and the bluegill have started showing in pretty good numbers, too. The bass have been best on plastics, nightcrawlers, or jigs, while the bluegill have been good on waxworms. Carp are also improving on dough baits. Just fair trout action with no DFG plant in two weeks. The best trout bite has been garlic nightcrawlers or Power Baits in garlic green, corn, and chunky cheese.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass action is really turning on with the warm weather this past week with fish on beds and showing on plastics or nightcrawlers. The bluegill and carp have also moved shallow. The bluegill best on waxworms or meal worms, while the carp are good on Powder Bait. Last DFG plant was four weeks ago and this bite is slow with a few fish on Power Baits or garlic nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bass and bluegill are really taking off here with the warm weather this past week. Bass are spawning and in shallow and showing on nightcrawlers, small jigs, plastics, and small reaction baits. The bluegill are good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago. The bite is slow to far on garlic nightcrawlers or Power Bait.
MING LAKE: The bass bite has been pretty good with fish to five pounds reported this past week on plastics, nightcrawlers or reaction baits, mostly Senkos or spinnerbaits with a lot of fish on beds. The bluegill have also moved shallow and are fair to good on wax worms. The carp bite is also getting pretty good on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. Saris Hussein, Bakersfield, landed a five-pound carp on Powder Bait. DFG trout plants two and three weeks ago and the bite is just fair on Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers.
BRITE LAKE: DFG trout plant four weeks ago, but quite a few fish were landed this past week when better weather brought the anglers out. Best action on Power Bait and garlic nightcrawlers.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a pretty decent crappie bite on live minnows with some fish over a pound. The bass action has also broken open this past week with most of the fish shallow and on spawning beds. Best bite on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and nightcrawlers. A few catfish and carp also being landed. The trout action is slow with no plants in over a month. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bass action has been fair to good and quite a few bluegill are starting to be caught. Trout very slow with no recent plants.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is good on plastics and Senkos with the fish mostly stacked up in the shallows on spawning beds. Also improving bluegill and catfish action. No recent DFG trout plants, and few trout reports. Information: 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: Both the bass and crappie action have been improving with the warm weather this past week. The crappie are packed in the coves on newly flooded structure in eight to 20 feet of water. The bass are shallow to spawn and showing on plastics in jigs in 15 feet or less. No recent DFG trout plants. Information: 559-597-2526.
CENTRAL COAST LAKES
SAN ANTONIO: Very good smallmouth bass action with the fish on spawning beds. Most of the action is in less than 20 feet of water. Lot of fish on plastic worms and Senkos, but some on reaction baits, especially on windy days. Still no striped bass reports, and reports of other species have also been scanty. Information: marina at 805-472-2818, Bee Rock Store at 805-472-9677, or Jim’s Pro Bass Tackle at 805-237-0549.
NACIMIENTO: Good to excellent bass action on spotted bass with a few largemouth showing. Lots of fish on beds in the shallows. Most fish in less than 12 feet of water. Also some crappie are starting to move in coves with some pretty good action if you find a school of fish, mostly stacked up on flooded structure. The white bass are moving in and out of the mouths of the creeks, especially up in the Nacimiento River arm and at Snake Creek, and there have been a lot of good catches this past week. The narrows have also been good. The carp are also starting to move shallow. The lake is at full pool for the first time in many years. Information: marina at 805-238-1056 or www.nacimientoresort.com, Bee Rock Store at 805-472-9677, or Jim’s Pro Bass Tackle at 805-237-0549.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass bite has been exceptional this past week with the fish shallow and whacking reaction baits and plastics. Small spinnerbaits have been good. Top fish was a 14-pound largemouth landed by John Wrona, Templeton, on a jig in the narrows. Jared Buckley, Atascadero, landed a 10.81-pound bass, also on a jig. The crappie bite also is starting to take off with some decent stringers. There have been few other reports with only a few catfish and the odd panfish caught. The lake is still spilling and over-capacity. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 805-438-1522.
LOPEZ: The water is clearing and the bass bite is very good with fish still on spawning beds all over the shallows. Plastics, jigs, and smaller reaction baits. A few more crappie and redear starting to show but still not wide open. The lake level is way up and there’s lots of newly flooded vegetation. Information: 805-489-1006.
Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be restocked with catchable-size rainbow trout from the Department of Fish and Game hatcheries this week. For updates in Southern California and the Eastern Sierra Nevada, you can call the DFG recording at 562-594-7268, or for updates in the Western Sierra, you can call 559-243-4005, x183. For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFG's web site at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/FishPlanting/index.asp.
ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.
SAN BERNARDINO: Glen Helen Park, Mojave Narrows Park, Santa Ana River, Santa Ana River (South Fork), Seccombe Lake, Silverwood Lake, Yucaipa Park Lake.
RIVERSIDE: Diamond Valley Lake, Fulmore Lake, Perris Reservoir, Strawberry Creek.
SAN DIEGO: Murray Reservoir.
INYO: Lone Pine Creek, Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
KERN: Kern River from Democrat Beach to Lower Richbar, Kern River from Powerhouse No. 3 to Riverside Park in Kernville, Kern River from Sandy Flat to Democrat Beach.
TULARE: Kern River from Fairview Dam to Falling Waters Lodge, Murry Park pond.
FRESNO: Fresno Regional Sports Complex pond, Kings River below Pine Flat Reservoir, San Joaquin River below Friant Dam.
MADERA: Bass Lake, Eastman Lake, Hensley Lake.
STANISLAUS: Turlock Lake.
TUOLUMNE: Tulloch Reservoir.
The following lakes, listed by county, will be stocked this week with one-pound catfish by private hatcheries under contract with the Department of Fish and Game.
No catfish plans this week.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
By Terrence Berg
LONG RANGE STILL EXCELLENT: The 14- to 18-day and longer trips down the Baja California coastline by sportboats running out of San Diego continue to see excellent fishing for tuna and wahoo. Again, this past week where were yellowfin from 250 to 290 pounds. On shorter trips at Alijos Rocks and Cedros Island, the action on yellowtail, grouper, and halibut has also been excellent.
ROCKFISH STILL EXCELLENT: The better conditions this past week led to excellent 1 1/2 and two-day rockfish trips out of San Diego into Mexican waters. It was back to full limits of red snapper and 20 to 30 quality ling cod per trip. Even the action for half- and 3/4-day boats from San Diego was good. All along the Southern California coastline, the local boats are still targeting rockfish and garnering pretty good scores with 3/4-limits common, and full limits still the rule for boats from the Channel Islands north.
SURFACE ACTION UPDATE: There was a push of 60 to 62 degree water up into the Coronado Islands this past week and the local San Diego boats targeting the yellowtail saw some action. The San Diego, a 3/4-day boat, on trips this week nearly averaged a 20 to 25-pound yellowtail per angler on Monday and Wednesday trips. This is all dropper-loop fishing with quite a few whitefish in the catch, too. A couple of white seabass were caught this past weekend on the back side of Catalina Island, but only about one in 10 boats got fish. There are spots of squid on the front and backside of the island, but the conditions just aren’t quite there yet. There have even been signs of halibut this past week in the Long Beach and San Diego areas. This action should all break open on the next full moon and better weather jag. Wind is expected into or through the weekend so best bites could all lull for a few days before surging.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA is hosting instructional charters throughout the year, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next trip will be a 1 1/2-day trip on the Dominator on April 29 targeting yellowtail and rockfish down the Baja coastline. Cost is $180 per angler. To find out these or other about upcoming 976-TUNA instructional charters, call 562-352-0012 or go to the website at www.976-TUNA.com.
Southern California: Virg’s Sportfishing, Morro Bay, 805-772-1222; Patriot Sportfishing, Avila Beach, 805-595-7200; Sea Landing, Santa Barbara, 805-963-3564; Harbor Village Sportfishing, Ventura, 805-658-1060; Channel Islands Sportfishing, Oxnard, 805-985-8511; Captain Hook’s Sportfishing, Oxnard, 805-382-6233; Port Hueneme Sportfishing has merged with Channel Islands Sportfishing; Malibu Pier Sportfishing, 310-328-8426; Marina Del Rey Sportfishing, Marina del Rey, 310-822-3625; Redondo Sportfishing, Redondo Beach, 310-372-2111; Rocky Point Fuel Dock (skiff rentals for King Harbor), Redondo Beach, 310-374-9858; 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro, 310-832-8304; L.A. Harbor Sportfishing, San Pedro, 310-547-9916; Long Beach Sportfishing, Long Beach, 562-432-8993; Pierpoint Landing, Long Beach, 562-983-9300; Marina Sportfishing, Long Beach, 562-598-6649; Newport Landing, Newport Beach, 949-675-0550; Davey’s Locker, Newport Beach, 949-673-1434; Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Dana Point, 949-496-5794; Helgren’s Sportfishing, Oceanside, 760-722-2133; Fisherman’s Landing, San Diego, 619-221-8500; H&M Landing, San Diego, 619-222-1144; Seaforth Landing, San Diego, 619-224-3383; Point Loma Sportfishing, San Diego, 619-223-1627; Islandia Sportfishing, San Diego, 619-222-1164.
Mexico Landings: Sergio’s Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.