MATTHEWS' FISHING REPORT (95)
Compiled by Jim Matthews
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JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. Immune to the fluctuations in weather, the San Diego rockfish bite is staying in the top picks for yet another week. The local landings continue to run trips into Mexican waters for rockfish on overnight, 1 1/2-day, and even two-day trips. The rockfish have been averaging from five to seven pounds with lings to nearly 25 pounds on these jaunts. There is limit-style fishing on many of these trips targeting the rockfish off Colonet. If you want to go, check with one of the landings to see what trips are running. Call Fisherman’s Landing at 619-221-8500, H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Landing at 619-224-3383, or Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627.
2. The striped bass bite in the California aqueduct near Taft has been excellent for two weeks now, with 15 to 20 fish days pretty common. There are still a lot of dinks in the catch, but there are more and more quality fish showing. There were several fish from eight to 10 pounds reported this past week. Anglers are mostly fly-lining either sardines chunks or lug worms, but anchovies and blood worms are also working pretty well. For an update on this bite, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
3. The crappie action at Lower Otay remains one of the best panfish bites in the region and the action was improving this week after a lull last week during the weather fronts. There is also a good bass and growing bluegill bite here, so you have options. Most of the crappie are around a pound and the best bite remains on small shiners or small jigs fished around structure. For an update on this great winter bite, check with the rental boat and concession staff at 619-397-5212.
FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS
TROUT: The urban trout fishing program is at its peak, with weekly plants at the best waters. Those include Santa Ana River Lakes, Corona Lake, Irvine Lake, and Laguna Niguel Lake. In the High Desert, Jess Ranch, Hesperia Lake, and Mojave Narrows are all pretty good. Four of the five San Bernardino County Park Lakes -- Mojave Narrows, Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, and Yucaipa -- are very good with only Prado a step behind. All are getting weekly county plants and DFW fish alternating weeks. In San Diego County, almost all the lakes are now getting trout plants, but Jennings continues to be a top spot with trophy fish in each week’s plant this year.
BLACK BASS: The warm weather has again pushed a lot of fish back into shallower water in a major movement of fish before the spawn. Notable bites include El Capitan and Lower Otay Reservoir. While most fish remain on deeper structure or suspended, there are more and more fish showing in less than 10 feet of water. There also continue to be quite a few big bass up chasing trout after DFW plants. On the Colorado River, the bite is pretty tough, but there is still fair action on river smallmouth in the lower river.
STRIPED BASS: The winter striper action is fair with flurries of good action most places. The aqueduct at Taft is the top pick for volume and better quality fish to over 10 pounds this week, but Lake Skinner remains good, especially on dipped live shad. Diamond Valley, Silverwood, and Pyramid are also pretty decent on small swimbaits or cut baits for smaller fish and bigger trout–like swimbaits for the odd bigger fish. All three have cranked out 20-pound class fish in the past three weeks. Havasu and the Willow Beach stretch of the Colorado River are both getting very little pressure and the bite is pretty tough.
PANFISH: The redear and/or bluegill bites have been fair with some good action this week. The Lake Perris bite is one of the best for redear on red worms. The Lower Otay crappie bite is also still pretty good with fish around a pound in pretty decent numbers. Lake Isabella continues to produce decent numbers of crappie but the action is restricted to one area. Few other bites of note.
CATFISH: Everything slowed this week. The best bites are at Lake Skinner in Riverside County and Lake Isabella in Kern County. Diamond Valley and Silverwood are spotty bets. The Colorado River has also continued to slow way down. Santa Ana River Lakes just restarted stocking blue catfish each Wednesday, but it hasn’t resulted in a wide open bite, yet.
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ONS BIG CATCHES Gallery
Oct. 25, 2013 - Paul Gonzales of Phillips Ranch landed this 20-pound, eight-ounce brown trout fishing Rush Creek below Silver Lake with a perch-colored Rapala. Gonzales also landed a 12-pound, three-ounce brown that week from Rush. There are a few more details and another photos here at the bottom of the weekly column.
April 27, 2013 - This pair of 10-pound brown trout was caught by Daniel Perez of Pine Groove from Lower Twin Lake near Bridgeport the opening day of the 2013 trout season. They were two of four browns caught that hit or passed the 10-pound mark from Lower Twin opening day. A 10-pound, 3-ouncer was caught by Jerry Hill of Murphy, and Twin Lakes Resort owner Steve Marti caught a 10-pound, four-ounce fish. This is a good start to the season.
March 27, 2013 - Five-year-old Joaquin Granados of San Fernando hooked this 12 1/2-pound largemouth bass at Hansen Dam Recreation Area while fishing a nightcrawler. Sure his dad David had to help land the fish, but it's the biggest bass we can find a record of being caught from this urban Los Angeles County water. Grandfather Phillip Vasquez snapped and shared the photo.
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